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Blessed Nikolaus Gross

Profile

Miner. Father of seven. Member of the Christian miners' labour union at age 19, and secretary at 22. Member of the Zentrum Christian Party at age 20. Worked on Westdeutschen Arbeiterzeitung, (West German Workers' Newspaper), the newspaper of the Catholic Workers' Movement, at age 22, and became its director at age 24.

Non-violent opponent of Nazism from its beginnings. Worked with distinguished Catholic intellectuals who opposed the regime. From Cologne, Germany he exposed the lies and harmful effects of Nazi propaganda, and he worked for the revolt of consciences against Hitler. Declared an enemy of the state, his newspaper was shut down in 1938, but at great risk, he continued to publish an underground edition.

Nikolaus tried to organize resistance among Catholic workers in preparation for the planned assassination of Hitler on 20 July 1944. Though neither he nor the members of his group were implicated in the assassination attempt, Nikolaus was arrested on 12 August 1944 for treason, and sentenced to death by a People's Court on 15 January 1945. Martyr.

Born

30 September 1898 at Niederwenigern, Ruhr region, Germany

Died

• executed 23 January 1945 at the Berlin-Plotzensee, Germany prison
• body cremated, and the ashes scattered

Beatified

7 October 2001 by Pope John Paul II at Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy

Readings

Glaube, Liebe, Galgen (Faith, Love, Cross) - motto chosen by the diocese of Essen for Nikolaus's beatification

We, Catholic workers, strongly and clearly reject National Socialism, not only for political and economic reasons, but also, decidedly, because of our religious and cultural position. - Blessed Nikolaus

The majority of great enterprises result from daily fulfillment of one's duty in small, everyday things. What is valuable in the doing is our special love for the poor and the sick. - Blessed Nikolaus, 1943

Blessed Nikolaus Gross teaches us to obey God rather than men. Our time urgently needs convinced Christians, who listen to the voice of their conscience and have the courage to speak out when it is a question of the transcendence of the human person. - Pope John Paul II during the beatification ceremony for Blessed Nikolaus

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-nikolaus-gross/


Saint Maurus

Also known as

Mauro

Profile

Born to the nobility, the son of Equitius, a senator, and Giulia. Disciple of Saint Benedict of Nursia at age 12. Studied with Saint Placid. Deacon. Benedictine monk. Assisted Saint Benedict at Subiaco, Italy, and at Monte Cassino in 528. Founder and abbot of the abbey at Glanfeuil, France in 543; it was later renamed for him. Could heal by prayer, and there are multiple stories of him bringing the dead back to life. At the moment of the death of Saint Benedict, Maurus received a vision of his old teacher travelling a street that led to heaven.

Born

512 in Rome, Italy

Died

• 15 January 584 of natural causes
• relics re-discovered in 845
• relics transferred to St-Pierre-des-Fosses in 868 to avoid Norman invaders
• relics interred in the church of St-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, France
• relics destroyed in 1793 during the anti-Catholic excesses of the French Revolution

Patronage

• against cold
• against colds
• against goiter
• against gout
• against hoarseness
• against rheumatism
• candle makers
• charcoal burners
• cobblers, shoemakers
• coppersmiths
• lantern makers
• porters
• tailors
• tinkers
• Azores
• Badajoz, Spain
• Casoria, Italy
• Saint-Bonnet-de-Vieille-Vigne, France

Representation

• abbot with book and censer
• abbot with crozier
• crutch
• monk saving Saint Placid from drowning while a cowl floats above him
• monk walking on water, which is how he reached Saint Placid to save him from drowning
• man holding the weights and measures of food and drink given him by Saint Benedict
• scales
• spade

Storefront

medals and pendants

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


Saint Arnold Janssen

Profile

Arnold felt an early call to the priesthood, and was ordained in August 1861. Well educated, he taught science and catechism for twelve years. Chaplain and director of the Ursuline convent at Kempen in 1873. Director of the diocesan Apostleship of Prayer in 1874. Editor of a journal about missionary work in 1873.

He established the religious congregation Society of the Divine Word in Steyl, Netherlands in 1875; it received papal approval in 1901. The Society, which soon had houses in the Netherlands, Austria, and Germany, was composed of missionary priests who worked in Tonga, New Guinea, Japan, Paraguay, and throughout North America.

