Since the Deep in History Conferences began we have journeyed together from the time of the Early Fathers to the beginning of the Catholic Church here in North America. October 23rd 2009 marks a new beginning in our journey to the past as the Deep in History Conference turns to the theme of the History of Catholic Doctrine.Once again the focus of these weekends is to assist both Catholics and non-Catholics in their understanding what it means to be Deep in History, Deep in Scripture and Deep in Christ. In 2009, we will begin on the “rock” looking to understand the question of Authority: The Pillar and Bulwark. Read the rest of this entry »
That Catholic Show – I Confess
Blessed Phila Agnese, Lucia Khambang and 4 companions
Protomartyrs of Thailand
m. Songkhon (Thailand), December 26, 1940
Roman Martyrology: In the village of Song-Khon in Thailand, Blessed Martyrs Phila Agnese and Lucia Khambang, virgin of the Sisters Lovers of the Cross, and Agata Phutta, Cecilia Butsi, and Maria Viviana Hampai Phon, shot in the local cemetery because they refused to deny their Christian faith.
Christianity was introduced to Thailand in 1881 and in 1940 the Catholic faithful were already seven hundred. In the four years following, the French missionaries were forced to leave the country during the grip of war between Thailand and French Indochina. As is usual in such circumstances, national unity was regarded as a priority and instead “downgraded” danger to religious pluralism.
Songkhon The village, located on the shores of the Great Mekong River border with Laos, was the scene in 1940 of the glorious martyrdom of seven indigenous Christians: Filippo Siphong Onphitak, Phila Agnese, Lucia Khambang, Agata Phutta, Cecilia Buts, Bibiana Khamphai and Mary Phon. Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Maria von dem Aposteln von Wüllenweber
Mönchengladbach, Germany, February 19, 1833 – Rome, December 25, 1907
Roman Martyrology: In Rome, Blessed Mary of the Apostles (Maria Teresa) von Wüllenweber, virgin, of German origin, who, lit by a missionary zeal, founded in Tivoli Lazio in the Institute of the Sisters of Divine Savior.
On Christmas Evening of 1907 the generous heart of Mother Mary of the Apostles ceased to beat. Rome concluded her active life, leaving a legacy that even today through the Sisters Salvatorian produce abundant fruits in the Church, in twenty-seven countries in the world.
Therese (this was her name) was born in Germany in Myllendonk Castle, close to Mönchengladbach, February 19, 1833. Firstborn of the five daughters of Baron Theodor von Wüllenweber, she grew up in a deeply religious family, in some respects but austere characterized by strong bonds of family affection. Her father, an affable man, was well liked by everyone. Therese received her first instruction at home from her mother and some priests. At the age of fifteen years she perfected her education and education from the Benedictines of Liege where, thinking of Rome as the heart of Christianity, she also wanted to study Italian. Read the rest of this entry »
Bologna, November 3, 1726 – Bologna, December 24, 1778
Born in Bologna on November 3, 1726, he was ordained a priest in 1749 and graduated in theology in 1751. Undertaking missionary activities, he preached well in 62 dioceses in Italy. He founded the Opera Pia missions in preparation for missionary of the diocesan clergy. In 1775, he wrote the opera “Jesus at the heart of secular priest and regular church or considerations for each day of the month. He died on December 24, 1778.
Roman Martyrology: In Bologna, Blessed Bartholomew Mari Dal Monte, a priest, who in many regions of Italy preached to the people and Christian clergy the word of God and with this purpose established the Opera Pia Mission. He emulated Saint Leonardo da Porto Maurizio (1676-1751), who was a great preacher in northern and central Italy.
Bartholomew Maria Dal Monte was born in the scholarly city of Bologna, Nov. 3, 1726, to wealthy parents, was the fifth child of the couple, but four had died earlier after a few days after birth, his mother Anna Maria Bassani had prayed to St. Francis of Paola. Read the rest of this entry »