Saint Stanislaus Kostka

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Stanislaus Kostka by Franz Xaver Zettler, 1911; window is in the chapel of the Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung und Personalführung in Dillingen, Bavaria, Germany; photographed on 14 May 2012 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Stanislaw Kostka



Born to the Polish nobility, the son of a senator. Attended the Viennese Jesuit college from age 14 with his brother Paul, who badly mistreated him. While staying at the home of a Lutheran, he became gravely ill, but was not allowed to call for a priest. He prayed to his personal patron, Saint Barbara, who appeared to him in a vision with two angels, and administered Communion. He was then cured from his disease by Our Lady who told him to become a Jesuit, though it was against his family’s wishes. Attended the Jesuit college in Rome, Italy. Friend of Saint Peter Canisius. Jesuit novice from 28 October 1567. Student of Saint Francis Borgia.








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I find a heaven in the midst of saucepans and brooms. Saint Stanislaus

Saint Stanislaus had drawn as his monthly patron for August the glorious martyr Saint Lawrence, and in his honour he performed daily some penance or devotion. On the eve of his feast, he obtained leave to take the discipline; in the morning he went to Communion, and then laid before the image of the saint a letter addressed to Our Lady, in which he begged that he might die on her Feast of the Assumption, and he prayed Saint Lawrence to present to her his petition. That night he was seized with a slight fever, which, however, rapidly increased; and on Assumption Eve, he received the last sacraments. Then, as he lay dying, he had brought to him a little book containing a litany in his own writing of his monthly patron saints, whom he constantly invoked. At 3 a.m. on the Feast of the Assumption, he face suddenly lit up with joy, and he breathed forth his soul to the Mother of God, who had come to conduct him to heaven. – from Miniature Lives of the Saints by Bowden

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Stanislaus Kostka“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 November 2021. Web. 1 December 2021. <>