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Saint of the Day: Bl. Mark Gjani

Priest and Martyr


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His life

+ Mark was born in Mirditë, Albania. After seminary studies in Albania and Italy, he was ordained a priest on March 21, 1942.

+ Imprisoned and tortured by the Albanian Communist government, he was repeatedly ordered to denounce Christ.

+ Blessed Mark refused and repeatedly answered, “Long live Jesus Christ!” He was subsequently tortured to death in 1947 in Shën Pal, Albania.

+ Blessed Mark Gjani was beatified with other Albanian martyrs in 2016.

For prayer and reflection

While the persecutors dissolve like so many black shadows which are lost forever in the darkness of eternal oblivion,” martyrs are guiding lights that shine in the sky of humanity, showing the true face of  man’s goodness, his profound identity created in the image of God.”—Cardinal Angelo Amato at the beatification of the Martyrs of Albania

Spiritual bonus

On this day we also remember Saint Enda of Arran. A priest and spiritual disciple of Saint Ninian in Galloway, Scotland, he established the first monastery in Ireland in the Arran Islands and he became the spiritual father of generations of monks, including Saint Brendan “the Navigator,” Saint Columba of Iona, and Saint Finnian. Saint Enda died around the year 530.


Almighty and merciful God, who brought your Martyr blessed Mark to overcome the torments of his passion, grant that we, who celebrate the day of his triumph, may remain invincible under your protection against the snares of the enemy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal: Common of Martyrs—For One Martyr)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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