Titus Brandsma

titusbrandsma1932Titus Brandsma (Anno Sjoerd Brandsma born Oegeklooster in Bolsward, February 23, 1881 – Dachau, July 26 1942) was a Dutch Carmelite priest, professor and publicist from Friesland. Brandsma was a specialist in medieval mysti-cism and self mystic. As strong civil priest in question, he took initiatives of Catholic eman-cipation, Catholic education and journa-lism. Brandsma resisted Nazism. In 1942, he was arrested during World War II by the Ger-mans and was killed at the Dachau con-centration camp. In 1985 he became a martyr beatified by Pope John Paul II.