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Blessed Michal Sopocko

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Michal began his studies at the seminary in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1910, and was ordained a priest in 1914. Parish priest in Vilnius, and military chaplain in World War I from 1914 to 1918, assigned to Vilnius and to Warsaw, Poland. He earned his doctorate in theology in 1926. Spiritual director of the seminary in Vilnius. Professor of pastoral theology at Stefan Batory University in Vilnius in 1928. Beginning in mid-1933, he became the spiritual director and confessor of Saint Faustina Kowalska. He arranged for Eugeniusz Kazimirowski to paint the Divine Mercy image in 1934, in 1935 began preaching on the Divine Mercy, and in 1936 wrote the first booklet about it. From 1942 to 1944, Father Michal was one of many who went into hiding to avoid the occupying Nazi forces. Founded the Zgromadzenie Sióstr Jezusa Milosiernego (Sisters of Merciful Jesus) based on the Divine Mercy messages received by Saint Faustina. In 1959 the Vatican forbade the Divine Mercy devotion and censured Sopocko, but in 1965 Archbishop Karol Wojtyla of Kraków, Poland (future Pope John Paul II) re-opened the investigation of the vision and messages which led to the reversal of the ban and censure in 1978. During the period of the re-investigation, Father Michael wrote the four-volume Milosierdzie Boga w dzielach Jego (Mercy of God in His works).

Born

1 November 1888 in Juszewszczyzna, Ashmyany, Poland

Died

• 15 February 1975 in Bialystock, Poland of natural causes
• buried in Bialystock
• re-interred in the Church of Divine Mercy in Bialostoczek, Poland in 1988

Beatified

• 28 September 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI
• beatification celebrated at the Square of the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Bialystok, Poland by Cardinal Angelo Amato

Patronage

Bialystok, Poland

Readings

This priest is a great soul who is completely filled with God. – Saint Faustina Kowalska

Thanks to his effort a new light will shine in God's Church for the salvation of souls. I have not met such faithfulness to God as this soul features. – Saint Faustina Kowalska

This soul, so humble, was able to withstand all storms and has not get discouraged with obstacles, but answered faithfully to God's call. – Saint Faustina Kowalska

The decisive factor in obtaining God's Mercy is trust. Trust is the expectation of someone's help. It does not constitute a separate virtue, but is an essential condition of the virtue of hope, and an integral part of the virtues of fortitude and generosity. Because trust springs from faith, it strengthens hope and love, and is, moreover, linked up, in one way or another, with the moral virtues. It may, therefore, be called the basis on which the theological virtues unite with the moral. The moral virtues, originally natural, become supernatural if we practice them with trust in God's help. – Blessed Michal Sopocko

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-michal-sopocko/


Saint Claude de la Colombiere

Also known as

Claudius de la Columbiere

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Born to the French nobility, Claude early felt a call to religious life. Educated at Jesuit college in Lyons, France. Priest. Taught humanities at Avignon, France. Continued his studies in Paris, France. Tutor. Preached against Jansenism, advocating dedication to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Joined the Jesuits in 1659. Spiritual director of Saint Margaret Mary of Alocoque.

Chaplain to Mary Beatrice d'Este, the Duchess of York. He converted many Protestants through the example of his holy life. Due to rumours of "Popish plots" against the king and the re-establishment Catholicism, Claude was imprisoned, accused of being part of the Titus Oates Plot. It was only by the efforts of Louis XIV, who had recommended him for the assignment, that he was not martyred. Banished from England. His health had been ruined by his time in prison, and he returned to Paray to die. The day after his death, Saint Margaret received supernatural assurance that Claude needed no prayers, as he was in already heaven. He is considred a "dry" martyr, having suffered every abuse for the faith except death.

Born

2 February 1641 at Saint-Symphorien d'Ozon, Rhône, France

Died

15 February 1682 at Paray-le-Monial, Saône-et-Loire, France of hemoptysis (coughing up blood)

Canonized

31 May 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

Patronage

• toy makers
• turners

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Readings

The past three centuries allow us to evalutate the importance of the message which was entrusted to Claude. In a period of contrasts between the fervor of some and the indifference or impiety of many, here is a devotion centered on the humility of Christ, on his presence, on his love of mercy and on forgiveness. Devotion to the Heart of Christ would be a source of balance and spiritual strengthening for Christian communities so often faced with increasing unbelief over the coming centuries. - Pope John Paul II, during the canonization of Saint Claude

Lord, I am in this world to show Your mercy to others. Other people will glorify You by making visible the power of Your grace by their fidelity and constancy to You. For my part I will glorify You by making known how good You are to sinners, that Your mercy is boundless and that no sinner no matter how great his offences should have reason to despair of pardon. If I have grievously offended You, My Redeemer, let me not offend You even more by thinking that You are not kind enough to pardon Me. Amen. - Saint Claude de la Colombiere

