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Blessed Nicholas Politi

Also known as

Nicolò Politi

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Born to the nobility, an only child and born to aged parents. Received a good cultural and religious education. He was a pious child with a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and contemplation of the Passion of Christ, and was early drawn to a life consecrated to God. Wed at age 17 in an arranged marriage; the wedding was a crisis point in his discernment of a vocation, and he fled to become a lay monk with the Basilian monastery of Santa Maria Del Rogato. He retired to become a cave hermit on Mount Calanna, Arcaria, Sicily. He lived a life of severe asceticism, but returned to the monastery of Rogato every weekend to go to Confession and receive Communion.

Nicholas had a reputation as a miracle worker, and some incidents record his connection to the miraculous –

• When the water used to wash him at birth was thrown out, a spring began gushing up from where it hit the ground.

• Even as a newborn, he refused to nurse or eat on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, beginning a self-imposed fast his first week on earth.

• As a boy, he could drive wolves away from the sheep by making the sign of the cross at them, and could heal both humans and sheep through prayer.

• When he decided to flee his wedding, an angel appeared to help him sneak out; the angel would reappear to warn him whenever his family sent guards to bring him home.

• When he was fleeing his parents to the cave that would become his home, he was fed along the way by an eagle, and obtained water by striking a rock with his staff.

• The eagle sitting at the entrance would later let him know he had reached the correct cave.

• During his flight from the wedding, Satan came to him in the form of a wealthy merchant, and tried to convince him to return to a worldly life and earthly pleasures; Nicholas prayed for strength, and Satan vanished.

• An angel gave him a warning of his own impending death so that Nicholas could make his way to the monastery for his final Confession, final Communion, and a final evening of prayer with his Basilian brothers.

Born

1117 in Adrano (Aderno), Catania, Sicily, Italy

Died

at dawn on 17 August 1167 in Arcaria, Sicily, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-nicholas-politi/


Saint Hyacinth

Also known as

• Apostle of the North
• Apostle to Poland
• Hyacinth of Cracow
• Jacek Odrowaz
• Jackek, Jacinto, Jacynthe

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Relative, possibly the brother of Blessed Ceslas Odrowaz. Educated in Krakow, Prague, Paris and Bologna. Doctor of Law and of Sacred Studies. Priest. Worked to reform convents in his native Poland. While in Rome working with his uncle, Bishop Ivo Konski of Krakow, he witnessed a miracle performed by Saint Dominic de Guzman. He became of friend of Saint Dominic, and became one of the first Dominicans. The first Polish Dominican, he brought the Order to Poland, then evangelized throughout Poland, Pomerania, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Scotland, Russia, Turkey, and Greece. During an attack on a monastery, Hyacinth managed to save a crucifix and statue of Mary, though the statue weighed far more than he could normally have lifted; the saint is usually shown holding these two items. Hyacinth never served as provincial nor even a prior, but toiled as a simple friar, focusing on the internal and external missions facing the Polish Dominicans: to deepen their own faith, and to spread it through Poland.

Born

1185 at Lanka Castle, Kamien Slaski, Opole, Upper Silesia (in modern Poland)

Died

• 15 August 1257 at Krakow, Poland of natural causes
• relics at Paris, France

Canonized

17 April 1594 by Pope Clement VIII

Patronage

• against drowning
• Camalaniugan, Philippines
• Ermita de Piedra de San Jacinto, Tuguegarao, Philippines
• Krakow, Poland, archdiocese of
• Lithuania (named by Pope Innocent XI in 1686)
• Poland

Storefront

medals and pendants

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


Saint Jeanne of the Cross Delanoue

Also known as

• Ioanna Delanoue
• Jeanne del Croi Delanoue
• Joan Delanoue
• Johanna Delanoue

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Youngest of twelve children. Her father was draper; her mother owned and operated a religious goods store. Her mother died in 1691, and Jeanne took over the business. Smart and hard-working, she made a success of the small business.

During the Pentecost season in 1698, Jeanne had two mystic experiences. The first was a vision, the second a series of pious commentaries by Frances Souchet, a widowed pilgrim from Rennes, France. The two events altered Jeanne's outlook, took her eyes from her safe, bourgious world to a more spiritual level. She closed her shop, turned her mind from worldly comfort and success, and began to serve the poor, the sick, and the neglected.

Using funds raised from generous benefactors she'd met in business, she founded and furnished three orphanages. She attracted followers, and in 1704 a small group of them founded the Sisters of Saint Anne of Providence of Samur, and Jeanne became Jeanne of the Cross. Noted for her miraculous healing abilities, she and her companions founded orphanages and hospices throughout France.

