Bl. Fr. Miroslav Bulesic was born in Svetvincenat, Croatia in 1920. Little is recorded of his youth, but he entered the seminary before the start of World War II. After seminary, he studied in Rome, but his bishop recalled him to Croatia at the outbreak of hostilities.
Bl. Fr. Miroslav Bulsec was ordained in April 1943.
During the war, he served in Baderna a place that saw intense fighting between communists and fascists. At the end of the war in 1945, Fr. Bulsec was transferred to Kanfanar where he witnessed communist abuses of clergy.
Those abuses prompted Fr. Bulsec to speak out against the communists. This was dangerous, as a communist government was transitioning into power in 1945.
During the communist takeover of the country which would become Yugoslavia, a total of 450 priests, 73 seminarians, 30 nuns and 22 monks were killed by either murder or abuse following imprisonment. Fr. Bulsec became one of these number.
On Aug. 24, 1947, Fr. Bulsec was in a neighboring community for a conformation service. While he was in the rectory, communists entered with the intent of killing him for speaking out against the systematic abuses of the clergy.
He was pinned to the ground and in his moment of death reportedly cried out, "Jesus receive my soul, Jesus receive my soul!" He was silenced with a stab to his neck which killed him.
The incident in which he was killed has been described as a "hate crime" by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vaticanís Congregation for Saintís Causes.
Pope Francis beatified Bl. Fr. Bulsec on Sept. 29, where he gave thanks for his life and his work. An effort to have Fr. Bulsec recognized as a saint was started in 1998.
St. Gelasius I, Pope (Feast day - November 21) Gelasius was born in Rome, in the fifth century, the son of an African named Valerius. Later, ordained a priest, he was elected Pope on March 1st, ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Not much information is known about Elizabeth, but she has the distinction of being one of the first to know about Mary's great blessing as the Mother of God. Zachary was a priest in Jerusalem whose wife, Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, was beyond child-bearing age. He ... continue readingMore Female Saints
St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading
The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
Louise de Marillac was born probably at Ferrieres-en-Brie near Meux, France, on August 12, 1591. She was educated by the Dominican nuns at Poissy. She desired to become a nun but on the advice of her ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes