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)

Timeline of the beatification process

Timeline of the beatification process of the Venerable Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska

April 1993. After the Mass in the Basilica of the Franciscans, Fr. Bp. Stanisław Smoleński in the twentieth death, among the gathered nurses, the sick and their guardians, a request for efforts to initiate the beatification process of Hanna Chrzanowska was made. The application was made by the nurse Zofia Szlendak – Cholewińska.

December 4, 1995. During the canonical visitation of the parish Nicholas in Krakow by HE, priest Cardinal. Franciszek Macharski, after a meeting with representatives of the Health Service, the Board of the Catholic Department of the Association of Polish Nurses and Midwives with its president Izabela Ćwiertnia, priest and midwife of priests Kazimierz Kubik, he asked Fr. Cardinal with a request to initiate efforts to elevate Hanna Chrzanowska to the altars.

March 1997. The Polish bishops gathered at the 287th Conference of the Polish Episcopate expressed a positive opinion on the appropriateness of initiating the trial.
Appointment by Fr. Cardinal F. Macharski of the Historical Commission chaired by prof. dr hab. Urszula Perkowska and members of nurses: Krystyna Pęchalska and Maria Przybylska.

October 1998. The end of the work of the Historical Commission. Parish priest of Saint. Nicholas Monsignor Antoni Sołtysik turned in an official letter to the Cardinal for the opening of the beatification process of Hanna Chrzanowska.

On November 3, 1998, HE Cardinal Franciszek Macharski issued the decree solemnly opened the beatification process.
The court was sworn in at the chapel of the Krakow Archbishops. The ceremony was given by the Cardinal in the presence of the appointed referent for canonization priest prof. hab. Stefan Ryłko. Assistants of Father Andrzej Scąber and priest Andrzej Grodecki. The postulator was sworn in by priest Antoni Sołtysik – parish priest of St. Mikołaj, vice postulator – nurse Helena Matoga, notary lawyer, nurse Maria Cherian.

May 1999. In the church of St. Mikołaja w Krakowie On every third Wednesday of the month, prayers are being held to raise Hanna Chrzanowska to the altars. It is also a day of formation meetings for nurses and midwives.
The interrogation of the witnesses of life and the work of the Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska began. Over 70 people were interviewed.

December 30, 2002. Solemn closure of the beatification process at the diocesan level, Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska by HE, Cardinal F. Macharski.

January 30, 2003. Transfer of procedural documents to the Congregation for the Cult of Saints at the Holy See. Roman postulator of the beatification process was elected priest. prelate Mieczysław Niepsuj, director of the Polish Home in Rome. Documents were delivered by: Postulator Antoni Sołtysik together with priest Kazimierz Kubik.
The development of POSITIO has begun.

30 September 2015 during an audience in the Vatican for the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Card. Angelo Amato, Pope Francis confirmed the decrees on the heroic virtues of the Servants of God, Fr. Franciszek Blachnicki and nurse Hanna Chrzanowska.

On April 6, 2016, the mortal remains of the Venerable Servant of God were moved from the Rakowicki Cemetery to the crypt of the church of St. Nicholas in Krakow at ul. Copernicus 9.

July 7, 2017 Approval by Pope Francis of the decree of the beatification of the Venerable Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska. The basis was the recognition of the miracle as the cause of the Servant of God.

December 7, 2017 issue of the Decree by priest Archbishop Metropolitan of Krakow Marek Jędraszewski, who appointed the Organizing Committee for the preparation of the beatification ceremony planned for April 28, 2018, on the eve of the 45th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God.

An article in the magazine of the Royal College of Nursing

An article in the magazine of the Royal College of Nursing

News of the upcoming beatification of Hanna Chrzanowska spreads throughout the world. The Polish nurse is raising the interest, raising her professional vocation to the heights of ethics and spirituality, while remaining modest, benevolent and friendly to both the wards and everyone with whom she met on a daily basis.

The following article appeared in the pages of RCN Magazines published by the Royal College of Nursing in London.

A miracle through the intercession of Hanna Chrzanowska

Hanna Chrzanowska dreamed of a sick patient during the coma. She smiled and said: “Everything will be fine.” And all this thanks to the pious nurses from Krakow. This is the story of a miracle that has been approved by the Vatican.

The miracle that we’re talking about took place in Krakow. The city with which Chrzanowska was multi-family and professionally connected. Although she was born in Warsaw (1902), she came to Krakow when she was only 8 years old and there she made the most important life decision: to become a nurse.

In the time of the Second Polish Republic she was staying in Warsaw or on foreign scholarships. But from the outbreak of World War II she was in Krakow until the end of her life. There she started cooperation with cardinal Adam Sapieha, then with Cardinal Karol Wojtyla.

Thanks to the kindness of the future Pope, Hanna Chrzanowska managed to realize her idea of ​​parish nursing. It consisted in providing help to the sick from the parish not only in the form of a priest’s service or material gifts, but also as a nurse’s job. And because Hanna herself was very religious and attended a mass every day, she also tried to make it also in the homes of the bedridden.

Her activity did not stop even cancer. She died in 1973, and 25 years later the beatification process began. In 2015, a decree was issued about the heroism of her life and virtues. Only a miracle was missing for beatification. At present, an extraordinary event from 2001 was recognized as a miracle.

At that time, a 66-year-old woman suffered a brain hemorrhage accompanied by a mild myocardial infarction. The result was paralysis of both legs and one hand. Her condition was so catastrophic that it was unsuitable for surgery. That is why she was transported to a conservative unit.

There, there was no contact with the patient, and the staff only kept her vegetative activities: breathing, heartbeat, etc. There was no chance for the woman to survive. However, if she did not even die and regain consciousness, her remembrance would remain forever after the stroke and infarction: the weakening of strength and range of previously paralyzed legs and hand, or their paresis; speech disorders and continuous hospitalization.

Everything, however, ended with a “happy ending”. Hanna Chrzanowska dreamed during her coma. She smiled and said: “Everything will be fine.”

Soon, the woman woke up from a coma, and surprised doctors said that their patient not only talks normally, but also moves the limbs immobilized so far. The treatment lasted for some time, but the resident of Krakow recovered.

Why, however, did the blessed one intervene in this particular matter? Well, a healed woman had a nurse friend. On the day on which the unfortunate events described above (strokes and infarcts) took place, the nurse participated in a monthly mass celebrated with a request for the beatification of Hanna Chrzanowska.

The members of the Catholic Association of Nurses and Midwives mainly went to these masses. The nurse also belonged to him. She also called on the Eucharist gathered friends from the said Association to refuse a novena for the healing of a sick 66-year-old from Krakow due to the servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska.

The novena began immediately, ie immediately after the appeal in this matter. And it was effective, as evidenced by the unexpected improvement in the condition of the person for whom they were prayed. And because Chrzanowska was a nurse, it can be said that through her intercession she did a favor to her colleagues.

Let us add that this article was largely thanks to the kindness of Fr. Andrzej Scąbra. referent for the canonization of the Archdiocese of Krakow. He gave willingly the information necessary to describe the miracle performed due to Hanna Chrzanowska. Ks. Scąber also denied the information functioning on the Internet, that the person who gave the grounds for the beatification of Hanna Chrzanowska was an unbelieving man who after a miraculous healing from a cerebral aneurysm converted to Catholicism.

The article appeared on the Aleteia portal