Biography of Helena Cierpka (Blessed Sister Maria Guidona, CSFN)

April 11, 1900, in Granovetse, outside Kalish. In 1927 she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. She spent her novitiate in Grodno, Born where she later took her vows as Sr. Maria Guidona. From 1936 she was at the Sisters’ convent in Novogrudok where she worked on the farm and in the garden; she was very industrious and joyful. On the night of July 17/18, 1943, the Gestapo arrested 120 residents of Novogrudok. The Sisters with their mother superior offered themselves in place of the arrested citizens. July 31, 1943, in the evening, the mother superior and ten sisters were summoned to the local commissariat, and at dawn on August 1 they were all shot in a nearby forest. March 5, 2000, the Sisters were beatified by Blessed Pope John Paul II. Sources: “Beatifikatsia muchenits iz Novogrudka”; “Doroga v ochakh Gospodnikh…”; Górska, CSFN, “Męczennice z Nowogródka”
Variant Names:
Cierpka, Helena; Blessed Sister Maria Guidona, CSFN; Cherpka, Helena (Maria Guidona)
Kalisz (Poland); Hrodna (Belarus); Navahrudak (Belarus)
female; clergy and religious; executed