Today, in the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis chaired the ordinary public consistory for the canonization of five saints, decreeing that they shall be enrolled in the Roll of Saints on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Solomon Leclercq, Martyr of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Manuel González García, bishop of Palencia, founder of the Reparation Eucharistic Union of the Congregation of the Nazarene Eucharistic Missionary Sisters, the priests Lodovico Pavoni, founder of the Congregation of the Sons of Mary Immaculate, and Alfonso Maria Fusco, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist, and the religious woman Elizabeth of the Holy Trinity, a professed nun of the Order of Discalced Carmelites.
Leclercq, of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, was killed at age 47. The French Revolution put him before a crucial choice: swear allegiance to the Constitution or pay the consequences of refusal. Leclercq objected and this decision became the cause of his death. Thus, he became the first Lasallian martyr, after his death in Paris in 1792. There are also two Italians among these future saints: Alfonso Maria Fusco (1839-1910), a priest from Salerno, active in the ministry among farmers with his preaching made of comprehensible and deep words, and the training of young people, especially the poor and orphans, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist.
And Lodovico Pavoni, a priest from Brescia. He conceived in early ‘800 a model of education and preparation for work that anticipates modern professional schools. He also founded the religious congregation of the Sons of Mary Immaculate together with the so-called “working brothers.” He died in 1849, in the Italian Risorgimento, while trying to rescue his kids from the danger of the battles known the Ten Days of Brescia.
Also Bishop Manuel González García, from Spain, who lived between ‘800 and’ 900, known to history as the “Bishop of the abandoned tabernacles”, and Elizabeth of the Holy Trinity, aka Elizabeth Catez, professed nun of the French ‘Order of the Discalced Carmelites, who died at the age of 26 due to Addison’s disease. After the Pope’s speech, the meeting continued with the Optatio of four cardinals from the order of deacons to the order of priests: upon the request of Cardinals William Joseph Levada, Franc Rodé, Andrea Cordero di Montezemolo, Albert Vanhoye, were elevated “pro hac vice” to presbyteral title the diaconate of St. Mary in Domnica, the diaconate of St. Francis Xavier at Garbatella, the diaconate of St. Mary in Portico and the diaconate of St. Mary of Mercy and St. Adrian at Villa Albani.