St. Michael Garicoits

By Joe Sarnicola / Catholic Courier    |    04.30.2003
Category: Kids Chronicle


In 1797, Michael Garicoits was born into a very poor, but very religious, French family. During the French Revolution, priests would come to the Garicoits’ home to say Mass in secret for area Christians.
 
Michael knew early in his life that he wanted to be a priest, but his parents could not afford his education. His grandmother intervened and an arrangement was made for Michael to pay for his schooling by cooking and performing other errands for the priests.
 
After Michael had been ordained, he demonstrated wisdom, compassion and ability for the position. He trained priests for mission work and founded the Society of the Sacred Heart of Betharram. He died in 1863, and we honor him on May 14.

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