Recently I did the Blog on. Alfred Delp, SJ. In the biography it mentions BL. RUPERT MAYER one of Father Alfred’s mentors. He was born on 23 January 1876 in
completing his secondary education he told his father he wanted to be a Jesuit.
His father suggested he get ordained first and enter the Jesuits later, if that
was still his wish. Rupert took this advice studying philosophy and theology before completing his final year at the seminary in Rottenburg.
He was ordained on 2 May 1899 and celebrated his first Mass two days
He served for a year as a curate in Spaichingen before entering the Jesuit novitiate at Feldkirch in
Bl. Rupert’s real apostolate began when he was transferred to
With the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Bl. Rupert at first offered his services to a camp hospital. But later was made Field Captain and travelled together with his men to
By the time he had fully recovered the war was over (1918) and he returned to
doing all he could
to help people get back to a normal life. In November 1921 he became director
of a Marian Congregation (Sodality of Our Lady) for men and within nine years
its membership had grown to 7,000, coming from 53 different parishes. This
meant that Bl. Rupert had to give up to 70 talks a month to reach all of them.
For the convenience of travelers, he introduced Sunday Masses in 1925 at the
main railway station. He himself would celebrate the earliest Masses, beginning
at 3.10 a.m. In time, it could be said that the whole city of Munich had become his parish. Munich
With huge social problems developing in
When Hitler became chancellor of the Reich in 1933, he began to shut down church-affiliated schools and began a campaign to discredit the religious orders. Preaching in St Michael’s Church in downtown
However, he was still seen as a threat and so was arrested again in November 1940 on the pretext that he had cooperated in a royalist movement. Now 63 years old, Rupert was sent to the notorious Oranienburg-Sachsenhausen concentration camp near
He at once returned to
|With St. Benedicta of the Cross|
In 1956, Pope Pius XII, who had personally known Rupert Mayer during his time as papal nuncio in