Valeriu Traian Frențiu

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Valeriu Traian Frențiu
Bishop of Oradea Mare
ChurchRomanian Greek Catholic Church
DioceseOradea Mare
SeeOradea Mare
Appointed25 February 1922
Term ended11 July 1952
PredecessorDemetriu Radu
SuccessorVasile Hossu
Ordination28 September 1898
Consecration14 January 1913
by Victor Mihaly de Apşa
Personal details
Born25 April 1875
Died11 July 1952(1952-07-11) (aged 77)
Sighet Prison, Sighetu Marmației, Maramureș, Romania
Previous post(s)
Alma materEötvös Loránd University
Feast day11 July
Venerated in
Beatified2 June 2019
Liberty Field, Blaj, Romania
by Pope Francis
AttributesEpiscopal attire

Valeriu Traian Frențiu (25 April 1875 – 11 July 1952) was the Bishop of the Eparchy of Oradea Mare of the Romanian Greek Catholic Church from 1922 to his death in 1952. His beatification occurred on 2 June 2019.[1][2][3]

Life and career[edit]

His father was a priest named Joachim and his mother was named Rozalia.

He studied theology in Budapest (1894–1898), and in 1902 he received his Ph.D. in theology.

The Greek-Catholic clergy[edit]

He was ordained a priest on 28 September 1898. He worked at the Diocese of Lugoj as rector, dean of Drastic, chancellor and vicar apostolical.

Greek Catholic Bishop[edit]

On November 4, 1912, he was appointed bishop of Lugoj at age 37. On 25 February 1922, Frentiu was transferred to Oradea and mounted on 3 May that year.

On September 5, 1937, the church dedicated Madaras, and consecrated the church in Istria and Greek-Catholic Bocsa on September 8 of that same year.

After the death of Bishop Alexander Niculescu in 1941, Frentiu was moved to the position of Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Alba Iulia and Fagaras, ministering here throughout the war. In 1947, he returned to Oradea.

Under communist persecution[edit]

In Oradea he was arrested on October 28, 1948, and went into camp at Dragoslavele, and then the refusal to pass the Romanian Orthodox Church in February 1949, was taken to the monastery Căldăruşani.

At Căldăruşani, Valeriu Traian Frenţiu consecrated Bishop Bishop, underground, on John Chertes the night of Christmas of 1949.

End of life[edit]

In 1950, he arrived at Sighet Prison, where, after two years, unable to bear the hardness of extermination regime, he died on July 11, 1952. Other bishops also dead in Sighet, was buried in one night, without a coffin in a mass grave in the Cemetery of the Poor. His grave was leveled to obscure his burial place and to avoid pilgrimages to the graves of the martyrs killed in Sighet.

There has been tried and convicted. In 2011, the City Council decision Resita Dr. Valeriu Traian Frenţiu Martyr Bishop was elected Honorary Citizen of Resita Post Mortem, a town where Frenţiu was born.


On 19 March 2019, Pope Francis approved the beatification of Frenţiu and six other Greek-Catholic bishops killed by the communist regime in Romania in the mid-20th century.[4] Pope Francis personally presided over the beatification of Frențiu and the other six bishops at Liberty Field in Blaj, Romania on 2 June 2019.[1][2]




  • Ioan M. Bota, Istoria Bisericii universale și a Bisericii românești de la origini până în zilele noastre, Casa de Editură „Viața Creștină”, Cluj-Napoca, 1994. ISBN 973-96661-5-9
  • Ioan Ploscaru, Lanțuri și Teroare, Editura Signata, Timișoara, 1993, ISBN 973-551-028-6

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