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Saint Mary of Egypt

Also known as

Maria Aegyptica

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Beautiful, spoiled, cynical, disenchanted, rich child who was the center of her family's pride, and who repaid them by running away at age 12. She ran to Alexandria, Egypt where she worked as a dancer, singer, and prostitute for 17 years. Around age 30, Mary took ship on a pilgrimage to Palestine, hoping to ply her trade among the pilgrims, and then in Jerusalem.

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross she moved with the crowds to the church, looking for customers. At the church door she found herself invisibliy repelled, unable to open the door; she was overcome with remorse for her life and exclusion from the Church. She repented, and asked for Our Lady‘s guidance; a voice told that to find rest, she should cross the Jordan River. The next day Mary crossed the river, wandered into the desert, and took up the life of a hermit for nearly 50 years as penance.

She lived on herbs, berries, and whatever came to hand. She met Saint Zosimus of Palestine. She once told him to come back exactly one year from that day; when he did, he found she had died. With the help of a lion, Zosimus dug her grave; he later wrote a biography of her, and her life was a popular story in the Middle Ages.

Born

c.344 in Egypt

Died

• c.421 in the desert near the River Jordan of natural causes
• relics at Rome, Naples, and Cremona in Italy, and in Antwerp, Belgium

Patronage

• against sexual temptation
• penitent women
• reformed prostitutes

Representation

• woman being chased from a church by an angel with a sword
• woman holding three loaves of bread
• woman kneeling before a skull
• woman receiving Holy Communion from Saint Zosimus of Palestine
• woman sitting at a table with a skull and bread
• woman sitting under a palm tree and looking across the Jordan River
• woman washing her hair in the Jordan River
• woman with Saint Mary Magdalen
• woman with the lion who dug her grave
• naked woman clothed with long hair

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-mary-of-egypt/


Saint Melito of Sardis

Also known as

Melito of Asia

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Bishop of Sardis, Lydia (part of modern Turkey). Ecclesiastical writer; he wrote an Apology (defense of Christianity) addressed to emperor Marcus Aurelius. Almost nothing else is known about his life.

Died

• c.180 of natural causes
• interred at Sardis, Lydia (part of modern Turkey)

Works

• Eclogues
• On His prophecy
• On baptism
• On faith
• On hospitality
• On the Apocalypse of John
• On the Corporeality of God
• On the Lord's day
• On the church
• On the devil
• On the generation of Christ
• On the lives of the prophets
• On the passover
• On the psalms
• On the senses
• On the soul and body
• On truth
• The Key

Readings

The Lord, though he was God, became man. He suffered for the sake of whose who suffer, he was bound for those in bonds, condemned for the guilty, buried for those who lie in the grave; but he rose from the dead, and cried aloud: "Who will contend with me? Let him confront me." I have freed the condemned, brought the dead back to life, raised men from their graves. Who has anything to say against me? I, he said, am the Christ; I have destroyed death, triumphed over the enemy, trampled hell underfoot, bound the strong one, and taken men up to the heights of heaven: I am the Christ. Come, then, all you nations of men, receive forgiveness for the sins that defile you. I am your forgiveness. I am the Passover that brings salvation. I am the lamb who was immolated for you. I am your ransom, you life, your resurrection, you light, I am your salvation and your king. I will bring you to the heights of heaven. With my own right hand I will raise you up, and I will show you the eternal Father. - from a letter by Saint Melito of Sardis

Born as a son,
led forth as a lamb,
sacrificed as a sheep,
buried as a man,
he rose from the dead as a God,
for he was by nature God and man.

He is all things:
he judges, and so he is Law;
he teaches, and so he is Wisdom;
he saves, and so he is Grace;
he begets, and so he is Father;
he is begotten, and so he is Son;
he suffers, and os he is Sacrifice;
he is buried, and so he is man;
he rises again, and so he is God.
This is Jesus Christ,
to whom belongs glory for all ages.

- prayer by Saint Melito

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-melito-of-sardis/


Blessed Ludovico Pavoni

Also known as

Ludovic Pavoni

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Trained in theology by the Dominican Father Carlo Ferrari, future bishop of Brescia, Italy. Ordained in 1807. Founded an Oratory for Christian education of poor boys in Brescia. Secretary to bishop Gabrio Nava in 1812.

Rector of Saint Barnabas church in 1818 where soon after he founded an orphanage and associated trade school, basing his work on the idea that improving social conditions will improve the spiritual life, and improving the spiritual life will improve social conditions. In 1821 the school became the Institute of Saint Barnabas. Along with carpentry, silversmithing, blacksmithing, shoemaking, agriculture, and tool and dye makers, the school stressed the trades of printing and publishing. In 1823 Ludivico established The Publishing House of the Institute of Saint Barnabas; it exists today under the name Ancora. That same year, the school began taking in deaf and mute students.

In 1825 he founded a religious congregation of priests and brothers to run the school; it became the Sons of Mary Immaculate (Pavoniani or Pavonians). Pope Gregory XVI authorized it for Brescia in 1843, and on 8 December 1847, Ludovico and the first members made their religious profession. Today there are 210 members in Brazil, Colombia, Eritrea, Germany, Italy and Spain, and they still publish books.

On 24 March 1849, Brescia was in rebellion against the Austrians. Both sides were ready to pillage the city and Father Ludovico led his boys to safety at Saiano, seven miles away. He died a week later as Brescia was in flames, but his boys were safe.

Born

11 September 1784 at Brescia, Italy

Died

Palm Sunday, 1 April 1849 at Saianco, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

• 14 April 2002 by Pope John Paul II
• the beatification miracle involved the 1909 cure of Maria Stevani from typhoid fever

Canonized

16 October 2016 by Pope Francis

Patronage

Sons of Mary Immaculate

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ludovico-pavoni/


Saint Hugh of Grenoble

Also known as

Hugh of Châteauneuf

Additional Memorial

22 April (Carthusian Order)

Profile

Son of a soldier named Odilo, a man known for his Christian life, and who later became a Cistercian monk; his mother was known for her life of prayer and alms-giving. Uncle of Saint Hugh of Bonnevaux. Hugh was an exceptionally good student as a child. Canon in the cathedral of Valence, France at age 25. Bishop of Grenoble, France in 1080 at age 27, consecrated by Pope Gregory VII; he served there for 52 years. He went to Grenoble as a reformer, but after two years, convinced that he had not improved the lives or the holiness of his clergy, he resigned and retired to become a Benedictine monk at Chaise-Dieu in Auvergne, France; after a year of this, Pope Gregory ordered him back to Grenoble. This time his work and his example paid off - large crowds attended his preaching, his clergy brought new zeal to their ministry, the poor were cared for, and religious life had a new start in his diocese. He gave land to Saint Bruno for La Grande Chartruse abbey, and helped him found the Carthusians. Gave both his mother and his 100 year old father their Last Rites. A frequent sufferer of head pain and headaches, which led to his patronage of the problem.

Born

1053 at Chateauneuf, Dauphiné, France

Died

• 1 April 1132 in Grenoble, France of natural causes
• interred in Saint Mary's Cathedral, Grenoble
• relics burned by the Huguenots in the 15th century

Canonized

22 April 1134 by Pope Innocent II during the Council of Pisa

Patronage

• against headache
• Grenoble, France

Representation

• carrying a lantern
• one of a group of seven stars, representing the founders of the Carthusians
• with Saint Bruno
• with three flowers in his hand

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hugh-of-grenoble/


Blessed Anacleto González Flores

Also known as

Anaclete Gonzales Flores

Profile

Second of twelve children born to Valentín González Sanitiz and Maria Flores Navaho. He entered seminary, was an excellent student, but realized that he did not have a call to the priesthood and dropped out. Lawyer in the archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico. Married to María Concepción Guerrero, they had two children. He attended Mass daily, visited prisoners, and taught catechism. Leader in the Catholic Association of Mexican Youth (AJCM). Founded the magazine La Palabra to speak out against the anti-Catholic actions of the government. Founded the Popular Union to organize peaceful opposition to the Calle government's anti-Catholic actions. When official oppression escalated to murder, Anacleto began writing and speaking out against the government, urging people to support and aid the rebels in what became known as the Cristero War. Looking for a way to crack down on the Catholic leadership, officials arrested Anacleto on a false charge of murdering an American, Edgar Wilkens. Gonzales was tortured, mutilated and finally executed. Martyr.

Born

13 July 1888 in Tepatitlán, Jalisco, Mexico

Died

shot by a firing squad on 1 April 1927 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Beatified

• 20 November 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI
• recognition celebrated by Cardinal José Saraiva Martins in a soccer stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico

Readings

I die but God does not die! - Blessed Anacleto's last words

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-anacleto-gonzalez-flores/


Saint Macarius the Wonder Worker

Also known as

• Christopher
• Macarius of Constantinople

Profile

Monk at the monastery at Pelekete, taking the name Macarius. Abbot. Miracle worker. Ordained by Patriarch Tarasius of Constantinople. Imprisoned and tortured for his opposition to Emperor Leo's orders of iconoclasm. Released by Emperor Michael the Stammerer, then exiled for his continued support of icons.

Born

9th century Constantinople as Christopher

Died

18 August 850 on the island of Aphusia, Bithynia of natural causes

Readings

To you, O Master, who loves all mankind
I hasten on rising from sleep.
By your mercy I go out to do your work
and I make my prayer to you.
Help me at all times and in all things.
Deliver me from every evil thing of this world
and from pursuit by the devil.
Save me and bring me to your eternal kingdom,
For you are my Creator,
You inspire all good thoughts in me.
In you is all my hope and to you I give glory,
now and forever.
- Saint Macarius

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-macarius-the-wonder-worker/


Saint Celsus of Armagh

Also known as

• Ceillach
• Cellach Mac Aodh
• Cellach Mc Aedh
• Cellach of Armagh

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Benedictine monk. May have been a monk at Glastonbury. Teacher at Oxford, England. Last hereditary archbishop of Armagh, Ireland in 1106. Built a reputation as a reformer and able administrator. Travelled throughout Ireland, preaching reform and ensuring discipline. Helped preside at the Synod of Rath Bresail in 1111, which helped align the Irish church administration with the rest of Europe. Rebuilt the Armagh cathedral. Peacemaker between warring Irish kings and chieftains. Worked with, and ordained his friend Saint Malachy O'More. From his deathbed, he appointed Malachy as Archbishop of Armagh, ending the tradition of hereditary succession to the see.

Born

1079 in Ireland

Died

• 1 April 1129 at Ardpatrick, Munster, Ireland of natural causes
• buried in Lismore, Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-celsus-of-armagh/


Blessed Giuseppe Girotti

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Dominican priest, making his religious profession in 1923 and being ordained on 3 August 1930. Studied at the école Biblique in Jerusalem. Taught scriptural studies at the Dominican Theological Seminary at Turin, Italy. Arrested by Nazi authorities on 19 August 1944 for arranging hideouts and escape routes for Jews, and shuffled from one concentration camp to another before his death. He spent his time ministering to other prisoners. Martyr.

Born

19 July 1905 in Alba, Cuneo, Italy

Died

1 April 1945 in concentration camp at Dachau, Oberbayern, Germany

Beatified

• 26 April 2014 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition was celebrated at the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Alba, Cuneo, Italy, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-giuseppe-girotti/


Blessed Hugh of Bonnevaux

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Nephew of Saint Hugh of Grenoble. Cistercian Bendictine monk at Mezieres Abbey, joining the Order in 1138. Abbot at Leoncel, France in 1163. Monk at Bonnevaux Abbey in 1169. Noted for gifts of spiritual discernment and for his ministry as an exorcist. Mediated the conflict between Pope Alexander III and Emperor Frederick Barbarossa in 1177.

Born

c.1120 at Châteauneuf d'Isère, Valence, Drôme, France

Died

• 1194 of natural causes
• interred in the church in Bonnevaux Abbey
• miracles reported at his grave
• grave disturbed during the Reformation
• relics re-interred in 1743
• relics moved to a new chapel in 1966

Beatified

9 December 1903 by Pope Saint Pius X

Patronage

diocese of Valence, France

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-hugh-of-bonnevaux/


Blessed Zofia Czeska-Maciejowska

Also known as

Sofia Czeska-Maciejowska

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Married young, and widowed young. Founded the Congregation of the Virgins of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, dedicated to caring for and the education poor and orphaned girls.

Born

1584 in Budziszowice, Kazimierski, Poland

Died

1 April 1650 in Kraków, Poland of natural causes

Beatified

• 9 June 2013 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Amato at the Sanktuarium Bozego Milosierdzia, Kraków-Lagiewniki, Poland

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-zofia-czeska-maciejowska/


Saint Cellach of Armagh

Also known as

Ceilach, Celestinus, Celsus, Keilach, Kelly

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Son of áed mac Máele Ísu meic Amalgada of the Clann Sínnaig. Monk. Abbot of Armagh, Ireland in August 1105. Priest. Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland. Founded the monastery of Kells.

Born

1080

Died

• 1 April 1129 in Munster, Ireland of natural causes
• buried in Lismore, Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cellach-of-armagh/


Saint Agape of Thessalonica

Also known as

Acapis

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Sister of Saint Chionia and Saint Irene. Convicted of possessing the Scriptures despite a prohibition issued in 303 by Emperor Diocletian. She was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods; she refused. Martyr.

