Sister Antonija Fabjan

Sister Antonija Fabjan was born on January 23rd, 1907, in the village of Malo Lipje near the town of Ajdovscina in Slovenia. Her parents, Janez and Jozefa, nee Kralj named her Jozefa at birth.

Young Jozefa finished the four grades of elementary school in her birthplace. Spanish flu was raging through Europe after the First World War and took the life of Jozefa`s mother in 1918, when Jozefa was only 11 years old. Now fatherless and motherless, the 8 children were taken in by their relatives' families. Jozefa ended up with one of her aunts. The aunt was good to Jozefa, and treated her as one of her own children.

On April 9th, 1929 she entered the convent of the Daughters of Divine Charity. 1930 she put on her nun`s habit and received her religious name as Antonija. Sr. Antonija made her (first profession) religious vows in 1932. She took her final vows on August 28th, 1937.

She was sent to the Pale community on September 16th, 1936, where she stayed till the end of her life. She was 34 years old when she was tortured and murdered in Goražde, Bosnia, on December 15, 1941 with her other fellow sisters known as the ˝Martyrs of Drina˝.

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