St Marko Krizevcanin Healing Oil
St Marko Krizevcanin Healing Oil from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Marko Krizevcanin (1589-1619) was a Croatian Franciscan friar and martyr. He is also known as St. Mark of Krizevci.
Krizevcanin was born in the small town of Krizevci, in what is now Croatia. He joined the Franciscan Order at a young age and was ordained a priest in 1615.
In 1619, Krizevcanin was sent to work in the town of Kosice, in present-day Slovakia. While there, he was falsely accused of spying for the Ottoman Turks, who were then at war with the Habsburg Empire. He was arrested and imprisoned, and subjected to torture in an attempt to force him to confess.
Despite the intense pain and suffering he endured, Krizevcanin refused to confess to a crime he did not commit. He was eventually sentenced to death and executed by hanging on September 7, 1619.
Krizevcanin’s death was deeply mourned by the Franciscan community in Croatia and Slovakia, and he was soon venerated as a martyr. His body was buried in Kosice, and his tomb became a site of pilgrimage for many Catholics.
In 2003, Krizevcanin was canonized by Pope John Paul II, becoming the first Croatian Franciscan to be recognized as a saint. His feast day is celebrated on September 7th.
Today, St. Marko Krizevcanin is remembered as a model of courage and faith in the face of persecution. His life and martyrdom continue to inspire Catholics around the world, particularly those in Croatia and Slovakia.