August 13th: Memorial of Blessed Jakob Gapp, S.M. Priest and Martyr

Born July 26, 1897, in Wattens in the Austrian Tyrol, Jakob was the seventh son of Martin Gapp and Antonia Wach. He attended elementary school in his native village and pursued his high school studies in Hall. On May 24, 1915, Italy declared war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This same year, Jakob enlisted in the Austrian army. He was sent to the Italian front, where he was wounded and decorated for his courage. At the end of the war he was taken prisoner. He underwent a great deal of suffering during his captivity. During the war Jakob came under the spell of an idealistic socialism, which led to a crisis of faith. On August 13, 1920, Jakob entered the Marianist novitiate at Greisinghof (Austria).

Marianist Martyrs: Witness, Conviction, and Stability

Experience the sites and stories of Marianist Martyr Blessed Jakob Gapp and the Spanish Marianist Martyrs in this YouTube video sponsored by the Society of Mary's Province of the USA, which was produced by Brother Brandon Paluch, SM, and directed by David Brun.

Miguel Leibar and Companions: Four Good Men

The bloodshed of the Spanish Civil War had a direct and profound impact on the Society of Mary. Read the story of four Marianists, a priest and three brothers, martyred in Madrid. Pope Benedict XVI declared them blessed in 2007.

William Ferree, SM: Sketch, His Life and Catholic Social Thought

Sister Gabrielle Bibeau, FMI, uses personal interviews and Ferree's own journals and drafts of his works to probe the development and influence of this great Marianist thinker in the realm of Catholic Social Thought.
Joseph Verrier, SM

Concerning the Daries Brothers: Errors and Corrections

This small article, written by Father Joseph Verrier, SM, corrects historical errors pertaining to the three Daries brothers, who attended the Mussidan school where the Chaminade brothers taught. At least one of the Daries brothers, an exile in Spain who died during the French Revolution, desired to begin a Society of Mary upon his return to his homeland.

Marianist Martyr--Blessed Jakob Gapp, SM

In “Marianist Martyr—Blessed Jakob Gapp, SM,” Marianist Brothers Martin McMurtrey and Herbert Janson capture the essence of a man who defied Nazi Germany through his words and actions. Blessed Gapp’s story is rooted in an unshakable conviction of always living the Gosepl.

Tal Vez Me Hable Dios

This is the Spanish original of the NACMS translation "Maybe God Will Speak to Me." Either in English or in Spanish, the story of Faustino Pérez-Manglano is a spiritually-moving account of a boy's struggle with blood cancer and his desire to be a Marianist brother.

Marianist Martyrs of Madrid: Prayer Service

We gather together to celebrate and give thanks for the lives of the Blessed Martyrs Miguel, Florencio, Joaquín, and Sabino, and to recommit ourselves to following Christ through their example.
Jakob Gapp, SM

Conscience that Would Not Be Silenced

Looking back over my 26 years as "The Tablet’s" Vienna correspondent, I can think of no more remarkable story than that of Blessed Jakob Gapp.
Brother Miguel

Like Jesus, He Gave His Life Protecting His People

Brother Miguel (“Michel”) Ángel Quiroga died defending life in Colombia. Read about his life and his martyrdom in this article compiled by Paul Landolfi, SM.

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