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.
August 6, 2009
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
July 26, 2009
Saint George Preca, Priest
Valletta, Malta, February 12, 1880 – July 26, 1962
First Maltese Saint
He was born in Malta on February 12, 1880. As a child, according to the custom of the time, he was incorporated into the Carmelite Family through the imposition of the scapular. He was ordained a priest on December 22, 1906. In the early months of 1907 a small group of young people in their twenties gathered around him. Began as the Society of Christian Doctrine, known commonly Museum, initial letters of “Magister, utinam sequatur evangelium universus mundus” ( “Master, that the whole world follow the Gospel ‘), a work dedicated to education and religious education of children and of young people. Preca, as an adult, became a Carmelite Tertiary: July 21, 1918 then enrolled and professed his vows on September 26 the following year. When he professed, he chose the name of Franco. In 1952, as recognition of his tireless devotion to the disclosure of the Madonna del Carmine, he was affiliated with the Carmelite Order. He died July 26, 1962. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 9, 2001 in Malta and finally canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on June 3, 2007 in Rome. Read the rest of this entry »
July 14, 2009
Saint Camillus of Lellis
May 25, 1550, Bocchiavico, Abruzzi, kingdom of Naples, Italy-July 14, 1614, Genoa, Italy
He was the son of a military officer who had served both for Naples and France. His mother died when Camillus was very young. He spent his youth as a soldier, fighting for the Venetians against the Turks, and then for Naples. He was reported to be a large individual, perhaps as tall as 6′6″ (2 metres), and powerfully built, but he suffered all his life from abscesses on his feet. A gambling addict, he lost so much he had to take a job working construction on a building belonging to the Capuchins who converted him.
Camillus entered the Capuchin noviate three times, but a nagging leg injury, received while fighting the Turks, each time forced him to give it up. He went to Rome, Italy for medical treatment where Saint Philip Neri became his priest and confessor. He moved into San Giacomo Hospital for the incurable, and eventually became its administrator. Lacking education, he began to study with children when he was 32 years old. A Priest, who founded the Congregation of the Servants of the Sick (the Camellians or Fathers of a Good Death) who, naturally, care for the sick both in hospital and home. The Order expanded with houses in several countries. Camillus honoured the sick as living images of Christ, and hoped that the service he gave them did penance for his wayward youth. Reported to have the gifts of miraculous healing and prophecy.
Beatified April 7, 1742 By Benedict XIV.
Canonized June 29, 1746 by Benedict XIV.
July 11, 2009
Saint Benedict of Nursia
Patriarch of Western Monasticism
Co-Patron of Europe
celebrated 11 July
By +Abbot Primate Jerome Theisen OSB (1930-1995).
On the occasion of the dedication of the rebuilt monastery of Monte Cassino in 1964, Pope Paul VI proclaimed St. Benedict the principal, heavenly patron of the whole of Europe. The title piously exaggerates the place of Benedict but in many respects it is true. St. Benedict did not establish the monastery of Monte Cassino in order to preserve the learning of the ages, but in fact the monasteries that later followed his Rule were places where learning and manuscripts were preserved. For some six centuries or more the Christian culture of medieval Europe was nearly identical with the monastic centers of piety and learning. Read the rest of this entry »
July 5, 2009
Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria
1502, Cremona, Lombardy, Italy-July 5, 1539, Cremona, Lombardy, Italy
Born to a patrician family. His father Lazzaro died when Anthony was two, and his mother, Antonia Pescorali, widowed at age 18, devoted herself to her son. He studied medicine at Padua, receiving his doctorate at age 22. Work as a physicians to the poor in Cremona, Italy, he felt called to the religious life. He bequeathed his inheritance to his mother, worked as a catechist, and was ordained at age 26; legend says that angels were seen around the altar at his first Mass.
Noted preacher and an excellent administrator. In Milan he established the congregations, the Society of Clerics of Saint Paul (the Barnabites) for men religious, and the Angelics of Saint Paul for uncloistered nuns. Helped introduce the Forty Hours’ Devotion. These groups helped reform the morals of the faithful, encouraged laymen to work together with the apostolate, and frequent reception of Communion. While on a peace mission, Anthony became ill and died at his mother’s house; tradition says that in his last moments he had a vision of Saint Paul the Apostle.
