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Above:  Blessed Andrea Giacinto Longhin

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BLESSED ANDREA GIACINTO LONGHIN (NOVEMBER 23, 1863-JUNE 26, 1936)

Roman Catholic Bishop of Treviso

Also known as Hyacinth Bonaventure Longhin and Andrew of Campodarsego

Blessed Andrea Giacinto Longhin was a faithful servant of God, sometimes to the consternation of civil authorities.  Hyacinth Bonaventure Longhin, born in Fiumicello di Campodarsego, on the Italian peninsula, on November 23, 1863, was the only child of tenant farmers Matthew and Judith Marin, devout Roman Catholics.  Young Hyacinth discerned a vocation to the priesthood.  His father, however, opposed him becoming a Capuchin novice (as Andrew of Campodarsego) at Venice, on August 27, 1879.

Longhin had found his vocation.  He studied theology at Padua and Venice, took his vows on October 4, 1883, and joined the ranks of priests on June 19, 1886.  For years he taught and provided spiritual direction to new members of the order.  In 1889 Longhin became the director of Capuchin teachers at Padua.  Two years later he became the director of theology students at Venice.  Then, in 1902, our saint became the Capuchin Provincial Minister at Venice.

Longhin served as the Bishop of Treviso, Italy, from 1904 to 1936.  He, a conscientious bishop, worked for the benefit of his flock.  Our saint supported the right of workers to unionize, increased the number of religious in his diocese, and made spiritual retreats available to priests.  Longhin also abhorred violence.  He therefore refused to support the war effort during World War I, but he did organize efforts to assist the poor, the sick, the wounded, and soldiers.  Late in the war our saint remained in the city despite the war-related destruction.  He forbade priests to leave unless they were doing so to minister to refugees.  Longhin’s politics led to his conviction and incarceration for the crime of defeatism.  (Jingoism has never been a virtue.)  Several priests also went to prison for the same offense.  After the war Longhin supervised the rebuilding of the 47 destroyed parishes in his diocese.  Our saint became the Apostolic Visitor to Padua in 1923 then to Udine in 1927.  He also opposed the Fascist Party, which came to power after World War I.

Longhin died, aged 72 years, at Treviso, on June 26, 1936.  He had been ill for eight months.

Pope John Paul II declared Longhin a Venerable in 1998 then a Blessed four years later.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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O God, our heavenly Father, who raised up your faithful servant

Blessed Andrea Giacinto Longhin

to be a bishop and pastor in your Church and to feed your flock:

Give abundantly to all pastors the gifts of your Holy Spirit,

that they may minister in your household as true servants of Christ

and stewards of your divine mysteries;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with

 you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Acts 20:17-35

Psalm 84 or 84:7-11

Ephesians 3:14-21

Matthew 24:42-47

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 719

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