God Works Through Us

Today’s Word:

O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come to you. (Psalm 102:1)


On This Date…

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On April 8, 1808, Pope Pius VII established the Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia. It included all of Pennsylvania, all of Delaware, and the southern half of New Jersey.

Eleven dioceses now serve this area, eight of which are located in Pennsylvania. The first bishop of Philadelphia was Bishop Michael Egan, OFM, who died on July 22, 1814.

Founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Saint Julie Billiart

On April 8, 1816, Sister Julie Billiart died in France at age 65. She was born into a peasant family in Picardy, France. She began teaching catechism to small children in her town at age 7, and at age 14, she devoted herself to works of mercy and teaching her poor neighbors.

After the French Revolution, she founded the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for the Christian education of children. She was canonized in 1969; the postulator of her cause of Norbertine Abbot General Hubert Noots, O.Praem.

Saint Julie once said, “You out to have great trust that the good God will protect you in every circumstance.”

So, we pray today’s psalm which we prayed at Kenosis, “O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come to you.”

– Father McLaughlin

Founding of the Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia & Feast of Saint Julie Billiart

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Archidioecesis Philadelphiensis

On This Date…

On April 8, 1808, Pope Pius VII established the Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia, which included all of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the southern half of New Jersey. Eleven diocese now serve this area. Eight of them are in Pennsylvania.


Today’s Word:

I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. (Luke 1:38)

On this date in 1816, Sister Juliet Billiart died at age 65. She was canonized in 1969. Her postulator, or guide, through the canonization process was former Norbertine Abbot General Hubert Noots.

Founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Sister Julie Billiart

Sister Julie Billiart was born into a peasant family in Picardy, France in the late 18th century. At age 7, she began teaching catechism to small children in her town. At age 14, she devoted herself to works of mercy and teaching her poor neighbors.

After the French Revolution, Sister Billiart founded a congregation of Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Despite her failing health, she established 15 new convents before her death.

Notre Dame nuns established both the Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova, PA, and Notre Dame High School in Moylan, PA.

In today’s Gospel, Mary of Nazareth says to the Angel Gabriel, “I am the haidmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

Let us take these words to heart, as Saint Julie Billiart did.

– Father McLaughlin