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Saint Jean-François-Régis Clet

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Tenth of fifteen children; his father was a farmer and merchant, and the boy was named after Saint John Francis Regis. He was raised in a pious family; one brother became a priest, one sister a nun. Studied at the Jesuit Royal College at Grenoble, France. Joined the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) in Lyons, France on 6 March 1769, making his final vows in 1771. Ordained in 1773. Professor of moral theology at the Vincentian seminary in Annecy, France. Nicknamed "the walking library" due to his encyclopedic knowledge. Rector of Annecy in 1786. Director of novices in Paris in 1788. Director of the internal seminary at mother-house of the Congregation of the Lazarists in Paris, France. His community was disbanded, and their house destroyed by the French Revolutionists. Missionary to China in 1791. Assigned to Kiang-si in October 1792, the only European in the area; in 28 years of work, he never mastered the language. In 1793 Clet moved to Hou-Kouang in the Hopei Province where he served as superior of an international group of Vincentian missioners scattered over a very large territory; his pastoral area covered 270,000 square miles. In 1811 government anti-Christian persecutions intensified; the missionaries were accused of inciting rebellion, and had to pursue their work while on the run, often hiding in the mountains. On 16 June 1819, with a bounty on his head, Francis was betrayed by a Christian schoolmaster whose behavior the missionary had tried to correct. Force marched hundreds of miles in chains to trial. On 1 January 1820 he was found guilty of deceiving the Chinese people by preaching Christianity. Martyr.

Born

1748 at Grenoble, France

Died

• slowly strangled to death with a rope while tied on a cross on 18 February 1820 at Au-tshung-fu, China
• buried on Red Mountain by local Christians
• re-interred at the Vincentian motherhouse, Paris, France
• relics moved to Saint Lazare church, Paris

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-jean-francois-regis-clet/


Saint Theotonius of Coimbra

Also known as

Teotonio

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Nephew of the bishop of Coimbra, Portugal. Educated at the University of Coimbra. Parish priest, assigned to Viseu, Portugal. His powerful and outspoken preaching against vice gained him a great reputation, the animosity of the ruling class, and the affection of the king and queen. Counselor to the throne. Rebuked the queen for adultery, and refused a bishopric from her, seeing it as an attempt to buy his affection. He was once asked by the queen to shorten a Mass so she could attend to other business; he send back word that he answered to true sovereigns, and the queen was free to stay or go as she liked.

Theotinus had a great devotion to the poor, and to souls in purgatory. Each Friday he combined these devotions by singing a Solemn Mass for the dead, leading a large procession to the cemetery to pray for the local dead, collecting alms there, and distributing the money to the local poor.

Twice a pilgrim to the Holy Lands. Augustinian Canon Regular, which order he helped bring to Portugal in 1131, entering the monastery at Coimbra. Spent his last 30 years there as monk and prior. Devoted to the daily offices, never allowing the monks to hurry through them. King Alphonsus attributed his victories to the prayers of Theotonius and his brothers, and in gratitude, free all his Mozarabic Christian captives. First Portuguese saints canonized by the modern method.

Born

1086 at Gonfeo, Spain

Died

1166 of natural causes

Canonized

• 1167 by the Portguese bishops
• cultus confirmed by Pope Benedict XIV

Readings

His soul will be in Heaven before his body is lowered to the grave. - King Alphonsus, on hearing of the death of Theotonius

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theotonius-of-coimbra/


Saint Tarasius of Constantinople

Also known as

Tarasio, Tarasios

Additional Memorial

25 February (Byzantine Rite)

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Born to the Byzantine nobility. Consul and then Secretary of State to Emperor Constantine IV and Empress Irene. Though a courtier in the most political of empires, he led the life of a monk. Unanimously chosen Patriarch of Constantinople; Tarasius said that he could not accept such a trust when his see was cut off from full commuion with Rome, which had happened under his predecessor. He convoked a Council on 1 August 786 to settle the dispute of the use of holy images, but Iconoclasts rioted, and the Council was reconvened in 787 in Nicea; the Council determined that the Church was in favour of images, and the Pope approved. Tarasius lived an ascetic life, eating simply and little, sleeping little, reading, praying, working for the Church. When the emperor put away his wife and got a priest to “marry” him to a servant, Tarasius condemned the action and was briefly imprisoned for his defiance.

Born

c.750 at Constantinople

Died

• 25 February 806 of natural causes
• relics preserved in the church of San Zaccaria, Venice, Italy

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


Saint Simon

Also known as

Simeon

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A relative of Jesus, possibly a first cousin. He is mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew, and was one of the 72 disciples. He was present at the Ascension, and is one of the brethren of Christ mentioned in Acts who was present at the birth of the Church on the first Pentecost. Reported to have been at the martyrdom of Saint James the Lesser, he was chosen to succeed James as bishop of Jerusalem where he served for over 40 years. In 66, before the city fell to the Romans, the Christians received a divine warning, and evacuated to nearby Pella with Simon as their leader. In the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem, Simon led the Christians back to the city where they flourished, performed miracles, and converted many. Simon was eventually arrested, tortured and martyred for the twin crimes of being Jewish and Christian during the persecutions of Trajan.

