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Optional Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker

Saint Joseph the Worker

Also known as

• Joseph of Nazareth
• Joseph the Artisan
• Joseph the Betrothed

Additional Memorial

• 19 March
• 3rd Wednesday after Easter (patronage of Saint Joseph of the Universal Church)
• 3 January on some local calendars
• 29 October (Armenian)
• 20 July (Coptic)

Profile

Descendant of the house of David. Layman. Builder by trade; traditionally a carpenter, but may have been a stone worker. Earthly spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Foster and adoptive father of Jesus Christ. Visionary who was visited by angels. Noted for his willingness to immediately get up and do what God told him to do.

Died

1st century, prior to the Passion, of natural causes

Name Meaning

whom the Lord adds (Joseph)

Patronage

against doubt, against hesitation, accountants, attornies, barristers, bursars, cabinetmakers, carpenters, cemetery workers, children, civil engineers, confectioners, craftsmen, dying people, educators, emigrants, exiles, expectant mothers, families, fathers, furniture makers, grave diggers, happy death, holy death, house hunters, immigrants, interior souls, joiners, laborers, lawyers, married people, orphans, people in doubt, people who fight Communism, pioneers, pregnant women, social justice, solicitors, teachers, travellers, unborn children, wheelwrights, workers, working people, Catholic Church, Oblates of Saint Joseph, for protection of the Church, Universal Church, Vatican II, Americas, Austria, Belgium, Bohemia, Canada, China, Croatian people, Korea, Mexico, New France, New World, Peru, Philippines, Vatican City, Viet Nam, Canadian Armed Forces, Papal States, 46 dioceses, 26 cities, states and regions

Representation

• bible
• branch
• carpenter's square
• carpenter's tools
• chalice
• cross
• hand tools
• infant Jesus
• ladder
• lamb
• lily
• monstrance
• old man holding a lily and a carpenter's tool such as a square
• old man holding the infant Jesus
• plane
• rod

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Readings

He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph's wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying 'Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.' - from a sermon by Saint Bernardine of Siena

What emanates from the figure of Saint Joseph is faith. Joseph of Nazareth is a "just man" because he totally "lives by faith." He is holy because his faith is truly heroic. Sacred Scripture says little of him. It does not record even one word spoken by Joseph, the carpenter of Nazareth. And yet, even without words, he shows the depth of his faith, his greatness. Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God. We see how the word of the Living God penetrates deeply into the soul of that man, that just man. And we, do we know how to listen to the word of God? Do we know how to absorb it into the depths of our human personalities? Do we open our conscience in the presence of this word? - Pope John Paul II from Daily Meditations

Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life, your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done. Amen. - Blessed Pope John XXIII

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


Saint Richard Pampuri

Also known as

• Erminio Filippo Pampuri
• Herminio Felipe Pampuri
• Riccardo Pampuri
• Ricardo Pampuri

Profile

Tenth of the eleven children born to Innocenzo and Angela Pampuri. His mother died of tuberculosis when Erminio was three, and he was raised by his maternal grandparents and an aunt. His father died in a traffic accident when Erminio was ten.

Though he wanted to become a missionary priest, one of the great influences on the boy was his uncle Carlo, a village doctor. When Erminio's health proved to be too weak for the rigors of missionary work, he studied medicine at Pavia University. Franciscan tertiary, member of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, and involved in Catholic Action, he attended Mass daily while in school.

Drafted into the Italian army medical corps in World War I in 1917, Erminio was a sergeant; he spent his duty in field hospitals, sickened by the misery of war. He resumed his studies in 1920, and graduated at the top of his medical school class on 6 July 1921. Rural health officer in Morimondo in the Po Vally, a poor area near Milan, Italy. Secretary for his parish missionary society; he organized retreats for local laymen, and worked area youth. He treated the poor for free, coordinated charity drives for them, and founded the Band of Pius X, a group dedicated to medical care for the poor.

