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Optional Memorial of Saint Damien de Veuster, Priest

Saint John of Avila

Also known as

• Apostle of Andalusia
• Juan de Ávila Jijón

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Born to a wealthy Castilian family with Jewish ancestry. Studied law at the University of Salamanca from age 14, and felt a call to religious life. Studied theology and philosophy at Alcala, Spain at age 17. Lawyer. Following the death of his parents, he liquidated most of his large fortune, and gave it to the poor. Ordained in 1525. He wanted to be a missionary in the West Indies and Mexico, but became a travelling preacher in Andalusia for 40 years, re-evangelizing a region previously ruled by the Moors. He spoke boldly against the sins of the ruling classes, made powerful enemies, and at one point was imprisoned in Seville, Spain by the Inquisition, accused of false teachings; the charges were dismissed, John was released, and his preaching became more popular than ever. Spiritual director of Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Francis Borgia, Saint John of God, Saint John of the Cross, Saint Peter of Alcántara, and Saint Louis of Granada. Writer whose works continue their influence today. Declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI on 7 October 2012.

Born

6 January 1499 at Almodovar del Campo (Ciudad Real), Toledo, New Castile, Spain

Died

• 10 May 1569 at Montilla, Spain of natural causes
• interred in the Jesuit church at Montilla

Canonized

31 May 1970 by Pope Paul VI

Patronage

• Andalusia, Spain
• Spain
• Spanish secular clergy
• World Youth Day 2011

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Readings

Turn yourself round like a piece of clay and say to the Lord: I am clay, and you, Lord, the potter. Make of me what you will. - Saint John of Avila

Withdraw your heart from the world before God takes your body from it. - Saint John of Avila

Your life consists in drawing nearer to God. To do this you must endeavor to detach yourself from visible things and remember that in a short time they will be taken from you. - Saint John of Avila

Dear brothers and sisters, I pray God may open your eyes and let you see what hidden treasures he bestows on us in the trials from which the world thinks only to flee. Shame turns into honor when we seek God's glory. Present affliction become the source of heavenly glory. To those who suffer wounds in fighting his battles God opens his arms in loving, tender friendship. That is why he (Christ) tells us that if we want to join him, we shall travel the way he took. It is surely not right that the Son of God should go his way on the path of shame while the sons of men walk the way of worldly honor: "The disciple is not above his teacher, nor the servant greater than his master." - from a letter by Saint John of Avila

The celebrated John of Avila divides the week into stages of the Passion of Christ:
• Monday think of our Lord's agony in the garden and what passed in the house of Annas and Caiphas
• Tuesday, of the accusations, the removal from judge to judge, and the flagellation
• Wednesday, of the crowning with thorns and the mockery
• Thursday, of the washing of the feet, and the Blessed Eucharist
• Friday, of the sentence, the carrying of the cross, the crucifixion and death
• Saturday, of the piercing of the side, the taking down from the cross, the burial, and the grief of the Blessed Virgin
• Sunday, of the resurrection and the state of future glory. - Illustrated Catholic Family Annual

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-of-avila/


Saint Joseph de Veuster

Also known as

• Apostle to the Lepers
• Damian de Veuster
• Father Damien

Additional Memorial

15 April (Father Damien Day in Hawaii)

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Son of a small farmer. Studied at the college at Braine-le-Comte, Belgium. Joined the Picpus Fathers on 7 October 1860, taking the name Damien. Seminarian in Paris, France. Volunteered for missionary work while still in seminary, and was sent to Hawaii. Ordained in Honolulu on 24 May 1864. Missionary on islands where his single parish was the size of all of his native Belgium. Resident priest in the leper colony on Molokai where for years he worked alone to minister to the patients' spiritual and medical needs. His work turned a wretched dump for the unwanted into a real community with the best treatment of the day, and patients who lived strong spiritual lives. He contracted leprosy in 1885, and though severely crippled by the disease, Father Damien worked until the end.

Born

3 January 1840 on the family farm at Tremeloo, Belgium as Joseph de Veuster

Died

• 15 April 1889 at Molokai, Hawaii from leprosy
• buried next to Saint Philomena Church, Molokai, Hawaii
• interred in a basement chapel in the church of Saint Antonius, Leuven, Belgium in 1936

Canonized

11 October 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI

Patronage

• against leprosy
• lepers

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Readings

The Blessed Sacrament is indeed the stimulus for us all, for me as it should be for you, to forsake all worldly ambitions. Without the constant presence of our Divine Master upon the altar in my poor chapels, I never could have persevered casting my lot with the lepers of Molokai; the foreseen consequence of which begins now to appear on my skin, and is felt throughout the body. Holy Communion being the daily bread of a priest, I feel myself happy, well pleased, and resigned in the rather exceptional circumstances in which it has pleased Divine Providence to put me. - Father Damien

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


Blessed Ivan Merz

Also known as

John Merz

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Educated in Banja Luka, briefly in a military academy, and in Vienna, Austria. Fought on the Italian front of World War I. After the war he studied again in Vienna, in Paris, France, and then taught French language and literature at the University of Zagreb, from which he received his Ph.D. in philosophy.

