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Saint Germaine Cousin

Also known as

• Germaine of Pibrac
• Germana...

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Daughter of Laurent Cousin, a farm worker, and Marie Laroche. Her mother died while Germaine was an infant. A sickly child, Germaine suffered from scrofula, and her right hand was deformed. Ignored by her father and abused by her step-family, she was often forced to sleep in the stable or in a cupboard under the stairs, was fed on scraps, beaten or scalded with hot water for misdeeds, real or imagined.

At age nine Germaine was put to work as a shepherdess, where she spent much time praying, sometimes using a rosary she made from a knotted string. She refused to miss Mass, and if she heard the bell announcing services, she set her crook and her distaff in the ground, declared her flock to be under the care of her guardian angel, and went to church; her sheep were unharmed during her absences. It is reported that once she crossed the raging Courbet River by walking over the waters so she could get to church.

Germaine was so poor it is hard to imagine she would be able to help others, but she was always ready to try, especially children whom she gathered in the fields to teach a simple catechism and share the little food she had. The locals laughed at her religious devotion, and called her 'the little bigot'.

Once in winter, her stepmother, Hortense, accused her of stealing bread by hiding it in her apron, and threatened to beat her with a stick. Germaine opened her apron, and summer flowers tumbled out. Her parents and neighbors were awed by the obvious miracle, and began to treat her as a holy person. Her parents invited her to rejoin the household, but Germaine chose to live as she had.

In 1601 she was found dead on her straw pallet under the stairs, and she was buried in the Church of Pibrac opposite the pulpit. When accidentally exhumed in 1644 during a renovation, her body was found incorrupt. In 1793 the casket was desecrated by an anti-Catholic tinsmith named Toulza, who with three accomplices took out the remains and buried them in the sacristy, throwing quick-lime and water on them. After the French Revolution, her body was found to be still intact save where the quick-lime had done its work.

Documents attest to more than 400 miracles or extraordinary graces received through the intervention of Saint Germain. They include cures of every kind (of blindness, both congenital and resulting from disease, of hip and of spinal disease), and the multiplication of food for the distressed community of the Good Shepherd at Bourges, France in 1845.

Born

1579 at Pibrac, France

Died

• 1601 in her parents' home in Pibrac, France, apparently of natural causes
• relics interred in the church at Pibrac

Beatified

7 May 1864 by Pope Blessed Pius IX

Canonized

29 June 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX

Patronage

• abandoned or neglected people
• abuse victims, child abuse victims
• against bodily ills, illness, sickness; sick people
• against impoverishment, poverty; poor people
• disabled, handicapped or physically challenged people
• girls from rural areas; peasant girls; country girls
• against the loss of parents
• shepherdesses
• unattractive people

Representation

• girl with a distaff (it's used in spinning thread)
• girl with a sheep
• girl with a shepherd's crook
• girl with a watchdog
• girl with flowers in her apron
• peasant girl dying alone in poverty
• peasant girl tending sheep
• peasant girl with flowers falling around her in winter

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Readings

Dear God, please don't let me be too hungry or too thirsty. Help me to please my mother. And help me to please you. - prayer of Saint Germaine

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-germaine-cousin/


Saint Vitus

Also known as

Guy, Veit, Vith, Vito

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Legend says that Vitus was the son of a pagan Sicilian senator named Hylas. The boy was converted to Christianity at age twelve by his tutor, Saint Modestus, and his nurse Saint Crescentia. His father showed his objection to the conversion by having all three arrested and scourged.

Freed from prison by angels, they fled to Lucania, then Rome. There Vitus freed the son of Emperor Diocletian from an evil spirit. When Vitus would not sacrifice to the pagan gods in celebration, his cure was attributed to sorcery, and he and his household were arrested again. Tortured, and condemned to death, they were thrown to the lions; the lions would not touch them, so they were thrown into boiling oil. At the moment of their deaths, a immense storm destroyed several pagan temples in the region, which led to the tradition of protection against stormy weather. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

For obscure reasons, some 16th century Germans believed they could obtain a year's good health by dancing before a statue of Saint Vitus on his feast day. This dancing developed almost into a mania, and was confused with chorea, the nervous condition later known as Saint Vitus' Dance, the saint being invoked against it. His connection with such "dancing" led to his patronage of dancers, and later to entertainers in general and in particular.

When Vitus was thrown into the oil, a rooster was thrown into the oil with him, sacrificed as part of the ritual against sorcery. A rooster became a symbol for Vitus, and its connection with early rising led to Vitus's patronage and protection against oversleeping.

