Today, May 16, is the feast of St. Andrew Bobola, SJ. St. Andrew was born into a noble Polish family in 1591. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1611 and eventually worked as a missionary.
From 1652 until his death, his work took him through various parts of Lithuania. This was a strenuous time for Europe due to the Protestant Reformation, which caused a divide in the Church. Hostility between Catholics and Protestants was high and sometimes even violent. It was in this political climate that St. Andrew ventured out to minister to Catholics as well as bring returning Catholics back to the Church.
His work did not go unnoticed and in 1657 he was tortured and killed by Cossack bandits who were persecuting Catholics.
On May 16, 1938, St. Andrew Bobola was canonized for his selfless desire to bring Catholicism back to areas where it had been suppressed.
Click below to view a video reflection by Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, on St. Andrew Bobola.