Blessed Stefan Wyszyński

Blessed Stefan WyszynskiAlso known as

  • Primate of the Millennium
  • Radwan II (nickname used during World War II)



Born to a poor member of the Polish nobility, Stefan’s mother died when the boy was nine years old. Ordained a priest of Wloclawek, Kujawy, Kalisze, Poland on 3 August 1924. He received a doctorate in canon law from Catholic University of Lublin, and then taught at the seminary in Wloclawek.

Father Stefan spent World War II hiding from Nazis, minstering to members of the Polish resistance, and helping Jews escape persecution. After the War he became rector of the re-built Wloclawek seminary and editor of a Catholic weekly publication. Chosen bishop of Lublin, Poland on 25 March 1946 by Pope Pius XII. Chosen Metropolitan Archbishop of Gniezno, Poland and of Warsaw, Poland on 12 November 1948, and served as primate of Poland. Known for his opposition to Nazism and Communism, many considered him the leader of the Polish nation when the country was under the control of totalitarian governments; he spent three years, from 25 September 1953 till 26 October 1956 in prison for his opposition to them. Elevated to Cardinal by Pope Pius XII on 12 January 1953, a few months before his imprisonment, he was installed as CardinalPriest of Santa Maria in Trastevere on 18 May 1957 following his release. He helped to celebrate the Millennium of Christianity in Poland in 1966. Cardinal Stefan supported Pope Saint John Paul II, and was key to getting him to accept when chosen pope in the conclave of October 1978.






The lack of courage is the beginning of defeat for a bishop. Blessed Stefan

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Stefan Wyszyński“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 November 2021. Web. 9 December 2021. <>