Images of MartyrsGlorious Cross 30 May
The Region of the Congo has the name “The Martyrs of Bondo” (Congolese Regional Statutes, 2).
In the 1964-5 Simba revolution in the Congo, then Zaire, 23 Europeans Crosiers were massacred in Dakwa and Buta. We honor them here.
Fr. Josephus Beckers, 49, evangelizer of the poor; Fr. Robert Carremans, 55, formator of the local clergy; Fr. Marinus Godefrooy, 52, man of service; Fr. Victor van Heeswijk, 37, teacher of professors and students; Br. Leonardus Ignoul, 57, helper of the poor; Fr. Gerardus Jansen, 58, zealous baptizer of catechumens; Fr. Gerardus Kester, 47, enthusiastic priest of the apostolate; Fr. Godefridus Kraewinkels, 43, benefactor to everyone; Fr. Paulus Kruitwagen, 52, selfless servant; Fr. Alphonsus Kuypers, 40, spiritual director of religious and native clergy; Fr. Hubertus van Lieshout, 31, prophet of Church renewal; Fr. Johannes van Oort, 38, kind friend to everyone; Br. Lambertus Schoenmakers, 47, religious and exemplary servant; Fr. Henricus Snijkers, 37, youth minister; Fr. Albertus Timmers, 35, enthusiastic witness of Gospel joy; Fr. Henricus Verberk, 47, confrere radiant with joy; Fr. Johannes Verhoeven, 31, apostle of service to youth; Br. Petrus Verkuylen, 66, zealous wise man for everyone; Fr. Arnoldus Vervoort, 40, counselor with good sense; Fr. Wilhelmus Vissers, 55, fully committed holy man; Fr. Phillipus Waldram, 54, revaler of God’s love; Fr. Wilhelmus van Wetten, 45, mild-mannered man of courage; Br. Josephus Wouters, 59, constructor of churches and friendship. Martyrs of Bondo, be with us all!