Homily Cardinal Angelo Amato from Hanna Chrzanowska’s beatification mass

Homily Cardinal Angelo Amato from Hanna Chrzanowska’s beatification mass

1. In the person of Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska, precisely on the 45th anniversary of her birth for heaven, the Church celebrates the creativity of Christian mercy, which, following the example of Jesus the Good Samaritan, broadly opens its arms to receive, care and care for the sick, suffering and weak.

During her funeral, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla made a moving praise, saying: “We thank you, Lady Hanno, that you were among us … that you were among us an embodiment of Christ’s blessings from the Sermon on the Mount, especially that which says:” blessed the merciful ” .

Already in childhood, little Hanna learned from her parents to live according to basic human and Christian values, such as respect for people, diligence, honesty, sensitivity to the needs of the poor, the sick, people from the margins of society. It all directed her to the choice of the nurse profession. Initially, its activity was philanthropic and then, after the conversion in 1932, it became a true and proper Christian apostolate, the apostolate of the saving presence of the cross of Christ in the lives of the sick. While nurturing the devotion to Mary, the comforter of the afflicted, Hanna was the lantern of light in the darkness of human pain.

2. At the age of thirty a decisive breakthrough in the direction of holiness took place in her life, nurtured through prayer, holy communion and adoration of the Eucharist, through retreats, spiritual exercises and the recitation of the Rosary. Hanna, as a Benedictine oblate, joyfully and enthusiastically pursued the Benedictine charism of liturgical prayer and professional work aimed at the sick.

One of the witnesses states that in a special way she was fascinated by the mystery of Mary’s visit to St. Elżbieta, in which she saw an example of the attitude of a person who helps those in need. During the communist regime, she did not conceal her faith, even though she displayed it in opposition from the state authorities.

According to Sr. Serafina Paluszek, Hanna was a deeply religious woman: “She repeated emphatically that all that was done for the sick was done for Christ Himself.” She dealt with the sick and nurses both in the professional and religious aspects.

Hanna reminded everyone of the hope of eternal happiness in heaven. The sick were happy that they could have her close together, because they filled them with peace of mind, optimism and hope for recovery and eternal salvation. One of the witnesses calls her “Angel of Christian Hope”.

In the atmosphere of pain and suffering Hanna was able to bring a ray of light and joy. Thanks to internal peace and the simplicity of behavior she was often called “aunt”, arousing trust, peace, joy and also hope for the future. Her faith in Divine Providence and the heavenly future stimulated life and enthusiasm.

3. Witnesses testify that Hanna accepted her mother’s attitude towards the sick and her co-workers, who very often called her “our mother”. She was particularly magnanimous in treating and caring for seriously ill patients. She visited them and cared for their needs.

She did it with simplicity and cordiality treating the patient as the highest good, like her brother or sister. The profession of a nurse was for her a real calling, a summons for the benefit of the needy. She often distributed medicines bought for her own money.

She did not pay attention to fatigue or to her health. She generously gave others her own time, her intelligence, her culture, actively cooperating with all those who were concerned about relieving the sick or improving their living conditions. She could sell her own jewelry to buy medicine for those in need. She eagerly intervened to help her neighbor without waiting for thanks or acknowledgment.

One of the witnesses tells that one day Hanna learned about the difficult situation of two elderly ladies who need immediate help. Women lived in poor hygiene conditions, in dirt, exposed to cold and hunger. Immediately our Blessed took the sledge and went to knock on the door of the various monasteries, asking for some coal to light up in their furnace. «When the stove was warming – so the witness continues in his testimony – we poured water into the bowl, we warmed it on the stove and washed the old ladies. Then we got some underwear. The handmaid of God was not ashamed of any service towards the sick, she rolled in her sleeves and worked with me. It was the best school for the sick for me. ”

She was caring and forgiving in relation to those who looked after the chronically ill in families and paid special attention to their spiritual and sacramental life. She also provided them with the sacramental protection of the priest.

She did not hide her faith. During the communist regime, she did not complain about the ridicule and injustice she experienced. She regularly joined the sacraments. Due to her religious beliefs, she was deprived of the role of the head of the School of Nursing. Despite the she devoted her life to the full as a nurse, totally devoted to serving the sick. She was not afraid of party pressure, bravely defended her beliefs and organized a periodic retreat for the sick. Our Blessed was really a disciple of Christ, a good shepherd. Her life and her behavior is a compendium of Christian virtues inspired by the words of Jesus who says: What you did to one of my little brothers, you did me. Following in the figure of Hanna bent over the sick, we also learn to bend over the poor, take care about those who need consolation, support, encouragement, help. And there are many of them: they are small, abandoned, exiled, weak, marginalized. We see some of them on our streets every day; many, however, live secretly in their apartments, sick, poor, lonely, without support and help. The church, through the work of its sons and daughters, meets those abandoned, selflessly and nobly carrying them – as our Blessed example – help and protection. Let us be constantly obliging towards everyone, especially our patients, so that they can receive from us everyday signs of interest, gestures of encouragement and support.

