Thursday, October 29, 2009

Martyr who refused to remove crucifixes from hospital to be honored Oct. 29

Bl. Maria RestituaPhoto Source Catholic Fire.
On Thursday, Catholics will celebrate the feast day of Helen Kafka, better known as Blessed Maria Restituta. Working as a nurse in the 1940s, she was ordered by the Gestapo to remove crucifixes she had placed in several hospital rooms and was sentenced to death. Pope John Paul II beatified her on June 21, 1998.

Helen Kafka was born in 1894 to a shoemaker and grew up in Vienna, Austria. At the age of 20, she decided to join the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and took the name Restituta after an early Church martyr.
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See also Catholic Fire's Feast of Blessed Maria Restituta - Martyr


Tracy said...

How wonderful!

David Marciniak said...

Thank you for drawing our attention to this wonderful blessed. I will be sure to share her story with my colleagues at the hospital.

Esther G. said...

Tracy and David, this is the first time I ever heard of her.