Stefan Wincenty Frelichowski
|Blessed Stefan Wincenty Frelichowski|
|Born||22 January 1913
|Died||23 February 1945
Dachau concentration camp, Germany
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||7 June 1999, Toruń, Poland by Pope John Paul II|
Blessed Stefan Wincenty Frelichowski (22 January 1913 in Chełmża – 23 February 1945 in Dachau) was a Polish priest and Scout, and is the patron of Polish Scouts. He joined Scouting on 21 March 1927. Frelichowski served as patrol leader and later as troop leader and during his years in the High Seminary of Pelplin Diocese he was an active member of its Scout Club.:18–20 Furthermore, he was an active member of the Marian Congregation in Chełmża:19–20 and since he was nine years old he had been an altar boy.:14 During his years in the seminary of Pelpin, he was active in the temperance movement.:23 On 14 March 1937, he was ordained a priest in Pelpin.:23 In the following years, he served as a priest in Pelpin and Toruń.:23–25 While working as a priest, he continued his studies at the University of Lwów.:25 In Toruń he was responsible for the parish press.:25 In 1938 he became leader of the Old Scouts and chaplain of the scout district Pomerania. Arrested by the Gestapo on 18 October 1939, he was imprisoned in the German concentration camps Stutthof, Grenzdorf, Sachsenhausen and Dachau, where he died.:26–32 On 7 June 1999, Stefan Wincenty Frelichowski was beatified by Pope John Paul II.
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- Stefan Wincenty Frelichowski - Polish language site
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