|Optional Memorial of Saint John Eudes, Priest|
Farmer's son who attended the Jesuit college at Caen, France at age 14. Joined the Congregation of the Oratory of France. Studied at Paris and Aubervilliers in France. Priest. Ministered to plague victims. Missionary and preacher, working well over 100 missions. Worked against Jansenism. Established seminaries. Founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary Eudists on 25 March 1643 to promote virtuous secular parochial clergy not bound by vows, but dedicated to improving the clergy through seminaries and missions; due to opposition by Oratorians and Jansenists, he never obtained papal approval. Founded the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity who worked for the welfare of penitent women. Author of the liturgical devotion of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
14 November 1601 at Ri, Normandy, France
19 August 1680 at Caen, Normandy, France
31 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI
diocese of Baie-Comeau, Québec
priest with or presenting the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
• Devotion to the Adorable Heart of Jesus
• Admirable Heart of the Most Holy Mother of God
Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make his spirit, his devotion, his affections, his desires, and his disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be directed to this end. It is the work which God has given us to do unceasingly. - Saint John Eudes
Let us therefore give ourselves to God with a great desire to begin to live thus, and beg Him to destroy in us the life of the world of sin, and to establish His life within us. - Saint John Eudes
Father of mercies and God of all consolation, You gave us the loving Heart of your own beloved Son, because of the boundless love by which You have loved us, which no tongue can describe. May we render You a love that is perfect with hearts made one with His. Grant, we pray, that our hearts may be brought to perfect unity: each heart with the other and all hearts with the Heart of Jesus....and may the rightful yearnings of our hearts find fulfillment through Him: Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. - Collect from Saint John Eudes' Mass, Gaudeamus, 1668
The Christian life is a continuation and completion of the life of Christ in us. We should be so many Christs here on earth, continuing His life and His works, laboring and suffering in a holy and divine manner in the spirit of Jesus. - Saint John Eudes
The air that we breathe, the bread that we eat, the heart which throbs in our bosoms, are not more necessary for man that he may live as a human being, than is prayer for the Christian that he may live as a Christian. - Saint John Eudes
A Christian has a union with Jesus Christ more noble, more intimate and more perfect than the members of a human body have with their head. - Saint John Eudes
Joined the Dominicans at Pisa, Italy in 1280. Educated at the University of Paris, France. Lector at Sainta Maria Novella church in Florence, Italy in 1305. Noted preacher in and around Florence. Founded the Confraternity of the Holy Redeemer at Pisa. Professor of theology at Saint James Friary, Paris in 1311. A visionary, Jordan had two great devotions - Our Lady and Saint Dominic de Guzman.
Made a scientific study of the use of preaching as an apostolic tool. Considered a daring innovator for extending the use of vernacular Italian as a beautiful, musical language of evangelization; his use of Italian and Tuscan helped lead to the modern Italian language. Knew the breviary, missal, most of the Bible (with commentary), and the second part of the Summa Theologica by heart. Quick to state that learning alone can never make a preacher; it needed a holiness of life.
c.1255 at Pisa, Italy
• 19 August 1311 at Piacenza, Italy of natural causes while on his way to teach in Paris, France
• relics venerated at the church of Saint Catalina at Pisa, Italy
• 23 August 1833 (cultus confirmed) by Pope Gregory XVI
• 1838 (beatification) by Pope Gregory XVI
God of holiness, by the integrity of his life and gentle manner you made Blessed Jordan a fitting minister to preach the gospel. By following his example may we generously strive to serve you through service to our neighbor and so gain the fruit of an everlasting reward. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. - General Calendar of the Order of Preachers
Sebald, Sinibaldo, Siward
Son of a Danish chieftain who had settled in England. Missionary in the Reichswald area of Germany, working with Saint Willibald of Eichstatt, Saint Winibald and Saint Boniface. Popular preacher who converted many, he later retired near Nuremburg, Germany where he would alternate life as a prayerful hermit and then a zealous evangelist.
