Preghiera per la Canonizzazione di don Titus Zeman
O Dio onnipotente,
tu hai chiamato don Titus Zeman a seguire il carisma di san Giovanni Bosco.
Sotto la protezione di Maria Ausiliatrice
egli divenne sacerdote ed educatore della gioventù.
Visse secondo i tuoi comandamenti,
e tra la gente fu conosciuto e stimato
per il carattere affabile e la disponibilità per tutti.
Quando i nemici della Chiesa soppressero i diritti umani e la libertà della fede,
don Titus non si perse di coraggio e perseverò nella strada della verità.
Per la sua fedeltà alla vocazione salesiana
e per il suo servizio generoso alla Chiesa fu incarcerato e torturato.
Con audacia resistette ai torturatori e per questo fu umiliato e deriso.
Tutto soffrì per amore e con amore.
Ti supplichiamo, o Padre onnipotente, fa’ che il Beato Tito
sia iscritto nel numero dei tuoi santi
e per sua intercessione concedi a noi la grazia che con fede ti chiediamo.
Per Cristo nostro Signore. Amen!
Amen.Nulla osta: 22 gennaio 2010
Closing of Diocesan Inquiry:
Bratislava (Slovakia) 7 December 2012
His story is an excellent example of faithfulness to Don Boscos cause, especiall through the zeal and love shown to save the vocations of young Salesians under the Communist regime.
Fr Titus Zeman, A Slovakian Salesian, was born into a Catholic family on 4 January 1915 at Vajnory, near Bratislava. From age 10 he had wanted to become a priest, and completed his secondary studies at the Salesian house at Šaštín, Hronský Svätý Benedikt and Frištak u Holešova; in 1931 he entered the novitiate and on 7 March 1938 made his perpetual profession at Sacred Heart in Rome.
He did his theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, and then went to Chieri, where he occupied his free time at the Oratory. In Turin in 23 June 1940, he achieved the goal of priestly ordination, at the hands of Cardinal Maurilio Fossati. On 4 August 1940, at Vajnory, the town of his birth, he celebrated his first Mass.
In April 1950, when the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia banned religious and began deporting many of them to concentration camps, it became necessary to organise clandestine trips to Turin so young religious could complete their studies. Fr Zeman undertook to organise this risky activity.
The Servant of God organised two expeditions of more than 60 young Salesians. During a third, Fr Zeman, along with the other fugitives, was arrested. He then underwent a difficult trial, during which he was accused of being a traitor to his country and a Vatican spy, and he risked the death penalty. On 22 February 1952, in consideration of attenuating circumstances, he was instead condemned to 25 years in prison.
Fr Zeman was released from prison after 12 years on 10 March 1964. By now suffering obviously from the long ordeal in prison he died five years later, on 8 January 1969, but very much known for his holiness and indeed his martyrdom.
He lived his life of suffering with a great spirit of sacrifice and as an offering: “Even if I lose my life I do not consider it a waste, knowing that at least one of those whom I have saved has become a priest to take my place”.
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