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Memorial of Titus Brandsma

July 27, 2020

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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day 27 of July, repeating indefinitely

The year after Therese died, Anno Brandsma joined the Carmelites in his home province of Friesland, Holland. Taking the name Titus, he delved into Carmelite history and brought his deep prayer practice to his studies at the Gregorian University in Rome and later, teaching assignments. In 1923, he helped Dutch bishops found a Catholic University in Nijmegen, Holland, where he later became rector. Titus was also a journalist and leader in the Catholic press. In 1940, German troops invaded Holland. By 1941, they had made it illegal for any priest or religious to direct a school or university; they were also placing severe limits on publishers. Titus remained an outspoken advocate for the Catholic press and religious freedom, and as a result was arrested in January 1942. He died in July that same year in Dachau. He was made Blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1985.