Sunday, August 9, 2020

Blessed Athanasius of Nicomedia – Saint of the Day – February 22

Blessed Athanasius of Nicomedia Biography

Blessed Athanasius of Nicomedia Profile. Born: 11 October 1818 in Belgium, Europe. Worked in Italy. Died: 22 February 1878 in Florence, Italy. Feast Day is celebrated on February 22.

The Memorial of Blessed Athanasius of Nicomedia – Saint of the Day

Blessed Athanasius of Nicomedia Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth 11 October 1818
Country of Birth Belgium in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Blesseds who were Priests
Profession Missionary
Place of Work Italy
Date of Death 22 February 1878
Place of Death Florence, Italy
Feast Day February 22
Beatification Beatified by Pope John Paul II on 23 December 1993
Canonization Canonized by N/A
Patron Saint of N/A


Blessed Émilie d’Oultremont d’Hoogvorst was born to nobility being the daughter of Count d’Emile Oultremont de Wégimont a de Warfusée, a diplomat who represented King Leopold I to the Vatican. From childhood, she had a great devotion to the Eucharist and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

she later developed a great admiration of St. Ignatius of Loyola marrying Victor van der Linden, Baron d’Hooghvorst in 1837. Emilie became a mother of two boys and two girls where she sought out Jesuits for spiritual guidance. When she was Widowed in 1847 and her sons entered college in France, she decided to move too.

On 8 December 1854, the day the rule of Mary‘s Immaculate Conception was proclaimed, she experienced a profound spiritual experience and announced she was joining the religious life. With a small group of young women, she started the Institutum a Maria Reparatrice (Sisters of Mary Reparatrix) on 1 May 1857 in Strasbourg, France.
On 2 May 1858, she made her vows, taking the name Mary of Jesus. Soon her daughters joined the Sisters which caused even more troubles in her family where few had supported her entering religious life and many complained that the girls had followed only for her mother‘s sake.

In 1859, Mother Marie had a request for help from Jesuit missionaries in Madras, India. The house expanded to India in 1860, England in 1862, Mauritius in 1866, Belgium in 1863, France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, and then Jerusalem in 1888. The mother-house was moved from Strasbourg to Rome, Italy.

Bl. Athanasius of Nicomedia
Bl. Athanasius of Nicomedia

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