Monday, January 21, 2013

Saints in the National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol.

Blessed Junipero Serra

National Statuary Hall

The President and Congress lunched there today.

Did you know there is one Saint and one Blessed of the Catholic Church honored amongst the Catholic religious figures on display in the Capitol of the United States?

Father Damien or Saint Damien of Molokai, SS.CC. (Dutch: Pater Damiaan or Heilige Damiaan van Molokai; January 3, 1840 – April 15, 1889[1]), born Jozef De Veuster, was a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium and member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a missionary religious institute. He won recognition for his ministry to people with leprosy (also known as Hansen's disease), who had been placed under a government-sanctioned medical quarantine on the island of Molokaʻi in the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi.

Blessed Junípero Serra O.F.M. known as Fra Juníper Serra in Catalan, his mother tongue,[1] (Catalan: [ʒuˈnipər ˈsɛrə]) (November 24, 1713 – August 28, 1784) was a Spanish Franciscan friar who founded the mission chain in Alta California of the Las Californias Province in New Spain—present day California, United States. Fr. Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 25, 1988.

Fr. Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J., (10 August 1645 – 15 March 1711) was a Jesuit priest from a town which is now a part of northern Italy. For the last 24 years of his life he worked in the region then known as the Pimería Alta, modern day Sonora in Mexico and southern Arizona. He explored the region worked with the indigenous Native American population, including primarily the Sobaipuri and other Upper Piman groups. He proved that Baja California is not an island by leading an overland expedition there. By the time of his death he had established 24 missions and visitas (country chapels or visiting stations).

Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart, S.P., (16 April 1823 – 19 January 1902) was a Canadian Religious Sister who led a group of the members of her congregation to the Pacific Northwest of the United States. There, under her leadership, they established a network of schools and healthcare to service the American settlers in that new and remote part of the country. For her contributions to the development of that region, she was honored by the State of Washington as one of the two people allowed to represent it in the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, D.C.

Fr. Jacques Marquette S.J. (June 1, 1637 – May 18, 1675), sometimes known as Père Marquette or James Marquette, was a French Jesuit missionary who founded Michigan's first European settlement, Sault Ste. Marie, and later founded St. Ignace, Michigan. In 1673 Father Marquette and Louis Jolliet were the first Europeans to explore and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River.

Last but not least... though not a blessed or saint, nor a religious or a priest...

Charles Carroll of Maryland (1737-1832), the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence and a cousin to the nation's first Catholic bishop, Archbishop John Carroll.

And perhaps one day...

Narratives from Wkipedia.

That did it!
The son of a bitch can't post anything
without pushing  someone's buttons!


  1. Triumphant pen raising...

  2. always with the sucker punch.

  3. Chip, you know how much I hate the "s" word.

  4. LOL - the "Bill" stuff is too funny. I scroll down just to read that.


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