Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio, St. Ethelbert of Kent, St. Tarasius, St. John Theristus
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Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio
Sebastian's roads and
bridges connected many distant places. His final bridge-building was to help men and women recognize
their God-given dignity and destiny.
Sebastian's parents were Spanish peasants. At the age of 31 he sailed to Mexico, where he
began working in the fields. Eventually he built roads to facilitate agricultural trading and other
commerce. His 466-mile road from Mexico City to Zacatecas took 10 years to build and required
careful negotiations with the indigenous peoples along the way.
In time Sebastian was a wealthy farmer and rancher. At the
age of 60 he entered a virginal marriage. His wife's motivation may have been a large inheritance;
his was to provide a respectable life for a girl without even a modest marriage dowry. When his
first wife died, he entered another virginal marriage for the same reason; his second wife also died
At the age of 72 Sebastian distributed his goods among the poor and entered the Franciscans as
a brother. Assigned to the large (100-member) friary at Puebla de los Angeles south of Mexico City,
Sebastian went out collecting alms for the friars for the next 25 years. His charity to all earned
him the nickname "Angel of Mexico."
Sebastian was beatified in 1787 and is known as a patron of
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