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Saint Leopold Mandic (Franciscan Saints) - July 30 Also known as Adeodato Bogdan Mandic Apostle of the Confession Apostle of Unity Bogdan Ivan Mandic Brother Leopold Leopoldo of Castelnuovo More
Saint Leopold Mandic (Franciscan Saints) - July 30
Also known as
Adeodato Bogdan Mandic
Apostle of the Confession
Apostle of Unity
Bogdan Ivan Mandic
Brother Leopold
Leopoldo of Castelnuovo
Memorial
30 July
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Saint Leopold was a contrast between physical frailty and spiritual strength. Four foot five inches tall, and physically weak, his health became worse with age. He had a stammer, suffered abdominal pains, and was gradually deformed by chronic arthritis, making his frame stooped, his hands gnarled, and his life one of endless pain. Spiritually, Leopold Mandic was a giant, full of Christian strength. His humility and faith in God enabled him to accept his poor physical condition, and realize God‘s power – for without God he could do nothing.
Twelfth child born to Peter and Caroline Mandic. Physically malformed and delicate of health, Bogdan early showed signs of great spiritual strength and integrity. At age 16, Bogdan left Dalmatia for Italy where he became a student at the Capuchin Seraphic School at Udine, and an aspirant to the Capuchins. He applied himself to his studies, and entered the Capuchin Order as a novice on 20 April 1884 at Bassano del Grappa, taking the religious name Brother Leopold. After his Profession of Vows in May 1885, Leopold began clerical studies at Padua and Venice. Ordained in Venice on 20 September 1890.
He wanted to be a missionary in Eastern Europe, an area torn apart by religious strife, but he was denied by his superiors because of his frailty and general ill-health. Stationed at various Friaries in the Venetian Province from 1890 to 1906, including his homeland of Dalmatia, where the Italian friars had a mission. Posted to Padua, Italy in 1906 where, except for a year spent in a prison camp in World War I because he would not renounce his Croat nationality, he remained for the rest of his life. In Padua he became a Confessor and Spiritual Director for almost forty years. Father Leopold encouraged many, especially the hopeless in enslavement to sin. Though he did not go to the missions, his long service in the confessional proved it to be his own apostolate. For nearly forty years, twelve hours a day, he absolved and councelled thousands of penitents, always weak but always available.
Born
12 May 1866 at Herceg Novi, Dubrovacko-Neretvanska Croatia as Adeodato
Died

30 July 1942 at the Friary in Padua, Italy of oesophageal cancer
Venerated
1 March 1974 by Pope Paul VI (decree of heroic virtues)
Beatified
2 May 1976 by Pope Paul VI
Canonized
16 October 1983 by Pope John Paul II
Patronage
cancer patients (chosen by the Italian Bishops‘ Conference in 2018)
Prayers
O God, source of life and love, you gave Saint Leopold a tremendous compassion for sinners and a desire for church unity. Through his prayers, grant that we may acknowledge our need of forgiveness, show love to others, and strive to bring about a living unity among Christians. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
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