Blessed Fr Jerzy Popieluszko

Side stained glass window of St. Mary's Catholic Church (right window of double set, first set of windows from the altar to the right) was made as a continuation of existing left window designed by the other artist.

St. Jerzy Popieluszko (1947 - 1984) was a Roman Catholic priest from Poland, associated with the Solidarity union. He was a staunch anti-communist, and in his sermons, interwove spiritual exhortations with political messages, criticizing the Communist system and motivating people to protest. During the period of martial law, the Catholic Church was the only force that could voice protest comparatively openly, with the regular celebration of Mass presenting opportunities for public gatherings in churches. He was murdered by three agents of the Polish communist internal intelligence agency who were shortly thereafter tried and convicted of the murder. He has been recognized as a martyr by the Catholic Church, and was beatified on 6 June 2010. Shown after the iconic photo of Erazm Ciolek, with his typical gesture, saint Jerzy Popieluszko is close to hearts of Polish inhabitants of Inverness.



Additional Info

  • Date of execution:: 2011-06-11
  • Designed by:: Pawel Przyrowski
  • Technique:: Classical stained glass
  • Character of the object:: Parish church

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