Died

boiled in oil c.303 in Lucania, Italy

Patronage

• against animal attacks
• against dog bites
• against epilepsy; epileptics
• against lightning
• against over-sleeping
• against rheumatic chorea or Saint Vitus Dance
• against snake bites
• against storms
• against wild beasts
• actors
• comedians; comediennes
• dancers
• dogs
• Bohemia
• Czech Republic
• Serbia
• 17 cities

Representation

• dog
• rooster

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medals, pendants, rosary
medals and pendants

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


Saint Bernard of Menthon

Also known as

• Apostle of the Alps
• Bernard of Aosta
• Bernard of Aotha
• Bernard of Mentone
• Bernard of Montjoux

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Born to the French nobility. Priest. Archdeacon of Aosta in 996. Evangelized the people of the Alps for over 40 years. Vicar-general of Alpine diocese. He started a patrol that cleared robbers from the mountains, and he established hospices for travellers and pilgrims to Rome, Italy; he established a community of Augustinian Hospitallers to staff them, and they continue their good work today. The large dogs, trained to search for lost victims in the mountains, are named for him.

Born

c.923 at Menthon, Savoy (in modern France)

Died

1008 at Novara, Italy

Canonized

1681 by Pope Innocent XI

Patronage

• Alpinists
• Alps (proclaimed by Pope Pius XI on 20 August 1923)
• Campiglia Cervo, Italy
• mountain climbers (proclaimed by Pope Pius XI on 20 August 1923)
• mountaineers
• skiers
• travellers in the mountains (proclaimed by Pope Pius XI on 20 August 1923)

Representation

• man in a mountain setting holding a bishop's crozier
• white dog

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medals and pendants

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bernard-of-menthon/


Blessed Albertina Berkenbrock

Also known as

• Albertina Serva de Deus
• Albertina, Servant of God

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Lay person in the diocese of Tubarão, Brazil. Raised in a pious family who insured that Albertina had a strong foundation in the faith. Baptized on 25 May 1919, Confirmed on 9 March 1925, and made her First Communion on 16 August 1928. At age 12 she was attacked by one of her father's employees, who tried to rape her. She fought back; when he realized he would fail and she would identify him, the attacker killed Albertina; she is considered a martyr in the defense of chastity.

Born

11 April 1919 in São Luís, Imaruí, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Died

stabbed in the heart with a pen knife during a rape attempt on 15 June 1931 in São Luís, Imaruí, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Beatified

• 20 October 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI
• recognition celebrated by Cardinal José Saraiva Martins in the cathedral of Tubarão, Brazil

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-albertina-berkenbrock/


Saint Hilarion of Espalion

Also known as

• Hilarian of Lévinhac
• Hilarian of Perse
• Ylariano, Hylariano

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Born to the Gallic nobility, he was known as a pious child. Priest in LĂ©vinhac, France. He would often pass through an area of Muslim occupation, cross the River Lot, and celebrate Mass in the town of Perse. Martyr.

Born

c.700 in L•vinhac, France

Died

• beheaded c.793 in Perse, diocese of Rodez, France
• legend says that the body got up, washed the blood off the severated head, and then took it to his mother; he had jokingly promised he would do so every time she nagged him of the danger of passing through Muslim territory to being the Sacraments to the people of Perse
• buried in Lévinhac, France
• relics enshrined in Perse where they are a stop on the route for pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela

Canonized

10 May 1883 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hilarion-of-espalion/


Saint Edburgh of Winchester

Also known as

Eadburh, Edburga

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Daughter of King Edward the Elder and Edgiva of Kent; grand-daughter of King Alfred the Great. As a child she was placed in the convent of Nunnaminster, Winchester, England, which King Alfred's widow had founded. She lived her whole life there, a holy nun and abbess.

Died

• 15 June 960 of natural causes
• interred at the Nunnaminster convent, Winchester, England
• some relics translated to Pershore Abbey, Worcestershire, England, which became famous for its miracles

Canonized

972 by Pope John XIII

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medals and pendants

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-edburgh-of-winchester/


Saint Landelin of Crespin

Also known as

Landelinus, Lando, Landolin, Landolinus

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Born to the nobility, Landelinus lived for a time as a highway bandit, but repented and became a Benedictine monk. Priest. Founded monasteries in France and Belgium including Lobbes, Beligum in 654; Aulne Abbey, Belgium in 656; Wallers, France in 657; Crespin, France in 670. Worked with Saint Ursmar. Spiritual director of Saint Hadelin of Lobbes and Saint Domitian of Lobbes.

