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Congregation of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

ul. Zgorzelecka 27

The hospitaller brothers from the Order of the Holy Spirit built a monastery and hospital here. The order’s task was to look after travellers, the sick and the poor. Around 1260, the monastery was taken over by the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star brought to Silesia in the 1st half of the 13th century from Bohemia. Their task was also to look after the sick. The hospital was supported with numerous bestowals. Konrad I, Duke of Głogów, freed the hospital property from burdens, bestowed fiefs in the village of Bożejowice and a chapel in the village of Bolesławice, while Bishop Tomasz I passed tithes from these two villages. The brothers themselves bought a mill near Bolesławiec and fields in Bolesławice. After the duke’s death, the bestowals almost ended, and the brothers performed their pastoral duties in nearby villages. During the Reformation, the monastery declined. In 1569, its buildings and other property were bought by the city from Bartłomiej Mandel, a master of St Matthias, for 350 thalers. After the secularization of the order, the Church of the Holy Spirit was demolished in 1827 and replaced with a municipal hospital. From 1924, it housed an old people’s home. In 1945, a Soviet military hospital was established here for a short time. In the spring of 1947, the buildings were taken over by sisters from the Congregation of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ founded by Saint Maria de Mattias who came here from Yugoslavia.

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