Studied at the Pontifical French Seminary, and then theology in Innsbruck, Austria. Ordained on 29 May 1915 as a priest of the archdiocese of Shkodrë-Pult, Albania. Noted preacher. Secretary to Archbishop Lazare Mjeda. Imprisoned, tortured and executed in the anti–Christian persecutions of the Albanian Communist government. 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 Lazër Shantoja“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 November 2016. Web. 16 January 2017. <>