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Affiliated with them were the Franciscan nuns, whose order was founded at Assisi in , by St. Clare, who was under the guidance of St. Francis. Clare and. The founder of the Poor Clares, St. Clare, was moved at a very young age by the words After meeting this order's founder, St. Francis Xavier, he became one of the first missionaries to the Far East and later became relationship with God. In his essay “Falling in Love and Loving,” the sociologist F. Alberoni says that “the relationship between St. Clare and St. Francis has all the.
He died in and we celebrate his feastday on September 13th. Timothy was a disciple of St. He died around the year 97 A. He replaced Barnabas as Paul's companion and traveled with him to Greece and other countries in the Near East. He also visited Thessalonica. He is mentioned in 1 Cor. He became the first bishop of Ephesus.
He is said to have been stoned to death. His feastday is January 26th. Although not all that much is known of her, but she was martyred for refusing to marry a Roman official. Sebastian feastday January 20th was born in Gaul, but went to Rome in to enlist in the army.
He became an officer. He was a good Christian and when the twin brothers Marcus and Marcellines were weakening in their belief of Christ, it was St. Sebastian who urged them to remain loyal to Jesus. Sebastian, who assisted many Christians, was impeached and ordered to die.
Archers shot their arrows at him and thus he died by the shots of many arrows. Francis," which is probably a misnomer. To further confuse the issue, St.
Francis of Paola was a Franciscan before becoming a hermit. He was born around at Paola, in Calabria, Italy. When he was thirteen, his parents placed him in the Franciscan friary at San Marco, a time that prepared him for the austerities of monastic life.
Before he was 20, he was joined by two other men, and this led to the formation of the new foundation. They were then called "Hermits of St. Francis" but this was, in changed to "Minims" meaning the least.
He was martyred in His feastday is March 22nd. He was a very humble and holy man, totally unaffected by the allurements of the world. He earned the nickname "Little John" because of his diminutive stature, and, at a time when clergy were persecuted and in need of hiding places, he always managed to come up with excavations in stone walls which required men twice his size to move or to uncover.
Casimir of Poland is known as "The Peace-maker" in that country. Born inhe died in and his feastday is March 4th. He was known for his love for the poor. He was of nobility but nevertheless wore a hair-shirt and did great penance. He had great love for the Blessed Virgin Mary.
He died at the early age of 23 from lung problems, probably not helped by the life of austerity he led. Theotonius diedfeastday: February 18 was held in great esteem. He was a nephew of the Bishop of Coimbra. He was a man of great holiness. He had great love for the poor and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for whom he used to sing solemn high Mass every week. He joined the Canons Regular of St. Augustine and soon became prior. The reigning Portuguese king, Alphonsus when he heard of Theotonius' death exclaimed, "His soul will have gone up to Heaven before his body is lowered into the grave.
It is rumored that Sigfrid was sent out of York or Glastonbury, England, and initially spent time in Norway. The Swedes honor St. Sigfrid as their apostle. Paul Miki and companions are the martyrs of Japan d. Six were Franciscans, three were Jesuits. They were crucified on a hill near Nagasaki. There also were several Franciscan tertiaries and other lay people.
A total of 26 gave their lives for Christ. Francis de Sales was a bishop and a writer, born in France. He lived from and his feastday is on January 24th. He evangelized to Calvinists and he was noted for his motto "whoever preaches with love preaches effectively.
In he met St. Jane de Chantal with whom he founded the Order of the Visitation six years later. He is probably best known for his book "Introduction to the Devout Life," and numerous published sermons. He is the patron saint of writers. She was a widow, the foundress of the Sisters of Charity d.
The sisters founded orphanages and hospitals but are even better known for a fine Catholic school system. Andrew feastday November 30 was the brother of the Apostle Peter. He was the first Galilean fisherman called by Jesus, to whom he brought Simon, afterwards called Peter. He was martyred and is the Patron Saint of Scotland.
