Prayers at the sarcophagus of Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska

Prayers at the sarcophagus of Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska

Currently, a sarcophagus with the remains of Bl. Hanna Chrzanowska is located in the southern nave of the church of St. Nicholas, under the altar setting depicting the coronation of Our Lady. The sarcophagus was made of alabaster. On the sarcophagus, the inscription: Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska, Nurse, 1902-1973. The author of the project is Mr. Stanisław Juszczak, and the founder of the Catholic Association of Polish Nurses and Midwives.

Many devotees pray at the sarcophagus, entrusting their intentions to the new Blessed.

In addition, the parish of St. Mikołaj invites you to the weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska and the monthly Holy Mass. for the sick.

“Hour with Jesus and Hanna Chrzanowska”
every Thursday, at 17.00;
Holy Mass evening together in intention
reported patients – every 28th of the month,
St. Nicholas in Krakow, ul. Copernicus 9
(after the Mass – litany to Blessed Hanna and the celebration of her relics).


Litany to blessed Hanna Chrzanowska

Pierwsza Międzynarodowa Pielgrzymka Śladami Bł. Hanny Chrzanowskiej w pierwszą rocznicę beatyfikacji

                                                       The first International Pilgrimage
                              In the footsteps of Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska in the first anniversary of the beatification

                                                        Beginning: Monday, April 22, 2019.

                                                        Completion: Monday, April 29, 2019.

On Monday, 22 April 2019. to submit the First International Pilgrim in the footsteps of Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska in the first anniversary 
of the beatification. Upon arrival to Warsaw and accommodation in a hotel, we visited the Old Town. The evening was crowned by a shared dinner.

Tuesday, April 23, start with the holiday in the language of the Dominican Fathers on Ul. Freta at 10 am Holy Mass was celebrated 

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About “Blessed Nurse Hanna Chrzanowska, Lady of Mercy”

About “Blessed Nurse Hanna Chrzanowska, Lady of Mercy”

Kazimiera Zahradniczek Helena Matoga Tadeusz Wadas

About “Blessed Nurse Hanna Chrzanowska, Lady of Mercy”.




In connection with the announced beatification of Hanna Chrzanowska on April 28, 2018, the Publishers of the Małopolska Chamber of Nurses and Midwives in Krakow bearing her name, decided to prepare and issue an extraordinary publication related to this unique event.

We therefore turned to people from different backgrounds who collaborated with H. Chrzanowska at various times in her life, with an invitation to participate in collecting and presenting her reflections and experiences related to her. That they would become co-authors of the planned publication, protecting from oblivion and preserving the obvious facts from her life for the next generations.

Many of her relatives, unfortunately, are no longer alive, but their very significant relationships and memories remain, which should not be forgotten.

And that’s how the collected material was arranged by us and presented in the compact publishing position of “Blessed Nurse Hanna Chrzanowska, Lady of Mercy”.

As co-editors and co-editor of this publication, by education nurses and nurses, each and every one of us individually, we present a brief information about the process of its creation.

KAZIMIERA ZAHRADNICZEK The history of nursing in Krakow is particularly close to me, not only because of the position under this title and co-organization of the History of Nursing Salon of the Institute of Nursing and Midwifery of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Jagiellonian University. I also hoped that a decades-long relationship with nursing and nurse education would enable me and would facilitate the collection and preparation of material for this publication.

During my studies at the State School of Nursing in Krakow, H. Chrzanowska did not work anymore, but her co-workers, teachers, didactic materials and theoretical and practical methods were introduced. In this atmosphere, which she created and left, further groups of students were educated. And in the following years, I had the opportunity to participate in meetings with her.

The material and its contents collected for this publication aroused my admiration and admiration, and at the same time I was afraid to cope with the challenge. It is more than dozens of articles depicting accounts of witnesses from different periods of life of H. Chrzanowska. These relations present the environment in which her unusual personality was shaped, which had such a significant impact on the development of nursing in Poland. But also the impact on relationships between people, perception of those who can not or do not want to help themselves. They present the path of her professional and scientific development, the use of scholarships in the countries of Europe and the United States, as well as the transfer of acquired experience to the education of nurses and professional practice in the country. She did so through very numerous publications, activities in professional associations, but above all in direct contact with educated nurses and people under her protection. She especially developed, based on scientific principles, her beloved nursing of the sick at home, “which she knew how to find, especially those who required special care”.

