Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Blessed Sebastian Valfre

Today is the Feast of Blessed Sebastian Valfre (1629-1710) of the Turin Oratory, who was beatified by Gregory XVI in 1834. He produced a popular Catechism and introduced the Quarant'Ore to Turin, and was as happy helping the poor and needy as he was acting as Spiritual Director to the Piedmontese Royal Family (he tutored the young Victor Amadeus II). He also had a great love for the Holy Shroud of Turin (helping supervise its repair in 1694) and was involved in the foundation of Rome's Accademia (where diplomats are trained).



Blogger Hebdomadary said...

This is the secone holy Oratorian I've encountered in the blogosphere lately. Fr. Gonzalez recounted a parable of the founder the other day. Where did you acquire the lovely prayre card? That one looks like a rarity. UK readers might like to pay a visit to Bl. Sebastian's altar at the London Oratory. I might add that that particular altar was, I believe, paid for by contributions from the Little Brothers, and is actually regarded as "their" altar in the big church. It is quite beautiful, of black and green marble. Worth a visit.

4:59 am  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

Thanks. I got the prayer card from e-bay for a mere £2 the other week!

8:30 am  

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