A number of miracle stories are told about him
• he converted stones to bread and water to wine to feed his fellow missionaries
• he burned icicles as firewood in the dead of winter to keep the poor from freezing
• when he was being heckled by a profane blasphemer, Sebaldus prayed, and the earth opened up to swallow the pagan; as he fell into the earth, the heckler asked for forgiveness; the earth spat him back out
• when a poor peasant was blind by his lord, Sebaldus restored the man's missing eyes by praying over him
probably in England
• against cold weather
• Bavaria, Germany
• Nuremberg, Germany
• carrying pilgrim's staff and a church
• church with two towers in his hand; it represents the faith he helped establish in Nuremburg, Germany
• pilgrim with wallet and shell
• pilgrim with a shell in his hat, a rosary and a staff
Born to a farm family who had migrated from Válor, Spain to Argentina in search of a better life; Gregorio was baptized at the age of nine days. When the boy was ten years old, the family returned to Spain. When he was old enough, Gregorio studied at the seminary in Granada, and was such an able student that he graduated early, and served as a teacher before ordination. Ordained a priest in the archdiocese of Granada in 1933. As a parish priest, he was known as a gentle pastor who lived a life of poverty, and cared deeply about the sacramental life for the poor.
Father Gregorio was arrested by anti–Catholic forces at the start of the Spanish Civil War, and was imprisoned in Dalias, Berja and El Ejido prisons. His captors tried to get him to renounce his faith, and at one point tried to get him to desecrate a medal of the Virgin Mary; he swallowed it to get it away from them. They eventually gave up on changing him, and murdered him instead. Martyr.
3 April 1908 in Chilecito, La Rioja, Argentina
19 August 1936 in Albufera de Adra, Almería, Spain
• 25 March 2017 by Pope Francis
• beatification celebrated in the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos de Aguadulce, Almería, Spain, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato
• Magno di Anagni
• Magnus of Fabrateria Vetus
• Magnus of Trani
Son of Apollonius, a poor farmer. As a young man he worked as a shepherd to support his family and neighbors who were poorer than himself. Convert, baptized with his father by Bishop Redemptus of Trani, Italy. Magnus succeeded him as bishop of Trani, chosen by popular acclaim of the local laity and clergy. Evangelized in Fondi, Aquino, and Anagni. During the persecutions of Tarquinius, Magnus fled to Rome, Italy, but tried to secretly return to Trani. Found in a cave near Fondi by imperial soldiers. Martyr.
2nd century at Trani, Italy
• beheaded near Fabrateria Vetus, Latium (modern Ceccano, Italy)
• buried in Fondi, Italy
• relics translated from Fondi to Veroli, Italy
• relics translated to the cathedral in Anagni, Italy after a wealthy but superstitious Muslim had some horses die when near them in Veroli
• Anagni-Alatri, Italy, diocese of
• Anagni, Italy
• Colle San Magno, Italy
bishop with a palm of martyrdom
• Louis of Anjou
• Ludwig of...
Born to the nobility, the son of Charles II of Anjou, king of Naples. Great-nephew of Saint Louis IX, and of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. Grew up in Provence (in modern France). Spent seven years as a hostage for his father at Barcelona and Tarragona in Spain. Ordained at age 23. Friar Minor. Reluctant bishop of Toulouse, France for the last six months of his life.
February 1274 at Nocera, Italy
• 19 August 1297 at Brignolles, Italy of natural causes
• some relics in Valencia, Spain
7 April 1317 by Pope John XXII
• Valencia, Spain
• Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, California
• boy bishop
• young bishop with a crown by his feet
• young man in pontifical garments and holding a book and a crosier
Ezequiel Moreno y Díaz
Raised in a pious family in a pious town. Joined the Augustinian Recollects on 21 September 1864 at Montegudo, Navarra, Spain. Prior of his monastery. Ordained at Manila, Philippines on 3 June 1871, and became a well-known missionary. Vicar apostolic of Casanare and bishop of Pinara, Colombia on 23 October 1893. Bishop of Pasto, Columbia on 2 December 1893. Noted for his generous charity to the faithful of his diocese.
9 April 1848 at Alfaro, Tarazona, Spain
• 19 August 1906 at Montegudo, Navarra, Spain of cancer of the palatte
• the miracles related to his beatification and canonization involve cures of cancer patients
11 October 1992 by Pope John Paul II at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Benedictine monk. Fourteenth abbot of the monastery of Cava de Tirreni in Campania, Italy, chosen on 25 January 1268, consecrated on 5 February 1268, granted a bull of confirmation by Pope Gregory X and served for 27 years. Partipated in the Council of Lyons in 1274, and used the trip to visit the abbey of Cluny and learn from the Cluniac monks. Built a new church and new cloister at his monastery, and had many new manuscripts copied for its library.
