The saint for February 24
Blessed Tommaso Maria Fusco
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Born December 1,1831 in Salerno, Italy
Died February 24, 1891 of a chronic liver disease
Beatified October 7, 2001

Son of a pharmacist and an italian noble, Tommaso was the seventh of eight children. He lost both of his parents early, his mother when he was six and his father four years later. He was then raised and educated by his uncle, who was a priest. He entered the seminary in 1847, and was ordained a diocesan priest in December 1955.

Father Tommaso was fervent in his faith, devoted to the crucified Christ and the Precious Blood, and very active in the life of his Parishes. He started a school for boys in his own home, organized prayer groups, acted as a spiritual director and chaplain at the local shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, as well as confessor to the local cloistered nuns. He founded two religious congregations, the Priestly Society of the Catholic Apostolate to support the missions, and the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood, devoted to caring for orphans.

Late in his life, he endured with great patience the unjust calumnies spread by some who were jealous of his virtues and accomplishments, bearing all in silence.

One of his favorite aspirations was, "I believe in you, God; increase my faith!"
Pray to for: Devotion to the Precious Blood, Orphans, Patience in Adversity,Zeal in Service of Others
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