Wednesday’s Fuel for the Fire
Saint of the Day: Sts. Christopher Magallanes, priest, and companions, martyrs
Today in Catholic History:
1864 Joseph de Veuster (better known as Father Damien, 1840–1889) was ordained priest in Honolulu. In 1873 at his own request he was sent to a settlement of lepers on the island of Molokai, where he later contracted the disease and died.
Giuseppe Mercalli, an Italian volcanologist, was born on May 21, 1850 in the Italian city of Milan. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest and soon became a professor of the Natural Sciences at the seminary of Milan. He is best remembered today for his Mercalli scale for measuring earthquakes which is still used today.