Feast of Blessed Maria Troncatti (August 25)   Leave a comment

Above:  Blessed Maria Troncatti

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BLESSED MARIA TRONCATTI (FEBRUARY 16, 1883-AUGUST 25, 1969)

Italian Roman Catholic Nun and Missionary in Ecuador

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A look at the crucifix gives me life and the courage to work.

–Blessed Maria Troncatti

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Blessed Maria Troncatti, born in Corteno Golgi, Brescia, Italy, on February 16, 1883, spent most of her life in Ecuador.  She, growing up in a devout family on a farm, discerned her religious vocation at an early age.  In 1908 she joined the Salesian Sisters of Saint John Bosco (in full the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians), founded by St. John Bosco (1815-1888) and St. Maria Domenica Mazzarello (1837-1881) in 1872 to teach young people, especially the poor, female, and at-risk.  Our saint, a Red Cross nurse in the military hospital in Varazza in 1915-1918, relocated to Ecuador in 1922.  That country remained her home for the rest of her life.  She filled a variety of roles, including evangelist, catechist, surgeon, nurse, anesthesiologist, and dentist, among the Shuar people of the Amazon Basin.  Our saint, a kind person and a practical problem-solver, joined with other Salesian missionaries in defending the cultural and land rights of the Shuar people against incursions by settlers in the 1960s.  Some of those settlers resorted to violence.  Troncatti, aged 86 years, died en route to a spiritual retreat when the airplane she was in crashed at Sueúa, Morona-Santiago, Ecuador, on August 25, 1969.

Pope Benedict XVI declared Troncatti a Venerable in 2008 and a Blessed in 2012.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 3, 2018 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS FLAVIAN AND ANATOLIUS OF CONSTANTINOPLE, PATRIARCHS; AND SAINTS AGATHO, LEO II, AND BENEDICT II, BISHOPS OF ROME; DEFENDERS OF CHRISTOLOGICAL ORTHODOXY

THE FEAST OF CHARLES ALBERT DICKINSON, U.S. CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF IMMANUEL NITSCHMANN, GERMAN-AMERICAN MORAVIAN MINISTER AND MUSICIAN; HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW, JACOB VAN VLECK, U.S. MORAVIAN BISHOP, MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, AND EDUCATOR; HIS SON, WILLIAM HENRY VAN VLECK, U.S. MORAVIAN BISHOP; HIS BROTHER, CARL ANTON VAN VLECK, U.S. MORAVIAN MINISTER, COMPOSER, AND EDUCATOR; HIS DAUGHTER. LISETTE (LIZETTA) MARIA VAN VLECK MEINUNG; AD HER SISTER, AMELIA ADELAIDE VAN VLECK, U.S. MORAVIAN COMPOSER AND EDUCATOR

THE FEAST OF JOHN CENNICK, BRITISH MORAVIAN EVANGELIST AND HYMN WRITER

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God of grace and glory, we praise you for your servant Blessed Maria Troncatti,

who made the good news known in Ecuador.

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.

Isaiah 62:1-7

Psalm 48

Romans 10:11-17

Luke 24:44-53

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 59

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