Massacre à la Salpêtrière, 3 septembre 1792 | anonymous (Unrelated, but similar incident during the French Revolution.)

Blessed John Francis Burté and Companions

September 2. Victims of the French Revolution, these blesseds witnessed to their faith by refusing to take a civil oath which amounted to a denial of the faith. On a single day in Paris, 185 people were martyred.

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John Henry Newman | Sir John Everett Millais

Blessed John Henry Newman

September 24. John Henry Newman, the 19th-century's most important English-speaking Roman Catholic theologian, spent the first half of his life as an Anglican and the second half as a Roman Catholic. He was a priest, popular preacher, writer, and eminent theologian in both Churches.

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The Adoration of the Magi | Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi

Blessed John of Fiesole

February 18. Blessed John of Fiesolo, a Dominican Friar, is also known as Fra. Angelico. He is famous for his devotional artwork and used his talents to praise God through paint. All talents can be used to praise God.

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>St Bonaventure Enters the Franciscan Order | Francisco de Herrera the Elder

Blessed John of Parma

March 21. Blessed John of Parma lived at a crucial time in the Franciscan Order and the Church. Saint Francis’ followers were in need of reorganization and the Church was in schism. Blessed John helped with both issues.

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Saint Jolenta of Poland | photo by Karol Ferdynand Ney

Blessed Jolenta (Yolanda) of Poland

June 12. Blessed Jolenta of Poland and her husband assisted many from their means. Once widowed, and with two of her three daughters married, Blessed Yolenta and her third daughter entered the Poor Clares. She eventually became an abbess.

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Grave Monument for Jutta, wife of count Louis II of Thuringia | Saint George parish Church, Thuringia | photographed by Wolfgang Sauber

Blessed Jutta of Thuringia

June 25. Blessed Jutta of Thuringia, a noble woman with children, became a widow at a young age. She used her means to provide for the children, but once they were grown, she disposed of her wealth, became a Secular Franciscan, and lived a life of austerity.

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Chapel of Blessed Luke Belludi | Giusto de’ Menabuoi

Blessed Luke Belludi

February 24. Was Blessed Luke Belludi just at the right place at the right time, or was there something more at work in his happening to meet Saint Anthony and become his protégé? We would all agree that this is how the Lord works─through convenient happenstances.

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Blessed Marie Rose Durocher | Achona, The Online Newspaper of Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa | photo by Keri Kelly/Achona Online

Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher

October 13. When Marie-Rose Durocher was 29, Bishop Ignace Bourget became bishop of Montreal. He faced a shortage of priests and sisters and a rural population that had been largely deprived of education. Bishop Bourget founded the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, with Marie-Rose as its first member and co-foundress.

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Mother Angela | Felician Sisters of North America | Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska

January 30. Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska founded the Felician Sisters as a result of a conversion experience she had while convalescing from an illness. At the age of 44 she was forced to resign due to ill health. She lived, however, into her 70s.

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Monument for Mary Frances Schervier | Aachen, Germany | photo by Berthold Werner

Blessed Mary Frances Schervier

December 15. Blessed Mary Frances Schervier founded the Sisters of the Poor of Saint Francis devoted to caring for the poor of this world. To this day they run hospitals and homes for the aged in the United States and throughout the world. Blessed Mary Frances died in 1876.

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