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Meet Casimir Wyszynski

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By Chris Sparks (Jul 20, 2016)
This story first appeared in the Summer issue of Marian Helper magazine. To get a free copy of the magazine, click here.

Looking for a little help from Heaven? We've got just the guy for you. Let us introduce (or reintroduce) you to the Venerable Servant of God Casimir Wyszynski (1700-1755).

As the Marians celebrate the canonization of Marian Founder Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczynski on June 5 (see page 8), we also look to intensify our efforts in the process of canonization for Venerable Casimir. To that end, our "Graces Received" section of Marian Helper will now include graces you've received through the intercession of Venerable Casimir. Pray to him for his intercession, and share with us the results.

"He was a very zealous religious who deeply loved his Order and its Founder," said Br. Andrew Maczynski, MIC, vice postulator in North America and Asia for Marian causes of canonization. "He was a great devotee of the mystery of the Immaculate Conception, intercessor for the souls in Purgatory, and promoter of the virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Blue Scapular. He was also a protector of the underprivileged, especially peasants abused by the clergy and upper-class people. He sent a petition to the pope asking for the special protection of those people by the Church."

Brotherly tension

Originally hailing from a family estate called Jeziora Wielka in the vicinity of Warsaw in Poland, this Marian Father of the Immaculate Conception was known for his sanctity during his lifetime and has gained a reputation for being a powerful intercessor since his death.

Born in 1700, the year before Marian Founder Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701) died, and given the baptismal name "Januarius Francis," the future Marian started his life as a layman, becoming a civil servant and setting himself on track for secular success.

But he was also a man of deep faith. When he learned that his older brother, Joseph, had helped relax religious discipline within the Marian Congregation and sided with a group seeking to disband the Order entirely, Januarius Wyszynski felt great remorse. He asked to be admitted to the Marians, saying, "I want to make up for what my brother ruined; I ask you for the habit." He was admitted and took the name "Casimir of St. Joseph."

A demand for holiness

From the very beginning of his religious life, he distinguished himself in his zeal for evangelical perfection, ardent devotion to the mystery of the Immaculate Conception, and active care for those suffering injustice. He also worked for the beatification of the Marian Founder.

During his time as general superior, he made a number of visits to the different houses of the order. In one letter announcing a visitation, dated June 1, 1739, he gave a beautiful summation of the essence of Catholic life, saying, "From the Marians whom I intend to visit I am anxious to learn whether love of God and neighbor is practiced in your life. God is loved when His commandments are kept and the Rules of our Holy Institute are observed, when sinful desires are curbed, avoiding those things which lead to sin. Fraternal charity is evident when we wish no one harm. Where charity is lacking anything we do is without merit; where charity flourishes everything serves for holiness."

Venerable Casimir helped the Marians grow in merit, number, and geographic reach, accepting candidates to the Order from all over Europe. In 1753, he went to Portugal and founded the first Marian monastery in that country at Balsamao. He died there on Oct. 21, 1755.

His reputation for sanctity has endured for 200 years, especially in Portugal during periods when the Church was persecuted and, at one point, the exile of the Marians from the country. Even today, Portuguese Catholics still call him "Santo Polacco," the Holy Pole.

An intercessor awaits

While we take this opportunity to celebrate the canonization of Father Founder, let's also remember another outstanding Marian Father, Venerable Casimir Wyszynski. Let's ask his intercession in all our needs, trusting that, through the mercy of God, we may receive special graces and even miracles through the prayers of our brother in Christ. And let us pray for the beatification of Venerable Casimir so that the whole Church may better know him and benefit from his powerful prayers.

If you have received graces through the intercession of Fr. Casimir Wyszynski, please write: Br. Andrew Maczynski, MIC, Vice Postulator of the Marian Causes of Canonization, Stockbridge, MA 01263. E-mail:

Prayer for a Special Grace through the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Casimir

O God, Merciful Father, in the heart of Your servant Casimir, You aroused great zeal for accomplishing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy; deign to grant to me (us) through his intercession the grace for which I (we) implore You: [say your intention here]. Amen.

Our Father ... Hail Mary ... Glory be to the Father ...

We recommend this prayer be complemented by Confession
and Holy Communion.

