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Optional Memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis, Priest (United States)

He who does not overcome his predominant passion is in great danger of being lost. He who does overcome it will easily conquer all the rest. - Saint Alphonsus


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Saint Camillus of Lellis

Also known as

• Camillus de Lellis
• Camillo de Lellis

Profile

Son of a military officer who had served both for Naples and France. His mother died when Camillus was very young. He spent his youth as a soldier, fighting for the Venetians against the Turks, and then for Naples. Reported as a large individual, perhaps as tall as 6'6" (2 metres), and powerfully built, but he suffered all his life from abscesses on his feet. A gambling addict, he lost so much he had to take a job working construction on a building belonging to the Capuchins; they converted him.

Camillus entered the Capuchin noviate three times, but a nagging leg injury, received while fighting the Turks, each time forced him to give it up. He went to Rome, Italy for medical treatment where Saint Philip Neri became his priest and confessor. He moved into San Giacomo Hospital for the incurable, and eventually became its administrator. Lacking education, he began to study with children when he was 32 years old. Priest. Founded the Congregation of the Servants of the Sick (the Camillians or Fathers of a Good Death) who, naturally, care for the sick both in hospital and home. The Order expanded with houses in several countries. Camillus honoured the sick as living images of Christ, and hoped that the service he gave them did penance for his wayward youth. Reported to have the gifts of miraculous healing and prophecy.

Born

25 May 1550 at Bocchiavico, Abruzzi, kingdom of Naples, Italy

Died

14 July 1614 at Genoa, Italy of natural causes

Canonized

29 June 1746 by Pope Benedict XIV

Patronage

• against illness, sickness or bodily ills; sick people (proclaimed on 22 June 22 1886 by Pope Leo XIII)
• hospitals
• hospital workers
• nurses
• Abruzzi, Italy

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Readings

Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven. - Saint Camillus de Lellis

Let me begin with holy charity. It is the root of all the virtues and Camillus' most characteristic trait. I can attest that he was on fire with this holy virtue - not only toward God, but also toward his fellow men, and especially toward the sick. The mere sight of the sick was enough to soften and melt his heart and make him utterly forget all the pleasures, enticements, and interests of this world. When he was taking care of his parents, he seemed to spend and exhaust himself completely, so great was his devotion and compassion. He would have loved to take upon himself all their illness, their every affliction, could he but ease their pain and relieve their weakness. In the sick he saw the person of Christ. His reverence in their presence was as a great as if he were really and truly in the presence of his Lord. To enkindle the enthusiasm of his religious brothers for this all-important virtue, he used to impress upon them the consoling words of Jesus Christ: "I was sick and you visited me." He seemed to have these words truly graven on his heart, so often did he say them over and over again. Great and all-embracing was Camillus' charity. Not only the sick and dying, but every other needy or suffering human being found shelter in his deep and kind concern. - from a biography of Saint Camillus by a contemporary

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-camillus-of-lellis/


Saint Frederick of Utrecht

Also known as

• Frederick of the Netherlands
• Fredericus, Fridrich, Frederic

Profile

Grandson of King Radbon of the Frisians. Educated by the priests at Utrecht, Netherlands. Priest, known for his learning and personal piety. Catechist and instructor to converts. Bishop of Utrecht in 825. Frederick worked to reform his clergy, regularize Church practice in his diocese, and opposed incestuous marriages, especially among the nobility. He dispatched a group of missionaries under the leadership to Saint Odulphus to evangelize the pagans to the north of Utrecht, and worked with them around Walcheren. He composed a prayer to the Blessed Trinity that was used for ages in the Netherlands. The memory of his life and sanctity were preserved in a poem by his contemporary Saint Rabanus Maurus.

Frederick became involved in the royal politics of his day, and was especially involved in the domestic problems of Emperor Louis the Debonair, Empress Judith, and their sons. Frederick openly chastised Judith for her immoral and adulterous lifestyle, which has led many writers to conclude that Judith hired the men who murdered Frederick. However, it is more likely that they were pagans from Walcheren, many of whom were violently opposed to the Christian missionaries, and who martyred him for his work.

