Fr. Hubert Schiffer and the Jesuit Priests Who Survived Hiroshima

Fr. Schiffer - news clipping

I wish I could tell you that I'm related to Jesuit Father Hubert Schiffer.  I've asked family members, hoping someone will be able to prove that he's a second cousin twice removed....  But while we know of two priests among my husband's ancestors, Father Schiffer's name doesn't come up.I like to imagine, though, that we have some kind of special link.  Two Schiffers with a common destination.Father Schiffer's story has been on my mind lately for at least two reasons:On July 29 Theo … [Read more...]

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth: Heroes, Then and Now

"The Eleven Nuns of Nowogrodek" by Adam Styka

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Blessed Martyrs of Nowogródek.  I saw this painting this morning and caught my breath:  I recognized the habit, but what was this story!?In the twelve years I spent under the tutelage of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, I don’t remember ever hearing the story of how eleven of their Sisters died in 1943 in occupied Poland, executed by a Nazi firing squad.  Here is their story. *     *     *     *     * The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth … [Read more...]


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