Saturday, November 19, 2005

19 November -- St Raphael (Kalinowski) of St Joseph, O.C.D.

From the little "vita" in the Carmelite Propers for his feast:

Raphael Kalinowski was born to Polish parents in the city of Vilnius in
1835. Following military service, he was condemned in 1864 to ten years of
forced labor in Siberia. In 1877 he became a Carmelite and was ordained a
priest in 1882. He contributed greatly to the restoration of the Discalced
Carmelites in Poland. His life was distinguished by zeal for Church unity
and by his unflagging devotion to his ministry as confessor and spiritual
director. He died in Wadowice in 1907.