In 1660, in France, St. Vincent de Paul. He was born of a peasant family and studied theology at Toulouse. He joined the circle of Pierre de Bérulle and was much influenced by St. Francis de Sales (January 24). When he served as a parish priest, he organized a confraternity of women to care for the sick poor. In 1625 he founded an order of priests, the Congregation of the Mission, which was dedicated to preaching and revitalizing Catholicism in France. With Louise de Marillac (March 15) he founded the Daughters of Charity, a group of religious women. They wanted to work among the poor, so to avoid being bound by enclosure, they did not make permanent, public vows. By his preaching and seminary work, Vincent de Paul contributed to the renewal of the clergy in France. He was an opponent of Jansenism.
In 1457, Blessed Lawrence of Ripafratta, who supported Blessed Raymond of Capua (October 5) in the renewal of the Dominican Order. He encouraged Fra Angelico (February 18) to paint. St. Antoninus (May 10) was one of his students.
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.