Saint Maria Bernardina Jablonska
Written and researched by Margaret Odrowaz Sypniewska

Maria Bernardina Jablonska was born in Pizuny, Poland, on August 5, 1878. She was raised in a devoutly religious family. She would later become a mystic, and her mentor was St. Albert Chmielowski in Poland. She admired his holiness, and entered his newly founded Albertine Sisters order. She was known for her great understanding of the plight of human suffering, and instilled this feeling in all those she met. She later became a superior within her order.

Her motto was: "To give, eternally to give." Maria founded many hospices for the sick and poor. She worked hard long hours for her beliefs and died in Kracow, Poland, on September 23, 1940, at age 62.

She was beautified by Pope John Paul II on June 6, 1997, at Zakopane, Poland. Because of her recent beautification, only five years ago, there is little more written about this saint. Maria Karlowska was beautified along with Mary Bernardina Jablonska, on the same place and time.

Sources:

Bunson, Matthew, Margaret, and Stephen. John Paul II's Book of Saints. Harrington, IN.: Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, 1999, 245-6.

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