Born

18 June 1666 at Samur, Anjou, France as Jeanne Delanoue

Died

17 August 1736 at Fencet, France of natural causes

Canonized

31 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II at Rome, Italy

Readings

It is the Spirit of God which animates you and prompts you to this penitential life. Henceforth, then, be without fear and follow your inspirations. - Saint Louis de Montfort to Saint Jeanne

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-jeanne-of-the-cross-delanoue/


Saint Beatrice da Silva Meneses

Also known as

• Brites
• Beatrix da Silva
• Beatriz da Silva Meneses

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Daughter of the Count of Viana. Sister of Saint Amedeus of Portugal. Raised in the household of Princess Isabel, and accompanied her to Castile when she married John II of Castile. Beatrice spent much of her life as a courtier, but tired of it. She retired to a Cistercian convent in the city of Toledo, and dedicated the rest of her life to God.

Around 1484, Beatrice left the Cistercians and founded the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Conceptionists). With the help of Queen Isabel, who funded the start of the new order, Beatrice established a house near the city of Toledo in the castle of Galliana, served as its abbess, and spent the final six years of her life working with the women who joined the order.

Born

1424 at in Campo Maior, Portalegre, Portugal

Died

17 August 1492 in Toledo, Spain of natural causes

Beatified

• 28 July 1926 by Pope Pius XI (cultus confirmed)
• 21 January 1974 by Pope Paul VI (decree on heroic virtues)
• recorded miracles involved the instantaneous and perfect healing of Sister Mary of Saint Anne, 22, from a hemorrhage subretinica, retinicis, and a secondary lesions of the eye on 25 March 1923 in Mexico City; and Elizabeth Orozco Estrada, 63, from the small intestine and colon malignant neoplasia in September 1945 in Mexico City

Canonized

3 October 1976 by Pope Paul VI

Patronage

prisoners

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-beatrice-da-silva-meneses/


Saint Jeroen of Noordwijk

Also known as

• Gerone, Hiero, Hieron, Iero, Ieron, Jero, Jeron
• Jeroen van Noordwijk
• Jéron Noordwijk

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Born to the Scottish nobility, the son of a large land-owner. Known as a pious child who preferred to spend his time in church. Against the wishes of his parents, who wanted him to take over his father's estates, he became a monk in his teens. Priest. Missionary to the area of the modern Netherlands. Founded the first church in Noordwijk in 851. Martyred by raiding Vikings for refusing to worship their pagan gods.

Born

late 8th century Scotland

Died

• beheaded on 17 August 856 in Noordwijk, Netherlands
• buried in the dunes of Noordwijk
• c.980 he appeared in a series of dreams to a farmer named Nothbodo, showing the man where his relics could be found
• relics enshrined in Egmond Abbey c.985
• relics taken to Haarlem, Netherlands in June 1573
• several relics redistributed to assorted churches, altar and monasteries over the centuries after
• on 16 August 1892, following a lengthy study to authenticate the remaining relics, they were taken to the Saint Jeroen church in Nodowijk

Patronage

to find lost articles

Represenation

priest with a falcon (his soul that soared to heaven) and sword (used in his murder)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-jeroen-of-noordwijk/


Saint Clare of Montefalco

Also known as

Clare of the Cross

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Claimed by both the Franciscans and Augustinians. Pious from childhood, and devoted to Christ's Passion and the Cross. Franciscan tertiary. Joined with her blood sisters and some friends to form a new Franciscan house, Holy Cross Convent in Montefalco, Italy, with Clare's sister Joan as its first abbess. Reluctant abbess of the community at Santa Croce in 1255 following the death of her sister; the house eventually adapted the Rule of Saint Augustine. Upon her death, a cross was found emblazoned on the flesh above her heart.

Born

c.1268 at Montefalco, diocese of Spoleto, Italy

Died

• 18 August 1308 at Montefalco, diocese of Spoleto, Italy
• body incorrupt

Beatified

13 April 1737 by Pope Clement XII

Canonized

8 December 1881 at Pope Leo XIII

Patronage

Montefalco, Italy

Representation

scales

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-clare-of-montefalco/


Saint Donatus of Ripacandida

Also known as

Donatello, Donato

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Born to a poor family; named for Saint Donatus d’Arezzo. Benedictine monk at the monastery of Sant’Onofrio Massadiruta, Petina, Italy. Transferred to the Montevergine abbey in 1194. Returned to Sant’Onofrio Massadiruta in 1195 where he worked in the garden, with the farm animals, and in the bakery; he regularly got in trouble for giving away the house’s food to the poor. Would stand naked in an icy river at night to pray to do penance for his sins, and would often sleep in a nearby cave. His reputation for piety led to many to seek his spiritual wisdom.

