Oil dedicated to Martyr Blessed Janos Brenner on prayer cloth
Martyr Blessed Janos Brenner born on Dec. 27, 1931 in Szombathely, Hungary.
As a child, János attended schools run by Cistercians until the schools nationalized by the post-World War II.
He felt drawn to the Cistercians, and entered as a novice in Zirc, Hungary in 1950. Taking the name Brother Anasztáz. But a few months later the communists began suppressing religious orders and houses, and Brother Anastasius had to continue his vocation from private residences, and then from the seminary where he studied for the priesthood; he continued his Cistercian training via correspondence. Cistercian friar. Ordained a priest in the diocese of Szombathely, Hungary in 1955. Noted for his youth ministry, which drew the ire of the atheist government. His bishop offered to move him somewhere safer and out of the limelight, but Father János declined.
On the night of Dec. 14, 1957, János falsely called to give last rites to a sick person in a neighboring town, amid the reprisals for the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
He left his home, carrying his anointing oils and the Eucharist, but ambushed in the woods outside Rabakethely and stabbed 32 times. He was found dead the next day, still clutching the Eucharist in his hands, which has earned him the title of the “Hungarian Tarcisius”.
While the communists had hoped that János death would intimidate the faithful in the area, they could not stop devotion to János’ memory. The Chapel of the Good Pastor built in 1989 on the spot where he died, and is a popular place of pilgrimage for people throughout the country. The dirty and bloodied surplice Brenner wore when he killed has preserved as a relic.