Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12:00 PM
The Filipino Diocesan Council of Reno (FDCR)
Cordially invites you to the Annual Celebration in Honor of SAN LORENZO RUIZ (Filipino Saint)
Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church
1250 Wyoming Ave.
Reno, NV 89503
Sunday September 20, 2015
Mass - 12:00 p.m.
San Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino Saint. He is also de first Filipino martyred for the Christian Faith. Lorenzo Ruiz was a layman, married, and had two sons and a daughter. Born in Binondo, Manila, about 1600's he was educated in the school of the Dominicans there. He served as an altar boy and later was a helper and clerk-sacristan in the church of Binondo. He made his living probably as a calligrapher, one who renders documents in beautiful penmanship for private or official use. In 1636, he was falsely accused or murder and sought asylum on board a ship with three Dominican priests. Upon landing in Japan where Christians were being persecuted, he was arrested and imprisoned together with his companions. He underwent inhuman tortures and valiantly confessed his Christian Faith.Refusing to renounce his Faith, he told his executioner that he was ready to die for God and give himself for many thousands of lives if he had them. On September 27, 1637, he died. His body was cremated and the ashes thrown into the sea. He and fifteen companions, martyred in the same persecution, were beatified by Pope Saint John Paul II in Manila on February 19, 1981 and elevated to full honors of the altar by canonization on October 18, 1987 in Rome.