St. Thomas More Newman Center
320 E. Cherry Street, Vermillion
Just north of the MUC Parking lot, across Cherry Street
commemorating the 50th anniversary of the
APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING
SATURDAY, JULY 20TH
MASS @ 5.15 P.M.
PARTY IMMEDIATELY TO FOLLOW
SEE YOU THERE!
Who is Saint Thomas More?
Our Newman Center is named after him, but who is he?
He was born into a prominent London family on February 7th, 1478. As a young boy he attended Catholic school. In 1492 he went to university at Oxford in England. In 1494 he became a lawyer. He became a member of parliament involved in the political activity of his country. He married and had 4 children. He was a defender of the Catholic Faith in England. He was knighted and worked as a member of the royal staff of King Henry VIII as his chancellor. When King Henry VIII was deciding to break away from the Catholic Church, Thomas could not support the king's decision. Thomas chose to resign from his position as the king's chancellor. King Henry wanted to divorce his wife Catherine and Thomas would not support his action. He was pressured, but did not sign an Oath declaring Ann Boleyn the new queen. King Henry had self-granted an annulment from his first wife Catherine and made himself the head of his newly founded Church of England. Thomas refused to support the king's action and was locked in the tower of London as a result of his refusal. He was put to death by beheading on July 6th, 1535. We celebrate his feast day on June 22 as a martyr of the Catholic Faith. He is the patron saint of adopted children, lawyers, civil servants, politicians, and difficult marriages.
Beatification of an American Priest
On November 18th, an American man, Fr Solanus Casey, was beatified making him one step closer to becoming the next American saint.
Known for his great faith, attention to the sick, and ability as a spiritual counselor, he will be the second American-born male to be beatified.
He was very close to the sick and was highly sought-after throughout his life, in part because of the many physical healings attributed to his blessings and intercession. He was also a co-founder of Detroit’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen in 1929.