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A New Venerable Redemptorist: Bernard Lubienski

Pope Francis has authorised a decree put forward by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints bestowing heroic virtues on the Servant of God, Bernard Lubienski CSsR (1846 – 1933).

Heroic virtue is one of the requirements for beatification in the Catholic Church.

On September 7, 1864, Bernard entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer at Bishop Eton near Liverpool in England. He remained in England for eleven years and in 1883, he returned home to serve the Congregation in Poland.

Despite a serious paralysis of the legs that struck him in 1885, he continued his intense apostolic activity. Over the course of his priestly life, he preached at more than 1000 missions and retreats. Announcing the Word of God, he travelled throughout Poland, and as far as Germany, Ukraine, Russia and Finland. He advocated strongly for the union of the Orthodox Church with that of Rome, so that, in 1908, he was considered a possible candidate for the Episcopal see of Mohylew, in Russia.

He wrote numerous books and articles on religion. Much like St Alphonsus, Bernard had a deep spiritual connection to Mary, which led him to write a story about the Icon of Perpetual Help, and spread the devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Poland. He had a solid faith and a strong relationship with God. 

Worn out of his apostolic activity and fatigued by his disability, he died peacefully on September 10, 1933, in Warsaw, where his remains are interred in the church of St Clement.

Bernard was a blessing to the Congregation and indeed the world. A special congratulations to The Redemptorist London Province, Warsaw Province and St Clements Province!