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SpainFr. Vicente Echarri Gil, M.N.M.Permalink

Born:1903.10.03 (Spain)
Ordained Priest:1930.06.14
Died:2005.07.26 († 101)

Founder of Missionaries of the Nativity of Mary (1944.04.17)

NigeriaCardinal Dominic Ignatius EkandemPermalink

In cruce salus

Born:1917 (Nigeria)
Ordained Priest:1947.12.07
Consecrated Bishop:1954.02.07
Created Cardinal:1976.05.24
Died:1995.11.24 († 78)

Titular Bishop of Hierapolis in Isauria (1953.08.07 – 1963.03.01)

Auxiliary Bishop of Calabar (Nigeria) (1953.08.07 – 1963.03.01)

Bishop of Ikot Ekpene (Nigeria) (1963.03.01 – 1989.06.19)

Apostolic Administrator of Port Harcourt (Nigeria) (1970 – 1973)

President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (1973 – 1979)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Marcello (1976.05.24 – 1995.11.24)

Founder of Missionary Society of Saint Paul of Nigeria (1977.10.23)

President of Association of the Episcopal Conferences of Anglophone West Africa (1978 – 1983)

Ecclesiastical Superior of Abuja (Nigeria) (1981.11.06 – 1989.06.19)

Archbishop-Bishop of Abuja (Nigeria) (1989.06.19 – 1992.09.28)

ItalySaint Fr. Gerolamo Emiliani (Jerome Aemilian), C.R.S.Permalink

Born:1481 (Italy)
Ordained Priest:1518
Died:1537.02.08 († 56)

Founder of Clerics Regular of Somasca (Somascans) (1534)

FranceFr. Michel Epagneul, F.M.R.Permalink

Born:1904.07.21 (France)
Ordained Priest:1930.06.29
Died:1997.10.08 († 93)

Founder of Missionary Brothers of the Countryside (1943)

Prior General of Missionary Brothers of the Countryside (1943.10.03 – 1961.03)

ItalySaint Fr. Gaetano Errico, M.SS.CC.Permalink

Born:1791.10.19 (Italy)
Ordained Priest:1815.09.23
Died:1860.10.29 († 69)

Founder of Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (1833)

ArgentinaFr. Luis María Etcheverry BoneoPermalink

Born:1917.09.18 (Argentina)
Died:1971.03.18 († 53)

Founder of Association of Consecrated Virgins “Servidoras” (1952)

FranceSaint Fr. Jean Eudes (John Eudes), C.I.M.Permalink

Born:1601.11.14 (France)
Ordained Priest:1625.12.20
Died:1680.08.19 († 78)

Founder of Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists) (1643.03.25)

Superior General of Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists) (1643.03.25 – 1680.08.19)

FranceSaint Fr. Pierre-Julien Eymard, S.S.S.Permalink

Born:1811.02.04 (France)
Ordained Priest:1834.07.20
Died:1868.08.01 († 57)

Founder of Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (Sacramentinos) (1856.05.13)

FranceFr. Laurent Fabre, I.C.N.Permalink

Born:1940.08.09 (France)

Founder of Chemin Neuf Institute (1992)

Superior General of Chemin Neuf Institute (1992 – 2016.08.17)

ItalySaint Fr. Alessio Falconieri (Seven Holy Founders), O.S.M.Permalink

Born:1200 (Italy)
Died:1310.02.17 († 110)

Founder of Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites) (1233.08.15)

SyriaArchbishop Gabriel Farhat, O.L.M.Permalink

Born:1670 (Syria)
Consecrated Bishop:1725
Died:1732 († 62)

Founder of Lebanese Maronite Order (Baladites) (1695.11.10)

Superior General of Lebanese Maronite Order (Baladites) (1716 – 1723)

Archbishop of Aleppo of the Maronites (Syria) (1725 – 1732)

FranceFr. André Fayolle, C.S.B.Permalink

Born:1791 (France)
Died:1867.04.27 († 76)

Founder of Congregation of Saint Basil (Basilians) (1822.11.21)

ItalyVenerable Fr. Bartolomeo Ferrari, B.Permalink

Born:1499 (Italy)
Died:1544.11.25 († 45)

Founder of Clerics Regular of Saint Paul (Barnabites) (1530)

Superior General of Clerics Regular of Saint Paul (Barnabites) (1542 – 1544.11.25)

PeruBr. Luis Fernando Figari Rodrigo, S.C.V. (72)Permalink

Superior General emeritus of Sodalitium of Christian Life

Born:1947.07.08 (Peru)

Founder of Sodalitium of Christian Life (1971.12.08)

