May 5: Blessed Caterina Cittadini

May 5, 2011

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Blessed Jan Beyzym, October 2

October 2, 2010

Blessed Jan BezymBlessed Jan Beyzym

Beyzymy Wielkie, Volhynia, 15 May 1850 – Marana, Madagascar, October 2, 1912

The Servant of God Father John Beyzym was born in Beyzymy Wielkie in Volhynia May 15, 1850.  After finishing high school in Kiev, he entered the novitiate of the Jesuits in Stara Wieś near Brzozów.  Received Holy Orders in Krakow from the hands of Bishop Albin Dunajewski in 1881. For many years he was an educator and patron of young people in the colleges of the Society of Christ in Tarnopol and Chyrow. Read the rest of this entry »


May 23: Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski

May 23, 2010


Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski, 1869 – 1940


May 17: Blessed Giulia Salzano

May 17, 2010

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May 2: Blessed Stanislas Kazimierczyk

May 3, 2010

Blessed Stanislas Kazimierczyk, 1433 – 1489 Read the rest of this entry »


March 20: Saint Józef Bilczewski

March 20, 2010

Saint Józef Bilczewski, 1860 – 1923


Blessed Honoratus (Wenceslas) Kazminski, December 16

December 16, 2009

Blessed Honoratus (Wenceslas) Kazminski, Capuchin
Biala (Poland), October 16, 1829 –Nowe Miasto, December 16, 1916

Honoratus, born Wencesalo Kozminski, was born in Biala Podlaska October 16, 1829. He received his early education at home and completed his primary studies in Plock, then went to Warsaw to study architecture. In 1846 he suffered a religious crisis, after which he entered the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin in Warsaw, and was ordained a priest on December 27, 1852. He dedicated himself to an intense pastoral care and founded over 26 religious institutes, 18 of which exist today. He was a prolific writer, spiritual director and sought out confessor. He died in Nowe Miasto December 16, 1916. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 16, 1988. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Martin Lumbreras Sanchez Perez Peralta and Melchiorre Sanchez, December 11

December 11, 2009

Blessed Martin Lumbreras Sanchez Perez Peralta and Melchiorre Sanchez, Augustinian Priests and Martyrs
+ Nagasaki, Japan, December 11, 1632

Spanish Blessed Martin of St. Nicholas Lumbreras Peralta, professed priest of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, was Martyred with his brother Melchior of Saint Augustine Sanchez just arrived in the Japanese city of Nagasaki, were closed in a dark cell, and then burnt. John Paul II beatified them April 23, 1989.

Roman Martyrology: At Nagasaki in Japan, and Melchiorre Blessed Martin Lumbreras Peralta Sánchez Pérez, Priests and Martyrs of the Order of Saint Augustine, who just arrived in this city were arrested and thrown into a dark cell, and finally burned at the stake.

Martin was born in Zaragoza Lumbreras a noble family in 1598. He took the habit of an Augustinian convent in Recollet Borja, taking vows in Zaragoza in 1619. Three years later, in July, 1622, he set out from Cadiz to the islands of the Philippines, where he arrived the following year, accompanied by thirteen Augustinian Recollect missionaries. Led to the withdrawal was particularly cloistered and his superiors assigedn him to the convent of Manila, in the first place as sacristan major, then for a period of eight years as novice master. In recent years, he greatly promoted the cult of the Virgin of Pilar, to which he dedicated a picture and an altar in the church of S. Nicola.

His desire was still hidden Japan: live and die for the Christian community, as proven at that time. In a letter dated August 4, 1631 he announced his desire to the vicar general, and exactly one year later, on August 4, 1632, he departed from Manila for Japan in the company of Fr Melchior of Saint Augustine who would be his constant companion until his martyrdom. Both arrived in Nagasaki eight days later.

Melchiorre Sanchez was born in Granada in 1599. At the age of nineteen he professed his religious vows in the convent of Augustinian Recollects of his hometown. In 1621, he departed for the Phillipines in the company of twenty-three other Augustinian Recollect missionaries, arriving in Manila in July of 1622. He learned the Tagalog dialects and Hisaya and exercised the apostolate in the recently opened missions of Mindanao, without a doubt the most difficult of the archipelago. He also spent some time in Manila as a preacher of the Spaniards until August 4, 1632, when he made his desire to go to Japan.

From that moment his life took place beside Martin. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Aloysius Liguda, December 9

December 9, 2009

ligudaBlessed ALOYSIUS LIGUDA, SVD – Priest
1898, Winow- December 9, 1942, Dachau
Educator and Spiritual Director

Not much is known about the death of Fr. Aloysius Liguda. According to eye-witnesses he was drowned along with nine other prisoners on December 9, 1942, in the concentration camp at Dachau. But his Calvary was a long one, since he endured nearly three years of suffering before his death. He was arrested in Gorna Grupa in February, 1940, and he passed through two different concentration camps (Stutthof and Sachsenhausen) before his detention at Dachau. He experienced forced labor, hunger, beatings, and other inhuman treatment, but his presence was a support to other prisoners. His spirit of tranquility and his sense of humor helped many to endure the brutal ity of the concentration camp. Even in the most trying situations he found words of encouragement or a joke to share with others. He remained faithful to his religious missionary vocation in the midst of torture and disdain for human dignity until his martyrdom.
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Blessed Adolph Kolping, December 4

December 4, 2009

Blessed Adolph Kolping, Priest, Founder
Kerpen (Cologne), December 8, 1813 – Cologne, December 4, 1865

Adolph Kolping, cobbler, became a priest and a true father of workers artisans formed a work, Kolpingwerk, spread throughout the world with hundreds of thousands of members. Born in 1813 in Kerpen (near Cologne) in a family of shepherds, he exercised the profession of cobbler around Germany. Then he resumed his studies and was ordained priest in Cologne. He was assigned to the industrial area of Wuppertal and became an assistant of the local society of young workers. In 1835 he founded the first home care and vocational training. He died in Cologne in 1865. He was Beatified in 1991.

Roman Martyrology: At Cologne, Germany, Blessed Adolph Kolping, a priest, who, moved by fervent love for the problems of workers in factories and on issues of social justice, he founded an association of young workers and spread to many places.
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Blessed John Nepomuk Von Tschiderer Gleifheim, December 3

December 3, 2009

Blessed John Nepomuk Von Tschiderer Gleifheim
Bolzano, 15 April 1777 – Trent, December 3, 1860

In the diocese of Trent, he devoted himself tirelessly to pastoral visits.

Roman Martyrology: In Trent, Blessed John Nepomuk von Tschiderer, Bishop, who ruled his church with evangelical fervor of faith and sense of humanity in times of misfortune and offered a wonderful testimony of love for his flock.

Fifth of seven brothers, John of Nepomuk de Tschiderer was born in Bolzano April 15, 1777 by Giuseppe Gioacchino de Tschiderer of Gleifheim, collector general of Tyrol and Catherine de Giovanelli. As a child he had pronunciation problems and stuttered slightly as an adult. From the family he received careful and strict upbringing. In 1785, his family had moved to Innsbruck, but next he would be back in Bolzano at his grandfather’s house to attend the school of the Franciscans, where he distinguished himself for honest and diligent enforcement. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Raffaele Chylinski, December 2

December 2, 2009

Blessed Raffaele Chylinski, Franciscan
Poznan, Poland, 1694 – Lagiewniki, Poland, December 2, 1741

Roman Martyrology: In Logiewniki, Poland, Blessed Raffaele (Melchior) Chylinski, a Priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, who, in Krakow, during the plague, visited the patients to help them prepare for a holy and honorable and Christian death.

Thanks to a miracle attributed to his intercession and approved January 22, 1991, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II June on 9, 1991 in Warsaw, during his apostolic visit to Poland.