Pachomius was an abbot near Esneh Egypt circa A. He was the first monk who organized other monks into groups with a specific communal life and a written rule. Not much else is known of him. He was considered the greatest of the Fathers of the Church and was born in in Thagaste in Numidia modern Algeria. Even though his mother Saint Monica was a fervent Catholic, Augustine turned to Manichaeism when he was He led a sinful life by his own description until his conversion to Catholicism, with the help of St.
Ambrose who baptized him in He was ordained a priest and in he became the Bishop of Hippo until his death in He published several books. His "Confessions" 13 volumesa spiritual autobiography are well known. Augustine has been given the title "Doctor of Grace.
It consists of 22 books. The Monks of Adoration have more than a passing interest in St. Augustine, because we follow the "Rule of St. Augustine on August 28 and the feast of his mother the day before. He was a man of the noblest character and great ability. He ruled in the Fifth Century. He has been declared a Doctor of the Church.
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SAINT FRANCIS AND SAINT CLARE | A CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGE
Another one of the eight is Isaac Jogues whose name we hear more often. Their feastday is October 19th. Mechtilde of Hackeborn was, indeed, the teacher of St. She is considered a mystic feastday 19 Novemberand was mistress in charge of a school at the monastery at Helfta where her sister was abbess.
Note that she is not the same person as St. Martin of Tours ? Born in now Hungary; athe cut his cloak in half to clothe a freezing beggar. From this charitable action he was converted. He lived as a hermit for 10 years, then was consecrated Bishop of Tours. He was a monk and many others joined him and so the Abbey at Marmoutier was established.
Margaret Mary Alacoque, a visionary, feast: Between she experienced several visions of Jesus Christ concerning the devotion to His Sacred Heart. The "First Friday" devotions were one of the results of her visionary experiences. Catherine of SienaVirgin 14th Centuryfeast day: She was a Dominican and is Doctor of the Church. She bore the pain of the Wounds of Christ but not the external marks.
She died at age She worked tirelessly on behalf of the Church. Juliana Falconieri is considered the founder of the Servite Nuns. After his ordination in extraordinary things began to happen to him. There were periods of levitation being suspended in the airecstasies, healing of diseases. The levitations were even more remarkable since St. Joseph was rather a heavy person. Peter Canisius was a theologian born in Nijmegen, Netherlands in Boniface was the first since St.
Peter Canisius spent many years in Germany. In he began his famous work on the Catechism for three age levels. The well-known Catholic University at Nijmegen is named after him.
His feastday is on December 21st. Thomas Aq uinas feastday January 28 was a Dominican theologian, who met the challenge posed to Christian faith by the philosophical achievements of the Greeks and Arabs. He effected a philosophical synthesis of faith and reason that was one of the greatest achievements of medieval times. He was the son of a count, born in his family's castle at Roccasecca, central Italy, in At about the age of five, Thomas was placed by his parents in the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino.
As he became older, he enrolled in the University of Naples. There he came into contact with members of the Dominican order and, against the violent opposition of his family, became a Dominican friar in He then went north to study at Paris and Cologne.
His greatest work, the Summa Theologica, occupied him from to Thomas also wrote a series of commentaries on Aristotle and the Bible.
Early in his studies he was called a "dumb ox," a label he hardly deserves for he is one of the most brilliant theologians in the Church. Elmo a derivation of the name Erasmus lived in the 3rd century died He was a martyr and died from his sufferings. A legend tells how his intestines were wound around a windlass, and that's why he became one of the patron of sailors. Elmo's fire also refers to him. This 'fire' were the sparks sometimes seen at the masthead of ships.
Dominic indeed founded the Order of Preachers. He was born c. He was ordained a priest at about the age of 28 and was named assistant prior of the chapter of canons. After ten years of preaching, Dominic gathered around him a community of preachers, who would be both materially poor and learned in theology. This was the beginning of the religious order that bears his name. Francis of Assisi and they met. Dominic is also credited with instituting the popular devotion of the Rosary.
Cecilia is the patron of musicians. She was a patrician girl of Rome, a virgin and a martyr. Her father had given her in marriage, against her will, to Valarian. On her marriage day, she told her husband that she had an angel of God watching over her, and that if Valarian would touch her he would suffer; if however, he would respect her virginity, he would be greatly loved.
