Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz
Known as the first Filipino saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz continues to be a role model to Filipino youth. He was born in around 1600 in Binondo, Manila to a Chinese father and a Filipino mother. At a young age, he served as an altar boy and later on as a calligrapher in their parish.
Later on in life, he was wrongfully accused of murder—an accusation which led him to flee the country and aboard a missionary boat that led him to Japan. Upon their arrival in Japan, Lorenzo and his companions were arrested and were persecuted because of their being Christians. As they were being tortured, they were ordered to renounce their faith, to which San Lorenzo famously responded “I am a Catholic and wholeheartedly do accept death for God. Had I a thousand lives, all these to Him I shall offer. Do with me as you please.”
His beatification (the first beatification to be held outside of the Vatican) was held on February 18, 1981 while he was canonized on October 18, 1987. His feast day is celebrated every September 28. He is the patron saint of Filipino youth, the Philippines, people working overseas, and altar servers.
To know more about San Lorenzo Ruiz, you may watch these series of videos by Fr. Jomar Burgos of the Lorenzo Ruiz Mission Society: