December 17, 2009
St. John de Matha
Faucon (Provence), France ca. 1154-Rome, 1213
Tradition holds that John de Matha was born in Faucon (Provence), France around the year 1154. He completed his graduate studies with honors at the University of Paris where he later taught theology. Ordained to the priesthood he experienced a heavenly vision while celebrating his first Mass. He quickly realized that he had been destined by the Lord to redeem Christian captives.
To attain this objective, he founded the Order of the Most Holy Trinity at Cerfroid, France about 1193. He wrote the Order’s Rule, which was approved by Pope Innocent III in 1198. Professing the Rule with great zeal, he was very active in redeeming Christian captives and performing works of mercy. All his life he sought the glory of the Triune God, whose mystery of love and redemption he set as the foundation and purpose of the Order. He died in Rome in the house of St. Thomas In Formis on the Caelian Hill on December 17, 1213.
Source: Trinitarian Order
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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November 7, 2009
Blessed Vincenzo Grossi, Priest
Pizzighettone, Cremona, March 9, 1845 – November 7, 1917
Blessed Vincent Grossi was born March 9, 1845 in Pizzighettone (CR): next to last of seven brothers. In 1866 he entered the seminary of Cremona and was ordained May 22, 1869. First he was commissioned to curate in several parishes, then a parish priest in 1873 and in 1883 he went to Regona Vicobellignano.
He had… for all the illustrious example of poverty, a spirit of self-denial, austere life, totally subservient obedience to the Pope and his bishop. So with gentleness, combined with a usual good humor and geniality – which recommended warmly to his sisters – are easily won over the confidence of many to win for Jesus Christ.
In 1885 he founded the Institute of the Daughters of the Oratory, giving rules in the spirit of St. Philip Blacks and the charisma of the Christian education of youth. He died November 7, 1917, when we celebrate the liturgical memorial. Read the rest of this entry »
October 29, 2009
Blessed 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 »
September 12, 2009
Father Thomas Frederick Price
August 19, 1860, Wilmington, North Carolina-September 12, 1919, Hong Kong
August 14, 2009
Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney
Founder of Knights of Columbus, together with 24 lay members
August 12, 1852, Waterbury, CT-August 14, 1890, New Haven, CT
Cause for Canonization
In this Year for Priests, a reminder that, whether they’re recognized as such after death, many of our parish priests are saints, though I suspect founding the Knights of Columbus may be a factor in this priest’s cause.
Parish Priests, Too, May Become Saints, from Catholicity
by Fr. Roger J. Landry – March 28, 2008
Though in our lifetimes, probably all of us have gotten to know some very holy priests, no native born American priest has ever been formally declared a saint. Moreover, in the history of the Church, no matter what the country, it’s very rare for a parish priest to be canonized— unless he went on to become a saintly bishop or founded a new religious order. Read the rest of this entry »
August 7, 2009
Saint Gaetano Thiene, Priest
Vicenza, October 1480 – Naples, August 7, 1547
Born in Vicenza to the noble family of Thiene in 1480, and baptized with the name of Gaetano, in memory of his famous uncle, who was called so because he was born in Gaeta. Protontario apostolic of Julius II, left Leo X in the papal court maturing, especially nell’Oratorio of Divine Love, the joint experience of prayer and service to the poor and the excluded. And restoration of the priesthood and religious life, inspired by the Sermon on the Mount and the model of the apostolic Church. Devotee of the crib and passion of the lord, he founded (1524) with Gian Pietro Carafa, bishop of Chieti (Teate), then Paul IV (1555-1559), the Clerics Regular Teatini. For his unlimited trust in God is revered as the saint of providence.
Roman Martyrology: Saint Gaetano da Thiene, a priest who dedicated himself to Naples at the foot works of charity, in particular striving for the sick incurable sponsored associations for the religious formation of the laity and the Clerics Regular instituted for the renewal of the Church, calling for His disciples the duty to observe the ancient lifestyle of the Apostles.