In many articles, the authors, regardless of themselves, emphasize her “great serenity”, “a great sense of humor”, and the fact that “her difficulties did not discourage, but even fascinated” and “in the face of gross negligence, disregarding official duties and dishonesty was very strict. ”

She became an authority for nurses and nursing during her lifetime. She was invited to meetings not only with nurses and students of nursing schools, I was a participant in such meetings. After the death of many schools, her name was given, and even though some of them ceased to function, their graduates talk about it and write with pride, also in this publication.

Her scientific achievements in the field of nursing theory and practice as well as universal ethical values ​​and attitudes became the basis for organized scientific conferences.

“It should be remembered that Hanna was considered a pioneer of Polish nursing in her lifetime, and even if she was not beatified, papers, books and doctorates would be written on it. I think so “, wrote Małgorzata Brykczyńska. I share this opinion.

I hope that this publishing position will be, not only for the community of nurses and midwives, a moving documentary about the precursor of our profession, and for candidates, perhaps an incentive to follow her path.

HELENA MATOGA In preparing our publication, we wanted to show the figure of the Blessed Nurse in the fullness of her life, childhood joy, youthful enthusiasm, family tragedies, cares, life challenges, joy of work, friendship and entertainment.

Her maturing and deep faith in God, up to the elevation on the Altar.

We could do this thanks to her personal souvenirs, as well as those donated by her family, friends and borrowed from the Chambers of Tradition from schools bearing her name. Personal souvenirs were collected by Alina Rumun, the closest collaborator of Hanna Chrzanowska and the performer of her last will.

Unfortunately, important original documents related to her professional education were probably destroyed during the war. Many of them had to be played on the basis of witnesses’ testimonies.

My query in the State Archives, the Institute of National Remembrance, and others, provided many unknown documents, especially from the Second World War, confirming her murderous work in the Central Welfare Council (RGO). On this occasion, I discovered the documents of nursing parents associated with the conspiracy, as well as the surveillance of some fellow nurses and the environment of nurses associated with the Krakow church as well as retreats organized during the PRL.

I have included this information in my book “In the circle of the caring cap”.

These materials served the Historical Commission appointed by Fr. Cardinal. Franciszek Macharski, to document the attitude of the heroic Servant of God H. Chrzanowska in the proceedings. Used, not reserved, they were the beginning of the archives of the Catholic Association of Polish Nurses and Midwives (KSPiPP), which was located, thanks to the kindness of the Małopolska District Chamber of Nurses and Midwives (MOIPiP), at its headquarters.

For the creation of the prepared publication, in my case happily the fact that I was a student of Blessed, who was my Mistress. Also, the fact that I was a witness of a widening opinion about her sanctity, I heard it from her charges. It was also the culmination of the work which was imposed on me by my older colleagues in 1993, and which was sanctioned by Fr. Cardinal. Franciszek Macharski in 1998, entrusting me the functions of vicepostulatorki in the composition of the Tribunal in the process at the level of the diocese.

Ks. the cardinal, referring with great respect to nurses, appointed in the composition of the Court a notary – a lawyer’s nurse, and two nurses appointed to the Historical Commission. My last conversation with Fr. Cardinal F. Macharski was held in the sacristy of the church of St. Nicholas in Krakow, on the day of the transfer of the mortal remains of the Venerable Servant of God H. Chrzanowska to the crypt of the church of St. Nicholas. Before the Mass I was asked to the sacristy. In the presence of priest parish priest J. Gubała and priest K. Kubik, two sick priests stood in front of me: Cardinal. F. Macharski and priest prelate, postulator Antoni Sołtysik, thanking me for cooperation and bringing to this stage of the process. Moved, I started to thank Father Cardinal for the honor I had and the trust he gave me. He replied briefly and emphatically: “But you’re taking me away.”

