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September 2021

Blessed Scubilion Rousseau

September 27

He was a catechist in his hometown when introduced to the Brothers, who had a school in a nearby town. Brother Scubilion spent 10 years as an elementary school teacher in his home country of France, then spent the remainder of his life (34 years) serving the indigenous people who were enslaved on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. From the Homily on the Beatification of Brother Scubilion Rousseau, by Pope John Paul II    Take part in…

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October 2021

Saint Jaime Hilario & Martyrs of Turon

October 9

During the Spanish Civil War (1931-1939), almost 7,000 Catholic priests, Brothers, and Sisters were executed. Civilians and Religious were treated harshly by both sides, Brothers were tried and executed for the crime of providing a human and Christian education. Brother Jaime on the way to execution told the soldiers, " God be blessed! In heaven I shall pray a great deal for all of you. What more could I ask for than to die when my only crime is that…

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Blessed Nicolas Barre

October 21

As a young man, Nicolas, discerned and joined the priesthood, apart of the religious community Minim Order of St. Francis Paola. He was attracted to their spirituality, asceticism, and mission centered on the conversion of hearts. He accompanied a group of women in supporting "Little Charitable Schools" as he recognized this as need in the society of his day. As a spiritual director to a young John Baptist de La Salle, he was an inspiration and certainly influenced the founding…

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Blessed Arnold Reche

October 23

Born to a large family, as a boy he worked as a farmer to support his family. He taught catechism in the village he was from. As a young adult, he met the Brothers while attending evening classes in their school and was attracted to their life. As a Brother, he taught agriculture, yet his zeal led him to catechize. During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, he worked with other Brothers as a nurse to meet the medical and spiritual…

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November 2021

Blessed Spanish Martyrs of the 20th Century

November 6

The Blessed Martyrs of Almeria were beatified in 1993. The Catholic Church holds dear anyone who endures the loss of life because they are Christians. During the first centuries of Christianity, this was the fate of thousands of early followers of Jesus. Sadly, this has happened in every century since the time of Jesus. In the 1930s, many were executed in Spain because they were religious leaders. Specifically, in 1936, seven Christian Brothers in Almeria, Spain, were arrested and condemned…

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Commemoration of the Heroic Vow 1691

November 21

November 21, 1691 John Baptist De La Salle, Nicholas Vuyart and Gabriel Drolin profess the 'The Heroic Vow', to remain together in society even if they would have to beg and live on bread alone. "Most holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, prostrate in a profound respect before your infinite and adorable majesty, we consecrate ourselves entirely to you, to procure with all our power and with all our care the establishment of the society of the Christian Schools…

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