Blessed Bernard Lichtenberg was born on the 3rd of December, 1875, in Ohlau in the Prussian province of Silesia, near Breslau, where he was ordained in 1899. In 1900, he began his priestly service in Berlin. He was appointed parson of the Sacred Heart parish in the quarter of Charlottenburg in 1913, where he laid the foundation for five parishes and a monastery as a pioneer in the building of Catholic communities in the ever growing metropolis and capital of the German Empire; he also was a member of the local parliament for the German Catholics’ party, called The Centre. In 1931, the first bishop of the newly erected diocese of Berlin, the Most Reverend Dr. Christian Schreiber, made him a member of the Cathedral Chapter and, in 1932, appointed him parson of St. Hedwig’s Cathedral. He became Cathedral Provost of St. Hedwig’s in 1938. Since the excesses against the jews on the 9th of November, 1939, he held evening prayers at St. Hedwig’s - thousand meters from Hitler’s Reich chancellery - interceding publicly and emphatically for them. Having protested again in August 1941 against the euthanasia programme of the Nazi government, he was arrested in October due to the denuciation of two visitors of his evening prayers and, on the 22nd of May, 1942, already gravely ill, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, which he endured in Christian patience as a „prisoner in the Lord“. Because the authorities judged Lichtenberg to be „incorrigible“, they ordered his further detention and the transport to the concentration camp of Dachau. On the way there, blessed Bernard collapsed in Hof on the River Saale and gave up his soul to the Lord on the 5th of November, 1943. In April 1965 the process of his beatification was instituted; on the 23rd of June, 1996, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, elevated blessed Bernard to the honour of the altars at a solemn Pontifical Mass in the Olympic stadiumn of Berlin. His tomb is situated in the crypt of St. Hedwig’s Cathedral in Berlin. His Feast is celebrated in the archbishopric of Berlin on the 5th of November as a Memorial..