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Feast of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Feast originated in Spain. When the feast of the Annunciation (25 March) was transferred to 18 December because of the regulation forbidding feasts in Lent, it remained on this date after the Annunciation was again celebrated on its original date. It impressed on the faithful the sentiments of the Blessed Virgin as the time of her delivery approached.

http://catholicsaints.info/expectation-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/


Malachi the Prophet

Also known as

Malachias

Additional Memorial

3 January (Greek calendar)

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Fifth century B.C., son of Sapha, Tribe of Zabulon. Post-Exilic and last of the Twelve Minor Prophets and the inspired writer of one of the Canonical Books of the Old Testament. No details of his life have survived.

http://catholicsaints.info/malachi-the-prophet/


Blessed Giulia Valle

Also known as

Sister Nemesia

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Daughter of Anselmo Valle and Cristina Dalbar who both worked in the family's milliner's shop; she had one brother, Vincent. But her mother died when Giulia was four, and she was raised by relatives in Aosta and Donnas in Italy. Educated at Besançon, France by the Sisters of Charity. Her father re-married and moved to Pont Saint Martin; Giulia returned to live with her family, but relations were strained, and she even became estranged from her brother. Soon after, the Sisters of Charity established a house in Pont Saint Martin; Giulia felt drawn to their life, and when her father arranged her a well-placed marriage, it forced her to make the final decision for religious life instead.

She began her novitiate at the monastery of Santa Margherita on 8 September 1866, taking the name of Sister Nemesia. Assigned to Saint Vincent's Institute in Tortona, Italy. Taught general education in elementary school, French in high school. Worked in the local orphanage, and acted as a guiding older sister to many young soldiers stationed in Tortona. Superior of her house at age 40. Novice mistress at Borgaro for 13 years, leading 500 new sisters into religious life.

Born

26 June 1847 at Aosta, Italy

Died

18 December 1916 at Borgaro Torinese, Turin, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

25 April 2004 by Pope John Paul II

Readings

Jesus strip me of myself, let me be wrapped in you. Jesus I live for you, and I die for you. - Blessed Giulia

Keep a quick pace, without looking behind and concentrate on the one goal: God Alone! To Him the glory, to the others joy, for me to pay the price, never make others suffer. I shall be very strict with myself and full of charity towards the others: love gratuitously offered is the only thing that remains. - Blessed Giulia

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-giulia-valle/


Saint Winebald of Heidenheim

Also known as

Winebaldus, Winnibald, Wunebald, Wunibald, Wynbald, Wynnebald, Vunibaldo, Vinebaldo

Additional Memorial

7 July (Fulda, Germany)

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Born a prince, the son of Saint Richard the King and Saint Wunna of Wessex; brother of Saint Willibald and Saint Walburga; nephew of Saint Boniface. During a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands, he became ill and spent seven years in Rome, Italy recovering and studying before finally returning to England. Missionary to Germany with Saint Boniface. Ordained in 739. Worked in Thuringia, Bavaria and Mainz. Founded a monastery at Heidenheim, and served as its first abbot.

Born

c.701 at Wessex, England

Died

18 December 761 at Heidenheim, Germany

Patronage

• construction workers
• engaged couples

Representation

• abbot's staff
• trowel, referring to the churches and abbey he built

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-winebald-of-heidenheim/


Mercedarians Redeemers

Also known as

Blessed Redentori

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A group of Mercedarian friars who worked together, under the leadership of Saint Peter de Amer, to ransom (e.g., redeem) prisoners and minister to them after.

• Blessed Bernardo de Pratis
• Blessed Giacomo de Lara
• Blessed Louis Gasco
• Blessed Peter de Quesada
• Blessed Peter of Barcelona
• Blessed William de Quadres

http://catholicsaints.info/mercedarians-redeemers/


Saint Flannán of Killaloe

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Son of an Irish chieftain named Turdough. Intellectual and spiritual student of the monk Saint Molua. Despite family opposition, he became a monk. Missionary monk throughout Ireland, Scotland, and the Hebrides. First bishop of Killaloe, Ireland, consecrated by Pope John IV. Recited the entire Psalter daily. His preaching was so persuasive that his own father gave up power to become a monk.

Born

7th century in Thomond, Ireland

Canonized

19 June 1902 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmation)

Patronage

diocese of Killaloe, Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-flannan-of-killaloe/


Saint Gatianus of Tours

Also known as

Cassien, Catianus, Gatian, Gatien, Gratian, Gratianus, Gratien

Additional Memorials

• 19 October (discovery of relics)
• 2 May (translation of relics)

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Spiritual student of Saint Dionysius of Paris. Gatianus brought Christianity to Tours, France in the 4th century, founded the diocese and served as the its first bishop. However, his good work faded after his death. When Saint Martin arrived in Tours, he found that there were no Christians, but local lore spoke much about Gatianus, the man who brought the Gospel that the people no longer understood. Martin found Gatianus' burial site, and always venerated his predecessor.

Pious legend says that Gatianus was one of the shepherds to whom the angels appeared at Jesus' birth, but that is, after all, only a pious legend.