At her wedding, while musicians played, Cecilia sang to the Lord in her heart, hence she became the patron of Musicians. Her feastday occurs on November 22nd. Bernadette feastday 16 April was one a visionary, who, between 11 February and 16 July, in a shallow cave on the river Gave, saw the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of "The Immaculate Conception.
She was Marie Bernarde Soubirous, the daughter of a poor miller. She entered the convent of the Sisters of Charity and Christian Instruction of Nevers and she lived a humble life. Chrysogonus died in He was a martyr and little else is know about him. He is named in the Canon of the Mass, in Eucharistic Prayer 1. His feastday is November 24th. Charles Borromeo feastday November 4 was Archbishop of Milan and a cardinal. He lived from toand was born near Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.
He took an important part in the final session of the Council of Trent. To help remedy the people's religious ignorance he established "Sunday Schools. Anthony of Padua 's feastday is June 13th. He was a native of Lisbon, Portugal and is a Doctor of the Church. At an early age he joined the Canons Regular of St. Augustine, but later became a Franciscan Friar.
He was the first friar in the Franciscans to become a lecturor in theology. He had a reputation as a miracle worker. He is best known today as the patron saint invoked to find lost articles. Philip Neri feastday May 26 lived from to in Italy. He studied for many years and as he matured in his studies he felt a calling to evangelize and began a "street corner ministry. Fidelis of Sigmaringen feastday April 24 was a German martyr d.
His love for and services on behalf of the impoverish and oppressed earned him the name "Poor Man's Lawyer," before he joined the Order. He spent a good many years trying to convert the Zwinglians a movement based on the ideas of Ulrich Huldreich Zwingli, a leader of the Swiss Reformation, who was a priest who broke his Vows by marrying and eventually preaching against the Eucharist.
Fidelis' life was threatened by gunfire while he was in the middle of a sermon on the subject of "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism" but the bullet missed. Patricka missionary bishop who lived from about It was Patrick who caused Christ's Gospel to be welcomed far and wide in the north, the central parts, and the west of Ireland, and brought an organized church into existence. Today, the feast of St. Patrick, celebrated on March 17th, is a big holiday for all of Irish descent and many others who traditionally wear green and sport shamrocks which traditions tells us St.
Patrick used to teach the Irish about the Blessed Trinity on their clothing. Scholastica feastday February 10 was St. She consecrated herself to God from very early in her life. She probably founded a nunnery about five miles south of St. Benedict's monastery at Monte Cassino. She used to visit her brother once a year and since she was not allowed to enter his monastery usually he went with some of his monks and met with her at a house outside the monastery grounds.
Gregory reports that Benedict and Scholastica would, on these visits, usually have supper together. Three days before she died, they spent a night together talking about holy things. She died in the year Blaise is the Saint we honor on February 3rd, by the Blessing of the Throats. This blessing seems to have been originated in the 8th century although St. Blaise lived in the 3rd century.
He was the bishop of Sebastea in Armenia. At a time in his life where he had gone into seclusion, he was found by some hunters surrounded by animals. On another occasion a woman brought a child to him. The child had a fishbone stuck in his throat and the saint healed the little boy. The Blessing of the Throats is done with two crossed candles. He founded the Salesians. His feastday is on January 31st. The story goes that St. John Bosco saw Our Lady in a dream who told him his mission was to take care of poor boys.
His genius with boys was partly inborn, partly the fruit of experience; he disclaimed having any system of education, while emphasizing that his methods were preventive as opposed to repressive. He sought to make things attractive, whether school subjects or religious practice and in several directions he was very innovative.
He was a pioneer in the field of vocational training in Italy, and founded the Society of Saint Francis de Sales Salesiaa community of Roman Catholic priests and brothers specializing in the education of boys. Francis of Assisithe Founder of the Franciscan Order including all of its many brancheslived from or to His feastday is October 4th. Known as the "Poverello" [the little poor man], because he lived the Evangelical Counsels of Obedience, Poverty and Chastity.