Born

1179 at Ripacandida, diocese of Rapallo, Italy

Died

17 August 1198 of natural causes

Patronage

• Auletta, Italy
• Basilicata, Italy
• Melfi, Italy
• Montevergine, Italy
• Rapolla, Italy
• Ripacandida, Italy
• Ruoti, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-donatus-of-ripacandida/


Saint Jacobo Kyushei Gorobioye Tomonaga de Santa María

Also known as

• Giacomo Kyushei Gorobioye Tomonaga
• Iacobus of Saint Mary
• Iacobus Tomonaga Gorobyoe
• Jakob Kyushei Gorubioye Tomanga

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Catechist. Joined the Dominicans in Manila, Philippines. Ordained in 1626, he returned to Japan as a missionary and to minister to covert Catholics during a period of persecution. Worked with Saint Michaël Kurobyoe. Arrested in July 1633 for spreading Christianity, he was tortured and executed.

Born

1582 in Kyudetsu, Nagasaki, Japan

Died

• 17 August 1633 in Nishizaka, Nagasaki, Japan
• body cremated, ashes thrown into the sea

Canonized

18 October 1987 by Pope John Paul II at Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-jacobo-kyushei-gorobioye-tomonaga-de-santa-maria/


Blessed Enric Canadell Quintana

Also known as

Father Enric of the Sacred Hearts

Profile

Son of Francisco Canadell Presta and Margarita Quintana, Enric was baptized at the age of one day. Joined the Piarists on 22 October 1905 in Moyà, Spain, making his solemn vows on 29 June 1912. Priest, ordained on 20 September 1913 in Lérida, Spain. Teacher in the Piarist schools in the Spanish cities of Mataro, Barcelona and Balaguer, and served as vice-rector of the school in Barcelona. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

20 June 1890 in Olot, Diocese of Girona, Spain

Died

• shot on 17 August 1936 in Castellfullit, Girona, Spain
• relics enshrined in the church of San Esteban in Olot, Diocese of Girona, Spain

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-enric-canadell-quintana/


Blessed Marie-Élisabeth Turgeon

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One of nine children born to Louis-Marc Turgeon and Angèle Labrecque; her father died when Elisabeth was 15 years old. She graduated from Laval Normal School in Quebec, Canada in 1862, and taught at several schools. Founded the Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary on 12 September 1879, and served as its first superior.

Born

7 February 1840 in Beaumont, Quebec, Canada

Died

17 August 1881 in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada of natural causes

Beatified

• 26 April 2015 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition celebrated at the Church of Saint Robert, Rimouski, Canada, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-marie-elisabeth-turgeon/


Saint Mamas

Also known as

Mammas, Mamans, Mamante, Mamede, Mamés, Mammes, Mammès, Mammet

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Son of Saint Theodotus and Saint Rufina; he was born in prison where they were being held prior to martyrdom, and he was raised by Saint Ammi. Shepherd who was known to preach to the animals in the fields; they gathered around to hear the good news, and a lion stayed with him as a protector, even accompaning him when he was examined in the persecutions of Aurelian. Martyr.

Died

• c.275 in Cappadocia
• relics translated to Langres, France in the 8th century

Patronage

• guardians
• orphans
• torture victims
• Langres, France, cathedral of

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


Blessed Noël-Hilaire Le Conte

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Son of a gardener. Priest in the diocese of Bourges, France. Director of music for the cathedral of Bruges, France. Imprisoned on a ship in the harbor of Rochefort, France and left to die during the anti-Catholic persecutions of the French Revolution. One of the Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort.

Born

3 October 1765 in Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, France

Died

17 August 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-noel-hilaire-le-conte/


Pope Saint Eusebius

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Son of a physican. 31st pope in 310. His papacy lasted only four months, most of which he spent in exiled to Sicily by emperor Maxentius due to disturbances over how to deal with the lapsi, Christians who lapsed from the faith during the persecutions of Diocletian, and then came back to it. Eusebius wanted to welcome them back, after penance. Baptized Saint Eusebius of Vercelli.

Born

Greek

Papal Ascension

18 April 310

Died

• 17 August 310 in Sicily, Italy of natural causes
• buried in the catacombs of San Callistus in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/pope-saint-eusebius/


Blessed Leopoldina Naudet

Profile

Founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family.

Born

31 May 1773 in Florence, Italy

Died

17 August 1834 in Verona, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

• 29 April 2017 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition celebrated in the Basilica of Sant'Anastasia, Verona, Italy, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

Patronage

Sisters of the Holy Family

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-leopoldina-naudet/


Saint Carloman

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Eldest son of Charles Martel. King of Austrasia in 741. Supported the founding of monasteries at Fulda in Germany, and of Lobbes and Stavelot in Belgium. Supported the missionary work of Saint Boniface. Late in life, and on the advice of Saint Boniface, Carloman abdicated the throne in favour of his brother, and became a monk, first on Mount Soracte and then Monte Cassino in Italy where he worked in the kitchen and as a shepherd.

