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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Every time we celebrate the Eucharist in the Church, we recall the death of the Saviour, we proclaim his Resurrection as we await his return. Thus no sacrament is greater or more precious than that of the Eucharist; and when we receive Communion, we are incorporated into Christ. Our life is transformed and taken up by the Lord. - Saint John Paul II


My Bible History - New Testament #12 - Jesus Works His First Miracle, by Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow, D.D.


Blessed Isidore Bakanja

Profile

Worked as an assistant stone mason for white colonists in what was then the Belgian Congo and later known as Zaire or simply the Congo. Convert, baptized on 6 May 1906 at age 18 after receiving instruction from Trappists missionaries. Rosary in hand, he used any chance to share his faith; though untrained, many thought of him as a catechist.

He left his native village because there were no fellow Christians, and worked as a domestic on a Belgian rubber plantation. Many of the Belgian agents were atheists who hated missionaries due to their fight for native rights and justice; the agents used the term "mon pere" for anyone associated with religion. Isidore encountered their hatred when he asked leave to go home. The agents refused, and he was ordered to stop teaching fellow workers how to pray: "You'll have the whole village praying and no one will work!" He was told to discard his scapular, and when he didn't, he was flogged twice. The second time the agent tore the scapular from Isidore's neck, had him pinned to the ground, and then beaten with over 100 blows with a whip of elephant hide with nails on the end. Isidore was then chained to a single spot 24 hours a day.

When an inspector came to the plantation, Isidore was sent to another village. He managed to hide in the forest, then dragged himself to the inspector. "I saw a man," wrote the horrified inspector, "come from the forest with his back torn apart by deep, festering, malodorous wounds, covered with filth, assaulted by flies. He leaned on two sticks in order to get near me - he wasn't walking; he was dragging himself". The atheist agent who had beaten Isidore tried to kill "that animal of mon pere", but the inspector prevented him. He took Isidore home to heal, but Isidore knew his end was near. "If you see my mother, or if you go to the judge, or if you meet a priest, tell them that I am dying because I am a Christian."

Two missionaries who spent several days with him reported that he devoutly received the last sacraments. The missionaries urged Isidore to forgive the agent; he assured them that he already had. "I shall pray for him. When I am in heaven, I shall pray for him very much." After six months of prayer and suffering, he died, rosary in hand and scapular around his neck. Martyr.

Born

c.1887 at northeast Republic of the Congo

Died

15 August 1909 in Busira, équateur, Democratic Republic of Congo

Beatified

24 April 1994 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-isidore-bakanja/


Blessed Vicente Soler Munárriz

Also known as

Father Vicente of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Profile

Joined the Augustinian Recollects on 15 May 1883 while studying at the seminary in Tarragona, Spain. Assigned to Manila in the Philippines where he was ordained on 31 May 1890. Missionary to the island of Mindoro, and then on Mamburao an island known as a hideout for criminals where he ministered to men hiding in caves or the woods around his village. Assigned to the parish of Taysan, Batangas, Philippines, he was imprisoned on 30 July 1898 during the Philippine fight for independence from Spain. He was shifted from place to place, abused, neglected and finally released in Manila on 27 February 1900 through American intervention. There he resumed parish ministry for six years, and served as prior of the Augustinian mother-house of the Philippine province. In November 1906 he returned to Spain where he served in various ministries including prior of convent at Motril, Granada where he revitalized both his brothers and the laity leading to an increase in tertiaries, the Brotherhood of Consolation, and a Catholic farmer's union. A noted preacher, Father Vicente sent his brothers out to preach in parishes throughout the diocese. He became an historian of the Augustinians, and author of several essays on their history. Augustinian provincial prior from 1915 to 1918, and then from 1924 to 1926. Elected Augustinian Recollect Prior-General in 1926. Imprisoned on 29 July 1936 in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War, he spent his time ministering to other prisoners. When he and 19 other prisoners were put up against the wall for execution, he spent his last few minutes giving absolution and blessing to his fellow victims. Martyr.

