Posts tagged ‘Saints who were Teachers’

Blessed Francesco Mottola

Blessed Francesco MottolaMemorial

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The son of Antonio and Concetta Braghó Mottola; his mother committed suicide in 1913 when the Francesco was only 12. He studied in Tropea and Catanzaro, Italy, and was ordained a priest of the diocese of Tropea, Italy on 5 April 1924; as a seminarian, he was known for devotion to Mary under her title Madonna di Romania, and for his frequent sessions of Eucharistic Adoration. Member of Catholic Action. Rector of the seminary of Tropea from 1929 to 1942 where he also served as teacher and preacher. Founded the Secular Institute of the Oblates of the Sacred Heart in 1930. Canon of the cathedral of Tropea in 1931. Founded the Casa della Carità (House of Charity) in Tropea. Partially paralyzed in 1942, Father Francesco gave up his work at the seminary and devoted his remaining 27 years to organizing small groups and helping them serve those in need.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Francesco Mottola“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 October 2019. Web. 22 November 2019. <>

Blessed Stefan Wyszyński

Blessed Stefan WyszynskiAlso known as

  • Primate of the Millennium
  • Radwan II (nickname used during World War II)

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Born to a poor member of the Polish nobility, Stefan’s mother died when the boy was nine years old. Ordained a priest of Wloclawek, Kujawy, Kalisze, Poland on 3 August 1924. He received a doctorate in canon law from Catholic University of Lublin, and then taught at the seminary in Wloclawek.

Father Stefan spent World War II hiding from Nazis, minstering to members of the Polish resistance, and helping Jews escape persecution. After the War he became rector of the re-built Wloclawek seminary and editor of a Catholic weekly publication. Chosen bishop of Lublin, Poland on 25 March 1946 by Pope Pius XII. Chosen Metropolitan Archbishop of Gniezno, Poland and of Warsaw, Poland on 12 November 1948, and served as primate of Poland. Known for his opposition to Nazism and Communism, many considered him the leader of the Polish nation when the country was under the control of totalitarian governments; he spent three years, from 25 September 1953 till 26 October 1956 in prison for his opposition to them. Elevated to Cardinal by Pope Pius XII on 12 January 1953, a few months before his imprisonment, he was installed as CardinalPriest of Santa Maria in Trastevere on 18 May 1957 following his release. He helped to celebrate the Millennium of Christianity in Poland in 1966. Cardinal Stefan supported Pope Saint John Paul II, and was key to getting him to accept when chosen pope in the conclave of October 1978.

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The lack of courage is the beginning of defeat for a bishop. Blessed Stefan

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Stefan Wyszyński“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 October 2019. Web. 22 November 2019. <>

Blessed Vittoria Diaz y Bustos de Molina

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Lay woman of the diocese of Córdoba, Spain. She studied at the teacher’s college in Seville, Spain, earning her degree in 1923. She joined the Teresian Institute in 1926. Taught school in rural Spain where she worked at night to educate adults and working women. She founded a library, was extremely active in her parish, and organized a Catholic Action group. Arrested on 11 August 1936 by antiCatholic forces in Spanish Civil War, and murdered the next day. Martyr.

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Victoria Díez Bustos de Molina…from selfless work as a teacher, knew how to incarnate the spirituality of the Teresian Institution, in which she had made her total surrender to God by pronouncing these words: “If it is necessary to give the life to identify with Christ, our divine model, from today I cease to exist for the world, because my life is Christ and I die gain”. This Blessed is an example of openness to the Spirit and of apostolic fruitfulness. She knew how to become sanctified in her work as an educator in a rural community, collaborating at the same time in the parish activities, particularly in catechesis. The joy that she transmitted to all was a faithful reflection of that unconditional surrender to Jesus, which led her to the supreme witness of offering her life for the salvation of many. Pope John Paul II in the homily for the beatification of Blessed Victoria

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Vittoria Diaz y Bustos de Molina“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 November 2019. Web. 22 November 2019. <>

Venerable Augustin Arnaud Pagès

Venerable Augustin Arnaud PagèsAlso known as

  • Victorino Nymphas
  • Victorin Nymphas

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Member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He worked in Cuba, establishing several Catholic youth associations, and supported the vocation of many young men and women to enter the priesthood and religious life.

