Carmel-in-the-City to mark the canonization of Bl Titus Brandsma

Bl Titus Brandsma O. Carm

Carmel-in-the-City, the spirituality group based in St Joseph’s Bunhill Row, near London’s Barbican, will mark the upcoming canonization of Blessed Titus Brandsma O.Carm. with a 12 p.m. mass and an afternoon reflection on Saturday, May 7, 2022. All are welcome!

Select members of Carmel-in-the-City will travel to Rome for canonization on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

The Carmelite Order will hold a number of events in Rome to honor the new Saint: https://ocarm.org/en/canonization-of-blessed-titus-brandsma

Blessed Titus was martyred in Dachau on July 26, 1942, and will be canonized in Rome on Sunday, May 15, 2022, along with others, including Blessed Charles de Foucauld.

Brandsma has written extensively in popular newspapers and magazines as well as scholarly journals. Titus Brandsma stayed with his Irish Carmelite brothers at Whitefriar Street in Dublin and Kinsale, Co Cork, while he improved his English, before a lecture tour of the United States in 1935.

Later, he wrote warmly of his stay in Ireland where he met, among others, then President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State, √Čamon de Valera. Titus’s interests were many and included Marian devotion, ecumenism, Frisian culture, education and journalism. The last concern was to prove the occasion of his death.

After the invasion of the Netherlands by the Third Reich in May 1940, Brandsma’s long-term fight against the spread of Nazi ideology and for freedom of education and of the press brought him to the attention of of the Nazis.

In January 1942, he undertook to personally deliver a letter from the Dutch Bishops’ Conference to the editors of Catholic newspapers, in which the bishops instructed them not to print official Nazi documents, as required by a new law of the German occupiers. He had visited fourteen publishers before being arrested on January 19 at the Priory of the Carmelites of Boxmeer.

Accused of being an ally of communism, he was nicknamed by the Nazis “the dangerous little brother”. After being held prisoner in Scheveningen, Amersfoort and Cleves, Brandsma was transferred to the Dachau concentration camp, where he arrived on June 19, 1942. His health deteriorated rapidly and he was transferred to the camp hospital. He died on July 26, 1942, from a lethal injection administered by a nurse from the Allgemeine SS, as part of their program of medical experimentation on prisoners.

For more details see: www.carmelinthecity.org.uk

email: [email protected] or say: 07889 436 165

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