Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Blessed Titus Brandsma – Saint of the Day – July 26

Blessed Titus Brandsma Biography

Blessed Titus Brandsma Profile. Born: February 23, 1881 in Netherlands, Europe. Worked in Netherlands. Died: July 26, 1942 in in the concentration camp at Dachau, Bavaria, Germany. Feast Day is celebrated on July 26.

The Memorial of Blessed Titus Brandsma – Saint of the Day

Blessed Titus Brandsma 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 February 23, 1881
Country of Birth Netherlands in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Blesseds who were Priests
Profession Priest
Place of Work Netherlands
Date of Death July 26, 1942
Place of Death in the concentration camp at Dachau, Bavaria, Germany
Feast Day July 26
Beatification Beatified by Pope John Paul II
Canonization Canonized by N/A
Patron Saint of N/A


Blessed Titus Brandsma Biography

Blessed Titus Brandsma, a pious youth from a religious family; Three of his four sisters were now and one became a Franciscan. Nicknamed Shorty. Good student who felt an early vocation to the priesthood. From the age of eleven to seventeenth entered a seminary for Franciscans. Joined the Carmelites in Boxmeer, Netherlands, took the name Titus and made his first vows in 1899.

He spoke Italian, Frisian, Dutch and English and was able to read Spanish. Published 1905 at the age of 24 years. Doctorate in philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1909 at the age of 28 years. Taught at the Carmelite Seminary in Oss, the Netherlands. Publisher of the local newspaper in 1919; often seen working with a cigar in the mouth.

Taught Philosophy at the Catholic University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Superior of the university dorm. Popular confessor. Well-traveled speaker, journalist, author and lobbyist for the university. 1932 university president. 1935 ecclesiastical advisor to Catholic journalists. From 1935 on a lecture tour of the United States.

In 1935 he wrote anti-Jewish marriage laws, which drew his attention to the Nazis. Later he wrote that no Catholic publication could publish Nazi propaganda and still call itself Catholic; This led to more attention. January 19, 1942. For several weeks he was brought from prison to prison, ill-treated and punished for serving other prisoners.

Deported to the Dachau concentration camp in April 1942. There he was daily overworked, malnourished and beaten; He asks fellow prisoners to pray for the rescue of the guards. When he could no longer work, he was used for medical experiments. When he no longer needed to experiment, he was murdered. Martyr.