St Denis of Paris (Died c 258) and Companions – the First Bishop of Paris, Martyr (Optional Memorial) One of the 14 Holy Helpers
St John Leonardi (1541-1609) (Optional Memorial)
Our Lady of Good Help (1859) USA – 9 October:
“I am the Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners.”
Such is the way the Mother of God introduced herself to a twenty-eight-year-old Belgian immigrant, Adele Brise, on 9 October 1859.
The pious young woman was on her eleven mile walk home to Robinsonville (now Champion), Wisconsin, after attending Mass in Bay Settlement. Adele was travelling at the time with two companions, her sister and another woman, as well as a male guardian who was working for the Holy Cross Fathers at the Settlement. Our Lady had appeared earlier to Adele the day before and, again, that same morning at the same spot but she had not spoken. Her companions did not see or hear anything.
The young woman was told by Heaven’s Queen that she must pray for the conversion of sinners and warn them, for if they do not convert, her Son was going to punish them. She was told to gather together the children in this remote area and teach them the truths they must know for their salvation; teach them the catechism; teach them how to bless themselves with the Sign of the Cross; and teach them how to approach the sacraments.
Our Lady ended by telling Adele, whose faith was strong but simple, to fear nothing and be confident in her help.
For the next thirty-seven years of her life, until her death in 1896, Sister Adele Brise was faithful to this mission.
Sr Adele’s life and mission here:
Bl Aaron of Cracow
St Abraham the Patriarch
St Alfanus of Salerno
St Andronicus of Antioch
St Athanasia of Antioch
Bl Bernard of Rodez
St Demetrius of Alexandria
St Deusdedit of Montecassino
St Dorotheus of Alexandria
St Donnino of Città di Castello
Bl John Henry Newman Cong. Orat. (1801-1890)
SAINT John Henry now:
St Louis Bertrand OP (1526-1581)
St Sabinus of the Lavedan
Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War – Martyrs of Astoria – (9 saints): Also known as Martyrs of Turon: A group of Brothers of the Christian Schools and a Passionist priest martyred in the persecutions during the Spanish Civil War. They are –
• Aniceto Adolfo
• Augusto Andrés
• Benito de Jesús
• Benjamín Julián
• Cirilo Bertrán
• Inocencio de la Immaculada
• Julián Alfredo
• Marciano José
• Victoriano Pío
They were martyred on 9 October 1934 in Turón, Spain and Canonised on 21 November 1999 by St Pope John Paul II.
Martyrs of Laodicea – (3 saints): Three Christians martyred together in Laodicea, but no other information about them has survived but their names – Didymus, Diodorus and Diomedes. They were martyred in Laodicea, Syria.
4 thoughts on “Feast of Our Lady of Good Help (1859) USA and Memorials of the Saints – 9 October”
Thank you for your post on St Henry Newman. I have always had a great affinity with him, although the profundity of his thought is beyond me.
I love his poetry and hymns and your post is a great reminder to try again to read his works (or someone who can interpret them for me).
I hope you and all you love are well in these horrible times.
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Dear Anne Marie
I am tremendously fond of St John Henry too – in fact I have a whole category dedicated to him!
I have read virtually everything he wrote and many biographies and commentaries too – once you get used to him it becomes very easy to understand his mind. “A mind Alive” as Pope Benedict said of him (I think it was Benedict).
Keep going you will get a handle on him.
We struggle on – everything is ghastly – as you say these are “horrible times” – how are you and how is Ireland?