October 19, 2000
volume 11, no. 205

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 19th:

  • 615 A.D.
  • Pope Saint Deusdedit I is coronated as the 68th successor of Peter. This Roman-born pontiff was the first to use seals of lead for Bulls and pontifical decrees. His is the oldest pontifical seal preserved in the Vatican. He was a true Samaritan, tending to the lepers and plaguestricken even as Pope. He died on November 8, 618 A.D.

  • 1562 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Peter of Alcantara, priest, hermit and religious founder who was the confessor and spiritual director to the great Saint Teresa of Avila. It was he who guided and encouraged her to reform the Carmelites and he was a great mystic who wrote Treatise on Prayer and Meditation. He was canonized by Pope Clement IX in 1669.

  • 1646 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Isaac Jogues and Saint John de Brebeuf and their companion North American Martyrs at the hands of a fierce Mohawk war tribe. For more, see DAILY LITURGY.

  • 1775 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Paul of the Cross, priest and religious founder as well as visionary. For more on this saint, see DAILY LITURGY.

October 19, 2000
volume 11, no. 205

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