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Optional Memorial of Saint Isidore the Farmer

Saint Isidore the Farmer

Also known as

• Isadore the Farmer
• Isidore Bonden
• Isidore of Madrid
• Isidore the Laborer
• Isidore the Worker
• Isidro Labrador

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Pious farmer. Married to Saint Mary de la Cabeza. Their son died young; they became convinced it was the will of God that they not have children, and they lived together chastely the rest of their lives, doing good works. Accused by fellow workers of shirking his duties by attending Mass each day, taking time out for prayers, etc. Isidore claimed he had no choice but to follow the highest Master. One tale says that when his master came in the morning to chastise him for skipping work for church, he found angels plowing the fields in place of Isidore. Miracles and cures reported at his grave, in which his body remains incorrupt.

Born

c.1070 at Madrid, Castille (part of modern Spain)

Died

15 May 1130 of natural causes

Beatified

2 May 1619 by Pope Paul V

Canonized

12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory XV

Patronage

• against the death of children
• agricultural workers, farm workers, farmers, field hands, husbandmen, ranchers
• day laborers
• for rain
• livestock
• rural communities
• United States National Rural Life Conference
• World Youth Day 2011
• diocese of Digos, Philippines
• diocese of Malaybalay, Philippines
• 24 cities

Storefront

medals, holy cards, books

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

O God, Who didst teach Adam the simple art of tilling the soil, and Who through Jesus Christ, the true vine, didst reveal Thyself the husbandman of our souls, deign, we pray, through the merits of Blessed Isidore, to instill into our hearts a horror of sin and a love of prayer, so that, working the soil in the sweat of our brow, we may, with Christ our Lord, enjoy eternal happiness in heaven. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. - Prayer to Saint Isidore, Patron of Farmers; from "The Fold", August 1953

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


Blessed Andrew Abellon

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In his youth he got to listen to the preaching of Saint Vincent Ferrer. Joined the Dominicans at Saint Maximin monastery. Priest. Prior of Saint Mary Magdalen monastery, Provence, France, a noted pilgrimage site; tradition says it is one of the places where Saint Mary Magdalen went after the Crucifixion, and the monastery laid claim to her relics. Supported missionaries and preached home missions. Noted artist in his day, especially known for his manuscript illuminations.

Born

1375 at Saint Maximin, Provence, France

Died

• 15 May 1450 at Aix-en-Provence, France of natural causes
• buried in the Church of the Magdalen
• his tomb became known as a site of miraculous cures

Beatified

1902 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmed)

Patronage

against fever

Readings

God of all truth, you chose Blessed Andrew to preach the gospel of peace and to promote the regular life. By the help of his prayers may we devote ourselves to proclaiming the faith and bearing the yoke of Christ with fidelity. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. - General Calendar of the Order of Preachers

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-andrew-abellon/


Saint Euphrasius of Andújar

Also known as

• Euphrasius of Illiturgi
• Euphrasius of Illiturgis
• Euphemia, Eufrasio
• Apostle of Spain

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First century spiritual student of the Apostles. One of the first group of missionaries to Spain, ordained by Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Martyr.

Legend says that he once travelled from Spain to Rome, Italy in 30 minutes in order to help the Pope; he managed the quick trip by bribing a captive goblin with leftover food. He is also reputed to have brought a portrait of the Virgin Mary which had been painted by Saint Luke and given to him by Saint Peter.

Died

• 1st century in Illiturgis, Spain
• church built over his sepulcher in the 7th century
• relics taken to the Mao River valley in the Lugo province of Galacia, Spain ahead of invading Moors
• re-interred in the church of Santa María do Mao, O Incio, Spain
• some relics taken to Ajaccio, Corsica
• some relics taken to the cathedral in Jaén, Spain

Patronage

• diocese of Ajaccio, France
• diocese of Jaén, Spain
• Corsica
• Ajaccio, France
• Andújar, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-euphrasius-of-andujar/


Saint Severinus of Septempeda

Also known as

Severino

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Brother of Saint Victorinus of Camerino. The two brothers distributed their wealth to the poor in their area, then retired to live as hermits on Monte Nero, Italy. Ordered by Pope Vigilius to become Bishop of Septempeda, an area in the Marches of Ancona, Italy. Severinus was so successful at reviving the faith in his diocese that the town is now known as San Severino Marche in his honour.