Chylinski Melchiorre was born in Wysoczko the January 8, 1694 in the district of Poznan in Poland, grew up in healthy environment and pious and completed his studies in the schools of his city, embraced the military life and became lieutenant-Journal, but did not last long, obeying the call of God he felt within himself, at age 21 he went to Krakow and entered the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and April 4, 1715, received the habit of changing the cleric named Raffaele.

After his novitiate he made his solemn profession if vows in December 1717 and was ordained a priest. Was Brother monastery of rare spirituality, he carried out his apostolate in various convents of the Order especially in Krakow and Lagiewniki, surrounded by the fame of sanctity.

He died with the unanimous regret of the members in Lagiewniki December 2, 1741 at 47 years or so.

On 29 August 1772, his cause for beatification was introduced by the Diocese of Warsaw and came under the decree on May 13, 1949.

Author: Antonio Borrelli

source: Santi e Beati

 

 


Blessed Josè Otín Aquiluè, November 30

November 30, 2009

Blessed Josè Otín Aquiluè, Salesian, Priest and Martyr
Huesca, Spain, December 22, 1901 – Valencia, Spain, November 1936

Roman Martyrology: At Valencia, Spain, Blessed Joseph Otín Aquila, a priest of the Salesian Society and Martyr, who, in the same persecution, reached the heavenly kingdom undefeated in the constancy of faith.

He was born in Huesca on December 22, 1901. He studied in the Salesian Schools. Soon he decided to go to Campello (Alicante), to give answer to his vocation. He was ordained a priest in 1928. His smile had attracted a character that easily linked with young people. Apart from studies in Carabanchel (Madrid), the rest of his life was spent in the province of Alicante: Villena, Campello and Alcoy. When civil war broke out he left for Valencia and found refuge in an inn. He stayed there until he was terminated, then disappeared and he sank into oblivion.

One of the Blessed Spanish Salesian Martyrs of Valencia, he was beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II with 201 other victims of the same persecution.

Source: Salesians

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Blessed Giacomo Meseguer Burillo, November 25

November 25, 2009

 

Blessed Giacomo Meseguer Burillo, Dominican Priest, Martyr
Híjar Meseguer Burillo (Teruel), Spain, 1 May 1885-Barcelona, Spain, date unknown

Roman Martyrology: The blessed Martyr Giacomo Meseguer Burillo, a Dominican Priest, who, in Barcelona, on a day remaining unknown, completed test to the glorious Christ.

He was Beatified on March 11, 2001, together with 232 others, a group known as Blessed Spanish Dominicans of Aragon.

source: Santi e Beati

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Note: other sources name him Santiago. I don’t know which is right.  I don’t know where he was buried. I don’t know when he died. I would love to have more information.

Please join me in praying for the repose of his soul.

 

 

 


Blessed Michael Augustin Pro, November 23

November 23, 2009

Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro Jesuit Martyr
November 23
Guadeloupe, January 13, 1891 – Mexico City, November 23, 1927


Born in Guadeloupe in 1891, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1911, after two of his sisters had taken the veil. He studied in Nicaragua, Spain and Belgium, where he was ordained a priest in 1925. Back in Mexico, he carried out his mission in a period of persecution against the Church. In 1927 he was wrongly accused of being part of a plot to kill a general candidate for president. After a farcical trial, he was shot. To his funeral, defying prohibitions, rushed 20 thousand people. He was beatified on September 25, 1988 by Pope John Paul II, together with other Mexican Martyrs of Persecution. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Peter Vicev, Pavel (Joseph) Džidžov and Josaphat (Robert Matthew) Shishkov. November 13

November 13, 2009

Blessed Peter Vicev, Pavel (Joseph) Džidžov and Jehoshaphat (Robert Matthew) Shishkov

Blessed Pavel Djidjov, Priest and Martyr
Plovdiv, Bulgaria, July 19, 1919 – Sofia, Bulgaria, November 12, 1952

Roman Martyrology: At Sofia, Bulgaria, Blessed Peter Vicev, Pavel (Joseph) Džidžov and Jehoshaphat (Robert Matthew) Shishkov, priests of the Congregation of the Augustinians of the Assumption, who, unjustly accused of treason under an atheist regime and thrown into prison because they were Christians, in their mortal combat deserve to receive the reward of eternity, the faithful disciples of Christ.

Joseph Dzjidzjov was born in the Bulgarian town of Plovdiv July 19, 1919, to a Catholic family in the Latin rite. In 1926 he became a student of School of the Assumption St. Andrew in his native country. From 1931 to 1938 he studied in the College of St. Augustine, in the same city. On February 2, 1938 as a trainee recruit, he finally entered Noseroa, France, and assumed the religious name of Pavel.
He studied philosophy and theology in Lormoa, near Paris, until 1942, when he made his perpetual profession of vows.

Then forced by illness to return to Bulgaria, he continued his theological studies as an irregular student. On January 26, 1945 in Plovdiv, he was ordained a priest in the Latin rite. To Varna he was then sent, to study economics and social sciences, in order to delegations following the various activities relating to housing and economic management of the mission. Father Pavel, a very good student and active, exerted a positive influence on his comrades. With courage, he didn’t hide his anti-communist ideas and beliefs and then, for this reason, was kept firmly under control by the secret services of Bulgaria’s new leadership.

His superiors then entrusted him with the job of treasurer of the College St. Augustine in Plovdiv and later treasurer of the Eastern Vicariate. Constantly followed by the communist militia during the night of July 4, 1952, he was arrested in seminary recruitment of Plovdiv, together with Father Kamen Vicev. Pavel Dzjidjov figured second in the list of complaints.

For him and his brothers Kamen Vitchev and Josaphat Chichkov the death sentence was issued October 3, 1952, and were shot in the night between 11 and November 12, 1952 in Sofia, Bulgarian capital, along with Blessed Bishop Eugenio Bossilkov. The place of their burial in the cemetery of the city has never been discovered. The three priest martyrs were beatified by Pope John Paul II May 26, 2002.

Author: Fabio Arduino

Source: Santi e Beati


Saint Margarito Flores Garcia, November 12

November 12, 2009

Saint Margarito Flores Garcia, November 12

Saint Margarito Flores Garcia, Priest and Martyr
Taxco, Mexico, February 22, 1899 – Tulimán, Mexico, November 12, 1927

He was born in Taxco, Guerrero (Diocese of Chilapa) on February 22, 1899. Pastor of Atenango del Rio, Guerrero (Diocese of Chilapa). His three years in the ministry were enough to know his priestly character. The Vicar General of the Diocese appointed him vicar to act as pastor of Atenango del Rio, Guerrero. Father Margarito set to work. He was discovered and identified as a priest when he was about to reach that goal; he was imprisoned and taken to Tulimán, Guerrero, where orders were given to shoot him. Father Margarito asked permission to pray, he knelt for a moment, kissed the ground and then rose and waited for the shots that destroyed his head and forever united him to Christ the Priest, on November 12, 1927. On May 21, 2000, he was Canonized by Pope John Paul II together with 24 other martyrs of Mexico. The group is known as Christopher Magallanes Jara and 24 companion and is celebrated with an optional Memorial on May 21.Each is celebrated separately, on their martrydom anniversary.

Roman Martyrology: In the city of Tulimán Mexico, Saint Margarito Flores, Priest and Martyr, who, during the great persecution against the Church, was arrested for his priesthood and crowned by glorious martyrdom with the shooting.

