Wednesday, February 17, 2016

February 17: Saint Alexis Falconieri


Alexis was one of seven wealthy men from Florence who saw a vision of the Blessed Virgin and left their riches behind to start a new order called the Servants of Mary or the Servites. But he was the only one who did not become a priest. He didn’t think he was called to the priesthood. Instead, he helped build their church and he managed all the little details that had to be handled every day. 


In every parish, just like in every religious order, there is somebody just like Saint Alexis Falconieri who is in charge of many little details. Most of the time, these are people who are taken for granted. The parish couldn’t run well without them, but nobody is really aware of everything they do. Today, write an email or short note thanking the person who keeps things running smoothly at your parish. 

Saint Alexis Falconieri, pray for us!

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