Feast of Blessed Jozef Cebula (April 28)   Leave a comment

Above:  Blessed Jozef Cebula

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BLESSED JOZEF CEBULA (MARCH 23-1902-APRIL 28, 1941)

Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1941

Blessed Jozef Cebula died for his faith.  He, born in Malni, Poland (Poland was a region, not a nation-state, at the time.), on March 12, 1902, eventually joined the Missionary Oblates of Mary.  He matriculated at the Oblate Junior Seminary in 1920, taught at the minor seminary at Lubliniac from 1923 to 1931, served as the superior there from 1931 to 1937, and became the Novice Master at Markowice in 1937.  Along the way he became a priest in 1927.  Cebula earned his reputation as a kind and prayerful man.

Then, in 1939, the Third Reich and the Soviet Union divided Poland between themselves.  That October Nazi officials placed the 100 members of the order at the Markowice novitiate under house arrest.  In October 1940 authorities evicted the Oblates and converted the structure into a center for the Hitler Youth.  Cebula continued as an underground priest, hearing confessions and saying Masses.  For this offense Nazi officials arrested him the following year.  He wound up at the concentration camp at Mauthausen, Austria.  There guards made our saint carry 60-pound rocks two miles from the quarry to the camp and forced him to climb a 144-step staircase as they beat and insulted him.  On April 28, 1941, guards ordered him to run with a rock on his back then shot and killed him on the pretense that he was attempting to escape.  Cebula was 39 years old.

Pope John Paul II declared Cebula a Venerable then a Blessed in 1999.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 22, 2017 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARY MAGDALENE, EQUAL TO THE APOSTLES

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Almighty God, who gave your servant Blessed Jozef Cebula

boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world,

and courage to die for this faith:

Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us,

and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

2 Esdras 2:42-48

Psalm 126 or 121

1 Peter 3:14-18, 22

Matthew 10:16-22

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2910), page 713

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