Died

stabbed to death during Mass on 18 July 838

Representation

• bishop pierced by two swords
• bishop being stabbed by two men

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-frederick-of-utrecht/


Saint Bruno of Segni

Profile

Born to the Italian nobility. Studied theology at the Benedictine monastery of Saint Pepetuus at Asti, Italy, and at Bologna, Italy. Benedictine, monk. Ordained in 1079, and assigned to a parish at Siena, Italy. Noted for defending orthodox Church wisdom, his knowledge of Scripture, and his teachings on the Blessed Sacrament. Counselor to four popes. Ordained bishop of Segni, Italy in 1080 by Pope Gregory VII. Fought simony and lay investiture. In 1095 he retired to a monastic life at Monte Cassino. Elected abbot in 1107. Following a chastisement of the pope for shirking his duty to others, he was soon ordered back to his diocese, a vocation he fulfilled until his death. Vatican librarian. Cardinal legate, though he declined the cardinalate. Wrote several works on theology.

Born

1049 at Solero, Piedmont, Italy

Died

1123 of natural causes

Canonized

5 September 1183 by Pope Lucius III

Patronage

Segni, Italy

Works

Pamphlet on Simoniacs

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bruno-of-segni/


Saint Edburgh of Bicester

Also known as

• Edburgh of Aylesbury
• Eadburga, Eadburh, Edburg, Edburga

Profile

Born a princess, the daughter of the pagan King Penda of Mercia; sister of Saint Cuneburga and Saint Edith of Aylesbury; aunt of Saint Osith. Nun under Saint Cuneburga's convent at Castor, Northamptonshire, England. Nun at a small monastery she built on land at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England on land donated by her father. The towns of Adderbury and Edburton in England are thought to have been named for her.

Born

c.620 in Mercia (part of modern England)

Died

• 18 July 650 at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England of natural causes
• relics transferred to the Augustinian priory at Bicester, England in 1182 where they became a point of pilgrimage
• relics transferred to Flanders, Belgium in 1500 by order of Pope Alexander VI

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-edburgh-of-bicester/


Saint Szymon of Lipnica

Also known as

• Szymon of Lipnicza • Simon of...

Profile

Simon early felt drawn to religious life. After hearing a sermon by Saint John Capistran, he joined the Franciscan Friars Minors (Observants). Priest. Known as a powerful preacher. Died tending the sick during a plague epidemic.

Born

c.1437 in Lipnica Murowana, Malopolskie, Poland

Died

18 July 1482 in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland during a plague epidemic

Beatified

• 24 February 1685 (cultus confirmed) by Blessed Pope Innocent XI
• re-confirmed on 20 December 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI

Canonized

3 June 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy

Representation

Franciscan giving food to a poor man

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-szymon-of-lipnica/


Saint Ðaminh Ðinh Ðat

Also known as

Domenico Nicolao Dinh Dat

Additional Memorial

24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

Profile

Layman in the apostolic vicariate of East Tonkin (in modern Vietnam). A soldier during the persecutions of emperor Minh Mang, he was ordered by the army to renounce Christianity and prove it by trampling a crucifix; he refused and was tortured until he relented and apostasized. Released, he repented, returned to his faith, and as a self-imposed penance, he wrote to the emperor to proclaim his Christianity. Martyr.

Born

c.1803 in Phú Nhai, Nam Ðinh, Vietnam

Died

strangled on 18 July 1839 in Nam Ðinh, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-daminh-dinh-dat/


Saint Scariberga of Yvelines

Also known as

Scariberg, Scariberge

Profile

Born to the Gallic nobility; niece of King Clovis I. Given in an arranged marriage to Saint Arnulf of Tours; they lived as brother and sister, and when he became bishop, she became a nun. Widowed when Arnulf was martyred, she bult a hermit‘s cell over his tomb in the Yvelines forest between Paris and Chartres, France, and lived in it the rest of her life. The town of Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, France grew up around the tomb and cell.

