Blessed Józef Wojciech Guz

detail of a Blessed Józef Wojciech Guz holy card, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Innocent
  • Innocenty



After high school Jozef tried to join the Jesuits, but was turned down. On 25 August 1908 be joined the Franciscans, taking the name Innocenty. Studied philosophy and theology in Krakow, Poland. Ordained on 2 June 1914. Parish priest in a number of cities, and worked with Saint Maximilian Kolbe. Confessor to a Franciscan monastery at Niepokalanów, Poland from 1933 to 1936. Vice-master of clerics and singing teacher in the minor seminary. Parish priest in Grodno, Poland. Imprisoned by invading Russia troops on 21 March 1940 for the crime of being a Polish priest, but he managed to escape. Captured by invading German troops, he was sent to several prisons for the crime of being a priest before finally ending at the concentration camp at Sachsenhausen where he was severely beaten and put to forced labour; when he could not work, owing to a broken leg, he was nearly drowned and finally murdered. Martyr.



  • from trauma resulting from having a charged fire hose stuffed down his throat on 6 June 1940 in the prison camp at Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg, Oberhavel, Germany



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Józef Wojciech Guz“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 June 2015. Web. 27 October 2016. <>