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


Blessed Damien of Finale, October 26

October 26, 2009

Blessed Damien of Finale Dominican, Priest
-Reggio Emilia, October 26, 1484

Born of the noble family of Furcheri in Finale, in Liguria. As a child was miraculously freed from the hands of a madman who had kidnapped him. Just a teenager, winning the resistance of relatives who could not accept losing him, he donned the habit of the Dominicans. He studied with diligence and love of Sacred Scripture, from which which was able to draw a pure and nutritious doctrine in view of effective preaching. Indefatigable, evangelized Liguria and Lombardy, where he helped to spread the Christian truth. But the divine word, the first wanted to embody in himself, with the sanctity of life. He was prior to his native Finale. Belonging to the current reform, he introduced it to the convent of Reggio Emilia by order of Pius II. In his later years he retired to the convent of Reggio Emilia to sink ever deeper into living contact with God and prepare for his embrace, which occurred in 1484. He wrote many fine artworks. His remains rest in the church of San Domenico in Reggio Emilia. Blessed Pope Pius IX on August 4, 1848 confirmed his cult, proclaiming Damien blessed.

Roman Martyrology: A Reggio Emilia, Furcheri Blessed Damien, a priest of the Order of Preachers, an outstanding herald of the Gospel.

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.


Blessed José Villanova, September 29

September 29, 2009

Blessed José Villanova

Blessed José Villanova, Priest and Martry

Turís Tormo (Valencia) January 20, 1902-Madrid, September 29, 1936

Blessed José Villanova was born in Turís Tormo (Valencia) January 20, 1902 and was baptized two days later. He took his vows in Carabanchel Alto (Madrid) on 25 July 1920, and in 1929 was ordained a priest and spent teaching. He had a long but fruitful apostolate is not, is that in Salamanca in Madrid. Read the rest of this entry »


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 Gentile Matelica, September 5

September 5, 2009

Blessed Gentile Matelica

Blessed Gentile Matelica
Matelica, Macerata, 1290 – Tauris, September 5, 1340

He was a Franciscan missionary in Egypt, then in Asia Minor, Persia and Armenia. The Doge Marco Corsaro transferred his relics to the Church of the Frari in Venice.

Blessed Gentile was born in 1290 to the noble family of Finaguerra Matelica (MC). Attracted by the ideal Franciscan finn as a child, he became a priest, and devoted his life to works of the apostolate in the various regions of Italy.

With a desire to imitate St. Francis, he withdrew into solitude and penance on the holy mountain of La Verna in Tuscany, where he was destined for his virtues repeatedly to drive the brothers. After this intense spiritual preparation, he went to ground mission in Egypt, but here the difficulties in learning the Arabic language seemed so insurmountable that he decided to return home. The Lord helped him in a surprising way, and was soon able to speak not only Arabic, but also the languages of neighboring countries. Thus he was able to bring the proclamation of the Gospel to Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula, to the Holy Places in Turkey and Persia. Through lively and vibrant preaching, accompanied by many miracles, he produced thousands of conversions and baptisms. This aroused the anger of Muslims, who could not bear that so many people embraced Christianity, during a sermon in the territory of Tauris and was assaulted with a blow of the scimitar, which beheaded him. It was September 5, 1340. Part of his body, much revered by Christians of these regions, was requested by the browser and Venetian merchant Nicolo Quirini and transported by ship to Venice, where he was placed in the basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa is venerated to this day.

Pius VI February 2, 1795 granted to celebrate the festival on September 5.

Author: Elisabeth Nardi

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Claude Bochot, September 3

September 3, 2009

Blessed Claude Bochot

Blessed Claude Bochot, Priest and Martyr

Troyes, France, July 10, 1720 – Seminary of Saint-Firmin, Paris, September 3, 1792

Claude Bochot, professed priest of the Fathers of Christian Doctrine, was martyred during the French Revolution. He was beatified by Pope Pius XI October 17, 1926 together with 190 other victims of that persecution.

Bochot Claude, born in Troyes in France July 10, 1720, entered the Congregation of the Fathers of Christian Doctrine under the patronage of St. Charles  October 10, 1740, made his religious profession on October 16, 1741 and became a priest. Little news has been passed down about his life and his ministry; in 1759, he was dean of the College of Noyers and then, between 1785 and 1786 and also 1789 to 1792 of the San Carlo.

“ Soppraggiunse then the French Revolution, during which in an endless array of hatred,  Catholics fell victim to the faith for refusing to take the oath sila Costituione civilian clergy, in disregard of the papal authority on the Gallican Church.

