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Saint Joseph of Cupertino

Also known as

• Giuseppe da Copertino
• Joseph Desa
• Joseph of Copertino
• the Flying Friar
• the Gaper (derogatory term from his childhood)

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Joseph's father, Felice Desa was a poor carpenter who died before the boy was born. Creditors drove his mother, Francesca Panara, from her home, and Joseph was born in a stable. Starting at age eight, he received ecstatic visions that left him gaping and staring into space. He had a hot temper, which his strict mother worked to overcome.

Apprenticed to a shoemaker. At age 17 Joseph applied for admittance to the Friars Minor Conventuals, but was refused due to his lack of education. He applied to the Capuchins, was accepted as a lay-brother in 1620, but his ecstasies made him unsuitable for work, and he was dismissed. Abused by his family, he continued his prayers, and was accepted as an oblate at the Franciscan convent near Cupertino, Italy. His virtues were such that he became a cleric at 22, a priest at 25. Joseph still had little education, could barely read or write, but received such a gift of spiritual knowledge and discernment that he could solve intricate questions.

His life became a series of visions and ecstasies, which could be triggered any time or place by the sound of a church bell, church music, the mention of the name of God or of the Blessed Virgin or of a saint, any event in the life of Christ, the sacred Passion, a holy picture, the thought of the glory in heaven, etc. Yelling, beating, pinching, burning, piercing with needles - none of this would bring him from his trances, but he would return to the world on hearing the voice of his superior in the order. He would often levitate and float (which led to his patronage of people involved in air travel), and could hear heavenly music.

Even in the 17th century, there was interest in the unusual, and Joseph's ecstasies in public caused both admiration and disturbance in the community. For 35 years he was not allowed to attend choir, go to the common refectory, walk in procession, or say Mass in church. To prevent making a spectacle, he was ordered to remain in his room with a private chapel. He was brought before the Inquisition, and sent from one Capuchin or Franciscan house to another. But Joseph retained his joyous spirit, submitting to Divine Providence, keeping seven Lents of 40 days each year, never letting his faith be shaken.

Born

17 June 1603 at Cupertino, diocese of Nardo, near Brindisi in the kingdom of Naples, Italy as Joseph Desa

Died

• 18 September 1663 at Ossimo, Italy of a rapidly developed but severe fever
• buried in the chapel of the Conception, Ossimo

Beatified

24 February 1753 by Pope Benedict XIV

Canonized

16 July 1767 by Pope Clement XIII

Patronage

• air crews
• Air Forces
• air travellers, flyers
• aircraft pilots, aviators, flyers
• astronauts
• paratroopers
• students
• test takers
• Cupertino, Italy
• Osimo, Italy

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Clearly, what God wants above all is our will which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own. When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all good things come that he does this. The will is what man has as his unique possession. - Saint Joseph of Cupertino, from the reading for his feast in the Franciscan breviary

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-joseph-of-cupertino/


Saint Richardis of Andlou

Also known as

• Richardis of Swabia
• Richardis of Alsace
• Richardis de Soabe
• Richarda, Richarde, Richgard, Richgarda, Richkart

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Daughter of Kenneth I, the Count of Alsace (in modern France) and a Scottish emigre. Sister of King Boso of Provence. Married Charles the Fat at age 22. Crowned Holy Roman Empress in 881.

After nineteen years of marriage, she was accused by Emperor Charles of infidelity, though the reasons behind the claim were likely political. Charles claimed she was involved with the Bishop Liutword of Vercelli. She denied the charges, and even underwent trial by fire, a barbaric ritual that "proved" she was innocent by surviving being placed in the flames. Vindicated, Richardis left Charles, and became a nun the Château de Hohenbourg in Alsace. Founded a Benedictine abbey at Andlau, France in 887, and lived the remainder of her days there.

Legend says that Richardis once found a mother bear grieving over a dead cub in the woods near the abbey. Richardis held the cub, and it returned to life. Both mother and cub became devoted companions of Richardis.

Born

839 Andlau, Alsace, France

Died

• c.895 at Andlau, Alsace, France of natural causes
• relics there in an 11th century church

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-richardis-of-andlou/


Saint Ferreolus the Tribune

Also known as

• Ferreolus of Vienne
• Ferréol...

