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Blessed Albertina Berkenbrock

June 15
Born: 1919 in Brazil
Died by being stabbed in the heart with a pen knife during a rape attempt on June 15, 1931 in Sao Luis, Imarui, Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Beatified in 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI

At age 12 she was attacked by one of her father's employees, who tried to rape her. She fought back; when he realized he would fail and she would identify him, the attacker killed Albertina; she is considered a martryr in the defense of chastity. Shortly thereafter, people began speaking of graces received through Albertina's intercession.

She was buried in the cemetery at Sao Luis, but due to the fame of her martyrdom and the favors obtained through her intercession, her body was later placed in the Church of Sao Luis.


God, Father of us all! You gave us your Son Jesus,
who shed his blood on the cross for love to each one of us.

Your servant Albertina was declared blessed by the Church,
because as a young woman, also she shed her blood
to be faithful to your will and defend life in its fullness.

Grant us that, by her testimony, we become strong in
faith, love and hope, live faithfully the commitments of our
Baptism, we partake in the Eucharist the source and summit
of our Christian life, continually seek forgiveness through
Confession, filled with the holy Spirit at Confirmation, and cultivate the values of the gospel.

Through the intercession of Albertina, obtain for us
the grace that now beg of you (give the grace that you want).
We ask this Jesus Christ, your Son in the unity of the holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning is now and ever and ever Amen.

Blessed Albertina, pray for us!

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