This is our inspiring Blessed Rupert Mayer, S.J. Plaque. Blessed Fr. Rupert Mayer, S.J. (1876-1945) was a Jesuit priest who figured prominently in the Catholic resistance against National Socialism and the Third Reich in Munich, Germany. He was beatified (made “blessed”) by Pope John Paul II in 1987. This bronze plaque is especially suitable gift for a first communion, confirmation, birthday, or his feast day on November 3rd.
A Solid Bronze Wall Plaque
Measuring 7.9 by 6.3 inches, this solid bronze plaque can be hung easily on any wall in home or office. This solid bronze plaque was designed and realized in Germany by a master bronzesmith of world renown. This is a most appropriate fitting gift for that special “Rupert” in your life!
Nemesis of Naziism – “Servant of God”
Ordained a Jesuit priest in 1899, Fr. Mayer volunteered in 1914 as a chaplain in World War I. He was held in great esteem by both Catholic and non-Catholic soldiers. Fr. Mayer was often on the front line, crawling from one soldier to the next, encouraging them, listening to them and administering the sacraments to them. In 1915 Fr. Mayer was the first chaplain to win the Iron Cross for bravery in recognition of his pastoral work with the soldiers on the front lines. He lost his left leg in 1916 after a grenade attack. He convalesced in Munich where he was called the “Limping Priest.” Because of his preaching against the Nazi regime, in 1937 the Gestapo put him under “protective custody” for six months. He was then transferred to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp for seven months. Fearing that he would die there and become a martyr, the Gestapo released him but banned him from preaching. He was then exiled to the Benedictine Abbey of Ettal until the liberation of Germany by the U.S. forces in May 1945. On November 1, 1945, Father Rupert Mayer died of a stroke while celebrating the 8:00 a.m. Mass on the feast day of All Saints in St. Michael’s Church in Munich. His last words as he faced the congregation: “The Lord! The Lord! The Lord!” A throng of thousands of mourners attended his funeral. His remains are now buried in the Unterkirche (Lower Church) of the Bürgersaalkirche in Munich, where he still enjoys immense popularity and his intercession is sought daily by many. In 1956, Pope Pius XII – who as nuncio in Munich personally knew Fr. Mayer – awarded him the title “Servant of God.” The Chapel of Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado is dedicated to him.