Above: Map of Spain and Portugal, 1855
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SAINT PAULA OF SAINT JOSEPH OF CALASANZ (OCTOBER 11, 1799-FEBRUARY 26, 1889)
Foundress of the Daughters of Mary
Paula Montal Fornes devoted her life to God and helped many people. The native of Arenys de Mar (near Barcelona), Spain, came from a pious family. Her father, Ramon Montal, died when she was 10 years old. Our saint helped her mother, Vicenta Fornes Montal, raise the other children in the family. Paula also helped to support the family financially by working as a lace-maker and a seamstress. Furthermore, she helped to care for other children in the parish. When she was 30 years old our saint and a friend, Inez Busquets, founded a school at Gerona. Paula founded a college in 1842 and another school four years later. In 1847 she founded the Daughters of Mary to operate and staff these institutions. Our saint, who assumed the name St. Paula of St. Joseph of Calasanz, led the congregation, which received papal approval in 1860. She died at Olesa de Montserrat, Barcelona, on February 26, 1889. She was 89 years old.
Pope John Paul II declared our saint a Venerable in 1988, beatified her in 1993, and canonized her in 2001.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
DECEMBER 10, 2016 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF PAUL EBER, GERMAN LUTHERAN THEOLOGIAN AND HYMN WRITER
THE FEAST OF HOWELL ELVET LEWIS, WELSH CONGREGATIONALIST CLERGYMAN AND POET
THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN ROBERTS, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND MARTYR
THE FEAST OF ROBERT MURRAY, CANADIAN PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER
Gracious and eternal God, by your grace St. Paula of St. Joseph of Calasanz,
kindled with the fire of your love, became a burning and a shining light in your Church,
inflame us with the same spirit of discipline and love,
that we may always walk before you as children of light;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 Kings 19:9-18
2 Corinthians 6:1-10
–Adapted from A New Zealand Prayer Book (1989), pages 685-686