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St. Clement Hofbaue, CSsR

2018-03-08


He is co-patron of both Vienna and Warsaw.
The shrine of St. Clement Ho auer is in the church Maria am Gestade in Vienna, Austria.

St. Clement Maria Hofbauer, Redemptorysta

St. Clement Hofbauer was born in Tasswitz, Moravia (now the Czech Republic) on December 26, 1751. In his early youth, a er the death of his father, he worked as an appren ce baker. Having become a servant in the Norber ne Abbey at Klosterbruck, he was able to follow the call to the priesthood by comple ng rst his secondary schooling and then his cateche cal, philosophical, and theological studies in Vienna, Austria. During this me he made yearly pilgrimages to Rome, where he encountered the Redemptorists.

On October 24, 1784, with his friend Thaddeus Hübl, Clement entered the Redemptorist Congrega on. Both pro- fessed religious vows on March 19, 1785, and were ordained priests on March 29. As vicar general of the Congrega- on north of the Alps, Clement founded the rst house of the Redemptorists in Warsaw, Poland. Other houses were established in Poland, Prussia, Germany, Switzerland, and Romania. He lived in Warsaw from 1787 to 1808, and with the collabora on of lay people of various na onali es, he developed a very frui ul apostolate, promo ng good works and strengthening the piety of the faithful.

With the takeover of Poland by Napolean, the Redemptorists were suppressed and Ho auer — forced to leave Warsaw — made his way to Vienna. In 1813 he was appointed rector of the church of the Ursulines. Through the charisms of spiritual, preaching, confession, and works of charity, he converted and helped people of every social class. Clement died at Vienna on March 15, 1820. He was canonized by St. Pius X on May 20, 1909. He is co-patron of both Vienna and Warsaw.

The shrine of St. Clement Hofbauer is in the church Maria am Gestade in Vienna, Austria. 

 

 

Gracious God, 

our God of care and compassion for humanity, 

you filled St. Clement Mary Hofbauer 

with a special zeal for the well-being of people, 

especially those who are poor or troubled in spirit. 

In St. Clement you revealed the richness  

of your loving kindness and mercy.  

Through his intercession,  

help us to remain true to the Catholic faith,  

which he so nobly taught.  

Let us walk in the path that 

St. Clement marked out by his own life.  

Hear and answer us, God,  

through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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