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The Sodality of Our Lady / Our Lady of the Jesuit College, Rome (1584) and Memorials of the Saints – 5 December

The Sodality of Our Lady / Our Lady of the Jesuit College, Rome (1584) – 5 December:

The Abbot Orsini wrote: “In the year 1584 was instituted, the first congregation of Our Lady at the Jesuits’ college, at Rome, whence is derived their custom of establishing it in all their houses.”

The Sodality of Our Lady, or the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was actually founded in 1563 by a Belgian Jesuit, Father John Leunis, at the Collegio Romano in Rome. It was established for young schoolboys and the Papal Bull Superna Dispositione opened it to adults, under the authority of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
A Jesuit historian recorded that it was originally “made up especially of younger boys from the college, who agreed to go to daily Mass, weekly confession, and monthly Communion, as well as to engage in a half-hour of meditation each day and do some other pious exercises.” The youths who felt drawn to the spirit of the Jesuits and were often called the “Congregation Mariana.” Once formed into a Sodality of Our Lady, they were to do apostolic work in the City of Rome, while also serving the poor. Since the time of its humble beginnings in 1563, twenty-two Sodalists have become Popes.
After Fr Leunis’ death in 1584, Pope Gregory XIII canonically established the Sodality Group of the Roman College in his bull “Omnipotentis Dei.” The sodality of Fr Leunis was declared to be the mother of all such subsequent sodalities. Having attained the status of Prima Primaria, it had gained the right to partner with other similar groups, and through that affiliation ,all could share in the indulgences and privileges of the Prima Primaria, with the General of the Society of Jesus having the authority to grant such an affiliation. These sodalities were established all over Europe, India and Asia, as well as in the Americas and included both sexes. They reached their greatest number in the 17th century, when it was estimated that there were as many as 2500 such groups.
In 1773, Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society of Jesus and separated the sodalities from their jurisdiction. From that time on it was Catholic bishops who established Marian Sodalities throughout the world.

St Abercius
St Anastasius
St Aper of Sens
Blessed Bartholomew Fanti of Mantua O.Carm. (c 1428-1495) Carmelite Priest
St Basilissa of Øhren
St Bassus of Lucera
St Bassus of Nice
St Cawrdaf of Fferreg
St Christina of Markyate
St Consolata of Genoa
St Crispina
St Cyrinus of Salerno
St Dalmatius of Pavia
St Firminus of Verdun
St Gerald of Braga
St Gerbold
St Gratus

Blessed Jean-Baptiste Fouque (1851-1926) Priest, known as “The Saint Vincent de Paul of Marseilles.” Founder of numerous charitable organisations for the poor, the sick, the elderly, children and orphans.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/12/05/saint-of-the-day-5-december-blessed-jean-baptiste-fouque-1851-1926-saint-vincent-de-paul-of-marseilles/

St Joaquín Jovaní Marín
St John Almond
Bl Giovanni/John Gradenigo
St Justinian
St Martiniano of Pecco
Bl Narcyz Putz
St Nicetius of Trier
Bl Niels Stenson
St Pelinus of Confinium

Blessed Philip Rinaldi SDB (1856-1931) Blessed Philip was an Italian priest and a professed member from the Salesians of Don Bosco. He founded the Secular Institute of Don Bosco Volunteers.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2017/12/05/saint-of-the-day-5-december-blessed-philip-rinaldi-s-d-b-1856-1931/

St Sabbas of Mar Saba (439–532) Priest. a Cappadocian-Syrian Monk, founder of several Monasteries, most notably the one known as Mar Saba.
The Life of St Sabbas:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/12/05/saint-of-the-day-5-december-st-sabbas-439-532/

St Vicente Jovaní Ávila

Martyrs of Thagura – (12 saints): A group of twelve African Christians who were martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. The only details about them that have survived are five of their names – Crispin, Felix, Gratus, Juliua and Potamia.
302 in Thagura, Numidia

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Joaquín Jovaní Marín
• Blessed Vicente Jovaní Ávila

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Memorials of the Saints – 5 December

St Abercius
St Anastasius
St Aper of Sens
St Bartholomew Fanti of Mantua
St Basilissa of Øhren
St Bassus of Lucera
St Bassus of Nice
St Cawrdaf of Fferreg
St Christina of Markyate
St Consolata of Genoa
St Crispina
St Cyrinus of Salerno
St Dalmatius of Pavia
St Firminus of Verdun
St Gerald of Braga
St Gerbold
St Gratus
Blessed Jean-Baptiste Fouque (1851-1926)
The Life of the St Vincent de Paul of Marseilles:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/12/05/saint-of-the-day-5-december-blessed-jean-baptiste-fouque-1851-1926-saint-vincent-de-paul-of-marseilles/
St Joaquín Jovaní Marín
St John Almond
Bl Giovanni/John Gradenigo
St Justinian
St Martiniano of Pecco
Bl Narcyz Putz
St Nicetius of Trier
Bl Niels Stenson
St Pelinus of Confinium
Blessed Philip Rinaldi SDB (1856-1931)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2017/12/05/saint-of-the-day-5-december-blessed-philip-rinaldi-s-d-b-1856-1931/
St Sabbas of Mar Saba (439–532) Priest
St Vicente Jovaní Ávila

Martyrs of Thagura – (12 saints): A group of twelve African Christians who were martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. The only details about them that have survived are five of their names – Crispin, Felix, Gratus, Juliua and Potamia.
302 in Thagura, Numidia

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Joaquín Jovaní Marín
• Blessed Vicente Jovaní Ávila

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Saint of the Day – 5 December – Blessed Jean-Baptiste Fouque (1851-1926)

Saint of the Day – 5 December – Blessed Jean-Baptiste Fouque (1851-1926) Priest, Apostle of Charity known as “Saint Vincent de Paul of Marseilles,” Founder of numerous charitable organisations for the poor, the sick, the elderly, children and orphans.   Born on 12 September 1851 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France and died on 5 December 1926 at the Saint John Hospital in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France of natural causes.   Patronage – Saint John’s Hospital.

