Catherine of Ricci

Catherine de’ Ricci, O.S.D. (Italian: Caterina de’ Ricci) (23 April 1522 – 1 February 1590), was an Italian Dominican Tertiary Religious Sister, who is held to have been a mystic, and is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church.
She was born Alessandra Lucrezia Romola de’ Ricci in Florence to Pier Francesco de’ Ricci, of a patrician family, and his wife, Caterina Bonza, who died soon after. At age 6 or 7, her father enrolled her in a school run by a monastery of Benedictine nuns in the Monticelli quarter of the city, near their home, where her aunt, Luisa de’ Ricci, was the abbess. She was a very prayerful person from a very young age. There she developed a lifelong devotion to the Passion of Christ.
After a short time outside the monastery she entered the Convent of St Vincent in Prato, Tuscany, a cloistered community of Religious Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic, disciples of the noted Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola, who followed the strict regimen of life she desired. In May 1535 she received the religious habit from her uncle, Friar Timoteo de’ Ricci, O.P., who was confessor to the convent, and the religious name of Catherine, after the Dominican tertiary, Catherine of Siena.
De’ Ricci’s period of novitiate was a time of trial. She would experience ecstasies during her routine, which caused her to seem asleep during community prayer services, dropping plates and food, so much so that the community began to question her competence, if not her sanity. Eventually the other Sisters became aware of the spiritual basis for her behavior. By the age of 30 she had risen to the post of prioress.
As the prioress, De’ Ricci developed into an effective and greatly admired administrator. She was an advisor on various topics to princes, bishops and cardinals. She corresponded with three figures who were destined to become popes: Pope Marcellus II, Pope Clement VIII, and Pope Leo XI. An expert on religion, management and administration, her advice was widely sought. She gave counsel both in person and through exchanging letters. It is reported that she was extremely effective and efficient in her work, managing her priorities very well.
It is claimed that De’ Ricci’s meditation on the Passion of Christ was so deep that she spontaneously bled, as if scourged. She also bore the Stigmata. During times of deep prayer, like Catherine of Siena, her patron saint, a coral ring representing her marriage to Christ, appeared on her finger.
It is reported that De’ Ricci wore an iron chain around her neck, engaged in extreme fasting and other forms of penance and sacrifice, especially for souls in Purgatory.
One of the miracles that were documented for her canonization was her appearance many hundreds of miles away from where she was physically located. This involved a meeting in a vision with St. Philip Neri, a resident of Rome, with whom she had maintained a long-term correspondence. Neri, who was otherwise very reluctant to discuss miraculous events, confirmed the event.
De’ Ricci lived in the convent until her death in 1590 after a prolonged illness. Her remains are visible under the altar of the Minor Basilica of Santi Vicenzo e Caterina de’ Ricci, Prato, which is next to the convent associated with her life.
De’ Ricci was beatified by Pope Clement XII in 1732, and canonized by Pope Benedict XIV in 1746. Her feast day falls on 13 February.
Feast Day- 13 February

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St. Joseph of Cupertino

Joseph of Cupertino, O.F.M. Conv. (Italian: Giuseppe da Copertino) (June 17, 1603 – September 18, 1663) was an Italian Conventual Franciscan friarwho is honored as a Christian mystic and saint. He was said to have been remarkably unclever, but prone to miraculous levitation and intense ecstatic visions that left him gaping.
He was born Giuseppe Maria Desa, the son of Felice Desa and Francesca Panara in the village of Cupertino, then in the Province of Apulia, in the Kingdom of Naples, now in the Italian Province of Lecce. His father having died before his birth, however, the family home was seized to settle the large debts he had left, and his mother was forced to give birth to him in a stable.
Joseph began to experience ecstatic visions as a child, which were to continue throughout his life, and made him the object of scorn. His life was not helped by his frequent outbursts of anger. He
was soon apprenticed by his uncle to a shoemaker. Feeling drawn to religious life, in 1620 he applied to the Conventual Franciscan friars, but was rejected by them due to his lack of education. He then applied to the Capuchin friars in Martino, near Taranto, by whom he was accepted in 1620 as a lay brother, but was soon dismissed as his continued ecstasies made him unfit for the duties required of him.
After Joseph returned to the scorn of his family, he pleaded with the Conventual friars near Cupertino to be allowed to serve in their stables. After several years of working there, he had so
impressed the friars with the devotion and simplicity of his life that he was admitted to their Order, destined to become a Catholic priest, in 1625. He was ordained a priest on March 28, 1628. He was then sent to the Shrine of the Madonna della Grazia, where he spent the next 15 years.
After this point, the occasions of ecstasy in Joseph’s life began to multiply. It was claimed that he began to levitate while participating at the Mass or joining the community for the Liturgy of the Hours, thereby gaining a widespread reputation of holiness among the people of the region and beyond. He was deemed disruptive by his religious superiors and Church authorities, however, and eventually was confined to a small cell, forbidden from joining in any public gathering of the community.
As the phenomenon of flying or levitation was widely believed to be connected with witchcraft, Joseph was denounced to the Inquisition. At their command, he was transferred from one Franciscan friary in the region to another for observation, first to Assisi (1639–53), then briefly to Pietrarubbia and finally Fossombrone, where he lived with and under the supervision of the
Capuchin friars (1653–57). He practiced a severe asceticism throughout his life, usually eating solid food only twice a week. He passed 35 years of his life following this regimen.
Finally, on 9 July 1657, Joseph was allowed to return to a Conventual community, being sent to the one in Osimo, where he soon died.
Joseph was beatified in 1753 and canonized in 1763. He has been declared the patron saint of air travelers, aviators, astronauts, people with a mental handicap, test takers and poor students.