Source: Santi e Beati

 


Blessed Vincent Eugene Bossilkov, November 11

November 11, 2009

Blessed Vincent Eugene Bossilkov

Blessed Vincent Eugene Bossilkov, Passionist Bishop and Martyr
Belene (Bulgaria), November 16, 1900 – Sofia (Bulgaria), November 11, 1952

Vincenzo was born in Belene (Bulgaria) in 1900. His family belonged to the Latin-rite Catholic minority in the Diocese of Nicopolis. At 11 he was sent to Ores, to the school of the Passionist Fathers. Hence his vocation which would be planted with ten years of study in Belgium and Holland. He joined the congregation with the name of Eugene and became a priest in Bulgaria. He then went again to Rome. Returning home he waived all diocesan duties to devote himself to what he feels like his true mission: to explain the cross to the peasants in their language. In 1944 he was appointed Bishop of Nicopolis, in one state (the fledgling People’s Republic of obedience under Stalin) against religion. Still unable to come to Rome in 1948 when asked by Pope Pius XII. Then began the mechanism of seizures, evictions, orders to match a ‘national church’ vassal of a scheme, asked to repudiate the Pope. But Eugene was opposed. This caused his arrest in July 1952, torture, mock trial, death sentence and murder in the prison of Sofia, in secret. His body was thrown into a common grave. Pope John Paul II beatified him on March 15, 1998.

Roman Martyrology: At Sofia, Bulgaria, Blessed Vincent Eugene Bossilkov, Bishop of Nicopolis’ and Martyr of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus, who, under a tyrannical regime, was led to jail for refusing to renounce communion with Rome and cruelly tortured, was condemned to death on charges of treason and then shot.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Henryk Hlebowicz, November 9

November 9, 2009

Blessed Henryk Hlebowicz, Priest and Martyr
Grond, Poland, June 1, 1904 – Borysów, Poland, November 9, 1941

Blessed Henryk Hlebowicz, Polish Diocesan Priest, was born in Grondo on June 1, 1904, died in Borysów November 9, 1941. He was Beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999, together with 107 other Polish martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: In the town of Borysów in Poland, blessed Henry Hlebowicz, Priest and Martyr, shot during the war in hatred of the faith.

Source: Santi e Beati

 


Blessed John Duns Scotus, November 8

November 8, 2009

Blessed John Duns ScotBlessed John Duns  Scotus
ca. 1265, Scotland – Cologne, November 8, 1308

Born between December 23, 1265 and March 17, 1266, in Scotland, hence the nickname “Scot.” His birthplace, Duns, bore name of his family. As a child, hw came into contact with the Franciscans, with whome he began studying at thirteen, in the recluse of Haddington, County Berwich. After completing his studies in theology he was devoted to teaching, first at Oxford, then in Paris and Cologne. Here, on behalf of the general of his congregation, he had to deal with the heretical doctrines, but managed to concentrate for a short time the firm. He died a few months after his arrival, on November 8, 1308. John Duns is considered one of the greatest masters of Christian theology and is the precursor of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. John Paul II Beatified him on March 20, 1993 calling him “the bard of the Incarnate Word and defender of the Immaculate conception of Mary.” His mortal remains are kept in the church of the Friars Minor of Cologne.

Roman Martyrology: In Cologne, in Lorraine, now in Germany, Blessed John Duns Scotus, a priest of the Order of Minors, which, of Scottish descent, master distinguished for subtlety of wit and admirable piety, he taught philosophy and theology in schools in Canterbury, Oxford , Paris and Cologne.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Theodore Romza, November 1

November 1, 2009

Blessed Theodore RomzaBlessed Theodore Romza, Bishop and Martyr
Veliky Bickiv (Ukraine), April 14, 1911 – Mukachevo, October 27, 1947

On the day when the Church indicates for us to contemplate the glory of all the saints, in communion with all of us on earth, in heaven already living eternal happiness, also used the liturgical feast of Ukrainian Romza Teodoro, one of the martyrs of the twentieth century Beatified by Pope John Paul II. He was born April 14, 1911 in the Carpathian region. After studying in Rome he was ordained a priest of the Greek-Catholic community in 1936. Returned to his diocese of Mukachevo, he became a bishop at only thirty-three. He bravely lived his ministry during very difficult years, between the horrors of war first and then the communist threat. On October 27, 1947 he was authorized to visit a church in his district. But in reality it was a trap, his carriage was struck by a truck and survivors beaten with iron bars. To be sure to kill him, the Bishop Romza was taken to a hospital where he was also poisoned. But the courageous testimony that he had left did not die: the years of persecution the against the Greek-Catholic community kept his memory alive.

Roman Martyrology: In the town of Mukachevo in Ukraine, Blessed Theodore Romza, Bishop and Martyr, who, during Prohibition of faith, responsibility for achieving the palm of glory for having preserved fidelity to the Church.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Leon Nowakowski, October 31

October 31, 2009

Blessed Leon Nowakowski

Blessed Leon Nowakowski, Priest and Martyr
Byton, Poland, June 28, 1913 – Piotrków Kujawski, Poland, October 31, 1939

Blessed Leon Nowakowski, Polish Diocesan Priest, was born in Byton (Kuyavian) June 28, 1913 and died in Piotrków Kujawski between 31 October and 1 November 1939. He was Beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999 together with 107 other Polish Martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: In the town of Piotrków Kujawski in Poland blessed Leon Nowakowski, Priest and Martyr, who, during the military occupation of Poland, was shot as he defended the faith before the scheme enemy of God

 

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Alessio (Oleksa) Zaryckyj, October 30

October 30, 2009

Blessed Alessio (Oleksa) Zaryckyj

Blessed Alessio (Oleksa) Zaryckyj, Priest and Martyr
Bilco, Ukraine, October 17, 1912 – Dolynska, Kazakhstan, October 30, 1963

Oleksa Zaryckyj was born October 17, 1912 in the village of Bilco, region of Ukraine in Lviv (Lvov). In 1931 he entered the seminary in Lviv and five years after he was ordained to the priesthood by Metropolitan Sheptytsky as a diocesan priest of the Archeparchy of Lviv of the Ukrainians. In 1948 he was captured by the Bolsheviks and was sentenced to ten years in prison and deported to Karaganda in Kazakhstan. Released early in 1957, Oleksa Zaryckyj was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Kazakhstan and Siberia, but did not have time to receive episcopal consecration. Shortly after he was re-interned in concentration camp Dolinka near Karaganda, where he died a martyr of the faith October 30, 1963. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II June 27, 2001, along with 24 other victims of the Soviet regime of Ukrainian nationality.

Roman Martyrology: In the town of Dolinka near Karaganda in Kazakhstan, blessed Zaryckyj Alessio, Priest and Martyr, who was deported under a regime hostile to God in a prison camp, in fighting for the faith gained eternal life.

Source: Santi e Beati


St. Gaetano Errico, October 29

October 29, 2009

Blessed Gaetano ErricoBlessed Gaetano Errico

October 19, 1791, Secondigliano, Italy-10 am, October 29, 1860

Second of nine children born to Pasquale, a pasta factory manager, and Marie Marseglia Errico, who worked weaving plush. A good child, pious, always ready to help his father at work, or with his younger siblings. He felt a call to the priesthood at age fourteen. He was turned away by the Capuchins and Redemptorists due to his youth. Studied at a diocesan seminary in Naples from age sixteen, walking the five miles to class each day, and was ordained on 23 September 1815 in Naples. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Jose Ruiz Bruixola, October 28

October 28, 2009

Blessed Joseph Ruiz Bruixola

Blessed Jose Ruiz Bruixola, Priest and Martyr
October 28

Roman Martyrology: In the village of vest in the same territory in Spain, Blessed Joseph Ruiz Bruixola, Priest and Martyr who deserved the same occasion to bring before God Almighty the palm of victory.

One of 233 Spanish Martyrs Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul, II, part of the group known as Jose Aparicio Sanz and 73 companions, Priests and Laity of the Archdiocese of Valencia.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Recaredo Centelles Abad, October 25

October 25, 2009

Recaredo Centelles Abad

Blessed Recaredo Centelles Abad

-Nules, Spain, October 25, 1936

Born in Vall de Uxó, Castellón province and diocese of Tortosa. He died in Nules (Castellón) on 25 October 1936, at 33 years old. Ministries: Tarragona Seminar, College of San Jose de Tortosa and Rector of the Minor Seminary of Tortosa.

Source: Santopedia


Blessed Leonardo Olivera Buera, October 23

October 23, 2009

Blessed Leonardo Olivero Buera

Blessed Leonardo Olivera Buera, Priest and Martyr
Campo, Spain, March 6, 1889 – El Saler, Spain, October 23, 1936

Father Leonardo Olivera Buera was born in Campo, near Huesca, Spain, on March 6, 1889. He became a priest of the Diocese of Zagaroza and was chaplain of Our Lady of Mount Caramel School in Bonanova. The school was run by the Lasallians and at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Father Leonardo went bravely to his martyrdom, together with these men. He was killed at El Saler, near Valencia, October 23, 1936. John Paul II Beatified him on March 11, 2001 together with 232 other victims of that persecution, the group collectively known as Blessed Spanish Martyrs of the Diocese of Valencia.

Roman Martyrology: In the place called El Saler near Valencia in Spain always, blessed Olivera Leonardo Buero, priest and martyr, who, during the same persecution against religion, in imitation of Christ’s Passion, responsibility for achieving the eternal reward.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Jakob Kern, October 20

October 20, 2009

Blessed Jacob KernBlessed Jakob Kern, Norbertine Priest
April 11, 1897, Vienna, Austria-October 20, 1924

Roman Martyrology: In Vienna, Austria, Blessed James (Francis Alexander) Kern, Norbertine Priest: still a student, called to arms in World War I and seriously wounded, he devoted himself with all diligence to the pastoral ministry, which he performed for short time, suffering from a long and relentless disease, which he accepted with fortitude, in peaceful obedience to God’s will

Francis Alexander Kern, was born in Vienna on 11 April 1897, his mother had longed for his coming and introduced him as a child to religious life, take part as a boy in the life of the parish and right there he heard the call to follow Christ.

The family, the parish community, school, friends, were key factors and fertile ground for a vocation. Thus came the diocesan seminary of Hollanbrunn he loved and preferred the adoration and had a particular veneration for Jesus, and later he joined the Confraternity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Atonement.

He was involved in World War I, as a seminarian, he was recruited in 1915, had to participate in a war for which he did not understand the underlying motives, nevertheless he fulfilled his duty by establishing good relationships with fellow soldiers, who respected his convictions and his acting in accordance with the desire to be a priest.

On September 11, 1916 he was seriously wounded, with perforation of the lungs and liver, he had begun “holy week” as he called them later, the wounds were not treated well, he fought against death in Lazzaretto and miraculously survived.

During this senseless war, he continued his theological studies in Vienna, though in poor health, while others became lieutenant with experience in war, when the conflict ended he returned to Vienna seminayr, this was not heard by then, a future pastor souls must be able to live among the people, in everyday life, to understand the needs and moods.

He began listening to the will of God for the future, learning that in the neighboring Czech region after the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, had established a national church, one of the most active builders was a Norbertine Monk, Strahov Isidore Zahradník, who had left his monastery with other brethren.

Francis Kern reached the decision to take the place of those who had left the monastery, which stood along the Czech border. His spiritual director agreed that the young Kern felt for a year as a religious life in the abbey of Geras, affected by the fact that this ancient abbey founded in 1153, had witnessed many parishes and pastoral Kern aware of his health limitations, believed that the institution of Saint Norbert was right for him and his desire was to commit fully to others.

He suffered twice the removal of more ribs, without anesthesia, because his weak heart could not bear it, its terrible pain could be endured only shared with the sufferings of our Lord.

Francis Alexander Kern entered Geras (Vienna) in 1920 taking the name of Jakob, made his novitiate and through a papal dispensation was ordained a priest in 1922, the evening and the night before his first Mass, he had a severe hemorrhage, it was feared who would have celebrated the entry into heaven.
On October 20, 1924 he made his joyful religious profession, the day following, October 21 he received the last sacrament and returned to heaven at just 27.

It was his life intensely varied though brief, of the Child and diligent student, a young man met his vocation as a seminarian, active soldier and officer in the war, wounded by the trail of incredible pain, as Priest and Monk committed by expiatory victim with his life, for the glorification of the Heart of Jesus.

Pope John Paul II beatified him on June 21, 1998 in Vienna, during his pastoral visit to Austria.

Author: Antonio Borrelli

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Letters, Biography and Keepers of the Flame

October 19, 2009

Blessed Teresa of CalcuttaBlessed Teresa of Calcutta

The news of Albania asking India for Blessed Teresa’s bones came to my attention the day after I had finished Come be my Light, a collection of her letters. I had previously finished her Authorized Biography by Navin Chawla.

I’m happy to have had both books as her letters are focused on her actions and interior struggles, and references to historical occurrences about which I have no information; she was in India partition, which created Pakistan from Muslim majority areas; later East and West Pakistan separated, creating Bangladesh. Having the biography for context of what’s going on in India at the time helped me a lot in reading her letters.

The letters are wonderful; for decades, Blessed Teresa lived in poverty for Christ, seeing his face in the faces of the poor she assisted, while feeling empty on the inside as she felt he had left her. Knowing what she went through is so helpful in times of personal stress.

The best part of her letters? Right at the end when the doctor tells someone to “go get the box” so she’d calm down during one of her last illnesses. The box in question? The Tabernacle, containing the Real Presence of Jesus.

I highly recommend both of these books for anyone who wants to understand that it’s possible to be closer to God. Even if you feel far away.

The unlikely heirs of her charism to help people to have a holy death, are inmates in New York who volunteer to care for their brethren who are dying in state custody.

And for the FTC, please note that the books were purchased separately at thrift stores. While I have benefited spiritually from having read these books, I have not benefited financially.


Albania wants Mother Teresa’s Bones

October 17, 2009

It’s reported that Albania has told India that it wants the Relics of Mother Teresa and India says, “hell no!”. While Mother Teresa was a resident and citizen of India, she had two passports; an Indian Diplomatic Passport and one from that tiny little place called The Holy See. She was raised in Skopje, Macedonia, when it was still part of Yugoslavia, though her family was Albanian and she initially traveled on an Albanian passport. Her Albanian passport was revoked under Communist rule; now that Communism has passed, Albania wants her relics on their shores to bury her with her mother and sister. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Stephen Raymond Bou Pascual, October 17

October 17, 2009

Blessed Stephen Raymond Bou Pascual, Priest and Martyr
October 17

Roman Martyrology: In the area of La Nucia near Alicante in Spain ever, blessed Stephen Raymond Bou Pascual, priest and martyr, who, during the same persecution as a faithful disciple, merited salvation in the blood of Christ.

He was Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II, as one of 233 Blessed Spanish Martyrs of Valencia, victims of the Spanish Civil War

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Anicet Adalbert Koplinski, October 16

October 16, 2009

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Blessed Anicet Adalbert (Wojciech Anicet) Koplinski, Priest and Martyr
Debrzyno, Poland, July 30, 1875 – Auschwitz, Poland, October 16, 1941

Father Aniceto (born Wojciech Koplinski), Capuchin priest born in Debrzyno (Poland) on July 30, 1875, while the Polish homeland was in the hands of German invaders, were deported to the concentration camp of Auschwitz where they died entrrambi October 16, 1941, the first in the gas chamber and the second killed by the captors instead of the field.