Born

4 April 1867 in Malón, Zaragoza, Spain

Died

shot on 15 August 1936 at the cemetery in Motril, Granada, Spain

Beatified

7 March 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-vicente-soler-munarriz/


Saint David Roldán-Lara

Additional Memorial

21 May as one of the Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution

Profile

His father died when David was only a year old. Entered the seminary at Durango when very young, but had to leave to help support his family by working as a miner; never returned to seminary, and remained a layman. Worked with Saint Luis Batiz in his local parish. Joined Catholic Action (ACJM), and served as its president in 1925. Worked against the government's anti-religion laws. Vice-president of the National League for the Defense of Religious Liberty (LNDLR).

On 29 July 1929, a LNDLR meeting drew a crowd of over 500. A few days later a group of soldiers gathered up the LNDLR officers, and announced they were taking them to the state capital to explain their position. After leaving town, the soldiers stopped the cars and accused them of plotting armed revolt against the government. David was offered his freedom if he would recognize the legitimacy of Calle's anti-religious government; he declined. Martyred with Saint Salvador Lara, Saint Manuel Moralez, and Saint Luis Batiz. One of the Martyrs of the Cristera War.

Born

2 March 1907 at Chalchihuites, Zacatecas, Mexico

Died

shot on 15 August 1926 at Chalchihuites, Zacatecas, Mexico

Canonized

21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II during the Jubilee of Mexico

Readings

Viva Cristo Rey! Viva Santa Maria de Guadalupe! - Saint David's dying words

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-david-roldan-lara/


Saint Manuel Moralez

Also known as

• Manuel Morales
• Emmanuel...

Additional Memorial

21 May as one of the Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution

Profile

Manuel entered the seminary in Durango, Mexico, but had to leave to help support his impoverished family; he remained a lifelong layman. Married, and the father of three. Secretary of the publication Leon XIII. Secretary of the Circle of Catholic Workers. Member of Catholic Action (ACJM). President of the National League for the Defense of Religious Liberty (LNDLR).

On 29 July 1929, a LNDLR meeting drew a crowd of over 500. Morales spoke, emphasizing the peaceful, non-political aims and methods of the group. A few days later a group of soldiers gathered up the LNDLR officers, and announced they were taking them to the state capital to explain their position to government officials. After leaving town, the soldiers stopped the cars and accused the prisoners of plotting armed revolt against the government. Manuel was offered freedom if he would acknowledge the legitimacy of Manuel Calle's anti-religious government; he declined. Martyr.

Born

8 February 1898 at Mesillas, Zacatecas, Mexico

Died

shot by firing squad on 15 August 1926 in the mountains near Chalchihuites, Zacatecas, Mexico

Canonized

21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II during the Jubilee of Mexico

Readings

Viva Cristo Rey! Viva Santa Maria de Guadalupe! - Saint Manuel's dying words

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-manuel-moralez/


Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Also known as

• Lady Day
• Dies Mariae Deiparae
• Day of Mary Mother of God

Description

The feast celebrates the assumption of the body of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven upon her death. According to Pope Benedict XIV, it is a probable opinion, which it is impious to deny, though not an article of faith. The origin of the feast day is not known but it was celebrated in Palestine before the year 500. It is a holy day of obligation, its vigil being a fast day, in all English-speaking countries except Canada. Among the many masters who have painted the subject of the Assumption are Fra Angelico, Ghirlandajo, Rubens, Del Sarto, and Titian.

Patronage

• Acadians, Cajuns
• Cistercian Order, Cistercians
• fish dealers, fishmongers
• French air crews
• harness makers
• ---
• France
• Guatemala
• India
• Jamaica
• Malta
• Paraguay
• Slovakia
• ---
• east Africa (proclaimed on 15 March 1952 by Pope Pius XII)
• south Africa (proclaimed on 15 March 1952 by Pope Pius XII)
• ---
24 dioceses
38 cities

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/assumption-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/


Blessed Elvira Moragas Cantarero

Also known as

Sister María Sagrario of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Profile

Daughter of a pharmacist. She was an excellent student, and in 1900 became the only woman in the pharmacy school of the University of Madrid. When her father died in 1909, Elvira took over the business to support the family. In 1915, her bother Ricardo graduated as a pharmacist and was able to take over the business and free Elvira to follow a longing for religious life. She joined the Discalced Carmelites at the monastery of Santa Ana and San Jose, taking the name María Sagrario of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga and making her solemn profession on Epiphany 1920. Prioress of her community from 1927 to 1930, and then again on 1 July 1936 just a few weeks before her death. On 20 July 1936 her convent was attacked and the sisters scattered. On 14 August 1936 she was arrested, and during interrogation would answer every question with "Viva Christ the King". Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

