Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

St. Vincent FerrerFeastday: April 5

Patron of Builders

From catholic.org

St. Vincent Ferrer is the patron saint of builders because of his fame for “building up” and strengthening the Church: through his preaching, missionary work, in his teachings, as confessor and adviser.

He was born on January 23, 1357 at Valencia in Spain to St. Dominic. In 1374, he entered the Order of St. Dominic in a monastery near his native city. Soon after his profession he was commissioned to deliver lectures on philosophy.

On being sent to Barcelona, he continued his scholastic duties and at the same time devoted himself to preaching. At Lerida, the famous university city of Catalonia, he received his doctorate. After this he labored six years in Valencia, during which time he perfected himself in the Christian life.

In 1390, he was obliged to accompany Cardinal Pedro de Luna to France, but he soon returned home. When, in 1394, de Luna himself had become Pope at Avignon he summoned St. Vincent and made him Master of the sacred palace. In this capacity St. Vincent made unsuccessful efforts to put an end to the great schism. He refused all ecclesiastical dignities, even the cardinal’s hat, and only craved to be appointed apostolical missionary.

Finally, crowned with labors, he died April 5, 1419. His feast day is April 5.


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St. Laura

St. LauraFeastday: October 19

Died: 864

St. Laura was born in Cordova, Spain and was raised as a Spanish Chirstian in the Muslim dominated area of Spain. She became a nun at Cuteclara after she was widowed, eventually rising to become an abbess.

She was martyred by Moorish captors who scalded her to death by placing her in a vat of boiling lead.
Her feast day is on October 19.

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St. Thomas of VillanuevaFeastday: September 22

1488 – 1555

St. Thomas of Villanueva was born at Fuentellana, Castile, Spain. He was the son of a miller. He studied at the University of Alcala, earned a licentiate in theology and became a professor there at the age of twenty-six. He declined the chair of philosophy at the university of Salamanca and instead entered the Order of St Augustine at Salamanca in 1516.

Ordained in 1520, he served as prior of several houses in Salamanca, Burgos, and Valladolid, as provincial and then court chaplain to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. During his time as provincial of Castile, he dispatched the first Augustinian missionaries to the New World. They subsequently helped evangelize the area of modern Mexico. He was offered but declined the see of Granada, but accepted appointment as archbishop of Valencia in 1544.

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St. InigoFeastday: June 1

Died: 1057

Saint Inigo, also known as Eneco was born in the eleventh century, in Bilbao, Spain. Early in his life he became a hermit. Next he went to Aragon where he became a monk at San Juan de Pena and eventually he was elected Prior.

When his term was completed, Inigo again took up the life of a hermit in the Aragon mountains. However, in 1029, King Sancho the Great convinced Inigo to become Abbot of a group of monks in a monastery at Ona. The monastery, founded by Sancho’s father-in-law, was in need of reform, and he wanted Inigo to lead the process.

Inigo was very successful in the reform movement, and he developed a reputation as a peacemaker. Moreover, some attributed miracles to his intercession.

He died at Ona on June 1, 1057, and was canonized by Pope Alexander IV in 1259.

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St. Peter RegulatusFeastday: March 30

1390 – 1456

Saint Peter de Regalado (Spanish: San Pedro Regalado; Latin Regalatus) was a Franciscan reformer. He was born at Valladolid, Spain, to a noble family, and entered the Franciscan Order in his native city at the age of thirteen.

After several years, he transferred to a far more austere monastery at Tribulos, where he became known for his severe asceticism as well as his abilities to levitate and enter into ecstasies. A success as abbot, he gave himself over to bringing needed reforms to the monastery and to promoting reforms in other Franciscan houses. For his zeal in adhering to the rules of the community he was designated Regulatus.

In 1415 he became superior of the convent at Aguilera. He observed nine Lents, fasting on bread and water, and was endowed with the gift of miracles and prophecy and of every virtue.

When his body was exhumed thirty-six years after his death, at the insistence of Isabella the Catholic, it was found incorrupt and placed in a more precious tomb.

He was beatified by Innocent XI, 11 March 1684, and canonized by Benedict XIV, 29 June 1746.

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Feastday: March 23

Died: 1702

Saint Joseph Oriol was born in Barcelona, Spain.  He is also known as the Apostle of Barcelona who lived on bread and water for twenty-six years.

A priest and doctor of theology, he was a canon of Santa Maria del Pino. In 1686, he made a pilgrimage on foot to Rome.

A beloved figure in Barcelona, Saint Joseph was also a famed confessor, miracle worker, and prophet. Pope St. Pius X canonized him in 1909.

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Feastday: September 9

Patron Saint of Negro Missions
1580 – 1654

St. Peter Claver was born at Verdu, Spain, in 1580, in a prosperous family. He studied at the Jesuit college of Barcelona, entered the Jesuit novitiate at Tarragona in 1602 and took his final vows on August 8th, 1604. While studying philosophy at Majorca, the young religious was influenced by St. Alphonsus Rodriguez to go to the Indies and save “millions of perishing souls.”

In 1610, he landed at Cartagena (Colombia), the principle slave market of the New World, where a thousand slaves were landed every month. After his ordination in 1616, he dedicated himself by special vow to the service of the Negro slaves-a work that was to last for thirty-three years. He labored unceasingly for the salvation of the African slaves and the abolition of the Negro slave trade, and the love he lavished on them was something that transcended the natural order.

Boarding the slave ships as they entered the harbor, he would hurry to the revolting inferno of the hold, and offer whatever poor refreshments he could afford; he would care for the sick and dying, and instruct the slaves through Negro catechists before administering the Sacraments. Through his efforts three hundred thousand souls entered the Church. Furthermore, he did not lose sight of his converts when they left the ships, but followed them to the plantations to which they were sent, encouraged them to live as Christians, and prevailed on their masters to treat them humanely. He died in 1654.

Taken from catholic.org




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