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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 6, 2013 Saint Peter Fourier by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Peter was born in the village of Mirecourt, France in 1565. His village was located in the Duchy of Lorraine, an impor- tant part of the Holy Roman Empire as it served as a bul- wark of the Catholic Counter -- Reformation in opposition to the advance of Protestantism. Peter was the eldest of three sons, his father was a cloth merchant, his mother a house wife, both parents were faith- ful Catholics. At the age of 15, his father enrolled him in the new Jesuit University of Pont-&-Mousson (eventually merged into the University of Lorraine). Peter, at the age of twenty joined the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine at Chaumousey and was ordained a priest at the young age of twenty-three in 1589. His abbot then sent him back to the University of Pont-&-Mousson to further his studies. He became a scholastic theologian who knew the Summa Theologica by heart. Peter at the age of thirty-three was appointed parish priest of the village of Mattaincourt. He labored for thirty-three years looking after the needs of his congregation. With Blessed Alix Le Clerc he founded the Congregation of Notre Dame of Canonesse Regular of Saint Augustine dedicated to the education of girls. Soon there were six schools, he played an active role in the education of the students being credited with the invention of the blackboard and its use in the classroom, as well as the division of students into classes of a similar level of instruction. Saint Peter spent most of his time between 1622 and 1629 inspecting the houses of the Order in Lorraine forming them into a unified congregation, ultimately becoming Superior General in 1632. After the invasion by the Kingdom of France of the Duchy of Lorraine in 1632 under Cardinal Richelieu, Fou- rier refused to swear an oath of loyalty to King Louis XIII of France. Thus he and his community were forced to flee their monastery in 1636, taking refuge in the town of Gray in the neighboring County of Burgundy. Fourier and his fellow Augustinians were occupied in that city nursing plague victims. By the time of his death, in 1640 , the num- ber of schools run by the canonesses had grown to forty spreading throughout France, Germany and England. He was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1897. His feast day is celebrated on December 9 th. VERONICA ROBLES CULTURAL CENTER Holds Open House by Sal Giarratani Telemundo TV star Veronica Robles recently opened the Veronica Robles Cultural Center in East Boston at 175 McClellan Highway next to the Courtyard Marriott and on Sunday, November 24 th held an open house at which hundreds gathered to learn what the cultural center is all about and to hear some local recording artists per- form for the audience enjoy- ing all that was happening at the open house. The cultural center will also be a recording studio for Ms. Robles TV show and a training ground for future generations of those inter- ested in the broadcast industry. On location is also a dance study teaching children various dance movements. The Post-Gazette's Sal Giarratani with Veronica Robles at the Open House. Veronica Robles is also look- center's work into the wider ing at expanding her culture East Boston community. North End Library Events MOVIES RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST Free Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a 2010 Finnish horror-fantasy film directed by Jalmari Helander about people living near the Korvatunturi mountain who discover the secret behind Santa Claus. The trim is based on a 2003 short film Rare Exports Inc. by Jalmari and Juuso Helander. The film focuses on a group of local rein- deer herders whose Christmas is disturbed by excavations on the mountain. A scien- tist has ordered a team of workers to dig open what he calls "the largest burial mound in the world". An explosive used by the team uncovers what is referred to as a "sacred grave". However, the occupant of the grave is still alive. Soon, the reindeer important to the local people are mysteriously killed, and children and supplies begin to disappear from the town. It emerges that the occupant is the source of the original Santa Claus myth; a supernatural being who, rather than re- warding good children, punishes the naughty. One family, however, manages to catch the culprit in a trap, and plans to sell it to the scientist to cover the losses caused by his excavation. Rated R. A CHRISTMAS CAROL Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Time 5:30 pm - 7:05 pm EST Free 'Disney's A Christmas Carol,' a multi-sen- sory thrill ride re-envisioned by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis. 'Disney's A Christmas Carol,' captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking 3D motion picture event. Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (Gary Oldman) and his cheery nephew (Colin Firth). But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late. Rated PG. LECTURE A LECTURE GIVEN BY MR. ALFRED ZAPPALA, ESQ. FOUNDER OF THE SICILIAN PROJECT Saturday, December 14, 2013 12:00 pm EST Free Audience Adults Mr.Alfred Zappala, Esq., will give a talk about his efforts to improve the economy of Sicily through his Sicilian Project. The mission of the Sicilian Project is to encourage formal English-language train- ing for Sicilian students from primary grades through college in order to prepare them to compete in the global economy. For further information about Mr. Alfred Zappala's work, you may visit his website at www.alfredzappala.com. West End 18 tb The 18 th Annual Christ- mas Tree Blessing and Lighting services at Richard Cardinal Cushing Memorial Park, One Bowdoin Square and Cambridge Streets in Boston's West End will take place on Saturday, Decem- ber 14, 2013 beginning at 6:00 pm. This year's celebration will be in memory of His Eminence Richard Cardinal Cushing, and Maribeth Ustach (Miss Betsy), and in honor of Mayor of Boston Thomas M. Menino and Our Friends from the Boston Fin- ish Line (Boston Strong). This year's tree will be dedicated to the U.S. Armed Forces (past and present). The United States Coast Guard Honor Guard and the North End U.S. Coast Guard Annual Tree Blessing 6 Base with the choirs of the Holy Trinity German Singers of the South End, St. John Children's School Choir, North End and the Eastwood Productions Duo providing music, plus a visit from Santa. Free parking will be avail- Lighting able at the Charles River Park Plaza Under Garage. See Norman Herr for pass. This event is hosted by the Friends of Richard Cardinal Cushing Memorial Park, Inc. For more details, call 617- 720-5326 or 617-869-7001. RUNNING OUT OF GIFT IDEAS? HOWABOUTA COPY OF... this Christmas for authentic Italian recipes. A Tribute to Francena's Sicilian Heritage and Her Beloved Nonna. Now expanded and enhanced in its 1 lth printing with 10,000 copies sold. $13.50 - HOLIDAY SPECIAL pay no shipping and postage. , FRANCENA - 125 Boyce Road, Centerville, OH 45458 937-433-7313 ' fslyd@aol.com WWW. BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM