Posts tagged ‘Ordained in 1904’

Venerable Olinto Marella

Venerable Olinto MarellaAlso known as

  • Giuseppe Olinto Marella

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One of three children of a wealthy physician who died when Olinto was only ten years old. Educated by his uncle, Archbishop Giuseppe Marella of Pallestrina, Italy. Studied in Rome, Italy, and was a class-mate of the future Pope John XXIII. Ordained on 17 December 1904. Taught seminarians in Chioggia, Italy and small children in his parish. Taught in a number of cities throughout Italy while continuing to study history, philosophy and theology. Parish priest in the diocese of Bologna, Italy, working with the poor, homeless and outcast of the city, finding funds for shelters, homes and chapels. Would sit on a stool on the street and preach to all passersby against indifference to the suffering of others. Some brother priests objected to his work as being too evangelical, but he had the support of Pope John XXIII.

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  • “Venerable Olinto Marella“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 April 2015. Web. 17 November 2018. <>

Bishop Alfredo Verzosa y Florentin

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Obtained his degree in theology from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines in 1904. Ordained on 24 December 1904. Bishop of Lipa, Philippines on 6 September 1916; he served over 34 years until his retirement. Apostolic Administrator of Nueva Segovia, Philippines from 1926 to 1927. Founder of the Missionary Cathechists of the Sacred Heart. He built churches, convents and schools in his diocese – and then worked to rebuild after the destruction of World War II. Claimed to have witnessed some of the Miracles of the Roses in which the Blessed Virgin Mary is reported to have appeared in a Carmelite convent in Lipa, Batangas, Philippines in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s; it is under investigation. Titular bishop of Capsa on 25 February 1951. His Cause for Canonization opened in 2013.

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  • “Bishop Alfredo Verzosa y Florentin“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 November 2018. Web. 17 November 2018. <>

Blessed Bernard Francis Casey

Blessed Bernard Francis CaseyAlso known as

  • Francis Solanus
  • Father Solanus
  • Solanus Casey

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Joined the Franciscan Capuchins in 1897. He was ordained a priest in 1904, but because he was unable to complete the academic requirements of priesthood, Father Solanus was limited in his duties, not being permitted to preach, hear Confessions or perform other tasks usually associated with priests, but instead assigned as porter of his house, first in New York and then at the Saint Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, Michigan. Miracle worker, and a man whose simple faith and deep prayer life led him to be a much sought after spiritual advisor.

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God will answer our prayers. – the response of Father Solanus to most problems

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  • “Blessed Bernard Francis Casey“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2018. Web. 17 November 2018. <>

Blessed Anselmo Polanco

Blessed Anselmo PolancoAlso known as

  • Anselmo Polanco Fontecha
  • Anselmo Polanco y Fontecha

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Son of a farmer. Joined the Augustinian Order at Valladolid, Spain in 1896 at age 15. Studied at the monastery of Santa Maria of La Vid. Ordained in 1904. Taught theology in seminary. Prior in 1922. Provincial councilor of his Order in the Philippines, responsible for missionary efforts. Provincial-superior of his Order in 1932. Travelled to China, Colombia, Peru and the United States. Bishop of Teruel and Apostolic Administrator of Albarracin in 1935. Known for the depth of his prayer life. When the Republican Army overran Teruel in 1938, Bishop Polanco stayed with his flock, and refused to cooperate with anything he saw as being against Church interests. Imprisoned for thirteen months. Used as human shield by soldiers. Martyred in the persecutions of the Spanish Civil War.

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  • “Blessed Anselmo Polanco“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 July 2018. Web. 17 November 2018. <>

Blessed Clemens August von Galen

Blessed Clemens August von GalenAlso known as

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Born to one of the oldest German noble families. Ordained on 28 May 1904 at Münster, Germany. Chosen bishop of Münster on 5 September 1933. Fiercely anti-Communist, and an outspoken opponent of the Stalinist regime. A strong nationalist who loved his homeland, his was known for his opposition to the Nazis, their programs and policies. He was a key opponent in the fight to end the Nazi program of “euthanasia“, the murder of the old, the crippled, the ill. Created CardinalPriest of San Bernardo alle Terme on 18 February 1946.

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nec laudibus, nec timore (neither praise nor fear) Blessed Clemens’ motto for his ministry

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  • “Blessed Clemens August von Galen“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 April 2018. Web. 17 November 2018. <>

Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster

1930 photograph of Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso SchusterAlso known as

  • Alfredo Ludovico Luigi Schuster

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Educated at Saint-Paul-Outside-the-Walls abbey, Rome, Italy from age 11. Entered the Cassinese Benedictine monastic noviate in 1896, taking the name Ildefonso. Made his formal monastic confession on 13 November 1900. Ordained on 19 March 1904 in Rome.

