| Prince Auguste was born in Paris on the
12th of August 1858, the first son of Prince
Wladyslaw Czartoryski and his Spanish consort Maria Amparo Muņoz
y Borbon Countess of Vista Alegre the daughter of Queen Maria Cristina
At the age of six, his mother died of tuberculosis having already
passed the disease to her husband and young son. This will force him
to live in search of sunshine in Europe, Egypt and North Africa.
Auguste was born reflexive and solitary by nature with this inner
call that was at first inaudible to the family or his surrounding.
And almost unknowingly he followed the call, and each person who helped
him to discover his best qualities unselfishness love and joy to humanity
sacrifice and mutual help.
His first guide was his tutor father Joseph Kalinowski whose nationalism
had led him to spend ten years in Siberia in the harshest prison;
this fearless moral giant (canonized in 1991) was a revelation of
unconditional commitment to Auguste, and when he left after three
years to become a Carmelite, Auguste decided to dedicate his life
for the good of mankind and at the age of twenty five he met Don Bosco,
whose charitable work to help abandoned young boys gave him the confirmation
to join the Salesian order.
Prince Wladyslaw was totally opposed to his son's choice and even
went as far as to plead his case to the Pope Leon XIII. But in June
1887 Auguste renounced to all his family rights and inheritance, in
favour of brothers from his father marriage with Princess Marguerite
de Orleans granddaughter of King Louis Philippe of France.
On the 24th of November 1887 Prince Auguste received his cloak from
the hands of Don Bosco with these words, "My dear Prince today we
have won a great victory. Be courageous and with God's will you will
do a lot of good to your Country" His priesthood was very short and
he died on Easter Day the 8th of April 1893 at the age of thirty-five
leaving behind an example of strength, faith and love he is buried
in Poland in the Silesian church in Przemysl.
His Holiness Pope Jean Paul II beatified
Prince Auguste in Rome on the 25th of April 2004. Prince Adam Karol
and Princess Josette Czartoryski attended with the Polish Ambassador
to the Vatican Mrs. Hannah Suchocka. Around fifty members of the Czartoryski
Family joined the ceremony along with all the people who came from
Poland for the occasion. That evening and His Holiness granted a private
audience to the Family with his benediction to all participants
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