Saturday, October 16, 2021

Saint Vincent Strambi – Feast Day – 25 September

Saint Vincent Strambi was born on January 1 January 1745 at Civitavecchia, Italy. He worked in Italy and died on January 1 1824 in Rome, Italy of natural causes. His feast Day is celebrated on 25 September. He was also a patronage Saint of Diocese of Macerata-Tolentino.

Saint Vincent Strambi Biography
Date of Birth 1 January 1745
Country of Birth Civitavecchia, Italy
Profession
  • Italian Roman Catholic Prelate
  • Bishop of Macerata-Tolentino from 1801 until his resignation in 1823
Place of Work Italy
Date of Death 1 January 1824
Place of Death Rome, Italy
Feast Day 24 September
Beatification 26 April 1925
Saint Peter’s Basilica, Kingdom of Italy
by Pope Pius XI
Canonization 11 June 1950; Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City; by Pope Pius XII
Patron Saint of Diocese of Macerata-Tolentino

Saint Vincent Strambi Life History

Saint Vincenzo Strambi in religious also known as Vincenzo Maria di San Paolo was an Italian Roman Catholic prelate who was a professed member from the Passionists and served as the Bishop of Macerata-Tolentino from 1801 until his resignation in 1823.

Saint Vincent Strambi Date of birth

St Vincent Strambi was born in 1 January 1745, Civitavecchia, Papal States, Italy.

Place of Birth

St Vincent Strambi was born and brought up in Civitavecchia, Papal States, in Italy.

Family Background

He was a Son of a druggist. His parents encouraged his vocation of a parish priest. St Vincent Strambi was born as the last of four children to Giuseppe Strambi and Eleonora Gori; his three elder siblings all died in childhood.

His father served as a pharmacist known for his charitable works and his mother was noted for her piety. He was often a troublesome child who excelled in athletics and became more devout in his adolescence.

The Friars Minor oversaw his education and he taught his fellow students the catechism. His desire to become a priest was met encouragement from his parents and he commenced his ecclesial studies in November 1762.

It was at this time that he became quite attracted to the notion of the religious life though his frail health saw him refused admission into the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and the Vincentians.

Strambi was noted for his oratorical gifts and so was sent to Rome for studies in Sacred Eloquence and thereafter continued his theological studies with the Dominicans at Viterbo.

While still a student he was appointed prefect of the seminarians in Montefiascone and thereafter acting-rector of seminarians at Bagnorea.

His parents were not too pleased with this and his father objected to the decision citing his son’s frail health as a sign that Strambi would die due to the rigid penances.

He made his profession on 24 September 1769 and continued his studies with a particular emphasis on the Church Fathers and on Sacred Scripture.

Profession

Before his ordination to the priesthood he made a retreat at the convent in Vetralla which belonged to the Passionists; it was here that he met the founder Saint Paul of the Cross.

Strambi became impressed and enthralled with what he had seen and admired their ardent devotion. This made him ask the founder to be admitted into the order. But he was refused since Paul of the Cross believed that Strambi did not have the stamina for the Passionist life. Strambi left the convent on 18 December 1767 since he was to be ordained

St Vincent Strambi was ordained in 1767 and joined the Passionists in 1768 after a retreat led by Saint Paul of the Cross. Professor of theology. Passionist provincial in 1781.

Bishop of Macerata-Tolentino, Italy in 1801. Exiled in 1808 for refusing to take an oath of allegiance to Napoleon, but returned in 1813 after Napoleon’s downfall.

Saved Macerata from being sacked by Murat’s troops. Instituted reforms throughout his diocese, ending such corruption that he received death threats. Indefatigable missioner and preacher.

Worked with and for his people in during a typhus epidemic. On the death of Pope Pius VII, he resigned his see to become an advisor to Pope Leo XII.

He was received into the diaconate in Bagnoregio on 14 March 1767.[3] Strambi was ordained to the priesthood on 19 December 1767 and then returned to Rome to further his theological studies.

Here he was noted for his studies of the life and works of Saint Thomas Aquinas. He still felt called to the Passionists and made several trips to see Paul of the Cross to beg to be admitted into the order.

In September 1768 the founder relented and Strambi commenced his novitiate assuming the name Vincenzo Maria di San Paolo. Strambi preached missions, a focal point of the Passionist charism – and drew large crowds due to the effectiveness of his preaching.

There were even several occasions where he preached before bishops and cardinals. In 1773 he was made a professor of theological studies at the order’s house in Rome – at Santi Giovanni e Paolo – and it was here that he was present at the death of Paul of the Cross.

The founder said to Strambi on his deathbed: “You will do great things! You will do great good!” It was after this that he occupied several high offices in the order such as the rector of the Roman house and the provincial for the Roman province.

In 1784 he was relieved of these duties in order to write a biographical account of Paul of the Cross which was later published in London (Blessed Dominic Barberi wrote the preface).

The Napoleonic invasion in the Papal States and the anti-religious decrees forced Strambi to flee Rome in 1798, though it was in vain as the French forces in May 1799 took him prisoner. He managed to return to Rome not long after this.

Saint William of Volpiano Date of Death

He died on 1 January 1824 in Rome, Italy of natural causes. His remains were placed at the Quirinal Palace for mourners to see and was then buried in the Santi Giovanni e Paolo church.

Mourners who viewed his mortal remains included Cardinal Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari – future pope – who took Strambi’s right hand in his own and formed it with the greatest of ease into the sign of the cross. His remains were later transferred on 12 November 1957 to the Chiesa di San Filippo in Macerata.

Saint William of Volpiano Place of Death

St William of Volpiano was laid to rest in Italy where his remains were later transferred on 12 November 1957 to the Chiesa di San Filippo in Macerata.

Saint William of Volpiano Feast Day

His feast Day is being celebrated on 24 September every year.

Saint’s Legacy

The cause for Strambi’s canonization opened on a diocesan level for the collection of testimonies and documents in relation to his life and his episcopal works.

The formal introduction did not come until 25 June 1845 when he was named as a Servant of God. The recognition of his life of heroic virtue led Pope Leo XIII to name him as Venerable on 1 April 1894.

Pope Pius XI presided over the beatification rites on 26 April 1925 and signed a decree on 25 November that allowed the cause to continue. Pope Pius XII canonized Strambi in Saint Peter’s Basilica on 11 June 1950.

Saint’s Attributes

St Vincent Strambi is being attributed with a Passionist habit, Episcopal attire and Crucifix.

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