Feeling a call to religious life, Erminio joined the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God on 22 June 1927, taking the name Riccardo, and making his formal profession on 24 October 1928. He ran a free dental clinic for the Order in Brescia, treating those in need, and giving them money and food in the bargain if they needed it.

Born

2 August 1897 at Trivolzio, Pavia, Italy as Erminio Filippo Pampuri

Died

1 May 1930 in Milan, Italy of pleurisy, tuberculosis and pneumonia

Canonized

1 November 1989 by Pope John Paul II

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Readings

The short but intense life of Brother Richard is an incentive for all the People of God, but especially for the young, for doctors and for religious. He is an extraordinary figure, close to us in time but even closer still to us in the midst of our problems and our needs. - Pope John Paul II in the canonization homily for Saint Richard

Pray that neither self indulgence nor pride, nor any other evil passion, prevent me from seeing in my patients Jesus who suffers, and from healing and comforting Him. - Saint Richard in a letter to his sister, a missionary nun

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-richard-pampuri/


Saint Peregrine Laziosi

Also known as

• Peregrinus Laziosi
• Pellegrino Laziosi
• Peregrinus Latiosi
• Pellegrino Latiosi
• Peregrine Latiosi

Profile

Born wealthy, he spent a worldly youth, and became involved in politics. Peregrine was initially strongly anti-Catholic. During a popular revolt, he struck the papal peace negotiator, Saint Philip Benizi, across the face. Saint Philip calmly turned the other cheek, prayed for the youth, and Peregine had a conversion.

He received a vision of Our Lady who told him to go to Siena, Italy, and there to join the Servites. After training and ordination, they assigned him to his home town. He lived and worked, as much as possible, in complete silence, in solitude, and without sitting down for 30 years in an attempt to do penance for his early life. When he did speak, he was known as a fervant preacher, excellent orator, and gentle confessor. Founded a Servite house at Forli, Italy.

A victim of a spreading cancer in his foot, Peregrine was scheduled for an amputation. He spent the night before the operation in prayer; he received a vision of Christ who touched the diseased area. The next morning, Peregrine found his cancer completely healed.

Born

1260 at Forli, Italy

Died

• 1 May 1345 at Forli, Italy of natural causes
• body incorrupt

Canonized

27 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII

Patronage

• against cancer
• against breast cancer
• against open sores
• against skin diseases
• AIDS patients
• cancer patients
• sick people
• diocese of Forli-Bertinoro, Italy
• city of Forli, Italy

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Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-peregrine-laziosi/


Saint Sigismund of Burgundy

Also known as

King Sigismund

Profile

Son of Gunebald, the Vandal king of Burgundy. Spiritual student of bishop Saint Avitus of Vienne. Built the monastery of Saint-Maurice at Agaune in Valais, Switzerland in 515. Married; father of Saint Gistaldo and Saint Gundebado. King of Burgundy in 516.

A Christian by faith, Sigismund had a hot temper, and was still close to his pagan roots. When his son opposed and insulted his second wife during a political dispute in 517, Sigismund ordered the young man strangled to death. Consumed with remorse, Sigismund retired to the monastery of Saint-Maurice to live for years in penance, surrounded by the singing of praise to God, giving largely to the poor, and praying for a way to atone of his act.

Called to lead his troops against invading Franks, the king lost in the field, and Burgundy was over-run. Sigismund put on a monk's habit, and hid in a cell near the abbey of Agaunum. He was eventually found, captured, taken to Orléans, and murdered. Honoured by his people as a martyr.

Died

• executed in 523 at Orleans, France
• his body was thrown down a well at Columelle
• his relics were recovered, and a shrine developed near the abbey of Agaunum
• relics translated to the cathedral of Prague (in the modern Czech Repubic) by Emperor Charles IV

Patronage

• against fever
• Czech Repubic
• Freising, Germany

Representation

• king enthroned with a greyhound at his feet
• king holding a sword and palm with his armour nearby
• king with his two sons nearby
• old king with a sword and well or font nearby
• young king holding an orb and scepter

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sigismund-of-burgundy/


Saint Brieuc of Brittany

Also known as

Breock, Briach, Brieg, Brigomalos, Brimael, Brioc, Brioch, Briock, Brioco, Briocus, Briog, Briomaglus, Bru, Bryan

Additional Memorials

• 30 April (Scotland)
• 18 October (translation of relics)
• formerly on the second Sunday after Easter

Profile

Born and raised a pagan in a family of the Welsh nobility, but converted to Christianity as a young adult. Educated in France by Saint Germanus of Auxerre. Priest; a column of fire was reported seen near him at his ordination. He then returned to the British Isles as an evangelist, preaching in the Cardigan area. Founded two abbeys in Brittany. Bishop in upper Brittany. Venerated in Cornwall. Many churches in England and Scotland are dedicated to him.

Born

c.420 at Dyfed, Cardiganshire, Wales

Died

• c.510 at Saint-Brieuc-des-Vaux, France of natural causes
• relics in the abbey of Saint Sergius, Angers, and in the Cathedral of Saint Brieuc

Patronage

• purse makers (from the legendary size of his alms-giving)
• Saint-Brieuc-des-Vaux, France

Representation

• alms-box
• purse
• cleric treading on a dragon
• priest with a column of fire

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-brieuc-of-brittany/


Blessed Vivald of Gimignano

Also known as

• Vivald of San Geminiano
• Ubaldo, Vivaldo, Waldo

Profile

Spiritual student of Blessed Bartolo da San Gimignano. Following the death of Blessed Bartolo in 1300, Vivald withdrew from the world to live 20 years as a hermit in a hollow chestnut tree. Well known for his personal piety and spiritual wisdom, his counsel was sought by rich and poor, and he dealt with all alike. The site of his tree later became the site of a chapel devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Born

mid-13th century in Gimignano, Italy

Died

• May 1320 of natural causes, apparently while in prayer
• legend says that his body was discovered when all the church bells in the nearby town began ringing at once by themselves; the locals went to the holy man in a tree to ask him what it could mean and found that he had passed on

Beatified

13 February 1908 by Pope Saint Pius X (cultus confirmation)

Representation

man praying in or beside a hollow tree

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-vivald-of-gimignano/


Blessed Mafalda of Portugal

Profile

Born a princess, the daughter of King Sancho I of Portugal. Sister of Saint Theresa of Portugal and Saint Sancha of Portugal. Portugal was involved in a war to reclaim the Iberian peninsula from the Moors, and to seal an alliance with the neighboring kingdom of Castile, a marriage was arranged between Mafalda and King Henry I of Castile even though he was a small boy and she was around 30. They were married in 1215, but Pope Innocent III annuled the marriage in 1216 because they were actually related. Mafalda returned to Portugal in 1222, entering the Benedictine convent in Arouca. In 1223 she helped introduce the Cistercian Rule to the convent, and was known for her strict adherence to the Cistercian way. Helped restore the cathedral in Oporto, Portugal, and founded a hospice for pilgrims and a hospital for poor widows in Arouca.

Born

1184 in Portugal

Died

• 2 May 1257 in Arouca, Portugal
• body found incorrupt when exhumed in 1617

Beatified

14 March 1792 by Pope Pius VI (cultus confirmation)

Readings

Lord, I hope for you. - Blessed Mafalda's dying words

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-mafalda-of-portugal/


Blessed Julian Cesarello de Valle

Profile

Born to the nobility. Joined the Franciscans as a teenager. Priest. Noted preacher throughout the region. Known for his austere lifestyle, strict devotion to the Franciscan rule, and charity to the poor.