Born

Septempeda (modern San Severino Marche, Italy)

Died

• 550 of natural causes
• interred in the cathedral in San Severino Marche, Italy
• relics hidden in the side altar of the cathedral during an incursion by the Goths
• relics taken to the site of his hermitage on Monte Nero, Italy on 3 November 590
• church built there and relics enshrined in 944
• relics hidden from invaders and lost in 1197
• relics re-discovered on 15 May 1576

Patronage

San Severino Marche, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-severinus-of-septempeda/


Saint Hallvard of Oslo

Also known as

• Hallvard Vebjørnsson
• Hallvard of Lier
• Halward...

Profile

Born to the Norwegian royalty. In 1043, as he was about to cross the Drammenfjord in a boat, a woman ran up to him, begging his help; she claimed she was falsely accused of theft, and feared for her life. Hallvard took her aboard, but the pursuers reached them before he could push off. They demanded he give her up, but he refused, saying the woman swore she was innocent. One of the pursuers shot and killed both Hallvard and the woman with a bow. The mob attached a stone to Hallvard's body and threw it into the sea; it floated, and was later enshrined at Christ Church, Oslo, Norway. Revered as a martyr because he died in defense of innocence, in the best spirit of chivalry.

Born

c.1020

Died

shot with an arrow c.1043

Patronage

• protection of innocence
• protection of virtue
• Oslo, Norway

Representation

prince holding a millstone

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


Saint Caesarea of Otranto

Additional Memorial

11 September in Santa Cesarea Terme, Italy; tradition says it's the date she fled her father's house

Profile

Daughter of Louis and Lucrezia. Following the death of her mother, the teenage Caesarea left home to escape the incestuous interests of her father. She consecrated herself to God, and withdrew from the world to live as an anchoress in a cave near Otranto, Italy where she devoted herself to prayer.

Born

14th century

Died

14th century of natural causes

Canonized

• due to her reputation for holiness, a church was soon built at the cave of Caesareo
• cultus known to have been in place in the 17th century

Patronage

• Porto Cesareo, Italy
• Santa Cesarea Terme, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-caesarea-of-otranto/


Saint Achilles of Larissa

Also known as

• Achilles of Thessaly
• Achilles the Thaumaturgist
• Achillas, Achillius, Ailus, Achilius

Profile

Born to an imperial Roman patrician family, he received a good education, especially in philosophy. On the death of his parents, he sold all his property, gave the money to the poor, and went on pilgrimage to the Holy Lands and then to Rome, Italy. Bishop of Larissa, Thessaly, Greece. Reported to have attended the first Council of Nicaea. Fought Arianism. Miracle worker.

Born

3rd century in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey)

Died

• c.331 in Larissa, Thessaly of natural causes
• relics venerated at Presba, Bulgaria since 978

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-achilles-of-larissa/


Saint Denysa of Troas

Also known as

Dionysia

Profile

A Christian girl ordered to sacrifice to pagan idols during the persecutions of Decius. She refused and was given over to a house of prostitution to be raped into submission. She fought against her "customers" until exhausted at which point her guardian angel appeared and frightened the men away from her. The next morning she fled the house to the site where a mob had dragged Saint Andrew and Saint Paul of Troas, and began proclaiming her faith. The proconsul had her dragged away and executed. Martyr.

Died

beheaded in Alexandria Troas (in modern Turkey) c.250

Video

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http://catholicsaints.info/saint-denysa-of-troas/


Saint Sophia of Rome

Also known as

• Kalte Sophia
• Cold Sophia
• Wet Sophia
• Sophie. Sofia, Zofia

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Young woman martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

• c.304 in Rome, Italy
• buried in the cemetery of Gordianus and Epimachus outside Rome
• some relics enshrined at the convent at Eschau, France by Saint Remigius of Strasbourg in 778
• some relics enshrined at the high altar of the church of San Martino ai Monti in Rome by Pope Sergius II c.845

Patronage

• against late frosts
• for the growth of crops

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


Saint Gerebernus

Also known as

Genebern, Genebrard, Gerebern, Gereborn, Gerebran, Gerebrand

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Aged 7th century Irish priest who baptized Saint Dympna in her infancy, accompanied her when she fled to Belgium, and died at her side.

