Venerable Bernard Alojzy Lubienski

Venerable Bernard Alojzy LubienskiProfile

Born to the nobility and related to royalty, Bernard was the second of twelve children born to Count Tomasz Wentworth Lubienski and Adelajda, née Lempicka. From the age of six, he was raised by Maria (née Lubienska) and Felix Szymanowski, pious relatives of his father. Home schooled until the autumn of 1858 when he and his older brother, Henryk, were sent to Ushaw College, a Catholic boarding school in County Durham, England. In 1864, after having been rejected by the Jesuits, and much to the disapproval of his family, Bernard became a Redemptorist novice in Clapham, England. He studied theology and philosophy at the international seminary in Witten, Netherlands, and was ordained a priest in Aachen, Germany in 1870. Father Bernard then returned to England to serve as pastor to the Polish exile community in London. He trained as a missionary in Redemptorist houses in Perth, Scotland, in Ireland, and in Long Eaton, England. Served as archivist for the Redemptorists in England, and then as Provincial bursar.

On a trip home to Poland in 1879, Bernard met with the Austrian Redemptorist Provincial, and after discussions, they agreed to try to bring the Redemptorists back to Poland; the congregatoin had been expelled when Napoleon conquered the region in 1809. In 1881 Bernard arranged for the purchase of an abandoned Dominican monastery in Mosciski, Poland, and in 1882, Bernard returned to Poland to work on the re-introduction of the Redemptorists, and to be closer to family. Following a severe bout of influenza in 1885, which left him briefly paralyzed and permanently lamed, he was offered the bishopric of Mohilev, Poland, but delined citing his poor health and his strengths being retreats, missions and writing. He developed a devotion to Saint John Mary Vianney, identifying with the man’s simple life, his effective preaching, and his revitilization of the faith in his flock. Bernard became a successful and much sought after preacher both in churches and at retreats for priests, religious and lay people. Helped to spread devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Father Bernard is reported to have conducted 244 mission trips throughout Poland, led 508 retreats, built 2 churches, and refurbished 54 more in order to enliven the faith life of the Poles.

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  • “Venerable Bernard Alojzy Lubienski“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 March 2018. Web. 17 July 2018. <>