May 18, 2006

The Blessed Martyrs of Nowogrodek: Eleven Sisters of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth

In July 1943, as the occupying Nazi regime began to arrest increasing numbers of men in Nowogrodek, Poland, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, offered the following prayer intention.
O God,
if sacrifice of life is needed,
accept it from us who are free from family obligations.
Spare those who have wives and children.

On the last day of that same month, the Nazis suddenly arrested eleven of the sisters. The next day, in the forest next to the town, the soldiers shot the sisters and buried them in one grave.

Pope John Paul II beatified them on March 5, 2000.

The Church celebrates their annual memorial on August 1, the same day they died.

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