“ When the revolutionaries percuisirono the house, nearly all had fled safely, except the upper and Claudio Bochot Eustachio Prosecutor Felix. Both were arrested August 26, 1792, and confined in the Parisian workshop of Saint-Firmin, died a few days after the great massacre of 3 September 1792.

“ Pope Pius XI beatified him October 17, 1926 together with 190 other victims of that persecution during the massacres of September.

Author: Fabio Arduino

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Pierre-Louis de La Rouchefoucauld-Bayers, September 2

September 3, 2009

Blessed Pierre-Louis de La Rouchefoucauld-Bayers

Blessed Pierre-Louis de La Rouchefoucauld-Bayers, Bishop and Martyr
Le Vivier, Blanzaguet, France, October 12, 1744 – Paris, September 2, 1792


Pierre-Louis de La Rouchefoucauld-Bayers was born in “Le Vivier” Blanzaguet, parish St-du-Cybard d’Eyrat, 12 October 1744. He was son of Messire Jean de La Rochefoucauld, lord of Maumont, Magnac, bars, and other places Vivier, knight of the military orders of Notre-Dame du Mont-Carmel and St-Lazarre de Jérusalem, and Marguerite des Escots. His parents intended him to have an ecclesiastical career, Pierre-Louis was appointed in 1770 prior to commendatory Nanteuil, becoming the general agent of the Clergy in 1775. He was then appointed Bishop of Saintes in 1781. In this city he organized a relief fund against fire.


“ On 24 March 1789, he was elected deputy of the clergy to the States General for the “Sénéchaussée de Saintes. He sat among the ranks of minorities and demonstrated hostility to reform, and after the session took refuge with his brother Francois-Joseph, Bishop of Beauvais, his sister abbess of Notre Dame de Soissons. But the French Revolution was still raging and they were discovered. Francois-Joseph was arrested on August 13, while Pierre-Louis asked partegiare his imprisonment and refused to flee from the Carmelite house in Paris a few days before the massacre. Right here, in fact, it happened on September 2, 1792, the massacre of 95 Christian martyrs much hatred to their faith, led by two brothers and another bishop, Jean-Marie du Lau.


“ Along with other victims of religious persecution who died in those days in Paris, for a total of 191 people, Pierre-Louis de La Rouchefoucauld-Bayers was beatified by Pope Pius XI on October 17, 1926.
Author: Fabio Arduino

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 Francis Romeo Monzon, August 29

August 29, 2009

Blessed Francis Romeo Monzon, Dominican Priest and Martyr
Híjar, Spain, March 29, 1912 – August 29, 1936

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Híjar always at Teruel in Spain, blessed Francis Monzón Romeo, Priest and Martyr of the Order of Preachers, who in the same persecution confirmed with blood for his fidelity to the Lord.

Blessed Francis Romeo Monzon was Beatified as one of the Blessed Martyrs of the Spanish Dominicans of Aragon on March 11, 2001, one of 233 Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War Beatified that day by Pope John Paul II.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Luigi Urban Lanaspa, August 25

August 25, 2009

Blessed Luigi Urban Lanaspa

Blessed Luigi Urban Lanaspa, Dominican Priest and Martyr
Zaragoza, Spain, June 3, 1882 – Valencia, Spain, August 25, 1936.

Roman Martyrology: At Valencia in Spain, Blessed Luigi Urban Lanaspa, Priest and Martyr of the Order of Preachers, who faced trial for the glorious Christ.

He was Beatified by Pope John Paul on March 11, 2001, together with 232 other victims of the Spanish Civil War as part of the group known as Blessed Martyrs of the Spanish Dominicans of Aragon

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Findysz, August 23

August 23, 2009

Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Findysz2

Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Findysz, Priest and Martyr
Kroscienko Nizne, Poland, December 13, 1907 – Zmigrod Nowy, Poland, August 21, 1964


Born in Kroscienko Nizne near Krosno (Poland) on December 13, 1907. Ordained a priest June 19, 1932 in Przemysl. In 1942 he was appointed parish priest in Nowy Żmigród. During and after the Second World War, he was generously devoted to spiritual and material aid of all the inhabitants of his parish, regardless of their nationality or confession.

In the years of Vatican Council II, he began the pastoral work of “works council of goodness,” from the pulpit and through letters-appeals calls for a renewal of Christian life. The communist authorities reacted to his zealous pastoral work with numerous persecutions. On December 17, 1963, he was sentenced to two years and six months in jail accused of “forcing the faithful to religious practices.” In the prison he was subjected to mistreatment and humiliation, physical, mental and spiritual. Authorities with premeditation did not allow him to receive cancer surgery previously planned. He was conditionally released from prison in a state of extreme exhaustion. He died a few months later, on August 21, 1964.

Cardinal Jozef Glemp Beatified him on June 19, 2005, by reading the Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI.

