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Saint of the Day, November 19th – St. Raphael Kalinowski & St. Mechtildis of Helfta

അനുദിന വിശുദ്ധർ (Saint of the Day) November 19th – St. Raphael Kalinowski & St. Mechtildis of Helfta

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St. Raphael Kalinowski:
Rafael Kalinowski(September 1, 1835 – November 15, 1907) was a Polish Discalced Carmelite friar born as Józef Kalinowski inside the Russian partition of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, in the city of Vilnius He was a teacher, engineer, prisoner of war, royal tutor, and priest, who founded many monasteries around Poland after the suppression by the Russians. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1991, the first man to be so recognized in the order of the Discalced Carmelites since Saint John of the Cross.

St. Mechtildis of Helfta:
Benedictine nun who trained St. Gertrude the Great. She was born to a noble family in Heifta, Saxony, and was placed in a convent at age seven. Mechtildis was a mystic, and aided St. Gertrude with her Book of Special Graces or The Revelation of St. Mechtildis. She died on November 19 and was never formally canonized.

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