Wednesday, April 24, 2013

APRIL 24 - FEAST OF ST. FIDELIS OF SGMARINGEN, PRIEST AND MARTYR

St Fidelis it the name of our local (Guam) Capuchin monastery. But probably few people here know much about him.

(From the breviary)
St. Fidelis was born in the town of Sigmaringen in Germany in 1578. He entered the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins and led an austere life of penance, vigils and prayer. Continuously engaged in preaching the word of God, he was commissioned by the Sacred Congregation for The Propagation of the Faith to preach in the canton of the Grisons. In 1633 he was attacked by a band of heretics, and suffered martyrdom at Seewis in Switzerland.

Prayer
Father, you filled Saint Fidelis with the fire of your love and gave him the privilege of dying that the faith might live. Let his prayers keep us firmly grounded in your love, and help us to come to know the power of Christ's resurrection. We ask this through our Lord jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

More at NewAdvent.org

Current St. Fidelis Friary, Guam


Old Friary of St. Fidelis, Guam. Destroyed in Typhoon 2002




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