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Blessed Charles Spinola

Also known as

Carlo Spinola

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Born to the Italian nobility in a family that originated in Genoa. Studied at Nola, Italy, under his uncle Cardinal Filippo Spinola. Joined the Jesuits in Nola in 1584. Ordained in 1594. Missionary to Japan in 1594. It took three tries to actually reach the island, but he worked there for 18 years. Imprisoned and abused for his faith and his works in 1618. Spent four years living in a cage, bribing the guards with his food to obtain the necessities to conduct Mass. Martyred.

Born

c.1565 at Madrid, Spain

Died

slowly burned to death on 10 September 1622 at Nagasaki, Japan

Beatified

7 May 1867 by Pope Pius IX

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Readings

Father, how sweet and delightful is it to suffer for Jesus Christ! I have learned this better by experience than I am able to express, especially since we are in these dungeons where we fast continually. The strength of my body fails me, but my joy increases as I see death draw nearer. O what a happiness for me, if next Easter I shall sing the heavenly Alleluia in the company of the blessed! - Blessed Charles

Oh, if you had tasted the delights with which God fills the souls of those who serve him and suffer for him, how would you condemn all that the world can promise! I now begin to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, since for his love I am in prison, where I suffer much. But I assure you, that when I am fainting with hunger, God hath fortified me by his sweet consolations, so that I have looked upon myself as well recompensed for his service. And though I were yet to pass many years in prison, the time would appear short, through the extreme desire which I feel of suffering for him, who even here so well repays our labours. Besides other sickness, I have been afflicted with a continual fever a hundred days without any remedies or proper nourishment. All this time my heart was so full of joy that it seemed to me too narrow to contain it. I have never felt any equal to it, and I thought myself at the gates of paradise. - Blessed Charles

Meanwhile, by night and day, we confirm our souls by exercises of piety, we chastise our bodies by scourging, haircloths, and other like mortifications; and what constitutes our greatest consolation, we minister at the altar daily. And it has surely been by a special providence of God, that vestments and other requisites for the holy sacrifices were introduced unseen by the guards, after we had been at first for several months deprived of them and unable to refresh ourselves with that heavenly bread of angels.

For my own part I am overjoyed at this special benefit of God, accomplishing the desire which chiefly brought me hither, and I esteem it above the splendor of all fleeting dignities. And justly, for Saint Paul, after being once imprisoned triumphed more in the glory of his chains and bonds, than in his very apostleship, calling himself 'Bound in the Lord.' I blush for shame when I think how by no merit of mine, I have obtained this great grace; how God, having before so many holy persons who have cultivated this vineyard with such admirable zeal, has cast his eyes on me, the last of all in the gifts of nature and merit.

I, who can aver that I now begin to be a disciple of Christ amid the greatest pain and confinement of prison, even when my strength seemed failing from hunger alone, I was always refreshed by such delights of consolation, that I deemed all my sufferings undergone in the divine service richly rewarded. Were I still to pass several years in this dungeon, the time would seem to me short in my intense desire of suffering for His love, who so lavishly rewards the labors of this life and makes even torture itself sweet and desirable. Yet God is to be served chiefly for himself alone, for He is the fountain of all goodness, and merits all our devotion without any hope of reward. - Blessed Charles

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-charles-spinola/


Saint Jean-Gabriel Perboyre

Also known as

John Gabriel Perboyre

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One of eight children born to Pierre Perboyre and Marie Rigal. At age 16 he followed his brother Louis to the seminary, and joined the Congregation of the Mission of Saint Vincent on Christmas Day 1818. Ordained in Paris on 23 September 1825. Professor of theology. Seminary rector. Assistant director of novices.

His brother died on a mission to China, and John Gabriel was asked to replace him. In March 1835 he sailed for China, and began his mission in Macao in June, 1836. A widespread persecution of Christians began in 1839, the same year England had attacked China. Father John Gabriel was denounced to the authorities by one of his catachumens, arrested, tried on 16 September 1839, tortured by hanging by his thumbs and flogging with bamboo rods, and condemned to death on 11 September 1840. Martyr. The first saint associated with China.