Though he decided to remain a layman in the world, Ivan took a vow of celibacy, and devoted his free time to the Church. He taught young Croatians, and spoke and wrote to evangelize all Croats. He worked for liturgical revival, and helped institute Catholic Action in Croatia.

Born

16 December 1896 in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Died

• 10 May 1928 in Zagreb, Croatia of natural causes
• relics transferred to the Shrine of the Holy Heart in Zagreb on 16 December 1977

Beatified

22 June 2003 by Pope John Paul II in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Readings

Catholic faith is my life vocation. - Blessed Ivan

Why do I love the Church and the Holy Father? Because in the Church I see the clear picture of my beloved Saviour and God Jesus in all His perfection, and in the Holy Father I see the human image of my God and my Lord. - Blessed Ivan

Died in the peace of the Catholic faith. My life had been Christ, and death was my gain. I am expecting the mercy of the Lord and undivided, complete, eternal possession of the most Holy Heart of Jesus. Happy in peace and joy. My soul is reaching the goal for which it had been created. - Blessed Ivan in a testament he wrote just before his death; today it serves as the epitaph on his tomb

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ivan-merz/


Blessed Enrico Rebuschini

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Second of five children born to an upper class family in the Lombard region of modern Italy. A pious young man and good student, he had a mystical outlook on things, and was subject to bouts of depression. At age 18 Enrico felt a call to the priesthood, but his family, especially his father strongly objected. However, they finally relented, and at 24 Enrico began his studies at the seminary in Como, Italy. He studied at the Lombard College and Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, and proved an able student, but a crushing bout of depression sent him back to his family home and finally to a nursing home for recovery.

When he was back on his feet and ready to return to his studies, Enrico re-examined his call to religious life, and, with the help of his confessor, decided to work with the Camillians, a congregation dedicated to the sick; he began his novitiate at age 27. With special dispensation from his bishop, the future Pope Saint Pius X, he was ordained a priest on 14 April 1889. He ministered to the sick in Verona, Italy from 1889 to 1899, making his solemn Camillian vows in 1891, and then served at the San Camillo di Cremona nursing home the rest of his life – almost 40 years. He served as treasurer of his community for 34 years, and superior for 11. Father Enrico’s life was one of prayer and service in the day to day needs of other people.

Born

28 April 1860 at Gravedona, Como, Italy

Died

10 May 1938 in Cremona, Italy of pneumonia

Beatified

4 May 1997 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-enrico-rebuschini/


Saint Comgall of Bangor

Additional Memorial

6 January as one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland

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Son of Sedna. Soldier. Spiritual student of Saint Fintan of Clonenagh and Saint Kieran at Clonmacnoise. Friend of Saint Brendan, Saint Cormac, Saint Kevin of Glendalough and Finbarr of Moville. Ordained by Saint Lughaedh of Conmacnoise. Spiritual teacher of Saint Cronan Mochua. He and a few brother monks lived a very strict and austere life on an island on Lough Erne. Among other houses, he founded the monastery at Bangor, County Down, Ireland in 552 and served as its first abbot; at one point it housed 8,000 monks. Life there was harsh and adherence to the Rule strict, but the brothers were very close, and were encouraged to help and support each other. Spiritual teacher of Saint Blane, Saint Cainnech, Saint Columbanus, Saint Deicola, Saint Fintan of Doon, Saint Gall, Saint Lactali, Saint Lua of Limerick and Saint Mochoemoc. Missionary to Scotland and the Picts. A reported miracle worker, Comgall is said to have blinded a band of thieves as they approached the monastery, but restored eye sight to a penitent man. Received Holy Communion on his death bed from Saint Fiacra.

Born

c.510 Dalaradia, near Magheramorne, County Antrim, Ireland

Died

601 at Bangor Abbey, Ireland of natural causes

Canonized

1903 (cultus confirmed)

Representation

• abbot holding a stone, to whom an angel brings a fish
• fish
• pebble
• stone

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-comgall-of-bangor/


Saint Solange of Bourges

Also known as

• Solange of Berry
• Solange of Bourges of Genevieve du Berry
• Solangia...

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Born to a family of poor vine dressers. Young virgin shepherdess who took a personal vow of chastity, devoting herself to God alone. When she said her prayers in the field, a star shone over her head. Reported to have the gift of healing, especially of animals. She was murdered by her landlord, Bernard, son of the Count of Poitiers, for resisting his sexual advances. Considered a martyr as she died insisting on her fidelity to Christ. Some of the early versions of her story include her carrying her severed head into a nearby village, and the head preaching to the people.

