Saturdays with the Saints


Fall 2013- 20th Century Martyrs

In this Year of Faith, Saturdays with the Saints features men and women who have borne witness to their faith with their lives, and in particular, martyrs of the 20th Century.

Did you know that more Christians have been martyred in the past century than in all previous centuries? Learn about their lives, and how their sacrifices have impacted and continue to have an impact on the people of God they chose to serve.


All sessions are:

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Andrews Auditorium
Lower Level, Geddes Hall

August 31 | Blessed Franz Jägerstätter (1907-1943): Farmer, Conscientious Objector, and Martyr

Robert A. Krieg, Professor, Systematic Theology, University of Notre Dame

Refusing induction into Hitler's army on March 3, 1943, Franz Jägerstätter was immediately imprisoned and, after military hearings, was beheaded on August 9, 1943. In 2007, he was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in Linz, Austria. Franziska Jägerstätter with her daughters participated in her husband's beatification.

September 21 | Four Women Martyrs of El Salvador: Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel, Jean Donovan, Maura Clark

Margaret Pfeil, Assistant Professor, Joint Appointment, Department of Theology and Center for Social Concerns

These four women influenced the lives of the people they served in El Salvador and continue to serve as modern models of faith, service, and justice through action.

September 28 | Today's Christian Martyrs: Learning from the Sant'Egidio Icon of the New Martyrs

Daniel Philpott Professor of Political Sciences and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

More Christians have been martyred in the past century than in all previous centuries. Who are they? What have they been martyred for? And how can Catholics stand in solidarity with them?

October 19 | Fr. Stanley Rother, Servus Dei: "A Shepherd Cannot Abandon His People"

Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo, Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology; University of Notre Dame; classmate of Fr. Stanley Rother

Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City- a priest, missionary and martyr. Killed in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, 28 July 1981.

November 2 | The Communion of Saints: Where Love of God Becomes Love of Neighbor

            Leonard DeLorenzo, Director, Notre Dame Vision

In celebrating the Feast of All Saints, the Church uplifts not only its holy individuals but also the holy communion to which we are called. The testimony of the martyrs and the other holy witnesses teaches us how to listen for this call.