The Filipino Diocesan Council of Reno (FDCR) cordially invites you to the Annual Celebration in Honor of SAN LORENZO RUIZ (Filipino Saint) at St. Therese Church of the Little Flower, 875 E. Plumb Lane, Reno Nevada 89502, on September 27, 2020, Sunday, at 12:00 High Noon. Celebrants: Rev. Joseph Infante, FDCR Spiritual Director. Reception follows at the Parish Hall.
San Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino Saint. He is also the first Filipino martyred for the Christian Faith. Lorenzo Ruiz was a layman, married, and had two sons and a daughter. Born in Binondo, Manila, about 1600’s, he was educated in the school of the Dominicans. In 1636, he was falsely accused of murder and sought asylum on board a ship with three Dominican priests. Upon landing in Japan where Christians were being persecuted, he was arrested and imprisoned together with his companions. He underwent inhuman tortures and valiantly confessed his Christian Faith. Refusing to renounce his Faith, he told his executioner that he was ready to die for God and give himself for many thousands of lives if he had them. He and fifteen companions, martyred in the same persecution, were beatified by Pope John Paul II in Manila on February 18, 1981 and elevated to full honors of the altar by canonization on October 18, 1987 in Rome.
More information, please contact Maripaz Ramos, at the Office of Ethnic Ministries at (775) 326-9423 or 775-326-9415.