Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Blessed Louis Rafiringa – Saint of the Day – May 19

Bl. Louis Rafiringa Biography

Blessed Louis Rafiringa Profile. Born: 3 November 1856 in Madagascar, Africa. Worked in Madagascar. Died: 19 May 1919 in Madagascar. Feast Day is celebrated on May 19.


The Memorial of Blessed Louis Rafiringa – Saint of the Day

Blessed Louis Rafiringa 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 3 November 1856
Country of Birth Madagascar in Africa
Matrimony/Holy Orders Blesseds who were Brothers
Profession Lay Brother
Place of Work Madagascar
Date of Death 19 May 1919
Place of Death Madagascar
Feast Day May 19
Beatification Beatified by Pope Benedict XV on I7 June 2009
Canonization Canonized by N/A
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Blessed’s Biography

Blessed Louis Rafiringa was born on November 3, 1856, in Madagascar. He was the son of Rainiantoandro. His father was a senior official of Queen Ranavalona I and captain of the slaves of the noble tribe Hova.

In 1866 he met missionaries of the De La Salle brothers and told his father about his desire to go to school. Louis joined the brother of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers). On October 24, 1869, was baptized there. After finish school, he served as an assistant teacher at the local De La Salle school in 1873. He was elected President of the Catholic Union of Madagascar in 1883 and made his perpetual profession on November 14, 1889.


Arrested and Trial

On December 24, 1915, he was arrested, his room searched, and manuscripts confiscated. An investigation focused on his writings and officials tried to prove that he was part of the secret V.V.S. Sect and took everything he owned. Rafiringa was locked in an underground cell with a rundown table and a blanket.

On 18 February 1916, his trial ended in a positive outcome and around 8:00 pm he was taken back to his home with the faithful ready to receive him and kiss his hands for the people within reach. He visited the local bishop on February 19 to ask for a new rosary, as his previous rosary was worn out.

Bl. Louis Rafiringa Death

He died on May 19, 1919, in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar of natural causes.

Blessed Louis Rafiringa
Blessed Louis Rafiringa