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Fidelity to God’s Calling: Saint Francis Coll y Guitart, OP

 

St. Francis CollSaint Francis Coll was born at Gombreny in the Catalan Pyrenees in 1812 and, after studying at the diocesan seminary at Vich, entered the Order at the priory of Gerona in 1830. In 1835 the anticlerical government closed the house of studies at Gerona and dispersed the Dominican students. From that day until his death he maintained a heroic fidelity to his Dominican vocation without the support offered by Dominican community life. Eventually he was ordained at the diocesan seminary at Vich in 1836. After several years of parish ministry he pursued itinerant preaching along with his friend Saint Anthony Claret. He founded the Dominican Sisters of the Annunciation to teach the children of the poor in the villages where he preached.

In December, 1869, Saint Francis suffered a stroke which left him completely blind. He died at Vich on April 2, 1875. He was beatified on April 29, 1979 by Saint Pope John Paul II and canonized on October 11, 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Saint Francis Coll y Guitart, pray for us!

From the Dominican Supplement to the Divine Office.

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