Carmelite in Florence, Italy. Priest. Professor of theology at Florence and Frascati, Italy. First member of the reformed observance of Our Lady of the Wood. Prior of several houses. Noted preacher. Eventually retired to the Carmelite house in Florence, and spent his last years in prayer.
1377 at Florence, Italy
17 August 1438 at Florence, Italy
7 March 1761 Pope Clement XIII (cultus confirmed)
Cousin of Saint Samson of York and Saint Cadfan. Monk. Abbot. Founded Saint-Armel-des-Boscheaux and Plou-Ermel monasteries in Brittany in coastal France. The church of Saint Erme in Cornwall in England is dedicated to him.
Soldier in the imperial Roman army in the reign of Emperor Licinius. Convert to Christianity, which led to his arrest. Released, he lived as a hermit near Nicomedia. Miracle worker. Had the gift of prophecy; foretold the destruction of Nicomedia by an earthquake in 358.
Physician. Lay evangelist. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.
Bishop of Auxerre, France in 532; he served for 29 years. Assisted at the four Councils of Orleans.
Franciscan priest, ordained in 1606. Missionary to Japan where he was noted for his quick mastery of the language. Arrested at Macao in 1615, he was imprisoned for three years, then executed for his faith. Martyr.
Raised to be a soldier, but when he accidentally killed a man Laurence was so overcome with remorse that he put his aside his arms and made a pilgrimage of penance to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. Benedictine monk at Subiaco, Italy. Lived 34 years as a hermit in the ruins of a mountain monastery founded by Saint Benedict. Known for this austerity; if visitors left offerings, he gave them to the poor. His reputation for holiness attracted a small community of would-be spiritual students. The title loricatus because he wore a coat of chain mail next to his skin as an act of penance; the future Pope Gregory IX finally persuaded him to give it up. Wrote a book of prayers that has survived.
Benedictine monk of Saint-Jouin-de-Marne. Helped Blessed Robert of Arbrissel found a new house. Founded the double monastery of Saint-Sulpice in 1092 in the diocese of Rennes, France, and served as its first abbot.
French noble who early developed a sympathy for the poor and sick; reported to have been born with the image of a red cross on his breast. Orphaned at age 20, he gave his fortune to the poor, and became a mendicant pilgrim; may have been a Franciscan tertiary. While on pilgrimage Roch encountered an area afflicted with plague. He stayed to minister to the sick, and affected several miraculous cures, usually by making the sign of the cross over them, but contracted the plague himself. He walked into a forest to die, but was befriended by a dog. The dog fed him with food stolen from his master's table, and Roch eventually recovered.
When Roch returned to Montpellier, France, he was arrested for being a spy. He languished in jail for five years, never mentioning his noble connections, cared for by an angel until his death.
Friend and advisor to Saint Ambrose of Milan. Bishop of Milan, Italy for three years. Helped convert Saint Alipius. Praised by Saint Augustine of Hippo for his learning and faith.
Born to a pagan family, but was baptized at age 10 with his father. King of the Magyars in Hungary. Married to Blessed Gisella of Ungarn, sister of emperor Saint Henry II. Evangelized both their peoples. Saint Astricus served as his advisor. Stephen united the Magyars into a single nation, suppressing revolts led by pagan nobles. Crowned king on Christmas Day 1001 by Emperor Otto III by authority of Pope Sylvester II. Organized dioceses, and founded monasteries. Father of Saint Emeric; brought Saint Gerard Sagredo to tutor his son.
My beloved son, delight of my heart, hope of your posterity, I pray, I command, that at every time and in everything, strengthened by your devotion to me, you may show favor not only to relations and kin, or to the most eminent, be they leaders or rich men or neighbors or fellow-countrymen, but also to foreigners and to all who come to you. By fulfilling your duty in this way you will reach the highest state of happiness. Be merciful to all who are suffering violence, keeping always in your heart the example of the Lord who said, "I desire mercy and not sacrifice." Be patient with everyone, not only with the powerful, but also with the weak. Finally be strong lest prosperity lift you up to much or adversity cast you down. Be humble in this life, that God may raise you up in the next. Be truly moderate and do not punish or condemn anyone immoderately. Be gentle so that you may never oppose justice. Be honorable so that you may never voluntarily bring disgrace upon anyone. Be chaste so that ;you may avoid all the foulness of lust like the pangs of death. All these virtues I have noted above make up the royal crown, and without them no one is fit to rule here on earth or attain to the heavenly kingdom. - from Saint Stephen's advice to his son
Deacon. Martyred by Goths during the sacking of Rome, he was murdered while distributing alms to starving Romans.
Shepherd in the mountains of Carvagna in the Italian Alps. Poor as he was, he regularly gave away all he had to the church and those poorer than himself. Killed by a former employer who was jealous of Uguzo's reputation and the admiration he received.
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