Father Popieluszko

April 1982 – a tough time in Poland

(By:Paul Hensler) This was a very tough time in Poland as the country and it’s citizens tried continue life under Martial Law. With the increased presence of the militia and army units on the streets the underground was put to good use. Father Jerzy’s message to those who wanted to fight back, to kill communists was “Don’t be afraid, love your enemy – but stick to Solidarity.”  The crowds were with Father Popieluszko, that is, they saw that Solidarity had to be transformed from a clandestine organization into a kind of broad cultural resistance to the regime, a lobby for truth telling in every day life, for individual dignity and a ready supply of assistance to the persecuted. This is clearly evidenced in Father Jerzy’s mass for the fatherland on April 25, 1982. The attendance was not quite as large because the police had set up very narrow road blocks around his church, and if you did not have a permit to attend this church, you were turned away. Many just went around the roadblock or through back yards to get to the church.   April 25 1982 – Father Jerzy’s Road to Sainthood   For the direct link to his sermon for April 25 1982 Click Here

February 28, 2015 – A New Beginning

(By:Paul Hensler) My web designer, Charles Johnston and I are working on a new look for our website that will allow all of our visitors to follow Blessed Father Jerzy through the last four years of his life.  To do this we will be using the speeches and sermons he gave at the once-monthly Masses For The Fatherland, starting on February 28, 1982. In addition, using archival photographs, books video and eyewitness testimony we will try to establish the environment in Poland at the time of each mass and the circumstances of his position at the church as resident priest. The Following is the first installment of the heroic life of Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko that led to his martyrdom four short years later: February 1982 was a month of great importance to Father Jerzy Popieluszko. His new goal was to try and make the church a bridge between the underground and the people in the pews.  His own church would be a meeting place of patriots: Poles who wanted to restore a sovereign, democratic nation. His pastor at St. Stanislaw Kostka, Father Toefil Bogucki, had revived the tradition of masses for the fatherland in October 1981, and his rough tongue and brassy phrasing had found an interested congregation.  Seeing that Father Jerzy was hungry to be more involved in the masses Father Bogucki asked him to speak at the next mass for the fatherland on Sunday, February 28, 1982.  The little church was packed, with people spilling out it’s massive brass doors.     […]