8 January 1881 in Lillo, Toledo, Spain

Died

shot on the morning of 15 August 1936 at the hermitage of San Isidro in Madrid, Spain

Beatified

10 May 1998 by Pope John Paul II

Patronage

pharmacists

Representation

• Carmelite nun with a palm of martyrdom and a number of pharmacist's tools
• mortar and pestle

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-elvira-moragas-cantarero/


Saint Salvador Lara Puente

Also known as

Salvator

Additional Memorial

21 May as one of the Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution

Profile

Seminarian at Durango, Mexico, he was forced to drop out to help support his family financially. Assisted Saint Luis Batiz in his parish work. President of Catholic Action (ACJM). Secretary of the National League for the Defense of Religious Liberty (LNDLR).

On 29 July 1929, a LNDLR meeting drew a crowd of over 500. A few days later a group of soldiers gathered up the LNDLR officers, and announced they were taking them to the state capital to explain their position. After leaving town, the soldiers stopped the cars and accused their prisoners of plotting armed revolt against the government. Salvador was offered his freedom if he would recognize the legitimacy of Calle's anti-religious government; he declined. Martyr.

Born

13 August 1905 in Berlín, Durango, Mexico

Died

shot on 15 August 1926 at Chalchihuites, Zacatecas, Mexico

Canonized

21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II during the Jubilee of Mexico

Readings

Viva Cristo Rey! Viva Santa Maria de Guadalupe! - Saint Salvador's dying words

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-salvador-lara-puente/


Saint Luis Batiz Sainz

Additional Memorial

21 May as one of the Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution

Profile

Known as a pious child, Luis entered the seminary at Durango, Mexico at age 12. Ordained on 1 January 1894. Seminary spiritual director and parish priest at Chalchihuites, Mexico the rest of his life. Worked with Catholic Action. Started schools for poor children. Taught catechism to children and adults. Preached against violence and violent revolution. Accused of plotting anti-government uprisings. Arrested by government forces on 14 August 1926. Offered his freedom if he would recognize the legitimacy of Calle's anti-religious government; he declined. Martyr.

Born

13 September 1870 at San Miguel del Mezquital, Mexico

Died

shot on 15 August 1926 at Chalchihuites, Zacatecas, Mexico

Canonized

21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II during the Jubilee of Mexico

Readings

I am dying for God, and God will care for my children. - Saint Luis just before execution when pleading for the lives of his fellow prisoners who were family men; his children were his parishioners

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-luis-batiz-sainz/


Saint Simplician of Milan

Also known as

Simpliciano

Additional Memorial

14 August (archdiocese of Milan, Italy)

Profile

Raised in a Christian family. Teacher and catechist. Priest. Instrumental in the conversion of both Saint Alipius of Tagaste and Saint Augustine of Hippo, who remembered his fondly, wrote about him with deep gratitude, calling him the “spiritual father of my soul”, and would submit his own writings to him to review and comment. Archbishop of Milan, Italy for about three to four years, being chosen when he was already in his 70’s. Friend of, advisor to and correspondent with Saint Ambrose of Milan. Also corresponded extensively with Pope Anastasius I and bishops in Africa and Gaul, but none of the writings have survived. Simpliciano always wore a black leather belt; following a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Saint Monica, the belt became part of the habit of the Augustinians.

Born

c.320 in Rome, Italy

Died

c.401 in Milan, Liguria, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-simplician-of-milan/


Saint Arduinus of Rimini

Also known as

Arduino

Profile

Spiritual student of Venerio, rector of the church of San Gregorio in Rimini, Italy. Priest in Rimini, ordained by Bishop Uberto; Adruinus had to pay Uberto to ordain him, but he was a dedicated priest who made the one concession to the worldly ways of his time and then fought against it. At one point, he and Venerio retired from the world to live as hermits in the church of San Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna, Italy. Arduinus celebrated Mass daily, a rarity in that time and location. Charitable to the point of complete poverty for himself. He ended his days in the San Gudenzio monastery, still assisting and learning from Venerio who served as abbot of the house, but never taking any vows as a monk.

