Biography of Father Edmund Nowak

Born into a peasant family in Stary Podwiesok on December 3, 1891. Graduated from Wlocƚaw Seminary and was ordained in 1915. From 1915 he was vicar and religion teacher in Aleksandrów Kujawski, Wlocƚawiek, Dƚutów, Dziaƚoszyn and Brzeżno; in 1920, during the Polish-Soviet War, he served as chaplain of the Third Uhlan Regiment; in 1921, he was a military chaplain in Grodno and Volkovysk, Zolochiv, and Nowa Wilejka and actively participated in cultural and educational work of military youth organizations. From 1922 he served at the parish in Nowa Wilejka and at the same time studied at the university in Vilnius; in 1934, after defending his dissertation at Lviv [Jan Kazimierz] University, he was awarded a doctorate of historical sciences. He researched the history of pastoral ministry in the army and wrote books on the history of military pastoral work in Poland and Russia. From 1934 he was senior chaplain and administrator of the military parish in Lublin; he was awarded the Order of the Gold Cross. In 1939 he was dean of Lublin and in charge of pastoral service in the “Lublin” Army. After September 17, 1939, during the advance of the Red Army, Fr. Edmund was arrested and sent as a prisoner of war to the camp in Ostashkov. In April or May 1940 he was shot in Tver (exact date of death unknown). Source: List compiled by R. Dzwonkowski, SAC; Madała, pp. 115-116; Rozstrzelani w Twierze, p. 205
Variant Names:
Nowak, Edmund; Novak, Edmund
Wƚocƚawek (Poland); Dłutów (Poland); Działoszyn (Łódź Voivodeship, Poland); Vaŭkavysk (Belarus); Naujoji Vilnia (Vilnius, Lithuania); Vilnius (Lithuania); L'viv (Ukraine)
male; clergy and religious; executed