Born

863 at Villemont near Bourges, France

Died

stabbed with a hunting knife c.880 at Champ de Sainte Solange

Patronage

• Berry, France
• Bourges, France
• children
• drought relief
• for rain
• rape victims
• shepherdesses
• shepherds

Representation

• cross
• distaff
• flowers
• girl carrying her severed head
• girl with a hunting knife in her throat
• girl with a knife in her breast
• shepherdess in prayer
• shepherdess near a crucifix
• shepherdess with a star over her head
• sheep

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-solange-of-bourges/


Saint Catald of Taranto

Also known as

• Catald of Tarentum
• Catald of Rachau
• Cataldus, Cathal, Cattaldo, Cathaluds, Cathaldus, Cataldo

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Student at the monastic school of Lismore, Waterford under Saint Carthage. Later a teacher there, and then headmaster. Pilgrim to the Holy Land. On his way home a storm shipwrecked him in Taranto, Italy. As he recovered, his holiness was such that he was chosen by the people to be their bishop. He lived the rest of his life in the region, teaching and caring for his parishioners. There are towns in Sicily and southern Italy named for him.

Born

7th century Munster, Ireland

Died

• c.685 in Taranto, Italy of natural causes
• relics discovered centuries after his death during a renovation of the cathedral following its damage by Saracens in 927
• relics translated on 10 May 1017
• remarkable cures reported almost immediately at his new tomb

Patronage

• against blindness
• against drought
• against epilepsy
• against hernias
• against paralysis
• against plague
• against storms
• blind people
• drought relief
• epileptics
• paralyzed people
• Massa Lubrense, Italy
• Taranto, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-catald-of-taranto/


Blessed Amalarius of Metz

Also known as

• Amalarius of Trier
• Fortunatus, Symphosius

Additional Memorials

• 29 April (Martyrologium Hieronymianum)
• 10 June (Trier, Germany)

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Ninth-century liturgical writer. A pupil of Alcuin at Aix-la-Chapelle, Germany, he was bishop of Trier, Germany from 811 to 813, and later ambassador to Constantinople. He lived at a time when the liturgy was changing, when fusion of the Roman and Gallican uses was taking place, and he exercised a remarkable influence in introducing the present composite liturgy which has supplanted the ancient Roman Rite. The chief merit of his works is that they have preserved much accurate and valuable information on the state of the liturgy at the beginning of the ninth century and are therefore useful sources for the history of Latin rites.

Born

775 in Metz, Kingdom of the Franks (in modern France)

Died

c.853

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-amalarius-of-metz/


Blessed Beatrix of Este the Elder

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Born to the dynastic house of Este. Aunt of Blessed Beatrix of Este the Younger. Nun in the convent of Santa Margherita at Solarolo, Italy. Feeling a need for more seclusion, she took over a deserted monastery at Gemmola, Italy, and founded a new convent where she apparently spent the rest of her life.

Born

between 1200 and 1206 in the castle of d'Este, Italy

Died

• 10 May 1226 of natural causes at Gemmola, Italy
• interred in the church of Saint John the Baptist
• relics translated to the church of Saint Sophia in Padua, Italy in 1578
• tradition says that when anything important was about to befall the family of Este, Beatrix would turn in her grave, and the noise could be heard throughout the church

Beatified

19 November 1763 by Pope Clement XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-beatrix-of-este-the-elder/


Saint Gordian the Judge

Also known as

• Gordian of Rome
• Gordianus...

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Roman judge. Adult convert to Christianity. Tortured and martyred by order of the Roman prefect Apronianus during the persecutions of Julian the Apostate.

Died

• beheaded in 362 on the Latin Road outside Rome, Italy
• buried with Saint Epimachus in a crypt near Rome
• relics at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, Rome, Italy, and at Kempten Abbey,Bavaria, Germany

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gordian-the-judge/


Saint Calepodius of Rome

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Priest. Martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Alexander Severus. One of the Roman catacombs is named for him.

Died

• stabbed with a sword c.232 in Rome, Italy
• his body was dragged through the streets of Rome and then thrown into the River Tiber
• body later recovered and given proper burial by Pope Callistus I
• relics enshrined in the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome in the 10th century
• some relics enshrined in the church of Notre-Dame de Reims, Rheims, France

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


Saint Alphius of Lentini

Also known as

Alfio

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Brother of Saint Cyrinus and Saint Philadelphus. Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.

