The very beginning

The Daughters of Our Lady of Sorrows (The Seraphic Sisters) were founded in 1881 in Poland. Congregation is based on the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi. In those days, Polish and Catholic inhabitants of the Russian-occupied territory were exposed to persecution. Using various decrees, the occupants tried to limit the people’s contact with the Vatican. They denied the people the provision of the Holy Sacraments and closed Catholic seminaries. Free contact between the people and the priests was prohibited. Many of the priests were killed or deported to Siberia. Fortunately, God called to service great people who worked to uphold the national spirit and strengthen the Catholic faith. Thanks to their efforts, the country grew both intellectually and spiritually, and the bond with the Catholic Church was strengthened. Among those people were Father Honorat Kozminski and Mother Malgorzata Lucja Szewczyk, who, together, founded the Order. The aim of these convents was to rescue the souls of its members by helping the poor, the homeless and all who needed help.
Despite multiple obstacles, the Congregation grew relatively quickly, and concentrated their activity to the Polish territory. For some time now, in addition to their Polish homes, the Seraphic Sisters have been working in Texas, Sweden, Italy, France, Ukraine, Gabon and Bolivia.

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