Born

c.625 near Bapaume, France

Died

686 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-landelin-of-crespin/


Saint Eigil of Fulda

Also known as

Aegil, Aegilius, Aeigil, Aeigilus, Aigil, Egil, Eygil, Fiegil, Figil

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Born to the Bavarian nobility; nephew of Saint Sturmi of Fulda. Educated in Fulda, Germany in the monastery of his uncle Sturmi. Eigil became a Benedictine monk in Fulda. Priest. Teacher at the monastery school. Abbot of the monastery in 817, a house that was in decline at that point. He restored the community, built churches, founded another house, and trained his successor, Saint Rabanus Maurus.

Born

c.750 in Bavaria, Germany

Died

15 June 822 in Fulda, Germany of natural causes

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


Saint Barbara Cui Lianshi

Also known as

• Barbara Cui Lianzhi
• Parui

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Married lay woman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili (in modern China). Mother. Imprisoned, tortured and murdered for her faith. Martyr.

Born

c.1849 in Xiaotian, Hejian County, Hebei, China

Died

15 June 1900 in Liushuitao, Hejian County, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-barbara-cui-lianshi/


Saint Achaicus of Corinth

Also known as

Akaikos, Akaikus

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First-century Christian mentioned by the Saint Paul the Apostle in 1st Corinthians as taking correspondence back and forth between Paul and the Corinthians. Orthodox tradition makes him one of the 70 Disciples.

Readings

I rejoice in the arrival of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, because they made up for your absence, for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. So give recognition to such people. - 1st Corinthians 16:17-18

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-achaicus-of-corinth/


Saint Abraham of Cyriacus

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While seeking to learn from hermits, Abraham was captured by bandits in Egypt, he was imprisoned and enslaved by them for five years before he could escape. Making his way to Europe, he lived as a hermit near Clermont, Gaul (modern France). Priest. Abbot of Saint Cyriacus abbey.

Born

on the banks of the River Euphrates in Mesopotamia (in modern Iraq)

Died

c.480 in Arvernia, Aquitaine (in modern France) of natural causes

Patronage

against fever

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


Saint Pierre de Cervis

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Mercedarian. Commander of the convent of Santa Maria in Narbonne, France. Travelled to Moorish occupied Granada to ransom Christians imprisoned and enslaved by Moors, and to preach Christianity. He was immediately arrested, stripped of the money brought to ransom prisoners, beaten, imprisoned, tortured, and left to die. Martyr.

Born

Perpignan, France

Died

1422 in Granada, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pierre-de-cervis/


Saint Trillo of Wales

Also known as

Drillo, Drel

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Son of an Amorican chief in Brittany, France. Missionary to Wales. Monk at Bardsey. The towns of Llandrillo in Denbighshire, and Llandrillo yn Rhos (Rhos-on-Sea) are named for him.

Born

6th-century Brittany

Died

6th-century

Patronage

• Llandrillo, Denbighshire, Wales
• Llandrillo yn Rhos, Wales

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-trillo-of-wales/


Saint Fortunatus of Corinth

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First-century Christian mentioned by the Saint Paul the Apostle in 1st Corinthians as taking correspondence back and forth between Paul and the Corinthians. Orthodox tradition makes him one of the 70 Disciples.

Readings

I rejoice in the arrival of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, because they made up for your absence, for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. So give recognition to such people. - 1st Corinthians 16:17-18

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fortunatus-of-corinth/


Blessed Peter Snow

Additional Memorials

• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

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Priest in the apostolic vicariate of England during a period of persecutions of Catholics. Martyr.

Born

in Ripon, North Yorkshire, England

Died

15 June 1598 in York, North Yorkshire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-peter-snow/


Blessed Ralph Grimston

Additional Memorial

22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

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Married layman in the apostolic vicariate of England during a period of persecutions of Catholics. Martyr.

Born

in Nidd, North Yorkshire, England

Died

15 June 1598 in York, North Yorkshire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ralph-grimston/


Amos the Prophet

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Eighth-century BC shepherd at Koa near Bethlehem. Of himself he said, "I am not a prophet, nor the son of a prophet; but I am a herdsman plucking wild figs." One of the Old Testament Minor Prophets, the book of Amos is one long denunciation of evildoers.

Died

scourged, and then an iron spike driven through his temples

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


Saint Vaughe of Ireland

Also known as

Beoc, Vauge, Vorech

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Priest in the diocese of Armagh, Ireland. When he heard rumours that he was going to be chosen bishop of Armagh, Vaughe retired to live as a hermit in Penmarch, Cornwall, England. From his hermitage he would venture out to preach and evangelize the area residents.

