Studied at the Shkodra Pontifical Seminary and then in Rome, Italy. Ordained on 19 March 1944 as a priest in the archdiocese of Shkodrë-Pult, Albania. Under the anti–Catholic Communist regime in Albania, he was ordered into military service, then imprisoned, tortured and executed as a spy for the Vatican. Martyr.
- 5 November 2016 by Pope Francis
- beatification celebrated at the Square of the Cathedral of Shën Shtjefnit, Shkodër, Albania, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato
- “Blessed Dedë Maçaj“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 November 2016. Web. 23 April 2017. <>