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SISTER 

MARTA WIECKA

1874-1904
Daughter of Charity
on the road to
sainthood
2
In August 1990
Daughters of Charity
from Krakow, Poland
came to the town of
Sniatyn, Ukraine to
search for the grave of ...
3
They
discovered
that
“Matushka”
was a
Daughter of
Charity
named Sr.
MARTA
WIECKA. 3
4
In Sniatyn, people of all creeds --
Roman Catholic,
Greek Catholic,
Orthodox,
and even non-believers --
regarded Sr. Mar...
5
Who was Sr. Marta Wiecka?
Marta Anna
Wiecka
was born
12 January 1874 in
the town of Nowy
Wiec.
It is now part of
Poland,...
6
Marta was the third of 13
children born to a wealthy
land owner Marcelino
Wiecki and his wife,
Paulina (Kamrovska)
Wieck...
7
Her foundation in faith
Six days after birth Marta was
baptized in the church in the
town of Szczodrowo.
The strong Cath...
8
Vocation
At the age of 16 Marta tried to enter the Daughters of Charity in the town
of Chelmno, but was told that she wa...
9
At the age of 18
Marta tried again
to join the
Daughters of
Charity in
Chelmno, this
time with her
friend Monika
Gdaniec...
10
Formation
26 March 1892 – Postulatum
12 August 1892 – Seminary
21 April 1893 – Sent on Mission
Daughters	
  of	
  Chari...
11
21 April 1893: Sr. Marta was
sent on her first mission to a
hospital in Lviv.
Once there she quickly gained the
reputat...
12
A year and a half later on 15 November 1894, she was missioned again to a
hospital in Podhajce.
Here for the next five ...
13
In 1902 Sr. Marta
was sent to serve at
a hospital in the
town of Bochnia.
Shortly after she
arrived, a patient at
the h...
14
The parish priest heard the rumors and
demanded that superiors remove Sr.
Marta!
This patient spread the rumor that Sr....
15
But	
  her	
  Sister	
  Servant	
  Sr.	
  
Maria	
  Chablo	
  insisted	
  that	
  
Sr.	
  Marta	
  “is	
  an	
  innocen...
16
In 1902 Sr. Marta was missioned to the hospital in the town of Sniatyn.
Here her sanctity would shine for all to see.
`...
17
The two short years that Sr. Marta
served in Sniatyn, people of all creeds –
and no creed at all –
came to admire and l...
18
Sr. Marta took the place
of a family man whose
job it was to clean the
typhus ward.
She contracted typhus.
19
On 30 May 1904,
at the age of 30, Sr.
Marta
died.
In her illness she was surrounded by her Sisters and her
brother Fr. ...
20
Since 1904,
through two world wars
and Soviet occupation, …
21
…the people of Sniatyn and surrounding areas
have come with their needs and prayers …
22
…to the grave of
their “Matushka,”
Sr. MARTA
WIECKA.
23
They know what the Catholic
Church is just beginning to
determine …
Sr. Marta Wiecka
is a
SAINT!
24
Lviv	
  Cathedral,	
  26	
  June	
  1997:	
  the	
  process	
  
for	
  canonization	
  begins.	
  
10	
  October	
  200...
25
Lviv:	
  The	
  Beatification	
  Mass	
  was	
  held	
  in	
  the	
  
Bohdan	
  Chmielnicki	
  Park	
  of	
  Culture
25
26
Cardinal Tarcisio
Bertone presided.
27
After the reading of the act of
Beatification, a Portrait of Sr.
Marta Wiecka by Marcin
Kolpanowicz was unveiled.
Bless...
28
Reliquary holding the relics of
Blessed Sr. Marta Wiecka.
29
30
31
Final resting place of
Blessed Sr. Marta Wiecka
31
32
An ecumenical service was held in
the morning at the grave of Blessed
Sr. Marta Wiecka.
33
Later a Mass of Celebration was held in a
park across the street from the cemetery
where Blessed Sr. Marta is buried. 33
34
Bishop Leon Dubrawski of the
diocese of Kamieniec Podolski
presided at the Eucharist.
34
35
Sr. Evelyne Franc, Superioress General of the Daughters of Charity,
during her remarks said: “We know that the whole li...
36
Front row seats: Sr Zofia Daniscakova, General Councillor;
Sr. Juana Elizando, previous Superioress General of the Daug...
37
37
38
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese
of Lviv Leon Maly gave the homily.
38
39
The portrait of Blessed Sr. Marta Wiecka was carried in
procession to its home in the Church of Our Lady of the
Scapula...
40
40
41
Side Chapel: Home
of the portrait of
Blessed Sr Marta
Wiecka.
41
42
The cross which originally
marked the grave of
Blessed Sr. Marta.
43
LORD GOD,
you called Sister Marta Wiecka
to the
Company of the Daughters of Charity
to follow your Son
and to serve him...
44
. . . We thank you, Lord,
for the holiness
and service
which we see in the life
of your servant Sister Marta.
Through h...
45
. . .We ask this
in humility and confidence
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
a
Our Father... Hail Mary...
Glory to...
46
Blessed 

Sr. MARTA
WIECKA, 

pray for us.
Feast Day: 30 May
47
This presentation was put together by
Sr. Jean Marie Williams, DC
Seton Provincialate
26000 Altamont Road
Los Altos Hil...
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Sr Marta Wiecka

  1. 1. 1 SISTER 
 MARTA WIECKA
 1874-1904 Daughter of Charity on the road to sainthood
  2. 2. 2 In August 1990 Daughters of Charity from Krakow, Poland came to the town of Sniatyn, Ukraine to search for the grave of a holy woman, revered by the local population as “Matushka.” Rumors of a Saint
  3. 3. 3 They discovered that “Matushka” was a Daughter of Charity named Sr. MARTA WIECKA. 3
  4. 4. 4 In Sniatyn, people of all creeds -- Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Orthodox, and even non-believers -- regarded Sr. Marta as their Mother (Matushka) and Sister (Monashka) who would listen to their prayers and obtain for them graces and favors.
  5. 5. 5 Who was Sr. Marta Wiecka? Marta Anna Wiecka was born 12 January 1874 in the town of Nowy Wiec. It is now part of Poland, but then it was part of Prussia. Marta’s  home  in  Nowy  Wiec
  6. 6. 6 Marta was the third of 13 children born to a wealthy land owner Marcelino Wiecki and his wife, Paulina (Kamrovska) Wiecka. There were six daughters and seven sons, three of whom died in infancy and five others died at a young age. Nowy  Wiec:     the  village  of   the  Wiecka   family Who was Sr. Marta Wiecka? 6
  7. 7. 7 Her foundation in faith Six days after birth Marta was baptized in the church in the town of Szczodrowo. The strong Catholic faith of her family nurtured in her a deep love of God and desire to serve Him. The  church  in  Szczodrowo
  8. 8. 8 Vocation At the age of 16 Marta tried to enter the Daughters of Charity in the town of Chelmno, but was told that she was too young. Provincial  House  in  Chelmno 8
  9. 9. 9 At the age of 18 Marta tried again to join the Daughters of Charity in Chelmno, this time with her friend Monika Gdaniec. Because the occupying government of Prussia restricted the number of aspirants the religious community in Chelmno could accept, Marta and her friend approached the Daughters of Charity in Krakow. And they were accepted! 9
  10. 10. 10 Formation 26 March 1892 – Postulatum 12 August 1892 – Seminary 21 April 1893 – Sent on Mission Daughters  of  Charity  Provincial  House,  Krakow
  11. 11. 11 21 April 1893: Sr. Marta was sent on her first mission to a hospital in Lviv. Once there she quickly gained the reputation as a Sister who loved her patients and serve them with great devotion.
  12. 12. 12 A year and a half later on 15 November 1894, she was missioned again to a hospital in Podhajce. Here for the next five years she tirelessly served the sick as a good nurse and a faithful Daughter of Charity. 12
  13. 13. 13 In 1902 Sr. Marta was sent to serve at a hospital in the town of Bochnia. Shortly after she arrived, a patient at the hospital became jealous of the care she gave to a young man with tuberculosis.
  14. 14. 14 The parish priest heard the rumors and demanded that superiors remove Sr. Marta! This patient spread the rumor that Sr. Marta was having an AFFAIR with the young man -- and that she was PREGNANT!
  15. 15. 15 But  her  Sister  Servant  Sr.   Maria  Chablo  insisted  that   Sr.  Marta  “is  an  innocent   soul  completely  given  to   God.  I  can  be  as  sure  of  her   as  I  am  of  myself!” Sr.  Marta  stayed  on   in  Bochnia  for  two  more   years   and  was   completely    vindicated.
  16. 16. 16 In 1902 Sr. Marta was missioned to the hospital in the town of Sniatyn. Here her sanctity would shine for all to see. `16
  17. 17. 17 The two short years that Sr. Marta served in Sniatyn, people of all creeds – and no creed at all – came to admire and love her. Why? – because of her extraordinary LOVE, her PRAYER, and her SERVICE. 17
