Graphic novel on Polish Jesuit now available in Irish

Liam Ó Maonlaí of Hothouse Flowers entertained the gathering the launch of a graphic novel, as gaeilge, on the life of Polish Jesuit Stanislaw Kostka, published by Timire-FÁS.

This unique novel is the result of the collaboration of Frank Brady SJ, editor of the Irish language spirituality magazine An Timire, and Prezemek Wysoglad. Prezemek is the author of the graphic novel Kostka, originally written in Polish and illustrating the life of Fr Stanislaw, patron saint of the novices, who died 450 years ago. 

The event took place in St Audoen’s church, High Street, and the current Head of Mission at the Polish Embassy, Mr Lukasz Chimiak launched the book. Members of the Polish Community in Ireland, and friends of Timire-FÁS from the Irish speaking community in Dublin were entertained by Polish musicians Piotr and Camilla Czechowski from Ballymun, as well as by Liam Ó Maonlaí, well known musician and leader of the Hothouse Flowers. New and old friends between the Irish and the Polish communities connected in the High School.

“We were given a great welcome in his beautiful St Audoen’s church by Fr Stanislaw Hajkowski SChr, Rector of the Church of St. Audoen and Coordinator of the Polish Chaplaincy in Ireland. Prezemek Wysoglad, who had worked as a young Jesuit in Crescent College Limerick, came back for the occasion and spoke to us of how important it is to make friends with our weaknesses and to respect our desires,” said Frank Brady SJ.

“Polish speaking people are an integral part of our people and Irish is theirs too. Our desire is to share its riches with all our people,” he added.

The graphic novel is available to order via post from Spiritual Materials Publications, 37 Mr Leeson, Dublin 2, D02W938, for sale at Siopa Book, Mr. Ferguson, Dublin, 4th Policing, Belfast and from bookshops throughout Ireland.

This article was first published on the Jesuits in Ireland's website.