May 23: Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski

May 23, 2010


Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski, 1869 – 1940

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St. Gaetano Errico, October 29

October 29, 2009

Blessed Gaetano ErricoBlessed 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 »


Blessed James Desire Laval, September 9

September 9, 2009

Blessed James Desire Laval

Blessed James Desire Laval Priest
Croth (Evreux), Normandy, September 18, 1803 – Port-Louis, Mauritius, September 9, 1864

He was born in France in 1803 to a middle-class family that pushed him to graduate in medicine. Escaping from an accident, he decided to leave the medical profession to become a missionary. Sent in 1841 on the island of Mauritius, he enthusiastically devoted himself to the evangelization of the Blacks who had been legally freed from slavery, but left to themselves. His “chosen field” caused serious conflicts with other missionaries and even with the bishop, who wanted to devote himself only to the children of white settlers. His “incarnation” in the world of “negritude” led him to value all the positive elements of local culture not, only religious, but also the indigenous. James Laval was beatified by Pope John Paul II, who stressed the fact that he had placed “on one side, the side of the last, the Blacks in a time of racism.” Read the rest of this entry »


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 Francesco Sendra Ivars, September 4

September 4, 2009

Blessed Frances Sendra Ivars

Blessed Francesco Sendra Ivars priest and martyr
September 4

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Teulada always near Alicante in Spain, blessed Francis Sendra Ivars, priest and martyr, who suffered martyrdom in the same persecution against the faith.

He was Beatified as one of the 233 Blessed Martyrs of Valencia who were Beatified by Pope John Paul II on March 11, 2001.

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 Vincenzo Mattia Cabanes Badenas, August 30

August 30, 2009

Blessed Vincenzo Mattia Cabanes Badenas,Priest and Martyr
February 25 1908, in Torrent (Valencia), Spain-September 29, 1936,
Torrent (Valencia), Spain

He is remembered on August 30

Roman Martyrology: In Bilbao also in Spain, blessed Cabanes Badenas Vincent, a priest of the Third Order of St. Francis of the hooded Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin and martyr, who, during the same persecution against the faith, deserved to be admitted to the eternal banquet.

He was Beatified as one of the Blessed Martyrs of Our Spanish Tertiary Capuchin, 19 Spanish members of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sorrows Capuchin Tertiary (or Amigoniani), founded by Venerable Louis Amigo y Rerrer, and a sister, also a Capuchin Tertiary, victims of religious persecution of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), a sub-group of the 233 victims of the Spanish Civil War Beatified by Pope John Paul on March 11, 2001 .

“ Badenas Cabanes, Vincenzo, eldest of four siblings, was born February 25 1908, in Torrent (Valencia). He had pronounced his religious vows and completed sludi philosophical and theological, March 12, 1932 he was ordained a priest in Madrid. In the set. “ 1933 was rated top of the reformatory of the Prince of Asturias, in Madrid, and optics. the following year he went on to head the Cabinet of psycho-pedagogy of the reformatory Amurrio (Alava), where he was surprised the civil war broke out July 18, 1936.

On the evening of September 27 the same year, militants arrested him in the house where he had fled. During the ride to Orduna (Vizcaya) demanded that the murderers to deny the German, but he opposed proudly displaying the crucifix. Once in Orduna did get in a ditch near the Prado de San Bartolomé where they shot him with several gunshots. Abandoned and badly wounded, managed to crawl to the first houses in the country, where the family Elejalde Arroyo welcomed him: the priest asked for a doctor and a priest. During the night, still clutching the crucifix, he was transferred to the hospital of Basurto (Bilbao). When asked to explain what had happened, he replied: “Do not ask me these things, I speak only of God Let us pray, the pardon of those who have wounded heart,” and did not reveal the names of those who had sho himt. Died September 29, 1936, after two days of great suffering. His remains rest in the ‘chapel of the martyrs, “the convent of Mount Sion in Torrent (Valencia).

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

Source: Santi e Beati