Blessed Jozef Cebula
Priest - Marty
Blessed Jozef Cebula was born March 23, 1902 at Malnia in southern Poland. At the age of 19 be entered the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. After his ordination to the priesthood he was given the responsibility of forming other candidates for the priesthood, first as professor and director of the minor seminary in Lubliniec (1923-37) and later as novice master in Markowice (1937-41). During this time he was also active in the preaching ministry and was much sought after as a confessor. When the Nazis occupied Poland during the Second World War, he was forbiddei to exercise his priestly ministry and obliged to work in the fields. But at night the zealous priest celebrated the Eucharist and administered the sacraments in the surrounding villages. It was for this that he was deported to the concentration camp at Mauthausen where he was forced to break rocks in the quarry. The guards humiliated and mocked him by ordering him to sing the texts of the Mass while he worked. He died a martyr May 9, 1941 in a volley of bullets.
Blessed be you, o Christ, crucified and glorious Good Shepherd! Your strength was made known in the weakness of Blessed Jozef who by his dedication to the formation of young men for the priesthood and the pastoral care of your people, merited to sacrifice himself to the Father in union with You. Grant us by his intercession the grace we humbly request.
You who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
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