Superior General of Sodalitium of Christian Life (1971.12.08 – 2011.01.25)

Founder of Christian Life Movement (CLM) (1985)

FranceFr. Charles-Marie-Joseph FissiauxPermalink

Born:1806.07.20 (France)
Ordained Priest:1831
Died:1867.12.03 († 61)

Founder of Congregation of Saint Peter in Chains (1839.08.01)

USAFr. Gerald Cushing Fitzgerald, S.P.Permalink

Born:1894.10.29 (USA)
Ordained Priest:1921.05.21
Died:1969.06.28 († 74)

Founder of Servants of the Paraclete (1947.01.05)

Fr. Francisco Felipe Francoz, S.J.Permalink

Founder of Holy Family Association (1861)

CanadaMsgr. John Mary Fraser, S.F.M.Permalink

Born:1877 (Canada)
Ordained Priest:1901
Died:1962.09 († 85)

Founder of Scarboro Foreign Mission Society (1918)

ItalyFr. Giuseppe Frassinetti, F.S.M.I.Permalink

Born:1804.12.15 (Italy)
Died:1868.01.01 († 63)

Founder of Sons of Saint Mary Immaculate (1861)

FranceSaint Sr. Jeanne-Françoise Frémiot (Jane Frances de Chantal), V.S.M.Permalink

Born:1572.01.28 (France)
Died:1641.12.13 († 69)

Founder of Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary (Visitandines) (1610.06.06)

GermanyBlessed Fr. Peter Friedhofen, F.M.M.A.Permalink

Born:1819.02.25 (Germany)
Died:1860.12.21 († 41)

Founder of Brothers of the Mercy of Our Lady Help of Christians (1850.06.21)

ChinaBishop Edward John Galvin (高爾文), S.S.C.M.E.Permalink

Born:1882.11.23 (Ireland)
Ordained Priest:1909.06.20
Consecrated Bishop:1927.11.06
Died:1956.02.23 († 73)

Founder of Missionary Society of Saint Columban (Columban Missionaries) (1917)

Prefect Apostolic of Hanyang 漢陽 (China) (1924.11.01 – 1927.07.14)

Titular Bishop of Myrina (1927.07.14 – 1946.04.11)

Vicar Apostolic of Hanyang 漢陽 (China) (1927.07.14 – 1946.04.11)

Bishop of Hanyang 漢陽 (China) (1946.04.11 – 1956.02.23)

ItalyFr. Innocenzo Gamalero, O.F.M.Permalink

Born:1837 (Italy)
Died:1917 († 80)

Founder of Angeline Franciscan Sisters (1895)

FranceSaint Fr. Michel Garicoïts, S.C.I. di Béth.Permalink

Born:1797.04.15 (France)
Ordained Priest:1823.12.20
Died:1863.05.14 († 66)

Founder of Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Bétharram (1832)

ItalyFr. Andrea GasparinoPermalink

Born:1923 (Italy)
Died:2010.09.26 († 87)

Founder of Missionary Contemplative Movement "P. de Foucauld" (1951)

ItalyFr. Agostino Gemelli, O.F.M.Permalink

Born:1878.01.18 (Italy)
Ordained Priest:1908.03.14
Died:1959.07.15 († 81)

Rector Magnificus of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (1921 – 1959.07.15)

Founder of Missionaries of the Kingship of Christ (1928.08.20)

President of Pontifical Academies of Sciences (1937 – 1959.07.15)

Founder of Missionary Priests of the Kingship of Christ (1953)

USAFr. Louis Florent Gillet, C.SS.R.Permalink

Born:1813.01.12 (Belgium)
Ordained Priest:1838.03.10
Died:1892.11.14 († 79)

Founder of Congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (1845.11.10)

ItalyFr. Nicola GiordanoPermalink

Born: (Italy)

Founder of "Living In" Spirituality Movement (1958)

ItalyMsgr. Luigi GiussaniPermalink

Born:1922.10.15 (Italy)
Ordained Priest:1945.05.26
Died:2005.02.22 († 82)

Founder of Fraternity of Communion and Liberation (CL) (1954)

BelgiumFr. Étienne-Modeste GlorieuxPermalink

Born:1802 (Belgium)
Died:1872 († 70)

Founder of Brothers of Our Lady of Lourdes (1830)

SpainFr. Juan Bautista del Santísimo Sacramento González, O.M.D.Permalink

Born:1554.07 (Spain)
Died:1616.10.05 († 62)

Founder of Order of the Discalced Friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy (Discalced Mercedarians) (1603)

FranceMr. Pierre GoursatPermalink

Born:1914.08.15 (France)
Died:1991.03.25 († 76)