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-claude-de-la-colombiere/


Saint Sigfrid of Sweden

Also known as

• Apostle of Sweden
• Sigfrid of Vaexjoe
• Sigfrid of Wexlow
• Sigfried, Siegfried

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Priest at York and/or Glastonbury in England. Monk. Evangelized in Norway, Sweden, Denmark. Brought King Olaf of Sweden to the faith. While Sigfrid was away on a mission, his three nephews (Saint Winaman, Saint Unaman, and Saint Sunaman), who had come to help with the work in Sweden, were beheaded by pagan raiders. Sigfrid returned, recovered their heads, and claimed they could talk, a claim that terrorized the pagans. King Olaf decided to execute the murderers, but Sigfrid spoke against capital punishment and the killers were spared. Olaf then ordered them to pay a large fine, but Sigfrid refused the blood money, and thus achieved such a moral high ground that his mission work became even more successful.

Born

at Glastonbury, England

Died

c.1045 at Vaexjoe, Sweden

Canonized

by Pope Adrian IV

Patronage

Sweden

Representation

• one of three bishops on a ship
• baptizing King Olaf of Sweden
• bishop menaced by devils
• bishop carrying three severed heads
• bishop carrying three loaves of bread (misrepresentation of the heads)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sigfrid-of-sweden/


Saint Onesimus the Slave

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Slave of the Colossian Christians Saint Philemon and Saint Apphia. Committed a theft and fled from punishment to Rome where he hid with Saint Paul the Apostle. Paul converted him, then sent him home carrying the canonical Letter to Philemon. He was freed.

Died

c.90

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Readings

Therefore, although I have the full right in Christ to order you to do what is proper, I rather urge you out of love, being as I am, Paul, an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus. I urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment, who was once useless to you but is now useful to both you and me. I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. I should have liked to retain him for myself so that he might serve me on your behalf in my imprisonment for the gospel, but I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary. - Philemon 1:8-14

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


Blessed Gregorio Díez Blanco

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Baptized on the day he was born, and Confirmed in 1903. As a young man, he moved to Barcelona, Spain and worked for a tram company. Married to Paulina Díez Anidobro, and the father of four. Paulina died on 24 March 1930, and Gregorio’s sister, Blessed Camila Díez Blanco, moved in to help with the children. Friend of Blessed Eliseo Moradillo García. When the Spanish Civil War began, Gregorio sheltered any religious who were hiding from anti–Catholic forces, and drew the attention of those forces when he tried to obtain the release of some religious brothers from Sant Feliu prison. This ministry led to his arrest and martyrdom with Eliseo and Camila.

Born

24 December 1899 in Nidáguila, Burgos, Spain

Died

15 February 1937 in Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

• 10 November 2018 by Pope Francis
• beatification celebrated in the Basilica of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, presided by Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gregorio-diez-blanco/


Saint Walfrid

Also known as

Galfrido, Gualfredo, Gualfredus, Qualfredo, Qualfredo della Gherardesca, Valfred, Vilfrid, Walfridus, Wilfrido, Walfredo

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Eldest of five children in a wealthy family. Properous married layman, a solid citizen, and father of five sons and a daughter. With their children grown, he and his wife, Thesia, each felt called to religious life. Walfrid and two married friends, Fortis and Gunduald, founded the Benedictine monastery of Palazzuolo, and a nearby convent for their wives and Walfrid's daughter. Walfrid served as abbot of the house, and the monastery was soon home to 60 monks.

Walfrid's son later entered the monastery, became a priest, had a terrible lapse of behavior and faith, reconciled with the monastery and the Church, and served as the second abbot. Gundual's son enterd the monastery, served as third abbot, and wrote a biography of Walfrid.

Born

8th century Pisa, Italy

Died

• 15 February 765 at Palazuollo, Italy of natural causes
• buried nearby with his wife, Thesia

Canonized

1861 by Pope Blessed Pius IX (cultus confirmed)

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


Saint Faustinus

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Born to the nobility in 2nd century Italy, the older brother of Saint Jovinus. Priest. Zealous preacher in Brescia, Milan, Rome, and Naples. Tortured and martyred in the persecution of Emperor Hadrian.

While their cultus is ancient and widespread, recent scholarship indicates that the story of Jovinus and Faustinus was a pious fiction mistaken for a biography.

