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Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot

Saint Benedict of Nursia

Also known as

• Benedict of Narsia
• Benedict of Norsia
• Benedetto da Norcia
• Founder of Western Monasticism

Additional Memorials

• 21 March (Benedictines; Norway)
• 14 March (Byzantine Rite)
• 4 December (France)

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Born to the Roman nobility. Twin brother of Saint Scholastica. Studied in Rome, Italy, but was dismayed by the lack of discipline and the lackadasical attitude of his fellow students. Fled to the mountains near Subiaco, Italy, living as a hermit in a cave for three years; reported to have been fed by a raven. Friend of Saint Romanus of Subiaco who lived as a nearby hermit; spiritual teacher of Saint Placid. Benedict's virtues caused an abbey to request him to lead them. Founded the monastery at Monte Cassino, where he wrote the Rule of his order. His discipline was such that an attempt was made on his life; some monks tried by poison him, but he blessed the cup and rendered it harmless. He returned to his cave, but continued to attract followers, and eventually established twelve monasteries. Had the ability to read consciences, the gift of prophesy, and could forestall attacks of the devil. Destroyed pagan statues and altars, drove demons from groves sacred to pagans. At one point there were over 40,000 monasteries guided by the Benedictine Rule. A summation of the Rule: "Pray and work."

Born

c.480, Narsia, Umbria, Italy

Died

• 21 March 547 of a fever while in prayer at Monte Cassino, Italy
• buried beneath the high altar there in the same tomb as Saint Scholastica

Canonized

1220 by Pope Honorius III

Patronage

• against erysipelas
• against fever
• against gall stones
• against inflammatory diseases
• against kidney disease
• against nettle rash
• against poison
• against temptations
• against witchcraft
• architects
• dying people
• cavers, spelunkers
• monks
• people in religious orders
• servants who have broken their master's belongings
• speliologists
• students, school children
• agricultural and farm workers
• civil engineers
• coppersmiths
• Italian architects
• Italian farmers (proclaimed on 12 July 1959 by Pope John XXIII)
• Benedictines
• Europe (proclaimed on 24 October 1964 by Pope Paul VI)
• Heerdt, Germany
• Norcia, Italy
• Subiaco, Italy

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medals, pendants, crosses, rosaries and more

Representation

• bell
• broken cup
• broken cup and serpent representing poison
• broken utensil
• bush
• crosier
• man in a Benedictine cowl holding Benedict's rule or a rod of discipline
• raven

Video

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Readings

Prayer ought to be short and pure, unless it be prolonged by the inspiration of Divine grace. - Saint Benedict

Girded with a faith, and the performance of good works, let us follow in Christ's path by the guidance of the Gospel; then we shall deserve to see him "who has called us into his kingdom." If we wish to attain a dwelling place in his kingdom, we shall not reach it unless we hasten there by our good deeds. Just as there exists an evil fervor, a bitter spirit, which divides us from God and leads us to hell, so there is a good fervor which sets us apart from evil inclinations and leads us toward God and eternal life. No one should follow what he considers to be good for himself, but rather what seems good for another. Let them put Christ before all else; and may he lead us all to everlasting life. - from the Rule of Saint Benedict

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


Saint Berthevin of Lisieux

Also known as

• Berthevin of Laval
• Berthevin of Parigny
• Berthevin of Vicoin
• Berthevin of Val-Guidon
• Bertevin, Bertewin, Bertewinus, Berthvin, Berthwinus, Bertininus, Bertivinus, Bertunius, Bertunus, Bertuwinus, Bertuwius, Bertwin, Brévin

Additional Memorial

11 June (translation of relics)

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Priest in the diocese of Bayeaux, France. During the Norman invasions, Berthevin fled to Laval, France where he became tutor to the children of the Count of Laval, and a courtier and advisor to the count. A pious and virtuous man, Berthevin spent his free time studying and in prayer, sometimes at a nearby pond, sometimes in the church of Saint Nicolas near Mayenne, France. His religious zeal interfered with the worldly ways of some of the members of the count‘s court – so they murdered him. Martyr. The towns of Saint-Berthevin and Saint-Berthevin-la-Tannière in France are named in his honour.