I would like to express my gratitude to the successors of Fr. Cardinal. F. Macharski. HE, Cardinal. Stanisław Dziwisz for the costs of the trial, prayer and support. HE, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, for organizing and moving the beatification ceremony.

TADEUSZ WADAS There is no publication that would show the whole life and activity of Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska, Nurse, Lady of Mercy, as a role model for adepts of nursing art. Hence my decision to participate in its preparation.

We are publishing a publication co-authored by the family and students of the Blessed and her collaborators, volunteers and clergy. It is also an attempt to describe the organization and conduct the process of beatification and its solemn ending.

The Małopolska District Chamber of Nurses and Midwives in Krakow, was interested in publications about Blessed, and supported them. Together with Hanna Paszko we prepared “In tribute to Hanna Chrzanowska”, which was published in 2011, dedicated to young people who are interested in education in the nursing profession. We analyzed the “Nurse’s conscience account”, which was disseminated by H. Chrzanowska, considering dilemmas and ethical problems. She emphasized the proper attitude of the nurse, praising when it belonged, or expressing disapproval, saying: “Disgust for the nurse is a bedsore”.

After the publication of the name of Hanna Chrzanowska to our Publishing House, further publications were published, ie Małgorzata Brykczyńska “Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska”, which was given to the participants during the solemn beatification, and Hanna Chrzanowska’s “Memories of the note list”, developed by Alina Rumun and Marzena Florkowska. . In the pages of our magazine “Małopolskie Pielęgniarki i Położne”, we published articles showing the personality of Blessed and her achievements in the field of nursing theory and practice.

We will continue to do so.

While participating in the preparations for the beatification ceremony, we wished that its course would be elevated and remained in the memory of the participants, and documented in the prepared publication remained an eternal memento for those who were not given to be present. Many wonderful people have joined these activities. First and foremost, the role of the Catholic Association of Polish Nurses and Midwives in Krakow, the vice postulator of the beatification process, Helena Matogi, nurse priest and midwives of the Archdiocese of Krakow, priest. Dr. Kazimierz Kubik.

Polish nurses and midwives funded the Lady of Mercy, the sarcophagus, the College of Nurses and Midwives of Poland, the Beatification Picture, Parish of St. Mikołaja in Kraków, reliquary, Małopolska District Chamber of Nurses and Midwives in Krakow, Mass chalice and the Catholic Association of Nurses and Midwives in Krakow, ampoules for wine and water.

The nursing community from all over Poland contributed to the spiritual experience of this celebration. It was accompanied by the flagships of the District Chambers of Nurses and Midwives, trade unions, Catholic associations and schools named after Hanna Chrzanowska, as well as a very large group of nurses and midwives.

This has been documented by the description and a multitude of photographs included in this publication.

As the editorial team of the publication “BŁOGOSŁAWIONA PIELĘGNIARKA HANNA CHRZANOWSKA DAMA MIŁOSIERDZIA”, we would like to thank all the Authors for their memories, documents and memorabilia that have enriched the knowledge of Blessed Hannah Chrzanowska. We would like to thank the families of those who are no longer living, for providing materials and documents that would allow a more complete presentation of her achievements.

We would like to thank the authors that together with the editors, they paid the fee for this publication to the Foundation for the Development of Nursing of Małopolska District Chamber of Nurses and Midwives in Krakow, intended for the Nursing Home for Nurses and Midwives.


Litany to bl. Hanna Chrzanowska

Litany to Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saint Benedict, pray for us.

All the holy men and women, saints of God, pray for us.

Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska, pray for us.

Blessed Hanna, who praised God for His great works, pray for us.

Who found Jesus Christ in the mystery of the cross, pray for us.

Who ardently explored the depths of his Divine Word, pray for us.

Who was united with Christ in the Eucharist, pray for us.

Who drew from the depths of Benedictine spirituality, pray for us.

Who found in prayer the power of faith, hope and charity, pray for us.

Who went with Mary in haste to assist the needy, pray for us.

Who with Our Lady of Sorrows consoled the despondent, pray for us.

Who served Christ in caring for the sick, pray for us.

Who sought support from the Holy Church, pray for us.

Who co-operated with pastors in the care of the sick, pray for us.

