Blessed John Francis Burte and Companions
Lived: (d. 1792; d. 1794) | Feast Day: Friday, September 2, 2016
These priests were victims of the French Revolution. Though their martyrdom spans a period of several years, they stand together in the Church’s memory because they all gave their lives for the same principle. The Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1791) required all priests to take an oath which amounted to a denial of the faith. Each of these men refused and was executed.John Francis Burté became a Franciscan at 16 and after ordination taught theology to the young friars. Later he was guardian of the large Conventual friary in Paris until he was arrested and held in the convent of the Carmelites.
Appolinaris of Posat was born in 1739 in Switzerland. He joined the Capuchins and acquired a reputation as an excellent preacher, confessor and instructor of clerics. Sent to the East as a missionary, he was in Paris studying Oriental languages when the French Revolution began. Refusing the oath, he was swiftly arrested and detained in the Carmelite conve[.]
Source: Franciscan Saint of the Day
- Image: Alexander Inter / InterAlex. 2014. SEP 2, 2014 ST JOHN FRANCIS BURTÉ and Companions, Info, Sept 02, 2014. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.interalex.net/2014/09/st-john-francis-burte-and-companions.html. [Accessed 2 September 2016].