Blessed Methodius Dominik Trcka, C.Ss.R.
PRIEST and MARTYR
Dominik (Methodius) was born July 6th 1886 in Frydlant, Moravia (Czech Republic). He joined the Redemptorists in 1902, professed his vows on August 25th 1904 and was ordained to the priesthood on July 17th 1910. He was committed to his assignment of preaching missions. As a Redemptorist missionary, he was sent in 1919 to work among the Greek Catholics of Galicia (Ukraine) and Slovakia. In 1946, he established the Redemptorist Vice Province of Michalovce of the Ukrainian Rite. Between 13th and 14th April, 1950, the Czech government suppressed all religious orders. Consequently, several Redemptorists alongside other people spent 40 days walking barefoot under spotlight day and night, dressed only in the clothes on their backs. Dominic Methodius was tried and sentenced to twelve years imprisonment, enduring terrible interrogations and tortures. He was kept in the tough prison of Leopaldor. During the Christmas season of 1958, he was caught singing a hymn, and was put into solitary detention. This made him suffer severe privation, cold and restricted condition. He died of pneumonia 23rd March, 1959.
He was beatified on 4th November, 2001 by Pope John Paul II.