Oil dedicated to St Leopold Mandic
Oil dedicated to St Leopold Mandic was born on May 12, 1866. And died on June 30, 1942. He was an ethnic Croat born in Herceg Novi. In Boka Kotorska (modern-day Montenegro). And died in Padua, Italy. Physically malformed and delicate. Having a height of only 1.35m, with clumsy walk and stuttering. He developed tremendous spiritual strength. His feast celebrated May 12.
Although he wanted to be a missionary in Eastern Europe. He spent almost all of his adult life in Italy. And lived in Padua from 1906 until the end of his life. He spent also one year in Italian prison during WWI. Since he did not want to renounce his Croatian nationality. He also dreamed unceasingly about reuniting the Catholic and Orthodox churches. And going to the Orient. He became known as Apostle of Confession and Apostle of Unity. He made a famous prayer that is the forerunner of today’s Ecumenism.
In the mid-1880s, Croatian Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer began a movement. Which focused on unity and consecration of the cathedral of akovo and Srijem. A movement in which Leopold took interest in. On September 20, 1890, Leopold ordained to the presbyterate at Venice at the age of 24.
Refusing to renounce his Croatian nationality during World War I, Leopold forced to go to southern Italy. All this time Leopold held a hope that he would be able to return to his homeland. And preach among his people, a feat that would be inhibited by his disabilities. On top of his physical deformities. He also suffered from stomach ailments, poor eyesight, and arthritis. Unsurprisingly, the Capuchin ministers declined these attempts due to his health.