More than two hundred years ago, on 15 March 1820, St Clement Hofbauer, a Redemptorist, died in Vienna. On the occasion of this jubilee, an effort was made to collect documents related to him and his legacy, which are still scattered in many archives. The fruit of this great work is the eighteenth issue of “Monumenta Hofbaueriana”.
The volume contains many new findings and makes available further archival material related to the person of St. Clement Hofbauer and the Redemptorist community that operated at St. Benno’s Church in Warsaw for two decades, at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Here are selected articles from this publication:
- Unknown memories of St. Klemens Hofbauer.
- Recognition of the activities of Benonites by the authorities of the Warsaw Duchy.
- Benonites’ care for teachers.
- Reports of the French press concerning the expulsion of the Benonites from Warsaw in 1808.
- About the library of the Benonites in the Treter archives.
- First information about the death of Father Klemens Hofbauer in the press.
- First information in Polish press about the approval of the Redemptorist Congregation in Austria.
- The first biography of Fr. Klemens Hofbauer.
For the first time, we have managed to collect sources saying that St. Clement was awarded the Order of the White Eagle (the highest decoration in the then Kingdom of Poland).
The editors – Dr. Paulina Dąbrosz-Drewnowska, Fr. Kazimierz Piotrowski CSsR, M.A. Vasyl Kaminskyi, Fr. Adam Owczarski CSsR, Fr. Maciej Sadowski CSsR, Fr. Piotr Chyła CSsR – are planning to edit the next volume in 2022. It will contain hitherto unknown manuscripts, among others, five catalogues of the very valuable Benonite library.
Fr. Kazimierz Piotrowski CSsR / www.redemptor.pl