Today on July 8th we celebrate the life of Gregory Grassi. St. Gregory Grassi was born in Italy in 1833, ordained in 1856 and sent to China five years later. Gregory was later ordained Bishop of North Shanxi. With 14 other European missionaries and 14 Chinese religious, he was martyred during the short but bloody Boxer Uprising of 1900. He devoted nearly his entire life to the spread of the faith. God Bless his devotion!