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Memorial of Saint Stanislaus of Cracow

Saint Gemma Galgani

Also known as

• Flower of Lucca
• Gemma Galani
• Maria Gemma Umberta Pia Galgani
• Virgin of Lucca

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Eldest daughter of a poor pharmacist; her mother died when Gemma was seven, her father when the girl was eighteen, and she took over the care of her seven brothers and sisters. Her health was always poor, and between that and her home life she never finished school. Cured in her 20's of spinal meningitis by prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, and Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoque. Rejected by the religious orders to which she applied as they were concerned about her health, would not believe her cure, and were suspicious of the claims of a miracle. She became a Passionist tertiary. Stigmatist, receiving the wounds on her hands and feet each Thursday evening through Friday afternoon starting in June 1899 and continuing into 1901. Visionary; she saw her guardian angel daily, and had visits from Jesus, Mary, Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, and the devil who tempted her to spit on the cross and break a rosary. Venerable Germanus Ruoppolo was her spiritual director and wrote her biography.

Born

12 March 1878 at Borgo Nuovo di Camigliano, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

Died

• Holy Saturday, 11 April 1903 at Borgo Nuovo di Camigliano, Lucca, Italy of tuberculosis
• relics interred in the Passionist monastery, Lucca

Canonized

• 2 May 1940 by Pope Pius XII
• her canonization faced stiff opposition by those who either disbelieved or wished to avoid attention to her visions and stigmata
• recognition celebrated at Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy

Patronage

• against temptations
• against the death of parents
• against tuberculosis
• apothecaries
• druggists
• pharmacists
• students

Representation

• guardian angel
• heavenly gaze
• lillies and roses
• Passionist robe
• stigmata

Storefront

pendants, medal, holy cards, books and statues

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

If I saw the gates of Hell open and I stood on the brink of the abyss, I should not despair, I should not lose hope of mercy, because I should trust in You, my God. - Saint Gemma Galgani

O my soul, bless Jesus. Never forget the many graces He has given thee. Love that God who so loves thee. Lift thyself up to Him, who has lowered Himself for thee; show thyself as He shows Himself with thee; be clean of heart, be pure. Love thy Jesus, who has lifted thee out of so much misery. Love thy God, bless thy Lord - Saint Gemma Galgani

Gemma Galgani from Lucca, most pure virgin, being in her twenty-fifth year, died of consumption, but was more consumed by the fire of divine love than by her wasting disease. On the eleventh of April, 1903, the vigil of Easter, her soul took its flight to the bosom of her heavenly Spouse. O beautiful soul, in the company of the Angels!" - inscription on the marble tablet that covers Saint Gemma Galgani's remains in the chapel of the Passionist Sisters in Lucca

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gemma-galgani/


Saint Stanislaus of Cracow

Also known as

Stanislaus Szczepanowsky

Additional Memorials

• 8 May (in Cracow)
• 27 September (translation of relics)

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Born to the Polish nobility, son of Belislaus and Bogna, and raised in a pious family. Educated at Gnesen, Poland, and may have studied at Paris, France. When his parents died, Stanislaus distributed his inheritance to the poor. Parish priest at Czembocz, Poland. Canon and preacher, and later vicar-general at the Cracow cathedral; noted spiritual director. Reluctant bishop of Cracow in 1072. Known for his preaching against sinful living, regardless of the sinner's class. Killed by King Boleslaus the Cruel after Stanislaus excommunicated him due to his war crimes and attempted theft of land from the Church. Murdered while celebrating Mass. Reaction against Boleslaus was so great that he fled the country, never to return; his guilt led him to become a monk. Stanislaus became a symbol of Polish patriotism and nationalism, and is sometimes considered a martyr.

