Blessed Dedë Nikaj

Blessed Dedë NikajAlso known as

  • Brother Ciprian
  • Dedë Nikacj



Orphaned at age five, he was educated by the Franciscans. Studied in Shkodër, Albania, then Lankowitz and Graz in Austria, then in Rome, Italy. Ordained a priest in Rome on 25 July 1924. Taught at a Franciscan seminary from 1929 to 1932. Novice master from 1932 to 1938. Franciscan provincial master from 1938 to 1941. Director of the Franciscan seminary from 1941 to 1944. Franciscan Guardian of Gjuhadol in 1944. On 15 November 1946 the Communist authorities arrested him on a charge of concealing weapons behind a church altar. He was imprisoned, tortured, sentenced to death, and finally executed. Martyr.





Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Dedë Nikaj“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 August 2021. Web. 26 September 2021. <>