A Sunday Reflection

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)
St. Hugh of Lincoln

Today we will celebrate the feast day of our titular saint, St. Hugh of Lincoln. His feast day is on November 17, the day he died in 1200, but we celebrate it this Sunday by special dispensation from Archbishop Wenski.

St. Hugh parish was founded on June 30, 1959, by Bishop Coleman F. Carroll, nine months after his installation as bishop of the new Diocese of Miami. The land for the present church was generously donated by Mrs. Liguori Matheson, widow of Mr. Hugh Matheson, one of the earliest developers of South Florida. The parish was named St. Hugh of Lincoln in his honor.

It is important for us as a community to celebrate, recognize and ask the intercession of our patron saint. We have been established as a parish under his protection and instituted with his name to honor his example of holiness. May we experience the intercession and protection of this holy monk and bishop, St. Hugh of Lincoln. Praised be God in his saints! St. Hugh of Lincoln, pray for us!

Fr. Luis R. Largaespada

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Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness, look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude.

Thank you for all your graces and blessings, for our faith, for the love we have for one another, for food and shelter, health, family and friends.

In Your infinite generosity, grant us continued graces and blessings throughout the coming year.

Through Christ our Lord. 

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St. Hugh of Lincoln

St. Hugh of Lincoln was born in Avalon, Burgundy, in 1140, of a noble family. He was educated and made his profession at the priory of Augustinian canons at Villarbenoît. Hugh joined (c.1160) the Carthusians at age 25, rising to become procurator general. About 1176 he was sent to England at the request of King Henry II, to become Abbot of the first Carthusian monastery in England, which had been built by King Henry as part of his penance for the murder of Thomas Becket.

His reputation for holiness and sanctity spread all over England and attracted many to the monastery. He admonished Henry for keeping Sees vacant to enrich the royal coffers. Income from the vacant Sees went to the royal treasury. He was then named bishop of the eighteen year old vacant See of Lincoln in 1186 – a post he accepted only when ordered to do so by the prior of the Grande Chartreuse. Hugh quickly restored clerical discipline, labored to restore religion to the diocese, and became known for his wisdom and justice.

He was one of the leaders in denouncing the persecution of the Jews that swept England, 1190-91, repeatedly facing down armed mobs and making them release their victims. He went on a diplomatic mission to France for King John in 1199, visiting the Grande Chartreuse, Cluny, and Citeaux, and returned from the trip in poor health. A few months later, while attending a national council in London, he was stricken and died two months later at the Old Temple in London on November 16, 1200. He was canonized twenty years later, in 1220, the first Carthusian to be so honored.

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