Blessed Giovanni Fausti

Blessed Giovanni FaustiAlso known as

  • Gjon Fausti



Eldest of twelve brothers in his family. Studied at the Inter-Brescia seminary where he became friends with the future Pope Paul VI. Graduated from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy in 1922, and was ordained as a priest on 9 July 1922. Taught philosophy at the Inter-Brescia seminary in 1923. Joined the Jesuits in Gorizia, Italy in 1924. Chair of the philosophy department in Scutari, Albania from 1929 to 1932. Chair of the department of philosophy in Mantua, Italy and leader of the Jesuits there in 1932. Father Gjon suffered from lengthy health problems which required regular treatment and reduction in his work schedule from 1932 to 1936, but on 2 February 1936 he made his solemn profession in the Jesuits and returned to full-time adminstration, teaching and ministry. Rector of the Pontifical Seminary of Scutari and its adjoining Xaverian college in July 1942. Worked to start a Christian-Muslim dialogue in Albania. Transferred to Tirana, Albania in 1943 where he worked to help and protect all Albanians in the privations and persecutions of World War II. Vice-provincial of the Jesuits in Albania in 1945. Arrested by the Communist regime on 31 December 1945, and in a show trial, was sentenced to death for being a spy for the Vatican and a traitor to Albania. Martyr.



  • shot by a machine-gun squad at 6am on 4 March 1946 at the Varrezat e Rrmajit cemetery on the Rruga Hile Mosi in Shkodrë, Albania
  • the body was left laying outside for a day to show the locals what would happen to those who opposed the Communists
  • buried with other martyrs in a mass grave near the nearby river bed on the night of 5 March; rubbish bins were stacked on the grave to conceal it



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Giovanni Fausti“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 April 2019. Web. 26 January 2021. <>