Ojciec Jan Duklan Michnar OFM (1896–1966) -publicysta religijny i kaznodzieja
Jan Duklan Michnar OFM (1896–1966) as prolific feature writer and preacher
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Jan Duklan Michnar belonged to the most outstanding fathers of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate Conception Order of Friars Minor Province in the 20th century Poland. He was recognized as a great preacher and a prolific feature writer who left a considerable amount of literacy works. This article’s author aimed at showing Jan Duklan Michnar’s profile and to discuss some of his religious publications, as well as his numerous homiletic works whose typescripts are deposited in the Province Archives in Kraków. Jan Duklan Michnar was a well-educated specialist in Polish studies, whose passion was general history. After graduation, he was directed to the Serafic College in Radecznica, where he was a Polish language and history lecturer, being the College director at the same time. Jan Duklan’s articles written to Franciscan magazines can be divided into two groups: the first one created in the years of 1923 – 1939 and the second one created in the years of 1956–1966. The keynote of the first group articles was emphasizing the Franciscan and tertiary ideas as well as a widely recognized spiritual-moral background of the readers, who were ley people in their majority. In 1956 Father Duklan’s articles started to appear in ‘Serafic Youth’ (‘Młodzież Seraficka’) and in ‘Vita Provinciae’. Those were mainly his reminiscenses written on various anniversaries celebrated in the Province or to familiarize the young generation with the Observants monks, important events or significant persons. Father Jan Duklan left over thirteen volumes of sermons and homiletic works which can be regarded as his preaching activity and his priesthood summary. His homiletic works were mainly based on Marian teaching.
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