Our Patron Saints


Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Patroness of Stella Maris FNE Group

We ask Our Lady, Star of the Sea to be our protector saint because we trust that she will protect us under her mantle as she guides us through troubled waters to her son, our Lord Jesus Christ. As St. Bernard de Clairvaux said:

“If the winds of temptation arise; If you are driven upon the rocks of tribulation look to the star, call on Mary; If you are tossed upon the waves of pride, of ambition, of envy, of rivalry, look to the star, call on Mary. Should anger, or avarice, or fleshly desire violently assail the frail vessel of your soul, look at the star, call upon Mary.”

Our Lady, Star of the Sea also connects us to our local history because Our Lady, Star of the Sea is the name of the oldest Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Miami and the second oldest Catholic church in the state of Florida. This church in Key West was recently made a basilica, the first in the Archdiocese.

Prayer

Hail, O Star of the ocean,
God’s own Mother blest,
ever sinless Virgin,
gate of heav’nly rest.
 
Taking that sweet Ave,
which from Gabriel came,
peace confirm within us,
changing Eve’s name.
 
Break the sinners’ fetters,
make our blindness day,
Chase all evils from us,
for all blessings pray.
 
Show thyself a Mother,
may the Word divine
born for us thine Infant
hear our prayers through thine.
Virgin all excelling,
mildest of the mild,
free from guilt preserve us
meek and undefiled.
 
Keep our life all spotless,
make our way secure
till we find in Jesus,
joy for evermore.
 
Praise to God the Father,
honor to the Son,
in the Holy Spirit,
be the glory one.
 
Amen.

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Ven. Jacques Sevin

Venerable Jacques Sevin

Father of Catholic Scouting

Fr. Jacques Sevin (1882-1951) was a French Jesuit priest who is considered the “Father of Catholic Scouting.” Fr. Sevin was intrigued by the Scouting Movement that was founded in 1907 by Lord Robert Baden-Powell. After its initial success, scouting was criticized by many Catholics. Despite this, Sevin spent the summer of 1913, while he was still a Jesuit novitiate, in England seeing the movement for himself. He met and befriended Baden-Powell, spent time in scout camps, and dreamed of taking the movement to France.

By 1919 Fr. Sevin was a Jesuit priest and had produced a handbook on scouts called “Le Scotisme.” In this book he laid out his vision for a distinctly Catholic form of Scouting. In 1920 he founded the Scouts de France using this model. Baden-Powell said of Fr. Sevin’s efforts: “He made the best realization of my own thoughts.” Fr. Sevin’s vision was for scouting to develop the faith of young people and integrate them into the Church. It would be a means to develop committed lay people and religious vocations.

Fr. Sevin’s own spirituality was largely influenced by the spiritualities of St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. In 1944, Fr. Sevin founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem with some Girl Guides from the Scouts de France. His last words to the Sisters of the Holy Cross were: “Be saints. That is all that matters.” On May 10th, 2012, Benedict XVI declared Fr. Sevin venerable.

“The Scout’s law is sacred and the holy Bible its perfume. The Scout’s law is our Lord Jesus’ law.”

Prayer

Venerable Jacques Sevin taught his scouts this prayer attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola:

Lord Jesus,
Teach us to be generous,
To serve You as You deserve it,
To give without counting,
To fight without care of injuries,
To work without looking for rest,
To spend ourselves without waiting for any reward
Except knowing that we fulfill Your holy will.
Amen

Coloring Page

Click here to download a coloring page of Ven. Jacques Sevin, created by one of our Otter moms.

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José Luis Sánchez del Río

Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río

Patron of the 1st Stella Maris FNE Boys Sections

During the 1920’s a despot in Mexico named Plutarco Calles waged a vicious campaign against the Catholic Church. Priests were tortured and killed. Churches were desecrated and burned. During the later half of that decade, many Catholics took up arms in self defense and in defense of the Faith in what became known as the Cristero War.

At the time of the war, José Luis Sánchez del Río was a young boy who loved our Lord and had an intense passion for the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Guadalupe. He joined the efforts to defend the faith, bravely assisting the Cristeros as a messenger and doing chores around the camp in order to allow the soldiers to concentrate on fighting the war. In this way he was much like the young boys who helped Colonel Baden-Powell at the Siege of Mafeking and through their heroism, provided Baden-Powell with the inspiration for what later became the Scouting Movement.

During a particular fierce battle, Jose was delivering ammunition to the front when he saw that the Cristero General’s horse had been killed leaving the General vulnerable. Jose offered the General his horse without hesitation and ran off to hide making himself vulnerable. Tragically, Jose was captured shortly afterward and was taken to a sacristy in a desecrated church where he was held prisoner. While captive, Jose was tortured, interrogated, beaten, and starved in an effort to get him to renounce Our Lord. Nevertheless, Jose was resolute and continued to praise God through song and prayer. After three days of this, José was ordered under the threat of death to renounce his faith. Jose only replied “¡Viva Cristo Rey!” (Long Live Christ the King!) louder and more confidently the more his captors insisted. In the end he was severely beaten, his feet cut and body stabbed and shot. At the age of 14, he died a martyr united in suffering to our Lord and our Sorrowful Mother whom he loved with all his heart.

Blessed José is a great example of faith, courage, and heroic virtue for boys. He was proclaimed a martyr and beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on November 20, 2005.

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