By Joseph N. Tylenda
This useful notebook is prepared in response to the memorials and ceremonial dinner days of the liturgical 12 months, and offers a quick biography of every of the saints honored within the Mass.
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He was born Alfred Bessette on April 9, 1845, near the village of Saint-Grégoire d'Iberville, in the Page 4 diocese of Montreal, Canada. By the time he was twelve he lost both parents, and since he had to go to work when still a young teenager, his formal education was necessarily limited. His jobs were varied, and there was a period when he worked (1863-1867) in a factory in New York. Upon his return to Canada he entered (November 1870) the Congregation of the Holy Cross as a brother, and received the name André.
January 4 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious Memorial St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is the foundress of the American Sisters of Charity, and the first born American to be canonized a saint. She was born Elizabeth Ann Bayley on August 28, 1774, in New York City; both her parents were Episcopalians and she was brought up in that faith. She married (January 25, 1794) William Magee Seton, a wealthy New York merchant, and the couple had five children. During a visit to Italy, Mr. Seton died (December 1803), and there Mrs.
From 1256-1259 he was a professor in Paris; he subsequently returned to Italy and taught at Orvieto (1261-1265) and Rome (1265-1267). He again taught in Paris (1269-1272), but after three years he was once more in Naples. In 1274 Thomas was invited to attend the Council of Lyons (France), but not long after he had left Naples he fell ill and asked to be taken to the nearby Cistercian Abbey of Fossanova. There he died on March 7, 1274. He was canonized by Pope John XXII in 1323, and in 1567 Pope Pius V declared him a Doctor of the Church.