St. Vincent Strambi, Passionist

1424463950_ae37e8e61dSaint Vincent Strambi was born at Civitavecchia in 1745. A short time after his ordination to the priesthood, he entered the recently founded Passionist Congregation. Travelling throughout most of Italy, he endeavoured to promote the Christian life among the people by preaching on the Passion. He wrote hagiographical and devotional books, the most significant of which was that on the Previous Blood. Being an outstanding spiritual director, he directed, among others, Saint Gaspar del Bufalo and Blessed Anna Maria Taigi. Appointed Bishop of Macerata and Tolentino, he showed himself to be a true shepherd of the flock and promoted the reform of the clergy and the people with apostolic zeal. In political upheavals of the time, he was a fearless advocate of the freedom of the Church and chose exile in preference to an unlawful oath of loyalty to Napoleon. When he returned to his diocese after exile, he once again manifested his deep pastoral concern and extraordinary charity to the poor. Called by Pope Leo XII to become his personal advisor, he died in the Quirinal (Rome) on 1st January 1824, after having offered himself to God in place of the pope, who was seriously ill.   [Passionist Proper Offices, p. 150]

Read more about St. Vincent Strambi here

Read [pdf] article by Fr. Osmond Thorpe C.P.  Saint Vincent Strambi

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