Emblem: Palma

Source: Santi e Beati


St John Wall, August 22

August 22, 2009

Blessed John Jones and John WallJPGSt John Wall, Priest and Martyr


+ Worcester, England, August 22, 1679


Born in England he was ordained a priest at Douai, France and

professed the Rule of the Friars Minor. He exercised his priestly

ministry in England for 22 years until he was captured and

sentenced to death. He ascended the scaffold at Worcester

August 22, 1679.


Roman Martyrology: At Worcester in England ever, St John Wall, a priest of the Order of Friars Minor and martyr, who, after exercising in secret for more than twenty years his ministry as pastor, for his priesthood, died hanging in a snare and gutted with his sword during the reign of Charles II.


Born of good and wealthy family in 1620 perhaps chiral Hall, near

Prestnn in Lancashire, John Wall in 1641 came the English College

at Douai, where he received the sacred ordination in 1645. After a

short mission to England, he returned to Douai to wear the

Franciscan habit in the convent of S. Bonaventure (1651), taking

the religious name of Brother Joachim St. Anna, much appreciate

d for its excellent quality, has the functions of vicar of the convent

and master of novices, and in 1656 he left again for the English

mission, going to establish, built the fictitious name of Francis

Webb, for Harvingion Hall in phonics Worcester, and here he coul

d carry undisturbed for over twenty-two pastoral ministry with

great uiililà of local Catholics.



“ Capture unexpectedly in December 1678, to around

Bromsgravc Rushock Court at the time of presumed papist

conspiracy mounted by the notorious Tiius Oatcs Wall decided

ly refused to take the oath of supremacy, so he was locked up in

prisons in Worcester, where he remained for five months between

immature suffering, borne with great fortitude. On April 25 1679

Atkins was tried by the court and sentenced to death on charges

of high treason, as a priest in the kingdom riemraro order one

abroad and to undertake activities of priests.



“ Nonetheless, he was sent to London to be examined by Oatcs,

Bcdloe, Dugdale and Prance, from which, however, cleared of any

involvement lu the Popish plot, despite being again sentenced to

death for his status as a priest, which was returned in Worcester

for the execution, which took place some time more lard, or 22 ag

. 1679. Shortly before boarding the scaffold VP. wrote a long

speech, in which features of his trial and his conviction and handed

it to a friend why he did it to print, as it was (Lond 1679).



“ The only victim who should suffer martyrdom for the faith in

Worcester, Wall was witnessed in the last days of his existence

from brother William Leveson (brother of martyr well Franciscan

VCN. Lcvcsoi Francis), who died in prison in that city at

thirty-four On the Feb. 1680). The mortal remains of the heroic

confessor of the faith were buried in the cemetery adjoining the

church of S. Oswald of Worcester, while the head was taken to

the Franciscan monastery of Douai, in which the martyr belonged,

where it is still preserved and venerated.



“ Honor of the altars, erected by Pope Pius XI December

15 1929 (ci. AAS, XXII [19,301, p. 18, n. CXXX1I), Blessed Wall is

commemorated on 22 August.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Salvatore Estrugo Solves, August 21

August 21, 2009

Blessed Salvatore Estrugo Solves

Blessed Salvatore Estrugo Solves, Priest and Martyr
August 21

He was Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II, together with 232 others from the Archdiocese of Valencia who were victims of the Spanish Civil War.

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Alberic on the territory of Valencia in Spain, blessed Savior Estrugo solves, priest and martyr, who, during the persecution endured for the love of Christ every hardship to obtain the palm of victory.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Maczkowski, August 20

August 20, 2009

Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Maczkowski

Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Maczkowski, Priest and Martyr
Ociaz, Poland, June 24, 1911 – Dachau, Germany, August 20, 1942

Wladyslaw Maczkowski, priest of the Archdiocese of Gniezno, fell victim of the Nazis in the famous German concentration camp at Dachau. On June 13, 1999, Pope John Paul II raised him to the honors of the altar together with 107 other victims of that persecution.

Roman Martyrology: In the prison camp near Dachau Monaco of Bavaria in Germany, Blessed Ladislaus Mączkowski, priest and martyr, who, of Polish origin, was deported during the war and to the persecutors of human dignity and defense of Christianity among the torture his faith until death.

Source: Santi e Beati


Saint Mirone of Cizici, August 17

August 17, 2009

Saint Mirone of Cizici, Priest and Martyr
August 17
m. Cizici, 250

Saint Mirone, Priest and Martyr, who according to legend was beheaded after many torments at Cizici nell’Ellesponto under the governor Antipatro and the reigning emperor Decius.