Born

at Brescia, Lombardy, Italy

Died

• with his brother, he was thrown to the lions, but the animals refused to touch the men
• beheaded in 120 at Brescia, Italy
• relics reported in Brescia, Rome, Verona, and Bologna

Patronage

• Brescia, Italy
• Credera Rubbiano, Italy

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


Saint Jovita

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Born to the nobility in 2nd century Italy, the younger brother of Saint Faustinus. Deacon. Zealous preacher in Brescia, Milan, Rome, and Naples. Tortured and martyred in the persecution of Emperor Hadrian.

While their cultus is ancient and widespread, recent scholarship indicates that the story of Jovinus and Faustinus was a pious fiction mistaken for a biography.

Born

• at Brescia, Lombardy, Italy
• Credera Rubbiano, Italy

Died

• with his brother, he was thrown to the lions, but the animals refused to touch the men
• beheaded in 120 at Brescia, Italy
• relics reported in Brescia, Rome, Verona, and Bologna

Patronage

Brescia, Italy

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

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Saint Euseus of Serravalle-Sesia

Also known as

Euseo

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Shoemaker in the area of 13th – 14th century Serravalle-Sesia, Italy who lived as a prayerful hermit.

Died

• 14th century, year unknown, at home in Serravalle-Sesia, Vercelli, Italy of natural causes
• his death was discovered when people going to the last day of Carnavale, Whit Monday, saw three lilies blooming above his hermit‘s hut in winter, considered it miraculous and investigated what was happening there
• he was buried at his hut, and a church was soon built over his grave

Patronage

Serravalle-Sesia, Italy

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-euseus-of-serravalle-sesia/


Blessed Acacio Calleja Santamaría

Also known as

Brother Acacio María

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Baptized at the age of 2 days. Member of the Congregation of Saint Peter ad Vincula, making his profession in 1934 in Marseille, France. Studied humanities and philosophy in Barcelona, Spain. Known for his love of his vocation and his care for the students he taught. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

7 May 1915 in Yudego, Burgos, Spain

Died

15 February 1937 in Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

• 10 November 2018 by Pope Francis
• beatification celebrated in the Basilica of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, presided by Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-acacio-calleja-santamaria/


Blessed Ricardo Guerra-Villazan

Also known as

Brother Albino

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Baptized at the age of three days. Member of the Congregation of Saint Peter ad Vincula, making his novitiate in Marseille, France and his profession in 1931. After studies in Barcelona, Spain, he received a degree in theology. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

14 September 1913 in Arenillas de Riupisuerga, Burgos, Spain

Died

shot on 15 February 1937 in Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

• 10 November 2018 by Pope Francis
• beatification celebrated in the Basilica of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, presided by Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ricardo-guerra-villazan/


Blessed Ángel de la Iglesia Ociña

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Baptized on the day he was born. Joined the Congregation of Saint Peter ad Vincula in 1926 in Marseille, France, making his profession on 11 October 1931. Studied at and received a degree in theology in Barcelona, Spain in 1936. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

1 October 1913 in Nidáguila, Burgos, Spain

Died

15 February 1937 in Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

• 10 November 2018 by Pope Francis
• beatification celebrated in the Basilica of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, presided by Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-angel-de-la-iglesia-ocina/


Blessed Angelus de Scarpetti

Also known as

• Angelus of Borgo San Sepolcro
• Angelus of Sansepolcro

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Augustinian friar c.1254. Fellow student with Saint Nicholas of Tolentino. Missionary to England where he preached and built monasteries. Known as a miracle worker. He once intervened on behalf of a man condemned to death; the authorities ignored him, and executed the man; Angelus then promptly brought the man back to life.

Born

at Borgo San Sepolcro (modern Sansepolcro), Italy

Died

c.1306 at Borgo San Sepolcro (modern Sansepolcro), Italy

Beatified

27 July 1921 by Pope Benedict XV

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-angelus-de-scarpetti/


Saint Berach of Kilbarry

Also known as

• Berach of Termonbarry
• Barachias, Barry, Berachius

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Brother of Saint Midabaria. Raised by his uncle, Saint Freoch. Spiritual student of Saint Kevin of Glendalough. Built a church and monastery at Cluain Coirpthe, also known as Termonbarry or Kilbarry, Ireland. Believed to be a martyr. His crosier is in the Dublin Museum.

Died

martyred in 595

Patronage

Kilbarry, Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-berach-of-kilbarry/


Blessed Pere Vallmitjana Abarca

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Priest. Member of the Benedictine Subiaco Congregation. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

19 May 1875 in Barcelona, Spain

Died

15 February 1937 in Cerdanyola, Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

• 13 October 2013 by Pope Francis
• beatification celebrated in Tarragona, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-pere-vallmitjana-abarca/


Saint Farannan of Iona

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Monk of Iona Abbey. Spiritual student of Saint Columba of Iona. Eventually retired to live as a cave hermit at All-Farannan (modern Allernan), in Sligo, Ireland.

