Maria Roszak
Maria Roszak at her 107th birthday.

Maria Roszak (known as Sister Cecilia; born 25 March 1908) is a Polish centenarian who at the age of 109 years, 337 days is the third oldest living person in Poland and oldest living person in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. She is also the oldest nun of Poland and the third oldest living nun in the world. She is also the oldest person in the history of Lesser Poland.[1]


Maria Roszak was born on 25 March 1908 in present-day Greater Poland Voivodeship (then German Empire), daughter of John Roszak and Maria Hofmann. In 1926, she graduaded from State Economical School in Poznań. She has made her first vows (for three years) on 7 February 1931. Then she became nun at the convent of cloistered Dominican nuns' in Gródek in Kraków on 7 February 1934. For her heroic attitude during the World War II, saving the lifes of Jewish children from the Holocaust, she has been awared with the Order Righteous Among the Nations.