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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Augustin Arnaud Pagès“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 April 2019. Web. 22 November 2019. <>

Venerable Pio Giannotti

Venerable Pio GiannottiAlso known as

  • Damião of Bozzano
  • Damiano…

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The second of five children born to Félix and Maria Giannotti, pious Italian peasants; his older brother, Guilherme, became a diocesan priest and seminary director, and his younger sister, Pia, joined the Sisters of Santa Zita. Pio’s first Communion had a profound effect on the boy; when the family came home from church that day, Pio disappeared and was later found in the attic, deep in prayer before a crucifix. He felt a call to religious life and service, and at age 12 entered the Capuchin seminary in Camigliano, Italy; he made his profession on 30 October 1921 and was ordained a priest in Rome, Italy on 5 July 1923. Beginning on 10 July 1925, Father Pio served as novice master at the Villa Basilica convent. In 1928 he was transferred to teach in the seminary in Massa, Italy. In 1931 he became a missionary in Pernambuco state in Brazil; he served there for the next 66 years, always on the move, living on the road and ministering to everyone he found. As his health began to fail (in his 90’s), it was more common for people to visit him in search of guidance than for him to go to them, but the stream of spiritual students literally never ended until the day he died; in hospital he would be found leading groups of visitors in praying the rosary.

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  • 31 May 1997 in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil from a stroke
  • the president of Brazil proclaimed a three-day period of national mourning over the death
  • the funeral Mass was conducted at Arrunda Stadium in Recife, concelebrated by dozens of bishops and hundreds of priests
  • his coffin had to be helicoptered to the burial site; the streets were too clogged with thousands of mourners, and ground travel was impossible
  • buried in the Nostra Signora delle Grazie chapel in Pina, Brazil

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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Pio Giannotti“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 April 2019. Web. 22 November 2019. <>

Venerable Carlo Cavina

Venerable Carlo CavinaProfile

Raised in a pious family. Due to health problems, Carlo had trouble attending seminary, so he did most of his studies for the priesthood from home. He was ordained a priest of the diocese of Imola, Italy on 10 June 1846; he was ordained by the future Pope Pius IX. Father Carlo taught in the seminary and in a village near Imola. Provost of the Collegiate in Lugo, Italy in 1850. Over local Masonic-led antiCatholic objections, he founded the Little House of Saint Joseph as a catechism center and school for girls; it grew into the Institute of Saint Joseph. To manage the school and teach the girls, he founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Saint Francis de Sales who continue their good work in several countries today.

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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Carlo Cavina“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 April 2019. Web. 22 November 2019. <>

Venerable Maria Hueber

Venerable Maria HueberProfile

Youngest of five children of Nikolaus Hueber and Anna Tapp. After her father died in combat, Maria was placed with a noble neighbors who helped keep the family from starving. Maria was known as a pious girl, more interested in prayer than play. She worked as a maid at several houses in Bressanone and Bolzano in Italy, Innsbruck and Salzburg in Austria; at each house, she made contact with local spiritual director. She returned home to care for her mother, whose health had failed, and devoted her spare time to prayer. In 1700, with the help of the Franciscan priest Isidor Kirnigl, she founded a school for poor girls, and founded the Congregation of the Tertiary Sisters of Saint Francis of Bressanone to manage it and care for the girls.