Founder of Emmanuel Community (1972)

FranceSaint Fr. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, S.M.M.Permalink

Born:1673.01.31 (France)
Ordained Priest:1700.06
Died:1716.04.28 († 43)

Founder of Daughters of Wisdom (1703)

Founder of Missionaries of the Company of Mary (Montfort Missionaries) (1705)

Founder of Brothers of Christian Instruction of Saint Gabriel (Gabrielite Brothers) (1711)

ItalyFr. Giuseppe Gualandi, P.M.S.Permalink

Born: (Italy)

Founder of Little Mission for the Deaf and Dumb (1872.08.05)

ItalySaint Fr. Luigi GuanellaPermalink

Born:1842.12.09 (Italy)
Ordained Priest:1866.05.26
Died:1915.10.24 († 72)

Founder of Congregation of the Servants of Charity (1908)

Superior General of Congregation of the Servants of Charity (1908 – 1915.10.24)

FranceAbbot Prosper Louis Pascal Guéranger, O.S.B.Permalink

Born:1805.04.04 (France)
Ordained Priest:1827.10.07
Died:1875.01.30 († 69)

Founder of Solesmes Congregation (1837.07.14)

President of Solesmes Congregation (1837.07.14 – 1875.01.30)

Congo-KinshasaBishop Joseph Guffens, S.J.Permalink

Parare Domino plebem perfectam

Born:1895.03.25 (Belgium)
Ordained Priest:1926.08.25
Consecrated Bishop:1949.08.21
Died:1973.06.21 († 78)

Founder of Josephite Brothers of Rwanda (1929.10.03)

Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of Kwango (Congo-Kinshasa) (1949.07.24 – 1953.11.19)

Titular Bishop of Germaniciana (1949.07.24 – 1973.06.21)

BrazilFr. José Gumercindo SantosPermalink

Born:1907.08.15 (Brazil)
Ordained Priest:1934.09.08
Died:1991.09.10 († 84)

Founder of Society of Joseleitos of Christ (1950.03.19)

ItalySaint Abbot Silvestro Guzzolini, O.S.B. Silv.Permalink

Born:1177 (Italy)
Died:1267.11.26 († 90)

Founder of Sylvestrine Congregation of the Benedictine Order (Sylvestrines) (1231)

CyprusArchbishop Gabriel Hawa, O.L.M.Permalink

Born:1668 (Syria)
Ordained Priest:1695
Consecrated Bishop:1723
Died:1752 († 84)

Founder of Lebanese Maronite Order (Baladites) (1695.11.10)

Superior General of Lebanese Maronite Order (Baladites) (1695.11.10 – 1699)

Archbishop of Cyprus of the Maronites (Cyprus) (1723 – 1752)

USAFr. Isaac Thomas Hecker, C.S.P.Permalink

Born:1819.12.18 (USA)
Ordained Priest:1849
Died:1888.12.22 († 69)

Founder of Paulist Fathers (Paulists) (1858)

Superior General of Paulist Fathers (Paulists) (1858 – 1888)

NetherlandsFr. Willem Hellemons, O. Cist.Permalink

Born:1810 (Netherlands)
Died:1884 († 74)

Founder of Brothers of Saint Louis Gonzaga (1840.03.01)

PolandCardinal August Hlond, S.D.B.Permalink

Da mihi animas cetera tolle

Born:1881.07.05 (Poland)
Ordained Priest:1905.09.23
Consecrated Bishop:1926.01.03
Created Cardinal:1927.06.20
Died:1948.10.22 († 67)

Apostolic Administrator of Upper Silesia (Poland) (1922.11.07 – 1925.10.28)

Bishop of Katowice (Poland) (1925.10.28 – 1926.06.24)

President of Episcopal Conference of Poland (1926 – 1948.10.22)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Gniezno (Poland) (1926.06.24 – 1948.10.22)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Poznań (Poland) (1926.06.24 – 1948.10.22)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria della Pace (1927.12.22 – 1948.10.22)

Founder of Society of Christ for Polish Immigrants (1932.09.08)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Warszawa (Poland) (1946.06.13 – 1948.10.22)

SlovakiaBishop Pavol Mária Hnilica, S.J.Permalink

Born:1921.03.30 (Slovakia)
Ordained Priest:1950.09.29
Consecrated Bishop:1951.01.02
Died:2006.10.08 († 85)

Titular Bishop of Rusadus (1964.05.13 – 2006.10.08)

Founder of "Pro Deo et Fratribus - Famiglia di Maria" Association (PDF-FM) (1968)

Fr. Bernard HoeckenPermalink

Born:1810
Died:1880 († 70)

