Servant of God Archbishop Edward Profittlich SJ 1890—1942
Edward-Gottlieb Marcusovich Profittlich was born on September 11th 1890, in Germany, into a peasant family. He studied at the theological seminary in Trier, but did not graduate. On April 11th 1913 in Heerenberg he joined the Jesuit Order. On August 27th 1922, he was ordained as priest. He has received diploma as the Doctor of Theology and Philosophy at Krakow University in Poland. Since 1924 he was a missionary in Poland, then since 1925 - in Germany, since 1927 he served in Hamburg, since 1930 - in Tallinn. In 1931 he was appointed as Apostolic Administrator of Estonia. On 27th November 1936 he was consecrated as Bishop. He remained in Tallinn after Estonia was absorbed into the USSR. He visited the German embassy three times, attempting to get permission for Catholic priests and nuns to leave for Germany. In 1941 he was arrested and sent to the prison in Kirov (now Vyatka), in Russia. In 1941 he was sentenced to be shot. On February 22, 1942, he died in Kirov prison before the sentence could be carried out.
Archbishop E. Profittlich was ready to accept martyrdom for the faith. In the letter to his friends and relatives on February 8th 1941, he wrote that it is normal for a pastor to remain with his flock, and to accept both joys and sufferings together with his flock. He wrote how joyful it is to feel the presence of God, to whom we gave all, and he wrote that he was ready to give up to Him all his freedom and life: "So my life and my sufferings too, if it is necessary, will be the life and the sufferings for Christ."
The prayer for the beatification of the Servant of God Archbishop Edward Profittlich
O God Almighty, Your Son suffered on the Cross and died for the salvation of people. Imitating Him, Your Servant Archbishop Edward Profittlich loved You from the bottom of his heart, served You faithfully during the persecutions and devoted his life to the Church. Make him known in the assembly of Your blessed, so that by the example of his faithfulness and love would shine before the whole world. I pray to You through his intercession, hear my request ……………………through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The prayer has to be used in private, as well as in public, out of the Holy Mass.
+ Archbishop Thaddeus Kondrusiewich, St.Petersburg 05.04.2004
Postulator asks to inform about the graces received through the mediation of the Servant of God.
Address: Fr. Bronislav Chaplicki, 1st Krasnoarmyskaya, D.11, 198005, St.Petersburg, Russia.