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Saint of the Day May 10: Damien of Molokai

May 10th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Damien of Molokai

Feast Day: May 10

Born in Tremelo, Belgium, Joseph de Veuster left school at 13 to work on the family farm. Six years later he joined the Congregation of the

Saint Damien of Molokai (CNS)

Saint Damien of Molokai (CNS)

Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, taking the name Damien.

He volunteered for a mission to the Hawaiian Islands, and was ordained in Honolulu in 1864. He served on the island of Hawaii for eight years, then volunteered in 1873 to work at the leprosy colony on Molokai (leprosy is now called Hansen’s disease). Father Damien was priest, doctor and counselor to 800 patients before he contracted the disease in 1884.

He stayed on Molokai, ministering until a month before his death. Considered a model and martyr of charity, he was canonized in 2009.

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Saint of the Day, May 9: Blessed Thomas Pickering

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Feast Day: May 9
This English Benedictine lay brother was a martyr of the Popish Plot. He professed vows in France in 1660 and was sent to London in 1665 as procurator of a small community celebrating liturgies in the chapel of Queen Catherine of Braganza. Though other monks were banished, he was allowed to stay. Because of the fictitious plot, in which Titus Oates alleged that King Charles II would be assassinated and the French king would re-establish Catholicism in England, three Jesuits, Pickering and a layman were found guilty of conspiracy.

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Saint of the Day May 7: Domitian of Maastricht

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Saint Domitian of Maastricht

Feast Day: May 7

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Saint Domitian of Maastricht (CNS)

French by birth, Domitian became the bishop of Maastricht, in the Netherlands, and had a prominent role at the synod of Orleans, France, which refuted heretical errors. He evangelized in the Meuse River area of Europe’s Low Countries, converting people and founding churches and hospitals. He prophesied a plentiful harvest to spur almsgiving, and one legend has him slaying a dragon that had poisoned the water supply of Huy, Belgium. His relics are still venerated in a church there, and he is remembered in a procession to a local spring.

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Saint of the Day: Rose Venerini

May 6th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Rose Venerini (Wikimedia Commons)

St. Rose Venerini (Wikimedia Commons)

St. Rose Venerini

Feast: May 7

Born in Viterbo, Italy, Rose entered a convent after her fiance died, but soon returned home to care for her widowed mother. She chose to be a teacher rather than a contemplative, and opened a free school for girls in 1685. In 1692, the bishop of an Italian diocese asked her to train teachers and administer the schools there. She and St. Lucy Filippini became friends, and Rose began setting up schools around Italy. Despite opposition, including arson and assaults on some of her teachers, the order she founded was officially recognized as a congregation, the Venerini Sisters, after her death.

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Saint of the Day May 5: St. Hilary of Arles

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St. Hilary of Arles

Feast Day: May 5

This French aristocrat, a pagan holding high office in a local government, was converted to Catholicism by his relative, St. Honoratus, and

"Sant Hilari d'Arle" circa 1340 (Wikimedia Commons)

“Sant Hilari d’Arle” circa 1340 (Wikimedia Commons)

became a monk at Lerins.

An austere and strict monastic, Hilary succeeded Honoratus as bishop of Arles when he was just 29. As bishop, he preached notably, donated his earnings from manual labor to the poor, ransomed captives by selling sacred vessels, and built and visited monasteries in his diocese. But he got into trouble by claiming metropolitan jurisdiction over other bishops and tried to depose one who appealed to the pope.

As pope, St. Leo the Great restricted Hilary’s authority, but later recalled him “of blessed memory,” perhaps signaling a reconciliation before Hilary’s death.

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Saint of the Day May 4: Blessed Martyrs of England and Wales

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Blessed Martyrs of England and Wales
Feast Day: May 4

 

This feast honors 285 Catholics martyred in England and Wales over 145-year period.56359519

They were men and women, priests and laity, rich and poor. Most were charged with treason for denying the monarch was head of the church, for reconciling with the Catholic Church, for being a Catholic priest entering or remaining in the realm, and for harboring or assisting such priests. Pope John Paul II beatified 85 of them in 1987; earlier popes had beatified the rest.

Another Forty Martyrs of England and Wales were canonized in 1970; their feast is Oct. 25.

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Saint of the Day May 3: Saint Athanasius

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Saint Athanasius

Feast Day : May 3
This doctor of the church, famous for his understanding of and writing about the Incarnation, became bishop of his hometown, Alexandria,

Saint Athanasius (CNS)

Saint Athanasius (CNS)

Egypt, when he was in his early 30s.

As metropolitan patriarch for 45 years, he fought the heresy of Arius, a well educated Alexandrian priest; ran afoul of three emperors and was exiled multiple times; and defended church unity despite longstanding difficulties with other bishops. He improved spirituality in his diocese, increased vocations, preached and wrote many letters, as well as a life of Antony of Egypt, a classic about ascetic and monastic life.

Venerated from the time of his death in both East and West, he is the patron saint of hagiographers.

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Saint of the Day: Saint Antonius

May 2nd, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint of the Day May 1: St. Joseph the Worker

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St. Joseph the Worker

Feast Day: May 1
Though his principal feast is March 19, St. Joseph also is honored for his labors as a carpenter in providing for his family’s needs in Nazareth.

St. Joseph and Christ in the Workshop by Pietro Annigoni hangs in the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence, Italy. The feast of St. Joseph the Worker is May 1. (CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec)

St. Joseph and Christ in the Workshop by Pietro Annigoni hangs in the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence, Italy. The feast of St. Joseph the Worker is May 1. (CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec)

The carpentry trade in first-century Palestine covered building houses, which were mostly made of wood; by tradition, Jesus joined the family business. Throughout church history, Joseph was honored as a craftsman, but this feast was set in 1956 to give Christian meaning to what had become a secular association of May 1 with labor.

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Saint of the Day April 30: St. Pius V

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Saint Pius V

Feast Day: April 30
Antonio Ghislieri began life as a poor Italian shepherd, but became a leader in the Catholic Reformation. Ordained a Dominican in 1528, he

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taught theology and philosophy and served as novice master and prior. A fanatical Catholic, he was named local inquisitor, then bishop, cardinal and grand inquisitor in swift succession. Unanimously elected pope in 1566, he implemented the decrees of the Council of Trent, published the Roman Catechism, reformed the Roman Missal and Breviary, and excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I of England. He also organized the European alliance that defeated the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto, afterward declaring the battle date the feast of Our Lady of Victory.

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