Roman Martyrology: At Cizici in Ellesponto, in modern Turkey, St. Mirone, Priest and Martyr, who, as we passed, was beheaded after many torments under the Emperor Decius and the governor Antipatro.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Domenico Maria da Alboraya, August 15

August 15, 2009

Blessed Domenico Maria da AlborayaBlessed Domenico Maria da Alboraya (Augustine Hurtado Soler), Priest and Martyr

Alboraya (Valencia) on 28 Aug, 1872-August 15

Ordained a priest on Dec. 19, 1896. An experienced teacher, working and cartatevole, had positions of responsibility in his institute. A man of prayer and great devotee of Our Lady of Sorrows, he celebrated the Eucharist with devotion

Roman Martyrology: Always in Madrid, Blessed Domenico (Augustine) Soler Hurtado, a priest of the Third Order of St. Francis of hooded Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin and martyr, who had witnessed Christ, received the crown of glory.

Beatified together with a group known as the Blessed Martyrs Third Spanish Capuchins dell’Addolorata, he was one of 19 religious Spaniards belonging to the Congregation of the Third Capuchins of Our Lady of Sorrows (or Amigoniani), founded by Venerable Louis Amigó y Rerrer, and a sister, also Tertiary Cappuccina, victims of religious persecution of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).

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

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Albocacer da Modesto, August 13

August 13, 2009

Blessed Modesto da Albacar

Blessed Albocacer Modesto (Modesto Garcia Marti),Priest and Martyr
Modesto, Castellón de la Plana, January 18, 1880 – Valencia, August 13, 1936

Roman Martyrology: At the village of Albocàsser in the same region in Spain, Bl Modesto García Martí, a Priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and Martyr, who during the persecution against the faith with martyrdom crowned the evangelical precept.

Fr Albocácer was born in Modesto, the diocese of Tortosa and the province of Castellón de la Plana, January 18, 1880. He was the third of seven children of a Christian family, whose parents were D. Francisco Garcia and Donna Joaquina Martí. He was baptized on January 19, 1880 in the parish of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción of Albocácer. As a child he entered the Seraphic Seminary of the Capuchins of the Province of Valencia in Massamagrell. He took the habit in the same convent on January 1, 1896; took his temporary vows January 3 1897 and perpetual vows on January 6, 1900. He completed his studies in philosophy and those of Orihuela to Massamagrell theology, and was ordained a priest on December 19, 1903. He lived most of his apostolic ministry as a missionary in Colombia in the Custody of Bogota. On his return to Valencia was appointed guardian for several years.

Those who knew him speak of him as a priest dedicated to apostolic preaching, spiritual exercises, spiritual direction, … which were, among others, his favorite activities. So said those who lived with him: “His field of apostolate favorite – said Sig.na Pilar Beltrán – was preaching, spiritual exercises and the direction of souls. I heard criticism ever in its work “. He enjoyed a reputation for holiness among the faithful. “His was a peaceful temperament. His most remarkable quality – notes Mr. Daniel Garcia – was kindness. He enjoyed good a reputation among his companions of religion and among the faithful. He was loyal observant of the Franciscan Rules and Constitutions.”

At the time of the Revolution was the guardian of national Olleria (Valencia), where “the community was violently destroyed, the convent and the church destroyed by fire, the pine wood cut from the same monastery, destroyed the walls, so that everything was reduced nothing “. When communications were restored, P. Modesto went to his country and took refuge in the house of his sister Teresa, along with his brother Miguel Mosen priest, pastor of Torrembesora. For her safety he fled the farm la Masa, where he was captured by armed militiamen. P. Modesto was delivered with gentleness and humility – said Mr. Arturo Adell – and without any protest. His attitude during this period – said Sig.na Pilar Beltrán – was the total abandonment to the Lord and an exemplary life.” He was killed at four in the afternoon of August 13, near the basin of the Valley Albocácer between the farm and the Masa, about 600 meters from the farmhouse, on the same road that goes from the farm to the country. After the release of Albocácer exhumations were the remains of P. Modest and then found that his skull had been crossed from side to side by a large nail. His remains – according to Mr. Felipe Mateu were buried in a mass grave of the cemetery in the country and are currently resting in a niche of the cemetery.

He was Beatified on March 11, 2001 as one of 17 Blessed Spanish Capuchins of Valencia.

Source: Holy See


Blessed Mauritius Tornay, August 11

August 11, 2009

Blessed Maurizio Tornay

Blessed Mauritius (Maurice) Tornay, Priest and Martyr

Rosière, Switzerland, August 31, 1910 – To Thong, Tibet, August 11, 1949

Blessed Mauritius (Maurice) Tornay, professed priest of the Order of Canons Regular of St. Augustine of the Congregation of Saints Nicholas and Bemardo “Montis Iovis”, was born in Rosière (Joint Orsières – canton of Valais), Switzerland, August 31, 1910 and died a martyr at To Thong, Tibet, on August 11, 1949. His tomb is located at the Mission Yerkalo, Tibet-China. He was beatified in Rome by Pope John Paul II on May 16, 1993.

