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Saint Gregory Grassi, OFM (13 December 1833 - 9 July 1900) Consider Sponsoring Saint Gregory Grassi in Chapel of 1000 Priests

Born Pier Luigi Grassi in the Piedmont section of Italy, Gregory (Gregorio) entered the Franciscan Friars Minor at the age of fifteen and was ordained a priest in 1856. .In 1860, Gregory was assigned to China where he first served as Mission Promotor, Director of the mission orphanage, and choirmaster. In 1890, he became Bishop of what is now the Archdiocese of Taiyuan. In addition to administrative duties, he dealt with suffering of the people brought on by plaque and famine. The deaths of so many caused him to enlarge the orphanage and establish others. He also established a Franciscan novitiate for Chinese applicants and a rest home for overworked missionaries. During the Boxer Rebellion, Gregory and several other Franciscans were martyred for their faith. 

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Saint Dominic Guzman (8 August 1170 - 6 August 1221) Consider Sponsoring Saint Dominic Guzman in Chapel of 1000 Priests 

Born to a noble family in Caleruega, Spain, Dominic began his studies in a monastery, devoting his time to the arts and theology .In 1191, when Spain was desolated by famine, Dominic gave away his money and sold his clothes, furniture, and even precious manuscripts to feed the hungry. At the age 24, Dominic was ordained as a priest. In 1203 or 1204, he accompanied the Bishop on a diplomatic mission. On the return trip, they met monks who had been sent by the Pope to preach against the doctrines of the Cathars, a heretical sect. Deeming that the monks were too worldly to be successful against an ascetic sect, Dominic and the Bishop assumed an austere penitential life and began to preach in southern France against this heresy. The first foundation was a group of women who had left the Cathars. Dominic gave them the Augustinian Rule of life. When the Bishop died, Dominic was left alone with the mission. In 1208, Dominic had a vision of the Blessed Mother giving him a rosary which became the foundational prayer of the penitential preaching Order of men which he established to preach the truths of the Catholic faith. 

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Saint Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse (8 December 1750 - 14 September 1815) Consider Sponsoring Saint Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse in Chapel of 1000 Priests

Born in France, Louis was inspired to join the missions to China when he learned of them from a seminary professor. Ordained a priest in 1774, Louis was sent to the Chinese missions in 1775. Persecutions of Christians were going on during much of his time in China, and Louis spent a good deal of time in prison. In 1789, while in a convoy of prisoners, two of the soldiers converted to the Catholic faith. Eventually he was released and was made Bishop of Thabraca and Vicar Apostolic of Setchohan. He resumed his ministry of baptizing children and adults, receiving catechumens, hearing confessions, and visiting communities. In 1803, he convened the first Catholic synod held in China. Conversions were numerous and the Church grew until persecution resumed and Louis once again led a life of wandering  Betrayed to authorities, Louis was beheaded for his faith.  

Saint Augustine Zhao-Rong (1746 - 1815) Consider Sponsoring Saint Augustine Zhao Rong in Chapel of 1000 Priests

Originally surnamed Zhu, Augustine was born in Wu Chuan, Guizhou Province, China. When he was about twenty years old, Zhu was one of a contingent of soldiers set to guard Bishop Louis Dufresse who had been arrested for his faith. The Bishop's constancy, as well as the example of two other priests, so impressed Zhu that he asked for instruction and baptism which took place on the Feast of Saint Augustine whose name Zhu took. At the age of 35, Augustine was himself ordained a priest and sent to care for Catholics in three Chinese counties. He taught, preached, heard confessions, and administered the sacraments, inspiring all with his faith. In 1815 when persecution resumed, Augustine stated that he was too old and frail to leave and asked for prayers for courage, perseverance, and fortitude. Found by authorities, Augustine was arrested, abused, and pressured to renounce Christ. Refusing, he was beaten and died in prison from his injuries. . . 

