Friar Hubert Lipiński returned to the house of the Father

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On December 16, 2009, the opening evening of the Christmas Novena, Friar Hubert Lipiński returned to the house of the Father. The liturgy on the day of his death, spoke of the final preparations of the faithful to celebrate Christmas, the birth of our Redeemer.

The text of the Gospel of Matthew on the day of his death recalls the what Jesus said to those who had been sent by John the Baptist. “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: the blind recover their sight, cripples walk, lepers are cured, the deaf hear, dead men are raised to life, and the poor have the good news preached to them. Blest is the one who finds no stumbling block in me.” (Mt. 11:4-6). Faith in Christ, dead and risen, proclaims with certainty that “the life of our deceased brother, is not ended, but transformed”.

On the day of the funeral of our dear brother, the Franciscan Church at Poznań was filled with many confreres, relatives, friends, and faithful present for the Liturgy. Concerning this large participation, Friar Manswet Wardyn, Guardian of the Friary, indicated in his welcoming remarks, “is a response to an invitation: that of Friar Hubert to, together give praise and thanks to the Lord for all that he has given, and to remand everything to his paternal mercy.”

We recall among those gathered, were the family of our dear departed confrere, His Excellency Bishop Błażej Kruszyłowicz, OFM Conv; the Minister Provincial, Friar Adam Kalinowski; the delegate of the Minister General, Friar Jacek Ciupiński; the Vicar Provincial of the Province of Krakow, Friar Paweł Dybka; the Vicar Provincial from the Province of Warsaw, Friar Wiesław Pyzio; the Minister Provincial from the Province of the Czech Republic, Friar Bogdan Sikora, and the past Minister Provincial of this same Province, Friar Stanisław Gryń; Monsignor  Jan Kasprowicz, respresenting Archbishop Henryk Muszyński, Primate of Poland; Father Andrzej Mikucki from the home parish of the deceased; Friar Michał Baranowski, Rector of the Seminary at Łódź-Łagiewniki, along with the clerics; Friar Rafał Zarzycki, formator for the Postulants, along with them; Friar Tomasz Lesnak, Secretary of the Custody of Slovakia; some Friars from Germany and the Custody of Russia, representatives from all of the Friaries of the Gdansk Province, numerous Friars from the other Polish Provinces, formation companions of Friar Hubert, and people from all of the ecclesial communities, where he had been and ministered as a Priest. They came particularly from Gniezno, where Friar Hubert had been pastor since 2008.

The Eucharistic Liturgy began at 12 noon preceded by the solemn celebration of the Office of Readings presided over by Bishop Błażej Kruszyłowicz. The homily was given by the Minister Provincial, Friar Adam Kalinowski. The music for the Eucharistic Liturgy was led by the choir from the Marian Sanctuary of Our Lady of Consolation, Patroness of Gniezno.

At the conclusion of the Liturgy, prior to the final blessing, a letter was read by Monsignor Jan Kasprowicz, which had come from Archbishop Henryk Muszyski, Primate of Poland. This was followed by a letter from the Minister General of the Order, Friar Marco Tasca, read by Friar Jacek Ciupiński, and Father Andrzej Mikucki and Micha Lipiński, Friar Hubert’s brother, gave a fond spoken farewell to their beloved one.

At the conclusion of the funeral rites, the body, accompanied by a large number of the faithful, was taken to the cemetery in Junikowo, where it was placed in the tomb of the Franciscan Friars.