Roman Martyrology: In the region of Tibet, Blessed Mauritius Tornay, Priest and Martyr who, canon regular of the Congregation of Saints Nicholas and Bernard of Mont Joux-announced engagement with the Gospel in China and Tibet and was killed by the enemies of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Edward Gryzmala, August 10

August 10, 2009

Blessed Edward Gryzmala

Blessed Edward (Edward) Grzymala, Priest and Martyr


Kolodziaz, Poland, September 29, 1906 – Dachau, Germany, August 10,

1940

Blessed Edward Grzymala, a diocesan priest, was born in Kolodziaz, Poland, September 29, 1906 and died in Dachau, Germany, August 10, 1940. He wasbeatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) on June 13, 1999 with 107 other Polish martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: In the prison camp near Dachau Monaco of Bavaria inGermany, Drzewiecki blessed Francis of the Congregation of the Little Work of Divine Providence, and Edoardo Grzymała, priests and martyrs, who, ofPolish origin, during the devastation of their homeland in time of war were made by their persecutors in a foreign prison and reached Christ killed in a gas chamber.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed German of Carcaixent, August 9

August 9, 2009

Blessed German of Cartaxeint

Blessed German of Carcaixent (José Maria Hernandez Garrigues) Capuchin Priest and Martyr
Carcaixent, Valencia, Spain, February 12, 1895 – 1936

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Carcaixent in Valencia in Spain, Blessed Germanus ( José Maria) Garrigues Hernández, a Priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and Martyr, who, during persecution against the faith, won the tortures of body with precious death.

Father was born in Germán Carcagente (Valencia), in the bosom of a Christian family, February 12, 1895. He was baptized on his day of birth in the parish of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción of Carcagente Confirmation was received on July 22, 1912 by Bishop Athanasius Fr. Royo Soler, duly authorized by the archbishop of the diocese. In the family of D. Juan Bautista and Donna Garrigues Ana María Hernández were born eight children, three of whom became like our Capuchin, José Maria. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Matteo da Bascio, August 6

August 6, 2009

Blessed Matteo da Bascia

Blessed Matteo da Bascio, founder of the Capuchins
Pennabilli, Pesaro-Urbino, circa 1495 – Venezia, August 6, 1552

Born in the village of Bascio, today in the town of Pennabilli (PU), he became a Franciscan of the Observant branch of the convent of Montefiorentino at Frontino (PU) and was ordained a priest in 1525. Desiring to return to the primitive rigor of Franciscan life, in 1525 he left his monastery and was granted by Pope Clement VII the personal privilege of dressing in a long tunic of rough cloth (such as Francis of Assisi, but with a longer hood and sharp) to observe strictly the rule of absolute poverty, to make a hermitic life and to preach freely. His example gave rise to a number of imitators who began restoring the original spirit of the Franciscan way home and had the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, which thanks to the support of Katherine duchess of Camerino Cybo was approved by the pope on July 3, 1528 with the Bull religionis zelus. In the first general chapter of the order, held in April 1529 in the church of Santa Maria di dell’Acquarella Albacina at Fabriano, Matthew was elected first superior general. Bright omileta, he took part in the great reform movement of the religious life of the sixteenth century. He died in Venice, in the church of San Moisè and buried in the church of San Francesco della Vigna.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Salvatore Ferrandis Segui, August 3

August 3, 2009

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August 3

Roman Martyrology: At Alicante in Spain, followed blessed Salvatore Ferrandis Segui, Priest and Martyr, who spilled the blood of Christ during the persecution against the faith and obtained the palm of victory.

Pope John Paul II Beatified him on March 11, 2001 in St. Peter’s Square, together wtih 232 other victims of the bloody Spanish Civil War. This wide range of martyrs is divided into several subgroups according to the diocese or congregation to which they belong. The Romanum Martyrologium commemorates those blessed individually or in small groups based on the date and place of where the slaughter occurred.

Blessed Salvatore is part of the subgroup José Aparicio Sanz and 73 companions, priests and laity of the Archdiocese of Valencia.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Francesco Tomás Serer, August 2

August 2, 2009

Blessed Francis Tomas Serer

Blessed Francesco Tomas Serer Priest and Martyr

Alicante, Spain, Oct. 11, 1911-August 2, 1936

He professed his temporary vows on September, 15, 1928 and his perpetual vows on December 21. 1933. He was Ordained a priest on May 24, 1934, spent his 2 years of ministry in the reformatory of Amurri (Alava) and Carabanchel Bajo (Madrid). He was persecuted and martyred at 24.

