Đorđe Bogić

Georgije Bogić
Saint, Holy hieromartyr
Born (1911-02-06)6 February 1911
Pakrac, Austria-Hungary
Died 17 June 1941(1941-06-17) (aged 30)
Našice, Croatia
Venerated in Eastern Orthodox Church
Canonized 1998, Belgrade by Serbian Orthodox Church
Feast July 4/17
Attributes Protopresbyter

Đorđe Bogić (Serbian Cyrillic: Ђорђе Богић; 6 February 1911 – 17 June 1941) was a protopresbyter in the Serbian Orthodox Church and the parish priest of the Orthodox church in Našice.

He was canonized by the Serbian Orthodox Church as Holy Hieromartyr Georgije Bogić due to his brutal murder by Croatian fascists in 1941.[1]

Life

Đorđe was born in Pakrac on 6 February 1911. He completed grammar school in Nova Gradiška and seminary in Sarajevo. On 25 May 1934, Đorđe was ordained a priest in Pakrac. Đorđe then performed his duties in the parishes of Majar and Bolmače, after which he was moved to Našice, where he happened to be at the beginning of World War II.

Martyrdom

His afflictions were recorded in the book Magnum Crimen, written by Viktor Novak (Zagreb 1948, pages 641-642):

On the night of 17 June 1941, Feliks Lahner, a milkman from Našice, accompanied with two Ustašas into Father Đorđe's apartment and ordered him to come with them immediately so as to question him. He obeyed their order and got into the car waiting in front of his apartment and was taken towards some field. Fr. Đorđe was brought to a grazing field, out of Našice, near the Chapel of St. Martin, and was killed there. Before dying, Fr. Đorđe had endured great suffering. The Ustašas tied him to a tree, cut off his ears, nose, and tongue and tore his beard together with the skin. After that they picked his eyes out, thereat swearing at him viciously. In the end, one Ustaša cut his chest and stomach open, took out Đorđe's intestines, and wrapped them around his neck. Only then had Fr. Đorđe completely collapsed, after which the Ustašas cut the rope that Đorđe was tied to the tree with. His body fell to the ground, where the Ustašas fired at him and finished killing him. The person guilty of these martyr afflictions was a Roman Catholic priest from Našice, Sidonije Šolc. One of the witnesses said: "He (Fra Šolc) had our parish priest Đorđe Bogić killed in the most monstrous manner. They took him out of his apartment in the middle of the night and butchered him.

Posthumous

Đorđe's body remained in the same place the whole night, till the afternoon of the next day. Around 4 PM, the local Romani were ordered to take the corpse to Brezik Našički and to bury it in the graveyard.

Canonization

At the regular session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1998, Protopresbyter Đorđe was canonized, and his name was entered in the list of names of the Serbian Church Saints.

References

  1. Ustaški zločini nad srpskim sveštenicima by Velibor Džomić; publisher: Svetigora
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