And from the end of a life that often receives its light. This finding is doubly true for a man who, on June 13, 1999 in Warsaw was proclaimed blessed by Pope John Paul II during his eighth trip to Poland. This man would have remained unknown had he not come to the altars. But his story sheds yet another light in both dark chapter of German history this century. And even in human affairs, its purpose was obvious who and for what is experienced.

We’re talking about Anicet Koplinski, a Capuchin who so far escaped the chronicles of the world. Born June 30, 1875 in Preußisch-Friedland (now Gmina Debrzno) in the province of West Prussia in Germany,  a city bordering with Poland where he was also a strong presence in Poland.

Strong relations in particular, were among the few German Catholics in the area and the group of Poles, mainly because of their common Catholic faith, which gave them the opportunity to participate in the same liturgies and also share the same jobs. The small Adalbert, the name that was imposed in baptism, was the youngest of 12 brothers, a far from wealthy family who made their living with the father’s salary worker. Adalbert, or simply Albert, as everyone called him, also met the Capuchins known at that time for their social apostolate and also had direct experience with them in his youth. On November 23, 1893 he came back in the Capuchin convent in Sigolsheim nell’Alsazia (in Prussia all the Capuchin monastery had been suppressed) belonging to the province Rhine-Westphalia, and received the name of Aniceto (invincible).

The day of the Assumption in 1900 he was ordained a priest and then to perform his ministry primarily in Dieburg, then along in the Ruhr (Werne, Sterkrade, Krefeld) as assistant to the Polish people. At home, he actually had a little Polish study now improved and he had personally during the years of study, using even after the period of leave at his sister who lived in Poland to spend time in a Polish environment. In his apostolate in the Ruhr area his knowledge of the Polish language was very useful, as well as its origin from a family of laborers. He could understand working people, and vice versa, they understood him. This emotional closeness to Poland, did not diminish his love for Germany; he was a man of the frontier, but also a patriot. At the beginning of the outbreak of World War I he composed a poem for the war, compositions that embarrass us today. But even this later put his poetic ability to serve the poor who increasingly became the only goal of his pastoral work.

The turning point in the life of Fr Aniceto was in 1918 in Krefeld when he was given the request to make himself available for the reorganization of church life and the Order in Warsaw. Enthusiastically he accepted this challenge. After long years of Tsarist rule, Poland had regained its freedom. But the economic situation was disastrous, and many were poor and families living in poverty. Nor were there a great many rich, as we see today in different situations in countries such as Brazil, Mexico, India. P. Aniceto became a mediator between these two groups. Without asking anything for himself, always with his poor habit and sandals, he was seen walking the streets of Warsaw to beg for the poor. And what he could get was pinned into the deep pockets of his coat: bread, sausage, fruit, vegetables, sweets for the children. Often he carried it upon his shoulders, or dragged heavy parcels or large suitcases full of basic necessities. On January 25, 1928 he wrote to his provincial Father Ignatius Ruppert, “A particular challenge, which is often a heavy work for me are the many poor and many people here without work for which nearly every day I go out for alms.” He was described as “St. Francis of Warsaw.”

It is not far from the truth if one interprets his work as an alms for the poor as an expression of sporting activity.

Since his youth he had practiced daily lifting of weights. At the prayer of midnight, a tradition that every monk began in the novitiate, he, before the prayer or after returning to the room, he practiced in his specialty. His perseverance led him to a big muscle power so he could do extraordinary things with the joy of his brothers or for the benefit of the poor or even of pastoral service. So he set up tables and benches or showed his skills in the village fairs and then go with the “hat” (skullcap), asking for a reward for the poor. It is said that a police officer who acted violently with his wife and his children, despite his repeated confessions, was unable to improve his aggressive character. One day father Aniceto took him to the sacristy, grabbed his belt and lifted it above his head shouting, “See what you can, and what God will do with you if you continue to be so violent?”. The lesson was effective, the policeman broke free from his violence.

When Father Anicet was not around for the poor, he often sat in the confessional of the Capuchin Church in Warsaw. Each morning he began to take confessions one hour before the Mass and remained there for the next hour, and again in the evening, when he returned to the convent from his begging. He did this work more readily than preach, request that the latter was addressed only infrequently by the superior, because of his limited knowledge of Polish.

For many priests who came to his confessional he gave brief but very effective warnings in Latin, he was chosen as confessor Gawlina Gall and by the bishops, and even by the cardinal and the papal nuncio Kakowski Achille Ratti, the future Pope Pius XI. Normally required to do penance as alms for the poor, penance also given to Cardinal Kakowski which ordered him to donate during the winter time a car of coal for a poor family.

Father Aniceto took care of the soul and the body of others. Asked the rich for bread for the poor, but called the poor to pray for themselves and for the rich “before God takes responsibility for each other. Of great significance was seen in front of his confessiona:: army officers next to the peasants, elegant women near poor widows. The Capuchin had the same love for all. The news that someone was dying made him run to his bedside to comfort him and bring him the sacraments of confession and communion. And if someone died, abandoned by all, he took care of the burial. He often took part in the funeral rites and procession to the cemetery, praying his breviary on the road or the rosary, and sometimes it happened that so great was his immersion in God that he did notice the entry of the cemetery as the procession moved beyond Funeral turn toward the cemetery.
Aniceto Koplinski was of German nationality. He did not hide it, even when the politics of Hitler had begun to be unacceptable. When he was arguing with his brother he often beat his fists against the table talking about the political events in Germany. He saw and understood the spirit of National Socialism and its anti-Christian demonic vision of the world. Aniceto could not come to terms with this current policy. Having experienced since his youth, honesty and faith of the Polish people, he could not stand on their side, to assume, motivated by a radical solidarity, the name of Koplinski. During the first week of German occupation in Poland, he remained in the convent. But soon he was seen engaged in providing assistance to its poor and even those who had to flee because of Nazi violence. From the Germans, using his knowledge of German, he obtained the necessary permits to obtain food, clothing, shoes and medicine. The father Koplinski also strove for non-Catholic Christians and Jews, as testified by the Archbishop Niemira.

For the Gestapo and the Capuchins in particular p. Koplinski were smoke and mirrors. Ascension Day of 1941 took place the first interrogation. The Capuchin Prussian, without fear and frankly, as was his custom, expressed a very heavy thought: “After what Hitler did to Poland, I am ashamed to be a German.” The Capuchin Father could have saved his life, if he had appealed to his German citizenship. This way out, then that would have contradicted the sincerity and spirit of sacrifice that marked his person. The fact is that on June 28, 1941, the day after the air strike in Warsaw, he was arrested along with 20 other brothers and thrown into prison Pawiak. The reason for the arrest was to have read propaganda sheet antinazionalsocialisti and expressing ideas contrary to the new regime.

After he wasrrested his hair and beard were shaved, and even stripped of his religious clothing, but he was allowed to retain his breviary. The Father Superior and Fr Aniceto were tortured to force them to incriminate others, but could not tear their admission that he had incited people to rebellion against the regime. He remained faithful to hisvocation as a religious and a priest, even in the face of threats and reprisals, it is faith openly declared during interrogation: “I am a priest and wherever there are men, I am working: whether they are Jews, Poles, and especially if the suffering and poor. “

On September 3 they were all loaded into a cattle car to be transported to Auschwitz, where they received the much infamous striped jacket and a number of prisoners. Human dignity had been snatched from them; they were among thousands of prisoners to be reduced to a number. At 66, P. Aniceto was used in the block of the disabled, which in turn was close to that of the intended extermination. We do not know very well what he had to endure harassment and abuse during the five weeks that followed, but we are a bit ‘reconstructed from the stories reported that the survivors. We have, however, the direct testimony of his Provincial and fellow prisoner Father Archangel, who said that “Fr Aniceto, newly arrived at the entrance of the camp, was beaten because he could not keep pace with the others, beyond that, he was even bitten by a dog in the SS. During the call the Capuchin monk was put together older people and those who could not work and placed in the block close to that of being destined to death. Throughout this period of suffering Fr Anicet prayed and kept quiet, keeping constant the peace and quiet. “

This testimony is sufficient to make us see that the Capuchin Father, often after having celebrated the Via Crucis and helped others to carry their cross behind Jesus lived this tragic moment of his life to Jesus and united as a painful path to Golgotha. One who not so long ago he had shouted to defend the poor and condemn the sin, now remained silent and prayed. Before being led to the gas chamber, he said to a friend: “We drink to the bottom of the cup.”

