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Optional Memorial of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

Servites

Also known as

• Confraternity of Our Lady
• Order of Servants of Mary
• Servant Friars
• The Seven Holy Founders

About

Named the fifth mendicant order by Pope Martin V, it was founded in 1233 by

• Saint Alexis Falconieri
• Saint Bartholomew degli Amidei
• Saint Benedict dell'Antella
• Saint Buonfiglio Monaldi
• Saint Gherardino Sostegni
• Saint Hugh dei Lippi-Uguccioni
• Saint John Buonagiunta Monetti

On the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1240 the Founders received a vision of Our Lady. She held in her hand the black habit, and a nearby angel bore a scroll reading Servants of Mary. Mary told them,

"You will found a new order, and you will be my witnesses throughout the world. This is your name: Servants of Mary. This is your rule: that of Saint Augustine. And here is your distinctive sign: the black scapular, in memory of my sufferings."

From their first establishment at La Camarzia, near Florence, Italy, they removed to the more secluded Monte Senario where the Blessed Virgin herself conferred on them their habit, instructing them to follow the Rule of Saint Augustine and to admit associates. Official approval was obtained in 1249; confirmed in 1256; suppressed in 1276; definitely approved in 1304; and again by Brief in 1928. The order was so rapidly diffused that by 1285 there were 10,000 members with houses in Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, and early in the 14th century it numbered 100 convents, besides missions in Crete and India. The Reformation reduced the order in Germany, but it flourished elsewhere. Again meeting with political reverses in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it nevertheless prospered, being established in England in 1867, and in America in 1870. The Servites take solemn vows and venerate in a special manner the Seven Dolors of Our Lady. They cultivate both the interior and the active life, giving missions and teaching.

An affiliation, professing exclusively the contemplative life is that of the Hermits of Monte Senario. Reinstated in France, 1922. Cloistered nuns, forming a Second Order, have been affiliated with the Servites since 1619 when Blessed Benedicta di Rossi called the nuns of her community Servite Hermitesses. They have been established in England, Spain, Italy, the Tyrol, and Germany.

A Third Order, the Mantellate, founded by Saint Juliana Falconieri under Saint Philip Benizi, c.1284, has houses in Italy, France, Spain, England, Canada, and the United States. Secular tertiaries and a confraternity of the Seven Dolors are other branches.

Canonized

1887 by Pope Leo XIII

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/servites/


Saint Alexis Falconieri

Also known as

Alessio Falconieri

Profile

One of the Seven Founders of the Servants of Mary; uncle of Saint Juliana Falconieri. Son of Bernard Falconieri, a wealthy Florentine merchant and a Guelph. Joined the Laudesi, also known as the Praisers of Mary, a confraternity of the Blessed Virgin in Florence, Italy c.1225, and in this group met the others who would be the Servite Founders. Received the vision of Mary on 15 August 1233. The other members of the Laudesi were ordained, but Alexis felt himself unworthy, remained a lay-brother, and worked to insure the material and financial requirements of the community, often begging in the street when he had no other resources. Helped build the Servite church at Cafaggio. He was the only one of the seven founders still alive when the Order was approved by Pope Benedict XI in 1304.

Born

13th century at Florence, Italy

Died

17 February 1310 at Monte Sennario, Italy

Canonized

15 January 1887 by Pope Leo XIII

Patronage

Orvieto, Italy

Representation

• beggar
• pilgrim

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-alexis-falconieri/


Blessed Luke Belludi

Also known as

Lucas, Lukas

Profile

Born to the Italian nobility. Brought into the Franciscans by Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Francis of Assisi. Anthony's companion in his travels and preaching, tending to him in his last days and taking Anthony's place upon his death. Guardian of the Friars Minor in the city of Padua.

In 1239 Padua fell, nobles were executed, the mayor and council banished, the university of Padua closed, and the church dedicated to Saint Anthony left unfinished. Luke was expelled, but secretly returned, visiting the tomb of Saint Anthony to pray for help. One night a voice from the tomb assured him that the city would soon be delivered; it was.

Luke was elected provincial minister, and furthered the completion of the great basilica in honor of Anthony. Founded convents. Miracle worker.

Born

c.1200 in Padua, Italy

Died

• c.1285 of natural causes
• relics in the basilica of Saint Anthony

Videos

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-luke-belludi/


Blessed Martí Tarrés Puigpelat

Additional Memorial

6 November as one of the Martyred Franciscan Capuchins of Barcelona

Also know as

Frederic of Berga

Profile

Joined the Franciscan Capuchins on 21 November 1886 in Arenys de Mar, Spain. Ordained on 24 June 1901. Extremely popular preacher. Superior of monasteries in Igualada and Arenys de Mar, Spain. Capuchin visitator of Central America. Provincial superior of his Order. Arrested on 16 February 1937 in a residence where he was hiding from anti-Catholic Marxists forces during the Spanish Civil War; as soon as they determined that he was a priest, he was murdered. Martyr.

Born

8 October 1877 in a farm house outside Berga, Barcelona, Spain

Died

17 February 1937 in Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

• 21 November 2015 by Pope Francis
• celebrated at the cathedral of Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, Barcelona, Spain presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-marti-tarres-puigpelat/


Saint Silvinus of Auchy

Also known as

• Silvinus of Therouanne
• Silvin, Silvino

Additional Memorial

15 February at Auchy, France

Profile

Silvinus spent his youth in the courts of King Childeric II and King Thierry III. On the eve of his marriage, he left for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and decided to turn his back on worldly life. Priest, ordained in Rome, Italy. Regional bishop with his see in Toulouse. Successful travelling evangelist in the area around Thérouanne and Toulouse, and throughout the region that is modern Belgium. Ransomed slaves. In later life he retired to become a Benedictine monk at the abbey of Auchy-les-Moines, Artois, France.

Born

near Toulouse, France

Died

• 15 February 718 at the abbey of Auchy-les-Moines, Artois, France of natural causes
• relics translated to Saint-Bertin's Church at Saint-Omer in 951 to protect them from invading Normans

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-silvinus-of-auchy/


Saint Fintán of Clonenagh

Also known as

Fintán of Clúain Ednech

Profile

Spiritual student of Saint Columba. Austere hermit at Clonenagh, Ireland. Many would-be students gathered around him that he founded a house for them and served as their abbot. He set such an austere example that neighboring monasteries complained they could not keep up; though he was very severe on himself, Fintan was known to be gentle and forgiving with others. Spiritual teacher of Saint Comgall of Bangor.

Legend says that Fintan's mother received an angelic visit to explain what a holy son she would have. Fintan was reputed to have the gifts of prophecy and knowledge of distant events. Witnesses say that when he prayed by himself, he was surrounded by light.

Born

at Leinster, Ireland

Died

603 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fintan-of-clonenagh/


Saint Mesrop the Teacher

Also known as

• Mesrop Mashtot
• Mesrob...

Additional Memorial

5 July (Armenian Apostolic Church)

Profile

Career soldier who retired from the military to become a hermit, monk and preacher. Worked with Saint Isaac the Great in the formation of the Armenian Church. Civil servant. Missionary to Armenia and Georgia. Developed the alphabet for writing Armenian. Organized schools and the translation of the Bible into Armenian, translating the New Testament himself.

Born

c.362 in Hatsik, Taron Province, Kingdom of Armenia

Died

17 February 440 in Vagharshapat, Armenia of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-mesrop-the-teacher/


Saint Finan of Iona

Also known as

Finan of Lindisfarne

Profile

Monk at Iona. Succeeded Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne as governor of the Church in Northumbria, England. Bishop of Lindesfarne, England in 651. Built the cathedral, and the monasteries of Gilling and Whitby. Opposed the replacement of the Celtic liturgy with the Roman one. Evangelized southern England, working with Saint Cedd. Friend of King Oswiu of Northumbria and Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. Baptized King Penda and King Saint Sigebert of the East Saxons, and brought Saint Ebbe the Elder into the Benedictines.

Born

in Ireland

Died

9 February 661 in Ireland

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


Saint Petrus Yu Chong-nyul

Also known as

• Peter Yu Chong-nyul
• Peteuro Yu Jeong-nyul

Profile

Married layman and father in the apostolic vicariate of Korea. While reading the Bible to a group of friends at the home of a catechist one night, he was arrested, imprisoned and murdered for the offense of teaching Christianity. Martyr.

