Meeting of Provincial Councils of Slavic Countries

[Province of Warsaw, Poland] From August 5 to 12, 2019 the Warsaw Province of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Poland hosted the Provincial Councils of Slavic Countries in Łbiska. The Visitatrices,  Father Directors and other members of the Councils from: Albania, Slovenia, Slovakia and three Polish Provinces: Chełmno-Poznań, Krakow and Warsaw came to this meeting. Read More

“The joy of being a Daughter of Charity”

[Province of Warsaw] In the Motherhouse, from April 29 to May 13, 2019, the International Session of the Spiritual and Vincentian Renewal for the Sisters from 11 to 24 years of vocation took place. It ran under the motto: “The joy of being a Daughter of Charity.” In total 74 Sisters participated. They came from Africa, Central, North and South America, Asia and Europe. The meeting was translated into 8 languages. Read More

“God is born in Lbiska”

[Province of Warsaw] The story of the House for Children in Lbiska dates back to the beginnings of the history of Company of Daughters of Charity in Poland. Responding to the invitation from Marie-Louise Gonzaga, Queen of Poland, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac sent the first three sisters to the Royal Court in Warsaw. (Priests of the Mission arrived at the court in Warsaw in 1651).  Sisters settled in the then suburbs of Warsaw, now the Powisle district. Read More

Days of prayer for the Vincentian Marian Youth

[Province of Warsaw, Poland] Days of prayer were organized for Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY) at the Provincial House in Warsaw (Poland) November 30 to December 2. Seventy-five people took part in it along with those who accompanied them. They were girls and boys from primary, middle and high schools, students and a few people who are already working. This group also included Vincentian Marian Youth from Brest, Belarus. All of them were accompanied by Sisters from various communities of the Provinces who run Marian groups in their area or work with young people in a different way. Read More

Brown Cross of Merit for the Daughter of Charity

[Province of Warsaw, Poland] The Ostrołęka county office of the Mazovian Voivodeship Board of Education has organized an annual ceremony on the occasion of National Education Day. During that ceremony teachers and educational employeesfrom several neighboring countiesreceived awards and prizes. The ceremony took place in Ostrów Mazowiecka on 11 October this year. Read More

A Daughter of Charity awarded for merits in defense of dignity, humanity and human rights

[Province of Warsaw] Sunday 29 July 2018, as part of the celebrations of  the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, awarded with the highest state decorations some veterans of the insurgence and those who arecultivatingthe remembrance of the recent history of Poland. The ceremony took place in the courtyard of the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising.

Among decorated: “for outstanding merits in defense of dignity, humanity and human rights, for generous service in saving lives and health for those in need of help” was Sr. Józefa SŁUPIAŃSKA, Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul from the Province of Warsaw. She was decorated with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (5thclass).During the WWII and through the Uprising she worked as a nurse in the Infant Jesus Hospital in Warsaw and when the hospital was evacuated from Warsaw after the Uprising fell down she was among evacuated patients and staff.  In March this year she celebrated her 106thbirthday.

Addressing the insurgence veterans Mr. President said:”You fought for values, you did not fight for revenge, it was not the most important message of the Warsaw Uprising, the message was the struggle for freedom, there was a desire for a free homeland and the desire for freedom as such.”

The Warsaw Uprising lasted from August 1 to October 3, 1944. It was a military struggle against the Nazi German forces occupying Warsaw held in the left Vistula river bank of the Warsaw. The right bank part was already liberated by Soviet and dependent on Soviet Union Polish forces. The insurgence was organized by the Home Army, the largest underground military organization in occupied Europe.  From amilitary point of view,the Warsaw Uprising aimed at Nazi occupants as an effort to liberate the capital of Poland. From apolitical point of view it was a manifestation of independence and sovereignty for the Soviet Union, their Red Army and newly formed Polish communist government and armed forces dependent on Soviet leaders. Soviet troops already camped on the right bank of the Vistula River,  so called “liberators” who in fact where new occupants, did not involve in the uprising. They didn’t bring support and help to the insurgents fighting on the left bank. They didn’t even allow  Western Allied Forces to provide air drops of supplies from temporary airfields on already liberated by Soviet troops territories. This decision limited the support which could be delivered to insurgents dramatically. Insurgent troops fought lonely with the overwhelming Nazi forces. An Uprising planned for a week or so lasted 63 days. Finally, its commander signed act of capitulation on October 3. According to it some 500 thousand civilian residents of Warsaw were forcibly expelledfrom the town. Those who survived street fights became refugees. Afterwards German forces turned the town into anocean of ruins.

During the Uprising about 200,000 civilians and 16 thousand soldiers of the underground army were killed, 20 thousand were wounded and 15 thousand taken as prisoners of war.