In 1889, Arnold founded the Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Ghost to assist the priests in their mission. The Sisters serve as teachers in mission lands, especially of young girls. With the help of Blessed Maria Virgo, Arnold formed the sisters a contemplative branch named Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration who devote themselves to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and prayer for the success of missionary efforts. These sisters are nicknamed Pink Sisters because of the color of their habit.

Born

5 November 1837 at Goch, North Rhein-Westphalia, Germany

Died

15 January 1909 in Steyl, Netherlands of natural causes

Canonized

5 October 2003 by Pope John Paul II

Storefront

medals and pendants

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arnold-janssen/


Saint Macarius of Egypt

Also known as

• Macarius the Elder
• Macarius the Great
• Macarius the Thébaïde
• Makarios the...

Profile

Shepherd in the desert region of Skete. Falsley accused of assaulting a woman, but was acquitted. Hermit. Spiritual student of Saint Anthony the Abbot. Founder of a monastic community in Skete. Ordained at age 40. His sanctity drew followers, and his desert community numbered thousands at his death. Fought Arianism, and was exiled for it. Several Libyan desert monasteries still bear the name Macarius.

Born

c.300 at Upper Egypt

Died

390 of natural causes

Representation

• old hermit with long, white hair wearing a girdle of leaves with two lions near him
• hermit expelling the devil with a cross
• with Saint Onuphrius the Great and Saint Peter of Athos

Storefront

medals and pendants

Readings

Lord, be merciful now that my life is approaching its end, and the evening awaits me. There is not enough time for me to cleanse myself of my sins, for they are so many. Heal me while I am still on earth, and I shall be truly healthy. In your mercy, move me to repent so that I shall not be ashamed when I meet you in heaven. - Saint Macarius of Egypt

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-macarius-of-egypt/


Saint Romedio of Nonsberg

Also known as

• Romedio of Hohenwart
• Romedio of Salzburg
• Romedio of Sanzeno
• Romedio of Thaur
• Romedius of...

Additional Memorial

1st Sunday in October (translation of relics)

Profile

Born to the nobility, the family of the Counts of Thaur in modern Austria. He learned to read using the Bible and stories of the saints. As an adult, he gave away his fortune to support churches in the Tyrol, turned a family castle into a monastery, and then went on pilgrimage to the tombs of the Apostles; legend says that a bear killed his horse, and in remorse, the bear carried him for the rest of the trip. Cave hermit at Sanzeno on Nonsberg near Salzburg.

Born

Austria

Died

• Salzburg, Austria of natural causes
• relics interred in Sanzeno, Italy
• some relics transferred to Thaur, Austria

Canonized

24 July 1907 by Pope Pius X (cultus confirmation)

Patronage

• against accidents
• against bone diseases
• against danger at sea
• against fever
• against fire
• against floods
• against hail
• against headaches
• against toothaches
• prisoners
• theology students
• travellers

Representation

• hermit dressed as a pilgrim
• man riding a bear

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-romedio-of-nonsberg/


Saint Placid

Also known as

Placidus

Additional Memorial

5 October on some calendars (confusion with an earlier martyr of similar name)

Profile

Son of a patrician senator named Tertulus. Sent as a boy to study with Saint Benedict of Nursia at Subiaco, Italy, he became one of Benedict earliest followers. Friend of Saint Maurus, who saved him from drowning. Accompanied Benedict to Monte Cassino in 529, it being built on land given to Benedict by Tertulus. Known through the second Dialogue of Saint Gregory the Great.

Many legends grew up around Placid, and his story became mixed with a martyr name Placitus who was apparently a monk, and possibly an abbot, who was killed with 30 brother monks by Muslim invaders at Messina, Italy, but that appears to have been a completely different person and era.

Representation

being saved from drowning by Saint Maurus

Storefront

medals and pendants

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


Saint Francis Ferdinand de Capillas

Additional Memorials

• 28 September as one of the Martyrs of China
• 6 November as one of the Dominicans Martyrs of the Far East

Profile

Joined the Dominicans in Valladolid, Spain. Ordained in Manila, Philippines in 1631. Missionary and parish priest in Cagayan, Philippines. Missionary to China for several years. He made so many converts in Fu-kien that local officials arrested him as a spy. Accused of espionage, political intrigue, witchcraft, disregarding ancestor worship and anything else they could think of, and then tortured; he converted several of his jailers to Christianity. Considered the proto-martyr of the Martyrs of China.

Born

11 August 1607 in Baquerín de Campos, Palencia, Old Castile, Spain

Died

beheaded on 15 January 1648 in Fu'an, Fujian, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-francis-ferdinand-de-capillas/


Saint John Calabytes

Also known as

• John Calabites
• John Calibita
• John Chalybita
• John Kalabytes
• John the Hut-Dweller

Profile

Born wealthy. Ran away from home as a child, and became a monk at Gomon on the Bosphorus at age 12. When he finally returned home as a beggar at age 18, his family did not recognize him. However, the did recognized that he was a holy man, and the family allowed him to live as a hermit in a small hut (a calybe in Greek) near their front door. Only on his death were they were informed of his real identity. His story has led to his being a symbol of homelessness, and how we may not recognize the humanity in the poor and homeless in our midst.

Born

at Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey)

Died

c.450 of natural causes

Representation

• beggar with a Gospel in his hand
• beggar revealing his identity to his parents on his death bed

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-calabytes/


Saint Ephysius of Sardinia

Also known as

• Ephysius of Cagliari
• Efisio, Efeso, Ephise, Ephysus

Addtional Memorial

1 May (some confraternity calendars)

Profile

In Rome, Italy, Ephysius gained the favour of emperor Diocletian who made him governor of the island of Sardinia. Convert to Christianity. Diocletian then had him stripped of office, tortured and murdered. Martyr.

Born

in Palestine

Died

• beheaded in 303 on Sardinia, Italy
• relics transferred to Pisa, Italy

Patronage

• Cagliari, Italy
• Pisa, Italy
• Sardinia, Italy

Representation

• young soldier receiving a banner and sword from an angel
• receiving a vision of Christ before a battle
• young man in an oven
• young man tied to a stake and preaching to his torturers
• young man being beheaded

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ephysius-of-sardinia/


Saint Ita of Killeedy

Also known as

• Ita of Clúaincredal
• Ita of Hy-Connall
• Ita of Ireland
• Ita of Munster
• Ita of Waterford
• Deirdre, Dorothy, Meda, Mida, Ytha, Ide, Mide

Profile

Born to the Irish nobility, possibly a member of the royal family. She refused to marry, and eventually received her father's blessing to live a celibate life. Founded the convent at Hy Conaill, County Limerick, Ireland which attracted large numbers of nuns. Founded a school for boys in Killeedy; one of her students was Saint Brendan. Second only to Saint Brigid in popular Irish devotion. Many extravagant miracles have become associated with her including healing a man who had been decapitated, and living solely off food delivered from heaven.

Born

at Drum, County Waterford, Ireland

Died

c.570 of natural causes

Patronage

diocese of Limerick, Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ita-of-killeedy/


Blessed Angelus of Gualdo Tadino

Profile

Born to a poor family. Benedictine. As a youth he walked barefoot to Compostela, northern Spain, became a Camaldolese lay-brother, and lived forty years as a hermit walled up in his cell. His life was distinguished by simplicity, innocence, gentleness.

Born

c.1265 at Gualdo Tadino, Nocera, Italy

Died

• 15 January 1325 of natural causes
• interred in the church of Saint Benedict in Gualdo Tadino, Italy
• relics transferred to a chapel in the local abbey church in 1343 by Blessed Alessandro Vincioli
• relics transferred to a new altar in the basilica of Saint Benedict on 16 April 1443

Beatified

• 1633 by Pope Urban VIII (cultus confirmed)
• 3 August 1825 by Pope Leo XII (cultus confirmed)

Patronage

Gualdo Tadino, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-angelus-of-gualdo-tadino/


Blessed Peter of Castelnau

Profile

Known in lay and religious life for his intelligence, piety, and devotion. Archdeacon of Maguelone in 1199. Cistercian monk at Fontfroide c.1202. Papal legate and inquisitor in 1203 under Pope Innocent III. Assigned to work with the heretic Albigensians, to bring them back to the church. He embarked on a great evangelization campaign through southern France; Saint Dominic de Guzman worked in this effort. Martyred by Albigensians, probably with the support of Count Raymond VI of Toulouse who hoped to use the Albigensian crisis to increase his political power. Peter's murder sparked the Albigensian Crusade against the heretics in southern France.

