Our Patrons

Our first anniversary celebrations and reflections in 2012 gave us the idea of choosing a patron. We chose Saint Monica.

Third anniversary on the 7th October 2014 prompt us to choose a second patron and we chose Blessed Edmund Bojanowski.

In 2012 Fr. Bronislaw Gwiazda became the charity’s Spiritual Director. He is fervently praying for us and on the 7th of every month. We invite everybody to pray with us. Join in prayer on the 7th of every month (any time or place) to intercede for Pencils for All – the work it does and all involved in it.
We need your support through prayer.

Saint Monica (Born in Algeria: 331 A.D. – Died in Rome: 387 A.D.) was an early Christian saint and the mother of Saint Augustine of Hippo. She is honoured in the Roman Catholic Church where she is remembered and venerated for her outstanding Christian virtues, particularly the suffering against the adultery of her husband, and a prayerful life dedicated to the reformation of her son, who wrote extensively of her pious acts and life with her in his Confessions. Popular Christian legends recall Saint Monica to have wept every night for her son, Saint Augustine.

Edmund Bojanowski was born in the small village of Grabonóg, Poland, on 14 November 1814 to a family of Polish nobility. He was a Polish Catholic layman whose works of faith and charity led to him being beatified. Because of what he saw as a need to serve the poor, Bojanowski was able to found an order of nuns, called the congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mother of God. This later led to the creation of the separate orders of the congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Conception. He died 7 August 1871 in Górka Duchowna.

Blessed Edmund Bojanowski – pray for us

Litany of Our Lady of Consolation, St. Augustine and St. Monica (Commonly called the Litany of the Three Patrons)
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.
Mary, our Mother, and Mother of Jesus, Pray for us.
* Mary, our Mother of Consolation,
* Mary, the source of our hope,
* Mary, the refuge of sinners,
* Mary, the guiding star of our lives,
* Mary, source of strength in our weakness,
* Mary, source of light in our darkness,
* Mary, source of consolation in our sorrows,
* Mary, source of victory in our temptations,
* Mary, who leades us to Jesus,
* Mary, who keepes us with Jesus,
* Mary, who redeemes us through Jesus,
* Mary, Mother of Consolation, our Patroness,
* Saint Augustine, triumph of Divine grace,
* St. Augustine, so faithful to grace,
* St. Augustine, glowing with pure love of God,
* St. Augustine, filled with zeal for God’s glory,
* St. Augustine, bright star in the firmament of the Church,
* St. Augustine, so great and so humble,
* St. Augustine, dauntless defender of the Faith,
* St. Augustine, vanquisher of heresy,
* St. Augustine, prince of Bishops and Doctors,
* St. Augustine, our Father (and Founder),
* (St. Augustine, glorious Patron of the Confraternity),
* Saint Monica, devout mother of St. Augustine,
* St. Monica, whose prayers won Augustine from sin,
* St. Monica, whose prayers gave Augustine to God,
* St. Monica, pattern for wives,
* St. Monica, model of mothers, and mother of Saints,
* St. Monica, exemplar of widows,
* St. Monica, devoted to prayer,
* St. Monica, so patient in trials,
* St. Monica, so resigned in sorrow,
* St. Monica, so happy in death,
* St. Monica, devoted child of Mary, Mother of Consolation,
* (St. Monica, our Patroness in the Confraternity),
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world: Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world: Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world: Have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of Consolation:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
V. Pray for us, O holy Father, Saint Augustine:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother, Monica:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray: O Lord Jesus Christ, Father of mercies, and God of all consolations: grant propitiously to Thy servants that, joyfully venerating Thy most pure Mother Mary, as Our Lady of Consolation, (and wearing in her honor the holy Cincture,) we may be consoled by her in our sorrows, and fortified in our trials through life, and dying, may merit the ineffable consolations of heaven for eternity. Amen.