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St. Vincent Strambi - The Life of a Good Man

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Rebroadcast of the long-running radio program, "The Ave Maria Hour," a presentation of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. www.AtonementFriars.org

This week’s broadcast is the story of St. Vincent Strambi, a Catholic bishop and member of the Passionist Congregation.

Vincenzo Domenico Salvatore Strambi was born on January 1, 1745 in Civitavecchia, Italy, to wealthy parents. St. Vincent entered the seminary at the age of 17 and was ordained in 1767. He joined the Passionists in 1768 following an inspirational retreat led by the Passionists’ founder, St. Paul of the Cross.

St. Vincent was Roman provincial and successor to St. Paul after the founder’s death. He was later appointed Bishop of Macerata-Tolentino. During the Napoleonic Wars, St. Vincent was exiled for five years for refusing to swear allegiance to Napoleon.

In retirement, St. Vincent was appointed personal advisor to Pope Leo XII. When the pope fell ill and was near death, St. Vincent prayed to God to take his life rather than that of the pope. The pope recovered and St. Vincent died shortly after on his 79th birthday, January 1, 1824. St. Vincent Strambi was beatified by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950.