Memorial of Bl. Hroznata of Teplá, O. Praem.
(c. 1160, † July 14, 1217)
- Palm branch = Martyrdom
- Hand shackles and chain = Imprisonment
- Teplá Abbey = Founder
The Czech nobleman Hroznata was born around 1160. From his childhood, he experienced the special protection of the Mother of God. Profiting from a good education, he became well versed in diplomacy, military science, and economics. Hroznata married but lost his wife and young son at an early age.
In place of a legal heir, he founded the monastery of Teplá in 1193. When the papal legate encouraged the knights to participate in the crusades, Hroznata promised to go to the Holy Land in order to liberate the holy places. He made the journey with the crusaders to Brindisi and passed through Rome, where the pope confirmed the foundation of Teplá. Since the crusade failed in 1197, the pope dispensed Hroznata from his vow concerning the crusades and encouraged him to found a sister monastery for Teplá. Together with his widowed sister he established a cloister for nuns in Chotesov in 1202.
Feeling a call to become a religious growing in his heart, Hroznata went to Rome and was vested by Pope Innocent III in the white habit of the order, becoming a lay brother in the monastery he had founded. Because of his expertise in a variety of areas, he was appointed administrator of the monastery properties.
In 1217 Hroznata was captured and imprisoned by robbers while doing business for the abbey. Because he refused to allow the abbey to pay his ransom, his captors starved him to death in prison. After his death, the confreres of Teplá were able to secure his body and to bury it in the abbey church in front of the high altar.
Hroznata is honored as a “saint” because of his love of neighbor, his humility, and his martyrdom. Pope Leo XIII beatified him on July 14, 1897. Pope John Paul II declared him patron of the newly-erected diocese of Pilsen on March 3, 1997.
Date(s) - Sunday July 14, 2019