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Regis Francis Clet

1748 - Birth of Francis Regis Clet, August 19, to Caesar and Claudine Clet.
1769 - Entrance into the Congregation of the Mission at Lyons.
1771 - Pronouncement of Permanent Vows at Lyons, March 18.
1773 - Ordination to Priesthood, March 27.
1773 - Appointment as Professor of Moral Theology at Seminary in Annecy.
1783 - Transfer by Vatican of the Jesuit missions in China to the Vincentians.
1786 - Appointment as Rector of the Seminary.
1787 - Death of his mother, Claudine.
1788 - Appointment as Director of Novices in Paris.
1789 - Attack on Vincentian Motherhouse in Paris at beginning of Revolution.
1791 - Named as one of a team of three missionaries to China.
1792 - Arrival in China after a six month sea journey to join 26 other Vincentians.
1793 - Arrival in Hopei Province.
1811 - Intensification of anti-Christian persecutions.
1812 - Accused as an "instigator of rebellion" causing Clet to flee into mountains.
1819 - Capture of Francis Regis Clet in June after three months on the run.
1820 - Sentencing of Clet to death by strangulation, January 1.
1820 - Execution of Clet after approval by Emperor, February 18.
1843 - Declaration of Clet as "Venerable" by Pope Gregory XVI, July 9.
1900 - Declaration of Clet as "Blessed" by Pope Leo XIII, May 27.
2000 - Declaration of Clet as "Saint" Francis Regis, October 1.

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)