Beatified by Pope John Paul II on December 18, 2000, together with 17 others of his order and a layman.

Roman Martyrology: In Madrid always in Spain, Blessed Francesco Tomás Serer, a Priest of the Third Order of St. Francis of hooded Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin and Martyr, in the same persecution that deserved to pay the blood of Christ.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Alex Sobaszek, August 1

August 1, 2009

Blessed Alex Sobacsek

Blessed Alessio Sobaszek Priest and Martyr
Przygodzice Wielkie, Poland, July 17 ,1895 – Dachau, Germany, August 1, 1942

Diocesan priest. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw, Poland on June 13, 1999 with 107 other Polish martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: In the prison camp near Dachau Monaco of Bavaria in Germany, Blessed Alessio Sobaszek, priest and martyr, who, of Polish birth, in time of war brutally deported by the invaders, dying for Christ under torture, defending his faith.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Michal Ozieblowski, July 31

July 31, 2009

Blessed Michal Ozieblowski

Blessed Michal Ozieblowski, Priest and Martyr
Izdebno, Poland, September 28, 1900 – Dachau, Germany, July 31, 1942

Michal Ozieblowski, priest of the Archdiocese of Warsaw, fell victim of the Nazis in the famous German concentration camp at Dachau. Pope John Paul II on June 13, 1999 raised him to the honors of the altar with 107 other victims of that persecution.

Roman Martyrology: Near Monaco of Bavaria in Germany in the prison camp at Dachau, Blessed Michael Oziębłowski, Priest and Martyr, who, deported to his faith in a foreign prison in Poland, his homeland, forced under an enemy of religion, brought to completion martyred under torture.

Source: Santi e Beati


The Cult of Personality

July 31, 2009

The Cult of Personality has struck again and I’m nervous. Obama is attempting to force through way too much legislation that nobody has read, reviewed or understands. I don’t want to be forced to die when someone decides I’m no longer necessary; on his staff is someone who at one time advocated forced sterilization even though that has already been ruled on by the courts and you can’t do it. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Sergio Pazo Cid, July 30

July 30, 2009

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Blessed Sergio Pazo Cid, Salesian Priest and Martyr
Allariz, Spain, April 24, 1884 – Barcelona, Spain, July 30, 1936

Roman Martyrology: In Barcelona, Spain, Blessed Sergio Pazo Cid, a Priest of the Salesian Society and Martyr, who, during a time of persecution, died for his courageous witness of faith.

Born in Allariz (Orense) April 24, 1884. From the time he was small, he intuited his vocation. He did his seminary studies at Sarria (Barcelona), professing his vows in 1905. His was an exemplary life. All spoke of him with great respect and almost reverence for the goodness in everything he did. A tireless worker, he spent almost his entire life as a pastoral charge of Sarria. He was forced to leave his college in Sama July 22, 1936, sought refuge and was recognized and denounced. Stopped, he did not deny his condition: “Yes, I am a Salesian priest.” He was shot on July 30.

Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II, together with 232 other Martyrs of the Diocese of Valencia.

Source: Salesians


Blessed Vasil Hopko, July 23

July 23, 2009

Blessed Vasil Hopko

Blessed Bishop Vasil Hopko Greek-Catholic martyr
July 23
Hrabske (Bardejov), April 21, 1904 – Prešov (Slovakia), July 23, 1976

Born of poor family, he decided to enter the seminary in 1923. He was ordained a priest by the Greek-Catholic Bishop of Presov on February 3, 1929. He graduated in theology in 1940 he was ordained as a bishop on May 11, 1947. Between 1950 and 1964, he was jailed by the Communist regime, undergoing torture. After his release, despite the precarious state of his health, Hopko actively contributed to the renewal of the Greek-Catholic Church. He died on July 23, 1976.
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Blessed Pavol Gojdic, July 17

July 17, 2009

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Blessed Pavol Gojdic

July 17, 1888, Ruské Peklany near Prešov-July 17, 1960,  Leopoldov

Son of the Greek-Catholic priest Štefan Gojdic and Anna Gerberyová. Attended elementary school at Cigelka, Bardejov and Prešov, finishing in 1907. Studied theology at Prešov and then Budapest where he consecrated himself and his work to the Sacred Heart. Finishing his studies on 27 August 1911, he was ordained soon after. Worked briefly as assistant parish priest with his father. Prefect of the eparchial seminary, and taught religion in a higher secondary school. Supervised protocol and the archives in the diocesan curia. Assistant parish priest in Sabinov. Director of the episcopal office in 1919. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Bartholemew of Braga, July 16

July 16, 2009

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May 1514, Verdela, Portugal-Viana do Castelo, Portugal, July 16, 1590.