Excerpts from Venerable Casimir's writings

"God made me your superior not to lord it over you, but to be one of you, an understanding father, a brother full of respect, a leader, a concerned shepherd watching over you."

"Are we living and acting according to this Spirit? Are we seeking vain glory? Are we manifesting the spirit of poverty and peace? Is our fraternal charity marred by jealousy? Do your local superiors, your spiritual guides, correct you in a gentle manner?"

"We want to be sure that no one strays from the faith, fails in fraternal charity and peace. We want to see whether we all strive to promote God's glory and due honor to his Holy Mother, the Immaculate Mary. We are anxious to verify that the Rule and Statutes and decrees of our chapters are faithfully observed. We will do all we can to look into these matters with every solicitude, that order be preserved in the monastery. We desire that the Spirit of truth and joy touch all of you."

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BLG - Aug 18, 2021


- Nov 28, 2019

I receive mailings from the Marion Hepers. I learned of Father Casimir andd am now praying for his intersession for my brotherm Dennis, who suffered a stroke. May GOD grant the grace of healing for him thouugh this Venerable servant of GOD.

- Nov 28, 2019

I receive mailings from the Marion Hepers. I learned of Father Casimir andd am now praying for his intersession for my brotherm Dennis, who suffered a stroke. May GOD grant the grace of healing for him thouugh this Venerable servant of GOD.

Annie from CA - Sep 11, 2019

I receive Marian Helpers magazine regularly and this is how I came to know about Venerable Casimir. I pray for his intercessions for my daughters especially for my daughter who has severe temporomandibular disease (condylar resorption). She was in pain for the last 6 months and we thought that she will have to undergo surgery. We just came back from a specialist appointment today and we received great news that she has very mild symptoms now that she will not require surgery not even physical therapy. She can completely open her mouth like normal. Dr. also said that her condyle will grow back in 3 to 5 years. I would also like to add that I pray for intercessions from another Servant of God Darwin Ramos from the Philippines. He and Venerable Casimir are part of our daily rosary and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy novenas. I offer all my praises and glory to God. Thank you to Mama Mary, St. Joseph and all the holy angels and saints.

Thank you Father Wyszynski - Mar 31, 2019

Thank you so much Father Wyszynski. I was a college graduate and applying for my dream job. Nothing was happening for me and we were going on to a year since I graduated. Two places I applied to gave me an interview but did not hire me. In my sister giving me St. Wyszynski & St. George's prayer cards, within less than a month I landed my dream job. Through prayer through the cards and prayers to our Father. I had a criminal record when I was younger but that was ages ago, and still, my time has now come. I thank you St. Casimir & St. George for praying for me.

Thank You Father Wyszynski - Mar 1, 2019

I was in a financial bind. I saw this article in a Marian Magazine about Father and thought well after four unanswered novenas. So I Said a quick prayer and did not expect anything.
The next morning I received a job offer
thank you thank you thank you Father He is a miracle worker thank you

Grandma Jean - Feb 25, 2019

Fr.Casimir, I pray for complete healing of my grandson who struggles with Crohn’s disease and learning disability. Please interced on his behalf to our merciful Father and may His will be done. May Jesus bring him close to His Sacred Heart and inspire him to be a good disciple. Thank you

E.M. - Feb 25, 2019

Please pray for and protect our son who is suffering from a false charges. May the truth be in his favor. Pray charges are dropped, case closed. Protect his family and career. Pray for both his and his families conversion and healing. Pray that his faith & trust in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit continue to grow. pray for a miracle. We ask this of you through the intercession of Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception and the Holy Souls in Purgatory. With gratitude and thanksgiving.

Concerned Aunt - Feb 23, 2019

Dear Fr. Casimir:
Please pray for and protect my nephew Liam who is suffering from a false accusation. Please may the truth come out in his favor. Please protect his career. Please pray for his conversion and healing. I ask this of you through the intercession of Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception and the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Thank you!

Michele and Emma - Sep 14, 2018

Holy Casimir
Ask Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Merciful, Immaculate Mother Mary to grant us 20-20 vision all clear, please. Thank you very much in advance

pittsfieldguy - Oct 21, 2016

This is a good article. A helpful review. thank you.