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Jiří Bauer (1929) - Biography

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There is one thing for which I thank to God: Even though I had hard times, my conscience is still clear and that is very important

Jiří Bauer was born on the 25th of March 1929 in Prague but he grew up in Bezno near Mladá Boleslav. After the grammar school, he considered music studies but upon advice of father František Doubek, a priest of The Czechoslovak Hussite Church, he decided to enroll to the Hussite theological faculty in Prague (1948-1952). During his studies he met father Václav Mikulecký, with whom he later took part in the community of living religion within the Hussite church. In October 1952, he was ordained priest by bishop Arnošt Šimšík in the Prague-Braník parish. He served shortly in Sokolov, but was soon drafted to the army where he served in the Auxiliary Technical Battalion. In 1954, he became a priest in Žlutice. He organized discussions for believers, theological meetings and he was a member of the newly established theological advisory council in the Pilsen diocese. Because of his activities, the secret police started watching him in the 50s. In 1964, he was sent to Sokolov, where his fourth child was born. In the 60s, he gradually distanced from the Hussite church, partly under the influence of his wife. He left the clergy in 1972. In April 1977, he was baptized by immersing in the river and admitted to the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He was elected a deacon in the Sokolov congregation, he served masses and because of his theological education, he also lectured at priest seminars in Liberec in the period from 1976 to 1980. But the church never ordained him a priest and he had to work as a miner for 17 years until he got retired. In the 70s, he was under permanent pressure from the secret police because of his activities and contacts in the church but he persisted. Throughout his life, he followed the scripture: "Wait for the Lord. Be strong, and let your heart take courage. Wait for the Lord" (Psalm 27:14). The bible citation that has become essential to his life was Psalm 77:13: "Your way, O God, is holy."

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