Witness to Christ Resurrected — Alicja Lenczewska (1934–2012)

Author: Fr Mieczysław Piotrowski S.Chr.

Alicja Lenczewska, a retired teacher, died in Szczecin on 5 January 2012. The spiritual notes she left behind, collected in two volumes, Świadectwo [Testimony] and Słowo pouczenia [A word of Instruction], are gems of religious literature.

As we have already written in ‘Heart-bursting joy’ (Love One Another! no. 35), Alicja’s spiritual diaries reached Archbishop Andrzej Dzięga, who appointed a theological commission to evaluate their contents. It turned out that Alicja Lenczewska’s writings were theologically and spiritually profound, and were absolutely consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Based on those findings, Bishop Henryk Wejman, the vicar-general, gave his consent to Agape Publishers to publish the diaries.

The road to conversion  

Alicja was born in Warsaw in 1934. After her father died, in April 1939, Alicja and her elder brother Sławek were brought up by their mother, who in July 1946 moved with her children to Szczecin. It was there that Alicja completed her primary and secondary schooling. In 1952, she passed her end-of-school exams and took up a teaching post in the village of Banie, and later in Gryfino. Having studied education in Gdańsk, she worked as a handicrafts and mechanics teacher in the First Secondary School of General Education in Szczecin between 1966 and 1975. In 1975, she became a teacher of education in a Szczecin secondary school for nursery-school teachers, where she was later appointed deputy head.


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