Julia Rodzińska

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Maria Julia Rodzińska, OP (born Stanisława Maria Józefa Rodzińska; 16 March 1899 – 20 February 1945) was a Polish Dominican Sister and is venerated as a Blessed in the Roman Catholic Church.


Julia Rodzińska was born on 16 March 1899 in Nawojowa. She was one of five children of the organist Michał and Marianna née Sekuła.[1] Rodzińska orphaned at the age of ten and became a ward of the Dominican Sisters convent in Nawojowa.[2] There she finished school and then started her studies in the Teachers' Seminar in Nowy Sącz but didn't complete them because she began her religious formation in Wielowieś.[3] At the age of 17, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Dominika in Tarnobrzeg-Wielowieś and there (5 August 1924) made her religious vows and completed her interrupted education.[4]

As a qualified teacher, she carried out her ministry in Mielżyn, Rawa Ruska and Vilnius (from 13 December 1922, for 22 years).[5] From 1934, she was the head of a house in Vilnius and ran an orphanage.[1] After the outbreak of World War II, she secretly taught Polish language, history and religion, and conducted humanitarian activities.[6] On 12 July 1943, Rodzińska was jailed by the Gestapo in Łukiszki prison in Vilnius.[7] In a year, Rodzińska was sent to German concentration camp Stutthof, registered as number 40992.[8] There she was subjected to torture, isolation and humiliation.[5]

Death and beatification[edit]

Rodzińska died of exhaustion and disease on 20 February 1945 in Stutthof, two months before the concentration camp was liberated by the Red Army.[9] Her beatification process began on 26 January 1992.[10] In 1999, she was proclaimed blessed by Pope John Paul II in a group of 108 blessed martyrs.[11][12]


Rodzińska is the patron of the primary school Blessed Julia Rodzińska in Nawojowa[13] and kindergarten of Blessed Julia Rodzińska in Poznań. In 2019, on the occasion of 120th anniversary of Rodzińska's birthday her family home in Nawojowa was open for visitors.[14]


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  6. ^ ""W bezmiarze zła była aniołem". Męczeńska śmierć w obozie i różaniec z kromki chleba". Aleteia Polska (in Polish). 12 May 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  7. ^ "STANISŁAWA RODZIŃSKA — MARTYROLOGIUM". www.swzygmunt.knc.pl. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Blessed Julia". www.sistersop.com. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Obraz świadectw 108 błogosławionych męczenników - Ks. Tomasz Kaczmarek". web.diecezja.wloclawek.pl. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Streszczona biografia bł. JUli Rodzińskiej". Sciaga.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Dominikański serwis misyjny". 4 March 2016. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Błogosławiona Julia Rodzińska – Zgromadzenie Sióstr św. Dominika" (in Polish). Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  13. ^ "Historia Patrona Szkoły – Szkoła Podstawowa" (in Polish). Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  14. ^ Kowalski, Tomasz (12 March 2019). "W rocznicę urodzin siostry Julii. Dziękczynna Eucharystia w Nawojowej". Sądeczanin.info (in Polish). Retrieved 28 July 2021.