Working for The Resurrection of Society
The Congregation of the Resurrection is a religious community of brothers, deacons, and priests serving in parishes and other ministries in Canada and around the world. We believe that God calls us to work together for the resurrection of society, bring His life and love to all people through our personal witness and through the witness of our life in community, in which all can experience the hope, joy, and peace of Christ’s resurrection.
Bogdan Jański was born in Lisowo, Poland on March 26, 1807. A student of economics and law, he fell away from his faith around the age of 20. While studying in Paris, London, and Berlin, he began to associate with social thinkers and philanthropists whose ideas resonated with his own youthful ideals and radical worldviews.
But in the year 1830, Bogdan became swept up in the events of the November Uprising in his native Poland. As exiles from the failed uprising began to arrive in Paris, Bogdan himself experienced a powerful conversion in which he found, in God, what he had been searching for all these years.
He began to experience a growing conviction that a community of priests and religious working closely with members of the laity was needed, responding to God’s call to conversion and working for the deepening of the spirit of the Gospel at all levels of society. On Ash Wednesday, February 17, 1836 the first members of what would become the Congregation of the Resurrection began to live together in common.