St. Rose of Viterbo
Child visionary fought for God and church
Feast day: September 4
As a child, Rose had a vision of Jesus telling her to fight for God and the church, so she rallied her Italian neighbors to oppose the German emperor in a war against the pope. She succeeded but was banished from Viterbo. Rose prophesied the emperor’s death and the restoration of peace, then challenged witchcraft in Vitorchiano by standing in flames. She returned to Viterbo in triumph, but was rejected for admission to the Poor Clares. Rose died at 17; eventually she was reburied with the Poor Clares after she requested it in three papal dreams.
St. Andrew Kim Taegon
First Korean priest was killed in persecution
Feast day: September 20
Andrew was among the 103 Korean Martyrs — 92 Koreans and 11 Europeans — killed during a persecution in 1839–66. Born to parents who were Catholic converts, Andrew completed seminary studies in Macao and in 1845 was the first native Korean to become a Catholic priest with his ordination in Shanghai. After returning to Korea, he tried to smuggle more missionaries into the country but was arrested in 1846. He spent three months in prison, then was beheaded. His father also was among the Korean Martyrs canonized in 1984.
NORTHWEST CATHOLIC - September 2014