Celebrating the 800th Jubilee (1216-2016)
Three major Dominican saints are celebrated this week.
Thursday, April 28th is the feast of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716). He was ordained in 1700 in France and entered the third order of Dominicans. He preached the rosary and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout France.
If you are looking forward to a special spiritual journey, pick up the Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. The next Preparation period is July 13th for Consecration on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, August 15th.
April 29th is the feast of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380). She was born the 24th of 25 children in Siena, Italy. She went on to counsel popes and princes in war-torn Northern Italy. She helped to end the Babylonian Captivity when the pope was in Avignon, France. She died in Rome and is buried there in the church, Santa Maria sopra Minerva. We will visit her on our pilgrimage. Her famous work is The Dialogues and she is a Doctor of the Church, one of the first women so honored.
April 30th is the feast of Pope St. Pius V (1504-1572, pope: 1566-1572). He became a Dominican priest in 1528 and taught in Italy for sixteen years. He spoke and wrote against the Protestant reformation and became inquisitor for Como, Italy.
Pius V became Cardinal, but fell out of favor with Pope Pius IV. He was elected pope after Pius IV and continued the reform of the Church after the Council of Trent. He is famous for seeing in vision the defeat of Islamic forces in the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571.