Died

15 June 585 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vaughe-of-ireland/


Blessed Thomas Scryven

Additional Memorial

4 May as one of the Carthusian Martyrs

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Carthusian choir monk of the Charterhouse in London, England. Martyred for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as head of the Church.

Died

starved to death on 15 June 1537 in Newgate Prison, London, England

Beatified

29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-thomas-scryven/


Saint Hesychius of Durostorum

Also known as

• Hesychius of Dorostoro
• Esichio, Hesykhios, Isychius

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Imperial Roman soldier in Durostorum, Moesia (modern Silistra, Bulgaria). Martyred with Saint Julius of Durostorum.

Born

late 3rd-century

Died

c.304 at Dorostorum, Moesia (modern Silistra, Bulgaria)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hesychius-of-durostorum/


Saint Tatian of Cilicia

Also known as

Dulas (nickname)

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Scourged, burned, tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

• disemboweled c.300 in Zephyrinu, Cilicia, Asia Minor
• his body was thrown into a ditch, and a sheepdog stood guard over it until local Christians could give him proper burial

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-tatian-of-cilicia/


Saint Benildis of Cordoba

Also known as

Benilde, Benildes

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Having seen the martyrdom of Saint Anastasius, Benildis was moved to make a public statement of her faith. Martyred by the Moors.

Died

• burned at the stake in 853 in Cordoba, Spain
• ashes thrown into the River Guadalquivir

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-benildis-of-cordoba/


Saint Lotharius of Séez

Profile

Founded a monastery in the forest of Argentan, France; it was later named Saint-Loyer-des-Champs in his honour. Bishop of Séez, France for thirty-two years.

Died

c.756 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lotharius-of-seez/


Saint Orsisius

Also known as

Orsiesius

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Desert hermit. Writer. Spiritual student of Saint Pachomius in the desert in Egypt. Helped Pachomius develop the rules for the early desert monks. Head of the community of Tabenna. Saint Jerome translated some of his writings.

Died

380 of natural causes

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


Saint Hadelin of Lobbes

Also known as

Hadelinus of Lobbes

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Benedictine monk. Spiritual student of Saint Landelin of Crespin at Lobbes, Belgium. Friend of Saint Domitian of Lobbes.

Died

c.686 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hadelin-of-lobbes/


Saint Julius of Durostorum

Also known as

• Julius of Dorostoro
• Giulio

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Martyr

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Born

late 3rd-century

Died

c.304 at Dorostorum, Moesia (modern Silistra, Bulgaria)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-julius-of-durostorum/


Saint Constantine of Beauvais

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A monk at Jumièges Abbey in France. Friend of Saint Philibert of Jumièges. Bishop of Beauvais, France.

Died

c.706 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-constantine-of-beauvais/


Saint Vouga of Lesneven

Also known as

Feock, Fiech, Veho, Vougar

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Sixth century bishop in Ireland. Retiring from public work, he settled in Brittany to live as a hermit near Lesneven, France.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vouga-of-lesneven/


Saint Domitian of Lobbes

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Benedictine monk. Spiritual student of Saint Landelin of Crespin at Lobbes, Belgium. Friend of Saint Hadelin of Lobbes.

Died

c.686 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-domitian-of-lobbes/


Saint Eutropia of Palmyra

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Twelve-year-old girl martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

used as a target for archery practice in 303 in Palmyra, Syria

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eutropia-of-palmyra/


Saint Leonides of Palmyra

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Sister of Saint Libya of Palmyra. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

burned at the stake in 303 in Palmyra, Syria

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-leonides-of-palmyra/


Saint Libya of Palmyra

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Sister of Saint Leonides of Palmyra. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

beheaded in 303 in Palmyra, Syria

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-libya-of-palmyra/


Saint Melan of Viviers

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Bishop of Viviers, France from 519 until his death; he served for 30 years.

Died

c.549 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-melan-of-viviers/


Blessed Pedro da Teruel

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Mercedarian friar. Ransomed at least 180 Christians enslaved by Muslims in north Africa.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-pedro-da-teruel/


Blessed Juan Rodriguez

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Mercedarian friar. Ransomed at least 180 Christians enslaved by Muslims in north Africa.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-juan-rodriguez/


Martyrs of Lucania

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Eleven Christians martyred together. We known nothing else about them but the names - Anteon, Candidus, Cantianilla, Cantianus, Chrysogonus, Jocundus, Nivitus, Protus, Quintianus, Silvius, Theodolus

Died

Lucania (modern Basilicata), Italy, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-lucania-15-june/


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• Elisabeth of Overloo
• Ferdinand of Portugal
• Isfrid of Ratzeburg
• Luigi Maria Palazzolo
• Pietro Nolasco Perra


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