On 16 October the captors set up after a short trial, threw Fr Anicet along with other prisoners in a pit and threw them lime, and a painful death, because the lime gives off a violent corrosive activity on living bodies to consume like fire.

After having lived poor and he had undertaken for the poor, Aniceto Koplinski met his maker, dying in absolute poverty.

On the outside was also stripped of everything of the flesh, but inside was filled with a treasure that nobody ever would have been able to wrest faith, dignity and loving attention to others. He died in the hope of resurrection and faith that his suffering and cruel death is an aid to reconcile the divided soul of Germany and Poland, the Jews and the Christians, Catholics and Protestants, the poor and the rich.

Source: The Holy See


Blessed Edward Detkens, October 10

October 10, 2009

Blessed Edward Detkens

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Blessed Edward Detkens priest and martyr
Mokotów, Poland, October 14, 1885 – Linz, Austria, October 10, 1942

Diocesan Priest. He was Beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999 together with 107 other Polish Martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: At Linz in Austria, Blessed Detkens Edward, martyr, who, of Polish descent, died in the same persecution in a gas chamber.

Source: Santi e Beati

Blessed Edward Detkens priest and martyr
Mokotów, Poland, October 14, 1885 – Linz, Austria, October 10, 1942

Diocesan Priest. He was Beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999 together with 107 other Polish Martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: At Linz in Austria, Blessed Detkens Edward, martyr, who, of Polish descent, died in the same persecution in a gas chamber.


Saint Innocenzo Canoura Arnau, October 9

October 9, 2009

Saint Innocenzo Canoura Arnau

Saint Innocenzo Canoura Arnau, Priest and Martyr
March 10, 1887 in St. Lucia del Valle de Oro (Lugo) Spain-Turon, Spain, October 9, 1934


Emanuele Canoura Arnau, born March 10, 1887 in St. Lucia del Valle de Oro (Lugo) Spain; as a teenager he felt the call to the religious state and at 18 became part of the Passionist Congregation, founded by St. Paul of the Cross in the eighteenth century, because since childhood he was devoted to the Virgin, he wanted to take the name of Innocent Immaculate, when he made his religious profession July 27, 1905.

He studied with great profit theology, philosophy and other ecclesiastical sciences, and was ordained September 20, 1913. Almost immediately he was committed by superiors to train new missionaries preaching, passion and, most of his life, went on to teach young students in the various Passionist Community of the Province of the Most Precious Blood of Madrid.

Being a member of the community of Mieres (Asturias), October 4, 1934 superiors demanded his willingness to admit pupils of the Brothers of Christian Schools in the nearby town of Turon. In that year there were the first signs of that great carnage, which was the Spanish Civil War, which devastated parts of the country from 1936 to 1939.

The victims of 7300 were more religious, but already in 1934 there was the Revolution of Asturias region of northern Spain, ranging from the Cantabrian Mountains to the Bay of Biscay, and 5 October 1934 the revolutionary atheists penetrated into the college of the Brothers of the Schools Christian Turon, capturing eight of the students and religious, the more the father Innocent Canoura Arnau, who arrived the day before to confess.

After several days of imprisonment and great hardship and suffering, in which the father Passionist, one priest, worked to comfort the others, almost all young, and without trial, were shot in hatred of the Faith, October 9, 1934 the cemetery of Turon.

The horror of their sacrifice innocent, not enough in there to two years to stop the great persecution against the Spanish Church.

Beatified by Pope John Paul II April 19, 1990, Canonized November 21, 1999.

Author: Antonio Borrelli

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Marian Skrzypczak, October 5

October 5, 2009

Blessed Marian Skrzypczak

Blessed Marian Skrzypczak, Priest and Martyr Janowiec, Poland, April 15, 1909 – Plonkowo, Poland, October 5, 1939

Marian Skrzypczak, a priest of the archdiocese of Gniezno, fell victim to the Nazis who hated his Catholic faith. Pope John Paul II June 13, 1999 elevated him to the altars with 107 other victims of that persecution.

Roman Martyrology: In the town of Plonkowo always in Poland, Blessed Mariano Skrzypezak, Priest and Martyr who, during the occupation of Poland by a regime hostile to God, who was shot outside the church, obtaining for his unswerving faith the palm martyrdom.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Crescenzio Garcia Pobo, October 3

October 3, 2009

Blessed Crescenzio Garcia PoboBlessed Crescenzio Garcia Pobo, Priest and Martyr
April 15, 1903 Ccladas (Teruel)-October 3, 1936


Garcia Pobo, Crescenzo was born April 15 1903 Ccladas (Teruel), In 1927 he made his perpetual vows and was ordained a priest September 16 ,1928. He carried out the apostolate among children in various rehabilitative centers. Religious smiling, simple and humble, he distinguished himself for his generous dedication to youth in distress. He was with a group of eight who were surprised by the militia in the Reformatory S. Rita Madrid and locked in the manager. Aware of the imminence of death, a witness said: “We made a collective act of contrition, and we took each other absolution. There was a profound silence. ” Released through the intervention of the President of the juvenile court, they were again arrested and killed on dates and places of Madrid.

Roman Martyrology: At Madrid in Spain, blessed Crescenzo Pobo Garcia, a priest of the Third Order of St. Francis of the hooded Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin and Martyr, who, during the persecution against the faith, shed his blood for Christ.

He was Beatified as one of the Blessed Martyrs, Spanish Tertiary Capuchins, 19 Spanish members of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sorrows Capuchin Tertiary (or Amigoniani), founded by Venerable Louis Amigo y Rerrer, and a sister, also a Capuchin Tertiary, victims of religious persecution of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). The cause of canonization of these twenty religious Martyrs was conducted at the archidiocese of Valencia together with seven other cases relating to as many cases of the martyrdom of members of different religious orders and congregations. In 1993-94 was issued the decree of validity of the unified diocesan process of these causes, May 13, 1997 the Positio super martyrdom was delivered to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. These 20 religious Martyrs were Beatified as part of the 233 Blessed Spanish Martyrs of the Diocese of Valencia on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

Author: Agripino Gonzalez


Source:
Santi e Beati

Blessed Crescenzio Garcia Pobo

Blessed Joseph Fenollosa Alcayna, September 27

September 28, 2009

Blessed Joseph Fenollosa Alcayna

Blessed Joseph Fenollosa Alcayna, Priest and Martyr
September 27


Roman Martyrology: At Sagunto in Spain, Martyr Fenollosa Alcayna Joseph, Priest, who, during the persecution of the faith, spilled his blood for Christ.

He was Beatified by Pope John Paul II on March 11, 2001, as one of 233 Blessed Spanish Martyrs of Valencia, as part of the group known as Jose Aparicio Sanz and 73 companions, Priests and Laity of the Archdiocese of Valencia.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Maria de Leon Alacuas (Emanuele Legua Martí), September 26

September 26, 2009

Blessed Maria de Leon Alacuas (Emanuele Legua Mars)

Blessed Maria de Leon Alacuas (Emanuele Legua Martí), Priest and Martyr
Alacuas (Valencia) April 23 1875-September 26


Roman Martyrology: In Madrid, also in Spain, blessed Leone (Emanuele) Legua Martí, a Priest of the Third Order of St. Francis of the hooded Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin and Martyr, in the same persecution that still got the crown of glory.