Born

26 July 1030 as Szczepanowski, diocese of Cracow, Poland as Stanislaus Szczepanowsky

Died

• murdered on 8 May 1079 in the chapel of Saint Michael in a suburb of Cracow, Poland
• buried in the chapel
• re-interred in the cathedral of Cracow in 1088

Canonized

1253 by Pope Innocent IV at Assisi, Italy

Patronage

• Cracow, Poland, archdiocese of
• Cracow, Poland, city of
• Plock, Poland, diocese of
• Poland
• soldiers in battle

Representation

• bishop being hacked to pieces at the foot of an altar
• bishop with a sword

Storefront

statue

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-stanislaus-of-cracow/


Saint Guthlac of Croyland

Also known as

• Guthlac of Crowland
• Guthlacus, Guthlake

Additional Memorial

30 August (translation of relics)

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Born to the Mercian nobility, the son of Penwald; brother of Saint Pega of Peakirk. Soldier for nine years in the army of King Ethelred of Mercia; the freedom to loot led to him amassing a large forture. However, in 697 he had a conversion experience and gave up the violent life to become a Benedictine monk at Repton under abbess Elfrida. Known for his ascetic and strict habits. Hermit in the Lincolnshire fens, living like the Desert Fathers in an inhospitable swamp area rumoured to be the haunt of monsters and devils; the abbey of Croyland was built on the site of his hermit's cell. Had visions of angels, demons and Saint Batholomew, to whom he had special devotion. Became friends with wild animals, had the gift of prophecy, and his reputation for holines attracted many would-be students including Saint Bettelin. Ordained by Bishop Hedda of Winchester who consecrated Guthlac's cell as a chapel so he could celebrate Mass there.

Born

• 673 in Mercia, England
• legend says that when he was born, a shining hand surrounded by reddish-yellow light came down from heaven and blessed the house

Died

• 11 April 714 in Croyland, England of natural causes
• initially buried, Saint Pega had the body interred in a tomb
• body found incorrupt after a year
• relics translated to the re-built Croyland Abbey in 1136
• relics translated again in 1196
• relics destroyed in the 16th century during the dissolution of the English monasteries

Representation

fighting a demon with a scourge

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-guthlac-of-croyland/


Saint Barsanuphius of Gaza

Also known as

Barsanofio

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Hermit for 50 years in absolute seclusion near the monastery of Saint Seridon of Gaza, Palestine. Wrote against Origenists. Greatly venerated by the Greeks. Extensive correspondent whose letters have survived 15 centuries.

Died

• c.540
• relics taken to Oria, Italy c.850 by an unnamed Palestinian monk
• the basilica where they lay was destroyed by the Saracens between 924 and 979 and the relics lost
• relics re-discovered in 1170 after Father Mark, who rebuilt the church, had a vision of their location
• relics interred in the crypt of San Francesco da Paola Church in Oria, Italy
• some relics in a village near Sipontum in southern Italy

Patronage

Oria, Italy

Representation

• armed with a sword, confronting the commander of a Spanish force about to invade Oria, Italy
• spreading his cloak over Oria, Italy to cause it to rain heavily and save the town from Allied bombing in World War II

Readings

Do not seek to be regarded as somebody, don't compare yourself to others in anything. Leave the world, mount the cross, discard all earthly things, shake the dust from off your feet. - Saint Barsanuphius

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-barsanuphius-of-gaza/


Blessed Elena Guerra

Also known as

Helen, Hélène

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Born to wealthy, pious, aristocratic family, one of six children; only three survived to adulthood. From an early age Helen was devoted to the Holy Spirit. She worked with the Vincentians, caring for the poor and the sick, studying Latin and the writings of the Church Fathers. At age 22 she fell victim to an illness that kept her bed-ridden for eight years, during which time she continued her studies. In 1866 she founded the Society of Mary, Daughters of Saint Agnes in Lucca, Italy and became its first member; the community later became the Oblate Sisters of the Holy Spirit (Sisters of Saint Zita; Zitine Sisters) which cared for and saw to the religious education of girls. Saint Gemma Galgani was one of her students, and the Oblates continue their work today with houses in Italy, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Lebanon and Iran.

Born

23 June 1835 in Lucca, Italy

Died

11 April 1914 in Lucca, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

• 26 April 1959 by Pope Blessed John XXIII
• 5,000 of her Congregation attended the beatification recognition

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-elena-guerra/


Blessed Angelo Carletti

Also known as

• Angelus Carletti
• Antonio Carletti

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Born to the Italian nobility, Antonio studied law at Bologna, Italy, and practised in the Monferrato region of Italy. Elected senator, he abandoned the office and his practice to become a Franciscan monk at Santa Maria del Monte in Genoa, Italy, taking the name Brother Angelo, selling his inheritance and gaving the proceeds to the poor. Noted theologian. Papal nuncio for Pope Sixtus IV and Pope Innocent VIII. Preached a Crusade against invading Turks. Preached against Waldensianism and usurious money lenders. Wrote Cases of Conscience, a dictionary of moral theology. Friend, confessor and spiritual director of Blessed Paula Gambara Costa; her husband received a miraculous cure at the grave site and through the intervention of Father Angelo.

