Remembering a Priest and Martyr: On the Ordination Anniversary of Alfred Delp, S.J. |
Abtei St. Walburg
Alfred Delp was born in Mannheim, Germany, on September 15, 1907, and was raised in the nearby town of Lampertheim. He entered the Society of Jesus on April 22, 1926. Following his ordination in 1937, he lived and worked in Munich, where he became well known for his preaching and writing. Because of his opposition to Hitler's government, he was arrested on July 28, 1944. He suffered torture and solitary confinement without betraying any useful information to his interrogators. His trial in January 1945 focused on the irreconcilability of Christianity and Nazism.
After his conviction, he wrote that his life had been given a theme "worth living for, and worth dying for." He was executed by hanging on February 2, 1945, in Berlin. In Lampertheim, a memorial chapel was built beside his parish church, and consecrated on the twentieth anniversary of his martyrdom. Special commemorative events are scheduled throughout 2007 in Lampertheim, Mannheim, and Munich to honor Father Delp during this centennial year of his birth.
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