Blessed Jean Mopinot, May 21

May 21, 2009

Blessed Jean Mopinot May 21

Blessed Jean Mopinot, Religious and Martyr
Rheims, France, September 12, 1724 – Rochefort, France, May 21, 1794

Jean Mopinot was born in Rheims, France, September 12, 1724 and entered the novitiate Lasallian (the Brothers of Christian Schools) on January 14, 1794. Imprisoned during the French Revolution on particular calls pontoon boats, he died from hardship and disease on May 21, 1794 off the coast of Rochefort, the first of a group of brothers who were also prisoners. John Paul II beatified him on October 1, 1995 together with 63 other martyrs who died during the Revolution: the victims suffered for their faith, known as the “Martyrs of the pontoons of Rochefort.” They were saved from the abuse that 285 people were freed on February 12, 1795; they returned to their countries, leaving written records of the heroic example of their companions, thus starting the process of beatification. There were seven Brothers of Christian Schools imprisoned on pontoons. Three were saved, while the remaining four (including Jean) died in prison.

Roman Martyrology: In front of Rochefort on the French coast, blessed John Mopinot, brother of the Christian Schools and martyr who, during the French Revolution, was held, as religious, in a sordid prison, where he died of illness.

The Brothers of Christian Schools imprisoned in pontoons were actually seven in total: Roger, Leon, Uldaric, Pierre-Christophe, Donat-Joseph, et Jugon Avertin. The latter three were in fact among the survivors and released February 12 1795. Among the four deaths in prison, however, news about Brother Pierre-Christophe was not passed on and he consequently has not been beatified.

Author: Fabio Arduino

Source: Santi e Beati

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Blessed Marcello Call, March 19

March 19, 2009

blessed-marcello-call-march-19Blessed Marcello Call, Layman and Martyr

Rennes, France, December 6, 1921-Malthausen, Austria, March 19, 1945

Born in Rennes (France) December 6, 1921, Blessed Marcello Call was 24 when he died, on March 19 1945 in the concentration camp at Mauthausen. He is part of the host of Catholic martyrs in Hitler’s persecution: priests, religious and laity, just like Marcello. Taken as apprentice in a printer at just 13 years, he joined the work with the scoutistica. Then he entered the Joc (Young Christian Workers). At age 22, in 1943, he was taken by the occupying Germans and sent to forced labor in Germany. His Destination was Zelha-Malhis in Thuringia. Here the Christian apostolate worked among the prisoners. For this reason he was closed in jail. Finally, he was sent into the camp of Güssen, satellite of the notorious Mauthausen camp. Here he died on the hardships and his corpse was burned in the crematorium. He was raised to the altars in 1987. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius, January 27

January 27, 2009

blessed-jurgis-matulaitis-matulevicius-jan-27Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius

Lugine (Lithuania), April 13, 1871 – Kaunas, January 27, 1927

Roman Martyrology: At Kaunas in Lithuania, Blessed Jurgis Matulewicz, Bishop of Vilnius and then apostolic nuncio in Lithuania, founder of the Congregation of Marian Clerics and the Congregation of the Poor Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis or Matulewicz was a fine weaver of fate in the small Church of Lithuania, in a historical period where Lithuania experienced membership in Poland, Russia and even independence.

Jurgis was born in the village Matulaitis Lithuanian Lugine April 13, 1971, the last of the eight children of Andrew and Ursula Matulaitis. At age ten he was orphaned of both parents and his older brother John became his guardian. After after elementary school he was put to work in the countryside. In 18 years, in 1889, he followed the brother John Matulewicz to Poland, where the family name changed from Matulaitis in Matulewicz.

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Blessed Giuseppe Nascimbeni, January 22

January 22, 2009

blessed-giuseppe-nascimbeni-jan-21Blessed Giuseppe Nascimbeni

Torri del Benaco, Verona, March 22, 1851 – Castelletto di Brenzone, Verona, January 21, 1922

Roman Martyrology: In Castelletto del Garda in Veneto, Blessed Joseph Nascimbeni, priest, founder of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family.