Born

late 13th century at Valle, Istria, Venetian Republic (in modern Croatia)

Died

• c.1349 at Valle, Istria, Venetian Republic (in modern Croatia) of natural causes
• buried at the convent of Michael the Archangel near Valle where he had lived all his adult life
• the convent was abandoned in 1418
• residents of the nearby town of Porec tried to steal his relics in 1564; legend says that the cask containing them grew heavier and heavier the farther they went until it was too heavy to move; only the residents of Valle were able to pick it up, taking the relics back to Julian's home town

Beatified

• 26 February 1793 by Pope Pius VI (plenary indulgence granted for celebrating his memorial)
• 23 February 1910 by Pope Pius X (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-julian-cesarello-de-valle/


Saint Aldebrandus of Fossombrone

Also known as

Aldebrand, Aldebrando, Hildebrand

Profile

Studied at Santa Maria de Porto near Ravenna, Italy. Priest. Prior of the monastery of Rimini, Italy. Known for his bold preaching against sinful lives, which put him afoul of some local authorities; he once had to flee from death threats. Bishop of Fossombrone, Italy in 1170. Built the cathedral there. Once when in bed with an illness, he was brought a cooked partridge; it happened to be a day of fasting, so Aldebrandus prayed over the cooked bird which returned to life and flew away.

Born

1119 in Sorrivoli, Italy

Died

• 30 April 1219 in Fossombrone, Italy of natural causes
• interred on 1 May 1219 in the Fossombrone cathedral

Patronage

• Fossombrone, Italy

Representation

• bishop in his episcopal robes holding the cathedral he built
• old, ill bishop in bed raising to life a cooked partridge
• young priest who is preaching to a crowd, which is sometimes portrayed as angry

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aldebrandus-of-fossombrone/


Saint Andeolus of Smyrna

Also known as

• Andeolus of Vivarais
• Andeolus of Vals
• Andeol, Andéolo, Andreolus

Other Memorials

• 4 May (diocese of Viviers, France)
• 10 May (Lyon and Avignon in France)
• 13 May (Valencia, Spain)

Profile

Sub-deacon in Smyrna. Spiritual student of Saint Polycarp of Smyrna who sent him with Saint Benignus, Saint Andochius, and Saint Thyrsus to evangelize the Vivarais in Gaul. Scourged with thorny sticks and executed. Martyr.

Born

Smyrna

Died

• knifed in the head in the shape of a cross in 208 near Viviers, Gaul (modern France) near the river Rhone
• his body was thrown into the river, but a pagan woman found it, received miraculous knowledge of holiness of the victim, converted to Christianity, and helped give the body a proper burial
• relics at Saint Andéol, France

Representation

deacon or sub-deacon, holding in his hand a book and palm of martyrdom, his head pierced by a wooden knife

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-andeolus-of-smyrna/


Saint John-Louis Bonnard

Also known as

Giovanni Ludovico Bonnard

Profile

Studied at seminaries in Aix and Lyons. Ordained in 1848. Missionary priest with the Paris Society of Foreign Missions, assigned to Hong Kong. Re-assigned to Annam, Indo-China (modern Vietnam) in May 1850, working in the districts of Kebang and Ketrinh. Arrested at Boasujan in 1852 for the crime of being a missionary and baptizing children. Imprisoned and tried at Nadinh. Martyred with Saint Augustine Schoffler; one of the Martyrs of Vietnam.

Born

1 March 1824 at Saint Christot-en-Jarret, Loire, France

Died

• beheaded on 1 May 1852 at Tonkin, Indo-China (modern Vietnam)
• body thrown into the river, but immediately recovered by local Christians
• interred in the college of Vinhtri
• his blood-covered garments, links of his chains, his hair and his beard were kept by heathen soldiers and sold to Christians

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-louis-bonnard/


Saint Marculf

Also known as

Marcellus, Marcolfo, Marcoul, Marcou, Marculfus, Marcouf, Marculphe, Markulf, Marcoen, Marculphus, Marculfo, Marcoult

Additional Memorials

• 11 May (diocese of Bayeux and Dijon, France)
• 17 July (translation of relics)
• 11 September (translation of relics)

Profile

Born to the nobility. Priest. Successful missionary to the pagans of Gaul, but his heart was not in public life. Hermit. Founded a monastery at Nanteuil, France. After touching his relics, French kings were reported to be able to cure scrofula, a disease known for centuries as The King's Evil.

