The world’s oldest nun, Sister Cecylia Maria Roszak has died at the age of 110 in Krakow,southern city’s archdiocese report.
Father Pawel Rytel-Andrianik, spokesman for Poland’s Roman Catholic Church, on Thursday confirmed the death of Sister Cecylia Roszak last week at a Dominican convent in Krakow.
He described her as “probably the oldest nun in the world” and someone remembered as saying that “life is so short and passes so quickly.”
Roszak rescued Jews during the Holocaust,she was Born in 1908 in the western town of Kielczewie, Roszak took her vows in 1934.
Sister Cecylia Maria Roszak was already well past 100 when she said a few years ago that “life is beautiful but much too short,” according to the obituary on the archdiocese’s website.
Four years later in Vilnius, which was a Polish city at the time but now belongs to Lithuania, she helped found a convent where she joined other nuns to hide a dozen Jews from the occupying Nazi Germans.
Roszak joined the convent at age 21. During the German occupation of Poland during World War II, when she was in her 30s, she was one of several nuns who set up a new convent near Vilnius, today in Lithuania, sheltering Jews who had escaped the ghetto there.
In 2009, she received the “Righteous Among The Nations” title, which Israel awards to gentiles who risked their lives to save Jewish neighbours.
Roszak served at times as an organist, choir leader and janitor and was frequently elected mother superior by her community.