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.