Born

707

Died

755 at a monastery in Vienne, France

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


Saint Anastasius of Terni

Profile

Hermit near Perugia, Italy. Bishop of Terni, Italy. Helped keep his flock from following the Arian heresy. Following the destructive invasion of his area by Totila, Anastasius led rescue and rebuilding efforts of homes and churches.

Born

Syrian

Died

• c.553
• chapel built over his tomb due to the number of miracles reported there

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


Saint Drithelm

Also known as

• Drithelm Cuningham
• Drithelm of Northumbria
• Dritham of Melrose

Profile

Wealthy and pious layman, a husband and father. Following a terrifying vision of the afterlife during a near-death experience during an epidemic in 696, he became a hermit and then monk at Melrose, Scotland. Bede writes of him in his History.

Born

Northumbria, England

Died

c.700 at Melrose, Scotland of natural causes

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


Saint Myron of Cyzicus

Also known as

Miron

Profile

Priest who tried to face down the people who came to destroy his church in the persecutions of Decius and Antipater. They tortured and killed him, and then razed the building.

Died

beheaded c.250 at Cyzicus in the Hellespont (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-myron-of-cyzicus/


Saint Michaël Kurobyoie

Also known as

Miguel, Mikael

Profile

Dominican lay catechist. Martyr.

Born

Japanese

Died

martyred on 17 August 1633 at Nishizaka, Nagasaki, Japan

Canonized

18 October 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-michael-kurobyoie/


Saint Juliana of Ptolemais

Profile

Sister of Saint Paul of Ptolemais. Martyred with him in the persecutions of Aurelian.

Died

beheaded c.270 at Ptolemais, Palestine

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-juliana-of-ptolemais/


Saint Theodule of Grammont

Also known as

Theodulus, Theodore

Profile

Fourth century bishop of Valais, Switzerland.

Patronage

Valais, Switzerland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodule-of-grammont/


Saint Paul of Ptolemais

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Brother of Saint Juliana. Martyred with her in the persecution of Aurelian.

Died

beheaded c.270 at Ptolemais, Palestine

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


Saint Benedicta of Lorraine

Profile

Tenth-century princess, the daughter of the king of Lorraine. Sister of Saint Cecilia of Lorraine. Nun and then abbess of Susteren Abbey in the German Rhineland.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-benedicta-of-lorraine/


Saint Cecilia of Lorraine

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Tenth-century princess, the daughter of the king of Lorraine. Sister of Saint Benedicta of Lorraine. Nun and then abbess of Susteren Abbey in the German Rhineland.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cecilia-of-lorraine/


Saint Amor of Amorbach

Also known as

Amator, Amour

Profile

Worked with Saint Pirmin as an 8th-century missionary in Germany. Founded the monastery of Amorbach in Franconia.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-amor-of-amorbach/


Saint James the Deacon

Profile

Benedictine monk. Deacon. Missionary with Saint Paulinus of York to Northumbria, England.

Born

7th century Italian

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-james-the-deacon/


Saint Eusebius of Sicily

Profile

Exiled for his faith.

Born

Greece

Died

310 in Sicily

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


Martyrs of Málaga

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A priest and seven brothers, all members of the Hospitallers of Saint John of God, all martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.

Antonio del Charco Horques
Eusebio Ballesteros Rodríguez
Florentino Alonso Antonio
Isidro Valentín Peña Ojea
Juan Antonio García Moreno
Manuel Sanz y Sanz
Pedro Pastor García
Silvestre Perez Laguna

Died

17 August 1936 in Málaga, Spain

Beatified

13 October 2013 by Pope Francis

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


Martyrs of Maspujols

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Three priests in the archdiocese of Tarragona, Spain. Martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.

Josep Mañé March
Magí Civit Roca
Miquel Rué Gené

Died

17 August 1936 in Maspujols, Tarragona, Spain

Beatified

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

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


Martyred in the Spanish Civil War

Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. I have pages on each of them, but in most cases I have only found very minimal information. They are available on the CatholicSaints.Info site through these links:

Blessed Antoni Carmaniú Mercarder
Blessed Eugenio Sanz-Orozco Mortera
Blessed Facundo Escanciano Tejerina


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Alberto da Chiatina
• Bartolomeo Laurel
• Elijah the Younger
• Nicolò Politi
• Ugo di Tennenbach


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