May 23: Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski

May 23, 2010


Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski, 1869 – 1940


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 Aurelio Vinalesa (José Alcaide Ample), August 28

August 28, 2009

Blessed Aurelio Vinalesa (José Alcaide Ample)

Blessed Aurelio Vinalesa (José Alcaide Ample), Priest and Martyr
February 3, 1896, Viñales (Valencia), Spain-
August 28, 1938, Viñales (Valencia), Spain

Roman Martyrology: Near the village of Viñales still in the same area, blessed Aurelio (Joseph) Ample Alcaide, Order of Friars Minor Capuchin Priest and Martyr, who, during the same period in the battle for the faith brought the glorious prize.

Was born February 3, 1896 in Viñales (Valencia), third of seven children who were spouses D. Ample and Donna Manuela Vicente Alcaide. He was baptized the day after birth, ie February 4, in the parish of San Honorato bishop, and received Confirmation April 21, 1899.

“ He first studied the Seraphic Seminary of Massamagrell (Valencia). Wore the Capuchin habit in 1912, he made his temporary profession of vows on, August 10, 1913 and perpetual December 18, 1917. He was then sent to Rome to perfect himself in his studies and was ordained a priest in the Eternal City March 26, 1921 by the Archbishop of Filipos, Bishop Joseph Palica. Back in Spain, he was appointed director of the student of philosophy and theology of the Capuchins in Orihuela (Alicante), office held, and overall satisfaction with care until death.

“ “Among the faithful he enjoyed the reputation of a saint – said the priest Worker Diocesan D. Pascual Ortells – and that fame also joined the test. Was faithful observant of all the rules of St. Francis, commit itself to helping its total so that young men were perfect. “

“ During the Revolution of 1936 all the religious of the convent of Orihuela dispersed on July 13. P. Aurelio sought refuge in the family home in Viñales, in which, on 28 August, was captured by gunmen and taken to his place of death. Before being killed he urged all his comrades to die well, gave them absolution, and then added, “Cry aloud, live Christ the King.”

“ He was killed August 28, 1936. His body was interred in the cemetery of Foyos (Valencia), near where he had been killed. After the civil war, his remains were exhumed and carried into the cemetery Vinalesa September 17, 1937. He is currently buried in the chapel of the convent of the Capuchin martyrs Maddalena Massamagrell.

“ P. Aurelio retain the use within, since he was captured until death, all remaining faithful to Christ. “He kept the peace until the last moment – he says Rafael Rodrigo, the witness of his martyrdom – encouraging all of us that we were going to die. When everything was ready for execution, urges us to recite the formula of the act of contrition. So we did, and when the Servant of God was reciting the formula of a militiaman gave him two slaps. One of the militiamen said to his companion not to slap him more, because it was not worth the trouble, given the time of life we have left. The Servant of God remained unchanged and continued to injury before the acquittal until the end. As soon as the Servant of God had finished his sacred duty, a volley rang out and we fell with him all repeating the cry: ‘Long live Christ the King!’.

He was Beatified as one of the Blessed Spanish Capuchins, Martyrs of Valencia, 12 friars and 5 Poor Clares, who suffered martyrdom during the civil war and religious persecution that through their homeland in the 30s of the twentieth century. Pope John Paul II Beatified them on March 11, 2001, together with a group totaling 233 martyrs of the same persecution.

Source: Holy See


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 Vladimir (Wlodzimierz) Laskowski, August 8

August 8, 2009

Blessed Vladimir (Wlodzimierz) Laskowski

Blessed Vladimir (Wlodzimierz) Laskowski, Priest and Martyr
Rogoznica, Poland, January 30, 1886 – Gusen, Austria, August 8, 1940

Wlodzimierz Laskowski, a priest of the Archdiocese of Poznan, fell victim of the Nazis in their hatred of the Christian faith. On June 13, 1999, Pope John Paul II raised him to the honors of the altar with 107 other victims of that persecution. While they were beatified together, their deaths took place separately so there is not a collective memorial.

Roman Martyrology: At Gusen Germany blessed Vladimiro Laskowski, priest and martyr, who, in times of war, was deported for his faith in this prison camp and, cruelly tortured, reached the glory of martyrdom.

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 José Calasanz Marqués, July 29

July 29, 2009

Blessed José Calasanz Marqués

Blessed José Calasanz Marqués, Priest and Martyr
Huesca, November 23, 1872 – Valencia, July 29, 1936

Professed priest of the Salesian Society of Saint John Bosco, born in Azanuy (Huesca), Spain, November 23, 1872, died at the Bridge of St. Josephon the road to Valencia, Spain, July 29, 1936. He is buried at the cemetery Benimaclet in Valencia. Pope John Paul II beatified him on March 11, 2001 together with 232 other victims of the Spanish Civil War from the Diocese of Valencia. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed José Castell Camps, July 28

July 28, 2009

Blessed Jose Castell Camps

José Castell Camps, Salesian Priest and Martyr
Ciudadela, Minorca Island, Spain, October 12, 1902 – Barcelona, Spain, July 28, 1936

Roman Martyrology: In Barcelona, also in Spain, José Castell Camps, priest of the Salesian Society and martyr, through persecution earned his martyrdom with the glory of eternal life.

