Emilia Podoska

Emily Podoska (1845-1889) entered the Norbertine convent of Krakow at age 25; after three years of teaching, she directed the Zwierzniec Cloister school for five years. Beginning in 1886 she became the novicemistress. In day-to-day life she distinguished herself through conscientiousness and diligence, and in her religious life through a deep love for the Eucharist and an unshakeable confidence in the Mother of God. Thanks to her pedagogical capabilities Sr. Emily soon won the trust of her students; in the convent she constantly strove to impart her love for the Order to the novices. The servant of God kept up regular correspondence to the Norbertine sisters of Bonlieu; therefore she is considered as patroness of the unity between the monasteries of the Order. She was very demanding of herself while showing herself full of kindness toward her sisters. Emily zealously exerted herself on behalf of a reform of the monastic life in the spirit of the Rule of Augustine and the Statutes. In the year 1889 she fell gravely ill on account of an inflammation of the lungs which later developed into tuberculosis from which she soon died at the age of 43 years, May 22, 1889. The diocesan process for her beatification was opened in Krakow in 1993/94, and in June of 1994 her remains were exhumed and transferred to the cloister church. Since that time the process is pending in Rome.


God our Father, we thank You for the life and witness of your servant, Sister Emilia Podoska who applied all her energy to the life of her convent, school and novitiate. She carried the Order in her heart and prayed for its welfare. Lord, grant that Your servant be glorified and through her intercession grant us the favour we now ask of you. Amen.




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