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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Maria Hueber“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 March 2019. Web. 22 November 2019. <>

Blessed Luis Padilla Gómez

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After studying at the concilar seminary of Guadalajara, Mexico from 1917 to 1921, Luis suffered doubts about his vocation and put off further studies. He worked as a teacher, but also conducted free classes for poor boys. One of the founders of the Catholic Youth Association of Mexico, Luis spent more and more time in prayer, meditation and Eucharistic adoration. In 1926, about the time Luis was considering a return to the seminary, antiChristian persecutions began as part of the Mexican Revolution, which led to his arrest and execution. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Luis Padilla Gómez“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 March 2019. Web. 22 November 2019. <>

Venerable Leonardo Lanzuela-Martínez

Venerable Leonardo Lanzuela-MartínezAlso known as

  • Brother Adolfo

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Member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Taught for 40 years at La Salle College in Montemolin, Spain. Known as a model of life, balance and serenity whose primary concern was to bring his students to a life in Christ.

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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Leonardo Lanzuela-Martínez“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 June 2019. Web. 22 November 2019. <>

Blessed Teofilius Matulionis

photograph of Blessed Teofilius Matulionis, 20 October 1933, photographer unknown; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsMemorial

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The middle of three brothers born to the peasant family of Jurgis Matulionis and Ona Juocepyte; after his mother died, his father re-married, and the couple then had seven more children. Teofilius studied at Antaliepte, Lithuania from 1887 to 1892, then Dvinsk (modern Daugpilis, Latvia) from 1892 to 1900, and then at the seminary in Saint Petersburg, Russia; he could speak Russian, Latvian and Polish. At one point he questioned his vocation, left seminary, and supported himself by teaching, but later returned to seminary. Ordained a priest of the diocese of Mohilev, Belarus on 17 March 1900.

He assisted briefly in several parishes in Latvia, and on 26 June 1900 was assigned to Latgalia, Latvia. From 1910 to 1929 he was assigned to the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Saint Petersburg, an area where Catholics were a distinct minority, and where they came under increased persecution following the Communist takeover of Russia. The Bolsheviks confiscated all churches in 1922. Father Teofilius was imprisoned from 1923 to 1925 for failure to cooperate with the Soviets in the persecution of Archbishop Jan Cieplak.

Chosen Auxiliary Bishop of Mohilev, Belarus and Titular Bishop of Matrega by Pope Pius XI on 8 December 1928, he was consecrated in secret on 7 February 1929. On 24 November 1929 he was arrested and sentenced to hard labour in a prison camp north of Arctic Circle for the crime of having had contact with people outside the Soviet Union. In prison he would often get up in the middle of the night to celebrate Mass in secret, distributing the Eucharist to other prisoners when possible. The privations of the prison broke his health; Father Teofilius was re-located to solitary confinement in a prison in Saint Ptersburg and finally turned over to Lithuania as part of a prisoner exchange.

Chosen Archbishop of Kaišiadorys, Lithuania on 9 January 1943 by Pope Pius XII. In 1946 he released a pastoral letter to his diocese; the Soviet authorities imprisoned him for ten years for actively practising his vocation. Released in 1956, he was placed under house arrest in Birštonas, Lithuania to prevent his returning to active work as a bishop. On 25 December 1957 Matulionis consecrated Vincentas Sladkevicius a bishop without the consent of the Communists. The authorities mocked him for celebrating the consecration is his kitchen; Matuliones shamed them for forcing him to such a reduced state. For his disobediance, the Communists exiled him to Seduva, Lithuania for the rest of his life. Martyr.

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  • during a routine search of his apartment by Soviet authorities, he was given an injection by a KGB nurse and dropped dead on 20 August 1962 in Seduva, Radviliškis, Lithuania
  • his body was exhumed and autopsied in 1999; tests indicated that he had been poisoned
  • interred in the crypt of the Transfiguration Cathedral of Kaišiadorys, Kaisiadorys, Kaišiadorys District Municipality, Kaunas, Lithuania

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You are a martyr. It is you who must bless me. Pope Pius XI during an audience in the Vatican on 24 March 1934

It is an honor to the Lithuanian nation to have such a hero. Pope Pius XI

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Teofilius Matulionis“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 July 2019. Web. 22 November 2019. <>