Born

Sicily, Italy

Died

251 in Lentini, Sicily, Italy

Patronage

• Lentini, Sicily, Italy
• Trecastagni, Sicily, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-alphius-of-lentini/


Saint Cyrinus of Lentini

Also known as

Cirino

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Brother of Saint Alphius and Saint Philadelphus. Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.

Born

Sicily

Died

251 in Lentini, Sicily, Italy

Patronage

• Lentini, Sicily, Italy
• Trecastagni, Sicily, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cyrinus-of-lentini/


Saint Philadelphus of Lentini

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Brother of Saint Alphius and Saint Cyrinus. Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.

Born

Sicily, Italy

Died

251 in Lentini, Sicily, Italy

Patronage

• Lentini, Sicily, Italy
• Trecastagni, Sicily, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-philadelphus-of-lentini/


Blessed Giusto Santgelp

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Born to the nobility. Secular Mercedarian knight. Ransomed 200 Christian slaves from the Saracens in Muslim occupied Granada, Spain in 1284.

Born

France

Died

Mercedarian convent of Saint Anthony the Abbot, Tarragona, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-giusto-santgelp/


Saint Palmatius of Rome

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Roman imperial consul. Martyred with his wife, children and 42 members of his household, whose names have not come down to us, in the persecutions of Emperor Alexander Severus.

Died

• beheaded c.232 in Rome, Italy
• heads of all the martyrs were placed over the gates of Rome as a warning to other Christians

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


Saint Simplicius of Rome

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Roman imperial senator. Martyred with 68 members of his household, whose names have not come down to us, in the persecutions of Emperor Alexander Severus.

Died

• beheaded c.232 in Rome, Italy
• heads of all the martyrs were placed over the gates of Rome as a warning to other Christians

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


Job

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Old Testament Patriarch. The man "simple and upright and fearing God and avoiding evil" who figures in the canonical Old Testament Book of Job.

Patronage

• against abscesses
• against depression
• against ulcers
• ulcer sufferers

http://catholicsaints.info/job/


Saint Epimachus of Rome

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Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.

Died

• burned at the stake c.250 in Alexandria, Egypt
• relics transferred to a crypt near Rome, Italy

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


Saint Felix of Rome

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Married to Saint Blanda of Rome. Martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Alexander Severus.

Died

• beheaded c.232 in Rome, Italy
• head placed over a gate into Rome as a warning to other Christians

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-felix-of-rome-10-may/


Saint Blanda of Rome

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Married to Saint Felix of Rome. Martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Alexander Severus.

Died

• beheaded c.232 in Rome, Italy
• head placed over a gate into Rome as a warning to other Christians

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


Saint Aurelian of Limoges

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Spiritual student of Saint Martial of Limoges. Bishop of Limoges, France.

Died

relics enshrined at the Chapelle Saint-Aurelian, Limoges, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aurelian-of-limoges/


Blessed William of Pontoise

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May have been a Benedictine monk. Priest. Hermit at Pontoise, France.

Born

England

Died

c.1195 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-william-of-pontoise/


Saint Quartus of Capua

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Martyr.

Born

Capua, Italy

Died

• martyred at Rome, Italy, date unknown
• relics enshrined at Capua, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-quartus-of-capua/


Saint Quintus of Capua

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Martyr.

Born

Capua, Italy

Died

• martyred at Rome, Italy, date unknown
• relics enshrined at Capua, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-quintus-of-capua/


Blessed Antonio of Norcia

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Lay Franciscan.

Died

c.1310 in Norcia, Italy of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-antonio-of-norcia/


Saint Dioscorides of Smyrna

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Martyr.

Died

at Smyrna, Asia Minor

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


Saint Thecla

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Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-thecla-10-may/


Blessed Nicholas Albergati

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Studied law. Carthusian monk in 1394. Prior of several Carthusian houses. Ordained in June 1404. Chosen as reluctant bishop of Bologna, Italy on 5 January 1417. Papal diplomat with missions to France and Lombardy, Italy. Archbishop of Bologna in 1418 against his will. Elevated to cardinal-priest of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme on 24 May 1426. Known as a peacemaker. Mediated between the emperor and Pope Martin V, and the French king and Pope Eugene IV. Prominent in the Council of Basel and Council of Ferrara-Florence. Active in the negotiations that brought reunion of the Greek Church with Rome at Ferrara-Florence. Generous patron of learned men. Wrote several theological treatises, and encouraged academics. Chief penitentiary to Pope Eugene IV. Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in 1440.

Born

1373 at Bologna, Italy

Died

• 9 May 1443 at Siena, Italy of natural causes
• buried at the Carthusian monastery in Florence, Italy

Beatified

25 September 1744 by Pope Benedict XIV (cultus confirmed)

Patronage

learning

Representation

Carthusian wearing a cardinal's hat and cape over his habit

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-nicholas-albergati/


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