Feast of Blessed Ladislao Batthyany-Strattmann (January 22)   Leave a comment

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Austro-Hungarian Roman Catholic Physician and Philanthropist


When I grow up, I will be a doctor to give free treatment to the sick and poor.

–Blessed Ladislao Batthyány-Strattmann


Blessed Ladislao Batthyány-Strattmann, born into wealth, used that privilege for the benefit of poor and sick people.

Ladislao Batthyány came from Hungarian nobility.  He, born in Dunakiliti, Hungary, Austria-Hungary, on October 20, 1870, moved with his family to Austria when he was six years old.  The devout family trained our saint well; he understood his obligation to the less fortunate.  He graduated from the University of Vienna in 1900 and became a physician.

Meanwhile, Batthyány had married Countess Maria Teresa Coreth on November 10, 1898.  The couple had 13 children.  The family attended Mass and prayed the Rosary daily.

Batthyány opened his first hospital in 1902, at Kittsee.  This hospital, originally with 25 beds, increased its capacity to 120 beds during World War I.

In 1915 our saint became a prince, gained “-Strattmann” in his surname, and inherited Körmend Castle in Hungary.  He and the family moved to the castle five years later.  Batthyány-Strattmann converted one wing of the castle in to a hospital specializing in diseases of the eye.  He, a world-famous ophthalmologist, prayed over patients, provided proper medical care, and never turned away anyone who could not pay.  He earned his reputation as a living saint.

Batthyány-Strattmann, aged 60 years, died of bladder cancer in Vienna on January 22, 1931.

Pope John Paul II declared our saint a Venerable in 1992 then beatified him in 2003.





O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served, and to give his life for the life of the world.

Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom the world offers no comfort and little help.

Through us give hope to the hopeless,

love to the unloved,

peace to the troubled,

and rest to the weary,

through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 60


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