Daily Martyrology for November 18

In Rome, the dedication of the basilicas of Sts. Peter and Paul.

In 1852, at St. Charles, Louisiana, St. Philippine Duchesne. She was born in Grenoble of a prosperous family. She had a happy childhood and received a very good education. During the French Revolution she educated children and took care of prisoners and the sick. In 1804 she joined the Society of the Sacred Heart, which had recently been founded by Madeleine Sophie Barat (May 25). In 1818, she and four other sisters were sent to St. Louis, where they opened a school for children of the poor. She spent the rest of her life tirelessly and enthusiastically serving her order and poor children, often in the face of great difficulties.

In 1914, at Poland, Blessed Caroline Kozka. She was born into a large and devout family in rural Poland. As a girl she helped raise her siblings and was active in her parish. When she was sixteen a Russian soldier accosted and killed her.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.