Wednesday, 20 September: Saints Andrew Kim Taegŏn, Paul Chŏng Hasang & Companions
Andrew Kim Taegŏn was the first Korean presbyter and Paul Chŏng Hasang a catechist and lay apostle. After more than two centuries of lay leadership, the church in Korea was subject to fierce persecutions between 1839 and 1867. This feast commemorates 103 of the numerous Korean Martyrs, representatives from all walks of life: men and woman, married and unmarried, the elderly, teenagers and children, missionary bishops and presbyters.
Remembered for their fearless witness in the face of torture and death.
Thursday, 21 September: Saint Matthew
Matthew, also known as Levi, as a Jew who collected taxes for the Romans at Capernaum in Galilee. Here Jesus met him and called him to be an apostle (Luke 5:27-28). Venerated as the author of the gospel which highlights Jesus’ role as Messiah and underlines the presence of the kingdom of God in Church.
Saturday, 23 September: Saint Pius of Pietrelcina
Born on 25 May 1887 in Pietrelcina (Italy). Died on this day in 1968 at San Giovanni Rotondo (Italy). Raised in a deeply religious rural home, Francesco Forgione became Padre Pio when he was ordained in the Capuchin order in 1910. A mystic who received the marks of the stigmata in 1918, a renowned holy man, and a charity worker who founded a hospital (the House for the Relief of Suffering). His ascetic life of pain led to special compassion for the suffering. Remembered as an extraordinary confessor and spiritual director.