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Saint Cyril

Also known as

• Apostle of Bulgaria
• Apostle of the Slavs
• Apostle of the Southern Slavs
• Constantin
• Constantine the Philospher
• Constantine
• Cyril the Philosopher
• Equal of the Apostles
• Slavorum Apostoli

Additional Memorials

• 27 July as one of the Apostles of Bulgaria
• 6 April (Velehrd, Moravia)

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Brother of Saint Methodius. Born to the Greek nobility; his family was connected with the senate of Thessalonica, and his mother Maria may have been Slavic. Studied at the University of Constantinople, and taught philosophy there. Deacon. Priest. Librarian at the church of Santa Sophia. Monk, taking the name Cyril. Sent with Methodius by the emperor in 861 to convert the Jewish Khazars of Russia, a mission that was successful, and which allowed him to learn the Khazar's language. In 863, sent with Methodius to convert Moravians in their native tongue. Though some western clergy opposed their efforts and refused to ordain their candidates for the priesthood, they did good work. Developed an alphabet for the Slavonic language that eventually became what is known today as the Cyrillic. After initial criticism for their use of it, the brothers achieved approval of the Liturgy in the Slavonic language. May have been bishop, but may have died before the consecration ceremony.

Born

827 at Thessalonica, Greece as Constantin

Died

14 February 869 at Rome, Italy of natural causes

Patronage

• against storms
• ecumenism
• Slavic peoples (given in 1863 by Pope Pius IX
• unity of the Eastern and Western Churches
• Bohemia
• Bosnia
• Bosnia-Herzegovina
• Bulgaria
• Carinthia, Austria
• Carniola
• Circassia
• Croatia
• Czech Republic
• Czechoslovakia
• Dacia
• Dalmatia
• Europe (given in 1980 by Pope John Paul II)
• Khazaria
• Krain
• Krajna
• Kranjska
• Moravia
• Pannonia
• Russia
• Silesia
• Slovenia
• Yugoslavia
• Ljubljana, Slovenia, archdiocese of
• Maribor, Slovenia, archdiocese of
• Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto, Ontario, diocese of

Representation

• with Saint Methodius
• Oriental monk holding a church with the help of Methodius
• surrounded by Bulgarian converts
• wearing a long philosopher's coat

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

When the time came for Cyril to set out from this world to the peace of his heavenly homeland, he prayed to God with his hands outstretched and his eyes filled with tears: "O Lord, my God, you have created the choirs of angels and spiritual powers; you have stretched forth the heavens and established the earth, creating all that exists from nothing. You hear those who obey your will and keep your commands in holy fear. Hear my prayer and protect your faithful people, for you have established me as their unsuitable and unworthy servant. "Make your people known for the unit and profession of their faith. Inspire the hearts of your people with your word and your teaching. You called us to preach the Gospel of your Christ and to encourage them to lives and works pleasing to you. "I now return to you, your people, your gift to me. Direct them with your powerful right hand, and protect them under the shadow of your wings. May all praise and glorify your name, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. - from an old Slavonic biography of Saint Cyril

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


Saint Methodius

Also known as

• Apostle of Bulgaria
• Apostle of the Slavs
• Apostle of the Southern Slavs
• Equal of the Apostles
• Slavorum Apostoli

Additional Memorials

• 27 July as one of the Apostles of Bulgaria
• 6 April (Velehrd, Moravia)

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Brother of Saint Cyril. Born to the Greek nobility. Studied at the University of Constantinople, and taught philosophy there. Priest. Sent with Cyril by the emperor in 861 to convert the Jewish Khazars of Russia, a mission that was successful, and which allowed him to learn the Khazar's language. In 863, he was sent with Cyril to convert Moravians in their native tongue. Though some western clergy opposed their efforts and refused to ordain their candidates for the priesthood, they did good work. Helped develop an alphabet for the Slavonic language that eventually became what is known as the Cyrillic today. After initial criticism for their use of it, they achieved approval of the Liturgy in the Slavonic language. Bishop. Evangelized in Moravia, Bohemia, Pannonia, and Poland. Baptized Saint Ludmilla and Duke Boriwoi. Archbishop of Velehred (in the modern Czech Republic), but deposed and imprisoned in 870 due to the opposition of German clergy with his work. Often in trouble over his use of Slavonic in liturgy, some claiming he preached heresy; repeatedly cleared of charges. Translated the Bible into the Slavonic languages. Pioneered the use of local and vernacular languages in liturgical settings.