Died

crucified in 106

Video

YouTube PlayList

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


Blessed Fra Angelico

Also known as

• Angelico of Fiesole
• Beato Angelico
• Fra Giovanni
• Giovanni da Fiesole
• Guido di Pietro
• John of Fiesole
• Painter of the Angels

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Joined the Dominicans in Fiesole, Italy in 1407, taking the name Fra Giovanna. He was taught to illuminate missals and manuscripts, and immediately exhibited a natural talent as an artist. Today his works can be seen in the Italian cities Cortona, Fiesole, Florence, and in the Vatican. His dedication to religious art earned him the title Angelico.

Born

1387 in Vicchio di Mugello near Florence, Italy as Guido di Pietro

Died

18 February 1455 in the Dominican convent in Rome, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

3 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II

Patronage

artists

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-fra-angelico/


Blessed John Pibush

Additional Memorial

29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Son of Thomas and Jane Pibush. Educated at Rheims, France beginning 4 August 1580. Deacon in 1586. Ordained on 14 March 1587. Returned to England as missioner on 14 January 1588. Arrested at Morton-in-Marsh, Gloucester, England in 1593 for the crime of priesthood. Spent a year in Gatehouse prison, Westminster. Returned to Gloucester, he escaped on 19 February 1594; he was captured the next day at Matson. Sent back to Westminster, he was convicted on 1 July 1595 for the treason of Catholic priesthood. He spent over five years in Queen's Bench prison awaiting execution, ministering to fellow prisoners whenever he could.

Born

at Thirsk, Yorkshire, England

Died

hanged on 18 February 1601 at Saint Thomas's Waterings, Camberwell, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-pibush/


Saint Sadoth of Seleucia

Also known as

Sadosh, Sadot, Sadota, Sahdost, Schadost, Schiadustes, Shahdost, Zadok

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Deacon in service to Saint Barbasymas in the diocese of Seleucia-Ctesiphon. Attended the Council of Nicaea in 325. After Saint Barbasymas was martyred, Sadoth was chosen the new bishop of Seleucia-Ctesiphon. He and his priests went into hiding, covertly ministering to his flock. The forces of King Shapur returned to Seleucia, and Sadoth was arrested along with 128 of his priests, deacons and nuns. Most were immediately executed, but Sadoth and some companions were imprisoned, repeatedly tortured, and offered relief if they would obey the king and worship the sun; they refused.

Died

beheaded c.342 outside the walls of Seleucia, Mesopotamia

Representation

• at the bottom a ladder that reaches into heaven
• with Saint Barbasymas

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sadoth-of-seleucia/


Saint Angilbert of Centula

Also known as

Homer

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Raised at the court of Charlemagne, and became his friend and confidante. Studied under Alcuin. Nicknamed "Homer" because of his Latin poetry. Married to Charlemagne's daughter Bertha. With her permission he turned to religious life when prayers for a successful resistance to a Danish invasion were answered and a storm scattered the Danish fleet; Bertha became a nun. Benedictine monk. Court chaplain, privy councilor, and diplomat. As a reward for his help in court, Charlemagne gave Angilbert the abbey of Saint Riquier in Centula where he served as abbot. He established a library at Centula, and introduced continuous chanting in the abbey using 300 monks and 100 boys in relays. Executor of the emperor's will.

Born

c.740

Died

18 February 814 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-angilbert-of-centula/


Saint Colman of Lindisfarne

Also known as

Colman of Mayo

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Spiritual student and disciple of Saint Columba. Monk at Iona. Bishop of Lindisfarne, England in 661. Friend of king Oswy of Northumbria. Defended Celtic church practices against Saint Eilfrid and Saint Agilbert at the Synod of Whitby, and when King Oswy insisted on the use of Latin rites, Colman refused, resigned his see, and in 664 led a group of dissident Irish and English monks first to Scotland, then to the Isle of Innishboffin, and then to Mayo, Ireland. Founded the abbey and diocese of Mayo. One of the great heroes of the faith about whom the Venerable Bede wrote.

Born

c.605 at Connaught, Ireland

Died

8 August 676 at Inishboffin abbey of natural causes

Representation

dove (his name is a variant of the word for dove)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-colman-of-lindisfarne/


Blessed William Harrington

Additional Memorial

29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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After meeting Saint Edmund Campion, William travelled to Rheims, France were he studied for the priesthood. Ordained in 1592, he returned to England to minister to covert Catholics. Arrested in 1593, he was held for several months before being executed for the crime of being a priest. Martyr.