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Blessed Bartholomew of Braga, later known as Bartolomeus a Martyribus (Bartolomeu dos Mártires in Portuguese), out of veneration for the church in which he was baptized, was a Portuguese Dominican theologian and Archbishop of Braga. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz, July 10

July 10, 2009

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Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz

1860

Martyr with eleven companions in Lebanon. A Spanish Franciscan, Emmanuel and the others were caught up in the rising of the Druses in Lebanon. The Franciscan community, eight in number, and three Maronite laymen were slain by the Islamic rebels. He was beatified in 1926.

Source: Saints


Blessed Pope Eugene III, July 8

July 8, 2009

Blessed Pope Eugene III

Blessed Pope Eugene III

Montemegano, Pisa, Italy-July 8, 1851, Tivoli, Italy

Prominent Cistercian monk. Friend of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Abbot of the monastery of Tre Fontaine. Elected pope unanimously on day of his predecessor’s funeral; the cardinals wanted a quick election to prevent the interference of secular authorities. Promoted the disastrous Second Crusade. In 1146, the agitation of Arnold of Brescia and the republicans drove the pope from Rome. While in exile from 1146 to 1149 and again from 1150 to 1152, Eugene worked to reform clerical discipline.

Beatified December 28, 1872 by Pope Pius IX

Source: Saints


Blessed Pope Benedict XI, July 7

July 7, 2009

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Blessed Pope Benedict XI

1240, Treviso, Italy-July 7, 1304, Perugia

He entered the Dominican Order at the age of fourteen. After fourteen years of study, he became lector of theology, which office he filled for several years. In 1296 he was elected Master General of the Order. As at this time hostility to Boniface VIII was becoming more pronounced, the new general issued an ordinance forbidding his subjects to favour in any way the opponents of the reigningpontiff; he also enjoined on them to defend in their sermons, when opportune, the legitimacy of the election of Boniface. This loyalty of Boccasini, which remained unshaken to the end, was recognized by Boniface, who showed him many marks of favour and confidence. Thus with the two cardinal-legates, the Dominican General formed the important embassy, the purpose of which was the concluding of an armistice between Edward I of England and Philip IV of France, then at war with each other. In the year 1298 Boccasini was elevated to the cardinalate; he was afterwards appointed Bishop of Ostia and Dean of the Sacred College. As at that time Hungary was rent by civil war, the cardinal-bishop was sent thither by the Holy See as legate a latere to labour for the restoration of peace. At the time of the return of the legate to Rome, the famous contest of Boniface VIII with Philip the Fair had reached its height. When, in 1303, the enemies of the pope had made themselves masters of the sacred palace, of all the cardinals and prelates only the two Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia and Sabina remained at the side of the venerable Pontiff to defend him from the violence of William of Nogaret and Sciarra Colonna.

A month after this scene of violence, Boniface having died, Boccasini was unanimously elected Pope, 22 October, taking the name of Benedict XI. The principal event of his pontificate was the restoration of peace with the French court. Immediately after his election Philip sent three ambassadors to the pope bearing the royal letter of congratulation. The king, while professing his obedience and devotion, recommended to the benevolence of the pope the Kingdom and Church of France. Benedict, judging a policy of indulgence to be necessary for the restoration of peace with the French court, absolved Philip and his subjects from the censures they had incurred and restored the king and kingdom to the rights and privileges of which they had been deprived by Boniface. The Colonna cardinals were also absolved from their censures, but not reinstated in their former dignities. This policy of leniency Benedict carried out without compromising the dignity of the Holy See or the memory of Boniface VIII. Nogaret and Sciarra Colonna and those implicated in the outrage of Anagni were declared excommunicated and summoned to appear before the pontifical tribunal. After a brief pontificate of eight months, Benedict died suddenly at Perugia. It was suspected, not altogether without reason, that his sudden death was caused by poisoning through the agency of William of Nogaret. Benedict XI was beatified in the year 1773. His feast is celebrated at Rome and throughout the Dominican Order on the 7th of July. He is the author of a volume of sermons and commentaries on a part of the Gospel of St. Matthew, on the Psalms, the Book of Job, and the Apocalypse.

Source: Catholic Encyclopedia


Blessed Thomas Alfield, July 6

July 6, 2009

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1552–6 July 1585, Tyburn, England

also called Thomas Aufield, was an English Roman Catholic martyr.[1] He was born in Gloucestershire and educated at Eton College and Cambridge University. He then converted to Roman Catholicism and in 1576 fled to the English College at Douai, France. He was ordained a priest in 1581 and returned to England to preach in secret. He seems to have mostly operated in the North, where he was arrested on 2 May 1582. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London, where he was tortured and apostasised, returning to Protestantism.