Born

Ireland

Died

• beheaded in Gheel, Belgium
• head preserved as a relic at Gheel, Belgium
• relics enshrined at Sonsbeck, Germany where they have been the target of His "holy robbers", thieves who specialized in stealing relics

Patronage

• against fever
• against gout
• Sonsbeck, Germany

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


Saint Adiutor of Campania

Also known as

Adjutor, Adiutore

Profile

Priest in North African. Tortured and exiled by being stick in a boat without a rudder and sent out to sea by the Arian Vandals. The boat landed in the Campania region of southern Italy, and he resumed his ministry with the people there.

Patronage

diocese of Amalfi-Cava de 'Tirreni, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-adiutor-of-campania/


Saint Bertha of Bingen

Also known as

Berta

Profile

Daughter of Pepin II. Married to a pagan. Mother of Saint Rupert of Bingen. Widow. Founded several hospices for the poor. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy. After the pilgrimage, she sold all her possessions, gave away her wealth, and spent the remainder of her life as a prayerful hermitess near Bingen, Germany.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bertha-of-bingen/


Saint Hilary of Galeata

Also known as

Ellero, Ilaro

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Hermit near the River Ronco, Italy. He and some others hermits joined to build the Galeata monastery; it was later renamed Sant-Ilaro in his honour, and given to the Camaldolese Order.

Died

558 of natural causes

Patronage

Lugo, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hilary-of-galeata/


Saint Isaias

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Monk at the Monastery of the Caves under the direction of Saint Anthony and Saint Theodosius, founders of the house. Abbot at Saint Demtrius Abbey, Kiev in 1062. Bishop of Rostov in 1077. Evangelist to the unconverted of Rostov, teacher of the converted. Miracle worker.

Born

11th century Kiev, Ukraine

Died

• 1090 of natural causes
• relics enshrined in the Cathedral of Rostov, Russia in 1160

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


Saint Peter of Lampsacus

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Martyred in the persecutions of Decius for refusing to sacrifice to a statue of Venus.

Died

beheaded c.250 in Lampsacus, Asia Minor

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http://catholicsaints.info/saint-peter-of-lampsacus/


Blessed Joan Montpeó Masip

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Seminarian of the archdiocese of Tarragona, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

31 October 1918 in Borges del Camp, Tarragona, Spain

Died

15 May 1938 in Riudecols, Tarragona, Spain

Beatified

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

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-joan-montpeo-masip/


Saint Andrew of Troas

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Christian imprisoned for refusing to sacrifice to pagan idols during the persecutions of Decius. After one night in prison, a mob stirred up by the priests of Diana demanded that he and Saint Paul be turned over to them. The two were scourged, dragged out of town, and murdered. Martyr.

Died

stoned to death in Alexandria Troas (in modern Turkey) c.250

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-andrew-of-troas/


Saint Paul of Troas

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Christian imprisoned for refusing to sacrifice to pagan idols during the persecutions of Decius. After one night in prison, a mob stirred up by the priests of Diana demanded that he and Saint Andrew be turned over to them. The two were scourged, dragged out of town, and murdered. Martyr.

Died

stoned to death in Alexandria Troas (in modern Turkey) c.250

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-paul-of-troas/


Saint Rupert of Bingen

Profile

Son of Saint Bertha of Bingen. Ninth-century hillside hermit near Bingen, Germany. Died while returning from pilgrimage to Rome, Italy. His hill has since been name Rupertsberg in his honour.

Born

near Mainz, Rhineland Palatinate (in modern Germany)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rupert-of-bingen/


Saint Simplicius of Sardinia

Also known as

• Simplicius of Fausania
• Simplicio of...

