Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Franciscan Remembrance Day for Matt Talbot

One popular "Saint of the Day" website is that of http://www.americancatholic.org/default.asp, home of St. Anthony Messenger Press and multiple Catholic publications.

June 18, 2008 is their "Franciscan Remembrance Day" for the Venerable Matt Talbot, who joined the Third-Order Franciscans (Secular Franciscan Order) in 1890, six years into his recovery from alcoholism. Upon his death on June 7, 1925, he was buried in their habit.
Note, however, this correction: the remembrance states, "For 15 years--until he was 30--Matt was an active alcoholic." In actuality, Matt began drinking at age 12 and took his last drink at age 28, in 1884.