Born

near Montpellier, France

Died

stabbed with a lance in 1208 near Saint Gilles Abbey by Albigensian heretics

Readings

May God forgive thee, brother, as I fully forgive thee. - Blessed Peter's dying words

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-peter-of-castelnau/


Saint Bonitus of Clermont

Also known as

Bonet, Bonnet, Bont

Profile

Chancellor to King Sigebert III of Austrasia. Appointed governor of Marseilles by King Thierry III in 667. Bishop of Clermont, France in 689. He resigned the see when doubts arose about the validity of his election. Bonitus spent his later years as a holy hermit at the Benedictine abbey of Manglieu, Clermont. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy.

Born

623 in Auvergne, France

Died

• c.710 in Lyon, France of natural causes while on the road returning to Clermont, France from Rome, Italy
• relics in the cathedral of Clermont

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bonitus-of-clermont/


Blessed Giacomo Villa

Also known as

Jaime

Profile

Son of Lucantonio and Mustiola Villa. He was a pious child, and as a young man repaired an old hospital and used it to care for the sick poor. Studied civil law in Siena, Italy. Priest. Franciscan tertiary. When a noble in Chiusi, Italy illegally took property belonging to the city hospital, Giacomo took the case; he won it and all appeals. The noble then had Giacomo killed in revenge.

Died

axed to death on 15 January 1304 in Citta della Pieve, Italy

Beatified

by Pope Pius VII (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-giacomo-villa/


Saint Ceolwulph

Also known as

Ceolwulf

Profile

Eighth century king of Northumbria in England. Patron and supporter of Venerable Bede who dedicated his Ecclesiastical History to Ceolwulph. In later life Ceolwulph abdicated and became a monk at Lindisfarne Abbey, possibly as a way to prevent a war over his throne.

Born

England

Died

• 764 of natural causes
• relics translated to Nohram-on-Tweed, England in 830
• some relics later transferred to Durham, England

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


Saint Alexander of Goman

Profile

Monk. Abbot. Founder of the Acremetre (Greek: without sleep), monks of Asiatic origin. He converted Saint Rabulas, the governor of Edessa, by a miracle. In the desert he converted thirty robbers, and changed their den into a monastery. Founded a monastery on the Euphrates. With 300 monks, he settled at Gomon in Bithynia, and divided them into six choirs to sing the Divine Office, so that it might ascend ceaselessly, night and day.

Died

c.440

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-alexander-of-goman/


Saint Emebert of Cambrai

Also known as

Ablebert, Emebertus, Einbert

Profile

Son of Count Witger and Saint Amalburga; brother of Saint Gudule and Saint Reineldis. He was early drawn to the religious life. MonkBishop of Cambrai, France. Known for his personal piety and the example he set for his flock.

Died

• c.710 of natural causes
• buried at the church of Our Lady and Saint Aldegondis in Maubeuge, France, but his grave has since been lost

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-emebert-of-cambrai/


Saint Lleudadd of Bardsey

Also known as

• Lleudadd of Enli
• Lleudadd of Bardsey Island
• Laudat, Laudatus, Leuddade, Lawdog, Llawddog, Llendadd

Additoinal Memorial

1 January (as one of the Breton Missionaries to Great Britain)

Profile

Monk. Abbot of Bardsey, Gwynedd, Wales. Worked with Saint Cadfan in Brittany.

Born

Welsh

Died

6th century Wales of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lleudadd-of-bardsey/


Saint Pansofius of Alexandria

Profile

Son of the imperial pro-consul of Alexandria, Egypt. When Pansofius came into his inheritance, he gave away his entire fortune to the poor and lived as a hermit outside the city for over 20 years. During the persecutions of Decius, Pansofius' reputation for sanctity led to his arrest and execution. Martyr.

Died

c.250 in Alexandria, Egypt

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


Saint Secondina of Anagni

Profile

Convert, baptized by Saint Magnus of Anagni. Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.

