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Saint Nicholas of Tolentino

Also known as

• Niccolò da Tolentino
• Nicola da Tolentino
• Nicolás de Tolentino
• Patron of Holy Souls

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His middle-aged parents, Compagnonus de Guarutti and Amata de Guidiani, were childless until a prayerful visit to a shrine of Saint Nicholas of Myra at Bari, Italy. In gratitude, the couple named their son Nicholas.

Nicholas became an Augustinian friar at age 18, and a student with Blessed Angelus de Scarpetti. Monk at Recanati and Macerata in Italy. Ordained at age 25. Canon of Saint Saviour's. There he received visions of angels reciting the phrase "to Tolentino"; he took this as a sign to move to that city in 1274, and there he lived the rest of his life.

Worked as a peacemaker in a city torn by civil war. Preached every day, wonder-worker and healer, and visited prisoners. He always told those he helped, "Say nothing of this." Received visions, including images of Purgatory, which friends ascribed to his lengthy fasts. Nicholas had a great devotion to the recently dead, praying for the souls in Purgatory as he travelled around his parish, and often late into the night.

Once, when severely ill, he had a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Augustine of Hippo and Monica. They told him to eat a certain type of roll that had been dipped in water. Cured, he began healing others by administering bread over which he recited Marian prayers. The rolls became known as Saint Nicholas Bread, and are still distributed at his shrine.

Reported to have resurrected over one hundred dead children, including several who had drowned together. Legend says that the devil once beat Nicholas with a stick; the stick was displayed for years in the his church. A vegetarian, Nicholas was once served a roasted fowl; he made the sign of the cross over the bird, and it flew out a window. Nine passengers on ship going down at sea once asked for the aid of Saint Nicholas; he appeared in the sky, wearing the black Augustinian habit, radiating golden light, holding a lily in his left hand; with his right hand he quelled the storm. An apparition of the saint once saved the burning palace of the Doge of Venice by throwing a piece of blessed bread on the flames.

Born

1245 at Sant'Angelo, March of Ancona, diocese of Fermo, Italy

Died

• 10 September 1305 at Tolentino, Italy following a long illness
• relics re-discovered at Tolentino in 1926
• in previous times his relics were known exude blood when the Church was in danger

Canonized

• 5 June (Pentecost) 1446 by Pope Eugene IV
• over 300 miracles were recognized by the Congregation

Patronage

• animals
• babies (reported to have raised more than 100 children from the dead)
• boatmen, mariners, sailors, watermen
• dying people
• sick animals
• souls in Purgatory
• 4 cities
• 3 dioceses

Representation

• Augustinian giving bread to a sick person
• Augustinian holding a container of bread
• Augustinian holding a container of money
• Augustinian holding a lily
• Augustinian holding crucifix garlanded with lilies
• Augustinian with a star above him
• Augustinian with a star on his breast
• basket with bread rolls
• crucifix garlanded with lilies
• lily

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The heavens are not pure in the sight of Him Whom I serve; how then shall I, a sinful man, stand before Him? - Saint Nicholas

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nicholas-of-tolentino/


Saint Ambrose Edward Barlow

Also known as

• Ambrose Brereton
• Ambrose Radcliffe
• Edward Ambrose Barlow

Additional Memorial

• 25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Fourth son of Sir Alexander Barlow and Mary Brereton. Baptized Catholic on 30 November 1585, he was raised as a Protestant, but as an adult he returned to Catholicism. Educated at the College of Saint Gregory, Douai, France, and the Royal College of Saint Alban in Valladolid, Spain. Benedictine in 1616. Ordained in 1617 in Douai. Returned to England to minister to covert Catholics in south Lancashire for 24 years. Unlike many of his brother priests, Ambrose was very open about his work, and was arrested several times. On 25 April 1631, just as he ended Easter Sunday Mass at Morley Hall near Manchester, England, he was arrested by an armed mob led by the local Anglican vicar. He was charged with the crime of being a priest, and freely admitted it. One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

Born

1585 in Barlow Hall, England

Died

• hanged, drawn, and quartered on Friday 10 September 1641 at Lancaster, Lancashire, England
• skull preserved as a relic at Wardley Hall, sometimes known as the House of the Skull, near Manchester, England
• his hand is preserved at Stanbrook Abbey, Worcester, England

Canonized

25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI

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http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ambrose-edward-barlow/


Saint Pulcheria

Also known as

Pulqueria

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Daughter of Byzantine Emperor Arcadius and Empress Eudoxia. Her father died when she was 15, and she became regent of the empire on 4 July 414 until her younger brother Theodosius was old enough to rule. Pulcheria took special care of her brother's education, ensuring a strong religious background. She took a vow of chastity, and worked for religious reform and evangelization through the empire.

When Theodosius took the throne, Pulcheria faded for a while into court life. She supported Pope Leo the Great regarding the Monophysite controversy, and when Theodosius married in 421, his wife convinced him to exile Pulcheria.

On the death of Theodosius, Pulcheria was recalled to be empress of the Byzantine Empire. She sponsored the Council of Chalcedon in 451, and supported the Church against the Nestorian and Eutychian heresies. Built churches, hospitals, hospices, and a university in the city of Constantinople.

Born

19 January 399

Died

July 453 of natural causes

Patronage

• against in-law problems
• against the death of parents
• empresses
• orphans
• people in exile
• victims of betrayal

Representation

lily

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books

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


Saint Finnian of Moville

Also known as

Findbarr, Finian, Winin, Winnin

Additional Memorial

6 January as one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland

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Descendant of Fiatach the Fair. Studied under Saint Colman of Dromore, Saint Mochae of Noendrum, and the school of Saint Ninian. Pilgrim to Rome. Bishop of Moville, Ireland. Founded the monastery of Druim Fionn, and the school of Moville c.540. Composed a rule and penitential code for his monks. Spiritual teacher of Saint Columba.

