The feast day of St. Hyacinth of Poland is celebrated on August 17.
St. Hyacinth was born in 1185 to noble parents in Odrowacz, Poland. He was educated by his uncle who was a pious priest who eventually became the Bishop of Cracow. He was a very happy and pious child with an early calling to the religious life. He studied at Bologna earning the degree of Doctor of Canon Law and Divinity.
St. Hyacinth returned to Poland. On a trip to Rome with his uncle he met St. Dominic. He was one of the first to join the Order of Preachers, becoming a Dominican. He returned to Poland to establish the Dominican Order.
St. Hyacinth was a wonderful preacher. He converted many people and was able to build churches and convents. He visited the sick and was a friend to the poor. He became known for the many miracles which occurred. The most famous happened during the Tartars seige of the city of Kiev. Hyacinth had a tender devotion to the Mother of God. After celebrating Mass unaware of the siege occurring, he retrieved the Blessed Sacrament and a statue of Mary and fled with the community to the river Dnieper. Although the river was deep he led them across the river walking on the water. His footprints could be seen on the water for centuries.
The last years of St. Hyacinth’s life were lived in a convent at Cracow. On the feast of St. Dominic, he fell ill with a fever. He celebrated Mass on the Feast of the Assumption in spite of his illness. He was anointed at the Altar and died later that day on August 15, 1257.
St. Hyacinth was canonized by Pope Clement VIII in 1594.
The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
Quote of Michelangelo
August is the Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary