Vincentian SaintsThe church calendar tells us that September provides the opportunity to celebrate four Vincentian Feasts.  Of course we know that on September 27th our celebration is the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul himself.

September 2nd is the Feast of the Martyrs of the French Revolution.  These men were all killed during the French Revolution for refusing to take the Constitutional Oath and out of hatred for the Catholic Faith.  The Feast is commemorated as Blessed Louis Joseph Francois and Companions.

On September 9th we join the Vincentian Family in celebrating the Feast of Blessed Frederick Ozanam.  He is embraced as the Founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  He was a professor in the Sorbonne in Paris and regarded both for his scholarship and his teaching ability.  Blessed Frederick had a wife and children and with them was a model for living the Christian life.  He was born in 1813 so this year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth.  He is blessed that his work continues in the activities of the thousands of members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Resources for celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth

September 11th is the Feast of St. John Gabriel Perboyre.  All his life he longed to go to China as a missionary and finally in 1835 he had that opportunity.  His time in China was short as he was martyred there in 1840.  In 1996 he was canonized by Pope John Paul II.  St. John Gabriel was the first canonized saint of China.

September offers us many models as to how to live the Christian life.  May God share with us the same grace, courage, and wisdom so our lives may be as effective.

Image: Mosaic from the Church  on the ampus of St. John’s University