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Józef Cebula was born March 23, 1902 at Malnia in Poland. He was the eldest of three children (two brothers and one sister).. He entered the Oblate seminary at Krotoszyn in 1920, where he finished his secondary studies. A year later, on August 14, 1921 he began his novitiate at Markowice. He was then sent to Liege (Belgium) for philosophy, but was called back to Poland a year later and finished his philosophical and theological studies at Lubliniec. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 5, 1927. On August 1, 1937 he was appointed Superior and novice master in Markowice. After being denounced for administering the sacraments to the sick he was arrested by the SS on April 2, 1941 and sent to the camp at Inowroclaw. He was deported to the concentration camp at Mauthausen on April 7 where he was killed on May 9, 1941 about 9 o'clock in the morning.

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