November 2015 - St. Charles Borromeo and Blessed Mary Anna Sala

Blessed Mary Anna Sala and St. Charles Borromeo. Photos: CNS Blessed Mary Anna Sala and St. Charles Borromeo. Photos: CNS

St. Charles Borromeo

Archbishop worked to reform priestly and lay formation

1538–1584
Feast day: November 4

Though Charles suffered all his life from a speech impediment, his intelligence and zeal made him an outstanding figure of the Catholic Reformation. In 1560, he was named a cardinal and administrator of the Archdiocese of Milan by his uncle, Pope Pius IV, but was kept in Rome to assist with the reconvened Council of Trent. He helped draft the council’s catechism and liturgical books, and in 1563 was ordained a priest and bishop. Finally, in 1566, he was allowed to go to Milan, where he worked tirelessly to reform priestly training and lay catechesis. He also exhausted his own funds to provide relief during periods of famine and plague. He is the patron of seminarians and catechists.

 

Blessed Mary Anna Sala

Patient religious sister had 40-year teaching career

1829–1891
Feast day: November 24

The fifth of eight children in an Italian family, Mary Anna went in 1842 to a boarding school operated by the Sisters of St. Marcellina. She earned a teaching diploma in four years and wanted to join the order, but had to wait because of her mother’s illness and father’s financial reverses. After assisting her family, she entered the congregation in 1848 and professed her vows in 1852. Over a 40-year teaching career in the order’s schools, she was both popular and successful; one of her students was the mother of Pope Paul VI. She died of throat cancer and was beatified in 1980.

Northwest Catholic - November 2015