Feb 17, About Today for Monday of the 6th week of Ordinary Time

February 17

Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

Optional Memorial

Today is the optional memorial of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order. These young men; Bonfilius, Bonajuncta, Amideus, Hugh, Manettus, Soseneus, and Alexius, founded this order in 1240 after repeated apparitions from the Mother of God. The Servites strive towards personal sanctification, world evangelism, and an increase in Marian devotion as emphasized during her sorrow at the Lord’s Passion.[1]

The Servite Order grew very quickly; creating homes throughout eastern and western Europe, South Asia, and eventually North America. Servites endure to this day with members as First, Second, and Third Order Regulars. Many have gone on to reach academic distinction in the fields of theology, the arts, canon law, philosophy, history and sacred scripture. Prayerfully their devotions include The Rosary of the Seven Dolours and the Via Matris.[1][2]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
[1] The Catholic Encyclopedia, New Advent ed. s.v. “Order of Servites.”
[2] Ibid.
Note: Optional Memorials and Commemorations are optional celebrations and, at present, we do not include content specific to these special days. This “About Today” is provided so that you can celebrate these Saints as you worship Christ.

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