Józef Stanek - Józef Stanek

Beato Józef Stanek
Beato José Stanek.jpg
Painting of Blessed José Stanek that is venerated in the Church of San Salvador in Onda, in Rome.
Personal information
Birth As December 4 as 1916
Łapsze Niżne ,Poland flag Poland
Death As September 23 as 1944
Auschwitz ,Nazi Germany flag Poland under Nazi Germany
Cause of death Hanging View and modify data on Wikidata
nationality Polish
Religion Catholic Church View and modify data on Wikidata
Religious order Pallets View and modify data on Wikidata
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Occupation Catholic priest View and modify data on Wikidata
Religious information
Beatification As June 13 as 1999 by John Paul II
Canonization blessed and holy catholic View and modify data on Wikidata
Festivity June 12
Attributes With the Pallottine habit.
Revered in Catholic Church

Józef Stanek ( Łapsze Niżne , 4 of December of 1916 - Auschwitz , 23 of September of 1944 ) was a Polish Catholic priest, the Pallottine Fathers , who died in the concentration camp Auschwitz . He was beatified, along with 107 other Polish martyrs of World War II , by Pope John Paul II in 1999 . [ 1 ]


Józef Stanek was born on December 4, 1916 in Łapsze Niżne (Poland). He was orphaned with only six years of life. He studied at the school of the Pallottine of Wadowice until 1935, when he decided to enter the novitiate of the Society of Catholic Apostolate of Suchary . On August 15, 1937, he made his first consecration in society, and in September of the same year he began his philosophical and theological studies . He was ordained a priest on April 7, 1941. At that time Poland was under the occupation of the Nazi regime . [ 1 ]

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, the pastoral care developed by many priests had to be practically clandestine. In this climate, Józef devoted himself to pastoral work and clandestinely studied university courses in sociology at the University of Warsaw . While in that city, the insurrection that tried to liberate the city from the Nazi broke out (August 1, 1944), there he worked as a chaplain for the rebels. He also dedicated himself to assisting the most needy population in the Sródmieście and Czerniaków neighborhoods. [ 2 ]

At the time the city was besieged, Stanek was asked to flee in a boat along with others on the Wisła River. He yielded his post to a wounded man and stayed with the rest of the besieged for his spiritual assistance. Knowing that the insurrection no longer made sense, he did his best to save the maximum number of people, even dealing with the invaders. He was arrested by the Nazi, when he went to the command to discuss the capitulation of the combatants. The next day, September 23, 1944, he was hanged in front of those sentenced to death. At that time he was 28 years old. [ 1 ]


Józef Stanek is considered a martyr of the faith by the Catholic Church, and of the fatherland, by the Poles. In 1945, his remains were exhumed and buried in the Warsaw Military Cemetery. [ 2 ]

He was beatified by Pope John Paul II , along with 107 other Polish Catholic martyrs, on June 13, 1999, during his visit to Warsaw. The Roman martyrology celebrates his memory on September 23, [ 1 ] while his feast, the members of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate and some parts in Poland, celebrate it on June 12 . [ 2 ]


  1. a b c d Korycki, Jan. «Blessed Joseph Stanek Pallottine priest, martyr» . Saints and blessed (en Italian) . Consulted on the 26th of January 2016 .
  2. ^ A b c "Blessed Józef STANEK (1916-1944)" . Postulazione Generale . Retrieved January 26, 2016 .