Feast Day- September 18

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St. John of Avila

      John of Ávila was a Spanish priest, preacher, scholastic author, and religious mystic, who has been declared a saint and Doctor of the Church by the Catholic Church. He is called the “Apostle of Andalusia”, for his extensive ministry in that region.

            He was born in Almodóvar del Campo, in the Province of Ciudad Real, to Alfonso de Ávila, of Jewish converso descent, and Catalina Xixón, a wealthy and pious couple. At the age of fourteen, in 1513, he was sent to the University of Salamanca to study law; he withdrew in 1517, however, without receiving a degree.

             Returning home, Ávila spent the next three years in the practice of austere piety. His sanctity impressed a Franciscan friar journeying through Almodóvar, on whose advice he resumed his studies by matriculating at the University of Alcalá de Henares. There he undertook the study of philosophy and theology, in which he was fortunate to have as his teacher the noted Dominican friar Domingo de Soto. It appears that Ávila earned his bachelor’s degree during his years at Alcalá and then left without completing requirements for the licentiate degree.

Both his parents died while Ávila was still a student, and after his ordination in spring 1526, he celebrated his first Mass in the church where they were buried. He then sold the family property and gave the proceeds to the poor

              John’s first sermon was preached on 22 July 1529, and immediately established his reputation. During his nine years of missionary work in Andalusia, crowds packed the churches at all his sermons. However, his strong pleas for reform and his denunciation of the behavior of the aristocracy meant that he was denounced to the office of the Inquisition in Seville in 1531, and put in prison in the summer of 1532. He was charged with exaggerating the dangers of wealth and with closing the gates of heaven to the rich. The charges were refuted and he was declared innocent and released in July 1533.

        From early 1551 Ávila was in constant ill-health. He spent the last years of his life in semi-retirement in the town of Montilla, in the Province of Córdoba. He died there on 10 May 1569, and in accordance with his wishes was buried in that city, in the Jesuit Church of the Incarnation, which now serves as the sanctuary to his memory.

   Avila was declared Venerable by Pope Clement XIII on 8 February 1759 and beatified by Pope Leo XIII on 15 November 1893. On 31 May 1970 he was canonized by Pope Paul VI.

Pope Benedict XVI named him a Doctor of the Church on 7 October 2012, the Feast of the Holy Rosary. The proclamation of the two new Doctors of the Church was made by Pope Benedict before tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square. During his homily, Pope Benedict said that John of Avila was a “profound expert on the sacred Scriptures, he was gifted with an ardent missionary spirit. He knew how to penetrate in a uniquely profound way the mysteries of the redemption worked by Christ for humanity. A man of God, he united constant prayer to apostolic action. He dedicated himself to preaching and to the more frequent practice of the sacraments, concentrating his commitment on improving the formation of candidates for the priesthood, of religious and of lay people, with a view to a fruitful reform of the Church.”

Feast Day- 10 May

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Discipleship Training Program

The Discipleship Training Program or the DTP as we call it was the most awaited event of the year. This year, it was held from the 21st to 26th of October. It was an event that nobody can forget. There were over 50 participants this year and we left from the main campus on the 21st along with our teachers and our JY elders to go to the beautiful Kengeri campus.

Our day started with the retreat. Over a span of 3 days, Father Vinoy dealt with several topics such as: Forgiveness, 7 Capital Sins, The Holy Eucharist, Holiness, The Holy Spirit and Mother Mary. On the second day of retreat, the Inner Healing and Physical Healing session was conducted. The third day was special for all of us as it was when the anointing by the Holy Spirit would take place. That was a day of many miracles.

After the three days of retreat, various workshops were conducted for the students. We had a session on TOB i.e. Theology of the Body. In the days that followed, we had sessions on The Disciple Life, Christian Leadership, Witnessing in Campus and Life of Prayer. The participants also had Q&A session where they could ask all the questions that they had in their minds.