Born

at Bayeux, France

Died

• 558 of natural causes
• relics taken Corbigny, Leon, France in 906
• relics re-enshrined in 1229
• relics taken to the hospice of St-Marculfo in Rheims, France in 1825

Patronage

• against scrofula
• against skin diseases
• against skin rashes
• against struma

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


Saint Augustine Schoffler

Also known as

• Augustus Schoffler
• Agostino Schoeffler

Additional Memorials

• 2 May (France)
• 24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

Profile

Studied in the seminary at Pont a Mousson and the Grand Seminary of Nancy. Priest. Member of the Paris Society of Foreign Missions in 1846. Missionary to Viet Nam beginning in 1848, preaching first in Hong Kong, and then in the Vietnamese province of Sudoa, then in the Christian area of Bono. There he was betrayed to soldiers who, as part of a persecutions of Emperor Tu-Duc, were hunting Christians. One of the Martyrs of Vietnam.

Born

22 November 1822 at Mittelbronn, Moselle, France

Died

• beheaded on 1 May 1852 at Son-tai, Tonkin, Vietnam
• his head was thrown into the Song-Ka River, his body buried in a nearby village

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-augustine-schoffler/


Saint Benedict of Szkalka

Also known as

Stojislav

Profile

Benedictine monk at the Saint Hippolyte monastery on Mount Zobor outside Nitra in modern Slovakia, taking the name Benedict. Spiritual student of Saint Andrew Zorard. With his abbot's permission, Benedict withdrew from communal life to live nearby as a hermit. Noted for his ascetic lifestyle. Killed by a gang of thieves who believed he was hiding treasure in his cave. His biography was written by Saint Maurus of Pécs.

Born

10th century Nitra (in modern Slovakia) as Stojislav

Died

• strangled by thieves in 1012 on Mount Zobor, Slovakia
• body throw into the River Váh
• a year later his perfectly perserved body was found in the river, watched over by an eagle
• relics transferred to the Cathedral of Saint Emmeram in Nitra, Slovakia in 1083

Canonized

1085 by Pope Saint Gregory VII

Patronage

sailors on the River Váh

Representation

eagle by a river

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-benedict-of-szkalka/


Blessed Klymentii Sheptytskyi

Also known as

• Clement Sheptytsky
• Clemente Septyckyj
• Klymentij Sheptyckyj

Profile

Greek Catholic. Younger brother of the Servant of God Metropolitan Roman Oleksandr Maria Sheptytskyi. Klymentii entered the monastery of Saint Theodore the Studite in 1911 at age 42. He studied theology at Innsbruck, Austria. Ordained on 28 August 1915. Prior of the Studite monastery at Univ. Abbot in 1944. During World War II, he gave refuge to persecuted Jews. Arrested for his faith on 5 June 1947 by the NKVD; sentenced to eight years in the forced labour camps. He died in prison, one of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe.

Born

17 November 1869 at Prylbychi, Lviv District, Ukraine

Died

1 May 1951 in the prison at Volodymyr-Volynskyi, Ukraine

Beatified

27 June 2001 by Pope John Paul II in Ukraine

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-klymentii-sheptytskyi/


Saint Ambrose of Ferentino

Profile

Fourth-century cavalry centurian in the imperial Roman army. Tortured and executed for his faith in the persecutions of Diocletian.

There is a long tradition of the people of Ferentino, Italy caring for the relics of Ambrose, and of Ambrose protecting Ferentino. Legend says that prayers for his intervention once resulted in a group of snails turning into soldiers who fought against Saracen invaders.