Born

c.495 in Gaul (in modern France)

Died

c.550 in the forest of Yvelines in France of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-scariberga-of-yvelines/


Saint Arnulf of Metz

Also known as

Arnold, Arnoul

Profile

Courtier and advisor of Austrasian King Theodebert II. Soldier. Married the Lady Doda. Father. From his son Ansegisel and Saint Begga of Ardenne came the Carolingian kings of France. Widower. In 610, when Arnulf was about to become a monk at Lérins, he was appointed bishop of Metz, France. He played a prominent role in affairs of state, was instrumental in making Clotaire of Neustria king of Austrasia, was chief counselor to King Dagobert of Austrasia. In 626 Arnulf resigned his see and retired to a hermitage near the abbey of Remiremont.

Born

c.580

Died

16 August 640

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arnulf-of-metz/


Saint Theodosia of Constantinople

Also known as

Theodosia he Konstantinoupolitissa

Profile

Nun in Constantinople. Martyred by iconoclasts for defending an icon of Christ which emperor Leo the Isaurian had ordered destroyed.

Born

7th century

Died

• in 729 by having a ram's horn hammered through her neck at the Forum Bovis in Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey)
• interred in the church of Hagia Euphemia in the Dexiokratianai section of Constantinople
• in the 14th century the church was renamed for Saint Theodosia

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


Blessed Jean-Baptiste de Bruxelles

Profile

Priest in the diocese of Limoges, 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.

Died

12 September 1734 in Saint-Léonard, Haute-Vienne, France

Died

18 July 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-jean-baptiste-de-bruxelles/


Saint Gonéri of Tréguier

Also known as

• Gonéri of Brittany
• Gonéri of Plougrescant
• Gonéry, Gonnéry, Koneri

Profile

Son of Saint Elibouban. Sixth century exile who fled from Britain to Brittany to escape invading Anglo-Saxons. Hermit at Tréguier, France. Helped bring Prince Alwand to Christianity.

Born

British Isles

Patronage

• against anxiety
• against fever
• Saint-Gonnery, Morbihan, Brittany, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-goneri-of-treguier/


Saint Philastrius of Brescia

Also known as

Philaster of Brescia

Profile

Priest. Bishop of Brescia, Italy. Bishop during a time of Arian disturbances, he strongly opposed and wrote against the heresy, working with Saint Ambrose of Milan and Saint Augustine of Hippo. Participated in the Synod of Aquileia of 381. Known for his charity to the poor of his flock.

Born

c.330 in Spain

Died

• c.387 of natural causes
• relics venerated in the crypt of Saint Apollonio in the cathedral of Brescia, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-philastrius-of-brescia/


Saint Theneva

Also known as

Dwynwen, Enoch, Thaneu, Thaney, Thenaw, Thenew, Thenog, Thenova

Profile

British princess. When Theneva became pregnant before marriage, her family threw her from a cliff. She survived the fall unharmed, and was soon met by an unmanned boat. She knew she had no home to go to, so got into the boat; it sailed her across the Firth of Forth to land at Culross where she was cared for by Saint Serf; he became foster-father of her son, Saint Kentigern.

Born

British Isles

Died

7th century

Patronage

Glasgow, Scotland

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


Saint Rufillus of Forlimpopoli

Also known as

Ruffilius of Forlimpopoli

Profile

First Bishop of Forlimpopoli, Emilia, Italy. Legend says that he and his parishioners drove out a dragon from the region; it's a metaphor for the work of the local Christians to evangelize the local pagans.

