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TAGS: Saint, Italy

NuncioSulprizio-200x300.jpgFeast Day: May 5
Canonized: October 14, 2018
Beatified: December 1, 1963
Venerated: July 21, 1891

 

Nunzio Sulprizio was born on April 13, 1817, in Pescara, Italy. His father died when Nunzio was only three years old. Nunzio’s mother remarried, but his stepfather paid no attention to him. Still, Nunzio faithfully attended Mass, prayed, and studied the lives of the saints. Their stories helped him learn how to live a holy, faith-filled life.

When his mother died, Nunzio was sent to live with his grandmother. She encouraged Nunzio to remain strong in his faith. But she, too, soon died, and Nunzio was sent to live with and to work for his Uncle Domenico. His uncle was a cruel man who did not see to Nunzio’s physical comfort or health and who overworked him. Domenico would beat or curse Nunzio if his work was unsatisfactory. Eventually Nunzio became very ill. He offered his pain and suffering to God.

In time, another uncle introduced him to a fellow soldier who provided for Nunzio’s care and for his needs. Nunzio made some progress, but the pain persisted, and he eventually died from his injuries. He was nineteen years old.

On his path to sainthood, Saint Nunzio Sulprizio was known for his gentleness, holiness, and patience. On October 14, 2018—during the Synod of Bishops on Youth—Pope Francis named him a saint of the Church.  

Continuing the Conversation . . .

 

Primary Grades: When Saint Nunzio Sulprizio was ill, he found that sitting in a stream of cool water would help to clean his wounds. While he sat in the stream he would pray the Rosary.

Invite the children to talk about their favorite places to pray and their favorite prayers to pray. Invite them to draw themselves praying in their favorite places.

 

Intermediate Grades: Saint Nunzio Sulprizio learned how to live a holy and faith-filled life by reading the stories of the saints.

Divide the class into small groups. Assign each group one unit of their religion textbooks. Instruct each group to identify the saints whose stories are told in that unit, and what they can learn about holiness and faith from the stories of those saints. After enough discussion time has been given, invite each group to share its thoughts with the class.

 

Junior High: Saint Nunzio Sulprizio was known for his gentleness, holiness, and patience.

Invite each young person to journal about three things he or she is known for. Encourage the young people to then write their responses to these questions:  Are these the things I want to be known for? If not, what changes do I need to make in my life?

Assure the young people that they will not be asked to share what they have written with the group.


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NazariaIgnaciadeSantaTeresadeJesúsReligious-195x300.jpgFeast Day: July 6
Canonized: October 14, 2018
Beatified: September 27, 1992
Venerated: September 1, 1988

 

Nazaria March y Mesa was born in 1889 in Madrid, Spain. She was the fourth of eighteen children. Early in her life she made a personal vow of consecration to God. Her family, however, did not nurture her faith. In fact, because of Nazaria’s excitement over her faith, she was once grounded from attending Mass! Later, however, her grandmother encouraged her to be faithful in practicing her faith.

When life in Spain became difficult, Nazaria’s family moved to Mexico. During the move, Nazaria met and was inspired by several sisters who belonged to the Institute of Sisters of the Abandoned Elders. In 1908 she entered the order, and was sent to Bolivia to serve as a cook, housekeeper, nurse, and beggar for the poor. She was faithful to these tasks for twelve years, but began to feel a call to found a new religious order.

In 1925, with six other sisters, she founded the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church. Their mission was to teach children and adults about the Catholic faith, to support the work of priests, and to conduct missions. During the war between Bolivia and Paraguay (1932-1935), the sisters cared for soldiers on both sides, and opened homes for war orphans. Also during that time, Mother Nazaria founded the first magazine for women in Bolivia in religious life and the first female trade union.

On her path to sainthood, Mother Nazaria led by example, serving as a model of both holiness and simplicity. She did all she could to encourage her sisters, to strengthen their sense of unity, and to keep them strong in their devotion to their ministry. On October 14, 2018, Pope Francis named her a saint of the Church.

