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St. Hyacinth

St Hyacinth (1185- 1257) was born in Poland and was educated in Paris and Bologna. A Doctor of Sacred Studies and a secular priest, he worked to reform women's monasteries in his native Poland. He is the patron saint of St. Hyacinth's Basilica, in ChicagoIllinois, and of those in danger of drowning.


Called the "Apostle of the North", Hyacinth was the son of Eustachius Konski of the noble family of Odrowaz. He was born in 1185 at the castle of Lanka, at Kamin, in Silesia, Poland (now Prussia). A near relative of Saint Ceslaus, he made his studies at Cracow, Prague, and Bologna, and at the latter place merited the title of Doctor of Law and Divinity. On his return to Poland he was given a prebend at Sandomir. He subsequently accompanied his uncle Ivo Konski, the Bishop of Cracow, to Rome.

While in Rome, he witnessed a miracle performed by Saint Dominic, and became a Dominican friar, along with the Blessed Ceslaus and two attendants of the Bishop of Krakow - Herman and Henry. They were among the first to enter the Order of Friars Preachers, and received thereligious habit of the newly established order from St. Dominic himself at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in 1220.

The young friars were then sent back to their homeland to establish the Dominican Order in Poland and Kiev. As Hyacinth and his three companions traveled back to Krakow, he set up new monasteries. His companions were chosen to be the superiors for new monasteries founded by Hyacinth as they proceeded, until finally he was the only one left, and he continued on to Krakow. Hyacinth went throughout northern Europe, spreading the faith. He died in the year 1257. Tradition holds that he also evangelized throughout Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Scotland, Russia, Turkey, and Greece. However, these travels are heavily disputed and are not supported by the earliest lives of St. Hyacinth.


One of his miracles is connected with a Mongol attack on a monastery in Kiev. Hyacinth was about to save a monstrance (or possibly a ciborium, it is unknown exactly which one) containing the Blessed Sacrament when he heard the voice of the Blessed Virgin Mary asking him to take her too. So he decided to take also the statue of the Holy Virgin. Despite the fact that it weighed far more than he could normally lift, it became miraculously weightless. Thus he saved both the Blessed Sacrament and the statue of Our Lady. For that reason the saint is usually shown holding these two items.


Hyacinth was canonized on April 17, 1594, by Pope Clement VIII, and his memorial day is celebrated on August 17. In 1686 Pope Innocent XI named him a patron of Lithuania.

In Spanish-language countries, Hyacinth is known as San Jacinto, which is the name of numerous towns and locations in Spanish-speaking countries, and of two battles fought in two of these locations.

He is the patron saint of St. Hyacinth's Basilica, in Chicago, Illinois, and of those in danger of drowning.

He is also the patron saint of the Ermita de Piedra de San Jacinto in the Philippine city of Tuguegarao, where his feast day is celebrated with a procession and folk dance contests.

A town called Camalaniugan in the Philippines is also under the said saint's patronage. The town church dedicated to San Jacinto or Saint Hyacinth is home to the oldest church bell (the Sancta Maria 1595) in the Far East.

"Swiety Jacek z pierogami!", (St. Hyacinth and his pierogi!) is an old expression of surprise, roughly equivalent to the Amarican "good grief" or "holy smokes!". Pierogi may be the only Polish dish that seems to have its own patron saint.

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Title: Life Size Marble Statue of St. Hyacinth
Item Number: KRMS-190
KRMS-190: Traditional hand carved white marble statue of St. Hyacinth with high relief details. Dimensions:5, 6, 8, 10 or 12 feet in height....