Born

Felixkirk, Borth Yorkshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 18 February 1594 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-william-harrington/


Blessed Jerzy Kaszyra

Also known as

George Kaszyra

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II

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Priest. Member of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Martyred in the Nazi persecutions.

Born

4 April 1904 in Aleksandravele, Vilniaus rajonas, Lithuania

Died

burned alive on 18 February 1943 in Rositsa (Rosica), Vitebskaya voblasts', Belarus

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jerzy-kaszyra/


Saint Jean-Pierre Néel

Also known as

• John Néel
• John Peter Néel

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Jesuit priest. Missionary to Kuy-tsheu, China in 1858. Arrested, tortured and martyred with three of his converts.

Born

18 October 1832 in Soleymieux, Sainte-Catherine-sur-Riviere, France

Died

dragged by his hair by a horse, then beheaded at Kuy-tsheu (Kai-chou), China on 18 February 1862

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-jean-pierre-neel/


Saint Gertrude Caterina Comensoli

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One of a family of eleven children. Member of the Society of Saint Angela Merici. Founder of the Institute of Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament on 15 December 1882.

Born

18 January 1847 in Biennio, Brescia, Italy

Died

18 February 1903 in Bergamo, Italy of natural causes

Canonized

26 April 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gertrude-caterina-comensoli/


Saint Ioannes Zhang Tianshen

Also known as

• John Zhang Tianshen
• Ruowang

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Married layman in the apostolic vicariate of Guizhou, China. Convert. Catechist. Martyr.

Born

c.1805 in Jiashanlong, Kaiyang City, Guizhou, China

Died

beheaded on 18 February 1862 at Kaiyang, Guizhou, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by PopeJohn Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ioannes-zhang-tianshen/


Saint Martinus Wu Xuesheng

Also known as

Mading, Martin

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Layman in the apostolic vicariate of Guizhou, China. Convert. Catechist. Martyred for sheltering Blessed John Peter Neel.

Born

c.1817 in Chuchangbo, Qingzhen, Guizhou, China

Died

beheaded on 18 February 1862 at Kaiyang, Guizhou, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by PopeJohn Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-martinus-wu-xuesheng/


Saint Ioannes Chen Xianheng

Also known as

• John Chen Xianheng
• Ruowang

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Layman in the apostolic vicariate of Guizhou, China. Convert. Catechist. Martyr.

Born

c.1820 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Died

beheaded on 18 February 1862 at Kaiyang, Guizhou, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by PopeJohn Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ioannes-chen-xianheng/


Saint Helladius of Toledo

Also known as

Eladio, Eladius

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Minister in the court of Visigoth kings in Toledo, Spain, his heart was in the nearby abbey of Agali. He eventually resigned his position and became a monk there. Abbot in 605. Archbishop of Toledo in 615.

Born

at Toledo, Spain

Died

632 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-helladius-of-toledo/


Saint Constance of Vercelli

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Nun. Sister of Saint Costanzo, bishop of Piedmont, Italy. We know little else about her.

Died

• early 6th century
• relics re-discovered in the 16th century reconstruction of the basilica of Eusebius of Vercelli, interred in the foundations with a placque naming and praising her

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-constance-of-vercelli/


Blessed Matthew Malaventino

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Mercedarian friar assigned to ransom Christians from slavery in Muslim north Africa. Along the way, he preached Christianity until he was seized and murdered. Martyr.

Died

thrown off a mountain

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-matthew-malaventino/


Saint Esuperia of Vercelli

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Nun. Sister of Saint Costanzo, bishop of Piedmont, Italy. We know little else about her.

Died

• early 6th century
• relics re-discovered in the 16th century reconstruction of the basilica of Eusebius of Vercelli, interred in the foundations with a placque naming and praising her

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-esuperia-of-vercelli/


Saint Leo of Patera

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Martyred for protesting a pagan festival being held near the grave of Saint Paregorius.

Died

260 at Patara, Lycia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-leo-of-patera/


Saint Paregorius of Patara

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Martyr.

Died

260 at Patara, Lycia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-paregorius-of-patara/


Saint Ethelina

Also known as

Eudelme

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No information has survived.

Patronage

Little Sodbury, England

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


Martyrs in North Africa

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Group of Christians who were martyred together, date unknown. We know nothing else but seven of their names - Classicus, Fructulus, Lucius, Maximus, Rutulus, Secundinus and Silvanus.

Born

African

Died

North Africa

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-in-north-africa/


Martyrs of Rome

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A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know nothing else but their names - Alexander, Claudius, Cutias, Maximus and Praepedigna.

Died

295 in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-rome-18-february/


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