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April 16th, 2018
Father Alfons Maria of Holy Ghost (birth name Józef Mazurek) was the rector in the monastery of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, in Czerna, Poland, when the Socialist Germans stormed into Poland.
On August 28, 1944, the Germans pushed their way into the monastery, searched the premises and forced the monks out. Father Alfons remained calm and briefly knelt before the Blessed Sacrament before joining his conferes.
The Nazi soldiers rounded up the monks, intending to use them to dig trenches for the German troops.
Ordered into a vehicle, Father Alfons was later pushed from the wagon with visible signs of a brutal beating. The soldiers then ordered the priest to cross the meadow.
With rosary in hand, Father Alfons walked calmly away until one of the soldiers ordered him to turn around. When he did, the soldier shot him in the face.
Father Alfons fell, tried to rise, but fell again, as a soldier ran toward him, kicked him and shoved dirt into his mouth.
Father Alfons died, with the rosary still clutched in his hand, on August 28, 1944, in Nawojowa Góra, Małopolskie, Poland.
VIVA CRISTO REY! Niech żyje Chrystus Król!
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THERESA MARIE MOREAU is an award-winning reporter who covers Catholicism and Communism.