The process of beatification of Janez Strasek, CM

by | May 30, 2022 | Congregation of the Mission, News

The process of beatification of Janez STRASEK, CM began in Zagreb on September 20, 2021.

The first session was presided by Rev. Marko Kovač, delegate of Cardinal Josip Bozanic.  The Tribunal was established with the appointment of the Delegated Judge, who will preside over the Diocesan Investigation, as well as the appointment of a Promoter of Justice and a Notary.

The oath was then administered to the members of the Historical Commission who were appointed by the Cardinal, namely, the Postulator, Fr. Giuseppe Guerra and the Vice-Postulator, Fr. Dario Grbac C.M.

Fr. Janez Strašek was born in Slake on December 11, 1906. He attended primary school in Podetrtek, his homeland (1913 to 1920), and secondary school in Ljubljana at the Tabor Student House. After completing his studies, he was ordained a priest on August 3, 1933.

On March 30, 1947, Palm Sunday, after celebrating Mass in the early morning, he traveled from Ozalj to Svetice, where he met his two assassins who were waiting for him in the woods. He was shot with a hunting shotgun and his body was covered with branches (he was probably still alive and in fact, there are many signs that show that he was struggling to survive, fighting for his life). His assassins beat him with sticks and then, almost dead, he was left in the bushes. Remains of cigarettes were found at the scene. Clearly, those who killed Strašek had smoked. Janez Strašek is a true martyr; not only was he killed, but he was tortured and beaten before he died. He was buried in Svetice.

People knew that his death was the result of hatred for the Church and the clergy. The report of the District Committee of the Communist Party of Karlovac informing the Central Committee of the Croatian Communist Party in Zagreb about the event contains the confession of the murderers, who boasted of having fulfilled the mission assigned them by the Party.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of this event (2017) Bishop Stanislav Lipovšek of the Diocese of Celje celebrated the Eucharist in the place of origin of Father Janez Strašek.