Blessed Daniel (1876-1936) was born in La Ferte-Saint-Cyr, France.
Family accounts suggest that from a very early age, Daniel sought a priestly vocation. Although he at first became a teacher, he was ‘restless’ and ‘determined to be a missionary’.
His wish was granted and his Priestly service took him to Senegal.
During World War I, he was a volunteer Chaplain and cited for bravery on six occasions. In his view, the special protection that he received during the war, was the work of St Therese of Lisieux.
In 1923, Bl. Daniel assumed charge of a Paris orphanage, pioneering a system to place all children in Catholic homes and offer them skilled apprenticeships.
Bl. Daniel was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1984. His feast day is the 28th February, the day of his death.
Pray for us that we will become worthy of the promises of the Risen Jesus.
Glory be to the Father…