Father Janis Mendriks

Father Janis MendriksProfile

Joined the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1926, making his final vows on 6 January 1933. Ordained a priest in 1938, serving in several parishes. In 1942 he refused to give Christian burial to a German officer who was a notoriously unrepentant sinner; he was forced to go into hiding to avoid revenge by other Nazis. After World War II he resumed his ministry, but the area was under Communist control and he was arrested in 1950 and sentence to ten years in the work camps for promoting the faith. Assigned to a coal mine, he maintained a covert ministry to other Catholics, celebrating Mass in secret for them. When Stalin died, the prisoners refused to work, believing that they would be released; instead, they were all executed. Father Janis stayed with them, hearing confessions and ministering until he was killed. His Cause for Canonization as a martyr has opened.

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  • “Father Janis Mendriks“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 March 2019. Web. 27 May 2019. <>