Saint Albert Chmielowski (20 August 1845 – 25 December 1916) - born as Adam - was a Polish professed religious and the founder of both the Servants of the Poor and Sisters Servants of the Poor. Chmielowski fought in the January uprising that saw him damage a leg that had to be amputated which prompted him to resort to a wooden replacement for the remainder of his life. He became a popular and well-known painter and used religious themes for most of his paintings before deciding to give all of that up in favor of a life dedicated to the plight of the poor. He first entered the Jesuits but later left and became a professed member of the Third Order of Saint Francis. The sainthood process started in 1966 under Pope Paul VI who later titled him as Venerable in 1977 upon the confirmation that the late religious had lived a life of heroic virtue. Pope John Paul II - whom Chmielowski's example had influenced to a significant degree - beatified him in 1983 while in Kraków and later canonized him in 1989 in Saint Peter's Square. His liturgical feast is affixed to 17 June and not his death date - as is the norm - due to that date being Christmas.
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