In mid-February 2023, Judith Kelly was interviewed by George Matysek, a staff member with the Catholic Review, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, about the life and witness of Blessed Jerzy.
The interview has a commercial break between 11.42 and 15.34.
The relics of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko are carried through the streets of Warsaw, Poland, June 6, 2010. Father Popieluszko, who was murdered by communist police agents in 1984, moved a step closer to sainthood during a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. (CNS photo/Agencja Gazeta, Reuters)
Just Call Me Jerzy is now available for sale at the bookstore at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (400 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, D.C.) Online orders are available here.
Photo of Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko by Tomasz Wesołowski
Judith Kelly’s book, Just Call Me Jerzy, is now in its second printing.
Kelly, an American of Polish heritage, is a longtime social-justice activist in the Washington, D.C. area. On her first visit to Poland in 1995, she learned of Father Jerzy Popiełuszko, a martyred chaplain of the Polish freedom movement called Solidarność (Solidarity).
On October 19, 1984, Popiełuszko—just 37 years old—was kidnapped and murdered by the Polish secret police. Under martial law, he had led monthly Masses for the Country at St. Stanisław Kostka church in Warsaw, where he spoke the truth about the oppressive communist regime and offered hope to tens of thousands gathered in overflow crowds. Millions more listened to underground rebroadcasts or read reprints of his inspiring homilies. As a result of his appealing authenticity, he endured years of harassment and threats.
Jerzy’s grave at St. Stanisław Kostka church has become a pilgrimage site for millions. Many have received graces, including Kelly, who in 1996 found the link to her “lost” Polish family the day after praying there. In 2010, the Vatican recognized Jerzy’s faithful witness and martyrdom by beatifying him, the step before canonization and sainthood. Kelly attended the beatification ceremony in Warsaw and soon after began to document Jerzy’s little-known travels to the United States and Canada. Continue reading “Just Call Me Jerzy” second printing available