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Feast of Danny Thomas (February 9)   1 comment

Above:  Danny Thomas

Image in the Public Domain

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AMOS MUZYAD YAQOOB KAIROUZ (JANUARY 6, 1912-FEBRUARY 6, 1991)

U.S. Roman Catholic Entertainer and Humanitarian

Founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Also known as Amos Jacobs

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No child should die in the dawn of life.

–Danny Thomas

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Danny Thomas brought joy to many people and saved the lives of a host of children.

Amos Muzyad Yaqoob Kairouz, born in Deerfield, Michigan, on January 6, 1912, was a Maronite Catholic.  His parents, Margaret Taouk and Charles Yaqoob Kairouz, were Lebanese immigrants.  Raised in Toledo, Ohio, our saint graduated from the University of Toledo.  On January 15, 1936, when our saint was 24 years, he married Rose Marie Cassaniti (d. July 12, 2000).

Our saint anglicized his name and became Amos Jacobs then Danny Thomas.  He began performing on radio in Detroit in 1932 then settled in Detroit in 1940.  He worked on radio in various programs, including The Danny Thomas Show (1942-1943 and 1947-1948).  Thomas made the transition to film in the late 1940s.  He starred opposite Doris Day in I’ll See You in My Dreams (1951) and opposite Peggy Lee in The Jazz Singer (1952).  In the early 1950s, Thomas found success in television.  He starred in Make Room for Daddy, a.k.a. The Danny Thomas Show (1953-1965).  He starred in subsequent series and appeared in various televisions specials, also.  Furthermore, Thomas as an actor and a producer, helped other actors get their big breaks.  These thespians included Mary Tyler Moore, Bill Bixby, and Angela Cartwright.  Series Thomas produced included The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Mod Squad.

Thomas was a family man.  He and Rose Marie had three children:

  1. Margaret Julia “Marlo” (1937-), an actress;
  2. Theresa “Terre” (1942-), an actress and singer; and
  3. Charles Anthony “Tony” (1948-), a producer.

When Thomas was a young man with a daughter (Marlo) on the way, our saint prayed to St. Jude, patron of hopeless and lost causes,

Show me my way in life and I will build you a shrine.

After becoming successful, Thomas began to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, in the early 1950s.  The hospital opened in 1962.

Thomas began a great work, for which he became a Knight Commander of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and received the Congressional Gold Medal.  The hospital has never changed any of the patients or patients’ families.

Our saint died of heart failure on February 6, 1991.  He was 79 years old.

The hospital he founded continues as a site at which dedicated medical professionals save lives.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT CYPRIAN OF CARTHAGE, BISHOP AND MARTYR, 258; AND SAINTS CORNELIUS, LUCIUS I, AND STEPHEN I, BISHOPS OF ROME

THE FEAST OF GEORGE HENRY TRABERT, U.S. LUTHERAN MINISTER, MISSIONARY, AND HYMN TRANSLATOR AND AUTHOR

THE FEAST OF JAMES FRANCES CARNEY, U.S.-HONDURAN ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST, MISSIONARY, REVOLUTIONARY, AND MARTYR, 1983

THE FEAST OF MARTIN BEHM, GERMAN LUTHERAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

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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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