He also founded an order for lay people, now known as the Secular Franciscan Order, numbering over 1 Million worldwide. Francis of Assisi is well known among non-Catholics too, as his statue graces many a bird bath! He's known for his love for animals. John Vianney was born at Dardilly near Lyon, France in In he was ordained to the priesthood after a long and difficult study because he did poorly in his studies, not for lack of zeal however.
In he was appointed parish priest at Ars-en-Dombes, a tiny burg with a very small congregation. In overpeople visited his parish church. He died on August 4,also his feastday, and was canonized in Pope Puis XI made him patron Saint of the parochial clergy around the world. Stephen is known as the Protomartyr.
We celebrate his feast on December 26th each year. He died around 34 A. We are told of him in the book of the Acts of the Apostles. And Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen as it was calledand of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, arose and disputed with Stephen. Stephen were ordained the first seven deacons in the Church.
He was an original and independent thinker and is regarded as the greatest theologian of his age, 'the father of scholasticism. Teresa of Avila is the correct answer. She lived in the 16th Century, born in She had joined the Carmelite Order which, over time, became lax.
Teresa wanted to live a stricter and more ascetical life devoid of all comforts. She suffered greatly from illness and for some time her family questioned whether she was able to endure the rigors of religious life. She was introduced to a priest, Fr. John Yepes whom we know as St.
The Real St. Francis: 14 Surprising Facts
John of the Cross. In at Duruelo, Spain, she founded a convent for men, and in a second at Pastrana both religious houses in extreme poverty and austerity. The foundations for men were left in the care of St. John of the Cross, and she then founded a convent for nuns in Pastrana. She was canonized in and declared a Doctor of the Church in Augustine was considered the greatest of the Fathers of the Church.
He was born in in Thagaste in Numidia modern Algeria. The Tantum Ergo is almost always sung either in Latin or in your own language at Benedictions. He also wrote the Mass of Corpus Christi. He was an eminent scholar. His unfinished work, the Summa Theologica is well known and is the most famous of all of his works. He was a Dominican friar, a member of the Order of Preachers. John is the Apostle was a Galilean fisherman as are most other Apostles who enjoyed a special intimacy with Jesus.
He is one of the four Evangelist in the New Testament. He was present at the first Church Council at Jerusalem.
Paul considered him one of the "pillars" of the Church. He died peacefully in Ephesus around the year at the age of about His feastday is on December 27th. Pantaleon was a well-known Christian physician in the 4th century. Agat ha is a third century martyr. Peter of Nolasco shares with St. It is not mentioned that he knew St.
Thomas Aquinas in Catalonia. Mummolus who died around was the second abbot at the Benedictine monastery of Fleury, France, but he wasn't raised by St.
Benedict as a boy. Benedict the Moor lived in the 16th Century in Italy. He was a laybrother cook at a Franciscan friary, he later served as superior.
He's the patron of African Americans in North America. Martin the First was a 7th century Pope and martyr. Damas us was also a Pope in the same time period of Spanish descent, but he succeeded Pope Liberius.
Nivard was a 7th century monk and brother of St. He isn't the Patron Saint of children, however. Some of his older columns are available in English at LeonardoBoff. The two were united in three great passions: The love for Christ and the poor did not diminish at all the deep love that united them, showing that between people who dedicate themselves to God and serving others, there can be true love and relationships of great tenderness.
Between Francis and Clare, there is something mysterious that unites Eros and Agape, fascination and transfiguration. The stories that remain from the time speak of the frequent meetings between them.
However, "they controlled such meetings so that the divine mutual attraction might go unnoticed in the eyes of people, avoiding public rumors. So also the love between Clare and Francis. An ancient legend refers to it with very tender candor: He went to Clare and said: She felt her heart would stop and that if he said another word, she would cry.
I will go alone and I will accompany you from afar, as the Lord leads me. The path went through a forest. Suddenly, she felt powerless, without comfort and without hope, without a parting word before separating from Francis. She waited a bit. And then, at that moment, something wonderful happened.