Blessed Bronislava was born at the castle of Kamien in Upper Silesia in 1203. Her pious family was of Polish origin and devoted to the Gregorian reform movement within the Church. Devotion to the Holy Cross characterized her entire life. When she was 16, she entered the cloister of the Norbertine nuns at Zwierzyniec in Krakow. Her fellow religious were deeply impressed with her devout prayer life and meditation on the Passion of Christ. When the Tartars invaded Krakow in 1241, Bronislava, holding the Cross in her hand, encouraged her fellow sisters with the words, "Do not be afraid, the Cross will save us." Bronislava died on August 29, 1259. Her body was taken to the convent church and she was invoked as a saint. Pope Gregory XVI declared her blessed on August 23, 1839.
--Courtesy of St. Michael's Abbey