Died

382

Patronage

Forlimpopoli, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rufillus-of-forlimpopoli/


Saint Elio of Koper

Profile

First century convert. Spiritual student of Saint Ermacora of Aquileia. Deacon to Nazarius, first bishop of Koper (in modern Slovenia). Built a church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Born

1st century Costabona, diocese of Koper (in modern Slovenia)

Died

• late 1st century of natural causes
• relics enshrined under the altar of the choir in the cathedral of Koper, Slovenia in the late 17th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-elio-of-koper/


Saint Pambo of the Nitrian Desert

Profile

Spiritual student of Saint Anthony the Abbot. Worked to establish the eremitical life in the Nitrian Desert in Egypt, and founded monasteries there. He was renowned for his wisdom, and was consulted by many, including Saint Athanasius of Egypt, Saint Melania the Elder, and Saint Rufinus.

Died

c.375 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pambo-of-the-nitrian-desert/


Saint Aemilian of Dorostorium

Also known as

• Aemilian of Silistra
• Emilian, Emiliano

Profile

Martyred in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate.

Died

burned to death in 362 in Dorostorium (modern Silistra, Bulgaria)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aemilian-of-dorostorium/


Blessed Alanus of Sassovivo

Profile

Benedictine monk in late 13th century Austria. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy for the Holy Year of 1300. Joined the Benedictine Sassovivo Abbey near Foligno, Italy. Left communal life in 1311 to live his remaining years as a hermit.

Born

13th century Austria

Died

1313 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-alanus-of-sassovivo/


Saint Athanasius of Clysma

Profile

High government official in 4th century Egypt, he was revealed to be a Christian when he was discovered at Christmas Mass at Clysma, Egypt in the area of the Suez Gulf. Imprisoned and eventually executed for his faith. Martyr.

Died

beheaded in the 4th century in Clysma, Egypt

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-athanasius-of-clysma/


Blessed Bernard de Arenis

Profile

Mercedarian friar. Sent to north Africa, he was abused throughout his travels for his faith, but managed to free 222 Christians who had been imprisoned and enslaved by Muslims.

Born

French

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-bernard-de-arenis/


Saint Maternus of Milan

Profile

Bishop of Milan, Italy in 295. He was tortured in the persecutions of Diocletian, but survived to follow his vocation and die of natural causes.

Died

c.307 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maternus-of-milan/


Saint Gundenis of Carthage

Also known as

Gundenes

Profile

Maiden martyred in the persecutions of Septimus Severus.

Died

203 at Carthage (modern Tunis, Tunisia)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gundenis-of-carthage/


Blessed Arnold of Amiens

Also known as

Arnould, Arnulfus

Profile

Bishop of Amiens, France from 1236 to 1247.

Died

1247 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-arnold-of-amiens/


Saint Arnoul the Martyr

Also known as

Arnulphus

Profile

Sixth-century missionary to the Franks. Martyr.

Died

534 in France

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


Blessed Bertha de Marbais

Profile

Cistercian nun. Abbess at the abbey of Marchet near Lille, Belgium.

Died

18 July 1247

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-bertha-de-marbais/


Saint Minnborinus

Profile

Abbot of Saint Martin's Abbey in Cologne, Germany from 974 to 986.

Born

Ireland

Died

986

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


Blessed Herveus

Profile

Hermit on Chalonnes Island, Anjou, France.

Born

in the British Isles

Died

1130

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-herveus/


Saint Marina of Ourense

Profile

Martyr.

Died

Ourense, Spain, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marina-of-ourense/


Martyrs of Silistria

Profile

Seven Christians who were martyred together. No details about them have survived but the names – Bassus, Donata, Justus, Marinus, Maximus, Paulus and Secunda.

Died

Silistria (Durostorum), Moesia (in modern Bulgaria), date unknown

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


Martyrs of Tivoli

Profile

A widow, Symphorosa, and her seven sons ( Crescens, Eugene, Julian, Justin, Nemesius, Primitivus and Stracteus) martyred in Tivoli, Italy in the 2nd-century persecutions of Hadrian.

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


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Our Lady of Good Deliverance
• Martyrs of Silistria
• Antonio Garazez
• Arnold of Arnoldsweiler
• Arnulf of Yvelines
• Clair of Beauvais
• Robert of Saletino
• Sabino Hernandez Laso


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