Today, in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, the Diocesan Novena to Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God (Dominic Barberi) begins. Early in his life, he sensed through the Holy Spirit that he would one day work in England. As a Passionist Father, he overcame many hindrances, coming finally to this country in 1841. His first foundation was Aston Hall in Staffordshire, within the Archdiocese.

Let us ask his intercession, even as we pray fervently for his canonisation. May God bless you this day.