Born

10th century in the area of modern Lisieux, France

Died

• stabbed with a sword c.1000 in the area of Laval, France
• body thrown into a pond he had frequented to pray in solitude
• fearing discovery, his killers retrieved the body and hid it in the Vicoin river
• body later hidden in a crevice in a cliff overlooking the Vicoin
• led to the hiding place by heavenly voices, his godmother found it and had him buried in Parigny, France
• relics later enshrined in the cathedral of Lisieux, France
• relics destroyed in the French Revolution

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-berthevin-of-lisieux/


Saint Olga of Kiev

Also known as

• Olga Prekrasa
• Olga the Beauty
• Helena, Helga, Olha

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First Christian queen of Ukraine. Married to Igor I, duke of Kiev c.903. She ruled Kievan Rus after Igor's assassination in 945. Following her conversion and baptism in 957 in Constantinople, when she took the name Helena, she tried to introduce Christianity to the Ukraine on a wide scale, but failed. When her son Sviatoslav reached adulthood, she handed the throne to him, c.963. Grandmother of Saint Vladimir, great-grandmother of Saint Boris and Saint Gleb.

Born

879 at Pskov, Russia

Died

• 11 July 969 in Kiev, Ukraine of natural causes
• relics found to be incorrupt, and translated to the Church of the Tithes in Kiev, the first time relics were displayed in Rus-Ukraine
• relics lost forever in the early 18th century

Patronage

• converts
• widows
• archeparchy of Winnipeg, Manitoba

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-olga-of-kiev/


Saint Drostan of Dier

Also known as

• Drostan of Deer
• Drostán mac Coscreig, Drust, Drustan, Dustan, Throstan, Trust

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Born to the Scottish royalty, the son of Cosgrach. Educated by Saint Columba. Benedictine monk. Travelled to Aberdeen, Scotland with Saint Columba. First abbot of the monastery at Dier in Pictland. Abbot of Dercongal Abbey (Holywood). He evangelized the Picts, and brought Christianity to northeast Scotland. Eventually retired to live as a prayerful hermit at Glenesk. His reputation for sanctity attracted many poor and sick people, and there were many healing miracles attributed to him.

Born

6th century Scotland

Died

• 7th century of natural causes
• relics preserved at Aberdeen, Scotland

Patronage

Dier, Scotland

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


Blessed Thomas Hunt

Also known as

Thomas Benstead

Additional Memorial

22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

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Studied at the Royal College of Saint Alban in Valladolid, Spain, and the English College of Saint Gregory in Seville, Spain. Ordained at Seville in 1599. He returned to England to minister to covert Catholics. He was almost immediately arrested at the Saracen's Head, Lincoln with Blessed Thomas Sprott. He escaped, was caught again, and condemned for the crime of being a priest. Martyred for the crime of being a priest during the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I.

Born

c.1573 in Norfolk, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 11 July 1600 at Lincoln, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-thomas-hunt/


Pope Saint Pius I

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May have been born a slave. May have been the brother of Hermas, author of The Shepherd. Tenth Pope. Reportedly established the date for Easter as the first Sunday after the March full moon. Established rules for the conversion of Jews. Opposed Marcion the agnostic. May have been martyred.

The fact that Saint Justin Martyr did his Christian teaching in Rome, Italy, and that the three heretics Valentinus, Cerdon, and Marcion visited there, help prove that at even this early in the Church‘s history, Rome was already the primary see and the center of its authority.

Born

at Aquileia, Italy

Papal Ascension

c.142

Died

c.155

http://catholicsaints.info/pope-saint-pius-i/


Saint Marciana of Caesarea

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Making personal vows, she retired to the city of Caesarea, Mauritania (in modern Algeria) to live is a penitent hermitess. Imprisoned, tortured, threatened with rape, and eventually executed for refusing to worship of statue of the pagan goddess Diana during the persecutions of Diocletian. Martyr.