He tended to the poor during his time as a parish priest in Marseilles and was noted for his desire to create a large and free hospital for them.   He achieved this in 1921 and tended to the old and infirm in the hospital.   Fouque also was known for his ministering to displaced peoples during World War I and for his commitment to evangelisation.bl jean baptiste fouque snip 2 younger.JPG

Jean-Baptiste Fouque was born on 19 September 1851 in Marseilles to Louis Fouque  and Adèle Anne Remuzat.   His parents married on 29 October 1850 and were devout in their faith.

He studied in the school that the Servant of God Joseph-Marie Timon-David had opened, both David and Jean-Joseph Allemand proved to be Fouque’s spiritual masters during his education and were also influences on his desire to enter the priesthood.   Timon-David helped Jean-Baptiste discern his call to the priesthood which he had felt since the beginning of his adolescence.   This event – his Ordination – took place in Marseilles on 10 June 1876.  bl jean baptiste fouque snip 3 younger

His first assignment was to serve as a pastor in Auriol at the Sainte-Marguerite parish and then in La Major.   His final assignment was to serve at the Sainte Trinité parish from 15 April 1888 until his death over three decades later.bl j b fouque artwork

Fr Jean-Baptiste opened the  “Le Sainte Famille,”  ” The Holy Family ” home for girls that he later entrusted to the nuns from the Presentation order from Tours.   In December 1891 the archdiocesan vicar general asked him to tend to the abandoned and to orphans.   He threw himself into this work and opened an orphanage “House of the Holy Guardian Angels” that was transferred to a new location in 1894 and entrusted to nuns.  bl jean baptiste fouque snip

In 1903 he helped to establish a house for girls and also a home for poor domestic workers both in Marseilles.   In 1903 he also re-opened the former boarding school of the Ladies of the Christian Doctrine and in 1905 – in a former convent – created “L’oeuvre de Salette” for the old and infirm.    Fouque later founded “Le travail de l’enfance” on 27 November 1913 in Saint-Tronc which he later entrusted to the direction of a group of priests.BL Abbé_Jean-Baptiste_Fouque

Between 1914 and 1918 – upon the outbreak of World War I – he tended to the wounded and displaced peoples.   He had no financial means following the war but decided to appeal to doctors to care for the poor who had no finances to pay for medical attention. There were some doctors who agreed and Fr Jean-Baptiste proceeded to open a small clinic and hospital which would ensure better treatment of the poor.   He asked industrialists and merchants to help finance this venture which became the basis for his idea in 1919 to create a large and free hospital for the poor in Marseilles.   The people rallied behind him in this project and offered financial aid which resulted in Fr Jean-Baptiste finally opening and dedicating the Saint John Hospital on 20 March 1921.bl jean baptiste fouque snip with laiety

Fr Jean-Baptiste died on 5 December 1926 in the Saint John Hospital.   The people revered him as a saint and even referred to him as the “Saint Vincent de Paul of Marseilles.”   His remains were later transferred to the Saint Joseph’s chapel in his first hospital on 29 April 1993.bl jean baptiste fouque the hospital of st joseph plaque

He was Beatified on 30 September 2018 by Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu in the Cathedral of Sainte-Marie-Majeure, Marseille on behalf of Pope Francis.   Pope Francis said on that day at St Peter’s, Rome:

“The diocesan priest Jean-Baptiste Fouque, who was an assistant pastor throughout his life, is being proclaimed Blessed today in Marseilles.   A fine example for social climbers! He lived in the 19th and 20th centuries and promoted numerous welfare and social works in favour of young people, the elderly, the poor and the sick.   May the example and intercession of this Apostle of Charity, support us in the commitment to welcome and share with the weakest and most underprivileged people.   A round of applause for the newly Blessed Jean-Baptiste!”45521484961_4032598d11_bbeatification bl j b fouquebl j b fouque bust statue

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Memorials of the Saints -5 December

St Abercius
St Anastasius
St Aper of Sens
St Bartholomew Fanti of Mantua
St Basilissa of Øhren
St Bassus of Lucera
St Bassus of Nice
St Cawrdaf of Fferreg
St Christina of Markyate
St Consolata of Genoa
St Crispina
St Cyrinus of Salerno
St Dalmatius of Pavia
St Firminus of Verdun
St Gerald of Braga
St Gerbold
St Gratus
Blessed Jean-Baptiste Fouque (1851-1926)
St Joaquín Jovaní Marín
St John Almond
Bl Giovanni/John Gradenigo
St Justinian
St Martiniano of Pecco
Bl Narcyz Putz
St Nicetius of Trier
Bl Niels Stenson
St Pelinus of Confinium
Blessed Philip Rinaldi SDB (1856-1931)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/12/05/saint-of-the-day-5-december-blessed-philip-rinaldi-s-d-b-1856-1931/
St Sabbas of Mar Saba
St Vicente Jovaní Ávila

Martyrs of Thagura – (12 saints): A group of twelve African Christians who were martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. The only details about them that have survived are five of their names – Crispin, Felix, Gratus, Juliua and Potamia.
302 in Thagura, Numidia

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Joaquín Jovaní Marín
• Blessed Vicente Jovaní Ávila