Sunday, December 15, 2019

Blessed Jerzy Kaszyra – Saint of the Day – February 18

Blessed Jerzy Kaszyra Biography

Blessed Jerzy Kaszyra Profile. Born: 4 April 1904 in Lithuania, Europe. Worked in Lithuania. Died: 18 February 1943 in Vitebskaya voblasts’, Belarus. Feast Day is celebrated on February 18.

The Memorial of Blessed Jerzy Kaszyra – Saint of the Day

Blessed Jerzy Kaszyra Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth 4 April 1904
Country of Birth Lithuania in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Blesseds who were Priests
Profession Missionary
Place of Work Lithuania
Date of Death 18 February 1943
Place of Death Vitebskaya voblasts’, Belarus
Feast Day February 18
Beatification Beatified by Pope John Paul II on 13 June 1999
Canonization Canonized by N/A
Patron Saint of N/A

Biography

Blessed Jerzy Kaszyra was raised in an Orthodox family and converted to Roman Catholicism in 1922 when he was still 18 years of age. He then joined the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in 1924 in Druya where he later made his profession on 2 August 1929. Jerzy then studied theology and philosophy in Rome, Italy.

He was later ordained a priest on 20 June 1935. However, in 1938, the authorities ordered Father George to end his pastoral work and moved to the monastery of Rasno in eastern Belarus and continued his evangelism mission. Later in 1940, Soviet authorities in the with their atheist idea chased him out of the monastery.

He did not give up though, instead, he travelled around the area staying in the abandoned monasteries evangelizing.
On 18 February 1943, the Nazis accused him of helping the partisans and other several Catholics where he was locked in a Church basement and was set to fire. Martyr.

Blessed Jerzy Kaszyra
Bl. Jerzy Kaszyra