Born

826 at Thessalonica, Greece

Died

6 April 885 at Moravia (modern Czech Republic)

Patronage

• against storms
• ecumenism
• Slavic peoples (given in 1863 by Pope Pius IX
• unity of the Eastern and Western Churches
• Bohemia
• Bosnia
• Bosnia-Herzegovina
• Bulgaria
• Carinthia, Austria
• Carniola
• Circassia
• Croatia
• Czech Republic
• Czechoslovakia
• Dacia
• Dalmatia
• Europe (given in 1980 by Pope John Paul II
• Khazaria
• Krain
• Krajna
• Kranjska
• Moravia
• Pannonia
• Russia
• Silesia
• Slovenia
• Yugoslavia
• Ljubljana, Slovenia, archdiocese of
• Maribor, Slovenia, archdiocese of
• Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto, Ontario, diocese of

Representation

• with Saint Cyril
• Oriental bishop holding up a church with Saint Cyril
• Oriental bishop holding a picture of the Last Judgement

Video

YouTube PlayList

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


Saint Valentine of Rome

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Priest in Rome, possibly a bishop. Physician. Imprisoned for giving aid to martyrs in prison, and while there converted the jailer by restoring sight to the jailer's daughter. While Valentine of Terni and Valentine of Rome sometimes have separate entries in martyrologies and biographies, most scholars believe they are the same person.

There are several theories about the origin of Valentine's Day celebrations that relate to love and sentiment. Some believe the Romans had a mid-February custom where boys drew the names of girls in honour of the sex and fertility goddess, Februata Juno; pastors "baptised" this holiday, like some others, by substituting the names of saints such as Valentine to suppress the practice. Others maintain that the custom of sending Valentines on 14 February stems from the belief that birds begin to pair on that date; by 1477 the English associated lovers with the feast of Valentine because on that day "every bird chooses him a mate." The custom of men and women writing love letters to their Valentine started on this day. Other "romance" traditions have become attached to this feast, including pinning bay leaves to your pillow on Valentine's Eve so that you will see your future mate that night in your dreams.

Died

• beaten and beheaded c.269 at Rome, Italy
• buried on the Flaminian Way outside Rome
• relics later translated to the Church of Saint Praxedes

Patronage

• affianced couples
• against epilepsy
• against fainting
• against plague
• apiarists, bee keepers
• betrothed couples
• Bussolengo, Italy
• engaged couples
• greeting card manufacturers
• greetings
• happy marriages
• love
• lovers
• travellers
• young people

Representation

• birds
• roses
• bishop with a crippled or epileptic child at his feet
• bishop with a rooster nearby
• bishop performing a wedding
• bishop refusing to adore an idol
• bishop being beheaded
• priest bearing a sword
• priest holding a sun
• priest giving sight to a blind girl

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-valentine-of-rome/>


Saint Juan García López-Rico

Also known as

• Giovanni Battista della Concezione
• Giovanni Garcia Xixon
• John Baptist de la Concepción Garcia
• Juan Bautista Rico
• Juan Bautista de la Concepción
• Juan García Gijón
• Juan García Xixón
• Juan Rico

Additional Memorial

15 February (diocese of Ciudad Real, Spain and diocese of Córdoba, Spain)

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Fifth of eight children born to Xixón and Isabel García Marcos López-Rico; three of his siblings entered religious orders. As a child he was so drawn to follow the example of the saints that he nearly starved himself and endangered his health trying to live an ascetic life. At the age of 15 he met Saint Teresa of Avila which left him with a fascination with the Carmelites. He studied with the Carmelites in Almodóvar, Spain, and then at seminaries in Baeza and Toledo. Juan joined he Trinitarians on 28 June 1580, and made his profession on 29 June 1581. Ordained to the priesthood in 1585. On 20 August 1599 he received approval from Pope Clement VIII to begin a reformation of the Trinitarians; he based his efforts on the example of Saint Teresa of Avila and the original Rule of the Order which required six hours of prayer a day. In addition to reforming existing houses, he founded more monasteries that followed this new, invigorated form. Prolific writer on theology.

Born

10 July 1561 in Almodóvar del Campo, Ciudad Real, Spain

Died

14 February 1613 in Córdoba, Spain of nephritis

Canonized

25 May 1975 by Pope Paul VI

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-juan-garcia-lopez-rico/


Blessed Vicente Vilar David

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Youngest of eight children. Educated by the Piarists, and studied engineering in Valencia, Spain. Married to Isabel Rodes Reig, the main witness to his life and martyrdom, and who died in 1993. Spread a Christian outlook and morality among his peers, and known for charity to the poor. He worked as an industrial engineer in the family ceramics firm, and held several important municipal posts in which he put the Church's social teaching into practice. Always involved in parish activities and Catholic youth groups. Against the anti-religious sentiment of 1930's Spain, he worked to save persecuted priests and religious. As he was taken away to his martyrdom for supporting his faith, his wife said, "See you tomorrow!", and he answered, "Until tomorrow or in heaven!". Those who've studied his case believe he had a cause for canonization based solely on his life, not just his martyrdom.