Born

6 January 1802 at Le Puech, near Mongesty, Cahors diocese, southern France

Died

lashed to a cross on a hill named the "red mountain", then strangled with a rope on 11 September 1840 at Ou-Tchang-Fou, China

Canonized

2 June 1996 by Pope John Paul II

Readings

O my Divine Savior,
Transform me into Yourself.
May my hands be the hands of Jesus.
Grant that every faculty of my body
May serve only to glorify You.

Above all,
Transform my soul and all its powers
So that my memory, will and affection
May be the memory, will and affections
Of Jesus.

I pray You
To destroy in me all that is not of You.
Grant that I may live but in You, by You and for You,
So that I may truly say, with Saint Paul,
"I live - now not I - But Christ lives in me.
- Saint John Gabriel

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-jean-gabriel-perboyre/


Our Lady of Coromoto

Also known as

• Nuestra Señora de Coromoto
• Virgin of Coromoto
• Virgen de Coromoto

Additional Memorials

• 2 February
• 8 September

Apparition

8 September 1652 at Guanare, Portuguesa, Venezuela

Approval

1950 by Pope Pius XII

Article

Commemorates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Coromoto, leader of the indigenous people in the forests near Guanare, Venezuela. Our Lady told the chief and his wife to go to the Catholic missionaries in the city, learn the faith, and receive Baptism; Coromoto shot an arrow at her, she vanished, and left behind a piece of paper with her portrait. The entire tribe, except for Coromoto himself, converted to Christianity; he was afraid of losing his standing in the tribe. Tradition says that he fled from the Baptism ceremony into the forest where he was bitten by a poisonous snake; this could be allegorical.

Patronage

Venezuela (chosen by the bishops of Venezuela on 1 May 1942; approved by Pope Pius XII on 7 October 1944)

http://catholicsaints.info/our-lady-of-coromoto/


Saint Paphnutius of Thebes

Also known as

• Paphnutius of Egypt
• Paphnutius the Confessor
• Pafnucius...

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Hermit. Spiritual student of Saint Anthony the Abbot. Monk. Bishop in Egypt. During the persecutions of emperor Galerius Maximinus, Paphnutius had his right eye torn out, his left knee crippled, and was sent to work in the mines, all as punishment for his faith. Rescued by emperor Constantine the Great in 313, Paphnutius resumed his pastoral duties and worked against Arianism heresy. Participated in the Council of Nicea, and afterwards worked to spread the Nicene Creed. Attended the Council of Tyre in 335 where he again had to oppose Arianism.

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


Saint Leudinus of Toul

Also known as

Leudinus Bodo, Leudin, Bodon

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Born to the nobility, the son of Duke Gundoin of Alsace and Saratrude of the Etichonids; brother of Saint Salaberga. Married to a pious woman named Odile. He and his wife each felt a call to religious life; Odile became a nun, Leudinus a Benedictine monk at Laon, France. Founded the French monasteries of Etival, Bon-Moutier and Affonville. Bishop of Toul, Austrasia (in modern France) c.669.

Born

c.625 in Bassigny, Austrasia (in modern France)

Died

• c.673 of natural causes
• buried in the crypt of Saint Mansuy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-leudinus-of-toul/


Saint Deiniol of Bangor

Also known as

Daniel

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Son of a Celtic chieftain, possibly from the area of Strathclyde, Scotland; related to Saint Asaph of Llanelwy. Founded monasteries in Gwynedd and Flintshire. First bishop of Bangor, Wales, consecrated by Saint Dubritius. An evangelist and excellent shepherd of his people. Worked with Saint David of Wales. The cathedral of Bangor and several other churches were named in his honour.

Died

• c.565 of natural causes
• buried on Bardsey Island

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


Blessed François Mayaudon

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Priest in the diocese of Soissons, France. 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

4 May 1739 in Terrasson, Dordogne, France

Died

11 September 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France of gangrene

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-francois-mayaudon/


Saint Theodora the Penitent

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A Christian woman, she fell into a life of sin for many years, had a conversion experience, returned to her faith, and lived the rest of her life as a penitent hermit in the deserts of Thebaid, Egypt. Living the rugged like of a desert hermit, no one knew she was a woman until she died and they were preparing her for burial.

Born

Alexandria, Egypt

Died

491 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodora-the-penitent/


Saint Hyacinth of Rome

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Brother of Saint Protus of Rome. Servant in the house of Saint Eugenia in Rome, Italy. Arrested and martyred for their faith. Pope Saint Damasus wrote their epitaph.

Died

• burned alive c.257 at Rome, Italy
• buried in the cemetery of Saint Basilla, Rome
• relics transferred to the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini

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


Saint Sperandea

Also known as

Sperandia

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Relative of Saint Ubaldus Baldassini. Benedictine nun at Cingoli, Ancona, Papal States (modern Italy). Abbess. Mystic who received visions, one of whom told her to dress in a tanned pigskin with the bristles against her skin, and to use a chain for a belt.

Died

• 1276 of natural causes
• body incorrupt

Patronage

Cingoli, Italy

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


Saint Protus of Rome

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Brother of Saint Hyacinth of Rome. Servant in the house of Saint Eugenia in Rome, Italy. Arrested and martyred for their faith. Pope Saint Damasus wrote their epitaph.

Died

• burned alive c.257 at Rome, Italy
• buried in the cemetery of Saint Basilla, Rome
• relics transferred to the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini

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


Blessed Baldassarre Velasquez

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Mercedarian friar. Imprisoned by Saracens in La Muela, Zaragoza, Spain, and ordered by them to renounce Christianiity. Instead, Baldassarre began preaching against them, their vices, their wickedness. He was then executed with 16 other Christians whose names have not come down to us. Martyr.

Died

with arrows in 1588

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-baldassarre-velasquez/


Blessed Francesco Giovanni Bonifacio

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Priest in the diocese of Trieste, Italy. Martyr.

Born

7 September 1912 in Piran, Istarska, Italy (now in Croatia)

Died

11 September 1946 at Villa Gardossi, Krasica, Istarska, Italy (now in Croatia)

Beatified

4 October 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-francesco-giovanni-bonifacio/


Saint Matthew of Gravedona sul Lario

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May have been a soldier in the Theban Legion. Martyr.

Died

• relics re-discovered on 11 September 1248 and enshrined at the church of San Fedele
• church re-built in 1533 and re-named for Santi Gusmeo and Matthew
• relics re-enshrined under the main altar in a marble urn in 1637

Patronage

Gravedona sul Lario, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-matthew-of-gravedona-sul-lario/


Saint Gusmeo of Gravedona sul Lario

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May have been a soldier in the Theban Legion. Martyr.

Died

• relics re-discovered on 11 September 1248 and enshrined at the church of San Fedele
• church re-built in 1533 and re-named for Santi Gusmeo and Matthew
• relics re-enshrined under the main altar in a marble urn in 1637

Patronage

Gravedona sul Lario, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gusmeo-of-gravedona-sul-lario/


Blessed Franciscus Takeya

Additional Memorial

10 September as one of the 205 Martyrs of Japan

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Son of Blessed Cosmas Takeya Sozaburo and Blessed Agnes Takeya in the archdiocese of Nagasaki, Japan. Martyred at age 12.

Born

1610 in Nagasaki, Japan

Died

beheaded on 11 September 1622 in Nishizaka, Nagasaki, Japan

Beatified

7 May 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-franciscus-takeya/


Saint Emilian of Vercelli

Also known as

Aemilian of Vercelli

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Lived as a hermit for 40 years. Bishop of Vercelli, Italy. Attended three synods held in Rome, Italy by Pope Saint Symmachus. Lived to be over 100.

Died

• 520 in Vercelli, Italy of natural causes
• relics translated in 1181
• relics translated in late 17th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-emilian-of-vercelli/


Blessed Gaspar Koteda

Additional Memorial

10 September as one of the 205 Martyrs of Japan

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Young layman catechist in the archdiocese of Nagasaki, Japan. Dominican tertiary. Martyr.

Born

1601 in Nagasaki, Japan

Died

beheaded on 11 September 1622 in Nishizaka, Nagasaki, Japan

Beatified

7 May 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gaspar-koteda/


Blessed Petrus Kawano

Additional Memorial

10 September as one of the 205 Martyrs of Japan

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Son of Blessed Marina Tanaura in the archdiocese of Nagasaki, Japan. Martyred at age 7.

Born

1615 in Nagasaki, Japan

Died

beheaded on 11 September 1622 in Nishizaka, Nagasaki, Japan

Beatified

7 May 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-petrus-kawano/


Saint Essuperanzio of Zurich

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Servant of Saint Regula and Saint Felix of Zurch. During the persecutions of Maximian Herculeaus the two fled to Switzerland. They were found there near Zurich. Martyr.

Died

3rd century near Zurich, Switzerland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-essuperanzio-of-zurich/


Saint Regula of Zurich

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Sister of Saint Felix of Zurich. During the persecutions of Maximian Herculeaus the two fled to Switzerland. They were found there near Zurich. Martyr.

Died

martyred in the 3rd century near Zurich, Switzerland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-regula-of-zurich/


Saint Felix of Zurich

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Brother of Saint Regula of Zurich. During the persecutions of Maximian Herculeaus the two fled to Switzerland. They were found there near Zurich. Martyr.

Died

3rd century near Zurich, Switzerland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-felix-of-zurich/


Blessed Thomas Bathe

Additional Memorial

20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs

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Priest in the archdiocese of Armagh, Ireland.

Born

Irish

Died

martyred on 11 September 1649 in Drogheda, Louth, Ireland

Beatified

27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

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


Blessed Dominic Dillon

Additional Memorial

20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs

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Dominican priest. One of the Irish Martyrs.

Born

Irish

Died

11 September 1649 in Drogheda, Louth, Ireland

Beatified

27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-dominic-dillon/


Blessed Richard Overton

Additional Memorial

20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs

Profile

Dominican priest.

Born

Irish

Died

martyred on 11 September 1649 in Drogheda, Louth, Ireland

Beatified

27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-richard-overton/


Blessed John Bathe

Additional Memorial

20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs

Profile

Jesuit priest. One of the Irish Martyrs.

Born

Irish

Died

11 September 1649 in Drogheda, Louth, Ireland

Beatified

27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-bathe/


Blessed Peter Taaffe

Additional Memorial

20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs

Profile

Augustinian priest.

Born

Irish

Died

martyred on 11 September 1649 in Drogheda, Louth, Ireland

Beatified

27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-peter-taaffe/


Saint Patiens of Lyon

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Archbishop of Lyon, France. Worked with, and was highly praised by Saint Sidonius Apollinaris. Bishop Patiens donated all his income to the poor.

Died

c.491

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-patiens-of-lyon/


Saint Sacerdos of Lyon

Also known as

Sardot, Serdon

Profile

Bishop of Lyon, France from 544 to 551. Presided over the Council of Orleans in 549.

Died

551

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sacerdos-of-lyon/


Saint Almirus

Also known as

Almer, Almire

Profile

Hermit at Gréez-sur-Roc, France.

Born

Auvergne, France

Died

c.560 at Gréez-sur-Roc, France

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


Saint Adelphus of Remiremont

Profile

Grandson of Saint Romaricus. Monk and then abbot of Remiremont Abbey in eastern France.

Died

c.670

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-adelphus-of-remiremont/


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 José María Segura Panadés
Blessed José Piquer Arnáu
Blessed Josep Pla Arasa
Blessed Lorenzo Villanueva Larrayoz


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Bonaventura da Barcellona
• Elijah Speleota
• Louis IV, Landgrave of Thuringia


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