Blessed Gjelosh Lulashi

Blessed Gjelosh LulashiMemorial


A lifelong layman in the archdiocese of Shkodrë-Pult, Albania, Gjelosh was educated by Franciscans, and studied at the Shkodër Seminary. He was a soldier, worked as a secretary, and was a member of the antiCommunist group, Albanian Union. Gjelosh was arrested on 3 December 1945 accused of treason for not supporting Communism, and of being a Vatican spy for remaining a devout Catholic. He was given a show trial on 22 February 1946, convicted, and sentenced to death. 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 Gjelosh Lulashi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 August 2021. Web. 27 October 2021. <>