Who radiated a passionate love of God, pray for us.

Who was the embodiment of the eight beatitudes, pray for us.

Who selflessly performed acts of charity, pray for us.

Who defended life from conception to death, pray for us.

Who wisely taught the art of nursing, pray for us.

Who nurtured the conscience of nurses, pray for us.

Who administered the most basic nursing care to her patients, pray for us.

Who strove for respect of the nursing profession, pray for us.

Who unfailingly sought out the sick and abandoned, pray for us.

Who gathered to herself refugees and orphans, pray for us.

Who restored hope and joy to the disabled, pray for us.

Who cared for the body and souls of her patients, pray for us.

Who reconciled the sick with God, pray for us.

Who introduced the custom of celebrating Holy Mass in the homes of the sick, pray for us.

Who protected with great care the dignity of her patients, pray for us.

Who confronting human misery evoked compassion, pray for us.

Who inspired many towards service to the sick, pray for us.

Who prepared people to meet the sick and suffering, pray for us.

Who discovered God’s beauty in our world and revealed it to others, pray for us.

Who dispelled sorrows with serenity, pray for us.

Who bravely and faithfully bore all adversities, pray for us.

Who devoted her energies to the service of the sick, pray for us.

Who laudably fulfilled her nursing vocation, pray for us.

Who wholeheartedly gave herself to God and her neighbour, pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, 
Spare us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, 
Graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, 
Have mercy on us. 


Priest: Pray for us Blessed Hanna

Faithful: So that with our whole life we may give witness to loving kindness.


Let us pray:

God, you called Blessed Hanna to serve the sick, poor, and abandoned, may she who with her whole heart answered that call, through her example constantly encourage us in assisting our neighbours. Through Christ our Lord; Amen.



Curia of Archdiocese of Kraków

Nr 844/2018, Kraków, 28 April 2018

Archbishop Mark Jędraszewski


115th Anniversary of the Baptism of Saint Hanna Chrzanowska

115th Anniversary of the Baptism of Saint Hanna Chrzanowska

Church in Wiązowna, in which 115 years ago was baptized bl. Hanna Chrzanowska. A renewed antique baptismal font in which the Baptism of Saint.

During the ceremony they received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. two girls. Older people received the Sacrament of the Sick. In the pictures, the National Chaplain of the Health Service, Fr. Arkadiusz Zawistowski gives the Sacrament of the Baptism of Saint. newborn.


The exhibition “Maria and Hanna Epstein Chrzanów – unusual Krakow nurses”

The exhibition “Maria and Hanna Epstein Chrzanów – unusual Krakow nurses”

June 7 this year in the courtyard of the Dominican Sisters in Krakow The Gródek officially opened an exhibition dedicated to exceptional nurses who exercised his ministry in the city. The protagonists are: Maria Epstein – precursor of Polish professional nursing and Bl. Hanna Chrzanowska who wholeheartedly strive for the care of patients remaining in their homes and help them not only in matters of care for the body, but also the care of their spiritual needs.

These two wonderful nurses knew each other personally because Bl. Hanna Chrzanowska was a student of Maria Epstein, and then they shared their sincere friendship, even when Maria joined the Dominican convent.

We invite you to visit this very interesting exhibition, to which the Dominican nuns materials made available and which is in the courtyard of the monastery on Gródek in Kraków. Mikołajska 21. The exhibition will be available for two months.

Portrait of beatification and reliquary

Portrait of beatification and reliquary

Beatification portrait – the picture shows the figure of a 30-year-old nurse – Hanna Chrzanowska. In her hands, Blessed is holding a rosary and the Account of the conscience of the nurse she is the author of. The portrait was painted on the basis of photography. The author of the painting is Mr. Zbigniew Juszczak.




The reliquary – relics of the Blessed were placed in a heart-shaped capsule – a symbol of giving one’s life to another. The heart has been decorated with stones to emphasize feminine delicacy and beauty. The whole is closed in the shape of a classic nursing cap, a symbol of the mission undertaken by Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska. The author of the reliquary is Mr. Marek Nowak from the Manogold company from Zabierzów.