The Assumptionist novitiate
where young men were trained in religious life was in Beaus. Once he
finished his lyceum young George entered the novitiate and was
received the religious habit on August 28, 1943. World War II
started and forced him to leave the novitiate.
He was mobilized and sent to the officer training school at Bacau .
In 1945 he was decommissioned and started his novitiate over on May
25, 1945 at Blaj.
There is a comical anecdote associated with his receiving the habit:
on this occasion, his parents came for his funeral since the mailman
confused the vesting with a funeral because these words resemble one
another very closely in Rumanian: “înmormantare” and “învesmantare”.
A few months later the novitiate moved once again to Harseni in the
department of Fagarasi. It was here that he finally made his first
Once his novitiate finished he was named to Blaj at the Casa
Domnului for theology. He was very lucky. Once more, after two years
of studies, the Communists came into power and suppressed the
Greco-Catholic Church as well as religious life in the whole
However, his major superior gave their approval and he received the
necessary dispensations to be ordained to the priesthood.
On 1 August 1948 he made his perpetual profession and two days later
was ordained sub-deacon. A day later he was ordained deacon and on
August 8, 1948 Bishop Ioan Sucia, the future martyr, ordained him to
He would jokingly say: "I went through these stages just like the
Patriarch Photius of Constantinople who as an ordinary layman was
ordained bishop in one week."
Soon after, the religious were forced by the Communists to leave
Casa Domnului. Fr. Teofil went to his family at Arad and was hired
as an accountant in a tobacco factory. Three years later, in July,
he was called up to serve in the army and followed courses to be a
construction officer at Timisoara. Demobilized in 1957, he returned
to Arad where he was again an accountant in the tobacco factory
until he retired.
Meanwhile he was investigated and watched very closely by the
Communist police: regularly he had to account for his activities,
meetings, discussions, etc. He liked to joke by saying: "I went to
give an account of my activities to my bishop."
Meanwhile his father and brother died and he was the sole
breadwinner for his mother and sister-in-law who had two children.
The Security (Securitate) Force did not spare him even on the day
that his mother died; they called him in for questioning. He told
the guard: "Today my mother has died and you call me in for a
regular account." The guard answered him: "I'm only doing my job."
Thus he went through a difficult time that was quite long until he
retired in 1984.
Once he had retired, he went to a nephew’s in Brasov and started
visiting Fr. Boariu, an Assumptionist who activated the
Romano-Catholic clergy of Moldavia. There he learned how to get
involved in a parish apostolate, notably confessions.
After 1990, when Communism fell in Rumania, Fr. Teofil came to Blaj
to restart community life with Fr. Barnard Stef and BroGavril Muntean.
was available for whatever services were asked of him: he was
treasurer of the community, helped in parish ministry and especially
served as a confessor for the Cathedral at Blaj. Some called him “the Curé
d’Ars of Blaj.”
He was very patient and
stayed as long as there were people to confess.
In August 2006 he became
ill and since that time he went several times for stays at the
hospital. His last one was at the beginning of February 2007. He
would often joke, saying “of this kingdom I have been satisfied;
now I would like to see the other.”