Born

Rimini, Italy

Died

1009 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arduinus-of-rimini/


Blessed Claudio Granzotto

Also known as

• Claudius Granzotto
• Riccardo Granzotto

Profile

Youngest of nine children in a peasant farming family. His father died when Claudio was nine years old. Drafted into the Italian army at age 15, he served three years. Sculptor, studying and graduating with honours from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy in 1929. Professed brother of the Order of Friars Minor in 1933. Known for his life of prayer, his work with the poor, and his unquestioned artistic skill.

Born

23 August 1900 at San Lucia di Piave, Treviso, Italy

Died

15 August 1947 in Padua, Italy of a brain tumor

Beatified

20 November 1994 by Pope John Paul II at Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-claudio-granzotto/


Blessed Agustín Hurtado Soler

Also known as

Father Domingo María From Alboraya

Profile

Son of Vincent and Antonia. Joined the Franciscan Capuchin tertiaries in 1889. Priest, ordained in 1890. Member of the Brothers of Our Lady of Sorrows; served several times as their secretary-general. Worked with young people, especially those we would today call “at risk”. Noted orator. When the persecutions of the Spanish Civil War began, he hid in the home of a lawyer friend, but was found by anti–Catholic militiaman. Martyr.

Born

18 August 1872 in Alboraya, Valencia, Spain

Died

15 August 1936 near Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-agustin-hurtado-soler/


Blessed Pio Alberto del Corona

Profile

Joined the Dominicans on 3 November 1859. Priest, ordained on 5 February 1860. Titular bishop of Draso and co-adjutor bishop of San Miniato, Italy on 21 December 1874; bishop of San Miniato from 2 February 1897 till retirement on 30 August 1907. Founded the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Spirit. Titular archbishop of Serdica on 30 August 1907.

Born

5 July 1837 in Livorno, Italy

Died

15 August 1912 in Florence, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

• 19 September 2015 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition celebrated at the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta e di San Genesio, San Miniato, Italy, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-pio-alberto-del-corona/


Saint Alipius of Tagaste

Also known as

Alipio, Alypius

Profile

From youth he was a friend of Saint Augustine of Hippo. Studied law in Rome, Italy. Magistrate in Rome. When Augustine went to Rome, Alipius resigned his position and followed. Convert to Christianity, baptized by Saint Ambrose in Milan on Easter Eve 387 with Augustine. Monk for three years. Pilgrim to the Holy Lands. Priest, ordained in Hippo, North Africa. Bishop of Tagaste, North Africa for 30 years. Fought the Donatist and Pelagian heresies. Augustine wrote of his old friend, clearly describing Alipius's holiness.

Born

Tagaste, North Africa

Died

430 of natural causes

Canonized

1584 by Pope Gregory XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-alipius-of-tagaste/


Blessed José María Peris Polo

Profile

Studied at the College of Saint Joseph in Tortosa, Spain. Priest, ordained on 6 June 1914. Member of the Diocesan Laborer Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, making his solemn profession on 12 August 1923. Vocations director at the College of Saint Joseph. Rector of the seminaries of Córdoba and Barcelona. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

1 November 1889 in Cinctorres, Castellón, Spain

Died

shot at dawn on 15 August 1936 at the cemetery in Almazora, Castellón, Spain

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jose-maria-peris-polo/


Saint Tarcisius

Also known as

Tarsicius

Profile

Third to fourth century layman or deacon (sources vary). While taking Communion to prisoners, Tarcisius was attacked by a pagan mob, and died defending the Host. Martyr. It is said that when the pagans searched him after beating him to death, the Hosts had miraculously disappeared.

Patronage

• altar boys, altar girls, altar servers
• first communicants

Storefront

medals and pendants

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


Blessed Alfred of Hildesheim

Also known as

Alfrid, Altfried, Altfrid

Profile

Benedictine monk at Corvey Abbey. Bishop of Hildesheim, Germany in 851. Founded Essen Abbey. Adviser to the East Frankish King Louis the German. Known for his devotion to the Mother of God.

Born

early 9th century in Cologne, Germany

Died

• 15 August 874 of natural causes
• buried in the church of Essen Abbey

Beatified

1965 by Pope Paul VI (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-alfred-of-hildesheim/


Blessed George Halley

Also known as

Angelus of Saint Joseph

Additional Memorial

20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs

Profile

Carmelite, taking the name Angelus of Saint Joseph. One of the Martyrs of Ireland.

