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St. Bernardine of Siena
* 1380, Massa Marittima in Italy
Religious, people preacher
* September 8th, 1380 in Massa Marittima in Italy
† May 20, 1444 in L'Aquila in Abruzzo in Italy
Bernardine was in the year of death of St. Catherine of Siena (1380) born in Massa Marittima (Toscana). He entered the Franciscan order in 1402 and, after years of silent preparation, worked as a great popular preacher throughout Italy. He spread the worship of the name Jesus, promoted the worship of Mary and the worship of St. Joseph. His sermons lasted up to five hours. He was always sickly, because as a young student he had taken too much care of plague sufferers in 1400. 1438-1442 he was vicar general of his order and as such took part in the Council of Florence. He died on May 20, 1444 in Aquila and was canonized a few years after his death.
"Whoever does not stretch out his hands to the poor to give them a gift will reach out to God for free in order to obtain the forgiveness of his sins." (Bernhardin v. Siena)
Johann Michael Sailer
* 1751, Aresing near Schrobenhausen in Bavaria
Bishop of Regensburg
* November 17, 1751 in Aresing near Schrobenhausen in Bavaria
† May 20, 1832 in Regensburg in Bavaria
Johann Michael Sailer, ordained a priest in 1775, became professor in Ingolstadt and Landshut, there for moral and pastoral theology. He opposed the rationalistic Enlightenment with an internal Christianity and exerted a great influence on Catholicism in Germany. His complete reading and prayer book for use by Catholics was also appreciated by devout evangelicals. In 1819 opponents prevented his appointment as Bishop of Augsburg. In 1822 he became auxiliary bishop in Regensburg, in 1829 bishop of Regensburg. Soon he was venerated almost like a saint beyond the borders of his diocese. He was considered a role model for an upright Catholic in the time of revolutionary turmoil and secularization.
In 1873, Sailer's works were indicted by the Roman Inquisition for being a heretic who had disintegrated Catholic theology with enlightened and Protestant ideas.
Sel. Josepha (Hendrina) Stenmanns
* 1852, Issum in North Rhine-Westphalia
Founder of the order
* May 28, 1852 in Issum in North Rhine-Westphalia
† May 20, 1903 in Steyl / Steijl in the Netherlands
Hendrina Stenmanns actually wanted to become a Franciscan like her aunt, but the monastery was dissolved during the Kulturkampf and when her mother died in 1878, she had to look after her younger siblings. In 1877 she went to Steyl / Steijl in the Netherlands for the first time, where Arnold Janssen had just founded the male order Society of the Divine Word; three women also lived there who wanted to become missionary sisters. From then on she went to the mission house every year. In January 1883 she wrote to Janssen: I ask nothing but to be the least of all with the grace of God and to sacrifice myself for the work of spreading the faith. If the good Lord has appointed me for the monastery, I will probably come to it after all.
One month later, Hendrina Stenmanns moved to Steyl. In December 1888, Arnold Janssen appointed Hendrina head, and a year later the Missionary Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit was founded together with Helena Maria Stollenwerk, known as Steyler Missionary Sisters; now she took the name Josepha. Seven years after it was founded, there were already 60 sisters living in Steyl, many of whom were sent to missions. She had to give up her wish to go to Brazil herself because of her duties in Steyl. In 1898 she became superior of the community. She died on Joseph's Day, from which she received her religious name.
In 1985 a young Brazilian struggled with death in hospital from acute appendicitis. The doctors had already given up all hopes, but a nurse called Mother Josepha for help, whereupon the young man recovered miraculously. Pope Benedict XVI recognized this event as supernatural and at the intercession of Mother Josepha, so that the beatification could take place.
St. Lydia of Philippi
* Thyatira, today's Akhisar in Turkey
first Christian in Europe
* in Thyatira, today's Akhisar in Turkey
† End of the 1st century (?) In Philippi, today ruins near Krinides in Greece (?)
Lydia was a purple dealer in Philippi - now ruins near Krinides. She took Paul into her home (Acts 16, 14-15), converted to Christianity with her family and was the first Christian woman in Europe. The Christian community of Philippi then gathered in their home (Acts 16:40).
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