• Donna Giulietta
• Julia Salzano
• Prophetess of the New Evangelization
Daughter of Adelaide Valentino and Diego Salzano. Her father was a captain in the Lancers of King Ferdinand II of Naples, and died when Giulia was four years old. Raised and educated by the Sisters of Charity in the Royal Orphanage of Saint Nicola La Strada until age fifteen. School teacher and catechist in Casoria, Naples. Friend and co-worker with Blessed Caterina Volpicelli. Noted for her personal devotion to the Virgin Mary. She encouraged others in devotion to Our Lady and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Foundress of the Congregation of the Catechetical Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1905.
13 October 1846 in Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Caserta, Italy
17 May 1929 in Casoria, Naples, Italy of natural causes
17 October 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI
While I have any life left in me, I will continue to teach the catechism. And then, I assure you, I would be very happy to die teaching the catechism. - Blessed Giulia
The Sister catechist must be ready, at every moment, to instruct the little ones and the uneducated. She must not count the sacrifices such a ministry demands, indeed she should desire to die while doing it, if this be God's will. - Blessed Giulia
In advance of her time, she was an apostle of the new evangelization in which she combined apostolic activity with prayer, offered ceaselessly, especially for the conversion of the "indifferent". This new Blessed encourages us to persevere in faith and never to lose our confidence in God who does all things. Called to be the apostles of modern times, may believers also be inspired by Blessed Julia Salzano "to instill in many creatures the immense charity of Christ". - Pope John Paul II, from his homily during the beatification of Blessed Giulia
Son of the pious peasants Martin Baylon and Elizabeth Jubera. From youth he displayed great devotion to the Eucharist. Worked as a shepherd from ages 7 to 24, and was a good influence on his shepherd friends, an often rowdy group. Franciscan lay brother with friars of the Alcantarine Reform, often serving as cook or doorkeeper. His charity to the poor and afflicted, his unfailing courtesy and humility were remarkable even by Franciscan standards. While travelling in France, he defended the Real Presence against the blasphemies of a Calvinist preacher, and narrowly escaped death at the hands of a Huguenot mob. Poorly educated, he was still a counselor sought by rich and poor alike. His cultus is especially strong in Spain and southern Italy, in Central and South America.
24 May 1540 (feast of Pentecost) at Torre Hermosa, Aragon, (modern Spain)
15 May 1592 (feast of Pentecost) at Villa Reale, Spain of natural causes
16 October 1690 by Pope Alexander VIII
• Eucharistic congresses and organizations (proclaimed by Pope Leo XIII on 28 November 1897)
• diocese of Segorbe-Castellón de la Plana, Spain
• Obado, Bulacan, Philippines
man in adoration before a vision of the Host
27 June as one of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe
Greek Catholic. Graduated high school in 1919, and obtained a degree in theology in 1923. Ordained in 1923. Taught catechism and theology, and served as prefect of students at the seminary at Peremysyl, Poland from 1925 to 1935. Joined the Redemptorists in 1935. Noted preacher when stationed at Lviv.
Prior of the monastery in Ternopil during the Nazi occupation. Vicar General of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church after his superiors were arrested or expelled. Arrested on 5 January 1950 for his faith, for preaching, and for being a Redemptorist. Held in Zolochiv prison, then exiled to Ozerlah, Irkhutsk, Russia. Tortured routinely, beaten severely, and eventually died in prison. One of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe.
26 December 1899 at Odrekhiv, in present day Poland
• Easter Sunday, 17 May 1952 from injuries received in a beating three days earlier at Ozerlah, Irkhutsk, Russia
• buried at Ozerlah
27 June 2001 by Pope John Paul II in Ukraine
Maden, Madern, Maderne, Madon, Medron
Monk and hermit. Cures worked at Saint Madron's Church, Cornwall, England. Honoured in Brittany. Like many holy people of the time, there is a well that is considered "his", and is noted for its healing powers. Tradition says that you ask for healing from some ill, then leave a piece of cloth from your clothing at the well; as the cloth deteriorates, the illness dissipates.
c.545 near Land's End, Cornwall, England
• abbot holding a lit lamp
• lit lamp
Out of pagan darkness in the land of Cornwall thou didst shine as a witness to Christ. Holy hermit Madern, entreat Him that the light thou didst kindle may ever shine in our hearts. - Troparion of Saint Madern
Second of ten children born to a peasant family. She received only four years of school, quitting to take over housekeeping from her mother, Grazia, who was bed-ridden with a heart condition. Joined Catholic Action at age ten, becoming an active and lively member and recruiter. At age 16, while out gathering wood for home, she was beaten and murdered by a teenage would-be rapist, fighting him off to her last breath; considered a martyr to purity.
