Saturday, August 30, 2003

Today is the feast of various saints and beati.....
including the hermit St. Fiacre, St. Margaret Ward, Blessed Edward Shelley, Blessed John Roche,Blessed Richard Leigh
and Blessed Richard Martin, all of whom belong to that wonderful category of saints, the English martyrs, and Blessed Jeanne Jugan, who founded the Little Sisters of the Poor, which order is represented in my diocese. However, it is a most special day for Oratorians, as it is the feast of Blessed Juvenal Ancina, C.O.. Invoking his intercession may be particularly appropriate these days, since while he did not become a bishop willingly, he proved to be a true Bishop With Backbone- and died in the cause of cleaning up his diocese.


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