He was released and repented, fleeing again to Douai to seek help in returning to Catholicism. He returned to England and was again arrested circulating Catholic texts and sent to the Tower, then transferred to Newgate. He was then tried, convicted and hanged at Tyburn alongside his assistant Thomas Webley, a reprieve arriving too late to save him. He was beatified in 1929. His feast day is 6 July, the date of his martyrdom.

Source: Wikipedia


June 6: Blessed Józef Innocenty Guz, Martyr Of Poland

June 6, 2009


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May 24: Blessed Blessed Louis-Zéphirin Moreau Of Canada

May 24, 2009


Blessed Louis-Zéphirin Moreau, 1824 – 1901


May 23: Blessed Józef Kurzawa, New Martyr Of Poland

May 23, 2009

Blessed Józef Kurzawa, 1910 – 1940
Diocesan Priest Martyr


Blessed Ugolino Zefirini, MARCH 22

March 23, 2009

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March 22
Cortona, circa 1320 – 1367

Blessed Ugolino was born in Cortona to the 1320s. When he was still a teenager, due to discord in the city, he was forced to go into exile in Mantua, where, in 1336, he entered the Augustinian convent of S. Agnese. Rturning home in 1354, Blessed Ugolino was consecrated to God in the “young” Augustinian Order, ordered by Pope Alexander IV as a union of groups of hermits living cenobitic in the spirituality of St. Augustine. He then received specific training in understanding the sanctity of life, in love for study, especially of Sacred Scripture, in evangelization and spiritual and cultural formation, in search of solitude, asceticism, prayer and penance. After a unique apostolate, Blessed Ugolino spent the last years of his life in the solitude of a hermitage.

He died around 1367. His cult was confirmed by Pope Pius VII in 1804. His mortal remains are venerated in the church of Sant ‘Agostino in Cortona.

He is remembered on March 22.

Author: P. Bruno Silvestrini O.S.A.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Elia del Soccorso (Matteo Nieves), March 10

March 10, 2009

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Yuriria (Guanajuato – Mexico), 1882 – March March 10, 1928

Blessed Elias was an Augustinian priest who was ordained in 1916, five years later he was appointed vice parish priest at La Cañada de Caracheo (Gto.-Mexico). In this center, poor and without health care and education, not only did he work in pastoral ministry but also in the manual labor to help his faithful nell’indigenza and poverty. The pastoral ministry of Father Nieves found many obstacles and difficulties because of the social situation dominated by hatred and rivalry that resulted in forms of anti-hard. It costs were the priests who were in the midst of poor people. P Nieves took place far from any revolutionary movement. Despite his timid nature, rather than to obey the government order to reside in cities, he settled in a cave near a hill, thus ensuring the faithful support of religion. The priest was illegal for 14 months. Upon arrest, when he was questioned he declared his religious condition. On the morning of March 10, 1928 it was announced that he had come the hour of his death. Fr Nieves asked for a moment of recollection, gave his blessing to the soldiers and began the recitation of the Creed, while they prepared their weapons to shoot them. His last words were: Long live Christ the King

Roman Martyrology: Near the city of Mexico Cortázar, Blessed Elias del Soccorso (Matthew Elias) Nieves del Castillo, a priest of the Order of Saint Augustine and martyr, who, while persecution raged, was arrested because of carrying on a concealed ministry, was shot and died due to hatred for the priesthood. Read the rest of this entry »


June 13: Blessed Marianna Biernacka, New Martyr Of Poland

June 13, 2008

Blessed Marianna Biernacka, 1888 – 1943 Read the rest of this entry »


June 12: Blessed Florida Civoli

June 12, 2008


June 11: Blessed Choukrallah Maloyan, Armenian Catholic Martyr

June 11, 2008


Blessed Choukrallah Maloyan, 1869 – 1915 Read the rest of this entry »


June 9: Blessed Luigi Boccardo

June 9, 2008

Blessed Luigi Boccardo, 1861 – 1936 Read the rest of this entry »


June 8: Blessed Nicola da Gesturi

June 8, 2008


Blessed Nicola da Gesturi, 1882 -1958 Read the rest of this entry »


June 7: Blessed Ann of Saint Bartholomew

June 7, 2008


Blessed Ann of Saint Bartholomew, 1549 – 1626 Read the rest of this entry »


June 3: Blessed Pope John XXIII, The Smiling Pope

June 3, 2008

Blessed Pope John XXIII, 1881 – 1963 Read the rest of this entry »


June 1: Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini

June 1, 2008


Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini, 1839 -1905 Read the rest of this entry »