Blessed Malgorzata Szewczyk

Blessed Malgorzata SzewczykAlso known as

  • Sister Lucja
  • Margherita Lucia Szewczyk
  • Mother of the Poor and Orphans

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Born to a deeply religious family, she was orphaned young (her father died when Malgorzata was seven, her mother when she was nine) and leaned on her faith; the Eucharist became the center of her faith the rest of her life. At age 20 Malgorzata became a Franciscan tertiary, making her initial vows on 24 August 1878. Spiritual student of Blessed Honorat Kozminski beginning c.1880. She began a personal ministry of caring for sick and neglected elderly women, letting the homeless ones move in with her. This work attracted other women, and with Blessed Honorat, she organized them into the Daughters of the Sorrowful Mother of God, also known as the Seraphic Sisters, founded formally on 18 April 1881. In 1891 she moved to the Galicia region of eastern Europe and built a monastery in Oswiecim, Poland, which became the motherhouse of the Daughters and a hub of care for abandoned and sick people, orphans, and for religious education. She worked for two years in the Holy Land where she cared for sick pilgrims. The Daughters full pontifical approval from Pope Pius XII on 3 March 1953, and continue their good work today with hundreds of Sisters in dozens of houses.

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Readings

Triune God, You called Your Handmaid Margaret Lucia to care for the poor and abandoned members of the Mystical Body of Christ the Lord, let us follow the voice of Your holy will, and through the intercession of Your Handmaid Margaret Lucia grant us the grace (mention it here) for which I humbly plea. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Malgorzata Szewczyk“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 June 2021. Web. 1 December 2021. <>