The Catholic Church in Łódź during the First World War Cover Image

Kościół katolicki w Łodzi w czasie i wojny światowej
The Catholic Church in Łódź during the First World War

Author(s): Waldemar Gliński
Subject(s): History of Church(es), Social history, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919), Sociology of Religion, History of Religion
Published by: Wyższe Seminarium Duchowne w Łodzi
Keywords: history of the Catholic Church in Łódź; Catholic churches; First World War; beginnings of the diocese of Łódź;

Summary/Abstract: On the threshold of the outbreak of the First World War Łódź was one of the biggest industrial centers of the Russian Empire. In 1911 512,5 thousand of people lived there including 267.1 thousand Catholics. For many decades of the second half of the 19th century the Catholics, who amounted to over 160 thousand by the end of the century, had only two parish churches: the church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and a filial St. Joseph church. In the period just before the outbreak of the war Łódź was not only a great workshop but also a great construction site. In this period five churches and Catholic chapels were erected or their construction was started. This construction work was stopped for the war period. The article presents the history of those constructions and the efforts preceding them.

  • Issue Year: 24/2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 51-59
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish