• Lucrezia Bellini
• Cinderella of the Cloister
Daughter of a Paduan nun who had been seduced into ignoring her vow of chastity; Lucrezia grew up in the convent. She felt a call to the religious life, which many of the sisters of opposed due to the scandal of her birth. The bishop approved of her vocation, however, and she entered her novitiate as a Benedictine nun in 1461, taking the name Eustochium.
For four years she suffered from violent, hysterical fits. She was considered to be possessed, imprisoned, fed on bread and water, periodically starved and repeatedly exorcised. When her abbess fell ill, she was accused of poisoning the woman, and had to be saved from a mob of townspeople who wanted to burn her as a demon. Between these bouts, she was gentle, pious, patient and humble, apparently seeing it all as a form of penance. Her confessor and spiritual director insisted that she be allowed to continue with her vocation, and her sanctity won over many of the sisters who had opposed her.
She died very soon after her formal vows. The name of Jesus was found cauterized on her breast. She is venerated in Padua.
1444 at San Prosdocimo convent, Padua, Italy as Lucrezia Bellini
13 February 1469 at San Prosdocimo convent, Padua, Italy of natural causes
• against insanity
• against mental illness
• against temptations
• children whose parents are not married
• mentally ill people
Martinian of Athens
Hermit from age 18. Miracle worker. There are a couple of stories attached to Martinian; in them the line between fact and a good story probably blurs a little.
Legend says that one day a miserable, bedraggled woman named Zoe showed at his door requesting a traveller's hospitality. He took her in, but her true colors soon showed as she cleaned up and showed herself to be a beautiful woman who tried to seduce Martinian. When he realized how tempted he was, he built a fire and put his feet in it; the pain, as you might imagine, was excruciating. Martinian said, "If I cannot stand this fire, how will I tolerate the fires of Hell?" He counseled her while she treated his wounds, converted her, and she became a nun in Bethlehem.
To save himself from his own weakness, the saint moved to a large rock surrounded on all sides by the sea. There he lived on bread and water brought to him by a Christian sailor who visited three times a year. After six years living exposed on the rock, he had a visitor - a young woman who washed up on the rock after her ship had gone down at sea. Before she could speak, he gave her all his provisions, promised to send his friend the sailor to rescue her when he returned, then threw himself into the sea. He washed up on shore, and two months later had the girl rescued. He then spent the rest of his days in Athens.
c.350 at Caesarea, Palestine
c.398 at Athens, Greece
• man standing on a rock in the sea
• Jordan de Alamaia
• Giordana, Giordano, Giordanus, Gordanus, Jordana, Jordanka, Jordanus
Born to the Saxon nobility, he received a pious upbringing and was noted for his charity to the poor from an early age. Educated in Germany, and received his masters degree in theology at the University of Paris. Joined the Order of Preachers in 1220 under Saint Dominic himself. Prior-provincial of the Order in Lombardy, Italy in 1221. Succeeded Dominic as master-general of the Order in 1222. Under his administration, the Order spread throughout Germany, and into Denmark.
A noted and powerful preacher; one of his sermons brought Saint Albert the Great into the Order. Wrote a biography of Saint Dominic. His writings on Dominic and the early days of the Order are still considered a primary sources. Spiritual director of Blessed Diana d'Andalo, and helped her found the monastery of Saint Agnes.
• c.1190 at Padberg Castle, diocese of Paderborn, Westphalia, old Saxony (in modern Germany)
• rumoured to have been born in Palestine while his parents were on a pilgrimage, and named after the River Jordan, but this is apparently aprochryphal
• drowned in 1237 in a shipwreck off the coast of Syria while on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land
• buried in Acre
1826 (cultus confirmed) by Pope Leo XII
• against drowning
• University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Engineering
• Dominican writing
• Agostina Camozzi
• Christina Camozzi
• Christina Visconti (a mispelling that has been perpetuated in several accounts)
Daughter of a physician. Married to a stone cutter, but widowed very young. She became mistress to a soldier, and bore his son, but the child died as an infant. Married a second time, she was widowed when the man was killed in a fight with a jealous rival. Realizing that her life was completely out of control, she had a conversion, became an Augustinian tertiary, took the name Christina, gave herself over to Christ, and imposed severe austerities on herself as penance for her earlier ways. Lived in a number of Augustinian convents, became known as a miracle worker, and was on a pilgrimage to the Holy Sepulchre when she died.
1435 at Lake Lugano, Italy as Agostina Camozzi
• 13 February 1458 in Spoleto, Italy of natural causes
• buried at the Augustinian church of Saint Nicholas in Spoleto
• re-interred at the church of Saint Gregory the Great in Spoleto
1834 by Pope Gregory XVI (cultus confirmed)
28 September as one of the Martyrs of China
Raised in a poor Christian family, Paulus worked as a shepherd in his youth, and had little education. Feeling a call to the priesthood, he entered seminary at age 24; because he had no Latin, he was allowed to study philosophy and theology in Chinese. Ordained in his early 30’s, Father Paulus served as a priest in the apostolic vicariate of Sichuan, China, and worked with the Foreign Mission Society of Paris. Because of the persecution of Christians at the time, he worked as a vegetable seller by day, ministered to covert Catholics by night. He was betrayed to the authorities by a local carpenter; he was in the middle of Mass when found, asked for permission to finish, and when it was done he turned himself over for arrest. He was imprisoned, flogged, and when he would neither pay a bribe nor renounce his faith, he was executed. Martyr.
c.1778 in Lezhi, Sichuan, China
strangled to death on 13 February 1818 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China
1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II
• Angelo of Rieti
Born to the nobility, Angelo became a knight. In 1223 he was in service to Cardinal Leone Brancaleone in Rome, Italy where he met Saint Francis of Assisi. He was so taken with the teachings of Francis that he gave up the military life, became one of the first spiritual students of Francis, and one of the first twelve Franciscan friars; he was the first knight to join the Order. One of the authors of the famous Legend of the Three Companions about Francis and the early days of the Franciscans, he nursed Saint Francis during his final illness, and was singing the Canticle to him when he died.
• late 12th century in Rieti, Italy
• a monastery dedicated to Saint Clare of Assisi was built on the site of the house where he was born
• 1258 of natural causes
• buried near the tomb of Saint Francis of Assisi in the crypt of the basilica in Assisi, Italy
Kastor von Karden
Spiritual student of Saint Maximinus of Trier. Priest, ordained by Maximinus in the mid-4th-century. Hermit at Karden in the Moselle river region where he ministered to other hermits and small religious groups, including Saint Potentinus his sons Felicius and Simplicius.
4th century, possibly in the Aquitaine region of modern France
• c.400 in Karden, Moselle (in modern Germany) of natural causes
• relics enshrined in the church of Paulinus in Karden in 791
• relics transferred on 11 November 836 to the church that became the Basilica of Saint Castor in Koblenz (in modern Germany by the archbishop of Trier
Pious youth who early decided on a life in the Church. Priest. Bishop of Lodève, France for 57 years, consecrated on 4 February 949. Rebuilt many churches and convents. Founded the monastery of Saint Sauveur, and several hospitals for the poor. Untiring reformer and supporter of the spiritual life of his clergy, known for his personal asceticism.
• 13 February 1006 of natural causes
• buried in the cathedral of Lodève, France
• body disinterred and burned by the Huguenots in 1572; only a few particles remain
diocese of Lodève, France
Ermengild, Ermenhild, Erminilda
Born a princess, the daughter of King Erconbert of Kent, and Saint Sexburga of Ely. Ermenilda was a pious youth with a strong prayer life. Married to the pagan Wulfhere, King of Mercia whom she converted by setting a good example. Queen. Mother of Saint Werburga of Chester and King Coenrad of Mercia, who abdicated to become a monk in Rome, Italy. Ermenilda used her royal influence to destroy the last of Anglo-Saxon paganism. When widowed, she became a Benedictine nun at Minster-in-Sheppy abbey, which had been founded by her mother. She served as abbess there and at the abbey at Ely, England.
13 February 703 of natural causes
24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam
Priest in the apostolic vicariate of West Cochinchina (modern Vietnam). Martyred in the persecutions of emperor Tu Ðuc.
c.1830 in An Nhon, Gia Ðinh, Vietnam
beheaded on 13 February 1859 at the city gates of Gia Ðinh, Vietnam
19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II
•Aimo and Vermondo Corio
• Aimonius, Antimond, Aimone
Two brothers who founded the convent of Saint Victor in Meda, Italy.
Raised in a pagan family, at age 15 Fusca converted to Christianity and was baptized along with her nursemaid, Saint Maura. During the persecutions of Decius she was ordered by her family to renounce the faith; she refused. Arrested and tortured and ordered to sacrifice to idols, she refused. Martyr.
stabbed to death with a sword c.250 in Ravenna, Italy
Dominic, Dominick, Domnoc, Domnock, Modomnock
Member of the Irish royal O'Neill clan. Monk. Spiritual student of Saint David of Wales. Beekeeper while a novice. When he returned to Ireland, a swarm of his bees followed his ship. Hermit at Tibraghny, Kilkenny, Ireland. Bishop of Ossory, Ireland.
6th century Ireland
c.550 of natural causes
• Giuliana of Ivrea
Lay woman who gave Christian burial to the Martyrs of Turin in 297.
relics enshrined in the church of the Martyrs in Turin, Italy
Berengario de Asís
Mercedarian preacher in the Spanish cities of Granada, Valencia and Murcia who was noted for his prison ministry. Ransomed 358 Christians who had been enslaved by Saracen invaders.
Santa Maria Guardia Pratorum
Studied at Saint Quentin. Archdeacon and then bishop of Meaux, France in 995.
• 1009 at Meaux, France of natural causes
• relics enshrined in the cathedral of Meaux in 1491
• relics enshrined in the cathedral of Meaux in 1545
• relics destroyed by Huguenots in 1562
Bishop of Vercelli, Italy in 978. Murdered for political reasons by the future king of Italy, Arduin of Ivrea.
• interred in the cathedral of Vercelli, Italy
• when it became a focal point for anti-Arduin sentiment, the king set the cathedral on fire
Gaudbert, Gautbert, Gauzbert, Gotebert, Gozbert
Spiritual student of Saint Anskar. Worked as a missionary with Saint Nithard. Bishop of Osnabruck, Germany from where he supported more missionary work in Sweden.
2 February 874 of natural causes
Abbot at Rieti, Italy. Pope Saint Gregory the Great describes him as "rude of speech, but cultured of life". Stephen devoted himself almost wholly to prayer, and was known for his concern with the spiritual lives even of those who wronged him.
c.590 of natural causes
relics transferred from Rome, Italy to Cannaiola di Trevi, Umbria, Italy by order of Pope Innocent X
Cannaiola di Trevi, Umbria, Italy (declared on 13 April 1647)
Tenth century bishop of Carcassone, Narbonne, Gaul (in modern France).
c.931 in Carcassone, Narbonne, Gaul (in modern France)
Priest and Benedictine monk at Ely, England under Saint Etheldreda. After Etheldreda's death, Huno retired to a hermitage in The Fens region of England.
c.690 near Chatteris, England
Stephanus of Lyon
Bishop of Lyon, France. Worked to convert the Arian Burgundians to orthodox Christianity.
512 of natural causes
Priest in Todi, Italy. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian. One of the 140 saints memorialized on the colonnades in Saint Peter's Square.
Nurse to Saint Fusca of Ravenna. Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.
c.250 in Ravenna, Italy
Lyon, France, date unknown
Venerated in Clwyd, Wales.
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