For the first time in history, a lay nurse was beatified. A Polish woman, Hanna Chrzanowska, who died in , was announced blessed this. Hanna Chrzanowska will become what it believed to be the first lay nurse to be beatified April A timeline of Chrzanowska’s life maintained. Hanna Chrzanowska, a 20th-century Polish nurse and laywoman who will be beatified in Krakow Saturday, is a model of how to give of oneself.

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Hanna Chrzanowska was born October 7th in Warsaw, into a family chrzqnowska had rendered hanma services to the academic, cultural and nursing life of Poland. Her father Ignacy Chrzanowski, a renowned professor of Polish literature, came from a family of landowners. Both families were renowned for their extensive charity and philanthropic work.

Having left school she enrolled onto a Red Cross course in order to help nurse victims of hannna Polish-Bolshevik war. In December she commenced studies at the Jagiellonian University. Upon hearing about the establishment of a new school of nursing in Warsaw, she abandoned her university course and immediately enrolled in the school of nursing, in order to fulfil her dream of becoming a nurse.

Having graduated from the school inshe was awarded scholarships to France and Belgium, where she became acquainted with community nursing. From to she also edited a nursing monthly — Polish Nurse — the first such professional nursing journal in Poland.

At this time she was living in Warsaw. She published numerous professional articles and also made successful attempts at literary works, some of which were semi-autobiographical.

Hanna Helena Chrzanowska

She took keen interest in the activities of the Polish Association of Professional Nurses and was its Vice-chair for many years. She also actively participated in preparing the first Nursing Act of She also contributed to the formation of the Catholic Union of Polish Nurses, in The outbreak of the Second World War brought chrzanowaka painful experiences for Hanna.

On October 2ndher aunt Zofia Szlenkier died in the battle for Warsaw. On November 6th her father was arrested as part of Sonderaktion Krakau, and along with other professors, he was deported to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, where he died shortly afterwards in January In spite of these tragic experiences, she did not lose hope.


She took special care of orphans, including Jewish children, trying to find them foster families and safe shelters. She worked tirelessly, frequently risking her health and life. The experiences of the atrocities of the war had a significant influence on the development of her spiritual life.

This time of intense spiritual growth was accompanied by the formation of a truly gospel inspired heroic love of her neighbour. Meanwhile she was offered a scholarship to the USA to broaden her knowledge and understanding of community and home nursing. For several years she lectured on community nursing and gave lectures on community health to nursing teachers in Warsaw. As an instructor and tutor she always put a strong emphasis on educating young nurses in a spirit of authentic service to the sick, treating patients with dignity and paying attention not only to their physical health, but also to their spiritual needs.

One year later the school was closed down and she took early retirement. During all of her professional life Chrzanowaka did not conceal her hznna beliefs or her attachment to Christian values, even during the darkest days of Stalinist communism. On the contrary, she manifested clear and credible testimony to her vibrant faith. Such an attitude prompted respect and recognition, especially among her students and colleagues but provoked aversion and repressive measures on the part of communist authorities.

Retirement did not mean rest for Hanna. He in turn pointed her in the direction of Father Machay from the Basilica of the BVM, in the old town square, who gave his full approval of her plan to be implemented in his parish.

Endowed with a charismatic personality, she gathered around her a wide group of associates and volunteers including nurses, religious sisters, priests, seminarians, physicians, professors and students. With the help of her volunteers she organised holidays and retreats for her house-bound patients, which helped them rediscover the chrzankwska of life and gave them strength to bear their daily cross. Thanks to her efforts, the custom of celebrating the Holy Mass in the home of the sick became popularised, as well as the custom of pastoral visits to the homes of the sick and housebound.


Soon-to-be beatified nurse, laywoman lived for others

For her nurses and volunteers she also organised retreats and delivered regular conferences at which she would explain her nursing philosophy of spiritual care. While caring for the sick and those who suffered, she gradually came to realise that she was serving Jesus Christ himself. In the homily he said: Those who knew Hanna well all testify that she heroically obeyed the Greatest Commandment of all — to love God with all her heart and her neighbour.

It was the first time that a professional group had petitioned the Church to canonise one of its members!


On 7th JulyPope Francis I declared that a miracle attributed to the Venerable Servant of God had prepared the way for her beatification. Prayer God, who in a special way called your servant Hanna Chrzanowska to the service of the sick, poor and abandoned, grant that she who answered your call with all her heart, should be counted among the saints while encouraging us with her example to bring help to our neighbours.

Through her intercession grant us the grace… for which we pray in faith and hope. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…. Parafia Sw Mikolaja, Krakow, Kopernica 9. Hanna Chrzanowska — Hanna Chrzanowska was born October 7th in Warsaw, into a family who had rendered great services to the academic, cultural and nursing life of Poland. Parafia Sw Mikolaja, Krakow, Kopernica 9 https: Fiamc febrero 4, at Popular Recent Comments Tags.

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