 

Continuing the Conversation

Primary Grades: Early in Nazaria’s life, she made a vow of personal consecration to God.

Invite the children to name promises they can make to God and what they can do to keep those promises.

 

Intermediate Grades: Saint Nazaria’s grandmother encouraged her to be faithful in practicing her faith, even though Nazaria’s parents did not encourage her to do so.

Invite each young person to write about someone who has encouraged him or her to practice the Catholic faith. Ask volunteers to share what they have written. Then ask the group, “Who can you encourage to practice their faith? How can you encourage them to do so?”

 

Junior High: On her path to sainthood, Mother Nazaria led by example. She modeled both holiness and simplicity.

Invite each young person to write a paragraph about someone in his or her life who leads by example. What virtues does that person model?

Ask volunteers to read to the class what they have written.

Then lead a discussion about the opportunities the young people have to lead by example at home, at school, on their teams, and in their neighborhoods.


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TAGS: Italy, Pope, Saint

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Feast Day: September 26
Canonized: October 14, 2018
Beatified: October 19, 2014
Venerated: December 20, 2012

As a child, Giovanni Battista Montini was often ill. He could not do many of the things that other children his age could do, but he loved to study and read. After he finished high school, he studied for the priesthood and was ordained in 1920.

Father Montini went on to hold a variety of important positions in the Church. In 1953, he was named archbishop of Milan. There he fought for the rights of workers and worked to improve relationships among all the Christian traditions. In 1958, he was named a cardinal of the Catholic Church.

When Pope John XXIII died in 1963, Archbishop Montini was elected pope. He took the name Pope Paul VI. Pope Paul VI promised to continue the work begun by Pope John XXIII. He saw to it that the decisions of Vatican II were carried out. He traveled to five continents, making him the first pope in 150 years to leave Italy.

Pope Paul VI also continued to work to improve relationships with other Christian traditions. In 1964, he traveled to the Holy Land and met with Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople, in an effort to mend relations with the Eastern Orthodox Church. Later that year, he traveled to India, and in 1965 he traveled to the United States and addressed the United Nations.

In 1968, Pope Paul VI wrote an encyclical titled Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life). In this document, Pope Paul VI instructed Catholics on the importance of welcoming children into their families and on respecting human life.

Pope Paul VI died on August 6, 1978. On October 14, 2018, Pope Francis named him a saint of the Church.

 

Continuing the Conversation . . .

Primary Grades: As a child, Pope Paul VI could not do many of the things other children his age could do. But he loved to study and read.

Invite the children to name books they love to read and subjects they love to study. Then invite them to draw pictures of themselves doing something they wish they could do. Ask volunteers to share their drawings with the class.

 

Intermediate Grades: Throughout his life, Pope Paul VI held many important positions in the Church.

Invite the young people to name persons they see serving your parish community and the ways those persons are doing so. Ask the young people how they themselves are serving the Church now, and how they see themselves serving the Church in five, ten, or twenty years.

 

Junior High: Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) focused on respect for human life.

Draw a large timeline on a length of mural paper or shelf paper. Mark the timeline in five-year increments, from 0 to 80 or from 0 to 100. Post the timeline, and invite the young people to write in the appropriate time segments practical ways to respect human life. For example, in the 0-5 year segment young people might write: “Provide healthy food for infants” or “Begin to teach young children to read.” In the 75-80 year segment young people might write: “Provide transportation for an elderly relative or neighbor” or “Shovel the walks of an elderly neighbor.”

If possible, leave up the timeline so the young people can continue to add to it throughout the coming week.

 

Related Resources

Connecting to Blest Are We Faith in Action
The Story of Jesus
Feasts and Seasons (Flourish)       

Connecting to Blest Are We Faith in Word
The Story of Jesus
Feasts and Seasons: Holy People

Connection to Be My Disciples
Christ in the Liturgy, Chapter 1

 

           


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TAGS: Saint, Italy

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TAGS: Saint, India

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