A native of Polish Silesia and of noble ancestry, St. Hyacinth was made a Canon at Cracow after receiving his doctorate in law and divinity. In 1220 he accompanied his Bishop to Rome and meeting St. Dominic there, asked to be received among the first disciples into the young Order of Preachers, together with his compatriot St. Ceslas. The holy founder soon made him the head of a mission band which he was sending out to preach the faith in Poland, a task at which he proved highly successful, founding as he did friaries wherever he went.
Because of his three missionary journeys, covering Pomerania, Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden and Norway in the north, spanning 40 years - always on foot and ever in danger from barbarians and wild beasts - Hyacinth is called the "Apostle of the North". He also preached in Russia and the Ukraine in the south, even reaching far-off Tibet and China in the east. Returning to his central monastery at Cracow as an old man of 72, he died soon after on 15 August 1257 and was canonized by Pope Clement VIII in 1594.
Reflection :"Grace can do nothing without the will and the will can do nothing without grace" (St. John Chrysostom).