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Saint Matthew (? - 68 A.D.?) Consider Sponsoring Saint Matthew in Chapel of 1000 Priests​

 

Although a Jewish citizen of ancient Israel, Matthew was employed as a tax collector for Rome. While sitting at his customs' post, he was invited by Jesus to follow Him. He immediately did so. Matthew was one of Jesus' twelve apostles and was sent out to preach. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, Matthew recorded Jesus' words and actions in what is now called the Gospel of Saint Matthew. Tradition states that Matthew spread the Gospel message throughout Judea and Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, he converted the king's daughter who then became a nun. When Matthew rebuked another king for wanting to marry a bride of Christ, the jilted suiter had Matthew killed. ​

Saint Maximilian Kolbe (8 January 1894 - 14 August 1941) Consider Sponsoring Saint Maximilian Kolbe in Chapel of 1000 Priests

Born in Zduńska Wola in Poland, Raymund Kolbe was the second son of a weaver and midwife. When he was 12, Raymund experienced a vision in which the Blessed Mother showed him two crowns, one red (martyrdom) and one white (purity). She asked him which he'd chose. He said, "Both." In 1907, he joined the Conventual Franciscans where he received the name Maximilian Mary. Kolbe received doctorates in both philosophy and theology and organized the Militia Immaculatae to work for the conversion of sinners and for enemies of the Church. Ordained a priest in 1918, he founded a monthly periodical Knight of the Immaculata and operated a religious printing press in Niepokalanów which developed into a religious publishing center with a junior seminary. Maximilian traveled to East Asia, preaching and opening religious houses in Japan and India before returning to Poland in 1936 where he was appointed guardian of Niepokalanów and where he began a radio station. With the Nazi takeover of Poland, Niepokalanów was shut down in 1941 and Maximilian and four others arrested. Sent to Auschwitz, Kolbe was beaten and ill treated. In July 1941, a prisoner escaped. To deter other escape attempts, ten men were picked at random to starve in an underground bunker. When one man pleaded to be spared because he had a wife and children, Maximilian volunteered to take his place. After two weeks of no food and water, the four prisoners still living were killed by lethal injection, Maximilan among them.   

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Saint Alypius (350? - 430?) Consider Sponsoring Saint Alypius in Chapel of 1000 Priests

Born to influential citizens of the Tagaste, Africa, Alypius first met Saint Augustine when he attended school in Carthage. He and Augustine became close friends, Augustine later referring to Alypius as "the brother of my heart." Alypius seemed to always follow Augustine in Augustine's more questionable escapades and then in a better way of life. Alypius studied law in Rome and accepted a government position which included distribution of money. A rarity for his time, Alypius was always honest and refused to get involved with dishonest schemes. For a time, he and Augustine were Manicheans but both became Christians and were baptized by Saint Ambrose in 387. Alypius helped Augustine begin his first monastery in Tagaste. When Augustine was ordained a priest, Alypius joined Augustine's community in HIppo. In 394, Alypius was ordained Bishop of Tagaste. He took part in several Church councils and carried Augustine's writings with him to the Pope. It is believed that he was present at the death of Saint Augustine and that he died shortly thereafter. . 

Saint Ambrose of Milan (around 339 - 4 April 297) -- Consider Sponsoring Saint Ambrose in Chapel of 1000 Priests

Born to a Roman official in Trier in what is now the Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany,  Ambrose was well educated. After his father's death, his mother fled with her three children to Rome where Ambrose studied literature, law, and rhetoric and then entered public service as a judicial councilor. About 372, he was made governor of Liguria and Emelia with headquarters in Milan. In 374, the Bishop died. Ambrose, intending to quell any disturbance, went to the church where the election for the new Bishop was to take place. To his surprise, the assembly acclaimed him to be Bishop! Ambrose was a new Christian who had not been baptized yet and who had no theological training. Although he fled to avoid the office, he was baptized, ordained, and consecrated within a week. Ambrose immediately embraced an ascetic life style and gave his money and property to the poor. He combatted the Arian heresy, dealt with many Roman emperors (some unfavorable to him and the Church), and wrote a large number of books, songs, and letters on theology. He preached, ministered to the poor, and advocated for justice. Ambrose is honored as a Doctor of the Church due to his expansive teaching. 

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Saint Philip, Apostle (1st Century - 80) - Consider Sponsoring Saint Philip in Chapel of 1000 Priests

Born in Bethsaida, Galilee, Philip was a follower of John the Baptist. When Jesus called him to follow, Philip did and then found his friend Nathaneal and told him about Jesus. Both men became disciples of Jesus Christ. Philip

witnessed the first of Christ's miracles--the changing of water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana. Later, when Jesus wanted to feed a multitude of 5000 who had come to hear him speak, he asked Philip where to get enough food for all. Philip said that was impossible. When Jesus asked what they had, Philip brought to Jesus a boy with five loaves and two fish which Jesus multiplied to feed the crowd. In another instance, Philip brought Greeks to meet Jesus. During the Last Supper, Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father, giving Jesus the opportunity to state that "I and the Father are One." After Christ's resurrection, Philip is said to have preached in Greece, Phrygia, and Syria. He was martyred for his faith in Hierapolis, Phrygia (now Turkey).