Born

28 June 1889 at Manises, Valencia, Spain

Died

shot on 14 February 1937 in Manises, Valencia, Spain

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-vicente-vilar-david/


Saint Valentine of Terni

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Ordained by Saint Felician of Foligno. Consecrated bishop of Terni, Italy by Pope Victor I, c.197. Noted evangelist, miracle worker and healer, he was much loved by his flock. Imprisoned, tortured, and beheaded by order of the prefect Placid Furius during the persecution of Aurelius. He was murdered in secret and at night to avoid riots and revenge by the people of Terni. Some scholars believe that he and Saint Valentine of Rome are the same person.

Born

c.175 at Terni, Italy

Died

• on the Via Flaminia between Rome and Terni, Italy
• exhumed and re-interred outside the walls of Terni by his spiritual students

Patronage

• Terni, Italy
• Terni-Narni-Amelia, Italy, diocese of

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-valentine-of-terni/


Saint Abraham of Harran

Also known as

Abraames of Harran

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Syrian hermit. Hoping to bring the faith to a village at Mount Lebanon, he set up shop as a fruit seller; the people were willing to buy his fruit, but abused him when he started to preach. He converted them by borrowing money to pay their taxes, which kept them out of prison, finally convincing them of the goodness of Christians. He worked to pay the debt, taught them for three years, found a priest to minister to them, then returned to solitude. Chosen bishop of Harran in Mesopotamia. Greatly influenced Theodosius the Younger, who carried that influence to the throne when he became emperor.

Died

c.422 of apparent natural causes at Constantinople while visiting the emperor

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-abraham-of-harran/


Saint Antoninus of Sorrento

Also known as

• Antoninus of Campagna
• Antoninus Cacciottolo
• Antoninus the Abbot
• Antonino...

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Benedictine monk. Forced by war to leave his monastery, he was first a hermit, then abbot at Saint Agrippinus and teacher of the people of Sorrento, Italy.

Born

Campagna, Italy

Died

830 of natural causes

Patronage

• Campagna, Italy
• Sorrento, Italy

Representation

Benedictine monk holding a standard on a city wall

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-antoninus-of-sorrento/


Saint Auxentius of Bithynia

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Career soldier and equestrian guard of Emperor Theodosius the Younger, he was known to preach to his fellow guards. He eventually left the service to become a hermit on Mount Oxia near Constantinople. Accused and cleared of Eutychianistic heresy. Archimandrite in Bithynia. Active in the Council of Chalcedon. Hermit on Mount Sinope (Skopas) near Chalcedon. Many were attracted to his austerity, holiness, counsel, and teaching; a community of nuns formed at Trichinarion near his mountain.

Born

at Syria

Died

14 February 473 at Mount Skopas of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-auxentius-of-bithynia/


Saint Eleuchadius

Also known as

Eleucadio

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Convert, brought to the faith by Saint Apollinaris of Ravenna who then ordained him a deacon. Bishop of Ravenna, Italy in 100; legend says he was chosen when a dove rested over his head, which was taken as a sign of the Holy Spirit descending on him.

Born

Greece

Died

• 14 February 112 of natural causes
• relics later enshrined in Pavia, Italy

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


Saint Felicula of Rome

Also known as

Felicola

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A sanctified virgin who was imprisoned and martyred in the persecution of Domitian.

Died

• left for a fortnight in prison without food or drink, then thrown into a ditch to die, late 1st century in Rome, Italy
• her body was recovered for burial by Saint Nicomedes

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


Saint Nostrianus of Naples

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Bishop of Naples, Italy. Fought the Arian and Pelagian heresies.

Died

c.450

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nostrianus-of-naples/


Saint Zeno of Rome

Also known as

Zenone

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Martyr.

Died

• Rome, Italy
• in the cemetery of Praetextatus on the Appian Way outside Rome

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


Saint Vitale of Spoleto

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Martyr.

Died

Spoleto, Umbria, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vitale-of-spoleto/


Saint Vitalis of Rome

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Martyr.

Died

Rome, Italy

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


Saint Theodosius of Vaison

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Bishop of Vaison, France.

Died

554

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodosius-of-vaison/


Saint Conran of Orkney

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Bishop of the Orkney Islands, Scotland.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-conran-of-orkney/


Martyrs of Alexandria

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A group of Christians murdered in various ways for their faith in Alexandria, Egypt. We know the names and a few details about 16 of them - Agatho, Agatone, Ammonio, Ammonius, Antonius, Bassiano, Bassianus, Cirione, Cyrio, Dionysius, Dionysius, Lucio, Moses, Moses, Proto and Tonione.

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-alexandria-14-february/


Martyrs of Terni

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Three Christians who gave proper burial to Saint Valentine of Terni. Martyred in the persecutions of Aurelius.

Died

273 in Terni, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-apollonius-of-terni/
http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ephebus-of-terni/
http://catholicsaints.info/saint-proculus-of-terni/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• 20 Mercedarians of Palermo
• Derhen
• Fiorentino
• Flaviano
• Fortunata of Rome
• John of Spoceta
• Modestinus
• Vincent Salanitro


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