Cesidio (Angelo) Giacomantonio was born on August 30, 1873 in Fossa Aqulina, Italy.
As a boy, Cesidio made frequent visits to the Franciscan monastery of St. Angelo in Ocre, and felt God's call for him to join the monastery. In 1891, his postulancy was done at St. Giuliano in Aquilina and he also made his motivate there and changed his name to Cesidio. On December 8, 1892 he made his first profession and three years later his solemn profession. In 1897 he was ordained a priest. In 1898 after a period of manasteries of Capertrano and Magliano dei Marsi he was called to Rome by Fr. Luigi Lauer, who had promoted the Franciscan missionary outreach. There he entered the International College of St. Anthony as a candidate for the foreign missions.
In 1899 he met Fr. Luigi Sonsini in Abruzzi, Vicar General of Eastern Hebei Province, who encouraged his desire for the missions in China. In October of that year he left for the Far East with the blessing of Pope Leo XII and of Fr. Lauer who had become Minister General of the Franciscans. He arrived in Hengyang on Christmas Day. After a short rest from his journey to Haungshuawan he was sent to a small community in the eastern part of the province. Less than a month later rumors of persecutions began to circulate and the Boxer Rebels made a surprise attack on the main residence in Hengyang on July 4, 1900. Fearful that the Blessed Sacrament would be profaned Cesidio rushed to the chapel without considering his own life in danger. The fanatic crowd wounded him with lances and sticks and wrapped him in a blanket soaked in petrol. They set it on fire and he completed his martyrdom before he reached the age of twenty-seven.
There is very little known about them. Chrysanthus was an Egyptian, son of a Patrician, Polemius. He was brought to Rome from Alexandria during the reign of Numerian, and despite the objections of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some woman of noble birth, resembling his wife, who would be willing to marry ... continue readingMore Female Saints
St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading
The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
St. Paul, the indefatigable Apostle of the Gentiles, was converted from Judaism on the road to Damascus. He remained some days in Damascus after his Baptism, and then went to Arabia, possibly for a ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes