Ed Bedford 6 p.m., April 1
Blessed Narcissus Putz the ‘Spiritual Hetman’ (the St. Adalbert Church canon in the years 1925-1942, born in Sierakow in 1877 on 21 Market Square). He was baptized on 25 November 1877 in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary church in Sierakow. Activities: social, charitable, banking, ethnic, zealous work in church (parochial vicar in Boruszyn and Szamotuly, administrator in Wronki, pastor in Madre, Ludzisk, Bydgoszcz, and Poznan), organizations, national and educational institutions, battles against the PPS (Polish Socialist Party), and creation of the Catholic Action association. The outbreak of World War II brought to Pr. Putz (more than 60 years old) next step to confirm the Christian faith as the Servant of God. On 9 November 1939 the German Nazis made an arrest on a charge of his patriotic activities during the Partitions of Poland and interwar period (especially among the Poles in Saxony and Germanized parishioners in Bydgoszcz, against expropriation of Polish land owners from the Prussian partition of the divided country, illegal exemptions from the German military service, and Greater Poland Uprising in Inowroclaw), and placed him in Fort VII in Poznan. The pastor was martyred by Hitlerites in the concentration camp in Dachau and beatified by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in 1999.
Posted October 25, 2012