The servant of God priest
Born in Ferizaj (Urosevac) Kosovo on the 24 December
Baptised on the ……..in ………confirmed on the………..
from the diocese of Skopje and later he was
transferred to the diocese of Durrës (now Archdiocese Tirana-Durrës). He
was Ordained priest in Rome on the 13 May 1924. He studied in the
beginning in his own country later on in Graz, Feldkirch and in
Innsbruck Austria and later on in Rome.
Parish priest of the in
Gjakova (Kosovo) mountains for a long time. In Albania he was the parish
priest in Zheje and in 1930 in Gures (Laç Kurbin). From 1936 he was the
parish priest in Tirana.
He was arrested for the first
time in Tirana on the 28 October 1946 and imprisoned in the beginning in
Tirana and later on in Burrel.
He was sentenced to death but
his sentence was Changed to 20 years imprisonment. He was set free on
the 02 May 1963 after 17 years imprisonment.
He was 48 years old when he
entered prison and when he was 61 years old he was set free. He was
sentenced with 30 years of forced labour after he was released they sent
him to Gurez, to live in a barracks.
Again they arrested him in
Gurez on the 11 June 1970 and sentenced him to death. He was 73 years
He was imprisoned in the
beginning in Fushe – Kruje and later on he was shot on the 20 October
In 1929, together with same
others: Fr. Luigj Gashin and Fr. Gjon Bisakun, he wrote a memorandum
to the authority of Geneva in protection of the Albanians in Kosovo. The
Yugoslavian government wanted to arrest him. In 1929, he was forced to
runway from the Serbs, and came back to Albania, together with Fr.
Luigjin and Fr. Gjonin.
In 1946 when they arrested
him for the first time they proposed that he separate from the Vatican,
and found a national Church and he would be the head of it, but Fr.
Shtjefni didn’t accept.
In 1970 even though it was
forbiden to administer the Sacraments the Communists purposely sent a
lady to him to baptise her son in order to trick him. Fr, Shtjefni
accepted and baptised the boy secretly because of this, but in reality
this was only on excuse to arrest him, again they arrested him and
sentenced him to death.