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May: OP Calendar
The Sufferings of Jesus Christ, Our Lord [C]
The texts are from the Dominican Rite, formerly called "The Crown of Thorns," this day recalls the gift of a thorn from Christ's crown made to the Order by St. Louis IX, King of France (Aug. 25), in 1239.
Bl. Amelia Bicchieri (1238-1314)
Italian, virgin, nun, mystic.
St. Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419) [M]
Spanish, priest, celebrated itinerant preacher and ascetic, Church appointed patron of builders, canonized 1455.
NewAdvent | Catholic Forum | DomLife | St. Vincent Church | National Gallery | Miracles of SVF see also April 5th
Bl. Albert of Bergamo (1214-1279)
Italian, husband and father, farmer, traveler on pilgrimages, lover of poverty, miracle worker, Lay Dominican.
The Patronage of the B.V.M. over the Order [C]
Mary is the principal patroness, St. Dominic (May 24 and Aug. 8) the principal patron, while Mary Magdalene (July 22) and Catherine of Alexandria (Nov. 24) are secondary co-patrons.
St. Antoninus of Florence (1389-1459) [M]
Italian, Archbishop of Florence, moral theologian, author, reformer, canonized 1523.
(Pentecost does not occur before May 10.)
Bl. Jane of Portugal (1452-1490)
Portuguese, virgin, crown princess and regent of Portugal, nun, penitent for the conversion of sinners and release of Christians captive in Africa, social worker.
Bl. Imelda Lambertini (1321-1333)
Italian, virgin, child nun, contemplative, lover of Blessed Sacrament, Church appointed patroness of first communicants.
Bl. Giles (1184-1265)
Portuguese, priest, backslider & reconvert, mystic, prophet.
Bl. Andrew Abellon (1375-1450)
French, priest, ascetic, artist.
St. Francisco Coll y Guitart (1812-1875)
Spanish (Catalan) priest. Because of the anti-clerical laws of 1836, he was forced to live by himself. In imitation of St. Dominic, he dedicated himself to itinerant preaching without remuneration, occasionally accompanied by his friend, St. Anthony Mary Claret (Oct.24). Despite the trying circumstances, he was able to found the Dominican Sisters of the Annunciata. St. Francisco was heroically faithful to Dominican life with the result that when in 1872 the restrictions were lifted, the returning friars found he had maintained the structures to such a degree that their community life could begin immediately.
Pope Benedict's Oct. 11, 2009, homily at the canonization: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/homilies/2009/documents/hf_ben-xvi_hom_20091011_canonizzazioni_en.html
Bl. Columba of Rieti (1467-1501)
Italian, virgin, inspired by St. Catherine of Siena (April 29) to become a Lay Dominican, became a cloistered sister at the bishop's request, prophetess, peacemaker.
Bl. Hyacinth-Marie Cormier (1832-1916)
French, originally a Lay Dominican, became a priest, devoted to Blessed Sacrament and to the restoration of the Order, author, confessor, spiritual director, Provincial of Toulouse, Master of the Order, founder of the Angelicum, he long labored strenuously for Dominican ideals.
(Corpus Christi Thursday does not occur before May 21.)
TRANSLATION OF THE BODY OF OUR HOLY FATHER DOMINIC (1233) [S] or [Optional Memorial]
Bl. Jordan (Feb. 13), under pressure from Pope Gregory IX, transferred the body of our holy Father Dominic from where he had asked to be buried "at the feet of the brethren", i.e. in the floor of the choir, to a noble shrine in a side chapel.
(Aug. 2, 8 and 18; This or Aug. 8 may chosen as the principal celebration of the year; whichever is selected is a [S], the other an [M])
Bl. Andrew Franchi (1335-1401)
Italian, Bishop of Pistoia, peacemaker, pastor.
Bl. Mary Bartholomea (1514-1577)
Italian, virgin, life-long invalid, mystic, Lay Dominican.
Bls. William Arnaud, priest;
Bernard of Roquefort, priest;
Garcia de Aure, cooperator brother (+1242)
French, along with two Franciscans, two Benedictines, four secular priests, and a layman, massacred by Albigensian heretics.
Bl. James Salomonio (1231-1314)
AKA "The Venetian" and "Father of the poor", Italian, priest, mystic, wonder-worker, invoked for cancer.