From an early age, Daniel Comboni believed he was called to missionary work in Africa. And indeed, within three years of his ordination at age twenty-two, Daniel and five other missionaries were in Sudan. There, his dream collided with reality.
Albert was curious, and you know what curious people do: They ask questions. They do research. And, often, they love teaching as a means of sharing what they’ve learned. Albert’s curiosity is breathtaking.
Gerard believed he had found his vocation as a lay Redemptorist, throwing himself into whatever task the community assigned him: sacristan, gardener, carpenter, and of course tailor, which had been the young man’s training.
Call it palace intrigue, call it family intrigue. Edward the Confessor’s life was filled with alliances and misalliances. After repairing a rift with his powerful father-in-law, Edward became more focused on his faith (“confessor” refers to his piety, not that he was ordained).