Founder of Brothers of the Immaculate Conception of Maastricht (1840.11.21)

JamaicaFr. Richard Ho Lung, M.O.P.Permalink

Born:1939.09.17 (Jamaica)
Ordained Priest:1971.07.04

Founder of Missionaries of the Poor (1981.07.19)

Superior General of Missionaries of the Poor (1981.07.19 – 2014.03.25)

ItalyFr. Andreas Hönisch, S.I.M.Permalink

Born:1930.10.03 (Italy)
Ordained Priest:1963.08.27
Died:2008.01.25 († 77)

Founder of Servants of Jesus and Mary (1988.05.31)

Superior General of Servants of Jesus and Mary (1988.05.31 – 2008.01.25)

GermanyBr. John Höver (Philip Martin), C.F.P.Permalink

Born:1816 (Germany)
Died:1864.07.13 († 48)

Founder of Brothers of the Poor of Saint Francis (1857.12.24)

PolandFr. Bogdan Jański, C.R.Permalink

Born:1807.03.26 (Poland)
Died:1840.07.02 († 33)

Founder of Congregation of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Resurrectionists) (1836.02.17)

GermanySaint Fr. Arnold Janssen, S.V.D.Permalink

Born:1837.11.05 (Germany)
Ordained Priest:1861.08.15
Died:1909.01.15 († 71)

Founder of Society of the Divine Word (Divine Word Missionaries) (1875.09.08)

Superior General of Society of the Divine Word (Divine Word Missionaries) (1875.09.08 – 1909)

GermanyFr. Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, S.D.S.Permalink

Born:1848.06.16 (Germany)
Died:1918.09.08 († 70)

Founder of Society of the Divine Saviour (Salvatorians) (1881.12.08)

Superior General of Society of the Divine Saviour (Salvatorians) (1881.12.08 – 1915)

PhilippinesVenerable Mother Ignacia del Espíritu Santo Juco, R.V.M.Permalink

Born:1663.02.01 (Philippines)
Died:1748.09.10 († 85)

Founder of Religious of the Virgin Mary (1684)

Superior General of Religious of the Virgin Mary (1684 – 1732)

USAFr. Thomas Augustine Judge, C.M.Permalink

Born:1868 (USA)
Ordained Priest:1899
Died:1933.11.23 († 65)

Founder of Missionary Servants of Most Holy Trinity (1928)

IndiaFr. Jose Kailett, H.G.N.Permalink

Born: (India)

Founder of Heralds of Good News (1984.10.14)

PolandFr. Hieronim Kajsiewicz, C.R.Permalink

Born:1812 (Poland)
Died:1873 († 61)

Founder of Congregation of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Resurrectionists) (1836.02.17)

Superior General of Congregation of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Resurrectionists) (1845 – 1848)

Superior General of Congregation of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Resurrectionists) (1854 – 1873)

IndiaFr. Varkey Kattarath, C.V.Permalink

Born: (India)
Died:1931.10.24

Founder of Vincentian Congregation (1927.07.19)

GermanyFr. Josef Kentenich, S.A.C.Permalink

Born:1885.11.16 (Germany)
Ordained Priest:1910.07.08
Died:1968.09.15 († 82)

Founder of Schoenstatt Movement (1914.10.18)

Founder of Institute of Schönstatt Fathers (1965)

GermanyBlessed Fr. Adolph KolpingPermalink

Born:1813.12.08 (Germany)
Ordained Priest:1845.04.10
Died:1865.12.04 († 51)

Founder of International Kolping Society (IKS) (1849)

BelarusSaint Archbishop Jozafat Kuncewicz (Josaphat Kuntsevich), O.S.B.M.Permalink

Born:1580 (Ukraine)
Ordained Priest:1609
Consecrated Bishop:1617.11.12
Died:1623.11.12 († 43)

Founder of Basilian Order of Saint Josaphat (1607)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Polatsk–Vitebsk of the Ukrainians (Belarus) (1617 – 1618.03)

Archbishop of Polatsk–Vitebsk of the Ukrainians (Belarus) (1618.03 – 1623.11.12)

IndiaBishop Thomas KurialacheryPermalink

Born:1873.01.14 (India)
Ordained Priest:1899.05.27
Consecrated Bishop:1911.12.03
Died:1925.06.02 († 52)

Founder of Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Adoration Congregation) (1908.12.08)

Titular Bishop of Pella (1911.08.30 – 1923.12.21)

Vicar Apostolic of Changanacherry of the Syro-Malabars (India) (1911.08.30 – 1923.12.21)

Bishop of Changanacherry of the Syro-Malabars (India) (1923.12.21 – 1925.06.02)

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