Chronology of Life

1918
dot blackJanuary 20 - Father Marian Żelazek is born in Palędzie near Poznań, from parents Stanisław and Stanisława as the seventh child from among 16 children (including two adopted ones)
dot blackFebruary 10 - baptism in Skórzewo  

rodzina zelazkow minZelazek's family. Marian standing in top row first from the right (fot. Fr. Marian Zelazek's archive)

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1925
dot blackbeginning of education at the local primary school

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1926
dot blackŻelazek’s family moves to Poznań

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1930
dot blackbeginning of education at the St. Maria Magdalena Gymnasium in Poznań

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1932
dot blackbeginning of adventure with the Society of the Divine Word: further education in the lower seminary, officially known as SVD Male Gymnasium in Górna Grupa in Pomerania  

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1937
dot blackSeptember 8 - beginning of the novitiate in Chludowo near Poznań  

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1938
dot blackSeptember - beginning of philosophical studies

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1939
dot blackSeptember 4 - taking the first religious vows

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1940
dot blackMay 20 - graduation from philosophical studies
dot blackMay 22 - deportation to Fort VII in Poznań
dot blackMay 25 - concentration camp in Dachau
dot blackAugust 2 - concentration camp in Gusen

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1941
dot blackDecember 8 - return to the concentration camp in Dachau

dachau02 minGate of the concentration camp in Dachau (fot. Fr. Marian Zelazek's archive)

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1945
dot blackApril 29 - liberation of the Dachau camp by US troops  
dot blackfrom November - theological studies at the Anselmianum University in Rome

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1948
dot blackSeptember 8 - perpetual vows
dot blackSeptember 18 - priestly ordination in Rome after the third year of theology

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1949
dot blackcompletion of studies in Rome; one month in Poland (after 9 years), first Mass in Poznań
dot blackone year of work among Polish refugees in Bagnoli near Naples

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1950
dot blackMarch 3 - setting off from Genoa on board of the Dutch merchant ship "Laurenskerk" on the mission to Sambalpur in India in the state of Orissa
dot blackMarch 21 - arrival in Bombay (today Mumbay)
dot blackApril 4 - beginning of the mission among Adibasi, the original ethnic groups in India  

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1951
dot blackheadmaster of primary school and the only gymnasium (lower seminary) in Hamirpur

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1964
dot blackKesramal, supervisor of all 171 Catholic schools in the Sambalpur mission

sambalpur01 minFr. Marian with pupils in Sambalpur (fot. Fr. Marian Zelazek's archive)

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1968
dot blackparish priest of the new mission in Bondamunda with 5 stations;
dot blackopening of the sanctuary of the Holy Mother of Częstochowa

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1975
dot blackJune 1 - beginning of work in the holy Hindu city of Puri on the Bay of Bengal  

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1980
dot blackopening of a leprosarium in Puri

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1984
dot blackopening of a school for children from lepers' families  

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1985
dot blackDecember 11 - consecration of the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Puri, with ceramics of the artist Janina M. Karczewska-Konieczna from Gdańsk
dot blackinauguration of the Search for Truth Centre with the Christian library

puri kosciol minChurch in Puri (fot. Andrzej Danilewicz SVD)

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1988
dot blackopening of a shelter for homeless lepers "Dharamsala"

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1989
dot blackNovember - "Karunalaya - Cottage of love and mercy", a small hospital for lepers in critical state  

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1991
dot blackresignation from the post of the parish priest; Father Żelazek becomes a bonopasi - hermit in an ashram; he continues looking after the lepers' village  

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1998
dot blackGolden Jubilee of Priesthood - Poznań
dot blackJune 16-24 - "Zamek" Cultural Centre: "In the Indian land. 48 years of life among Adibasi and lepers" - photographic exhibition on the occasion of the 80th birthday and 50th anniversary of priesthood of Father Marian Żelazek, SVD (organized by the Humanitarian Aid Foundation “Redemptoris Missio”)
dot blackJune 22 - hall of the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań, conferring the medal inscribed "To those who do good" by the Humanitarian Aid Foundation “Redemptoris Missio”
dot blackSeptember 4 - photographic exhibition "The missionary of lepers - Father Marian Żelazek SVD", organized by the "Wspólnota Polska" Association at the Polonia House in Warsaw
dot black"May God Repay" medal awarded by the magazine "Powściągliwość i Praca"

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1999
dot blackApril 9 - Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, presented by the Polish Ambassador to India
dot blackOctober 3 - medal of Karol Marcinkowski awarded by the Medical Academy in Poznań for merits in providing charity and medical aid to lepers

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2000
dot blackNovember 12 - India. Khrist Jayanti. Millennium Celebration Certificate of Merit. Diploma of recognition of the Catholic Diocese of Rurkel for 2000 years of Christianity awarded to Father Marian as an expression of gratitude for his work

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2001
dot blackMay 26 - the BBC broadcasts a 45-minute documentary "New Face of Leprosy", in which the work of Fr. Żelazek is shown

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2002
dot blacknotification of candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize
dot blackJanuary 9 - Amber Order of the Lotus Flower with the Cross for Contribution to the Missionary Cause, awarded by SVD Mission and Charity Foundation of Blessed Józef of Szantung Mission in Pieniężno
dot blackJanuary 30 - World Day of Leprosy, in the Congress Hall of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, a charitable concert was organized: Touch and understand. Poznań Nightingales sing for lepers. Purpose of the concert - to support leprosy centers established and run by Poles, fundraising for the extension of the integration school in Puri, and promotion of the person of Father Marian Żelazek SVD, candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.
dot blackJune 14 - Nationwide Missionary Congress in Gdańsk - exhibition dedicated to Marian Żelazek's missionary work
dot blackJune 15 - School Complex in Chludowo near Poznań is conferred the name of Fr. Marian Żelazek  
dot blackAugust 3 - Pompeian Room of the Episcopal Palace in Poznań - handing the "Golden Hipolit" statuette and the Honorary Diploma of "Outstanding Personalities of Organic Work" (on the initiative of the Poznań County and the Hipolit Cegielski Society)

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2006
dot blackJanuary 21 - opening of the Dialogue Center - Ishopanthi Ashram  
dot blackApril 30 - Father Marian Żelazek dies in Puri, at the moment when he ends his visit in a leper colony
dot blackMay 2 - funeral at the SVD cemetery in Jharsuguda, India

grob puri minTomb of fr. Marian Zelazek in Puri decorated for 100th anniversary of missionary's birth (fot. Andrzej Danilewicz SVD)