Ordinary Time: October 6th
Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Bruno, Priest; Bl. Marie Rose Durocher, Virgin (USA)
Other Titles: Eulalie Durocher
Gospel Verse, Cf. Acts 16:14b:
Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.
St. Bruno (1030-1101) was born in Cologne, Germany. He became a priest and achieved fame as a professor of theology at Rheims. He decided to leave the world and pursue a life of complete solitude and prayer. He established his hermitage in Chartreuse, near Grenoble, France. Soon he attracted disciples and he established the first monastery of Carthusian monks. Pope Urban II called him to Rome, but later Bruno was able to establish a second monastery in Italy. He died in 1101 at Calabria.Blessed Marie Rose Durocher (1811-1849) was born Eulalie Durocher at St. Antoine in Quebec, Canada, and was the youngest of ten children. Assisting her brother, a parish priest, for 12 years she helped establish the first Canadian parish Sodality for young women. She lived a life of great poverty and remained unswerving in her concern for the poor. In 1843, she founded the Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus and Mary, dedicated to Christian education, taking the name Sister Marie Rose. This Order first came to the U.S. in 1859.
St. Bruno, born in Cologne about 1030, was the founder of a religious Order, the Carthusians. His mother was St. Matilda, patroness of Maude, widow of King Henry I. Excepting St. Norbert, he is the only German having that honor. His contemporaries called him the light of the Church, the flower of the clergy, the glory of Germany and France. Early in life he was a canon at Cologne and Rheims. The persecution by the simoniacal archbishop of Rheims, Manasses, hastened his resolve to enter a life of solitude (1084). Legend puts it this way. A famous professor had died. While the Office of the Dead was being chanted at his funeral, he suddenly raised himself up from the coffin and said: "By the just judgment of God have I been accused, judged, damned." Thereupon Bruno renounced the world. He received from Hugo, bishop of Grenoble, a site called Chartreuse (from the color of the surrounding hills) as a place of residence.
- Find out more about Carthusian monks and see the list of monasteries in the world.
- Read more about St. Bruno at uCatholic and sanctoral and Quies.
- Watch the documentary film Into Great Silence featuring the life of the Carthusians.
- There are two statues of St. Bruno at St. Peter's Basilica: inside and part of the Colonnade.
- Bruno's Great Silence.
- The entire name of the Carthusians is "Order of the Chartreuse." The liqueur Chartreuse originates from the Carthusians. Find out the history and toast a glass of Chartreuse to St. Bruno today.
- Meditate on the importance of penance and sacrifice and resolutions to make changes in one's life — Carthusians live a severe life, but even we have a place for penance.
Bl. Marie Rose
Born October 6, 1811 at St. Antoine in Quebec, Canada, Eulalie Durocher was the tenth of eleven children. She was drawn to the religious life, but turned away because of her frail health. For 12 years she assisted her brother, a parish priest, as a housekeeper. With encouragement of the bishop, in 1843 she founded the Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus and Mary, taking the name Marie-Rose. Her religious order was dedicated to Christian education, especially for the poor. She died on October 6, 1849 of natural causes. This Order first came to the U.S. in 1859. Marie-Rose was beatified on May 23, 1982 by Pope John Paul II.
- God used Marie Rose as an instrument for His great work, although she was an unlikely candidate. Think about the pro-life movement and ways we help. Each unwanted child is a person that God can work through to convert the world.
- Read more about Bl. Marie Rose at the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary site.