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Jerzy Tomziński is dead. The monk, Pauline, the legend of Jasna Góra, was almost 103 years old

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The press office of the Jasna Góra Monastery on Sunday announced the death of Paul, Father Jerzy Tomziński. The monk, known as the “legend of Jasna Góra Monastery”, died last night. On November 24, he would have been 103.

Father Jerzy Tomziński was friends with several popes and Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński. In the information about his death, the sanctuary emphasizes that “Jasna Góra was his life card”. He was the last participant of the Second Vatican Council living in Poland.

Jerzy Tomziński. Curriculum vitae

Jerzy Tomziński was born in Przystajnia near Częstochowa in 1918. To the Order of St. Paweł First Hermit, he was ordained priest in Jasna Góra on April 16, 1944. During the Stalinist period – as prior and custodian of the sanctuary in Leśna Podlaska – he created youth religious centers, for which he was forced by the communist authorities to leave the Podlasie sanctuary.

He was the general of the Pauline Order twice and the prior of Jasna Góra three times. As prior (1952-1957 and 1957-1960), he initiated and conducted conservation works at the sanctuary. The celebration of the Jasna Gora Nation’s Weddings in 1956, organized by him, gathered over a million believers.

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One of his initiatives is the “Jasna Góra Appeal” – a daily evening prayer for Poland and the Church. It was him on December 8, 1953, who celebrated it for the first time, asking for the release of Primate Stefan Wyszyński, who gave him exceptional kindness and trust.

Father Tomziński also played a major role in the preparation and conduct of the celebration of the millennium of Poland’s baptism and the 6th World Youth Day in Częstochowa in 1991. Working among the Polish diaspora in Rome, and later, as a general of the order, participating in the work of the Vatican Council, he promoted the cult of Our Lady of Jasna Góra, spreading knowledge about Poland and the Sanctuary.


He presided over one of the conciliar masses

Father Tomziński was the last participant of the Second Vatican Council living in Poland. During the council, he presided over one of the masses sung in Latin for all the council fathers. He was one of three Poles – next to Archbishop. Antoni Baraniak and Archbishop. Karol Wojtyła – who had such an opportunity.

He was also a chronicler of Jasna Góra, a correspondent of Vatican Radio and the Newsletter of the Press Office of the Polish Episcopate, and editor of the Catholic Weekly “Niedziela”.

On his 100th birthday in 2018, he was visited by President Andrzej Duda, who thanked him “for his beautiful attitude and love for the Motherland” and for his participation “in saving national pride and identity”. He included him among the steadfast priests who passed on “a free and democratic Poland to the next generations.”

Father Jerzy Tomziński called himself “a man of Jasna Góra Monastery”. – My whole life is connected with this place, I love it and I want to faithfully serve Mary of Jasna Góra – he said during his hundredth birthday.

Main photo source: PAP / Waldemar Deska

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