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Blessed Domenico Iturrate Zubero

26-year-old priest who lived a life of ‘intense charity’

Trinitarian Priest: 1901-1927

His life

+ Domenico (or Domingo) was born in 1901 in Dima, in the Basque region of Spain.

+ At the age of 16 he joined the Order of the Most Holy Trinity (the Trinitarians), receiving the religious name “Domenico of the Blessed Sacrament.”

+ A gifted man, he earned degrees in philosophy and theology and was ordained a priest in 1925.

+ Known for his devotion and spirit of penance, he loved his religious and priestly vocation, seeing each Mass he offered as an act of personal sacrifice with Christ for the good of the whole world.

+ Domenico had a strong devotion to Mary and shortly before his death on April 7, 1927, he made a pilgrimage to Lourdes hoping to be healed of the tuberculosis that claimed his life. He was 26 at the time of his death.

+ Domenico Iturrate Zubero was beatified in 1983.

Worth knowing

The order to which Blessed Domenico belonged—the Trinitarians—was founded by Saint John de Matha in 1198 to help ransom Christians enslaved by the Moors and to perform works of mercy. During his homily at the beatification of Blessed Domenico, Pope Saint John Paul II reflected: “As a Trinitarian religious, he strove to live according to two central principles of the spirituality of his Order: the mystery of the Holy Trinity and the work of the Redemption, which led to a life of intense charity.”

Quote

“Our conformity to the will of God must be total, constant, and without reservation.”—Blessed Domenico Iturrate Zubero

Prayer

O God, by whose gift blessed Domenico persevered in imitating Christ, poor and lowly, grant us through his (her) intercession that, faithfully walking in our own vocation, we may reach the perfection you have set before us in your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal: Common of Holy Men and Women—For a Religious)

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Saint profiles prepared by Silas Henderson

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