Blessed Hanno Chrzanowska, pray for us!

Articles on the beatification of Hanna Chrzanowska

Articles on the beatification of Hanna Chrzanowska

Miedzianą trumienkę wniesiono procesyjnie do kościoła.Chapel of the blessed

The mortal remains of the handmaid of God were solemnly deposited in the alabaster sarcophagus at the altar in the southern nave of the church of St. Nicholas in Krakow. A nursery place will be established here. (more)



Her was about eternal life

About Hanna Chrzanowska and what she left to future generations of nurses, was discussed on April 12 during the conference “Sister of our God.” (more)


Hanna Chrzanowska the patron of the school

The name of the future blessed party was given to the Post-secondary School of Medical and Social Services for Adults in Krakow-Nowa Huta.  (more)

Flame of Hanna Chrzanowska

The school gave the name of the future blessed nurse to the Nowa Huta concert at the Teatr im. Słowacki “I see it in the color of a flame – the world according to Hanna Chrzanowska”. (more)

Be like Hanna Chrzanowska

In Łagiewniki there was a meeting of young people who wanted to join in the preparations for the beatification of Hanna Chrzanowska. (more)

They mentioned Hanna Chrzanowska

In the church of St. Nicholas took the next stage of spiritual preparation for the beatification of a nurse, who combined the service of the sick with personal sanctity. (more)

Prayer at the grave of Hanna Chrzanowska

About 200 people from the 40 charity groups of the Archdiocese of Krakow took part in the February 24 meeting to prepare for the beatification of Hanna Chrzanowska. Holy Mass in the church of St. Nicholas, where the grave of God’s handmaid is located, was presided over by Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, witness of the life of H. Chrzanowska. (more)

Concert of the memory of Hanna Chrzanowska

9 April evening at the Teatr im. Slowacki in Krakow hosted the concert “I see it in the color of a flame”, devoted to Hanna Chrzanowska, nurse, patron of the post-secondary school of Medical and Social Services for Adults in Krakow-Nowa Ruda, to be elevated to the altars on April 28. (more)

Charity groups at the grave of Hanna Chrzanowska

About 200 people from the 40 charity groups of the Archdiocese took part in the February 24 meeting to prepare for the beatification of the Krakow nurse. (more)

Living the Gospel as a path to holiness

The Cracow Church began spiritual preparation for the upcoming beatification of the Venerable Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska. This is another gift that we receive on our personal and shared path of faith, hope and love. The new Blessed has reminded us that the disciples and disciples of Jesus can and should strive for holiness in every state of life, in every profession, in all circumstances. – Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz said during the Mass. in the Church of St. Nicholas in Krakow. (more)

Fr Niepsuj: Hanna Chrzanowska saw in the suffering man the features of the suffering Christ

He explained the postulator of her process to H. Chrzanowska and her meeting with the Krakow nurse about the details of the beatification process of Fr Mieczysław Niepsuj during the lecture as part of the preparations of the Archdiocese of Krakow to the ceremony of elevating the handmaid of God to the altars. The priest emphasized that Hanna Chrzanowska in the suffering person saw the suffering Christ. (more)

Scientific conference “Sister of our God”

Scientific conference “Sister of our God”

The Faculty of Social Sciences of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow invites you to the scientific conference “Sister of our God – on the eve of beatification of Hanna Chrzanowska”, which will take place on April 12, 2018 in the hall at ul. Bernardyńska 3. Starting the meeting at 10.00.


The conference will consist of two parts. In the first (10.00-13.00) there will be five lectures devoted to Hanna Chrzanowska’s sanctity and the work she has begun and which continues to this day, providing inspiration to those who help the sick and the needy. Part two (13.45-15.45), panel, is a meeting with the witnesses of the sanctity of Hanna Chrzanowska and those whose character of the Servant of God inspired her own deep religious reflections and literary creativity.

