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Blessed Albertina Berkenbrock
Born April 11, 1919, São Luís, Imaruí, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Died June 15, 1931, São Luís, Imaruí, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified October 20, 2007, Cathedral of Tubarão by Pope Benedict XVI
Feast June 15

Blessed Albertina Berkenbrock (April 11, 1919 – June 15, 1931) was a Brazilian Roman Catholic virgin.

Biography

Albertina was born in São Luís, Imaruí, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Her grandparents immigrated from Schöppingen, Germany to Brazil and brought with them their three children, one of who was Johann Hermann, who would become Albertina's father. Johann married Elisabeth Schmöller and the couple had nine children. They were a pious farming family that attended church regularly and lived out their faith in their daily lives.[1]

Albertina was baptized on May 25, 1919 and then confirmed on March 9, 1925. On August 16, 1928, she made her First Communion, an experience she described as the most beautiful day of her life. She also had special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a model of purity and the patron saint of São Luís.[1]

Death

On June 15, 1931 Maneco Palhoça, one of her father's employees, tried to rape her. She fought back but when the attacker realized he would fail and she would identify him, he grasped her by the hair and slit her throat with a knife. He tried to cover up his crime by blaming it on another man and then flee, but was arrested. He confessed to his crime as well as two other murders. He was tried, convicted and given a life sentence. In prison he admitted to his fellow prisoners that he murdered Albertina because she resisted his rape attempts.[1]

Beatification

Albertina Berkenbrock is considered a martyr in the defense of chastity. She was venerated on December 16, 2006 by Benedict XVI and was beatified on October 20, 2007. Her feast day is on June 15.

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