Vatican City (Fides Service) – On Sunday 9 November 2003, the feast of the dedication of the Cathedral of Rome, the Basilica of St John in the Lateran, at 9.30 am, Pope John Paul II will preside a solemn Mass in St Peter’s during which he will beatify two priests, one religious brother and two nuns. Here are the details of the five new Blesseds.
Juan Nepomuceno Zegri Y Moreno (1831-1905), a Spanish priest, founder of the Mercedarian Sisters of Charity. He was a great apostle of the Gospel of Charity towards the needy and a tireless announcer of the Word of Salvation.
Valentin Paquay (1828-1905), a Belgian Friar of the Order of Friars Minor. An able preacher of popular missions and to religious men and women who spent hours hearing confessions. He had a singular devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and with his apostolate in favour of frequent reception of Holy Communion, he was a precursor of the decree issued by Saint Pius X.
Luigi Maria Monti (1825-1900), Italian Religious, founder of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception. He distinguished himself for his austere life style, his dedication to the sick and the poor and his zeal to evangelise the distant. The Congregation he founded spread all over the world manifesting through works of charity the charisma of paternal welcoming and assistance carried out with qualification and dedication.
Bonifacia Rodríguez Castro (1837-1905) a Spanish nun, foundress of the Congregation of the Sister Servants of Saint Joseph. She followed Jesus Christ faithfully in the mystery of his hidden life in Nazareth and lived the Gospel authentically. Her spirituality focussed on the sanctification of work through prayer and simplicity of life.
Rosalie Rendu (1786-1856) a French nun, a Daughter of Charity of the Congregation founded by Saint Vincent de Paul. Although frail in health Sister Rosalie never rested from her work of serving the poor and the sick including patients with a mental disorder. (S.L.) (Fides Service 7/11/2003; lines 23; words 278)