Blessed Vilmos (William) Apor de Altorja

Bishop and Martyr

Memorial: 23 May

William was born in 1892 to fervent Catholic parents, Baron Gabriel Apor and Countess Fidelia Pálfy in their city of Segesvár, Diocese of Alba Julia, then in Hungary (today Sighișoara in Romania).
He completed his theology studies at the University of Innsbruck and was ordained a Priest in 1915 for the Diocese of Oradea (then in Hungary - now Romania).
For twenty-three years he exercised his ministry in Gulya (today Öcsöd) as a pastor, in social work, care of the sick, and work among the youth.
Pius XII created him Bishop of Győr on 21 January, 1941.
He undertook outstanding work in teaching, governing and sanctifying his people for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.
During the difficult time of the Second World War he protected many women during the Russian occupation by hiding them in the stables adjacent to the episcopal residence.
On Good Friday, 28 March, 1945, three Russian soldiers came demanding that he take the women (about 100) to their barracks.
The Bishop, however, knowing the evil intention of the soldiers, placed himself in front of the women.
He was shot by the soldiers who then fled in fear, leaving the women unharmed.
He was taken to hospital where for three days he endured great pain which he offered up for his faithful and Priests.
Forgiving his aggressors, he died peacefully on Easter Monday (2 April 1945).

Blessed William Apor, Bishop and Martyr, was a Conventual Chaplain ad honorem of our Order.

Collect:

Almighty, ever-living God,
with the help of your grace Bishop William merited the crown of martyrdom by courageously shedding his blood for his flock.
Grant that the difficulties of daily life may not hinder us from doing your will and that we may offer our service for the salvation of our neighbours.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

(Quoted from the
"PROPER OF MASSES
With Lectionary
ORDER OF SAINT JOHN OF JERUSALEM",
San Francisco 2016)


Bishop Vilmos Apor was a conventual chaplain ad honorem of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

He was born on 29 February 1892 in Segesvár, ordained priest on 24 August 1915, ordained bishop of Györ / Hungary on 24 February 1941.

His episcopal motto: "Crux firmat mitem, mitigat fortem". "The Cross strengthens the weak, it curbs the powerful".

The beloved bishop was shot on Good Friday 1945 by a drunken Red Army soldier, as he protected women who had taken refuge in his residence. The women were saved, but the bishop died of his wounds on Easter Monday, 2 April 1945. His last words. "The sacrifice was worthwile".

The proceedings for the Beatification of Bishop Apor were begun in 1947 with the nomination of a court, and concluded on 7 July 1997 in Rome, when the Holy See decreed his death as a martyr. He was beatified on 9 November 1997 by Pope John Paul II

The picture is taken from: RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE SOVRANO MILITARE ORDINE OSPEDALIERO DI SAN GIOVANNI DI GERUSALEMME, DI RODI E DI MALTA, December 1997


VATICAN (CWN) -- On Sunday, November 9, Pope John Paul II presided at the beatification of three people: Vilmos Apor, Giovanni Battista Scalabrini, and Maria Vicenta de Sainte-Dorothee Chavez Orozco.

During his public audience following the Angelus prayer, the Holy Father invoked the example of the three newly beatified Catholics, and called upon Catholics everywhere to "proclaim the social Gospel" of the Church, giving full voice to the call for service to God and to neighbor.

Vilmos Apor (1892- 1945) was a Hungarian bishop who earned a special reputation for his service to the poor, especially during the months of hardship that came with World War II. He also spoke out against persecution, and as Pope John Paul II noted, "He was not fearful about raising his voice, in accord with evangelical principles, to denounce injustice and abuse against minorities, especially against the Jewish community."

Named bishop of Gyor by Pope Pius XII in 1941, Bishop Apor chose as his motto: "The Cross strengthens the weak and makes the strong gentle." During air raids, he was known for opening his own house to those whose homes had been destroyed. On Holy Saturday, 1945, when Russian troops entering the city came to his episcopal residence and demanded that 100 women be taken from there to their own barracks, he flatly refused. A Russian officer shot and wounded him, and he died three days later.