Novice master of his house from 1908 to 1916. Prior of the abbey from 1916 to 1918. Procurator general of the Congregation of Monte Cassino from 1914 to 1929. Abbot-ordinary of abbey nullius of Saint-Paul-Outside-the-Walls on 6 April 1918. President of the Pontifical Oriental Institute from 7 October 1919 to 4 July 1922, and teacher at several colleges and institutes. Consultor to the Sacred Congregation of Rites in the sections for the Liturgy and for the Causes of Saints. Censor of the Academy of Sacred Liturgy. President of the Commission for Sacred Art Apostolic Visitor to seminaries of Lombardy and Calabria. Appointed Archbishop of Milan on 26 June 1929 by Pope Pius XI. Created cardinal on 15 July 1929. Papal legate to several events and congresses in Europe. Participated in the conclave of 1939. Founded the Institute of Amrosian Chant and Sacred Music and the Ambrosianeum and Didascaleion cultural centres, and wrote for the daily publication L’Italia.

There was some controversy during the investigation of his Cause as some claimed he was sympathetic to Fascism. Evidence, however, shows that he denounced Fascism’s meddling with the youth organization Catholic Action, refused to participate in ceremonies involving Mussolini, and condemned racist legislation. The cardinal was primarily concerned with the spiritual well-being of his flock, the physical needs of the poor, assistance to newly married couples in order to create strong marriages, and with the administration of the Archdiocese.

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You want something to remember me by. All I can leave you is an invitation to holiness. Blessed Alfredo’s parting words to the seminarians at Venegono a few days before his death

The Church’s Liturgy may…be considered as a sacred poem, in the framing of which both heaven and earth have taken part, and by which our humanity, redeemed in the blood of the Lamb without spot, rises on the wings of the Spirit even unto the throne of God himself. This is more than a mere aspiration, for the Sacred Liturgy not only shows forth and expresses the ineffable and the divine, but also, by means of the sacraments and of its forms of prayer, develops and fulfils the supernatural in the souls of the faithful, to whom it communicates the grace of redemption. It may even be said that the very source of holiness of the Church is fully contained in her Liturgy; for, without the holy sacraments, the Passion of our Lord, in the existing dispensation instituted by almighty God, we would have no efficacy in us, since there would be no channels capable of conveying its treasure to our souls. – Blessed ldefonso Schuster, The Sacramentary, 1923

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  • “Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 June 2018. Web. 17 November 2018. <>

Pope Saint John XXIII

Pope John XXII, 1959Also known as

  • Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli

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Born to an Italian peasant family. Educated at Bergamo and the Pontifical Roman Seminary. Ordained on 10 August 1904. Secretary to the bishop of Bergamo, Italy from 1904 to 1914, during which he wrote the basis for his five-volume biography of Saint Charles Borromeo. Served in World War I in the medical corps, and as a chaplain. Worked in Rome, Italy after the war, and reorganized the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Titular archbishop of Areopolis on 3 March 1925. Vatican diplomatic representative to Bulgaria on 16 October 1931, then to Turkey and Greece on 12 January 1935. Titular archbishop of Mesembria on 30 November 1934. Papal nuncio to France on 23 December 1944 where he mediated between conservative and socially radical clergy. Created cardinal on 12 January 1953, and patriarch of Venice, Italy on 15 January 1953. Elected 261st pope on 28 October 1958.

As pope he stressed his own pastoral duties as well as those of other bishops and clergy. Promoted social reforms for workers, poor people, orphans, and the outcast. He advanced cooperation with other faiths and traditions including Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Church of England, and even Shinto. In April 1959 he forbade Catholics to vote for parties supporting Communism. His encyclical, Mater et Magistra of 14 July 1961 advocated social reform, assistance to underdeveloped countries, a living wage for all workers, and support for socialist measures that promised real benefit to society.

He nearly doubled the number of cardinals, making the college the largest in history. On 25 January 1959, he announced his intent to call a council to consider ways to renew the Church in the modern world, promote diversity within the unity of the Church, and consider reforms promoted by ecumenical and liturgical movements. Convening the council, known as Vatican II, on 11 October 1962, was the high point of his reign.

His heartiness, his overflowing love for humanity individually and collectively, and his freshness of approach to ecclesiastical affairs made John one of the best-loved popes of modern times.

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Everyone remembers the image of Pope John’s smiling face and two outstretched arms embracing the whole world. How many people were won over by his simplicity of heart, combined with a broad experience of people and things! The breath of newness he brought certainly did not concern doctrine, but rather the way to explain it; his style of speaking and acting was new, as was his friendly approach to ordinary people and to the powerful of the world. It was in this spirit that he called the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, thereby turning a new page in the Church’s history Christians heard themselves called to proclaim the Gospel with renewed courage and greater attentiveness to the “signs” of the times. The Council was a truly prophetic insight of this elderly Pontiff who, even amid many difficulties, opened a season of hope for Christians and for humanity. In the last moments of his earthly life, he entrusted his testament to the Church: “What counts the most in life is blessed Jesus Christ, his holy Church, his Gospel, truth and goodness”. Pope John Paul II

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  • “Pope Saint John XXIII“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 October 2017. Web. 17 November 2018. <>