Above: Map of the Unification of Italy
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SAINT GASPAR DEL BUFALO (A.K.A. SAINT CASPAR DEL BUFALO) (January 6, 1786-December 28, 1837)
Founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood
His feast transferred from January 2
The son of a cook in Rome, St. Gaspar del Bufalo became a Roman Catholic priest in 1808. Later that year, he joined Pope Pius VII and other clergymen who refused to swear allegiance to Napoleon Bonaparte in exile. They returned to Rome in 1814. The saint founded the Missionaries of the Precious Blood the following year. He spent years engaged in extensive evangelism in central Italy and worked in the Santa Galla Hospice in Rome. He also earned a reputation as an excellent preacher. At the end of his life, although he was quite ill, the saint returned to Rome in late 1837 to tend to people during a cholera outbreak.
The Roman Catholic Church canonized St. Gaspar del Bufalo in 1954.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
NOVEMBER 29, 2011 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF GEORGE DAWSON, ENGLISH BAPTIST AND UNITARIAN PASTOR
THE FEAST OF DOROTHY DAY, SOCIAL ACTIVIST
THE FEAST OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE CHURCH OF NORTH INDIA, 1970
God of grace and glory,
we praise you for your servant Saint Gaspar del Bufalo,
who made the good news known in Italy.
Raise up, we pray, in every country, heralds of the gospel,
so that the world may know the immeasurable riches of your love,
and be drawn to worship you,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 59
Revised on November 20, 2016