Born

6th century Ireland

Died

c.590 in Sligo, Ireland

Patronage

Allernan, Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-farannan-of-iona/


Saint Joseph of Antioch

Also known as

Josippus

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Deacon. Hymnist. Martyred with seven others whose names have not come down to us during the iconoclast persecutions of emperor Theophilus.

Born

Syria

Died

Antioch, Syria

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-joseph-of-antioch/


Saint Severus of Abruzzi

Also known as

Severo

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Priest in the Abruzzi region of Italy. Saint Gregory the Great writes that Severus brought a man back from the dead long enough to receive communion and unction.

Died

c.530

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-severus-of-abruzzi/


Saint Georgia

Also known as

Giorgia

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Nun. Anchoress near Clermont, France.

Died

• c.500
• legend says that a flock of doves followed her funeral procession to the tomb and then stood watch over it the rest of the day

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


Saint Agape of Terni

Also known as

Agapes, Agapia

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Spiritual student of Saint Valentine of Terni, and part he led of women devoted to religious life. Martyr.

Died

martyred c.273 in Terni, Italy

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


Saint Decorosus of Capua

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Bishop of Capua, Italy for 30 years. Assisted at and supported the Council of Rome in 680.

Died

695 of natural causes while at the altar of his church

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-decorosus-of-capua/


Saint Craton

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Professor of rhetoric and philosophy. Convert, brought to the faith by Saint Valentine of Terni. Martyred with his wife and family, none of whose names have survived.

Died

c.273 in Rome, Italy

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


Saint Dochow

Also known as

Dochau, Dogwyn

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Immigrated to Cornwall where he founded a monastery. May have become a bishop; records are inconclusive.

Born

Wales

Died

c.473

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


Saint Quinidius of Vaison

Also known as

Quinidio

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Hermit in Aix-en-Provence, France. Bishop of Vaison, France.

Died

c.579

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


Saint Faustus of Monte Cassino

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Sixth-century Benedictine monk at Monte Cassino Abbey. Spiritual student of Saint Benedict of Nursia.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-faustus-of-monte-cassino/


Saint Sunaman of Sweden

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Nephew of Saint Sigfrid. Monk. Missionary to Sweden with Sigfrid. Martyred by pagans.

Died

c.1040 in Sweden

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sunaman-of-sweden/


Saint Winaman of Sweden

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Nephew of Saint Sigfrid. Monk. Missionary to Sweden with Sigfrid. Martyred by pagans.

Died

c.1040 in Sweden

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-winaman-of-sweden/


Saint Saturninus of Passae

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Christian in the diocese of Saint Valetine in Terni, Italy. Martyr.

Died

273 in Passae, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-saturninus-of-passae/


Saint Unaman of Sweden

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Nephew of Saint Sigfrid. Monk. Missionary to Sweden with Sigfrid. Martyred by pagans.

Died

c.1040 in Sweden

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-unaman-of-sweden/


Saint Castulus of Passae

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Christian in the diocese of Saint Valetine in Terni, Italy. Martyr.

Died

273 in Passae, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-castulus-of-passae/


Saint Lucius of Passae

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Christian in the diocese of Saint Valetine in Terni, Italy. Martyr.

Died

273 in Passae, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lucius-of-passae/


Saint Magnus of Passae

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Christian in the diocese of Saint Valetine in Terni, Italy. Martyr.

Died

273 in Passae, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-magnus-of-passae/


Saint Druthmar of Corvey

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Monk at Lorsch. Abbot of Corvey Abbey in 1014.

Died

1046

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-druthmar-of-corvey/


Saint Eusebius of Asehia

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Fifth century hermit in Asehia, Syria.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eusebius-of-asehia/


Martyrs of Antioch

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A group of Christians murdered together. We know the names of five of them - Agapev, Baralo, Isicio, Joseph and Zosimus.

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-antioch-15-february/


Martyrs of Prague

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Franciscan Friars Minor martyred together by a mob led by Lutherans.

Antonín of Prague
Bartolomeo Dalmasoni
Bedrich Bachstein
Christoffel Zelt
Didak Jan
Emmanuel of Prague
Gaspare Daverio
Giovanni Bodeo
Girolamo degli Arese
Jakob of Prague
Jan of Prague
Juan Martínez
Klemens of Prague
Simon of Prague

Died

• Shrove Tuesday 15 February 1611 at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows in Prague, Czech Republic
• body dumped nearby but given Christian burial on 19 February 1611 in the monastery
• re-interred in the side chapel of the church in 1616

Beatified

13 October 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-prague/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Antonio Marini
• Camila Díez Blanco
• Eliseo Moradillo García


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