Sr Maria Antonina Kratochwil

Sr Maria Antonina Kratochwil

Birth
Ostrava, Okres Ostrava-mesto, Moravskoslezský (Moravian-Silesian), Czech Republic
Death 2 Oct 1942 (aged 61)
Ivano-Frankivska, Ukraine
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 53753361 View Source
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Blessed M. Antonina Kratochwil, SSND
(née Maria Anna Kratochwil)

First Profession 27 September 1910
Motherhouse
Breslau, Silesia

Błogosławiona Maria Antonina Kratochwil, SSND
Sióstr Szkolnych de Notre Dame

Śluby zakonne złożyła 27 września 1910 roku.

Beatified June 13, 1999

Feastday June 12

Sister Maria Antonina Kratochwil was born on August 21, 1881, in Witkowice by Ostrawa where her parents moved from Węgierska Górka by Żywiec, in 1879 to find work. In 1885 they returned, with their children, to the mother's homeland-Węgierska Górka, and then they settled down in Bielsko.

Maria entered the Congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1901. As Candidate, and later as a Professed Sister, she was sent to Karwina to teach in a Polish elementary school (1906-1909; 1910-1917). After that, she was sent to Lwów where she was a teacher in 1917-1925. Later (1925-1932) she was local Superior, boarding school directress, and was responsible for the Candidates for the Congregation in Tłumacz. Sister Antonina was sent again to Lwów, where she was appointed directress of the school and continued the formation of Candidates 1931-1939. In 1940-1942 she was local Superior at Mikuliczyn.

At the beginning of World War II Sister Antonina was removed from school. In Mikuliczyn, Blessed Antonina and her local community were removed from their convent (February 1940-June 1941). On July 9, 1942, together with six Sisters, she was arrested and put into prison in Stanisławów. Enduring inhumane conditions (hunger, beating, tortures, scoffing) she gave witness to Christian love, faith, and forgiveness; she uplifted her Sisters and lay co-prisoners. Five days after release from prison, she died from the consequence of tortures and the illness of typhus.

Sister Antonina was a woman of deep faith, a wise and competent teacher, and wonderful person. Sisters and lay persons who worked with her, unanimously testified that Sister Antonina possessed a boundless goodness and friendliness, a joyful love of her vocation. True serenity and peace emanated from her. She loved children, especially poor and neglected children. Sister Maria Antonina Kratochwil was beatified in the group of 108 martyrs of World War II, by Saint John Paul II, in Warsaw, on June 13, 1999.

Her feast is celebrated on June 12 of each year.

On May 4, 2000, Blessed Antonina was named to the "Avenue of the Righteous" in Glencoe, Illinois. She was honored for her "help to Jews in need."

(The place names for Sister Antonina's birth and death are according to the 21st century geographic/political map.)

Pray for us, Blessed Antonina!


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