21 June 1919 in Orgosolo, Sardinia, Italy
17 May 1935, Ovadduthai, Orgosolo, Nuoro, Italy
Sunday 4 October 1987 by Pope John Paul II at Rome, Italy
• rape victims
After her husband was martyred for his faith, Restituta moved from Sardinia to Rome, Italy. Her two small children were baptized there by Pope Saint Eusebius, and given the names Eusebio and Eusebia. The boy grew to become Saint Eusebius, first bishop of Vercelli, Italy, while the girl, Eusebia, became a nun and then abbess of the monastery in Vercelli. With her children grown and in religious life, Resituta returned to Sardinia where she died a martyr.
latter 3rd century Sardinia (part of modern Italy)
• early 4th century near Cagliari, Sardinia (part of modern Italy)
• relics enshrined in a chapel in Cagliari, which were re-discovered in 1607
• Liu Wenyuan Petrus
• Peter Liu Wenyuan
28 September as one of the Martyrs of China
Married lay man convert to Christianity. Catechist. Exiled to Mongolia for his faith in 1814. He was permitted to return from exile in 1827 and began working with Catholic missionaries. When the persecutions of the faith resumed, many Christians were imprisoned. Peter initially evaded arrest, but was caught ministering to prisoners, including his own sons. Martyr.
c.1760 in Guizhou, China
strangled to death on 17 May 1834 at Guiyang, Guizhou, China
1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II
Ratho of Grafrath
Born to the German nobility, he became a Count (Graf). As a soldier, he fought invading Hungarians. Pilgrim to the Holy Lands and then to Rome, Italy. Returning home, he founded a Benedictine monastery and entered it as a monk; the area around the house became known as Grafrath in his honor.
Virgin-martyr, tortured and killed during the persecutions of Diocletian.
• burned to death on a boat c.304 off Carthage, Tunisia
• the boat grounded on the island of Ischia near Naples, Italy
• relics believed housed in the Cathedral of Naples
Lacco Ameno, Italy
Born to the French nobility, he gave up the worldly life to join the Mercedarians and ransom Christians enslaved by Muslims. He travelled to Tunis in north Africa in 1408, freed 300 slaves, and was killed by Muslims for remaining a Christian.
14th century France
beaten to death in 1408 in Tunis, Tunisia
• Silave, Silan
• Father of the Poor
Monk. Abbot of Saint Brendan's Abbey. Bishop. In later life he moved to Italy where he was known for his charity to the poor.
1100 in Lucca, Italy
1183 by Pope Lucius III
Cadan, Catan, Chattan
Uncle of Saint Blane. Sixth-century bishop on the Isle of Bute, Scotland, a place often known as Kil-Cathan in his honor.
• tomb at Tamlacht, Ireland
• relics at Tamlacht and on the Isle of Bute, Scotland
• Fionnchan of Droma Enaigh
• Fionnchan of Druim Fes
• Fionnchan of Druim Fesi
• Fionnchan of Druim Fess
• Finnchan, Findchanus
6th century bishop of Druim-Eanaigh, Ireland.
Immigrated from Ireland to Cornwall, England to live as a hermit by the sea near Falmouth. His reputation for piety led to would-be students, and he helped spread Christianity through the region. The area of his hermitage, and a holy well are known as Saint Mawes.
Maeldulph, Maildubh, Maildulf
Monk. Abbot. Founded the monastery at Malmesbury, England. Spiritual teacher of Saint Aldhelm of Sherborne.
Poor Clare nun at the convent of Sant'Apollinare in Porta Romana, Milan, Italy known for her mystical prayer life.
latter 15th century
c.1527 in Milan, Italy of natural causes
• Victor of Basilla
4th century in the cemetery of Basilla on the Via Salaria Antica in Rome, Italy
4th century Alexandria, Egypt
4th century at Noviodunum, Mesia (in modern Romania)
Soldier martyred in Chalcedon along with many of his Christian companions in the persecutions of emperor Maximian.
Premonstratensian canon. Missionary to the Wends in Germany, working with Saint Vicelin of Oldenburg.
4th century at Noviodunum, Mesia (in modern Romania)
Three Christians martyred together; no details about them have survived except their names - Adrio, Basilla and Victor.
4th century Alexandria, Egypt
A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know little more than three of their names - Aquilinus, Heradius and Paul.
303 at Noyon, Switzerland
• Emiliano I of Vercelli
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