Born

1837 in Taphyen, Yulli county, near Pyongyang, North Korea

Died

beaten to death on the evening of 17 February 1866 in prison in Pyongyang, North Korea

Canonized

6 May 1984 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-petrus-yu-chong-nyul/


Saint Flavian of Constantinople

Profile

Patriarch of Constantinople c.446. He condemned Eutyches, who began the heresy of Monophysitism. He refused to bribe Emperor Theodosius II in order to hold his see, and, against Theodosius's wishes, he made the emperor's sister Pulcherius a deaconess. Theodosius had him deposed and exiled. When Flavian tried to appeal Pope Leo the Great to hold his seat, the emperor had him beaten so badly that he died three days later from his wounds.

Died

449

Canonized

451 by the Council of Chalcedon

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-flavian-of-constantinople/


Saint Bartholomew degli Amidei

Also known as

• Amadeus degli Amidei
• Amadio Amidei
• Bartholomes degli Amidei
• Bartolomeo degli Amidei

Profile

One of the Seven Founders of Servants of Mary (Servites). Governed the important Servite convent of Carfaggio. Third general of the Servites. In his later years he retired to spend his final days at the monastery at Monte Sennario, Italy.

Died

at Monte Sennario, Italy of natural causes

Canonized

15 January 1887 by Pope Leo XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bartholomew-degli-amidei/


Blessed Constabilis of Cava

Also known as

Constabile, Costabile

Profile

Benedictine monk under Saint Leo at Cava monastery, Salerno, Italy. Abbot of Cava in 1122. Built the town of Castelabbate around the monastery.

Born

1060 at Lucania, Italy

Died

• 1124 of natural causes
• buried in the church overhanging the grotto of Arsicia

Beatified

21 December 1893 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmed)

Patronage

• Castelabbate, Italy
• sailors

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-constabilis-of-cava/


Blessed Elisabetta Sanna

Profile

Married lay women in the dioceses of Rome and Sassari, Italy. Widow. Member of the Secular Franciscan Order, and of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate.

Born

23 April 1788 in Codrongianos, Sassari, Italy

Died

17 February 1857 in Rome, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

• 17 September 2016 in Pope Francis
• the beatification was celebrated at the Basilica of Santissima Trinità di Saccargia, Codrongianos, Italy, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-elisabetta-sanna/


Saint Benedict dell'Antella

Also known as

Manettus, Manetius, Manetto

Profile

One of the Seven Founders of the Servants of Mary. Attended the Council of Lyons in 1246. Governed the Servites in the Tuscan province in 1260. Took the Servite Order to France at the request of King Saint Louis IX. Fourth prior-general of the Servites. Sent missionaries to Asia. Retired to turn authority over to Saint Philip Benizi.

Died

20 August 1268 of natural causes

Canonized

15 January 1888 by Pope Leo XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-benedict-dellantella/


Saint John Buonagiunta Monetti

Also known as

• John Buonagiunta
• John Bonaiuncta

Profile

One of the Seven Founders of Servants of Mary. The youngest of the Founders. Elected as the second prior-general of the Servites in 1256.

Died

1256 of natural causes while sitting in chapel listening to the Gospel account of the Passion

Canonized

1887 by Pope Leo XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-buonagiunta-monetti/


Blessed Antoni Leszczewicz

Profile

Priest. Member of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. One of the 108 Polish Martyrs of World War II.

Born

30 September 1890 in Abramovsk, Vilniaus rajonas, Lithuania

Died

burned to death on 17 February 1943 at the death camp in Rositsa, Vitebskaya voblasts', Belarus

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II at Warsaw, Poland

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-antoni-leszczewicz/


Saint Hugh dei Lippi-Uguccioni

Also known as

Ricovero dei Lippi-Ugoccioni

Profile

One of the Seven Founders of the Servants of Mary. Worked with Saint Philip Benizi in France and Germany. Vicar-general of the Servites in Germany for eight years.

Born

Florence, Italy

Died

3 May 1282 at Mount Senario, Italy of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hugh-dei-lippi-uguccioni/


Saint Gherardino Sostegni

Also known as

• Gherardino Sostenes
• Gherardino Sostegno
• Gerardino...

