September 16th marks the 5th anniversary of the elevation to the altars of the Marian Founder, Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński. On this occasion, Br. Andrew Mączyński, MIC, the Vice-Postulator of the Marian Canonization Causes in North America and Asia, commissioned Vit-Verit, a company from Częstochowa (Poland), to mint silver medals bearing the likeness of Blessed Stanislaus. The Founder of the Marians holding a crucifix is presented on the front of the medal. The surrounding inscription reads: Beatus Stanislaus Papczyński Marianorum ab Immac. Conceptione B.V.M. Fundator 1631-1701. The back displays a symbolic image of the Poor Souls in Purgatory, which is to emphasize one of the main features of spirituality of the Blessed and the Congregation, which he raised into existence. The surrounding inscription reads: Orate Fratres pro Defunctis. As far as we know, these are the first medals in the history of the Congregation that bear the image of the Blessed Founder.
The medals were minted in response to numerous requests from the venerators of Blessed Stanislaus both in Poland and abroad. They are available from the shrine of Blessed Fr. Papczyński in Marianki, Góra Kalwaria, and the Marian Helpers Center in Warsaw, Poland. Interested parties from outside Poland can obtain this item by writing to Br. Andrew Mączyński, MIC, 4 Prospect Hill Rd, Eden Hill, Stockbridge, MA 01262, U.S.A., or e-mailing him: [email protected].