August 31: Blessed Ghebre-Michael

August 31: Blessed Ghebre-Michael

Today is the feast day of Blessed Ghebre-Michael, an Ethiopian priest (associated with St. Justin de Jacobis, C.M.) who was tortured and died for refusing to renounce Catholicism.

Blessed Ghebre-Michael –

Ghebre-Michael was a disciple of Justin de Jacobis for many years, and eventually decided, with Justin’s consent, to become a Vincentian. A date was fixed for him to begin his internal seminary but when the fixed day arrived he was under arrest, and he died before he could carry out his intention. In a letter to the Superior General, Jean-Baptiste Etienne, Justin explained all this but said that he called Ghebre-Michael a Vincentian “because in his heart he already belonged to the Congregation”.

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