Thursday, October 21, 2010

St. Giulia Salzano (Oct. 13, 1846 to May 17, 1929)

  When I was a kid, the most popular catechism teachers were the ones that gave out candy at the end of class. Obviously, it was a way to keep the unruly students in line. I was one of the few who didn't need an incentive to stay in my seat and learn about the Holy Ghost, the Apostles, or the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
  Aside from loving ballet class, my second favorite "hobby" along with astrology was learning about the lives of the saints. I liked looking at their pictures in books and wondering what it would be like to be martyred.
  This week, on Oct. 17, 2010, six Roman Catholic saints were canonized. Among them were St. Andre Bessette whose home (St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal, Canada) I visited at age 12, two years before he was venerated, and St. Camilla Battista de Varano, an Italian princess, nun, and member of the Poor Clares.
  St. Giulia Salzano, was also canonized this week. She was a teacher and catechist born on Oct. 13, 1846 in Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Caserta, Italy.
  St. Giulia Salzano was raised and educated by the Sisters of Charity in the Royal Orphanage of  St. Nicola La Strada until she was in her teens. She founded the Congregation of the Catechetical Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1905. Her deepest devotion was to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
  St. Giulia Salzano died on May 17, 1929 in Casoria, Naples and her feast day is May 17.

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