He was born in Ciudadela (Menorca) October 12, 1902, where he met the Salesians. He went with Campello (Alicante) and Carabanchel (Madrid) for his Salesian studies. His Religious profession was in 1918, his Ordination in 1927. In 1933 he was destined to the house of Tibidabo. In July of 1936, he saw them burn the temple, from a forest nearby, and went to Barcelona to seek refuge. On July 28 he was caught by a patrol of militiamen, questioned in front of another Salesian, and finally killed in the Stessanotte in a prison in Barcelona.

Beatified by Pope John Paul II, on March 11, 2001, together with 232 other Martyrs of the Diocese of Valencia, Spain, whose collective Feastday is on September 22.

Source: Santi e Beati


Saint George Preca, July 26

July 26, 2009

St. George Preca

Saint George Preca, Priest
July 26
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 »


Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria, July 5

July 5, 2009

Saint Anthony Mary ZaccariaSaint 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


Presenting Bishop Lee Piché!

June 30, 2009

scan0001Bishop Lee Piché

It’s official. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has an auxiliary Bishop as of this afternoon. I was baptized in his childhood parish.

Calvary turned


Rev’s Siebenaler Celebrate 50th Anniversary of their Ordinations

June 28, 2009

Rev. Leonard SiebenalerRev. Martin Siebenaler

Father Leonard Siebenaler and his brother, Father Martin Siebenaler

Between them, the Revs. Martin and Leonard Siebenaler have spent a century in priesthood. Ordained as part of St. Paul Seminary’s Class of 1959, they celebrated their 50th anniversary of ordination today.

Source: StarTribune


In the Year for Priests

June 26, 2009

St. Paul the Apostle vatican

Have you thanked a priest lately?

I try to thank the priest after Mass; how he interprets it is up to him. I could be thanking him for celebrating that particular Mass, for his homily, for his engaging personality, for the sacraments…the list is endless.


May 23: Blessed Józef Kurzawa, New Martyr Of Poland

May 23, 2009

Blessed Józef Kurzawa, 1910 – 1940
Diocesan Priest Martyr


Father Cutie-pie

May 9, 2009

Father Cutie

Father Cutie, a priest who finds it difficult to avoid temptation, put himself in the way of temptation. He focused on relationships and ministered to those in a society that, shall we say, doesn’t firmly believe in clothing. At first it looked as though he had got caught up in being a media darling and made a mistake.

Now? We learn that Cutie’s in love. With a single mother. Please pray for him. He has a tough road ahead of him, no matter what happens. He promised his celibacy to God and, at the very least, he has caused scandal by giving the appearance of having broken that promise. While we know that he has appeared in inappropriate photos and been given a time out, we don’t know if anything more than that has happened.  There’s no need to speculate; you’ve had days to do that and are wondering what I can possibly add to this.

It’s common knowledge that a taking a vow of celibacy is a requirement for Catholic priests. That’s how it is. I’m not an expert on discerning a vocation or priestly formation, though I do know that men who go to the seminary aren’t always there for the right reasons.  Some are ordained.  Some are not.

I have knowledge of a priest who was involved with a single parent. His family strongly influenced him to enter the priesthood, for which he was not a good fit. He had no vocation and ultimately left the church and married the woman. They remained married the rest of his life. Happily? Not necessarily; in order to marry her, he renounced his promise to God. I don’t think that would be easy. It may have contributed to his alcoholism and abuse of his stepsons, who he beat regularly.

Scandal? Why yes, the situation did cause scandal and who bore the brunt of it? Her parents. He was a priest in her hometown, the same town in which her parents continued to live and where they were the target of crank callers and other unpleasantness. Her mother had a mental health breakdown and the stress is believed to have contributed to her father’s death a few months later. The new couple? They moved half a continent away.

Please pray for Father Cutie, the woman with whom he’s in love and also for her children, who are likely to experience fallout no matter how this situation is resolved.


Why Celibacy?

April 5, 2009

Written by Rev. H.T. Burke

Our Lord was a priest (Heb. 4:14); He was also celibate and called others to do the same. “And Peter said, ‘Behold, we have left all and followed You.’ And He said to them, ‘Amen I say to you, there is no one who has left house, or parents, or brothers, or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive much more in the present time, and in the age to come life everlasting.”‘ (Lk. 18:28-30) Abraham was called to sacrifice his son Isaac (Gen. 22); through celibacy the priest is called to sacrifice not just his son, but his wife. Our Lord teaches that not all can be celibate, but those who can should do so for the sake of the kingdom: “His disciples said to Him, ‘if the case of a man with his wife is so, it is not expedient to marry.’ And He said, “Not all can accept this teaching; but those to whom it has been given -there are eunuchs who have made themselves so for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let him accept it who can.” (Matt. 19:10-12)

Celibacy is also a sign of the resurrection; we will all be celibate in the next world. Jesus says: “When people rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage but live like angels in heaven.” (Matt. 22:30) In imitation of Christ the priest is called to live this way here and now in this world. Elijah and John the Baptist, the two great prophets of the Old Covenant, were celibate. St. Paul even encourages celibacy among the laity. He writes: “It is good for the man not to touch woman. Yet for fear of fornication, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband – For I wish that you all were like me; but each one has his own gift from God, one in this way, and another in that – Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be freed. Are you freed from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you take a wife, you have not sinned. He who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please God. Whereas he who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided.” (1Cor. 7)

A champion of celibacy for the priesthood, Vatican II said: “Perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven was recommended by Christ the Lord. This Sacred Council approves and confirms this legislation so far as it concerns those destined for the priesthood, and feels confident in the Spirit that the gift of celibacy, so appropriate to the priesthood of the New Testament, is liberally granted by the Father. And the more that perfect continence is considered by many people to be impossible in the world of today, so much the more humbly and perseveringly in union with the Church ought priests demand the grace of fidelity, which is never denied to those who ask.”

Celibacy is not unnatural, it is supernatural. It is a special grace from God. Our Lord created manhood, and as a man he lived it fully and naturally, as a celibate male. Celibacy is a sacrifice of the good of marriage for the sake of the kingdom of God. It is not for men who have no attraction for women. It is for men who do like women. If they don’t then there is no sacrifice in giving up marriage. Celibacy is unpopular with the world today because it is a sacrifice, and sacrifice for God is not what a hedonistic culture wants. The opinions of this world do not worry Our Lord who said: “My kingdom is not of this world.” (Jn. 18:36)

5 bob to: The Catholic Defender

See also Celibacy of the Clergy


VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Carmelite Monks in Wyoming

August 12, 2008

5 bob to Roman Catholic Vocations Blog which writes: Carmelite Monks in Wyoming #1

The post below was written by Deal Hudson on September 25, 2007 and orginally posted on his personal blog.
The Last Carmelite Monks in America
By Deal W. Hudson

The last eight Carmelite monks in America, perhaps even the world, live in a four-bedroom rectory in the mountains of northwest Wyoming.

With 35 candidates in various stages of discernment, they hope to move 70 miles away to a 492-acre property near Carter Mountain once owned by Read the rest of this entry »


VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Fathers of Mercy

July 1, 2008

(Pictured with Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ after he lead a retreat for them.)

http://www.fathersofmercy.com/

The Fathers of Mercy is a Roman Catholic Congregation of Priests. Our primary Apostolate is to preach parish missions Read the rest of this entry »


May 20: Blessed Luigi Talamoni

May 20, 2008

Blessed Luigi Talamoni, 1848 – 1926 Read the rest of this entry »


VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

May 20, 2008


 

Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate


May 10: Blessed Enrico Rebuschini

May 10, 2008

 

Blessed Enrico Rebuschini, 1860 – 1938 Read the rest of this entry »


VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

April 29, 2008
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“At least one qualified candidate per parish”

April 29, 2008

Photo taken last year of some of the lads of Glennon College Seminary… Yea, that is the college that has announced expansion plans!

Over at Roman Catholic Vocations we are treated to an article entitled “At least one qualified candidate per parish”. It is a worthy read.

It can also be filed under “Things Simple has said for years – that he learned from bishops who already understood it!”

Very simply, the diocesan vocations director should contact each pastor of each parish (each year) and ask for a 3-5 name “short list” of young men. Several times a year using the contact info they should be invited to the Cathedral for Mass, and dinner at the Episcopal residence or in some restaurant that has a private dining room where the bishop himself can say “I invite you to pray and consider this”.

14ish years ago I was 18 and working with a buddy of mine on a volunteer project on a Saturday afternoon at an inner city parish. We were doing some landscaping on a really beautiful day when we could have been playing some softball or drinking some beers one of our older brothers scored for us… but there we were. Read the rest of this entry »


The Office of New Testament Priest

April 24, 2008

The Office of New Testament Priest

by James Akin

In both Old and New Testaments, there are three ranks of priests, which are commonly referred to as the high priests, the ministerial priests, and the universal priests.

At the time of the Exodus the high priest was Aaron (Ex. 31:30), the ministerial priests were his four sons (Ex. 28:21; the sons were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, the first two of which were killed for abusing their priestly duties), and the universal priests were the people of Israel as a whole (Exodus 19:6). Read the rest of this entry »