Born

Irish

Died

15 August 1642 in Siddan, Meath, Ireland

Beatified

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

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


Saint Arnulphus of Soissons

Profile

Eleventh-century nobleman of Brabant (in modern Belgium). Soldier. Monk at Soissons, France. Bishop of Soissons. Worn out trying to restore order to his diocese, he retired to the Cistercian Abbey of Aldenberg near Cologne, Germany.

Died

1087 at Aldenberg Abbey in Germany of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arnulphus-of-soissons/


Saint Napoleon of Alexandria

Also known as

Neópolo

Profile

Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Born

Egyptian

Died

tortured to death in the early 4th century in Alexandria, Egypt

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-napoleon-of-alexandria/


Martyred Claretians of Barbastro

Profile

Blessed Agustín Viela Ezcurdia
Blessed Alfons Miquel Garriga
Blessed Alfons Sorribes Teixidó
Blessed Antolín Calvo y Calvo
Blessed Antoni Dalmau Rosich
Blessed Atanasio Vidaurreta Labra
Blessed Eduardo Ripoll Diego
Blessed Esteve Casadevall Puig
Blessed Eusebi Maria Codina Millà
Blessed Felipe de Jesús Munárriz Azcona
Blessed Francesc Roura Farró
Blessed Francisco Castán Meseguer
Blessed Gregorio Chirivas Lacamba
Blessed Hilario Llorente Martín
Blessed Jaume Falgarona Vilanova
Blessed Joan Baixeras Berenguer
Blessed Joan Codinachs Tuneu
Blessed José Amorós Hernández
Blessed José Blasco Juan
Blessed José Figuero Beltrán
Blessed José Pavón Bueno
Blessed Josep Maria Badía Mateu
Blessed Josep Ormo Seró
Blessed Josep Ros Florensa
Blessed Juan Díaz Nosti
Blessed Juan Echarri Vique
Blessed Juan Sánchez Munárriz
Blessed Leoncio Pérez Ramos
Blessed Lluís Escalé Binefa
Blessed Lluís Lladó Teixidor
Blessed Lluís Masferrer Vila
Blessed Manuel Buil Lalueza
Blessed Manuel Martínez Jarauta
Blessed Manuel Torras Sais
Blessed Miquel Masip González
Blessed Nicasio Sierra Ucar
Blessed Pedro García Bernal
Blessed Pere Cunill Padrós
Blessed Rafael Briega Morales
Blessed Ramon Illa Salvia
Blessed Ramon Novich Rabionet
Blessed Salvador Pigem Serra
Blessed Sebastià Riera Coromina
Blessed Sebastián Calvo Martínez
Blessed Secundino Ortega García
Blessed Teodoro Ruiz de Larrinaga García
Blessed Tomàs Capdevila Miró
Blessed Wenceslau Clarís Vilaregut

Died

2 August through 18 August 1936 in Barbastro, Huesca, Spain

Beatified

25 October 1992 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/martyred-claretians-of-barbastro/


Martyrs of Nicomedia

Profile

Three Christians martyred together. No details survive but the names - Eutychian, Philip and Straton.

Died

Nicomedia, Bithynia (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-nicomedia-15-august/


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 Agustì Ibarra Angüela
Blessed Carmelo Sastre y Sastre
Blessed Clemente Vea Balaguer
Blessed Francisco Míguez Fernández
Blessed Ildefonso Alberto Flos
Blessed Jaume Bonet Nadal
Blessed Joan Ceró Cedó
Blessed Josep Santonja Pinsach
Blessed Juan Francisco Barahona Martín
Blessed Juan Mesonero Huerta
Blessed Luis Ros Ezcurra
Blessed Manuel Formigo Giráldez
Blessed Miguel Alberto Flos
Blessed Sebastià Balcells Tonijuan
Blessed Severiano Montes Fernández


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Our Lady of La Vang
• Our Lady of Madhu
• Albert of Sarteano
• Elisabetta del Paradiso
• Ferdinand de Pazos
• Gioconda of Rome
• Juan of Seville
• Maria del Paradiso


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