Born

1411 at Chivasso, Diocese of Ivrea, Italy as Antonio Carletti

Died

11 April 1495 at the San Antonio monastery in Cuneo, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

24 April 1753 by Pope Benedict XIV (cultus confirmed)

Patronage

Chivasso, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-angelo-carletti/


Blessed Symforian Ducki

Also known as

• Felix Ducki
• Antonio Ducki
• prisoner 20364

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II

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Son of Julian and Marianna Lenardt; his father was a locksmith. Franciscan Capuchin friar, entering the community on 3 January 1918, taking the name Antonio; his religious name is later changed to Symforian and makes his final vows on 22 May 1925. He served his community as cook. Arrested for his faith in the Nazi persecutions on 3 September 1941, and sentenced to forced labour at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Martyr.

Born

10 May 1888 in Warsaw, Poland as Felix Ducki

Died

11 April 1942 at Auschwitz concentration camp (in modern Poland)

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-symforian-ducki/


Saint Antipas of Pergamon

Also known as

• Antipas of Pergamum
• Antipas of Pérgamo
• Antipas of Pergamus
• Antipa...

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Spiritual student of Saint John the Apostle. Bishop of Pergamum during the persecutions of emperor Domitian. Martyr. Mentioned in the canonical Book of Revelations.

Died

• roasted to death in a bronze bull in c.92 at Pergamum, Greece (an area in modern Turkey)
• his tomb became a site of miracles

Patronage

against toothaches

Readings

I know that you live where Satan's throne is, and yet you hold fast to my name and have not denied your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was martyred among you, where Satan lives. - Revelations 2:13

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-antipas-of-pergamon/


Saint Godeberta of Noyon

Also known as

Godebertha, Godberta

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Though her parents wanted to arrange a suitable marriage for her, Godeberta was drawn to the religious life. In 657 she became a nun in Noyon, France, receiving the veil from Saint Eligius, to whom she was an advisor. Was given a king's house at Noyon to convert into a convent. Abbess of the nuns in an area surrounded by pagans. Legend says she extinguished a blazing fire by making the Sign of the Cross at it. An outbreak of plague was averted when she led all the churches in the area on a three-day fast.

Born

7th century near Amiens, France

Died

c.700 at Noyon, France of natural causes

Patronage

• against plague
• drought relief
• Noyon, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-godeberta-of-noyon/


Saint Sancha of Portugal

Also known as

• Sancha of Alenquer
• Sanchia, Sancia, Sanctia

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Born a princess, the daughter of King Sancho I of Portugal; sister of Blessed Mafilda and Saint Theresa of Portugal. She devoted herself to charity, supported the Franciscans and Dominicans in Portugal including helping Franciscan missionaries en route to Morocco. Founded a Cistercian monastery in Coimbra, Portugal where she spent the rest of her life in a cell there.

Born

c.1180 in Portugal

Died

• 11 April 1229 in her cell in Coimbra, Portugal
• buried in the abbey at Lorvão, Portugal

Canonized

10 May 1705 by Pope Clement XI (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sancha-of-portugal/


Blessed Lanunio

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Hermit at Santa Maria della Torre, diocese of Squillace, Calabria, Italy. When Saint Bruno began what became the Carthusians at the Grand Cartreuse in France, Lanunio travelled there to join them. There he became the friend and travelling companion of Saint Bruno, and took over took over leadership of the Order when Bruno died in 1101. Founded several monasteries, and organized the leadership and religious life of their monks. Supported and held in high regard by Pope Paschal II for whom he performed a number of tasks and missions in the region of Calabria. Apostolic Visitor to all monasteries in Calabria.

Born

France

Died

11 April 1116 in Calabria, Italy of natural causes

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


Blessed George Gervase

Also known as

George Jervise

Additional Memorial

29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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George spent an adventurous youth, travelling to the West Indies with the explorer Sir Francis Drake. He entered the seminary at Douai, France, and was ordained in 1603. Benedictine. From France he returned to England to work with covert Catholics during a suppression of the Church. Martyred for the crime of being a priest.

