All posts tagged "Martyr"

Thomas Becket



Feast Day: December 29 Canonized: February 21, 1173 In the Opening Prayer of the Mass on the feast of St. Thomas, we pray, “Almighty God, you granted the martyr Thomas the grace to give his life for the cause of…

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Stephen the Martyr



Feast Day: December 26 Canonized: Pre-Congregation On Christmas Day, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The next day we celebrate the birth of Stephen. But this is a different kind of birth. It is the birth of Stephen into eternal…

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Lucy of Syracuse



Feast Day: December 13 Canonized: Pre-Congregation Lucy lived so long ago that many details of her life are unknown to us. We do know that she came from the island of Sicily and that she died in the year 304….

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Martyrs of Vietnam (Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions)



Feast Day: November 24 Canonized: June 19, 1998 Portuguese Jesuit priests first came to Vietnam in 1533 to preach the word of God to the people of the kingdom. These missionaries also brought the sacraments to Japanese Catholics who had…

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Martyrs of Paraguay (Sts. Roque Gonzalez, Juan Castillo, Alonso Rodriguez)



Feast Day: November 17 Canonized: 1988 Three missionaries went to Paraguay in South America to share the Good News of Jesus with the native Indians. These Jesuit priests preached about Jesus and God’s saving plan for all people. Many Paraguay…

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North American Martyrs (Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brebeuf and Companions)



Feast Day (US): October 19 Feast Day (Canada): September 26 Canonized: June 29, 1930 On October 19, we honor the six Jesuit priests and two lay missionaries who we have come to know as the North American Martyrs. Their work…

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Martyrs of Korea (Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions)



Feast Day: September 20 Canonized: May 6, 1984 Christianity came to Korea in secret in the 17th century. People who traveled to foreign lands learned about Jesus and were baptized. When they returned home, they shared their faith with others….

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