Born

c.495 at Ulster, Ireland

Died

589 of natural causes

Canonized

1903 (cultus confirmed)

Patronage

Ulster, Ireland

Representation

man moving a river (refers to a miracle he performed)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-finnian-of-moville/


Blessed Jacques Gagnot

Also known as

Brother Hubert of Saint Claude

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Discalced Carmelite priest. Imprisoned on a ship in the harbor of Rochefort, France and left to die during the anti-Catholic persecutions of the French Revolution. One of the Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort.

Born

9 February 1753 in Frolois, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France

Died

10 September 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jacques-gagnot/


Saint Theodard of Maastricht

Also known as

• Theodard of Tongres
• Teodard, Teodardo

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Spiritual student of Saint Remaclus at Malmédy-Stavelot, Belgium. Abbot of Malmédy-Stavelot in 653. Bishop of Maastricht, Netherlands in 663. Murdered by robbers in the forest of Bienwald near Speyer, Germany while on a journey undertaken in defence of his church.

Died

c.670

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


Saint Peter Martinez

Also known as

• Peter of Mozonzo
• Pedro de Mozonzo

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Benedictine monk at the monastery of Saint Mary of Mozonzo c.950. Abbot of Saint Martin of Antealares in Compostela, Spain. Archbishop of Saintiago de Compostela c.986. A leader in the Spanish Reconquista when the Moors were driven from Spain. May have been one of the composers of the Salve Regina.

Born

Galicia, Spain

Died

c.1000

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-peter-martinez/


Saint Nemesius of Alexandria

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Arrested for theft, Nemesius was proved innocent, but in the process the authorities discovered that he was a Christian; scourged and executed with a couple of criminals in the persecutions of Decius. Martyr.

Died

burned alive between two convicted thieves c.250 in Alexandria, Egypt

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nemesius-of-alexandria/


Beata Vergine Maria della Vita

Also known as

Our Lady of Life

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Celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary as patroness of the Our Lady of Life Hospital in Bologna, Italy, and as depicted in a painting in a sanctuary dedicated to her c.1375 in the hospital.

Patronage

hospitals in the diocese of Bologna, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/beata-vergine-maria-della-vita/


Blessed Ogerius

Also known as

Ogler, Oglerius, Oglerio

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Benedictine Cistercian monk. Abbot at Locedio, diocese of Vercelli, Italy. Wrote a series of sermons defending the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Died

1214 of natural causes

Beatified

1875 by Pope Pius IX (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ogerius/


Saint Autbert of Avranches

Also known as

Aubert, Autberto

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Bishop of Avranches, France. Founded the monastery of Mont-St-Michel of the coast of Normandy, France after receiving a vision of Michael the Archangel.

Died

c.709 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-autbert-of-avranches/


Saint Frithestan

Also known as

Frithustan

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Spiritual student of Saint Grimbald. Bishop of Winchester, England, consecrated by Saint Plegmund. He served for 23 years, and noted for his care for the poor and a ministry of prayer for the recently dead.

Died

933

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


Saint Agapius of Novara

Also known as

Agabio, Agapitus, Agapio

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Bishop of Novara, Italy in 417; he served there for 30 years.

Died

447

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agapius-of-novara/


Saint Barypsabas

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First century hermit. Legend says that Barypsabas made a pilgrimage to Rome, Italy, carrying a container of the blood that flowed from the side of our Lord when He was on the cross. Martyr.

Died

martyred in Dalmatia

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


Saint Veranus of Vence

Also known as

Veran, Weran

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Son of Galla, who became a nun in later life, and Saint Eucherius of Lyon. Monk at Lérins, France. Bishop of Vence, France.

Died

c.480

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-veranus-of-vence/


Saint Salvius of Albi

Also known as

Salvio

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Lawyer. Monk. Abbot. Hermit. Bishop of Albi, France in 574. Died while tending the sick during an epidemic.

Died

584 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-salvius-of-albi/


Saint Clement of Sardis

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First century convert. One of the original 72 missionaries sent by Jesus himself. Bishop of Sardis. Martyr.

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


Saint Candida the Younger

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Married lay woman and mother in Naples, Italy.

Died

c.586

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-candida-the-younger/


Martyrs of Bithynia

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Three young Christian sisters martyred in the persecutions of emperor Maximian and governor Fronto: Menodora, Metrodora, Nymphodora.

Died

306 in Bithynia, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-bithynia-10-september/


205 Martyrs of Japan

Article

A unified feast to memorialize 205 missionaries and native Japanese known to have been murdered for their faith between 1617 and 1637.

http://catholicsaints.info/205-martyrs-of-japan/


Martyrs of Sigum

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A group of Nicomedian martyrs, condemned for their faith to be worked to death in the marble quarries of Sigum. There were priests, bishops and laity in the group, but only a few names have come down to us: Dativus, Felix, Jader, Litteus, Lucius, Nemesian, Polyanus, Victor.

Died

worked to death c.257 in Sigum

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-sigum/


Martyred in the Spanish Civil War

Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. I have pages on each of them, but in most cases I have only found very minimal information. They are available on the CatholicSaints.Info site through these links:

Blessed Félix España Ortiz
Blessed Leoncio Arce Urrutia
Blessed Tomàs Cubells Miguel


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Martyrs of Nagasaki
• Sostene of Calcedonia
• Victor of Chalcedon


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