The son of Ramón Ramírez Flórez and Isabel Ramos, he was baptized at the age of one day. Feeling a call to the priesthood, Pedro began his studies on 4 October 1915 in the diocese of Garzón, Colombia, but in 1920 he began to have doubts about his vocation, and left the seminary. For the next few years he lived as a single man, worked as a choir director in several places, suffered from severe headaches, and never stopping his discernment of a vocation. By 1928, with the help of a pious female friend, Pedro decided that he was, indeed, called to the priesthood, and returned to his studies. Ordained a priest on 21 June 1930.
Parish priest in the Chaparral region, then in Cunday, Colombia in 1934, in El Fresno, Colombia in 1943, and then in Armero, Colombia in 1948. When the the Colombian civil war, known as La Violencia, broke out, his parishioners tried to smuggle him out of the area – the Socialist Colombian Liberal Party blamed Father Pedro for the killing of their leader, which triggered the conflict. Pedro refused to leave, saying that his parishioners would need him during the conflict. On the afternoon of 10 April 1948, some members of the Colombian Liberal Party broke into his church, found Father Pedro putting the finishing touches on his will, accused him of a number of offenses, dragged him to the town square, and murdered him. Martyr.
23 October 1899 in La Plata, Huila, Colombia
• hanged and beaten with a machete at about 4:00pm on 10 April 1948 in the town square of Armero, Tolima, Colombia
• his body was mutilated, left to hang for a while as a warning to others, then thrown in a ditch near the local cemetery
• on 21 April 1948, government officials took the remains to perform an autopsy
• in May 1948, Pedro's parents were able to get the body released to them
• buried in the family cemetery plot in La Plata, Huila, Colombia
• 8 September 2017 by Pope Francis
• the beatification recognition was celebrated at the Parque Temático Las Malocas, Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia with Pope Francis as chief celebrant
Fulbertus of Chartres
Grew up around Rome, Italy, and known as a promising student. Studied the Benedictine abbey in Rheims, France. A favourite student of the future Pope Sylvester II, he was brought to Rome as an advisor to Sylvester. Upon the pope's death, Fulbert returned to France where he served as canon and chancellor of the diocese of Chartres, and ran the cathedral school there, which became known as a leading center of learning in France. Bishop of Chartres in 1007. Advisor to French clergy and secular leaders, including the king of France. Noted preacher and travelling bishop who went from parish to parish ensuring there was proper Christian education of his flock. Re-built the Chartres cathedral after it burned. Wrote a number of poems and hymns, many of them about the Virgin Mary, to whom he was greatly devoted. Fought simony, assigning ecclesiastical benefices to laymen, opposed bishops who acted as generals. Friend of Saint Odilo of Cluny.
c.960 in Italy
10 April 1029 in Chartres, France of natural causes
• preaching monk
• in his sick bed with the Virgin Mary nearby
Joined the Dominicans at the convent of San Marco in Florence, Italy as a young man. While travelling to preach in Naples, Italy, he was captured by Moorish pirates, he was taken to Tunis, Tunisia. He was initially treated pretty well, but his captors perceived him as arrogant for being sure of his faith and imprisoned him and gave him only bread and water. To escape, he renounced Christianity, began to study Islam, worked on a translation of the Koran, and even married. However, he apparently never completely lost his faith, was overcome with remorse, and after a few months he resumed his Dominican habit, found a priest, came back to the Church and publicly proclaimed himself a Christian. Martyr.