Saint Charles de Foucauld (15 September 1858 - 1  December 1916) Consider Sponsoring Saint Charles de Foucauld in Chapel of 1000 Priests

Orphaned at the age of six, Charles was raised by his maternal grandfather, a member of the old French nobility. Charles was influenced by female relatives who had a strong faith, yet he nevertheless became an agnostic around the age of fifteen. After receiving his degree with highest honors, Charles abandoned his faith and led a dissipated life, being expelled from school for being lazy and undisciplined. He entered military school and the calvary and lived extravagantly while also growing interested in the geography and culture of Algeria and Morocco. Following a reversion to his faith, he entered a Trappist monastery but. left because their lifestyle was too easy for his liking. Charles began a search for an ever deeper, stricter, penitential life. Upon being ordained a priest, he built a hermitage, hoping to establish an order of "little brothers" which never materialized. However, he moved in with the Tuareg people in southern Algeria and ministered to them, even writing a dictionary of their language. When tribal raiders who intended to kidnap him were surprised by French soldiers, Charles was accidently shot and killed in the commotion.  

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Saint Moses the Black (Saint Moses the Ethiopian) (330-405) Consider Sponsoring Saint Moses the Black in Chapel of 1000 Priests

A former slave who was dismissed because he was suspected of theft and murder, Moses roamed the Nile Valley in Egypt with a band of 75 violent robbers. A huge man with unlimited courage and strength, Moses became the leader of this gang that terrorized the populace. On one occasion, Moses, after a robbery, attempted to hide from local authorities so he took refuge in a colony of monks living in a monastery near Alexandria. Their dedication, peace, and contentment greatly influenced Moses who gave up his former crimes, became a Christian, was baptized, and entered the monastery. Naturally Moses had difficulty embracing a spiritual, ordered life. When he grew discouraged because of his failures and his past sins, the abbot took him to the rooftop to watch the rising sun. "Only slowly does the sun dispel the darkness," he noted. Moses understood that grace would work slowly in his soul to perfect it. In time, He became spiritual leader of a colony of desert hermits and, later in life, was ordained a priest.   

Saint Simon the Zealot (Simon the Canaanite), Apostle (First Century -- about 65 A.D.) Consider Sponsoring Saint Simon the Zealot in Chapel of 1000 Priests

Simon is one of the most obscure of apostles, although his name occurs in all four Gospels and in the Book of Acts as one of the apostles of Jesus. He is distinguished from Simon Peter by the tag "the Zealot." Therefore, it's assumed that he was a member of this political party which sought to unite the Jewish people against the Roman Empire and expel it from Judea by armed force. If Simon was of this mindset, he may have joined Jesus thinking that he would be the one to lead the forces against Rome. To Simon's credit and as proof of his faith, he remained with Jesus when Jesus brought instead a peaceful message instead of a war-like one. After the ascension of Jesus, Simon spread the Gospel message in several places, quite possibly with Saint Jude Thaddeus, another apostle, but several locations are speculated. It is generally believed that he and Saint Jude were both martyred at the same time, but, again, the location is uncertain.

Saint Jude Thaddeus, Apostle (First Century to around 65 A.D.) - Consider Sponsoring Saint Jude in Chapel of 1000 Priests

Saint Jude Thaddeus (not to be confused with Judas) was a relative of Jesus Christ and one of His twelve apostles. He may have been the brother of James the Less and both of them sons of Mary of Clopas who is mentioned in the Gospels as a sister of the Blessed Mother. Jude is often shown with a flame over his head as he was present at Pentecost when he and the other apostles receive the Holy Spirit. He is often shown holding a golden medallion with the image of Jesus on it, commonly called the Image of Edessa or Mandylion. This is a piece of cloth upon which was miraculously imprinted the face of Christ. Tradition states that the King of Edessa wrote to Jesus, asking Him to come to cure him of illness. Jesus replied that he could not come but a disciple would, and that disciple was Jude. Jude preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, and neighboring nations. He and Saint Bartholomew, another apostle, were the first to bring the Gospel to Armenia. Jude was martyred along with Saint Simon the Zealot in Beirut, Syria. He is popularly prayed to for his intercession in hopeless and despaired of cases due to the many miracles at his tomb.   

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