Beatified in 1849 by Pope Pius IX
Canonized May 27, 1897 by Pope Leo XIII
Source: Patron Saints Index
May 20, 2009
Blessed Luigi Talamoni, Priest, Founder
Monza (Milan), October 3, 1848 – Milan, January 31,1926
Ambrosian priest, Luigi Monza Talamoni was born in October 3 of 1848 and died in Milan on January 31 1926. He was a professor in seminary school in his hometown and played an intense pastoral ministry and a healthy social activity. He was responsible, along with the widow Maria Biffi Levati, for founding a congregation of women, the Misericordine San Gerardo, involved in helping the sick poor.
Roman Martyrology: In Milan, Blessed Luigi Talamoni, a priest, who, by cultivating his vocation as an educator of young people, exercised his ministry with great dedication and active participation in the difficulties of the society of his time and established the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Misericordine Gerardo.
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March 18, 2009
Blessed Celestina Donati Foundress
Marradi, Florence, October 28, 1848 – Firenze, 18 March 1925
Maria Anna Donati was born in Marradi (Firenze) on October 28, 1848, she soon felt attracted by the religious life, so she spent a period of reflection at the Sisters Vallombrosa, but the experience was not successful. She returned to her family and was entrusted the spiritual guidance of father Celestino Piarist Zini, who saw the hidden possibilities of the young and experienced spiritual touch, and led her to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. With his advice, at age 41, she founded the new Congregation of the “Daughters of St. Poor Joseph Calasanz” in 1899, known as “Calasanziane” its purpose was educating poor Christian girls, which was later expanded to education of the children of prisoners. Read the rest of this entry »
March 14, 2009
Blessed Giacomo Cusmano, Priest
Palermo, March 15, 1834 – Palermo, March 14,1888
The priest Giacomo Cusmano is known for founding the association in 1867 of “Boccone the poor.” He had graduated in medicine 21 years before and had now become the “doctor of the poor” of the Sicilian capital, where he was born in 1834. In 1860 the young doctor was ordained a priest. Then he founded the charitable association, with the support of Cardinal Hake, and in 1887 had two congregations: Serve the Servants and the poor. Died in 1888 was beatified in 1983.
Roman Martyrology: In Palermo, Blessed Giacomo Cusmano, a priest who founded the Institute of the Missionary Servants and Servants of the Poor, distinguished for his extraordinary love for the needy and the sick.
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February 26, 2009
Blessed Piedad della Croce Ortiz Real
Bocairente, Valencia, Spain, November 12 ,1842 – February 26, 1916
The Spanish founder of the Congregation of the Salesian Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Their charism is to love and serve the Heart of Jesus in the orphan girls, the younger workers, the sick, the abandoned elderly.
Roman Martyrology: At Alcantarilla near Murcia in Spain, blessed Piedad of the Cross (Tommasina) Ortiz Real, virgin, who for love of God zealously devoted herself to the education and catechesis of the poor and founded the Congregation of the Salesian Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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February 16, 2009
Blessed Giuseppe Allamano
Castelnuovo d’Asti, January 21, 1851 – Turin, February 16, 1926
Roman Martyrology: In Turin, Blessed Giuseppe Allamano, a priest, who, led by tireless zeal, founded two congregations of the Consolata Missions, one male and one female, to spread the faith.
He was the contemporary of two fellow saints: Don Bosco, who was a student at Turin, and Joseph Cafasso, who is also his maternal uncle. Ordained a priest in Turin in at 22, he graduated in theology at 23, was spiritual director of the seminary at 25, at 29 he became rector of the sanctuary becomes more expensive to Turin (the “Consolata”) and the Children’s Church for neosacerdoti. But the sanctuary is to reorganize and restore the Convitto is very serious crisis. With hard work that never ceased, he revitalized the sanctuary, and the Convitto flourish, as when he was taught by Cafasso. Read the rest of this entry »