March 25. Some people consider today the feast of the incarnation of Jesus--instead of Christmas--since it is today we celebrate the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity becoming flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary. However, one of the main emphases of this feast is the fiat by which Mary agreed to becoming the Mother of God. Let it be.
December 10. Concerned about the faith of young men caught up in the industrial revolution in Germany, Blessed Adolph Kolping bucked social pressure and reached out to the young workers. Today, the Kolping Society upholds the dignity of workers throughout the world.
March 12. Saint Angela Salawa was a maid for many years, and eventually became a Secular Franciscan who worked with wounded and sick soldiers during World War I. Abandoned by everyone before her death, she died on March 12, 1922.
June 4. Blessed Angeline of Marsciano founded the first Third Order community of women in the Franciscan Order; something new in her day. While briefly married, Blessed Angelina had vowed chastity as a child and spent her life caring for the sick and the poor.
December 18. Blessed Anthony Grassi had a deep devotion to Our Lady from childhood. He joined the Oratorian Fathers at 17 and was known as a very good student. Struck by lightning at age 29, he was paralyzed for a few days, but recovered and was somewhat of a changed man.
July 27. Blessed Antonio Lucci, a Conventual Franciscan, was a noted theologian and teacher who was appointed bishop of Bovino. He led the diocese for 23 years and was known for his generosity with the poor.
October 27. Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza, a Dominican, challenged the heresies of his day. Known for his ability to preach, he overcame his adversaries and helped his diocese become more loyal to Rome in a time when anti-papal feeling ran high.
April 15. Saint Caesar de Bus decided on becoming a priest after having had a very negative experience in the military. He was a successful priest and work, primarily, among the needy teaching catechetics.
December 1. Orphaned at the age of six, Charles was raised by his devout grandfather. He rejected the Catholic faith as a teenager, but resumed the practice of his faith around the age 30. He then became a Trappist monk. After leaving the monastery, he traveled extensively living a peaceful and somewhat hidden life.
September 6. Saint Claudio was the youngest of nine children whose father died when Saint Claudio was only 9 years old. At the age of 15 he entered the army where he served for three years. Eventually, he joined the Franciscans and was known for his artisitic abilities.