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SAINTS OF THE MONTH

roseveneriniSt. Rose Venerini:
Born:  1656
Died:   1728
Canonization Date:  2006
Feast Day:  May 7
Patron Saint:   Venerini Sisters

Born at Viterbo in Italy, the daughter of a doctor. Following the death of her fiancé she entered a convent, but soon returned home to care for her newly widowed mother. Meanwhile, Rose invited the women of the neighborhood to recite the rosary in her home, forming a sort of sodality with them.

As she looked to her future, Rose became convinced that she was called to become a teacher in the world rather than a contemplative nun in a convent.  She was a born teacher, and the free school for girls she opened in 1685 was well received.

Soon the cardinal invited her to oversee the training of teachers and the administration of schools in his Diocese of Montefiascone.

She died in Rome in 1728, where a number of miracles were attributed to her. She was beatified in 1952 and canonized in 2006. The sodality, or group of women she had invited to prayer, was ultimately given the rank of a religious congregation. Today, the so-called Venerini Sisters can be found in the United States and elsewhere, working among Italian immigrants.

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charlesborromeoSt. Charles Borromeo
Born:  1538
Died:  1584
Canonization Date:  1610
Feast Day:  November 4
Patron Saint Of: Catechists; Catechumens;  Seminarians

Charles took the initiative in giving good example. He allotted most of his income to charity, forbade himself all luxury and imposed severe penances upon himself. He sacrificed wealth, high honors, esteem and influence to become poor.

During the plague and famine of 1576, he tried to feed 60,000 to 70,000 people daily. To do this he borrowed large sums of money that required years to repay. Whereas the civil authorities fled at the height of the plague, he stayed in the city, where he ministered to the sick and the dying, helping those in want.

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