Born

Liguria, Italy

Died

• thrown into a fire, it had no effect on him
• drowned in a well 16 August 304 at Ferentino, Italy
• body recovered that night and given decent burial by local Christians
• later in the 4th century the relics were re-interred in the nearby church of Saint Agatha
• relics later moved to the church of Saint Maria Maggiore to protect them from invading Saracens

Representation

soldier on a horse

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ambrose-of-ferentino/


Saint Amator of Auxerre

Also known as

Amatre, Amadour

Profile

Born to the upper class. Convert, brought to the faith by Saint Helladius of Auxerre. Amator felt a call to the priesthood, and studied theology, but his family objected and he withdrew. Married to a woman named Martha from Langres, France; her reputation for holiness led to the locals calling her Saint Martha, and the two lived as brother and sister. Soon after the marriage, Martha entered religious life and Amator joined the clergy. Bishop of Auxerre, France in 388. During his 30 years he converted the remaining pagans in the diocese. Ordained Saint Germanus of Auxerre. Known as a miracle worker.

Born

344 in Auxerre, Gaul (modern France)

Died

• 1 May 418 in the cathedral of Auxerre, France of natural causes
• relics destroyed during the French Revolution

Representation

bishop with an axe and tree

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-amator-of-auxerre/


Jeremiah the Prophet

Profile

Old Testament prophet. Son of Helcias, of a priestly race of Anathoth, a little village of the tribe of Benjamin. Raised to love and respect Jewish traditions, and studied previous prophets, especially Isaias and Micheas. Tough and unconcerned about the opinions and threats of others when carrying out his mission of prophecy. Prophesied the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem. The crowd sought to kill him for this, but he was saved through the intervention of Ahicam. Prophesied the Babylonian captivity of the Jews. Imprisoned with Baruch. Killed by people angered over his prophecies.

Born

c.760 BC

Died

• stoned to death c.705 BC at age 55 in Egypt
• relics at Venice, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/jeremiah-the-prophet/


Saint Theodard of Narbonne

Also known as

Audard, Teodardo

Profile

Born to a wealthy family of the French nobility. Excellent student in both secular and Church topics; as a sub-deacon he helped settle a dispute at a synod at Toulouse, France. Benedictine monk at the Saint Martin monastery in Montauriol, France; it was later renamed Saint Audard in his honour. Arch-deacon of Narbonne, France where he became known as a great minister to the poor and suffering. Archbishop of Narbonne, France, consecrated on 15 August 885. Received the pallium from Pope Stephen VI in 886. Spent largely to ransom Christians captured by Saracens, and to re-build suffragan dioceses damaged by the invaders.

Born

c.840 at Montauban, France

Died

1 May 893 at Montauban, France of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodard-of-narbonne/


Saint Torquatus of Guadix

Also known as

Torquato

Profile

First century spiritual student of the Apostles. One of the first group of missionaries to Spain. Bishop of Guadix.

Died

• early 2nd century; records vary on whether he was a martyr
• buried in Guadix, Spain
• relics moved to the church of San Torquato in the early 8th century ahead of Muslim invasion
• relics moved to Celanova, Spain in the 10th century
• some relics returned to Guadix in 1592
• some relics taken to Compostella, Spain in 1592
• some relics taken to Orense, Spain in 1592
• some relics taken to the Jesuit College of Guadix and Granada in 1627

Patronage

Guadix, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-torquatus-of-guadix/


Saint Arnold of Hiltensweiler

Also known as

Arnold von Hiltensweiler

Profile

Married, lifelong layman. Soldier. Knight who fought in the First Crusade. Founded a monastery at Langnan, Germany c.1122.

Born

11th century at Hiltensweiler, Germany

Died

• some time after 1127
• buried in the Chapel of Saint Arnold in the parish church in Hiltensweiler, Germany
• during construction in 1886 his relics were un-earthed and were moved to a wall niche reliquary

Representation

knight holding a model of the church at Hiltensweiler, and a Crusader's banner

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arnold-of-hiltensweiler/


Saint Bertha of Avenay

Also known as

Bertha of Val d'Or

Profile

Married to Saint Gundebert of Gumber. When Gundebert retired to a monastery in Ireland, Bertha became Benedictine nun. Founder and abbess of the convent at Avenay in the diocese of Châlons-sur-Marne, France. When a drought hit the region, a vision of Saint Peter the Apostle led her to a spring of water which became a healing well. Widowed, she was murdered by her in-laws for distributing Gumbert's estate to the poor, and is considered a martyr.