  18. 18. 18 Sr. Marta took the place of a family man whose job it was to clean the typhus ward. She contracted typhus.
  19. 19. 19 On 30 May 1904, at the age of 30, Sr. Marta died. In her illness she was surrounded by her Sisters and her brother Fr. Jan.
  20. 20. 20 Since 1904, through two world wars and Soviet occupation, …
  21. 21. 21 …the people of Sniatyn and surrounding areas have come with their needs and prayers …
  22. 22. 22 …to the grave of their “Matushka,” Sr. MARTA WIECKA.
  23. 23. 23 They know what the Catholic Church is just beginning to determine … Sr. Marta Wiecka is a SAINT!
  24. 24. 24 Lviv  Cathedral,  26  June  1997:  the  process   for  canonization  begins.   10  October  2003:   Metropolitan  Curia  of   Krakow  accepts  a  miracle   which  allows  for  her   beatification.  
  25. 25. 25 Lviv:  The  Beatification  Mass  was  held  in  the   Bohdan  Chmielnicki  Park  of  Culture 25
  26. 26. 26 Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone presided.
  27. 27. 27 After the reading of the act of Beatification, a Portrait of Sr. Marta Wiecka by Marcin Kolpanowicz was unveiled. Blessed Sr. Marta holds in her hands her journal of prayers and reflections. In the background is a panorama of the town of Sniatyn where she is buried.
  28. 28. 28 Reliquary holding the relics of Blessed Sr. Marta Wiecka.
  29. 29. 29
  30. 30. 30
  31. 31. 31 Final resting place of Blessed Sr. Marta Wiecka 31
  32. 32. 32 An ecumenical service was held in the morning at the grave of Blessed Sr. Marta Wiecka.
  33. 33. 33 Later a Mass of Celebration was held in a park across the street from the cemetery where Blessed Sr. Marta is buried. 33
  34. 34. 34 Bishop Leon Dubrawski of the diocese of Kamieniec Podolski presided at the Eucharist. 34
  35. 35. 35 Sr. Evelyne Franc, Superioress General of the Daughters of Charity, during her remarks said: “We know that the whole life of Sr. Marta was an act of love for God whom she recognized in persons who are poor, in her Sisters, and all those in need, whom she served with gentleness.”
  36. 36. 36 Front row seats: Sr Zofia Daniscakova, General Councillor; Sr. Juana Elizando, previous Superioress General of the Daughters of Charity; Sr. Margaret Barrett, Assistant General; and Sr. Evelyne Franc, Superioress General of the Company of the Daughters of Charity. 36
  37. 37. 37 37
  38. 38. 38 Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Lviv Leon Maly gave the homily. 38
  39. 39. 39 The portrait of Blessed Sr. Marta Wiecka was carried in procession to its home in the Church of Our Lady of the Scapular. 39
  40. 40. 40 40
  41. 41. 41 Side Chapel: Home of the portrait of Blessed Sr Marta Wiecka. 41
  42. 42. 42 The cross which originally marked the grave of Blessed Sr. Marta.
  43. 43. 43 LORD GOD, you called Sister Marta Wiecka to the Company of the Daughters of Charity to follow your Son and to serve him in the person of the poor and the sick. In response to this call, Sister Marta gave herself fully to her Vincentian vocation, even to the point of giving her life for another. . .
  44. 44. 44 . . . We thank you, Lord, for the holiness and service which we see in the life of your servant Sister Marta. Through her intercession, please grant us the following favors, if they be in accord with your holy will. (Name the intentions.) . . .
  45. 45. 45 . . .We ask this in humility and confidence through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. a Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory to the Father... a O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.
  46. 46. 46 Blessed 
 Sr. MARTA WIECKA, 
 pray for us. Feast Day: 30 May
  47. 47. 47 This presentation was put together by Sr. Jean Marie Williams, DC Seton Provincialate 26000 Altamont Road Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

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