A pearl of a priest and a pastor treasure: this is in a nutshell the activities and mission of Don Giuseppe Nascimbeni proclaimed Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi, January 20

January 20, 2009

blessed-cyprian-michael-iwene-tansi-jan-20Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi

Igboezunu, 1903-January 20, 1964, Leicester

Nigeria’s first blessed, was beatified by Pope John Paul II on March 22, 1998 at Onitsha. He was born in 1903, in Igboezunu in southern Nigeria in the Igbo tribe, the actors in the 1967-70 civil war of Biafra. Iwene (this is the first name) was sent to school by the missionaries, who were in Nigeria since 1890. At nine years was christened with the name of Michael. Overcoming the opposition of parents in 1925, he entered the seminary at Igbarian, becoming a priest in 1937 in the Cathedral of Onitsha. Appointed parish priest in Dunukofia, he engaged in a vast work of evangelization, allowing many to overcome superstition and perceived injustices in the name of religion. From 1945 to 1949 he was pastor at Aguleri. Following the desire of the bishop of the diocese have a monastic Tanso father went to England, entering in 1950 nell’abbazia Trappist Mount St. Bernard. In 1952 he was admitted to the novitiate, becoming one Cipriano issuing in 1956 his perpetual vows. In 1964, when traveling to Cameroon to lead the new monastic community, he was struck by an aortic aneurysm on January 20 that brought him to the hospital death of Leicester.

Roman Martyrology: In the monastery of Mount Saint Bernard in Leicester in England, blessed Cipriano (Michael) Iwene Tanso, Cistercian priest was born in the region of Onitsha in Nigeria, yet the child professed, against the wishes of the family, the Christian faith and was ordained a priest, with great zeal, he devoted himself to the pastoral care, as long as made monk deserved the crown of his holy life with a holy death.

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, January 19

January 19, 2009

blessed-marcelo-spinola-y-maestre-jan-19Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre

S. Fernando (Cadiz), January 14, 1835 – Sevilla, January 19, 1906

Born on the island of San Fernando (Cadiz province) in Spain, January 14, 1835, from the noble families Spinola y Maestre. In 1855, he obtained a degree in law, which leads him to become a lawyer. In this capacity Marcello stands out for his free assistance to the poor. He abandoned the profession, entered the seminary in Seville and was ordained a priest in 1864. For 15 years he was chaplain at Sanlucar de Barramela and parish priest of San Lorenzo in Seville. He was also spiritual adviser of some local confraternities. In 1879 he became canon of the cathedral and in 1881 he was elected Auxiliary Bishop of Seville, ultimately as a bishop in the diocese of Chur. He founded the Congregation of ‘Conceptionists Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.’ In 1886 the diocese was transferred to the most important of Malaga where people began to call him the “holy bishop.” In 1896, he was archbishop of Seville, where, by sharing the hardships of the poor, he was referred to as ‘the archbishop beggar.’ In 1905 he became a cardinal. He died in Seville in 1906. He was beatified in 1987.

Roman Martyrology: In Seville in Spain, Blessed Marcello Spínola y Maestre, Bishop, founded circles of workers to support social development, fought in defense of truth and justice and opened his house to the needy. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Beatrice d’Este, January 18

January 18, 2009

blessed-beatrice-deste-jan-18Blessed Beatrice d’Este

Ferrara, 1230 – January 18, 1262

Roman Martyrology: At Ferrara, Blessed Beatrice d’Este, a nun, who, at the death of her husband, having renounced the kingdom of this world, consecrated to God in a monastery she founded under the Rule of Saint Benedict.

The little biographical information we have received from the nuns, from the will of her father, from the short biography of a Paduan monk, almost contemporary, from a mention in Chronica parva ferrariensis and the biography of a nun Ferrara (Monastery of St. Antonio Abate , Land of the privileges of the century. XVI and other copy of the century. XV in Bibl. Ariostea fund Antonelli, No. 503). 1 Bollandisti merely steps to bring various authors (Padovano, Signa, Benedictine Martyrology) and a miracle of 1628. Read the rest of this entry »