Born

Russucur, Mauritania (modern Dellys, Algeria)

Died

gored by a bull and killed by leopard attack in the amphitheatre at Caesarea, Mauritania (in modern Algeria)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marciana-of-caesarea/


Blessed Kjeld of Viborg

Also known as

Ketil, Ketille, Kield

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Born to a peasant farming family. Evangelizing priest, Augustinian canon regular, dean of the cathedral, teacher and zealous preacher in Viborg, Denmark. Miracle worker.

Died

• c.1151 in Viborg, Denmark of natural causes
• relics enshrined in the cathedral of Viborg
• relics destroyed in the fires that destroyed the cathedral on 27 June 1726

Beatified

1189 by Bishop Absalon and Pope Clement III (cultus confirmation)

Patronage

Viborg, Denmark

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-kjeld-of-viborg/


Blessed Thomas Sprott

Also known as

Thomas Parker

Additional Memorial

• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

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Priest in the apostolic vicariate of England. Martyred for the crime of being a priest during the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I.

Born

c.1571 in Skelsmergh, Cumbria, England

Died

early July 1600 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-thomas-sprott/


Saint Placid of Dissentis

Also known as

Placido

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Wealthy seventh century Swiss land owner. Friend of Saint Sigisbert of Dissentis. Donated the land on which Dissentis Abbey was founded in Switzerland. He then joined it as a monk and later was martyred defending it.

Died

murdered for defending the ecclesiastical rights of the abbey

Canonized

1905 (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-placid-of-dissentis/


Saint Hidulf of Moyenmoutier

Also known as

Hidulphus, Hildulph, Hydulphe, Idulfo, Idolfo

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Benedictine monk at the monastery of Maximinus in Trier, Germany. Bishop. Founded the monastery of Moyenmourier in eastern France where retired in 676 to live as a monk. He eventually served as abbot of the house, and then of the monastery of Bonmoutier.

Born

Regensburg, Germany

Died

707

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


Saint Leontius the Younger

Also known as

• Leontius II
• Leoncio, Leonzio

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Soldier who fought against Visigoths. Retiring from military life, he married and moved to Bordeaux, France. Bishop of Bordeaux. Built a number of churches in the region, and was known for his charity to the poor.

Born

c.510

Died

565

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


Saint Marcian of Lycaonia

Also known as

• Marcian of Iconium
• Marciano

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Young Christian man who publicly proclaimed his faith during persections led by governor Perennio; it led to his arrest, torture, having his tongue cut out to stop him praying, and execution. Martyr.

Died

243 in Iconium, Lycaonia, Asia Minor

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marcian-of-lycaonia/


Saint Abundius of Ananelos

Also known as

• Abundius of Cordoba
• Abbondio...

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Priest at Ananelos, Spain during the Moorish occupation. For preaching against Islam, he was dragged before the caliph at Cordoba who ordered him to abandon Christianity; he refused. Martyr.

Died

beheaded in 854 at Cordoba, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-abundius-of-ananelos/


Saint Cyriacus the Executioner

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By order of governor Hadrian, he executed Saint Antiochus of Sebaste. When he saw the resolve of the Christians and then the miracle of milk flowing from the body of Saint Antiochus instead of blood, he converted to Christianity. Martyr.

Died

beheaded

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cyriacus-the-executioner/


Saint Sigisbert of Dissentis

Also known as

Sigebert

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Founded Dissentis Abbey in Switzerland. Friend of Saint Placid of Dissentis.

Canonized

1905 (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sigisbert-of-dissentis/


Saint John of Bergamo

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Bishop of Bergamo, Italy c.657; he served for 24 years. Eliminated the last of the Arian heresy in his diocese. Participated in the Council of Rome in 680.

Died

681

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


Saint Cindeus

Also known as

Cindée

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Priest in Pamphylia, Asia Minor. Tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

• burned at the stake c.300
• died praying

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


Saint Thurketyl

Also known as

Turketil

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Restored Croyland Abbey, a house that had been destroyed by pagan Danes. Abbot of the monastery at Bedford, England.

Born

887

Died

975

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


Blessed Antonio Muller

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Mercedarian friar. Scripture scholar. Professor of Eastern languages.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-antonio-muller/


Saint Sabinus of Poitiers

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Spiritual student of Saint Germanus of Auxerre. Martyr.