The president of Hungary, Arpad Goncz, was in Rome for the beatification ceremonies, and met privately with the Pope on Saturday.


Tallozo Az Uj Ember 1997. julius 20-i szamabol

VARHATO A BOLDOGGA AVATAS Apor Vilmos vertanusagat elismero dekretum

Julius 7-en delelott a Vatikanban, az Apostoli Palota Konzisztorium termeben tartott unnepseg soran - II. Janos Pal pa'pa jelenleteben - a szentteavatasi kongregacio kihirdette az Apor Vilmos gyori puspok vertanusagat elismero dekretumot, ezzel tehat - otvenket evvel martirhalala utan - megnyilt az ut a hoslelku fopasztor boldogga avatasa fele. Az unnepi szertartasra elorelathatolag ez ev november 9-en, vasarnap kerul majd sor.

Apor Vilmos 1892. februar 29-en szuletett Segesvaron, es 1945. aprilis 2-an hunyt el a gyori puspokvarban, ahol egy szovjet katona ralott, mikozben a fopap a varba menekult hiveit vedelmezte. Tavaly szeptemberben, gyori lelkipasztori latogatasa alkalmaval a papa felkereste Apor Vilmos sirjat, es imadkozott a szenteletu puspok foldi maradvanyai elott.

A julius 7-en, a pa'pa jelenleteben tartott szertartason jelen volt Veres Andras prelatus, a Pa'pai Magyar Intezet rektora, Apor Vilmos boldogga avatasi eljarasanak posztulatora.

Ima Apor Vilmos boldogga avatasaert: Mindenhato orok Isten, Teremtonk es Megvaltonk, hallgasd meg buzgo imankat, es reszesitsd a mennyei dicsosegben a te huseges szolgadat, Apor Vilmost, mert a Te osvenyeden jart, tundoklo hite es nemes szivenek szeretete vezette tetteit. Jo pasztora volt a rabizott nyajnak, a raszorulokat felkarolta, segitette az uldozotteket, vegul eletet adta a noi tisztasag vedelmeben. Mutasd meg hat csodas irgalmadat, hogy elnyerhesse szolgad a boldogok egi koronajat. Amen.

quoted from: NEMZET Magyar Internet Világlap 1997 július 25


Den salige biskop Vilmos Apor kjempet mot urett og ble en martyr for sitt folk. Han ble født i ungarske Segesvar i 1892, og ble presteviet som sekularprest for det ungarske bispedømmet Nagyvarad (nå i Romania: Oradea Mare) i 1915. Pave Pius XII utnevnta ham til biskop av Györ i 1941. Han brukte alle sine krefter til å lindre de lidendes sorger og smerter. Da tysk-inspirerte raselover ble introdusert i Ungarn, forsvarte han ofrene for uretten og fom med sterke fordømmelser overfor myndighetene, i en slik grad at hans egen sikkerhet var truet. Mange ofre for det intense bombardement søkte også hjelp og tilflukt hos biskopen. Da fronten nærmet seg Györ, lot han flyktninger og hjemløse overta bispepalasset. Da han hørte hvilke farer som truet kvinnene, erklærte han at han ville forsvare dem med sitt eget liv. Det fikk han demonstrere da fulle russisk soldater ankom langfredag 1941 og krevde at de hundre kvinner og jenter som var i bisperesidensens kjeller skulle bli med til russertes forlegning. Biskopen avviste dette kategorisk. En russisk offiser forsøkte å trenge seg inn i kjelleren og truet biskopen med en pistol, biskopen forsøkte å trenge ham tilbake, hvorpå offiseren skjøt ham i pannen, hånden og magen. Russerne ble selv skremt av det de hadde gjort, og flyktet. Biskopen, som fremdeles var i live, ble bragt til et sykehus. Han var ennå ved bevissthet, men døde påskemandag, 2. april 1945. Han ble saligkåret av pave Johannes Paul II den 9. november 1997.

quoted from: 2. april Den salige Vilmos Apor


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