There were several games conducted for us like basketball, football and a game that our JY called “Cow and the Lion”. That was decidedly the most entertaining game of all time as because it involved us making strange noises of animals. These games were designed increase our team spirit.

This was an amazing experience for all the participants as well as me. This was an experience that cannot be forgotten. There was an amazing sense of Fellowship amongst us which I hope will stand the test of Time.

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IMG_1182 IMG_1192 IMG_1389The Eco-club of Christ Junior College had organized a trekking programme to ‘Guru Freddys Nature Academy’, Somanahalli on 7 November 2015. A group of thirty-three students of CJC with two teachers left at 7.45 AM reached the spot at 8.40 AM. Two professional guides who welcomed all the students, introduced and described the events for the day. Then after breakfast, students began to trek at 9.00 AM. It was a total coverage of seven kilometer among thorns and bushes. With the sun charming with harmony and enlightening us with the love of nature, the group started towards the slippery hills with lot of fear and little hope and finally reached the top of the hill where there was a temple. The cool breeze refreshed our minds. Then we led towards a dark, slippery steep cave, between huge igneous rocks where our phone flashlight was a major treasure to reach the final destination, as the narrow and dark cave frightened us and made us scream. Then after walking half a kilometer inside the cave, we saw light shining at one end, which was a sign of relief as we were out of the cave safely. Later we started walking towards the village and interacted with villagers. After lunch, we took rest for a while and left for the most adventurous event Rappelling, which made our hearts beat faster and it was an unforgettable experience. This was followed by an adventurous game called ‘Obstacles’ in which students participated enthusiastically.
At the end of the day, we left for the college campus with a pinch of pain in our limbs, immense satisfaction and colourful memories.

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Nature Awareness Camp

‘PRAKRUTHI-THE ECO CLUB’ is conducting a Nature Awareness Camp on Saturday, the 07th of November 2015.Students will be taken to GURU FREDDY S NATURE AWARENESS CAMP , Somanahalli.This camp will be conducted between 7.00 am to 5.00 pm. It is a truly adventurous camp. Interested students can approach Mr.Benjamin Bosco ,Department of Biology.Come,join us in this adventure,get to know the nature and have a lifetime experience.

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Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception Brando

Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception Brando, S.V.E.G.S. (1 May 1856 – 20 January 1906), was an Italian Religious Sister and the foundress of the Sisters,Expiatory Victims of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, an international teaching institute. She was confirmed for canonization in 2014 after Pope Francis approved a miracle that had been found to have been attributed to her intercession and was canonized by him on 17 May 2015.
She was born Adelaide Brando in Naples in 1856 to Giovanni Giuseppe Brando and Maria Concetta Marrazzo. Her mother died after her birth and she was home schooled. As a young girl, she felt a call towards religious life. She would attend Mass on a daily basis and at the age of twelve, she took a personal vow of chastity, soon trying to enter a Neapolitan monastery. Her father refused her to enter and stopped her from doing so, but he relented and allowed her to enter the Poor Clare monastery at Fiorentine.
Brando fell ill twice and returned home to Naples. When she had fully recovered from her ailments, she joined the Sacrementine Nuns, as had been her wish. She assumed the religious name of Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception and took her vows in 1876.
Brando left that institute due to illness, and went on to found the Sisters, Expiatory Victims of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in 1878, for which papal approval was granted on 20 July 1903, the day that Pope Leo XII died. Her health took a decline at the beginning of the new century though ushering in a prosperous time for her religious institute, which grew at a rapid pace. It also received assistance from the future Venerable Michelangelo Longo of Marigliano and future saint Ludovico of Casoria, O.F.M. She served as the Superior General of her institute, being noted for deep piousness and her devotion to the passion of Jesus Christ and the Eucharist. She would sleep close to the exposed Host as a means of drawing strength and remaining close to the Lord.
Brando died of her illnesses in 1906.
Brando’s cause of canonization was opened under Pope Paul VI on 4 May 1972 and she was declared a Servant of God. Pope John Paul II recognized that she had led a life of heroic virtue and proclaimed her to be Venerable on 2 July 1994. An independent process on a miracle needed for beatification opened and closed in 1995 and it culminated in the promulgation of a decree on that miracle on 20 December 2001. This led to her beatification on 27 April 2003 by Pope John Paul II.
Pope Francis approved the final miracle needed for her canonization on 17 September 2014 and a consistory was held on 20 October 2014 to determine the date of her canonization, but it wasn’t decided upon. In a consistory on 14 February 2015, the pope declared the canonization would occur on 17 May 2015; she was canonized at the Vatican.

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