Bl. Bernardo Francisco de Hoyos Seña
November 29, Blessed


Son of Don Manuel de Hoyos and Doña Francisca de Seña. Baptized at 16 days; he was named for Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and Saint Francis Xavier. Confirmed at age nine. Began studying at the Jesuit College at Medina del Campo, Spain at age 10. Joined the Jesuit novitiate on 11 July 1726; he was not quite 15 years old, and made his perpetual vows at age 17. During his theological studies he became acquainted with devotion to the Sacred Heart, and began working for the spread of the devotion through Spain and Spanish America. Ordained on 2 January 1735; he needed special dispensation since he was only 23.

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