The primary reason for the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s existence was and is to increase the holiness of its members, by service to those in need and by building deep friendships.
Blessed Louis-Joseph François, Blessed Jean-Henri Gruyer, Blessed Pierre-René Rogue, Blessed Jean-Charles Caron, and Blessed Nicolas Colin were martyred along with many others during the French Revolution on September 2 and 3, 1792 after they refused to take an oath that would have placed them under the authority of the state.
An intense hatred for the Catholic Church prevailed in Ethiopia during the lifetime of Blessed Ghèbre-Michael.
Known as “El Pelé,” Bl. Ceferino gave his life to defend a priest during the Spanish Civil War.
“Blessed Pier Giorgio had no formula for charity other than putting the needs of his neighbor first.” – from frassatiusa.org