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St. Padre Pio

St. Padre Pio

Padre Pio was a friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.  Padre Pio became famous for bearing the stigmata for most of his life, which generated much interest and controversy around him.

10 Facts about St. Padre Pio

1.  His name was Francesco, named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.

2.  Padre Pio was very devout even as a child, and at an early age felt drawn to the priesthood.

3.  Padre Pio became a Capuchin novice at the age of sixteen and received the habit in 1902.  He was ordained to the priesthood in 1910 after seven years of study and became known as Padre Pio.

4.  As an adult, Padre Pio commented that in his younger years he had conversed with Jesus, the Madonna, his guardian angel, and had suffered attacks by the devil.

5.  On September 20, 1918, Padre Pio was kneeling in front of a large crucifix when he received the visible marks of the crucifixion, making him the first stigmatized priest in the history of Church.

6.  With resignation and serenity, he bore the painful wounds in his hands, feet, and side for fifty years.

7. Upon his death in 1968, the wounds were no longer visible. In fact, there was no scaring and the skin was completely renewed. He had predicted 50 years prior that upon his death the wounds would heal.

8.  Padre Pio heard confessions for ten or twelve hours per day. He used the confessional to bring both sinners and devout souls closer to God.

9.   God gave Padre Pio many extraordinary spiritual gifts and charisms including the gift of healing, bilocation, prophecy, miracles, discernment of spirits, the ability to abstain beyond man’s natural powers from both sleep and nourishment, the ability to read hearts, the gift of tongues (the ability to speak and understand languages that he had never studied), the gift of conversions, the grace to see angelic beings in form, and the fragrance which emanated from his wounds and which frequently announced his invisible presence.

10.  He died on September 23, 1968 at the age of eighty-one. His funeral was attended by about 100,000 people.

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St. John Bosco

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St. John Bosco

Saint John Bosco was a man who devoted his life to young people.  He became a Catholic priest and spent his life in homes and schools he built for his boys.  He started a religious family, called the Salesians, to continue his work.  He's honored all over the world as a saint

10 Facts about St. John Bosco

1.  His parents were poor farmers. His father died when John was only two years old, and John and his brothers helped their mother work on the farm as she struggled to keep the family together. As soon as he was old enough, John, too, worked as hard as he could to help his mother.

2. John was educated in the faith and in living according to the Gospel message by his mother.

3. At age nine, he had a prophetic dream in which a number of unruly young boys were uttering words of blasphemy. Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary appeared to John in the dream, saying he would bring such youths to God through the virtues of humility and charity.

4. While still a boy he began to entertain his peers with games alternated with work, prayer and religious education.

5. In 1841, John Bosco was ordained a priest. From that time, John was known as “Don” Bosco, a traditional Italian title of honor for priests. In the city of Turin, he began ministering to boys and young men who lived on the streets, many of whom were without work or education.

6. He established a group known as the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales, and became a kindly spiritual father to boys in need. His aging mother helped support the project in its early years.

7. St. John Bosco started his own religious order of priests and brothers. They were called the Salesians, after St. Francis de Sales.

8. Then he started the order of Salesian sisters with the help of St. Mary Mazzarello. These men and women pray and teach young people about God's love in countries all over the world even today.

9. The Salesians from expanded in Europe and beyond and were helping 130,000 children in 250 houses by the end of St. John Bosco's life.

10. St. John Bosco died on Jan. 31, 1888, after conveying a message: “Tell the boys that I shall be waiting for them all in Paradise.”He was canonized on Easter Sunday of 1934, and is a patron saint of young people, apprentices, and Catholic publishers and editors.

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St. Maximilian Kolbe

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St. Maximilian Kolbe

Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv., born 8 January 1894 and died 14 August 1941.  He was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II.

10 Facts about St. Maximilian Kolbe

1.  St. Maximilian Kolbe was canonized on 10 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II, and declared a martyr of charity.

2.  He is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families, journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life movement.  John Paul II declared him "The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century".

3.  In 1907, Kolbe and his elder brother Francis decided to join the Conventual Franciscans. They illegally crossed the border between Russia and Austria-Hungary and enrolled at the Conventual Franciscan minor seminary in Lwów.

4.  In 1910, Kolbe was allowed to enter the novitiate, where he was given the religious name Maximilian. He professed his first vows in 1911, and final vows in 1914, in Rome.

5.  He contracted tuberculosis and, though he recovered, he remained frail all his life.

6.  Before his ordination as a priest, Maximilian founded the Immaculata Movement devoted to Our Lady. After receiving a doctorate in theology, he spread the Movement through a magazine entitled "The Knight of the Immaculata" and helped form a community of 800 men, the largest in the world.

7.  After the Nazi invasion in 1939, he was imprisoned and released for a time. But in 1941 he was arrested again and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz.

8.  On July 31, 1941, in reprisal for one prisoner's escape, ten men were chosen to die. Father Kolbe offered himself in place of a young husband and father. And he was the last to die, enduring two weeks of starvation, thirst, and neglect.

9.  Kolbe used radio to spread his Catholic faith and to speak out against the atrocities of the Nazi regime. He is the only canonized saint to have held an amateur radio license.

10.  The Immaculata friars utilized the most modern printing and administrative techniques in publishing catechetical and devotional tracts, a daily newspaper with a circulation of 230,000 and a monthly magazine with a circulation of over one million.

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St. Francis of Assisi

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St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most famous saint’s in church history.  He abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christ.  He reportedly heard the voice of God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian Church and live in poverty.

10 Facts about St. Francis of Assisi

1. He was born in 1181 and he died in 1226. He was born—and he died—in Assisi, Italy.

2. St. Francis was a knight and went to war for Assisi against Perugia on 2 occasions. The Assisians were defeated on one of the occasion, and Francis, being among those taken prisoners, was held captive for more than a year in Perugia.

3. Not long after his return to Assisi (in 1205), while Francis was praying before an ancient crucifix in the forsaken wayside chapel of St. Damian’s below the town, he heard a voice saying: “Go, Francis, and repair my house, which as you see is falling into ruin.”

4. Francis traveled to the Holy Lands during the Crusades hoping to conquer the Muslims with love rather than war.

5. It is said that he received the stigmata two years before he died. This was the wounds of Christ from the cross including his hands, feet, and side.

6. Founder of The Franciscan Order, the Order of the Poor Ladies (Order of St. Clare), and the Third Order of Saint Francis, that was for men and women who didn’t take vows or leave their jobs, but lived out the principals of the Franciscan Order in their daily lives

7. Francis set up the first known Nativity scene to celebrate Christmas in 1220.

8. St. Francis of Assisi was ordained a deacon but never ordained a priest.

9. He was canonized in 1228 by Pope Gregory IX.

10. October 4th is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.

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