Born

at Bosham, Sussex, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 11 April 1608 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-george-gervase/


Saint Raynerius Inclusus

Also known as

• Raynerius of Osnabruck
• Rainer, Rainerius, Rayner, Reiner

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Hermit in a cell near the cathedral of Osnabruck, Germany c.1210. Lived 22 years in his cell wearing a coat of mail and heavy chains next to his skin, praying and counseling those who sought his spiritual guidance.

Born

late 12th century in Friesland (in the modern Netherlands

Died

1237 in his cell at the cathedral in Osnabruck, Germany of natural causes

Representation

hermit in prayer with a cell with crosses and a whip

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-raynerius-inclusus/


Saint Isaac of Monteluco

Also known as

Isaac of Spoleto

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Monk. Fleeing Monophysite persecution, he settled at Monteluco, Umbria where he helped restore the eremitical life to 6th century Italy. Pope Saint Gregory the Great wrote about Isaac's miracle working and his gift of prophecy.

Born

Syrian

Died

• c.550 of natural causes
• relics enshrine at Spoleto, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-isaac-of-monteluco/


Saint Domnio of Salona

Also known as

Domnione, Donnione

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One of the 72 disciples sent by Christ in His early ministry. Travelled to Rome, Italy with Saint Peter the Apostle. Missionary to Dalmatia. First bishop of Salona. Martyr with eight soldiers he had brought to the Faith.

Born

Syrian

Died

• beheaded at Salona, Dalmatia (near modern Solin, Croatia)
• relics at Solin and in Saint John Lateran in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-domnio-of-salona/


Blessed John of Cupramontana

Also known as

John of Massaccio

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Benedictine Camaldolese monk-hermit who lived in a cave at Cupramontana, Ancona, Italy on Mount Massaccio.

Died

1303 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-of-cupramontana/


Blessed James of Africa

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Adult convert, brought to Christianity by witnessing the faith of Blessed Thomas Vives during his martyrdom. Mercedarian friar.

Born

north Africa

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-james-of-africa/


Blessed Paul of Africa

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Adult convert, brought to Christianity by witnessing the faith of Blessed Thomas Vives during his martyrdom. Mercedarian friar.

Born

north Africa

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-paul-of-africa/


Saint Machai

Also known as

Maccai, Macceus, Mahew

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Spiritual student of Saint Patrick. Founded a monastery on the isle of Bute, Ireland, served as its first abbot, and led evangelical missions that were based from it.

Died

5th century of natural causes

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


Blessed Mechthild of Lappion

Also known as

Matilda

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Anchoress in Lappion, Diocese of Laon, France.

Born

Scotland

Died

1299 in Lappion, France of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-mechthild-of-lappion/


Saint Agericus of Tours

Also known as

Acry, Agery, Aguy, Airy, Algéric

Profile

Spiritual student of Saint Eligius. Abbot of Saint Martin's in Tours, France.

Died

c.680

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agericus-of-tours/


Saint Aid of Achard-Finglas

Also known as

Aed

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Abbot at Achard-Finglas, County Carlow, Ireland. Titular saint for a church, a monastery, and several chapels.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aid-of-achard-finglas/


Saint Philip of Gortyna

Also known as

Philip of Crete

Profile

Early bishop of Gortyna, Crete. Wrote and worked against Marcion and Gnosticism.

Died

c.180

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-philip-of-gortyna/


Saint Hildebrand of Saint-Gilles

Profile

Cistercian abbot. Martyred by Albigensians.

Died

1209 at Saint-Gilles, Languedoc, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hildebrand-of-saint-gilles/


Saint Eustorgius of Nicomedia

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Priest in Nicomedia, Asia Minor. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

martyred c.300

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eustorgius-of-nicomedia/


Saint Stephen of Saint-Gilles

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Cistercian monk. Martyred by Albigensians.

Died

1209 at Saint-Gilles, Languedoc, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-stephen-of-saint-gilles/


Saint Maedhog of Clonmore

Also known as

Aedhan, Mogue, Aed, Moguer, Macdhog-Aedhan

Profile

Sixth century abbot of Clonmore, Ireland.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maedhog-of-clonmore/


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