Fr.. dr hab. Antoni Świerczek

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences



10.00 – Beginning of the conference Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, Metropolitan of Cracow
Ks. prof. dr hab. Wojciech Zyzak, Rector of the UPJPII in Krakow Fr. dr hab. Antoni Świerczek, Dean of the WNS UPJPII in Krakow

Part I (lectures and discussion)

Hosted by: dr hab. Małgorzata Duda, prof. UPJPII
10.30 – 11.00 – priest prof. dr hab. Zdzisław Kijas, Be close to the needy
11.00 -11.30 – priest dr hab. Grzegorz Godawa, Idea of ​​home care implemented today

11.30 – 12.00 – prof. dr hab. n. med. Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis, The demand for long-term care in environmental conditions
12.00 – 12.30 – priest dr Kazimierz Kubik, Integral vision of the sick in the ministry and apostolate of Hanna Chrzanowska
12.30 – 13.00 – Marta Mordarska, Director of PFRON Małopolska Branch – Activities supported by PFRON outside the institution

13.00 – 13.45 – break

Part II (panel and discussion)

Host: ks. dr Marcin Cholewa (13.45 – 15.30)
– priest prof. dr hab. Łukasz Kamykowski, UPJPII in Krakow
– edited by Marzena Florkowska, author of the book Radość dawania. Hanna Chrzanowska
– ed. Paweł Zuchniewicz, author of the book, Sister of our God
– Stanisław Kracik, director of the Neuropsychiatric Hospital Babińskiego in Kraków’s Kobierzyn
– Helena Matoga, vice postulator of the beatification process of Hanna Chrzanowska
– Maria Zielińska, President of the AGAPE Foundation for Assistance to Disabled People Hanna Chrzanowska

15.30 – Summary

University of John Paul II in Krakow

Relocation of the relics of Hanna Chrzanowska

Relocation of the relics of Hanna Chrzanowska

On Wednesday – April 4 – at the church of Saint. Nicholas in Krakow held a solemn transfer of the mortal remains of the Venerable Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska from the underground of the temple to the chapel dedicated to celebrate the future Blessed. They were deposited in an alabaster sarcophagus, which is a gift from Polish nurses and locals.


With the singing of the Litany to All Saints, the mortal remains were solemnly brought to the temple. Prayer was presided over by Fr. Bishop Jan Zając. The copper coffin with the remains of Chrzanowska was affixed with the seals of the Archdiocese of Krakow, and then put into an alabaster sarcophagus, which was placed at the late-gothic altar with the scene of the Coronation of Mary.


At the age of the sarcophagus there is an inscription: “Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska, nurse,” and on the corpus – the cross and the date of birth and death of the Servant of God. For now – until the beatification – it will be covered. After the ceremony, which will take place on April 28 at the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki, the faithful will be able to pray there next to the relics of the future Blessed. A painting with the image of Hanna Chrzanowska will also hang on the side wall of the chapel.

As Fr. Dr. Andrzej Scąber, the delegate of the Archbishop of Krakow for canonization, the ceremony of transferring the temporal remains of the Venerable Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska, was the complement of what took place two years ago at the Rakowicki Cemetery. – Exactly two years ago, on April 6, 2016, there was an exhumation, a recognization, that is, the recognition of remains and the collection of small fragments to future reliquaries and

transferring them to the church of St. Nicholas in Krakow – the priest explained and added that during these two years the bones rested in the basement of the temple, waiting for the papal decision regarding the miracle. – When the Holy Father approved the miracle through the intercession of Hanna Chrzanowska, it was possible to set the date of beatification. The Secretariat of State at the request of the Archbishop of Kraków confirmed the date which will take place on April 28, 2018 at the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy – reminded Fr. Scaber.

Rekognicja, download of the relics belongs to the essential elements of the canonization process. This is most often done before the beatification itself, in order to take out the small bones of the skeleton, which are then intended for the relics, to honor the faithful who ask for it. – These relics will be able to acquire primarily parish communities, hospital chapels, and in exceptional situations, private persons – the priest told us.

When the skeleton was cleaned, preserved and secured two years ago, the bones on the relics were secured. – Today, other parts of the bones of the Servant of God have been chosen for these separate parts, which will soon become relics. The postulation has prepared one hundred capsules with relics. However, many more relics have been collected than at the moment there is a need, due to the fact that the next recognizing can only take place before canonization, so we do not know when – maybe in a couple, maybe in several dozen years – noted Fr. Scaber.

Part of the relics will be transferred to the parish, which indicates that they are interested in relics, and some will be kept in the church vault.

Małgorzata Pabis

(source: Cracow Archdiocese)