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The conviction of Fr. Ignacy Klopotowski’s sanctity was alive from the moment of his feath, both among those who knew him personally and among the readers of his writings. The funeral at Warsaw’s Powązki cemetery was a reverence for the deceased. A second funeral – the transfer of his body to Loretto – was another opportunity to emphasise the sanctity of his life and the heroic nature of his virtues.

The Loretto sisters solemnly celebrated all anniversaries connected with the Father Founder. Holy Masses for the intention of his beatification were celebrated many times (also by his tomb). The holiness of the Founder and his creativity in the pastoral field were emphasised during 50th and 75th anniversary of the Congregation. In the formation of Loretto nuns, Fr. Kłopotowski’s texts were referred to more and more often. Pilgrims coming to the indulgenced feast in Loretto visited the cemetery and the tomb of the Founder.

BEATIFICATION

On 9 December 2000 his body was transferred from the cemetery in Warsaw to the Shrine of Our Lady of Loretto. The presence of his mortal remains in the sanctuary facilitated the spiritual contact of the faithful with the Servant of God. The gift of beatification on 19.06.2005 allowed for the official veneration of Fr. Ignacy. His heart was placed in the Warsaw-Praga Cathedral and his relics have made their way to all continents of the world. Most of them, however, are in Poland.

In recent years his relics have been solemnly introduced into the following churches: the Blessed Virgin Mary Star of the New Evangelisation and St. John Paul II in Toruń (5.05.2018), the ‘American Częstochowa’ in Doylestown (July 2019), the Presentation of the Lord in Warsaw-Natolin (10. 11.2019), Exaltation of the Cross in Dąbrówka (7.03.2021), Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wigry (9.05.2021), Sanctuary of St. Padre Pio in Warsaw (12.12.2021), All Saints in Brzeziny near Kielce (16.01.2022).

PATRON SAINT OF MANY

Blessed Father Ignacy became the patron saint of a newly built church in Otwock. There is also a street named after him in Warsaw and Lublin. He has also become the patron of the Care Home for Adults in Loretto, the community centre for Praga children called “Father Ignacy’s House” and the primary school in Miłkowice Maćki.

He is patron of Warsaw Radio and the Foundation of his own name. His creative and holy life is extolled in numerous articles published in “Nasz Dziennik”, weeklies: “Idziemy”, “Niedziela”, “Gość Niedzielny”, “Echo Katolickie” and the monthly magazine “Różaniec”. The Loretto sisters receives many letters with testimonies of graces experienced through the intercession of Fr. Ignacy

DISSERTATIONS, BOOKS, LETTERS, WRITINGS

Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations are being written on the life of Blessed Father Kłopotowski. More than a dozen books on him and his spirituality have been published.

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

Noteworthy are the stained glass windows dedicated to Father Founder which can be found in:

  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Warsaw Praga district
  • Church of Our Lady of Victory in Warsaw Kamionek district

  • Church of St Stanislaus Kostka in Piła

  • Church of Our Lady of Fatima in Bydgoszcz

  • Church of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Urla

  • chapel of the House of Retired Priests in Lublin

  • chapel of the House of Retired Priests in Drohiczyn.

MONUMENTS, PAINTINGS AND MUSEUMS

The consecration of the Father’s monument took place in 2011 in Loretto. Two years later the consecration of his statue in the chapel named after him took place in Rembertów. Shortly after the beatification, a plaque dedicated to the Blessed was placed in the church of the Dominican Fathers in Lublin and in 2021 a plaque was consecrated in the monastery of the Capuchin Fathers in Nowe Miasto. In Loretto there are plaques – Traces of the Blessed and in the cathedral in Warsaw Kamionek there is a large image of him.

The following museums are also an expression of memory and veneration for Blessed Father Ignacy:

  • Museum of the Publishing House of the Loretto Sisters in Warsaw-Rembertów
  • Diocesan Museum in Drohiczyn.

PILGRIMAGE

On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Fr. Ignacy and the 125th  anniversary of his ordination – in  2016, the first walking pilgrimage from Drohiczyn to Loretto was organised under the motto “From the font to the tomb”. Since then, it has been held every year in September.

7 September is the liturgical commemoration of Blessed Fr. Kłopotowski.

TOWARDS CANONISATION

Regular monthly Eucharistic celebrations for the gift of the canonisation of Blessed Father are held at St. Florian Cathedral in Warsaw Praga district (last Sunday of the month at 6.00 p.m.), at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Warsaw-Rembertów (3rd Sunday of the month at 6.00 p.m.) and at Loretto (2nd Sunday of the month at 4.00 p.m.).

Collective Masses for the intercession of the Blessed are celebrated in the new church in Loretto on the first Thursday of each month. They are broadcast by the SalveNet Internet TV channel. During these masses one can learn about the life, spirituality and apostolic activities of Blessed Fr. Kłopotowski.

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