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Saint Nazaria Ignacia March y Mesa

Saint Nazaria Ignacia March y MesaAlso known as

  • Nazaire de Sainte-Thérèse March Mesa
  • Nazaria Ignacia de Santa Teresa de Jesus

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Fourth of eighteen children born to José Alejandro March y Reus, a merchant, fisherman and industrial worker, and Nazaria Mesa Ramos; Nazaira had a twin sister, Ignazia, and ten brothers who survived infancy. She and her sister were baptized on the day they were born, Nazaria made her First Communion on 21 November 1898 and made a personal vow of consecration to God. Unlike many children who are drawn to religious life at an early age, her family was indifferent to the faith, and grew so tired of her of her devotions that they once “grounded” her from going to Mass. By the time she was confirmed on 15 March 1902, which was celebrated by Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, her family had grown used to her piety, and allowed her to join the Franciscan Third Order and more actively practice her faith. She succeeded in getting several of them to return to the Church.

In late 1904, business failures led the family to move to Mexico. On the trip, Nazarie met sisters in the Instituto de Hermanitas de los Ancianos Desamparados (Institute of Sisters of the Abandoned Elders), and was so inspired by their charism that on 7 December 1908 she followed a calling to religious life, and entered the Institute in Mexico City, Mexico; she made her perpetual vows on 1 January 1915, and took the name Sister Nazaire de Sainte-Thérèse. Her diaries of the time show a deep devotion to her calling, but struggles with her vows of obedience to her superiors.

She was assigned to the Institute hospice in Oruro, Bolivia where she worked as a cook, housekeeper, nurse and occasional beggar to support the poor and neglected for twelve years. The region around Oruro was not entirely Christian, many Protestant groups were establishing missions, and the few priests in the area were often lax or lived scandalous lives. Beginning in 1920 Sister Nazaire began to feel a call to found a new congregation devoted to missionary work, evanglization and religious education. On 18 January 1925, the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Sister Nazaire made a special vow of obedience to the Pope, and on Pentecost that year she made a vow to work for the union and extension of the Holy Catholic Church. On 16 June 1925, with six other sisters, she founded the Pontifical Crusade, later renamed the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church, and began service as their superior. The mission of the Congregation was to catechize children and adults, support the work of priests, conduct missions, and to print and distribute short religious tracts.

Mother Nazaire met with opposition to her work, much of it from within Church administration. Her sisters in the Institute treated her as a traitor to her original vocation for turning away from their work; her superiors considered her disobedient, and some Claretian clergy considered her a glory-hound, ignoring all the help members of their order had given her. But Nazaire clung to Christ and pressed on.

Monsignor Felipe Cortesi, while in Bolivia, had worked to help Mother Nazaire to found the Congregation. When he was assigned to be the apostolic nuncio of Argentina in 1930, he asked had her open a Missionary Crusader house in Buenos Aires. The Congregation received an early test under fire during the 1932 to 1935 war between Bolivia and Paraguay; Mother Nazaire and the sisters cared for and brought the sacraments to soldiers on both sides, and helped establish homes for war orphans. In 1934 she founded the first magazine in Bolivia for women in religious life, Al Adalid de Cristo Rey, and the first female trade union, Sociedad de Obrera Católicas

In early 1934, Monsignor Cortesi asked the Vatican Congregation of Religious to approve the rules for the Crusaders that Nazaire had written, based on Ignatian spirituality. Later that year, Mother Nazaria travelled to Rome with an Argentinian pilgrimage group to work for the approval of her Rule. She made pilgrimages to several sites, and had a private audience with Pope Pius XI during which Nazaire said that she was willing to die for the Church; the Pope told her that she must, instead, live and work for the Church.

Leaving Italy for her native Spain, Mother Nazaire founded a retreat center for spiritual exercises in Madrid under the flag of Uruguay; the sisters there survived the Spanish Civil War as Franco did not wish to risk the international incident killing them would cause. With the help of the Bolivian government, Mother Nazaria was able to leave the persecutions in Spain and return to the Americas. She summoned a general chapter of the Congregation in 1937 to strengthen the unity and zeal of her sisters. Worked on the spiritual formation of new sisters, and set an example by her pious, simple life. To the superiors of the Congregation houses she always recommended a maternal approach to the sisters in their care, to remember their role as Mother of the house. When the Spanish Civil War ended, Nazaire returned to Spain to check on the sisters she had left behind, then returned to the Americas for the final time. The Congregation spread throughout South America and began to work in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Camaroon. Though Nazaire did not live to see it, the Congregation received Vatican recognition on 9 June 1947 by Pope Pius XII.

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  • “Saint Nazaria Ignacia March y Mesa“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 February 2019. Web. 20 October 2019. <>

Saint Francesco Spinelli

photograph of Saint Francesco Spinelli taken from an Italian holy card, date and photographer unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial

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As a child, Francesco would put on puppet shows for other kids. With his mother, he would visit and help the poor and sick in his city. Francesco studied in Bergamo, Italy, and ordained as a priest in 1875. Later that year, while in Rome, Italy to celebate the Jubilee, he had a vision of women continually adoring the Blessed Sacrament. Back in Bergamo he began teaching in the seminary by day, running an evening school for the poor of his parish by night. On 15 December 1882 he realized the fulfillment of his vision when he helped found the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament in Bergamo. Transferred to the diocese of Cremona, Italy on 4 April 1889 where the Sisters continue their work of adoring Christ in the Eucharist and in their care for their poor.

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  • “Saint Francesco Spinelli“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 October 2018. Web. 20 October 2019. <>

Saint María Natividad Venegas de La Torre

Saint María Natividad Venegas de la TorreAlso known as

  • María de Jesús Sacramentado
  • María of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
  • Mary of the Blessed Sacrament Venegas de la Torre
  • Nati (childhood nickname)

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Youngest of twelve children in a pious Bible-reading, Rosarypraying family; her father was an accountant and her mother a homemaker. Natividad was early drawn to prayer and contemplation, and made her first Communion at age 9. Her mother died when Nati was 16. The family moved to Compostela, Nayarit, Mexico for financial reasons, and Nati spent even more time in church and in prayer. Her father died when she was 19, and her paternal uncle and aunt took over care of the children who were still at home.

Nati began teaching local children to read, was very active in parish life, became a catechist, and attended daily Mass. She joined the Daughters of Mary on 8 December 1898, and began discerning a call to religious life. Following an Ignatian retreat, she joined the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on 8 December 1905; the pious union was dedicated to care of the sick, elderly and abandoned. She worked the next 54 years with the poor and sick in the small Sacred Heart hospital in Guadalajara, Mexico. She served as a nurse, pharmacist, housekeeper, and the community’s accountant and the hospital‘s bookeeper. Chosen Superior General of the Daughters in 1921. By 1924 she had written the formal constitutions of the Order, obtained diocean approval, and is considered the founder of the Congregation. She served as leader of the Daughters for 35 years during which they inceased vocations, opened hospitals and clinics, and founded several houses; she took the name María of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Wrote a number of pieces about her region.

Beginning in 1926, President Plutarco Elías Calles began enforcing anti-clerical laws, seizing Church property, shutting down Church institutions including schools, hospitals, orphanages and homes for the elderly. Mass was prohibited, religious education outlawed, and all bishops were exiled from Mexico; this persecution started the Cristero War. Mother Nati managed to keep Sacred Heart hospital open during the repressions; when soldiers arrived to close it down, she overwhelmed them with kindness, and she and her sisters treated both soldiers and Cristeros, so the military held off enforcing the order to shut her down. Mother Nati insisted that the Eucharist not be removed from the hospital, and to prevent the soldiers from committing sacrilege, it was often hidden in bee hives on their property.

Mother Nati continued working with the patients until her last days, even when she had to get around in a wheelchair. Her final, bed-ridden days were spent in prayer for them, her hospital and her sisters.

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  • Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Guadalajara
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She didn’t live an extraordinary life. She lived an ordinary life in an extraordinary way. – Sister Clara, who worked with Saint Natividad in her final years

The elderly are travelers who we must take care of before their life ends. We must take care of them with all the tenderness possible. – Saint Natividad

Suffering is short. Our joy will be eternal. – Saint Natividad

Those who are merciful with the needy of the world will not lack God’s mercy. – Saint Natividad

The weight of the cross is burdensome for those carrying it, but not for those who embrace it. – Saint Natividad

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  • “Saint María Natividad Venegas de La Torre“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 July 2019. Web. 20 October 2019. <>

Blessed Protasi Cubells Minguell

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Member of the Hospitallers of Saint John of God. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

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  • “Blessed Protasi Cubells Minguell“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 June 2018. Web. 20 October 2019. <>

Martyred Hospitallers of Madrid

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Seven members of the Hospitallers of Saint John of God who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.

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  • “Martyred Hospitallers of Madrid“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 November 2015. Web. 20 October 2019. <>

Blessed Santiago García Molina

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  • Brother Diego de Cádiz

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Member of the Hospitallers of Saint John of God. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

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  • “Blessed Santiago García Molina“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 November 2015. Web. 20 October 2019. <>

Blessed Rafael Touceda Fernández

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  • Brother Román

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Member of the Hospitallers of Saint John of God. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

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  • “Blessed Rafael Touceda Fernández“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 November 2015. Web. 20 October 2019. <>

Blessed Miguel Francisco Rueda Mejías

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  • Brother Miguel

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Member of the Hospitallers of Saint John of God. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

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  • “Blessed Miguel Francisco Rueda Mejías“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 November 2015. Web. 20 October 2019. <>

Blessed Arturo Donoso Murillo

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Member of the Hospitallers of Saint John of God. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

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  • “Blessed Arturo Donoso Murillo“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 November 2015. Web. 20 October 2019. <>

Blessed Jesús Gesta Piquer

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Member of the Hospitallers of Saint John of God. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

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  • “Blessed Jesús Gesta Piquer“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 November 2015. Web. 20 October 2019. <>