Leone (Emanuele) Legua Martí EIA was born in Alacuas (Valencia) April 23, 1875. He entered the congregation June 21, 1890, professed temporary vows on June 17 ,1892, perpetual vows on April 12, 1904 and was ordained a priest July 15, 1906. He occupied high positions in the institution and promoted religious observance. With great apostolic zeal against the boys from reeducate, he was the director of the Reformer in Madrid at the outbreak of civil war. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Joseph Pasquale Raimondo Ferrer Botella, September 24

September 24, 2009

Blessed Joseph Pasquale Raimondo Ferrer Botella

Blessed Joseph Pasquale Raimondo Ferrer Botella, Priest and Martyr
September 24


Roman Martyrology: In the village of Abalat de la Ribera in the territory of Valencia in Spain, Blessed Joseph Pasquale Raimondo Ferrer Botella, Priest and Martyr who suffered martyrdom during the persecution against the faith.

He was Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II, as one of 233 Blessed Spanish Martyrs of Valencia

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Vincent Ballester Far, September 23

September 23, 2009

Blessed Vincent Ballester Far

Blessed Vincent Ballester Far, Priest and Martyr
September 23

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Benisa in the territory of Valencia in Spain, blessed Vincent Ballester Far, Priest and Martyr, who, during the persecution, faced the glorious battle for Christ.

He was Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II as one of 233 Blessed Spanish Martyrs of Valencia.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Vincenzo Pelufo Corts, September 22

September 22, 2009

Blessed Vincenzo Pelufo Corts

Blessed Vincenzo Pelufo Corts, Priest and Martyr
September 22

Roman Martyrology: At Alzira in the territory of Valencia in Spain always, Blessed Martyr Vincenzo Pelufo Corts, Priest, who, during the same persecution against the faith, deserves to carry the palm of victory before God Almighty.

One of 233 Blessed Spanish Martyrs of Valencia, Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

Source: Santi e Beati


Saint Jean-Charles Cornay, September 20

September 20, 2009

Saint Jean-Charles Cornay

Saint Jean-Charles Cornay, Priest and Martyr
Loudun, France, February 27, 1809 – Son Tay, Vietnam, September 20, 1837

Today the Church remembers the many Martyrs, ancient and modern. For example, the massive group of those killed in Korea in the nineteenth century. Jean-Charles Cornay was a French priest who, instead, was killed in contempt of faith in Tonkin (Vietnam). And in a very bloody: he was torn to pieces. He belonged to the Institute for Foreign Missions of Paris and had arrived in Macao. Precusagli the way to China, his goal, he remained in Tonkin. Here he was betrayed, falsely accused of fomenting an insurgency, tortured, and – after refusing to recant – sentenced to death in 1837 at age 28.

Roman Martyrology: In the fortress of Son-Tay Tonkin, now Vietnam, San Giovanni Carlo Cornay, priest of the Society for Foreign Missions of Paris, and Martyr, who, after cruel tortures, by decree of Emperor Minh M Ng was rendered into pieces and eventually beheaded for his Christian faith.

Many missionaries and indigenous Christians sprayed the Vietnamese earth with their blood, being killed for their faith in God. 117 of them, Tonkin Martyrs, were canonized in Rome June 19, 1988 by Pope John Paul II and among them was the French priest Jean-Charles Cornay.

Born in Loundun, in the French department of Vienne, 27 February 1809, his parents were Jean-Baptiste and Françoise Mayaud, they raised him and his two sisters in the faith. Subsequently he studied at the college of Saint-Louis, Saumur and later with the Jesuits of montmorillonite. He wast a regular student, humble and with a gentle character.

His vocation surprised his parents; when he expressed the desire to become a missionary he was met with reluctance and misunderstanding. He had to start his first battle at a time to respond positively to the call of God, opposing the opinion of parents, while affirming his filial love.

He spent a brief period at the Seminary of Foreign Missions of Paris, a period of uncertainty due to the revolution of July, in which the seminary was a target. Jean-Charles recorded it in his memoirs: “Hier on penetrate dans notre séminaire et l’on a affiché sept ou huit portant Mort aux billets Jésuites de la rue du Bac, et comme poignard a signature”.

His departure was sudden for Cornay replaced another missionary. His destination was to be Seu-Tchouan in China two thousand kilometers from the coast. He landed in Macau after six months of travel. Had to reach Tonkin, but the two guides sent to meet him never arrived. Jean-Charles Cornay finally arrived in Tonkin in 1831, the height of anti-Christian persecution.

As time passed, his hopes of reaching China one day decreased. He decided to remain in this land and on April 26, 1834 he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop at Havard Hanio after a trip on the Red River disguised as Chinese. During the grueling period in which he exercised his ministry he was always calm, cheerful and characterized by a spirit of holiness.

In 1835 he was arrested by French missionaries and others against him, the authorities forged a charge of treason for having buried the weapons in a land they tilled. He was then locked in a series of bamboo cages, a torture very common in Vietnam at that time, and since he was young and had a beautiful voice was forced to sing for his persecutors, but he chose to sing the Salve Regina. Finally he was sentenced to death by the court subremo and, on the orders of Emperor Minh Mang, beheaded September 20, 1837 at the fortitude of Son Tay.

In his last letter to his parents, he wrote: “You will receive Lorsque cette lettre, mon cher père, ma chere mere, affligez ne vous pas de ma mort, en consentant à mon départ, vous avez déjà fait la plus grande partie du sacrifice. Under the terms of the award, his body was then “cut into pieces and [...] the head, after being exposed for three days, [...] thrown into the river.” The courageous example of Cornay determined the vocation of St. Theophane Venard. The Martyrologium Romanum today commemorates St Giancarlo Cornay, on the anniversary of his birth into heaven.

Author: Fabio Arduino

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Sigismund (Zygmunt) Sajna, September 17

September 18, 2009

Blessed Sigismund (Zygmunt) Sajna

Blessed Sigismund (Zygmunt) Sajna, Priest and Martyr
Zurawlówka, Poland, January 20, 1897 – Palmiry, Poland, September 17, 1940

Blessed Zygmunt Sajna, a Diocesan Priest, was born in Zurawlówka (Podlasie), Poland, January 20, 1897 and died in Palmiry September 17, 1940. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999 together with 107 other Polish martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: In Palmiry forest near Warsaw in Poland, Sigismund Sajna Blessed, Priest and Martyr who, during the war, died shot for not having agreed to renounce his faith before a foreign regime that was hostile to God

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Miegon, September 15

September 16, 2009

Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Miegon

Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Miegon, Priest and Martyr
Samborzec, Poland, September 30, 1892 – Dachau, Germany, September 15, 1942


Blessed Wladyslaw Miegon priest chaplain, was born in Samborzec (Sandomierz) September 30, 1892 and died in Dachau, Germany, September 15, 1942. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999 with 107 other Polish Martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: Near Monaco of Bavaria in Germany, Blessed Ladislaus Miegon, Priest and Martyr who, deported from Poland for his faith subjugated by a regime enemy of God and men at the Dachau prison camp, came through the torture crown of glory.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed James Desire Laval, September 9

September 9, 2009

Blessed James Desire Laval

Blessed James Desire Laval Priest
Croth (Evreux), Normandy, September 18, 1803 – Port-Louis, Mauritius, September 9, 1864

