September 15 Fr. Richard Henkes, SAC will be Beatified
Witnessing Faith in the Church and in the World
Fr. Richard Henkes, S.A.C., who died in the Dachau Concentration Camp during World War II, will be beatified on September 15th in Limburg, Germany. Fr. Henkes was a member of the German province of the Society of Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) and was a vocal critic of the Nazi regime. Due to this, Fr. Henkes was arrested in April 1943 and was sent to Dachau three months later. He cared for and ministered to the sick people of the Dachau, particularly the Czech people who were imprisoned there. After over a year in the concentration camp, he contracted a disease that would ultimately take his life in February 1945. He was declared by Pope Francis in December of 2018 to have died "in hatred of the faith" and declared a matryr. This allowed his cause of canonization to move forward.
The Catholic Apostolate Center, working with Pallottines internationally, now offers a resource page devoted to the life of Fr. Richard Henkes, S.A.C. It also provides more information on his cause for canonization. A book on Fr. Henkes's life is forthcoming which will be available in both eBook and hard-copy. Please pray for the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers around the world on September 15th, as well as for the canonization of Fr. Henkes.