New Catholic Dictionary – Blessed John Sarkander

statue of Saint Jan Sarkander; c.1869, artist unknown; Saint John of Nepomuk and Blessed Jana Sarkander bridge, Rokytka, Smetana, Peroutka, Moravian Budejovice, Czech Republic; photographed on 21 April 2014 by Koutne1; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Martyr of the seal of confession, born Skotschau, Austrian Silesia, 1576; died Olmütz, 1620. He received his degree of master of philosophy at Prague, 1603, and was ordained, 1607. He was at Holleschau, formerly belonging to the Bohemian Brethren, now a Jesuit College, when Moravia was invaded by the Polish troops, and induced them to spare the college. The Protestants, therefore, accused him of bringing the enemy into the country, put him on trial, and tortured him when he refused to reveal what Lobkowitz, the governor of Moravia, had confessed to him. He died in prison. Beatified in 1860. Relics in the Cathedral of Olmütz.

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