Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Saint of the Day – 15 March – Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer

The Memorial of Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer

Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer is the Patron Saint of Vienna, Austria (named by Pope Saint Pius X in 1914)

Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersPriests who became Saints

Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer brief life History

Date of Birth 26 December 1751
Country of Birth Czechia in Europe
Profession Priest
Place of Work Germany, Austria and Poland
Date of Death 15 March 1820
Place of Death Vienna, Austria of natural cause
Feast Day 15 March
Beatification By Pope Leo XIII on 29th January 1888
Canonization By Pope Pius X on 20 May 1909
Patron Saint of Vienna, Austria (named by Pope Saint Pius X in 1914)

Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer Short life History

Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer is also known as
• Apostle of Vienna
• Clemens Mary Hofbauer
• Johannes Hofbauer
• John Dvorák
• Klemens Maria
• Second Founder of the Redemptorists

He was the ninth child of a butcher who changed the family name from the Moravian Dvorák to the Germanic Hofbauer. His father died when Clement was six years old. The young man felt a call to the priesthood, but his family was too poor to afford his education. Apprentice and journeyman baker at Premonstratensian monastery at Bruck, Germany. Hermit.

When hermitages were abolished by Emperor Joseph II, Clement worked as a baker in Vienna, Austria. Hermit in Italy with Peter Kunzmann, taking the name Clement. He made three pilgrimages to Rome. During the third, he joined the Redemptorists at San Giuliano, adding the name Marie. He met some sponsors following a Mass, and they agreed to pay for his education. He studied at the University of Vienna, and at Rome. He was ordained in 1785, and assigned to Vienna.

He became a missionary to Warsaw, Poland with several companions from 1786 to 1808, working with the poor, building schools and orphanages; the brothers preached five sermons a day. He was spiritual teacher of Venerable Joseph Passerat. With Father Thaddeus Hubl, he introduced the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer to Poland. From there he sent Redemptorist missionaries to Germany and Switzerland. Clement and his companions were imprisoned in 1808 when Napoleon suppressed religious orders, then expelled to Austria.

Noted preacher and spiritual director in Vienna. He became chaplain and spiritual director of an Ursuline convent. HE founded a Catholic college in Vienna. Worked with young men, and helped revitalize German religious life. Worked against the establishment of a German national Church. Worked against Josephinism which sought secular control of the Church and clergy.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer was born on 26 December 1751 at Tasswitz, Moravia (in the modern Czech Republic) as John Dvorák and died on 15 March 1820 at Vienna, Austria of natural causes

Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer
Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer

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