Blessed Bishop Kozal Memorial Fund

The Parish Church of Saint John the Baptist in Krotoszyn, Poland, was the spiritual home of Michal Kozal.  It was in this church where Michal was baptized, received his first holy communion, and chose to be confirmed in his Christian faith.  This spiritual home, this community of faith, fostered Michal Kozal’s desire to receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  His early life at Saint John the Baptist Church led to his future ordination as priest, his consecration as bishop, his acceptance of martyrdom in Dachau concentration camp, and his beatification by Pope John Paul II in June 1987.

This month (June 2019) by decree of Pope Francis, Saint John the Baptist Church in Krotoszyn will be granted the title of Basilica.  This is a very special honor for the church that was so instrumental in Blessed Michal Kozal’s life.  Accompanying Pope Francis’s decree, is the necessity to translate a relic of Blessed Michal to a reliquary within the newly dedicated Basilica.  Since Bishop Kozal’s body was burned in the Dachau crematorium and his ashes spread in a local field, the relic of Blessed Michal Kozal that will be transferred to the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist is a portion of his cassock.  This relic will be transferred from the Diocese of Wloclawek to city of Krotoszyn later this month.

In order to honor the memory of our dear cousin Blessed Bishop Michal Kozal and to keep the story of his martyrdom during World War II alive, the Kozal family in the United States has been asked to assist in the cost of the translation to and installment of his relic in the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist.  Similar efforts are being made by the Kozal family in Poland at this time.  For this reason we turn to our family, friends, acquaintances, and fellow sisters and brothers in the faith to help us with this memorial project.

I will be traveling with four close friends (Nicholas Palmer, Jean MacDonald, Mary Hellenbrand, and Carmen L. Nochera) to Poland on June 26, 2019.  We will celebrate a special jubilee Mass at the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist in Krotoszyn on July 5, where will present our donation for this memorial and place flowers at the altar dedicated to Blessed Michal Kozal.  If telling the story of a Christian martyr of the Holocaust is important to you, if you share a love for those who give their lives for a greater cause, or if you value the contributions of Polish people around the world, please help us with a donation.  For more information about Blessed Bishop Michal Kozal, please visit the following:


Jarek Kozal
Whitehall, MI

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