3rd March


The Servant of God Liberatus Weiss


Since Habig wrote, Beatified  20th November 1988,Liberatus Weiss (1675-1716) (Germany),Priest. Franciscan religious.

2 Companions,Priests. Franciscan religious. 1. Samuele Marzorati (Antonio Francesco) (Italy),2. Michele Pio Fasoli (Italy)


Martyr, First Order

Father Liberatus Weiss was born on January 4, 1675, at Kondersreuth, Bavaria. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1693 at Graz in Styria, and was ordained to the priesthood on September 14, 1698, at Vienna, Austria. After his ordination he laboured in the vineyard of the lord at Langenleis and Graz in Austria.

Full of enthusiasm for missionary work he was sent to the missions of Abyssinia in Africa, in 1704. Appointed superior of the mission, he set out with two Italian Franciscan missionaries, Fathers Samuel and Michael. After unspeakable difficulties they reached Gondar, the capital of Abyssinia, in 1712. With intrepid courage they preached the true faith to the schismatic inhabitants.

When the missionaries began to reap the first fruits of their labour, a persecution broke out against them. They could have saved their lives by adopting the schismatic religion of the country, but they refused to accept this offer of the king, declaring publically:

“If we had a thousand lives to lose, we would rather die a thousand times. You may do to us whatever you wish. We are ready.”

They were led out of the city and stoned to death. This was in 1716. The veneration gave to them by the faithful has been rewarded with miracles and the granting of many favours. Their beatification is pending. Let the faithful have recourse to the servants of God in all their needs. May God glorify them still more, and grant many graces to all who ask for their intercession.





Prayer of the Church

(For the Beatification)


Eternal Father, I Offer Thee all the holy Masses that will be

offered today that Thy servants may soon receive the honour of

our altars and the public veneration of the faithful

Through the same Christ Our Lord Who liveth
 and reigneth with Thee  and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen



Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois


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