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Easter Tuesday, Our Lady of the Conception, Flanders (1553) and Memorials of the Saints – 6 April

Easter Tuesday – The Third Day in the Easter Octave

Our Lady of the Conception, Flanders (1553) – 6 April:

The Abbot Orsini wrote: “Our Lady of the Conception, at the Capuchin Convent of Donay, in Flanders, where is seen a picture of the Immaculate Conception, which was miraculously preserved from fire, in the year 1553.”

Donay, now known as Douai in France, was once considered a thriving and populous region of Flanders during the Middle Ages, markedly famous, for its textile market. It is now a commune in northern France located on the Scarpe River 25 kilometers from Arras. The town of Douai is also known as Douay or Doway in the English language.
The County of Flanders became part of the domain of the Duke of Burgundy in the year 1384 and then in 1477, became a possession of the Habsburg’s. The Town was taken by the French army and became a permanent part of France in the year 1668. During successive sieges in 1710 and 1712, the City was almost completely razed to the ground by the British Army.
The University of Douai was founded in 1562. There was a Benedictine Priory founded at Douai in 1605. In the year 1609, a translation of the Old Te,stament was published there and combined with the recently published New Testament from Rheims, to create the famous Douay-Rheims Bible that is still considered to be the standard for the complete Catholic Bible.
It is certain that the French Revolution played a great deal of havoc in the region and the Town was heavily damaged during both World Wars.
In Butler’s lives of the Saints, there is a reference to a John Woodcock OFM, born in 1603. According to this history, he joined the English Franciscans at Douai and was clothed there in 1631. For some time he lived as a Chaplain and confessor and became a zealous worker on the English mission for many years but suffered from continual sickness and eventually retired to the Convent at Douai. This is the only reference I could find to the existence of a Capuchin Convent at Donay at the time.
There is also mention of a Capuchin Monastery in the list of historical monuments of Douai but other than the above, I can find no other information about this feast.

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St Agrarius the Martyr
St Amand of Grisalba
St Berthanc of Kirkwall
St Brychan of Brycheiniog
Bl Catherine of Pallanza
St Diogenes of Philippi
St Elstan of Abingdon
St Galla of Rome
St Gennard
St Irenaeus of Sirmium
Bl Jan Franciszek Czartoryski
St Juliana of Cornillon (c 1192-1258) Nun, Mystic “Apostle of the Blessed Sacrament”

St Marcellinus the Martyr
Blessed Maria Karlowska (1865-1935)
About Blessed Maria:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/saint-of-the-day-6-april-blessed-maria-karlowska-1865-1935/

Bl Michele Rua
Blessed Notker Balbulus OSB (c 840-912)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/saint-of-the-day-6-april-blessed-notker-balbulus/

St Phaolô Lê Bao Tinh
St Philaret of Calabria
Bl Pierina Morosini
St Platonides of Ashkelon
St Prudentius of Troyes
St Pope Sixtus I
St Timothy of Philippi
St Ulched
St Urban of Peñalba
St William of Eskilsoe
St Winebald
Blessed Zefirino Agostini (1813-1896)
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/04/06/saint-of-the-day-6-april-blessed-zefirino-agostini-1813-1896/

Martyrs of Sirmium : 7 saints – A group of fourth century martyrs at Sirmium, Pannonia (modern Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia). We know little more than seven of their names – Florentius, Geminianus, Moderata, Romana, Rufina, Saturus and Secundus.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Enric Gispert Domenech
Bl Josep Gomis Martorell

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Memorials of the Saints – 6 April

St Agrarius the Martyr
St Amand of Grisalba
St Berthanc of Kirkwall
St Brychan of Brycheiniog
Bl Catherine of Pallanza
St Diogenes of Philippi
St Elstan of Abingdon
St Galla of Rome
St Gennard
St Irenaeus of Sirmium
Bl Jan Franciszek Czartoryski
St Marcellinus the Martyr
Bl Maria Karlowska (1865-1935)
About Blessed Maria:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/saint-of-the-day-6-april-blessed-maria-karlowska-1865-1935/

Bl Michele Rua
Bl Notker Balbulus OSB (c 840-912)
Biography:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/saint-of-the-day-6-april-blessed-notker-balbulus/

St Phaolô Lê Bao Tinh
St Philaret of Calabria
Bl Pierina Morosini
St Platonides of Ashkelon
St Prudentius of Troyes
St Pope Sixtus I
St Timothy of Philippi
St Ulched
St Urban of Peñalba
St William of Eskilsoe
St Winebald
Bl Zefirino Agostini (1813-1896)

