September 2014 - St. Rose of Viterbo and St. Andrew Kim Taegon

St. Rose of Viterbo and St. Andrew Kim Taegon Photos: Catholic News Service St. Rose of Viterbo and St. Andrew Kim Taegon Photos: Catholic News Service

St. Rose of Viterbo

Child visionary fought for God and church

1235–1252
Feast day: September 4

As a child, Rose had a vision of Jesus telling her to fight for God and the church, so she rallied her Italian neighbors to oppose the German emperor in a war against the pope. She succeeded but was banished from Viterbo. Rose prophesied the emperor’s death and the restoration of peace, then challenged witchcraft in Vitorchiano by standing in flames. She returned to Viterbo in triumph, but was rejected for admission to the Poor Clares. Rose died at 17; eventually she was reburied with the Poor Clares after she requested it in three papal dreams.

 

St. Andrew Kim Taegon

First Korean priest was killed in persecution

1821–1846
Feast day: September 20

Andrew was among the 103 Korean Martyrs — 92 Koreans and 11 Europeans — killed during a persecution in 1839–66. Born to parents who were Catholic converts, Andrew completed seminary studies in Macao and in 1845 was the first native Korean to become a Catholic priest with his ordination in Shanghai. After returning to Korea, he tried to smuggle more missionaries into the country but was arrested in 1846. He spent three months in prison, then was beheaded. His father also was among the Korean Martyrs canonized in 1984. 

NORTHWEST CATHOLIC - September 2014