Profile

One of the Seven Founders of the Servants of Mary. Led the Servite province of Umbria, Italy from 1260 until his death, and brought the Servite Order to Germany.

Canonized

1887 by Pope Leo XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gherardino-sostegni/


Saint Loman of Trim

Also known as

• Loman mac Dalláin
• Lommán, Luman

Profile

Son of Tigris. Nephew of Saint Patrick. He evangelized Ireland with Patrick, and converted Saint Fortchern of Trim and his family, including the pagan chieftain Fedelmid, to the faith. Bishop of Trim, Meath, Ireland.

Died

c.450 of natural causes

Patronage

Trim, Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-loman-of-trim/


Saint Bonosus of Trier

Also known as

Bonosio, Bonoso

Profile

Priest. Imprisoned c.353 for supporting his bishop, Saint Paulinus, and orthodox Christianity in the face of Arians. Bishop of Trier, Gaul (in modern Germany) in 358; he continued to fight Arianism.

Died

• c.373 of natural causes
• relics enshrined in the church of San Paolino in Trier

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bonosus-of-trier/


Saint Benedict of Cagliari

Also known as

Benedict of Dolia

Profile

Benedictine monk at Cagliari, Sardinia. Bishop of Dolia, Sardinia for five years. Shortly before his death he resigned his see, and spent his last days as a prayerful recluse at the basilica abbey.

Died

c.1112 at Saint Saturninus Basilica monastery, Cagliari, Sardinia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-benedict-of-cagliari/


Saint Guevrock

Also known as

Gueroc, Guevroc, Guirec, Guivrok, Keric, Kerric, Kirecq

Profile

Sixth century Briton. Friend and travelling companion of Saint Tudwal. Abbot at Loc-Kirec, Brittany. Assisted bishop Saint Paul of Léon.

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


Saint Fortchern of Trim

Also known as

Forkernus

Profile

The son of a pagan chieftain, he was converted to Christianity by Saint Loman of Trim. Sixth century bishop of Trim, Ireland. Hermit.

Patronage

bell-founders

Representation

bishop standing amidst bell-founders

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fortchern-of-trim/


Saint Julian of Caesarea

Profile

Catechumen at Caesarea, Palestine. Arrested for venerating the martyred Saint Elias and companions. Martyred by order of Firmilian, governor of Palestine.

Died

burned to death in 309 at Caesarea, Palestine

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


Saint Theodulus of Caesarea

Profile

Member of the household of the governor of Palestine. When the governor learned of Theodulus's Christianity, he ordered his execution. Martyr.

Died

crucified in 309 at Caesarea, Palestine

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


Saint Donatus the Martyr

Profile

One of a group of over 80 Christians martyred together during the persecutions Diocletian.

Died

304 at Porto Gruaro, near Venice, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-donatus-the-martyr-0217/


Saint Secundian the Martyr

Profile

One of a group of over 80 Christians martyred together during the persecutions Diocletian.

Died

304 at Porto Gruaro, near Venice, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-secundian-the-martyr/


Saint Evermod of Ratzeburg

Profile

Priest. Evangelized with Saint Norbert. Abbot of Gottesgnaden and Magdeburg. Bishop of Ratzeburg, Germany.

Died

1178 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-evermod-of-ratzeburg/


Saint Romulus the Martyr

Profile

One of a group of over 80 Christians martyred together during the persecutions Diocletian.

Died

304 at Porto Gruaro, near Venice, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-romulus-the-martyr/


Saint Habet-Deus

Profile

Bishop of Luna, Tuscany, an Italian city which exists now only in ruins. Martyred by Arian Vandals.

Died

c.500

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-habet-deus/


Saint Polychronius of Babylon

Profile

Bishop of Babylon. Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-polychronius-of-babylon/


Saint Faustinus the Martyr

Profile

The only one of a group of 45 Christian martyrs whose name has come down to us.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-faustinus-the-martyr/


Saint Lupiano

Profile

Baptized by Saint Hilary of Poitiers c.360, and died within the week. Saint Gregory of Tours wrote about him.

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


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