The first canonized saint to be born in the Western Hemisphere, Saint Rose of Lima was drawn to a life of deep union with Our Lord, a life of extreme mortification in reparation for the heinous sins of her age. A beautiful young girl, her parents made many attempts to marry her off, but St. Rose remained true to her youthful vow of virginity and became a Dominican tertiary. Confirmed by St. Turibious, St. Rose was also a friend of St. Martin de Porres. These three saintly contemporaries lived lives of personal austerity and intense prayer on behalf of their people, leaving us a testimony of the powerful influence a few saintly lives have on even the most corrupt society. This year marks the 400th anniversary of St. Rose's death, a time for great rejoicing in this diocese under her patronage and an excellent opportunity for fervent prayers of petition to be offered on behalf of our people and society.
St. Rosa of Lima, pray for us! Intercede for our Diocese!