Martyr

Jean Donovan

Jean Donovan

April 10, 1953 - December 2, 1980
Missionary to El Salvador volunteering to feed the poor during the country's civil war
From Westport, Connecticut
Served in El Salvador
Affiliation: Catholic
Death: Raped and murdered by a military death squad
"I don’t know how the poor survive. People in our positions really have to die to ourselves and our wealth to gain the spirituality of the poor and oppressed."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

February 4, 1906 - April 9, 1945
German Lutheran Pastor, Theologian and Anti-Nazi Dissident
From Wrocław, Poland
Served in Germany
Affiliation: Confessing Church
Death: Executed by hanging as the Nazi regime collapsed
"Man no longer lives in the beginning--he has lost the beginning. Now he finds he is in the middle, knowing neither the end nor the beginning, and yet knowing that he is in the middle, coming from the beginning and going towards the end."

Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer

July 2, 1489 - March 21, 1556
Leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and, for a short time, Mary I, wrote/compiled the Book of Common Prayer
From Nottinghamshire, England
Served in England
Affiliation: Anglican
Death: After a trial for treason by Mary I, he was executed
"What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies."

Jan Hus

Jan Hus

1369 - July 6, 1415
Reformer and Theologian
From Czech Republic
Served in Germany
Affiliation: Hussite
Death: Burned at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Catholic Church
"I hope, by God's grace, that I am truly a Christian, not deviating from the faith, and that I would rather suffer the penalty of a terrible death than wish to affirm anything outside of the faith or transgress the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Alban

Alban

274 - June 22, 304
Early English Convert and Martyr
From Hertfordshire (Verulamium), England
Served in Hertfordshire, England
Affiliation: Catholic
Persecution broke out and Alban sheltered a cleric. He was moved by his example and received baptism. When the governor's emissaries came to search the house, Alban disguised himself in the cloak of his guest and gave himself up in his place. They dragged him before the judge, then scourged and beheaded him for his faith. He took the place of the cleric while the cleric escaped.