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First bishop of Gallura, Italy. Marytred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

buried alive in 304 in Sardinia, Italy

Patronage

diocese of Tempio-Ampurias, Italy

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


Saint Alvardo

Profile

Wealthy merchant, and a cousin of King Olaf of Norway. Killed when he defended a woman falsely accused of theft. Martyr.

Born

Norway

Died

• 15 May 1043
• interred in the cathedral of Oslo, Norway

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


Saint Colman Mc O'Laoighse

Also known as

Columbanus Mc O'Laoighse

Profile

Sixth-century spiritual student of Saint Columba and Saint Fintan of Clonenagh. Founded a monastery in Oughaval, Ireland, and served as its first abbot. A church at Stradbally, Ireland is dedicated to him.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-colman-mc-olaoighse/


Blessed Clemente of Bressanone

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Franciscan friar minor. Sent to the Pinerolo region to preach against Waldensianism, he brought many back to the faith.

Born

Bressanone, Italy

Died

murdered on 15 May 1655 near San Secondo di Pinerolo, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-clemente-of-bressanone/


Saint Rheticus of Autun

Also known as

Rheticius, Reticius, Rhétice

Profile

Bishop of Autun, France c.310. Both Saint Augustine of Hippo and Saint Jerome wrote about him and his knowledge of Scripture.

Born

Gallo-Roman

Died

334 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rheticus-of-autun/


Blessed Diego of Valdieri

Profile

Franciscan friar minor. Sent to the Pinerolo region to preach against Waldensianism, he brought many back to the faith.

Born

Valdieri, Italy

Died

murdered on 15 May 1655 near San Secondo di Pinerolo, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-diego-of-valdieri/


Saint Bercthun of Beverley

Also known as

Bertin, Britwin, Brithwin, Brithun

Profile

Benedictine monk. Spiritual student of Saint John of Beverley. First abbot of Beverley in England.

Died

733

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bercthun-of-beverley/


Saint Nicholas the Mystic

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Patriarch of Constantinople. Deposed and exiled by emperor Leo VI when he opposed the emperor’s fourth marriage, which was prohibited by the laws of the Eastern Church.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nicholas-the-mystic/


Saint Hesychius of Gibraltar

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First century spiritual student of the Apostles. One of the first group of missionaries to Spain. Marytr.

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


Saint Victorinus of Clermont

Profile

Convert. Martyred by Teutonic barbarians led by Chrocas.

Died

c.264 in Clermont, France

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


Saint Caecilius of Granada

Profile

First century spiritual student of the Apostles. One of the first group of missionaries to Spain.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-caecilius-of-granada/


Saint Cassius of Clermont

Profile

Priest. Martyred by Teutonic barbarians led by Chrocas.

Died

c.264 in Clermont, France

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


Saint Ctesiphon of Verga

Profile

First century spiritual student of the Apostles. One of the first group of missionaries to Spain.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ctesiphon-of-verga/


Saint Indaletius of Urci

Profile

First century spiritual student of the Apostles. One of the first group of missionaries to Spain.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-indaletius-of-urci/


Saint Maximus of Clermont

Profile

Martyred by Teutonic barbarians led by Chrocas.

Died

c.264 in Clermont, France

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


Saint Secundus of Avila

Profile

First century spiritual student of the Apostles. One of the first group of missionaries to Spain.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-secundus-of-avila/


Saint Waldalenus of Bèze

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Brother of Saint Adalsindis. Founded the monastery of Bèze, France.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-waldalenus-of-beze/


Martyrs of Maleville

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50 Mercedarian friars murdered for their faith by Huguenots.

Died

1563 in the Mercedarian convent of Maleville in Rodez, France

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


Marytrs of Persia

Profile

Three Christians who were tortured, mutilated, imprisoned, starved and finally executed together for refusing to worship the sun and fire during the persecutions of Shapur II. We know nothing else about them but their names - Bohtiso, Isaac and Simeon.

Died

beheaded or burned at the stake (records vary) in the late 3rd century somewhere in Persia

http://catholicsaints.info/marytrs-of-persia-15-may/


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• Witesindo of Cordova


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