Died

c.685

Patronage

against insanity

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bertha-of-avenay/


Saint Asaph of Llanelwy

Also known as

• Asaph of Llan-Elwy
• Asa of...

Profile

Related to Saint Deiniol of Bangor and Saint Tysilo. Hermit near Tenegal, Wales. Servant to and spiritual student of Saint Kentigern. Second bishop of the Welsh diocese now known as Saint Asaph. At Tengenel, near Holywell, Wales, there are an ash-tree, well, and valley that tradition says belonged to Asaph.

Died

c.550 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-asaph-of-llanelwy/


Saint Romanus of Baghdad

Profile

Monk in Bithynia. While out on business for his monastery, he was captured by Saracens and sent to Baghdad. He was accused of being a spy, but a local Christian paid a ransom to have Romanus released with the condition that he remain in Baghdad to insure that he did not return to "spying". There he worked with apostate Christians who wanted to return to the Church. For this crime, he was murdered. Martyr.

Born

early 8th-century in Galatia

Died

throat cut in 780

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-romanus-of-baghdad/


Blessed Juan de Zorroza

Profile

Mercedarian friar. Sent by Blessed Antonio Morell to Muslim-occupied Granada, Spain to ransom Christians enslaved by the Moors. While working there in 1482, he was imprisoned, tortured, put on public display for abuse, and then murdered in revenge for Catholic military victories in Alhama, Spain. Martyr.

Died

stoned to death by Moors in 1482 in Granada, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-juan-de-zorroza/


Blessed Juan de Huete

Profile

Mercedarian friar. Sent by Blessed Antonio Morell to Muslim-occupied Granada, Spain to ransom Christians enslaved by the Moors. While working there in 1482, he was imprisoned, tortured, put on public display for abuse, and then murdered in revenge for Catholic military victories in Alhama, Spain. Martyr.

Died

stoned to death by Moors in 1482 in Granada, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-juan-de-huete/


Saint Gistaldo

Also known as

Giselades, Giselahad, Gisgald, Siglad

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Son of Saint Sigismund of Burgundy. With his parents, he was captured and murdered by invading Franks in 523. Martyr.

Died

• drowned in a well in La Beauce d'Orléans (in modern France) in 523
• relics transferred to the abbey of Saint Maurice in Valais, France in 523
• relics re-enshrined in a silver urn in the church of the abbey of Saint Maurice in the 12th century

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


Saint Isidora of Egypt

Also known as

• Isidora the Simple
• Isidora the Fool
• Isidora of Tabenna

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Nun in the monastery at Tabenna, Egypt who worked in the kitchen and pretended to be a simpleton so she could concetrate on her personal piety and prayer life, and not have to teach her sisters. To avoid being honoured by her house, she fled to a desert hermitage where she spent the rest of her days.

Died

c.365

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


Saint Gundebado

Also known as

Gundebaldo

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Son of Saint Sigismund of Burgundy. With his parents, he was captured and murdered by invading Franks in 523. Martyr.

Died

• drowned in a well in La Beauce d'Orléans (in modern France) in 523
• relics transferred to the abbey of Saint Maurice in Valais, France in 523
• relics re-enshrined in a silver urn in the church of the abbey of Saint Maurice in the 12th century

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


Saint Bertha of Kent

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Born a princess, the daughter of Charibert and Ingoberga. Married to the pagan King Ethelbert of Kent, she became the first Christian queen of England. She brought Ethelbert to the faith, and they welcomed Saint Augustine of Canterbury to England in 596, and supported his work.