He was born in France in 1803 to a middle-class family that pushed him to graduate in medicine. Escaping from an accident, he decided to leave the medical profession to become a missionary. Sent in 1841 on the island of Mauritius, he enthusiastically devoted himself to the evangelization of the Blacks who had been legally freed from slavery, but left to themselves. His “chosen field” caused serious conflicts with other missionaries and even with the bishop, who wanted to devote himself only to the children of white settlers. His “incarnation” in the world of “negritude” led him to value all the positive elements of local culture not, only religious, but also the indigenous. James Laval was beatified by Pope John Paul II, who stressed the fact that he had placed “on one side, the side of the last, the Blacks in a time of racism.” Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Bladzinski, September 8

September 8, 2009

Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Bladzinski

Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Bladzinski, Priest and Martyr
My_latycze, Ukraine, January 6, 1908 – Gross-Rosen, Germany, September 8, 1944


Blessed Wladyslaw Bladzinski, priest of the Congregation of St. Michael the Archangel, was born in My_latycze, Ukraine, January 6, 1908 and died at Gross-Rosen, Germany, September 8, 1944. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999 with 107 other Polish martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: In Gross-Rosen locations in Germany, Bladzinski Blessed Ladislaus, a priest of the Congregation of St. Michael and martyr, at the same time the enemies of the Church deported from his native Poland in a stone quarry, where he was later killed.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Francesco Sendra Ivars, September 4

September 4, 2009

Blessed Frances Sendra Ivars

Blessed Francesco Sendra Ivars priest and martyr
September 4

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Teulada always near Alicante in Spain, blessed Francis Sendra Ivars, priest and martyr, who suffered martyrdom in the same persecution against the faith.

He was Beatified as one of the 233 Blessed Martyrs of Valencia who were Beatified by Pope John Paul II on March 11, 2001.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Pedro Rivera Rivera, September 1

September 1, 2009

Blessed Pedro Rivera Rivera

Blessed Pedro Rivera Rivera, Priest and Martyr

Villacreces, Spain, September 3, 1912 – Barcelona, Spain, late August / early September 1936

He is remembered on September 1


Roman Martyrology: In Barcelona, also in Spain, Martyr Pedro Rivera, a priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, Maria Carmela Moreno Benítez and Maria del Rifugio Carbonell Muñoz, Institute of virgin Mary Help of Christians, who in the same persecution, complied with the Passion of Christ the Bridegroom, came to the reward of eternal peace.

Candido Rivera Rivera was born September 3, 1912 at Villacreces in the Spanish diocese of Leon. Entering the Order of Friars Minor Conventual with the name of Pedro, he made his novitiate in Granollers and he made his temporary vows in 1928. Posted in Italy to attend his theological studies in Osimo, he made his solemn vows in Rome in 1933, while in 1935 he obtained a licentiate in theology and was ordained a priest.

“ He then returned home and, despite his young age, he was appointed superior of the community of Granollers, in recognition of his moral qualities, spiritual and cultural. He always showed genuine disciple of St. Francis, full of love for the consecrated life, excellent higher education, humble and kind to the brethren, a man of peace, particularly pious and devout to the Blessed Sacrament and the Virgin Mary.

“ At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Father Pedro was expelled from the monastery with his fellow revolutionaries and sought refuge with some family friends. However, he was discovered and arrested on July 25, 1936. So he just had to prepare for the imminent martyrdom confessing to the priest of Llinas, who confided: “If I have the grace to be killed, die shouting ‘Long live Christ the King.” Two days later he was released and went to Barcelona, but was arrested again August 22. Probably between late August and early September 1936 he was shot. Everyone immediately considered him a martyr of the faith.

“ Pedro Rivera Rivera and her fis brothers belonging to the Order of Friars Minor Conventual were Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II with a group made a total of no less than 233 martyrs of that persecution.

Author: Fabio Arduino

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Pere Tarres i Claret, August 31

August 31, 2009

Blessed Pere Tarres i Claret

Blessed Pere Tarres i Claret, Priest
Manresa (Barcelona), May 30, 1905 – Barcelona, August 31, 1950

Born in Spain in Manresa (Barcelona) on May 30, 1905 to parents who believed. He was a student of the Jesuit fathers and Scolopi, studying medicine; build the clinic of Our Lady of Mercy in Barcelona. Are the years of the Spanish Civil War in July of 1938 the Pere Tarrés Claret is enlisted as a doctor in the Republican military activities which heundertook with exemplary charity. Meanwhile the blessed studied Latin and philosophy, had only one desire to become a priest; he entered the seminary in ’39, four years later, he was ordained priest. He graduated in theology at the Pontifical University of Salamanca. He returned to Barcelona, where he held positions in Catholic education in particular for the youth in the parish ministry and as chaplain of the religious institutes of women. In May 1950, after being biopsied, he was diagnosed with lymphoma lymphosarcoma, and died a few months later, on August 31, just 45, on the clinic he founded. He was Beatified by Pope John Paul II at Loreto on September 5, 2004, during the largest gathering of Catholic Action which was held in the Marian city, and the two young members of Italian Catholic Alberto Rimini Marvelli and Pina Suriano Partinico were present. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Vincenzo Mattia Cabanes Badenas, August 30

August 30, 2009

Blessed Vincenzo Mattia Cabanes Badenas,Priest and Martyr
February 25 1908, in Torrent (Valencia), Spain-September 29, 1936,
Torrent (Valencia), Spain

He is remembered on August 30

Roman Martyrology: In Bilbao also in Spain, blessed Cabanes Badenas Vincent, a priest of the Third Order of St. Francis of the hooded Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin and martyr, who, during the same persecution against the faith, deserved to be admitted to the eternal banquet.

He was Beatified as one of the Blessed Martyrs of Our Spanish Tertiary Capuchin, 19 Spanish members of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sorrows Capuchin Tertiary (or Amigoniani), founded by Venerable Louis Amigo y Rerrer, and a sister, also a Capuchin Tertiary, victims of religious persecution of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), a sub-group of the 233 victims of the Spanish Civil War Beatified by Pope John Paul on March 11, 2001 .

“ Badenas Cabanes, Vincenzo, eldest of four siblings, was born February 25 1908, in Torrent (Valencia). He had pronounced his religious vows and completed sludi philosophical and theological, March 12, 1932 he was ordained a priest in Madrid. In the set. “ 1933 was rated top of the reformatory of the Prince of Asturias, in Madrid, and optics. the following year he went on to head the Cabinet of psycho-pedagogy of the reformatory Amurrio (Alava), where he was surprised the civil war broke out July 18, 1936.

On the evening of September 27 the same year, militants arrested him in the house where he had fled. During the ride to Orduna (Vizcaya) demanded that the murderers to deny the German, but he opposed proudly displaying the crucifix. Once in Orduna did get in a ditch near the Prado de San Bartolomé where they shot him with several gunshots. Abandoned and badly wounded, managed to crawl to the first houses in the country, where the family Elejalde Arroyo welcomed him: the priest asked for a doctor and a priest. During the night, still clutching the crucifix, he was transferred to the hospital of Basurto (Bilbao). When asked to explain what had happened, he replied: “Do not ask me these things, I speak only of God Let us pray, the pardon of those who have wounded heart,” and did not reveal the names of those who had sho himt. Died September 29, 1936, after two days of great suffering. His remains rest in the ‘chapel of the martyrs, “the convent of Mount Sion in Torrent (Valencia).

“ The cause of canonization of these twenty religious martyrs was conducted at the archidioccsi of Valencia together with seven other cases relating to as many cases of the martyrdom of members of different religious orders and congregations. In 1993-94 was issued the decree of validity of the unified diocesan process of these causes, May 13 1997 the Positio super martyrdom was delivered to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Source: Santi e Beati


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