Francis is a Latin male name Franciscus which means Frenchman or Free Man
Franciszek Rogaczewski was born on 23rd December 1892 – 11 January 1940) he was a Polish Catholic priest who was arrested by the Nazis and killed at Stutthof concentration camp. He is considered a martyr and was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 13 June 1999.
Franciszek Rogaczewski was born on 23rd December, 1892 in Lipinki, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland. He studied for the priesthood and was ordained in Gdańsk in 1918. As pastor of Christ the King parish, he was a highly renowned and sought-after confessor.
Rogaczewski was arrested on 1st September 1939 by the Nazis for being a priest. He was tortured for months before being shot to death on 11th January 1940 while imprisoned at Stutthof concentration camp in Poland. From prison in the concentration camp, he wrote “you know, I feel that I am going to die. Tell my beloved believers in the church of Christ the King that I will gladly lay down my life for Christ and my homeland”. He was beatified on 13th June 1999 by St Pope John Paul II.
May God in His infinite wisdom continue to inspire us with heroes and heroines who sacrificed everything and held nothing back for Christ.
St Francis, pray for us. Happy feast day to all Francis.