Born

Anagni, Italy

Died

• c.250
• interred in the cathedral of Anagni, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-secondina-of-anagni/


Saint Blaithmaic of Iona

Also known as

Blathmac, Blaithmale

Profile

Born a prince, the son of an Irish king. Monk. Abbot. Missionary to England and Scotland, hoping to work with the pagan Danes then invading. Martyred by them.

Born

Ireland

Died

823 on the altar steps at Iona Abbey, Scotland

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


Saint Isidore the Egyptian

Also known as

Isidore of Alexandria

Profile

Desert hermit. Priest in charge of a Alexandria pilgrims hospice. Opposed Arianism, supported Saint Athanasius, and was persecuted by Arians. Friend of Saint John Chrysostom.

Born

Egyptian

Died

404

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-isidore-the-egyptian/


Saint Arsenius of Reggio Calabria

Also known as

• Arsenius of Armo
• Arsenio...

Profile

Hermit famous for his austere lifestyle and deep prayer life.

Died

904 in Armo, Italy of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arsenius-of-reggio-calabria/


Saint Teath

Also known as

Tetha

Profile

Born a princess, the daughter of Saint Brychan of Brecknock in Wales. She is mentioned in 13th century documents. A Cornwall church bears her name. No details of her life have survived.

Patronage

Saint Teath, Cornwall, England

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


Habakkuk the Prophet

Also known as

Avvakoum, Habacuc

Profile

Seventh century BC Old Testament prophet in Judea during the time of the captivity.

http://catholicsaints.info/habakkuk-the-prophet/


Blessed James the Beggar

Also known as

• James Limosnero
• Jacobo...

Profile

Supporter and advocate for the poor and oppressed in the 13th century.

Died

Città della Pieve, Umbria, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-james-the-beggar/


Saint Tarsicia of Rodez

Also known as

Tarsitia

Profile

Granddaughter of King Clotaire II of the Franks. Sister of Saint Ferreolus of Uzès. Lived as a hermit near Rodez, France.

Died

c.600 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-tarsicia-of-rodez/


Saint Secundina of Rome

Profile

Young woman martyred in the persecutions of Decius. Her guards were converted to Christianity by her testimony of faith before the judges.

Died

flogged to death c.250 in Rome, Italy

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


Saint Britta

Also known as

Bridget, Brigid, Brigida, Brigitta, Brigitte, Britte

Profile

Fourth century nun. Martyred with Saint Maura. Their story was lost, and their relics were discovered by Saint Euphronius.

Patronage

martyrs

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


Saint Isidore of Scété

Profile

Desert hermit. Priest of Scété, Egypt. Worked to bring angry or negligent brother desert monks back to proper devotion.

Died

c.394

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-isidore-of-scete/


Blessed Geoffrey of Peronne

Profile

Friend of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Prior of Clairvaux Abbey. Refused the bishopric of Tournai, Belgium.

Died

1147 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-geoffrey-of-peronne/


Saint Llewellyn

Also known as

Llywelyn

Profile

Monk at Welshpool and Bardsey, Wales. Friend of Saint Gwrnerth.

Born

Welsh

Died

6th century Wales of natural causes

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


Saint Eugyppius

Profile

Ordained in Rome, Italy. Worked with Saint Severinus in Noricum (part of modern Austria), and wrote a biography of him.

Born

North Africa

Died

c.511

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


Saint Malard of Chartres

Profile

Bishop of Chartres, France. Attended the Council of Chalons-sur-saone in 650.

Died

latter 7th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-malard-of-chartres/


Saint Gwrnerth

Profile

Monk at Welshpool and Bardsey in Wales. Friend of Saint Liewellyn.

Born

Welsh

Died

6th century Wales of natural causes

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


Saint Maura

Profile

Fourth century nun. Martyred with Saint Britta. Their story was lost, but their relics were discovered by Saint Euphronius.

Patronage

martyrs

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


Saint Sawl

Profile

Welsh chieftain. Father of Saint Asaph.

Born

Welsh

Died

6th century

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


Saint Probus of Rieti

Profile

Bishop of Rieti, Italy.

Died

c.571

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-probus-of-rieti/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Our Lady of Banneux
• Botonto
• Cosmas the Hymnist
• Diego of Soto
• Gaspare Daverio
• James Limosnero


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