Hanna Chrzanowska, RN
First Lay Catholic Nurse to be Beatified
Presentation of the Beatification of Hanna Chrzanowska, Lay Catholic Nurse, April 28, 2018 [SELECT HERE] All are welcomed to share the presentation.
Video of a portion of the beatification ceremony of Hanna Chrzanowska, a Polish nurse, at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland on April 28, 2018. Geraldine McSweeney, President, CICIAMS participated in the ceremony and carried the small lighted oil lamp behind Helena Matoga, a student of Hanna’s and also the vice postulator for the cause of her canonization, who was carrying Hanna’s relics.
From Geraldine McSweeney, President, CICIAMS, “The ceremony today [Saturday, April 28, 2018] was fantastic — so joyful and spiritual.” Geraldine carried a small lighted oil lamp in procession behind Helena Matoga, who was one of Hanna’s students and is the vice postulator for her cause of canonization. “There was music and clapping as we walked the length of the Basilica. The Polish nurses were to be awed — they did such great work. There were hundreds of them there [at the beatification] in dress uniform which they wear on special occasions. Hundreds of clergy con-celebrated the Mass, the Chief Celebrant was Cardinal Amari, Prefect for the Causes of Persons for Canonization. He, of course, bestowed the blessed honor. The choir was beautiful, their singing would lift you to heaven! There were thousands in the grounds the Basilica where the ceremony was relayed on giant screens.”
“We had another wonderful day yesterday [Sunday, April 29th] at St Nicholas Church where Hanna’s remains lie. Concelebrated Mass, the Chief Celebrant was again Cardinal Angelo Amato following which Hanna’s relics were brought to the altar where her sarcophagus is. The liturgy was enhanced by a beautiful choir. There followed a picnic in the grounds of the Church. It was another beautiful experience.”
For the first time in history, a lay nurse was beatified. A Polish woman, Hanna Chrzanowska, who died in 1973, was announced blessed on Saturday, 28 April, at the World Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow. [READ MORE]
“Greetings from Krakow! I arrived here about 2 hours ago. There is a rehearsal for the beatification ceremony tomorrow. I was asked to carry a candle in the procession behind the nurse who will carry the relics. It is a great honour for CICIAMS.”
CICIAMS President Geraldine McSweeney is in Krakow, Poland for the beatification ceremony of nurse, Hanna Chrzanowska.
For the first time in history, a lay nurse will be beatified. A Polish woman, Hanna Chrzanowska, who died in 1973, will be announced blessed this Saturday, 28 April, at the World Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow. [READ MORE]
Beatification of Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska
Lay Nurse, Krakow, Poland
On April 28, 2018, the Venerable Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska (1902-1973) will be beatified in Kraków, Poland.
Hanna will be the first lay, registered nurse to be beatified and it is the first time in the history of canonizations that a professional group (in this instance qualified nurses), approached their local bishop to start the canonization process of one of its own members! Hanna was Polish and worked most of her life as a community nurse and teacher of community nurses. She set up Parish Nursing in Poland in the 1960s. She was also a Benedictine oblate of Tyniec Abbey. She was an extra-ordinary woman even if she were not considered for canonization. https://hannachrzanowska.pl/en/
The ceremony of the beatification of the Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska will take place on 28 April 2018 at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The ceremony will start at 10:00. All are welcome! Detailed information about the beatification can be found on the Parish website of St. Nicholas.