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Tribune in the imperial Roman army, stationed at Vienne, Gaul (modern France). During the persecutions of Diocletian, he hid Saint Julian of Brioude from the anti-Christian authorities; Ferreolus may have been Julian's superior officer. For this, and for his faith, he was arrested by Crispin, the local governor. He was scourged and imprisoned, miraculously escaped, but was recaptured. Martyr.

Died

304

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ferreolus-the-tribune/


Saint Ðaminh Trach Ðoài

Also known as

Dominic Trach Ðoài

Additional Memorial

24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

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Raised a devout Catholic. Dominican tertiary. Priest. Worked in the missions until his arrest in 1842. One of the Martyrs of Vietnam.

Born

c.1792 at Ngoai Voi, Nam Ðinh, Vietnam

Died

beheaded on 18 September 1840 at Bay Mau, Hanoi, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-daminh-trach-doai/


Blessed Daudi Okelo

Also known as

David Okelo

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Convert at about age fifteen. Catechist with Blessed Jildo Irwa. Local chiefs demanded that the two of them stop teaching the Gospel; they refused. Martyr.

Born

c.1902 in Payira, Kitgum, Ugandan, Acholi tribe

Died

• speared and knifed to death on 18 October 1918 in Palamuku, Uganda
• the place of his death has been called Wi-Polo (In Heaven)

Beatified

20 October 2002 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-daudi-okelo/


Blessed Jildo Irwa

Also known as

Convert at about age eleven. Catechist with Blessed Daudi Okelo. Local chiefs demanded that the two of them stop teaching the Gospel; they refused. Martyr.

Born

c.1906 in Bar Kitoba, Kitgum, Uganda, Acholi tribe

Died

• speared and knifed to death on 18 October 1918 in Paimol, Kitgum, Uganda
• the place of his death has been called Wi-Polo (In Heaven)

Beatified

20 October 2002 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jildo-irwa/


Saint Ariadne

Also known as

Ariadna, Ariane, Arianna

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Christian slave of a Phrygian prince. Flogged for refusing to join in pagan celebrations on her owner's birthday. When she fled from his household, a large rock opened up for her to escape into; she was never seen again. She was assumed to have died in the rock, it became her tomb, and she is considered a martyr.

Died

c.130

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


Saint Hygbald

Also known as

Hibald, Higbald, Hugbald, Hybald

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Benedictine abbot at Bardney, Lincolnshire, England. Mentioned by the Venerable Bede as an acquaintance of Saint Chad. Hermit in later life. Some churches, the village of Hibaldstowe, and other locations are named in his honour.

Died

• c.690 of natural causes
• relics at Hibaldstowe, Lincolnshire, England

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


Saint Eumenius Thaumaturgus

Also known as

• Eumenius the Wonder Worker
• Eumenes....

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Late 3rd-century bishop of Gortyna, Crete. Noted for his charity and as a miracle worker, but died in exile.

Died

relics transferred to Crete in the 7th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eumenius-thaumaturgus/


Saint Eustorgius of Milan

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Bishop of Milan, Italy in 315. Noted opponent of Arianism.

Born

Greece

Died

c.331

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


Saint Ferreolus of Limoges

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Bishop of Limoges, France in 579. Much admired by Saint Gregory of Tours.

Died

c.591 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ferreolus-of-limoges/


Saint Irene

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Martyr.

Died

beheaded c.200 in Egypt

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-irene-18-september/


Saint Oceano of Nicomedia

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Martyr.

Died

Nicomedia, Bithynia (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-oceano-of-nicomedia/


Martyred in the Spanish Civil War

Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. I have pages on each of them, but in most cases I have only found very minimal information. They are available on the CatholicSaints.Info site through these links:

Blessed Carlos Eraña Guruceta
Blessed Fernando García Sendra
Blessed Jacinto Hoyuelos Gonzalo
Blessed Jesus Hita Miranda
Blessed José García Mas
Blessed José María Llópez Mora
Blessed Justo Lerma Martínez
Blessed Salvador Chuliá Ferrandis
Blessed Salvador Fernández Pérez
Blessed Vicente Gay Zarzo
Blessed Vicente Jaunzarás Gómez


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Bertilia of Hainault
• Constantius the Theban
• Desiderius of Rennes
• Elias of Mantova
• Eustachius of Mondsee
• Michael of Male
• Reginfrid of Rennes
• Sophia of Egypt


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