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February 2018

Bishop Francis X. Ford, Servant of God

February 20
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(1892-1952) The first seminarian to join the Maryknoll Missionary Society, Ford was sent to China, where he served the people with love and respect for more than 20 years. When the Communists took power, they arrested him and publicly tortured…

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St. Robert Southwell

February 21
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(1561-1595) The Jesuit priest who secretly ministered to oppressed Catholics in Elizabethan England for six years before being caught. He was famous for his religious poetry, and wrote some of his best poems while imprisoned in the Tower of London…

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Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

February 22
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Today is the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, a day when the Church celebrates the authority and unity of the Church.

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St. Margaret of Cortona

February 22
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(1247-1297) St. Margaret of Cortona had a sad past and Cinderella-story start to life. Her mother died when she was young, and Margaret ran off with a man to escape her stepmother and father. Unfortunately her husband wasn’t a Prince…

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Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace

February 23

Pope Francis called for Catholics and people of faith around the world to mark Feb. 23 as a day of prayer and fasting for peace for war-torn nations, particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.  

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St. Polycarp

February 23
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(69–155) The bishop and martyr who was a disciple of Sts. John the Evangelist and Ignatius of Antioch. At the stake, the flames miraculously did not touch him.

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Blessed Josefa Naval Girbes

February 24
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(1820–1893) The Spanish lay woman who opened an embroidery workshop where young women could learn a trade while studying the Bible and praying. She spent her life caring for her family and others. According to the Carmelite Sisters of the…

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Blessed Maria Adeodata Pisani

February 25
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(1806-1855) Young Maria had a challenging childhood. Her father was an alcoholic who got into trouble with the law, and her mother left her father, giving her up to be raised by her grandmother. Upon her grandmother’s death, she was…

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St. Isabel of France

February 26
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(1224-1270) Isabel was the daughter of King Louis VIII of France, but was much more interested in religion than in royal life. She spent her wealth on the poor and supporting religious communities, and founded a monastery of Poor Clare…

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St. Gabriel of Our Lady
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February 27
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(1838-1862) Known as “the dancer” for his fun-loving ways as a teenager, Francesco Possenti brought his joyful nature to the Passionist Order when he joined them at age 18. He died two days before turning 24, having impressed everyone with…

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