Born

3rd century, probably in Rome, Italy

Died

• 20 December 301 at Tours, France
• relics destroyed by Protestants in 1562

Patronage

• Tours, France, archdiocese of
• Tours, France, city of

Representation

• bishop scattering seed, emblematic of spreading the faith
• bishop in a cave with his parishioners; apparently that's where he started conducting Mass
• with Saint Dionysius of Paris

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gatianus-of-tours/


Saint Samthann of Clonbroney

Also known as

Samthan, Samthana

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Fled an arranged marriage to become a nun. Spiritual student of Saint Cognat at Ernaide. Founded Clonbroney (Cluain-Bronach) Abbey in County Longford, a house that refused large donations for fear of losing the simplicity of their lives. Her cultus was promoted by Saint Virgilius of Salzburg. Her name is in both the litany and the canon of the Stowe missal.

Born

Irish

Died

739 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-samthann-of-clonbroney/


Saint Auxentius of Mopsuetia

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Officer in the personal guard of the Emperor Augustus Licinus. Dismissed from his post for refusing to sacrifice to the pagan god Bacchus. Priest. Bishop of Mopsuestia, Cilicia. He gave refuge to anyone exiled by emperor Constantine the Great.

Died

c.321 of natural causes

Representation

Roman soldier refusing to sacrifice to Bacchus

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-auxentius-of-mopsuetia/


Saint Basilian of Laodicea

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Martyr.

Died

Laodicea, Syria

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-basilian-of-laodicea/


Saint Bodagisil of Aquitaine

Also known as

• Bodagisil of St-Avold
• Bodagisil of Metz
• Bada, Baudgise, Bodagisle, Bodegisel, Bodogisilus, Bodogisil, Bogie, Buêle

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Born to the Frankish nobility, and a royal courtier. Convert. Governor of Marseilles and Germania. Married to Oda, a member of the Swabian nobility. Father of Saint Arnulf of Metz. Founder and first abbot of an abbey on the banks of the River Meuse. Praised by Saint Venantius Fortunatus and Saint Gregory of Tours.

Died

588 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bodagisil-of-aquitaine/


Saint Desiderius of Fontenelle

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Son of Saint Waningus of Fécamp. Benedictine monk at Fontenelle, Normandy, France.

Died

• c.700 of natural causes
• relics at Ghent, Belgium

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-desiderius-of-fontenelle/


Blessed Eugenio Cernuda Febrero

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Augustinian priest. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

15 November 1900 in Zaratán, Valladolid, Spain

Died

18 December 1936 in Sariego, Santander, Spain

Beatified

28 October 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-eugenio-cernuda-febrero/


Saint Mawnan of Cornwall

Also known as

Maunanus

Additional Memorial

26 December in Ireland

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Listed on various calendars in the British Isles. A town in Cornwall is named for him. No reliable information about him has survived.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-mawnan-of-cornwall/


Blessed Miguel San Román Fernández

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Augustinian priest. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

12 August 1879 in Tábara, Zamora, Spain

Died

18 December 1936 in Sariego, Santander, Spain

Beatified

28 October 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-miguel-san-roman-fernandez/


Saint Phaolô Nguyen Van My

Also known as

Paul My

Additional Memorial

24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

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Convert. Assisted the Paris Foreign Missions to spread the faith in Vietnam. Martyr.

Born

c.1798 in Ke Non, Hà Nam, Vietnam

Died

strangled to death in Son Tây, Ha Tay, Vietnam on 18 December 1838

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-phaolo-nguyen-van-my/


Saint Phêrô Truong Van Ðuong

Also known as

Peter Truong Van Duong

Additional Memorial

24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

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Lifelong layman in the apostolic vicariate of West Tonkin. Catechist. Martyr.

Born

c.1808 in Ke So, Hà Nam, Vietnam

Died

martyred on 18 December 1838 in Son Tây, Ha Tay, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-phero-truong-van-duong/


Saint Phêrô Vu Van Truat

Also known as

Peter Truat

Additional Memorial

24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

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Young layman catechist in the apostolic vicariate of West Tonkin (modern Vietnam). Martyr.

Born

c.1816 in Ke Thiec, Hà Nam, Vietnam

Died

strangled to death on 18 December 1838 in Son Tây, Ha Tay, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-phero-vu-van-truat/


Blessed Philip of Ratzeburg

Also known as

Philipp

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Member of the Premonstratensians. Canon of the monastery in Ratzeburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Bishop of Ratzeburg.

Born

12th century Germany

Died

18 December 1215 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-philip-of-ratzeburg/


Saint Theotimus of Laodicea

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Martyr.

Died

Laodicea (in modern Syria)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theotimus-of-laodicea/


Martyrs of Northwest Africa

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A group of 42 Christians martyrs. We're not even sure of their dates or in which persecution they died.

Adjutor, Aresto, Artifas, Bessa, Ceciliana, Celiano, Chrestus, Datulo, Degno, Evasio, Felice, Feliciano, Lucania, Lucítas, Martirio, Míggine, Moses, Museo, Namfamone, Onorato, Orato, Paul, Pompinus, Privato, Quartus, Quintus, Reductula, Rogaziano, Rustico, Salvator, Sanámis, Saturninus, Settimino, Siddino, Simplicius, Sito, Teturo, Tinno, Victor, Victorinus, Victurus, Vincent

Died

in northwestern Africa

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-northwest-africa/


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• Daniel of Voronets
• Flavito


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