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John Gabriel Perboyre

1802 - Birth of John Gabriel Perboyre, January 6.
1816 - Begins high school at Montauban.
1817 - Writes to father about possible vocation as a priest.
1818 - Enters Congregation of the Mission on December 25.
1820 - Professed vows.
1821 - Arrived in Paris to study theology.
1823 - Professor at College of Montdidier; went to Paris in 1824 and 1825 to be ordained subdeacon and deacon.
1826 - Ordained a priest on September 23 in the rue de Bac Chapel of the Daughters of Charity.
1826 - Professor at major seminary of Saint Flour.
1827 - Superior at minor seminary of Saint Flour.
1831 - May 2 death of his brother, Louis, who was travelling to China as a missionary.
1832 - Appointed assistant novice director in the Vincentian Motherhouse..
1835 - Receives permission to go to China on February 2; embarked from Le Havre on March 21; arrived in Macau on August 29.
1836 - Arrived at Honan on June 27; began preaching in Chinese
1839 - A persecution against the Church broke out in the area in which Father Perboyre was propagating the Faith and he was taken prisoner on September 15; arrested on September 18.
1840 - Sentenced to death on July 15; executed on September 11.
1889 - Beatified by Pope XIII on November 10.
1996 - Canonized by Pope John Paul II on June 2.

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)