Martyrs of Sirmium : 7 saints – A group of fourth century martyrs at Sirmium, Pannonia (modern Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia). We know little more than seven of their names – Florentius, Geminianus, Moderata, Romana, Rufina, Saturus and Secundus.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Enric Gispert Domenech
Bl Josep Gomis Martorell

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One Minute Reflection – 6 April – Easter Friday & The Memorial of Bl Maria Karlowska (1865-1935)

One Minute Reflection – 6 April – Easter Friday & The Memorial of Bl Maria Karlowska (1865-1935)

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”…John 13:34

REFLECTION – “[She] worked as a true Samaritan among women, suffering great material and moral deprivation.   Her devotion to the Saviour’s Sacred Heart bore fruit, in a great love for people.   Thanks to this love she restored to many souls the light of Christ and helped them to retain their lost dignity.” … St Pope John Paul II at the Beatification on 6 June 1997her devotion to the saviour's sacred heart - st john paul on bl maria karlowska - 6 april 2018

PRAYER – Dear Jesus, take away our hearts of stone and replace them with Your loving heart.   Help us to radiate You to all we meet. Blessed Maria Karlowska, your heart was the heart of Christ, please pray for us, amen.bl maria karlowska pray for us - 6 april 2018

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Saint of the Day – 6 April – Blessed Maria Karlowska (1865-1935)

Saint of the Day – 6 April – Blessed Maria Karlowska (1865-1935) Religious sister and Founder of the Sisters of the Divine Shepherd of Divine Providence.   Blessed Maria Karłowska worked with poor and abandoned people with an emphasis on girls and also tried to aid prostitutes avoid such a life and build another kind of life so used her order to reach out to such people to render assistance.   Her beatification cause culminated in St Pope John Paul II presiding over her beatification on 6 June 1997 while on his apostolic visitation to Poland.   Bl Maria was born on 4 September 1865 in Karlowo, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland and died on 24 March 1935 in Pniewite, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland of natural causes.   She is the patron of the Order she founded.Bł._Maria_Angela_Karłowska

Maria Karłowska was born on 4 September 1865 in Poland as the eleventh child to Mateusz Karłowska and Eugenia Dembińska;  she was baptised that same month and her godmother was Wanda.   She made her First Communion in 1875 and in 1882 made a private vow – with the permission of her confessor – to remain chaste.   Her parents both died in 1882 within the striking space of two months leaving her orphaned and alone. Her paternal cousin Stanisław Karłowski was a Discalced Carmelite priest.   A second cousin was the artist Stanisława de Karłowska.

Karłowska became an apprentice seamstress in Berlin and started to collaborate with her elder sister as well as ill people in the area even after she had returned to Poland.   In November 1892 she met a poor girl named Franke and this encounter inspired her to aid the neglected and abandoned after hearing her talk about her life.   Bl Maria had an  intense devotion to the Sacred Heart.   Her religious congregation was established on 8 September 1896 and she – as well as several others – made her solemn profession as a nun on 20 June 1902;   she served as the Superior General from the founding until her death.   Her order received diocesan approval on 13 April 1909.    She received the Cross of Merit for her work in 1928.Beata_Maria_Karlowska_C

Karłowska died on 24 March 1935 after being ill for some time and her remains were interred in the order’s motherhouse after her funeral on 28 March;  her remains were relocated on 31 August 1935.   Her order received the decree of praise from Pope Paul VI on 24 May 1967.   In 2005 there were 221 religious in 24 places across Poland and Kazakhstan.

bl maria karlowska

The beatification process opened under Pope Paul VI on 17 March 1965 and she became titled as a Servant of God while the informative process commenced from 17 March 1965 until October 1982 in Toruń;  the Congregation for the Causes of Saints validated the process on 27 March 1987 and then received the Positio in 1991.   Theologians approved the dossier on 20 December 1994 as did the C.C.S. on 25 April 1995 before Pope John Paul II confirmed her heroic virtue and named her as Venerable on 11 July 1995.

The miracle for beatification was investigated and then received C.C.S. validation on 6 October 1995 before a medical board approved it on 27 June 1996.   Theologians approved it on 6 December 1996 as did the C.C.S. on 25 February 1997;   St John Paul II approved this miracle on 8 April 1997 and beatified her two months later on 6 June while on his apostolic visit to Poland.