Died

5th century near Poitiers, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sabinus-of-poitiers/


Saint Amabilis of Rouen

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Born to the English nobility. Nun at Saint-Amand in Rouen, France.

Died

c.634 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-amabilis-of-rouen/


Saint Januarius

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Martyred in the persecutions of Licinius.

Died

beheaded in 320 at Nicopolis, Lesser Armenia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-januarius-11-july/


Saint Pelagia

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Martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Licinius.

Died

beheaded in 320 at Nicopolis, Lesser Armenia

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


Saint Cowair

Also known as

Cywair

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No information has survived.

Patronage

Llangower, Wales

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


Saint Sabinus of Brescia

Also known as

Savinus, Savino

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Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sabinus-of-brescia/


Saint Sidronius

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Martyred in the persecutions of Aurelian.

Died

c.270 in Rome, Italy

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


Saint Cyprian of Brescia

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Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cyprian-of-brescia/


Saint Maria An Guoshi

Also known as

Mali

Additional Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

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Married lay woman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1836 in Anping, Hebei, China

Died

beheaded on 11 July 1900 in Liugongying, Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maria-an-guoshi/


Saint Maria An Linghua

Also known as

Mali

Additional Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

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Lay woman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1871 in Anping, Hebei, China

Died

beheaded on 11 July 1900 in Liugongying, Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maria-an-linghua/


Saint Anna An Jiaoshi

Addtional Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

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Married lay woman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1874 in Anping, Hebei, China

Died

beheaded on 11 July 1900 in Liugongying, Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anna-an-jiaoshi/


Saint Anna An Xingshi

Addtional Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

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Married lay woman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1828 in Anping, Hebei, China

Died

beheaded on 11 July 1900 in Liugongying, Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anna-an-xingshi/


Blessed Marie-Elisabeth Pélissier

Also known as

• Maria Elisabetta di S. Teoctisto Pélissier
• Sister Théotiste of the Blessed Sacrament

Additional Memorial

9 July as one of the Martyrs of Orange

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Joined the Sacramentine nuns at Bollène, Provence, France, making her profession on 25 June 1759. Musician, singer and poet. Martyred in the French Revolution.

Born

15 April 1741 in Bollène, Vaucluse, France

Died

guillotined on 11 July 1794 in Orange, Vaucluse, France

Beatified

10 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-marie-elisabeth-pelissier/


Blessed Marie-Marguerite de Barbégie d'Albrède

Also known as

• Maria Margherita di S. Sofia de Barbegie d'Albarède
• Sister Saint Sophia

Additional Memorial

9 July as one of the Martyrs of Orange

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Ursuline nun. Martyred in the French Revolution.

Born

18 October 1740 in Saint Laurent de Carnols, Gard, France

Died

guillotined on 11 July 1794 in Orange, Vaucluse, France

Beatified

10 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-marie-marguerite-de-barbegie-dalbrede/


Blessed Rosalie-Clotilde Bes

Also known as

• Rosalia Clotilde di S. Pelagia Bès
• Sister Saint Pelagia of Saint John the Baptist

Additional Memorial

9 July as one of the Martyrs of Orange

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Sacramentine nun. Martyred in the French Revolution.

Born

30 June 1753 in Beaume-de-Transit, Drôme, France

Died

guillotined on 11 July 1794 in Orange, Vaucluse, France

Beatified

10 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-rosalie-clotilde-bes/


Blessed Marie-Clotilde Blanc

Also known as

• Maria Chiara di S. Martino Blanc
• Sister Saint Martin

Additional Memorial

9 July as one of the Martyrs of Orange

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Sacramentine nun. Martyred in the French Revolution.

Born

17 January 1742 in Bollène, Vaucluse, France

Died

guillotined on 11 July 1794 in Orange, Vaucluse, France

Beatified

10 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-marie-clotilde-blanc/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Madonna del Carmine
• Dedication of the Cathedral of Puy
• Martyrs of Rome
• Bertrand of Grand-Selve
• Chetillo
• Cydroine
• Euphemia of Chalcedon
• Failbe of Disert Mic Conlocha
• Nectaire of Saint Anne
• Nicodemus of Albania
• Tristan de Villelongue


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