Saint Conrad, join us in prayer for the ten men on the Rebuild My Church week-end at St. Anthony of Padua friary in Denver, as the discern a vocation to Capuchin life.
Lord, Bless Fr. Joseph Mary and the young friars as they share their daily life.
Lord, send laborers into the harvest in the footprints of St. Francis of Assisi!
Saint Conrad of Parzham, O.F.M. Cap.
(1818-94), was a German Franciscan lay brother
. He served for over 40 years in the post of porter
of the Capuchin friary
, through which work he gained a widespread reputation for his wisdom and holiness. He has been declared a saint
by the Catholic Church
Immediately after his profession
he was sent to the Friary
of St. Ann
, in the city of Altötting
. The friary served the Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting
, the national shrine
of Bavaria to the Blessed Mother. Conrad was given the position of porter
at this shrine, and retained it until his death. Because it was a large and busy city, the duty of the friary porter was a very difficult one. Conrad was known to be diligent at his work, sparing in words, bountiful to the poor, eager and ready to receive and help strangers. Brother Conrad fulfilled the task of porter for more than forty years, assisting the inhabitants of the town in their needs of body and soul.
Conrad loved silence in a special way. His spare moments during the day were spent in a nook near the door where it was possible for him to see and adore the Blessed Sacrament
. During the night he would deprive himself of several hours of sleep, to devote the time to prayer either in the oratory of the friars
or in the church. It was generally believed that he never took any rest, but continually occupied himself in work and exercises of devotion.
His feast day is celebrated on April 21st
the day of his entry into eternal life!