Born

3rd century in Thessalonica, Macedonia

Died

burned alive in 304

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agape-of-thessalonica/


Saint Valery of Leucone

Also known as

• Valery of Leuconay
• Gualaric, Valéry, Walaric, Walarich, Waleric, Walericus, Walric

Profile

Monk at Luxeuil Abbey. Founded the monastery of Leuconay, France. The town of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme was named for him.

Died

c.622

Representation

monk in a white habit holding a staff

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-valery-of-leucone/


Blessed John Bretton

Additional Memorial

22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

Profile

Married layman. Father. Martyred in the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I for remaining loyal to the Catholic Church.

Born

c.1527 in West Bretton, West Yorkshire, England

Died

hanged on 1 April 1598 in York, North Yorkshire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-bretton/


Saint Gilbert de Moray

Also known as

Gilbert of Caithness

Profile

Son of Duke William de Moravia. Bishop of Caithness, Scotland for 20 years, during which he built the cathedral there. Fierce proponent of Scottish independence, often opposing the archbishop of York, England in matters that he thought would reduce that independence.

Died

1245 of natural causes

Patronage

Caithness, Scotland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gilbert-de-moray/


Saint Chionia of Thessalonica

Also known as

Cionia

Profile

Sister of Saint Agape and Saint Irene. Convicted of possessing the Scriptures despite a prohibition issued in 303 by Emperor Diocletian. She was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods; she refused. Martyr.

Born

3rd century in Thessalonica, Macedonia

Died

burned alive in 304

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-chionia-of-thessalonica/


Saint Venantius of Spalato

Also known as

• Venantius of Split
• Venanzio of...

Profile

Bishop in the Dalmatia region of modern Croatia. Martyred with several Christian companions.

Died

• c.255 in Spalato, Dalmatia (modern Split, Croatia)
• relics brought to the Lateran Basilica, Rome, Italy in 641

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-venantius-of-spalato/


Blessed Gerard of Sassoferrato

Also known as

Girard

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Camaldolese novice at age nine at Holy Cross abbey in Sassoferrato, Italy. Parish priest at Sassoferrato.

Born

1280

Died

18 November 1367 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gerard-of-sassoferrato/


Saint Theodora of Rome

Profile

Sister of Saint Hermes of Rome whom she visited and supported when Hermes was in prison. Martyr.

Died

c.125 in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodora-of-rome/


Blessed Abraham of Bulgaria

Profile

Muslim layman merchant, known for his charity. Convert to Christianity. For this, he was arrested, tortured and executed. Martyr.

Died

c.1229

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-abraham-of-bulgaria/


Saint Fricor

Also known as

Adrian

Profile

Seventh century missionary to northern France. Helped convert Saint Ricarius.

Born

Irish

Died

relics in the parish of Saint-Riquier near Amiens, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fricor/


Saint Caidoc

Profile

Seventh century missionary to northern France. Helped convert Saint Ricarius.

Born

Irish

Died

relics in the parish of Saint-Riquier near Amiens, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-caidoc/


Saint Stephen of Alexandria

Profile

Martyr.

Died

Alexandria, Egypt, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-stephen-of-alexandria-1-april/


Saint Victor of Alexandria

Profile

Martyr.

Died

Alexandria, Egypt, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-victor-of-alexandria-1-april/


Saint Anastasio

Profile

Martyr.

Died

• on the Adriatic coast of modern Croatia
• relics translated to Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anastasio/


Saint Dodolinus of Vienne

Profile

Seventh century bishop of Vienne, France.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-dodolinus-of-vienne/


Saint Irenaeus of Armenia

Profile

Martyr.

Born

Armenian

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-irenaeus-of-armenia/


Saint Quintian of Armenia

Profile

Martyr.

Born

Armenian

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-quintian-of-armenia/


Martyrs of Dalmatia and Istria

Profile

A group of Christians martyrs who died at various locations in Dalamtia and Istria (in modern Croatia, whose relics were later taken to Rome, Italy, and who are remembered together. We know the names Anastasio, Antiochiano, Asterius, Gaiano, Mauro, Paoliniano, Septimius, Telio and Venantius.

Died

• on the Adriatic coast of modern Croatia
• relics translated to Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-dalmatia-and-istria/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Aedhan Laech of Cill Aedhain
• Alexander of Sicily
• Beherond
• Conval
• Enrico d'Asti
• Euthyme
• Glinglin
• Leucone
• Marcelle
• Tewdrig
• Vinebault


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