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St Andrew Bobola was born in 1591 in the Palatinate of Sandomir and entered the Society of Jesus in 1611. After his ordination in 1622, he first served at Vilna as a preacher and director of the Sodality. From 1636 he worked as a travelling missionary and, at a time when the Church was subject to fierce persecution, strengthened a great number of Catholics in the faith. In 1657 he fell into the hands of Cossacks and after being subjected to savage torture, he died a martyr’s death in the town...
Excerpt From The Homily Preached By Pope Piux XI At The Canonisation Of St Andrew Bobola SJ
The life of St. Andrew  Bobola, S.J., (1591-1657)According to modern hagiography, Andrew Bobola, S.J., did not differ much from other priests or his fellow Jesuits in terms either of pursuing holiness in his daily life or of his missionary zeal. The argument for that is that there was a silence and nobody would remember much about him for 50 years after his death, which happened in 1657.  The history of devotion to him started in 1702, when the martyr appeared in the visions of the...
St Nicholas Owen was born in 1562 in Oxford into a devout recusant family, and trained as a carpenter and joiner.  As a Jesuit lay brother he became the servant of Henry Garnet SJ, the Superior of the English mission, in 1588 -  a time when the penalty for Catholic priests discovered in England was torture and death.  His carpentry skills were put to use in building priest holes or hiding places in the houses of Catholics all over the country.  Known as “Little Jo...
St Nicholas Owen was born in 1562 in Oxford into a devout recusant family, and trained as a carpenter and joiner.  As a Jesuit lay brother he became the servant of Henry Garnet SJ, the Superior of the English mission, in 1588 -  a time when the penalty for Catholic priests discovered in England was torture and death.  His carpentry skills were put to use in building priest holes or hiding places in the houses of Catholics all over the country.  Known as “Little John”, (...
Robert Bellarmine was born in 1542 and studied at the Universities of Padua and Leuven where he was the first Jesuit to teach: the subject of his course was the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. He was made rector of the Roman College (later renamed the Pontifical Gregorian University) by Pope Clement VIII in 1592 and was appointed Cardinal in 1599.As bishop, Bellarmine put into effect the reforming decrees of the Council of Trent and was considered a possible candidate for the papacy in the...
A Spanish Jesuit missionary priest who devoted his apostolic life ministering to African slaves in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), one of the ports in South America used for slave trading. The slaves were hunted as an animal, mostly in Congo and Angola, and then sold or bartered for goods. After crossing the Atlantic from West Africa under conditions so foul that an estimated one-third died in transit, they were marketed in Cartagena to work in the gold and silver mines.Peter Claver was deeply...
In a culture that can seem obsessed with celebrity, that even grades them A-List, B-List etc. – the church celebrated on Sunday 29th June two of our foremost saints.  Saints Peter and Paul have been called the indispensable men of the early church: Peter who has the unique authority that Jesus conferred to him, who is given the keys to heaven, Petrus the Rock on which Jesus says "I will build my Church".  And Paul, the great missionary, who first takes the news of the...
A Spanish Jesuit missionary has been declared a saint by Pope Francis. José de Anchieta (1534 –1597) was one of the founders of São Paulo, in 1554, and Rio de Janeiro, in 1565. He was a highly influential figure in Brazil's history in the first century after a Portuguese fleet discovered it in 1500 and subsequently colonised it.Born in the Canary Islands where he continues to be celebrated, Anchieta was involved in the catechesis and conversion to the Catholic faith of the Indian...
Pierre Favre, one of the original Companions of Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier, has been made a saint by Pope Francis.  The canonisation of Favre - also known as Peter Faber - holds a special meaning because he is a model of spirituality and priestly life for today's Pope and at the same time an important reference to understand his style of government.Favre lived on the crest of an era when the unity of the Church was undermined and he remained essentially alien to doctrinal...