c.1425 at Rivoli, diocese of Turin, Italy
• stoned to death on 10 April 1460 in Tunis, Tunisia
• body returned to Rivoli, Italy by merchants travelling through the region
22 February 1767 by Pope Clement XIII (cultus confirmation)
O God, you mercifully called blessed Anthony back to the light of the truth and received him as a glorious martyr; grant, we beseech you, that we may deny ourselves, taught by his bitter experience, and with him love you above all things. Through our Lord. - Dominicans
• Bonifacy Zukowski
• Piotr Zukowski
• prisoner #25447
12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II
Son of Andrzej Zukowski and Albina Walkiewicz and raised on a farm. Entered the Order of Friars Minor Conventual in Niepokalanów in Teresin, Poland at age 16, taking the name Bonifacy and making his solemn profession on 2 August 1935. Worked at the house's printing presses, publishing The Knight of the Immaculate, helping in the work of Saint Maximilian Kolbe. Priest. Arrested by the Gestapo on 14 October 1941 for his publishing work and for trying to protect the printing presses, and imprisoned in Warsaw, Poland. He spent his time there ministering to other prisoners. Shipped to the Dachau concentration camp, he was put to forced labour in bad weather, beaten for lack of work, and finally died from the mistreatment. Martyr.
13 January 1913 in Rapa-Baran, Nemencine, Vilniaus rajonas, Lithuania as Piotr Zukowski
10 April 1942 of pneumonia in the camp infirmary of Dachau, Oberbayern, Germany
13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw, Poland
• Michael de Sanctis
• Michael of the Saints
• Michael the Ecstatic
Michael decided at age six that he wanted to be a monk, and imposed such austerities on himself as a child that he had to be restrained. Orphaned, he became the apprentice of a merchant. Tried to join the Trinitarian monastery in Barcelona, Spain at age 12. Took his vows at age 15 at the monastery of Saint Lambert at Zaragoza, Spain on 5 September 1607. Later felt drawn to the more austere Discalced Trinitarians; began his novitiate at Madrid, Spain, studied in Seville, Spain and Salamanca, Spain, and took vows at Alcalá, Spain. Priest. Twice elected superior of the monastery at Valladolid, Spain. Lived a life of prayer and great mortification; especially devoted to the Holy Eucharist, and is said to have been rapt in ecstasy several times during Consecration. He was considered by his brothers to be a saint in life.
29 September 1591 at Vich, Catalonia, Spain
10 April 1625 at Valladolid, Spain of natural causes
8 June 1862 by Pope Pius IX
kneeling before an altar where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed
• Marcus Fantuzzi
• Marco Fantucci
• Marcus of Bologna
• Pace, Pasotto
Born wealthy and known as an excellent student. Lawyer. In his mid-20's he felt a call to religious life and gave up his career to enter the Franciscan in 1430, taking the name Marcus. Priests. Guardian of the monastery of Monte Colombo. Noted preacher in Italy, Istria, and Dalmatia. Provincial and then Vicar General of the Franciscans. A reformer who worked to take the Order back to the spirituality and observance of their roots. Worked with Saint Catherine of Bologna to set up a Poor Clare monastery in Bologna, Italy. When Pope Paul II said he wanted to elevate Marcus to Cardinal, he fled to Sicily to avoid it. Helped to set up the Monti di Pietà, charitable pawn shops to help the poor escape greedy money lenders. Helped defeat the plan of Pope Sixtus IV to unite all branches of the Franciscans.
c.1405 at Bologna, Italy as Pace or Pasotto
10 April 1479 at Piacenza, Italy of natural causes
5 March 1868 by Pope Pius IX (cultus confirmed)
• Magdalena Gabriela Canossa
• Magdalen Canossa
8 May (Canossians)
One of five children born to a wealthy and famous family, her father died and mother abandoned them all to a governess when Maddalen was five years old. Nun, studying in the Carmel of Trent, Italy and then Conegliano, Italy. Developed a ministery to the poor in Verona, Italy based in the Canossa Castle of her family. Founder of the Canossian Daughters of Charity and the Canossian Sons of Charity with a mission of providing free education to poor children. By the end of the 20th century there were more than 2,600 Canossians working around the world.
