Saint Joseph Freinademetz
About Saint Joseph Freinademetz
Saint Joseph Freinademetz was born in Badia, which was located in
Austria at the time of his birth in April of 1852. Now it can be found
in Italy. He was one of four children produced by the marriage of
Giovanmattia and Anna Maria, his mother and father. Joseph was always
very interested in the church and its teachings, and when he was 23 in
1875 he received the sacrament of Holy Orders and became a priest.
Joseph Freinademetz started off his days as a priest in a parish found
in San Martino. Everybody there loved him and he loved being there, but
he felt like he could be doing much more. He desired to become a
missionary and help others around the world. He go in touch with Arnold
Janssen, another saint of the Catholic Church, and he set him up with a
missionary post in Steyl.
Hong Kong ended up being where Saint Joseph would make the greatest
impact as a missionary. He worked there with John Anzer to convert the
Chinese to Christianity. Many of them were not interested when Saint
Joseph began his work, but he slowly gained more and more Chinese
support and actually did a pretty decent job of converting them.
Saint Joseph found that the Chinese needed a form of writing to understand the Christian principles and ideas better. So he took it upon himself to learn how to write in Chinese, and then translate different books explaining the faith for them. This is how he saw so much success. Tuberculosis put Saint Joseph and his work out of commission for a while, but he recovered and came back in full force to try and keep spreading Christianity.
Joseph took a great risk in 1908 when a gigantic spread of typhus came over China.
He felt obligated to help out whoever he could that was suffering. This
honorable cause would lead to his death though. Joseph would get typhus
from being so exposed to it all the time. On the 28th of January he
passed away. This day is now remembered as his feast day. His
canonization took place in October of 2003.
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