Archive for July, 2007

During the month of August

31 July, 2007

Passionist Monastery, Marrickville (Sydney, Australia)

7th August – Fr. John Baptist Danei, brother of St. Paul of the Cross, declared Venerable by Pope Pius XII (1940)

26th August – Feast of Blessed Dominic Barberi, C.P.

30th August – Anniversary of the death of Ven. John Baptist Danei, brother of St. Paul of the Cross and Co Founder of the Passionists (1765)

July 26 – Feast of St. Joachim and St. Anne – the Grandparents of Jesus

25 July, 2007

God of our fathers,
you gave Saints Joachim and Anne
the privilege of being the parents of Mary,
the mother of your incarnate Son.
May their prayers help us to attain
the salvation you have promised to your people.

Happy Feast Day, Fr. Provincial, Joachim Rego, C.P.

Let the Image of Jesus Shine Forth in You

24 July, 2007

From the Letters of St. Paul of the Cross –

Let the image of Jesus Christ shine forth in you. He who lives in union with Jesus resembles him even externally, because he lives as Jesus lived.  The road which leads to holiness is the one which the Lord give you strength to walk; it is the road he himself walked. Be happy to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, and to be “scorned by men and despised by the people”, to be hidden from the eyes of the world, and to do in everything what God desires.  The Passion of Jesus is the greatest and most overwhelming work of God’s love. It is the most outstanding miracle of God’s infinite love.

Resignation of Passionist Bishop in Peru

24 July, 2007

The Vatican News Service reports on 21st July 2007 –

“The Holy Father accepted the resignation of the office of the territorial prelature of Moyobamba, Peru, presented by Bishop Jose Santos Iztueta Mendizabal, C.P., upon having reached the age limit. He is succeeded by Bishop Rafael Escudero Lopez-Brea, previously coadjutor bishop of the same prelature.”

Prior to his nomination as Bishop in Peru, Bishop Santos served on the General Council of the Passionists and for a time was Rector of the Passionist General House at Sts. John and Paul in Rome.

More details about Bishop Santos are available from Catholic Hierarchy here

July 24 – Feast of Blessed Niceforo Diez Tejerina and the Spanish Martyrs

22 July, 2007


Blessed Niceforo of Jesus and Mary (Diez Tejerina) and his 25 martyr companions were all members of the Passionist Community of Daimiel.

Their martyrdom took place against the background of the strong anti-clerical climate which was sweeping Spain after the proclamation of the Republic in 1931. The majority were young religious aged between 18 and 21 years of age studying for the Priesthood and the possibility of working one day in South America. Towards midnight of the 21/22nd July anticipating the possibility of being attacked, the members of the Community, led by the Provincial Fr. Niceforo Diez gathered in the Chapel of the Monastery. They made their last Confession, received Holy Communion and heard the Provincial say ‘Inhabitants of Calvary, this is our Gethsemane. Human nature frightened at the prospect of the Steps of the Passion, the same as that of Jesus, grows weak and is intimidated. But Jesus is with us. He comforts us and sustains us. In a few moments we will be with Christ. Inhabitants of Calvary – Courage! Let us die for Christ.’

About 200 men arrived and drove them into the night. Divided into small groups they were martyred at various places over the next three months. Six were martyred on 23rd July at Manganares and on the same day nine at Carabanchel. Two days later three more were killed at Erda. Two months later two were martyred at Carrion de Calatrava on 25th September. In the following month the final group of six were martyred on 23rd October.

Not one abandoned the group to avoid participation in their fate. The moment of supreme sacrifice had come and all of them faced death with unflinching fortitude and patience for the love of God and Jesus. In actual fact even the soldiers admitted that some of them died with the crucifix in their hands and crying out ‘May Christ the King Live!’

Their Memorial is observed 24th July, the available date nearest to the date on which the first group, under the leadership of their Provincial, Blessed Niceforo Tejerina, was martyred. They are the first Beatified Martyrs of the Congregation of the Passion. Pope John Paul II beatified them on 1st October 1989.

Martyred in Manganares 23rd July
Fr. Niceforo Diez (aged 43 Yrs.), Jose Estalayo, student (aged 21 yrs.); Epilanio Sierra, student (aged 20 yrs.); Abilio Ramos, student (aged 20 yrs.); Zacarios Fernandez, student (aged 19 yrs.); Fulgencio Calvo, student (aged 19 yrs.);

Martyred in Carabanchel 23rd July
Fr. German Perez, (aged 30 yrs.); Fr. Felipe Valcabado (aged 62 yrs.); Maurilio Macho, student (aged 21 yrs.); Jose Oses, student (aged 21 yrs.); Julio Mediavilla, student (aged 21 yrs.); Jose M. Ruiz, student (aged 21 yrs.); Laurino Proano, student (aged 20 yrs.); Bro. Anacario Benito,(aged 30 yrs.); Bro. Felipe Ruiz, (aged 21 yrs.)

Martyred in Erda 25th July
Fr. Pedro Largo, (aged 29 yrs.); Felix Ulgade, student (aged 21 yrs.); Bro. Benito Solana,(aged 38 yrs.)

Martyred in Carrion de Calatrava 25th September
Fr. John Pedro Bengoa, (aged 46 yrs.); Bro. Pablo M. Leoz, (aged 54 yrs.)

Martyred in Manzanares 23rd October
Fr. Ildephonso Garcia, (aged 38 yrs.); Fr. Justiniano Cuesta (aged 26 yrs.); Eufrasio de Celes, student, (aged 21 yrs.); Honorino Carracedo, student (aged 19 yrs.); Tomas Cuartero, student, (aged 21 yrs.) and his brother, Jose M. Cuartero, student (aged 19 yrs.)

Read more about the Passionist Spanish Martyrs here