1 March 1774 in Verona, Italy
10 April 1835 in Verona, Italy of natural causes
2 October 1988 by Pope John Paul II
• Macarius of Ghent
• Macarius of Armenia
• Macaire, Macario
Bishop of Antioch, Pisidia. Archbishop of Constantinople. Captured by Saracens, but escaped. He then resigned his see to become a pilgrim through Palestine, Epirus, Dalmatia, Bavaria, and other western areas, finally settling with the Benedictine monks of Saint Bavo Abbey in Ghent, Belgium. Miracle worker.
at Antioch, Pisidia
1012 at monastery of Saint Bavo, Ghent, Belgium of the plague
• against plague
• Ghent, Belgium
• bishop with three arrowheads
• with his mitre and crozier on the ground to symbolize his resignation of the bishopric
Born to the wealthy Persian nobility, Bademus cared little for worldly things, and when he was old enough he founded and led a monastery in Bethlapeta, Persia. He and seven of his monks were imprisoned for their faith during the lengthy persecution by King Sapor. Chained and regularly beaten for four months, he was murdered by Nersan, an apostate Persian prince who hacked him to death to prove his renunciation of Christianity.
• clumsily beheaded 10 April 376
• body thrown to the dogs but recovered and secretly buried by Christians
• Paternus Scotus
• Paternus of Abdinghof
• Paternus of Paderborn
Hermit. Monk. Joined a group of brothers who emigrated to Westphalia (in modern Germany, and was one of the first monks at Abdinghof Abbey under the leadership of Blessed Meinwerk of Paderborn. Much admired by Saint Peter Damian and Blessed Marianus Scotus.
Ireland or Scotland (the term "the Scot" was used to refer to both places at that time)
burned to death when the Abdinghof Abbey, Westphalia, Germany caught fire in 1058
Courtier to King Charles the Bald of France. After 40 years of service, he gave up the worldly life to become a monk at the monastery of Gavello, Italy. He declined to become a bishop, citing his inadequacy.
• 10 April 883
• buried in the monastery graveyard in Gavello, Italy
• relics translated to church of San Benigno monastery, Genoa, Italy in 1233 as the original monastery had declined
Augustinian canon. In 1121 he and several companions took over the abandoned Benedictine monastery of Springiersbach in Steinfeld, Germany. In 1130 they joined the Premonstratensians, and Eberwin served as provost. Fought heretical teaching throughout the region. Friend of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.
10 April 1152 in Steinfeld, Germany
Mercedarian missionary to Tunisia. Arrested by Muslim authorities for preaching Christianity, sentenced to forced labour, but simply dragged outside of town and murdered. Martyr.
stoned to death in 1293 outside Tunis, Tunisia
Joined the Mercedarians at the convent at Maleville, France. Missionary to Tunisia in 1293. Grabbed by a Muslim mob and murdered for preaching Christianity. Martyr.
near Toulouse, France
hacked to pieces on a hill outside Tunis, Tunisia in 1293
Benedictine monk at Winchester, England. First bishop of Waterford, Ireland consecrated by Saint Anselm of Canterbury in 1096. Preceptor of Saint Malachy O'More.
Benedictine monk and priest at Chertsey Abbey. Martyred with 90 of his brothers by pagan Danish raiders.
martyred in 869 at Chertsey, England
Benedictine abbot of Peterborough Abbey. Martyred with many of his brother monks by pagan Danish raiders.
martyred in 869 at Peterborough, England
Abbot of Saint Germanus in Auxerre, France. Bishop of Auxerre; founded several monasteries.
Priest in Alexandria, Egypt. Martyred with five companions in the persecutions of Decius.
c.250 in Alexandria, Egypt
Benedictine abbot at Chertsey Abbey. Martyred with 90 of his brothers by pagan Danish raiders.
869 at Chertsey, England
Fourth century deacon. Martyr.
martyred in Dacia (an area of modern Romania)
A group of 50 Christians who were imprisoned in a pen of snakes and scorpions, and then martyred, all during the persecutions of Decius. Only six of their names have come down to us - Africanus, Alessandro, Massimo, Pompeius, Terence and Teodoro.
beheaded in 250 at Carthage
Approximately 6,000 Christian monks and lay people martyred in Georgia in 1616 for their faith by a Muslim army led by Shah Abbas I of Persia.
A group of criminals who were brought to the faith by Pope Saint Alexander I while he was in prison with them. Martyrs.
drowned by being taken off shore from Ostia, Italy, in a boat which was then scuttled, c.115
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