Saint of the Day – 28 February – Blessed Stanislaw Antoni Trojanowski (1908-1942) Martyr and Religious Brother – also known as: Tymoteusz, Timoteo Trojanowski, Stanislaw Tymoteusz Trojanowski, prisoner 25431. Born on 29 July 1908 in Sadlowo, Mazowieckie, diocese of Plock, Poland – 28 February 1942 in the death camp hospital at Oswiecim (Auschwitz), Malopolskie, Nazi-occupied Poland of pneumonia. He was Beatified on 13 June 1999 by St Pope John Paul II.
In the Auschwitz death camp near Krakow in Poland, Blessed Timoteusz Trojanowski, a Brother of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and martyr, who, during the domination of his homeland under a regime hostile to humanity and religion, exhausted by tortures suffered for confessing his Christian faith, brought to fruition his martyrdom.
Stanislaw Antoni was born 29 July 1908 in the village of Sadlowo, in the diocese of Plock, parents and Ignacy Franciszka Zebkiewicz. The precarious economic situation of the family led him to work from an early age. This involved poor attendance at primary school. On 5 March 1930 he entered the convent of Friars Minor Conventual and Niepokalanow (founded by St Maximillian Kolbe) and on 6 January 1931 he was able to begin his novitiate with the name of Tymoteusz. He made a simple profession of vows on 2 February 1932 and professed his solemn vows on 11 February 1935. His whole religious life was held in Niepokalanow, working in the shipping department of the magazine “Knights of the Immaculate Conception” in the warehouse and infirmary, where he devoted himself to the sick brethren.
On 3 May 1937, he reported to his superior his wish to go on a mission “anywhere, anytime, provided the will of God.”
He was disciplined and faithful to his vocation, had great confidence on the part of his famous superior, Father Kolbe.
With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, he chose to remain at Niepokalanow. On 14 October 1941 he was arrested by the Gestapo with six brothers, including a Friar Bonifacy and locked up in prison in Warsaw because they were Catholics. In prison he was able to devote much time to prayer, bolstering the courage to others.
On 8 January 1942 he was again deported with Bonifacy to the concentration camp of Oswiecim with the number 25431. He was originally intended for the transport of construction materials, then the excavation and transport of gravel and finally to the collection of rapeseed. He endured, with great courage, the hunger, cold and hard work. He never lost heart, always encouraging others to trust in the protection of God. The cold caused the pneumonia that led to his death in the hospital at the death camp on 28 February 1942. (From the translated Roman Martyrology)