Born

539 in modern France

Died

612 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bertha-of-kent/


Saint Orentius of Loret

Also known as

• Orentius of Huesca
• Orenzio of...

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Married to Saint Patientia of Loret. Lived near Huesca, Spain. An old Spanish tradition makes him the father of Saint Lawrence of Rome. Martyr.

Died

c.240

Patronage

against vermin

Representation

praying farmer

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-orentius-of-loret/


Blessed Arigius of Gap

Also known as

Aray, Arey

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Bishop of Gap, France for 20 years. Known for the support he gave to his priests. Helped Saint Columbanus of Luxeuil harmonize the dates of celebration of Easter.

Born

535

Died

604 of natural causes

Beatified

9 December 1903 by Pope Saint Pius X

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-arigius-of-gap/


Saint Patientia of Loret

Also known as

• Patientia of Huesca
• Pazienza of...
• Patience of...

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Married to Saint Orentius of Loret. Lived near Huesca, Spain. An old Spanish tradition makes her the mother of Saint Lawrence of Rome. Martyr.

Died

c.240

Patronage

against vermin

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-patientia-of-loret/


Saint Orentius of Auch

Also known as

Orientius of Auch

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Hermit in the Lavendan Valley of France. His reputation for holiness was such that the people of Auch, France insisted that he be their bishop; he served in that capacity for over 40 years.

Died

c.439

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-orentius-of-auch/


Saint Ceallach of Killala

Also known as

Kellach of Killala

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Spiritual student of Saint Kieran of Clonmacnoise. Bishop of Killala, Ireland. In his old age he retired from his see to live as a hermit.

Born

6th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ceallach-of-killala/


Saint Aceolus of Amiens

Also known as

Acheul

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Sub-deacon who was studying for the priesthood when he was arrested and martyred as part of the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian.

Died

303 near Amiens, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aceolus-of-amiens/


Saint Acius of Amiens

Also known as

Ach, Ache

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Sub-deacon who was studying for the priesthood when he was arrested and martyred as part of the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian.

Died

303 near Amiens, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aceolus-of-amiens/


Blessed Felim O'Hara

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Franciscan. One of the Irish Martyrs.

Born

Irish

Died

martryed on 1 May 1582 in Moyne, Cork, Ireland

Beatified

27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-felim-ohara/


Saint Grata of Bergamo

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Lay woman of Bergamo, Italy. Widow. She zealously pursued a mission of securing Christian burial for martyrs.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-grata-of-bergamo/


Saint Evermarus of Rousson

Also known as

• Evermarus of Tongres
• Evermar of...

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Pilgrim.

Died

murdered by robbers c.700 in Rousson, Belgium

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-evermarus-of-rousson/


Saint Thorette

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Worked as a shepherdess most of her life. Lived as a hermitess late in life. In both states she spent most of her time in prayer.

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


Blessed Petronilla of Moncel

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Nun in Moncel, France. First abbess of a Poor Clare monastery in Moncel.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-petronilla-of-moncel/


Saint Cecilio of Illiberis

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Early missionary and bishop of Illiberis (modern Elvira, Granada, Spain).

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cecilio-of-illiberis/


Saint Eufrasio of Ilitirgi

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Early missionary and bishop of Iliturgi (modern Andújar, Spain).

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eufrasio-of-ilitirgi/


Saint Tesifonte of Bergium

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Early missionary and bishop of Bergium (modern Berja, Spain).

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-tesifonte-of-bergium/


Saint Segundo of Ábula

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Early missionary and bishop of Ábula (modern Abla, Spain).

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-segundo-of-abula/


Saint Indalecio of Urci

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Early missionary and bishop of Urci (modern Almería, Spain).

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-indalecio-of-urci/


Saint Esicio of Carcer

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Early missionary and bishop of Carcer (modern Carcesa, Spain).

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-esicio-of-carcer/


Saint Cominus of Catania

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Martyr.

Died

in Catania, Sicily

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cominus-of-catania/


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• Madonna of Giubino
• Ipolisto


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