• 19 August 1295 at the Cava dei Tirreni monastery in Campania, Italy
• buried before the main altar in the abbey church
• relics re-interred in 1675 into a wall of the Arsicia cave, the first hermitage of the founder of Cava dei Tirreni
16 May 1928 by Pope Pius XI (cultus confirmation)
Sari, Sarai, Sara
Jewish Old Testament Matriarch. Wife of the Patriarch Abraham. A convert from paganism, she was the first female convert to the faith of Abraham. Nomad in the desert of Canaan. When she was aged 90, she heard angels say she would finally become a mother. She laughed at the idea, and when her son was born, she named him Isaac from the word for laughter.
of natural causes at age 127
Chosen 44th pope in 432. Approved the results of the Council of Ephesus. Corresponded extensively with Saint Augustine of Hippo. Fought Nestorianism and Pelagianism. Restored several Roman basilicas including Saint Peter's and Saint John Lateran. Defended the supremacy of the pope over local bishops, and over Illyria which the emperor wanted to transfer to the control of Constantinople.
at Rome, Italy
31 July 432
18 August 440 in Rome, Italy of natural causes
Magi, Magin, Maginus
Born to the Gallic nobility of Burgundy (in modern France), he was orphaned at an early age. Hermit on Mount Brufagaña for 30 years. Had the gift of healing by prayer, which he did for the governor of Tarragona, Spain. Imprisoned, tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.
beheaded with a sickle in c.304 in Tarragona, Spain
using his staff to cause springs to erupt from the ground
29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
Educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, England. Convert to Catholicism. Studied for the priesthood, and ordained at Douai, France in 1612. Worked with covert Catholics at Dorset, England during a period of persecution. One of the Martyrs of England and Wales.
hanged on 19 August 1642 at Dorchester, Dorset, England
15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI
• 19 October in Acquapagana, Italy)
• Sunday after the Feast of the Annunciation (local popular festival)
Monk at Valdicastro, Italy. Hermit, joining the Camaldolese c.1285 at the San Salvatore di Acquapagana hermitage and living in a nearby cave.
• 1313 in Acquapagana, Piceno, Italy
• relics enshrined in the church of the territorial monastery of Montecavallo, Italy
14 June 1846
Studied at Tournai, Belgium. Headmaster of the cathedral school at Tournai. Visited Clairvaux Abbey to see Saint Bernard and ended by staying there. Sent by Saint Bernard to be the first abbot at Igny, France in 1138. Prolific writer, some of whose works on ascetism were sometimes mistakenly attributed to Saint Bernard.
c.1080 at Tournai, Belgium
c.1155 at Igny, France of natural causes
1889 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmed)
Soldier. Tribune in the Greek army. Convert to Christianity, along with a number of his men, following a miraculous victory over the Persians. Martyred by Seleucus as a group for their new faith.
• 300 at Mount Tarsus, Cilicia (in modern Turkey)
• relics of Andrew and some unnamed fellow soldier-martyrs are venerated in the church of Saint Vincent, Brioude, France
• Magnus of the Theban Legion
• Magnus of Fabreteria Vetere
• Magno of...
One of the soldiers in the Theban Legion who survived their massacre. He fled to the mountains of the Piedmont region, and became an evangelist. When his reputation for holiness spread, the same persecutors who had killed his brothers in the Legion tracked him down. Martyr.
• Donatus of Sisteron
• Donato of....
Deacon. Priest. Following a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint Martin of Tours, he retired from world to live as a hermit on Mount Jura near Sisteron, Provence (in modern France). Reported to have the gift of healing by prayer.
Sixth century Gothic soldier. He was a convert to Christianity, brought to the faith and baptized by Saint Cyprian of Toulon. Due to the persecutions of Arian Gothic king Aleric II, Flavien abandoned military life and fled to the island of Cépet, France where he lived the rest of his life as a hermit.
Imperial Roman senator. Martyred in the persecutions of Commodus.
• scourged and beaten to death c.190 in Rome, Italy
• buried in the Calepodius cemetery, Aurelian Road outside Rome
Mercedarian friar at the convent of Santa Maria degli Angeli in El Puig, Spain, known for his extreme piety, penance and asceticism.
Bishop of Gaza, Palestine. Scourged, tortured and martyred by order of Urban, governor of Palestine, during the persecutions of Diocletian.
burned alive in 304
Married. Father of Saint Agricola of Avignon. Governor of Avignon, France. Widower. Monk at Lérins Abbey. Bishop of Lérins, France.
7th century bishop of Vannes, Brittany (in modern France).
relics at the cathedral of Vannes, Brittany (in modern France)
Hermit. Founded the monasteries of Villars and Mauzac near Riom, France.
Bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne, France. Envoy to Spain.
580 of natural causes in Spain while on a pilgrimage to the relics of Saint Eulalia of Merida
Martyred by order of Urban, governor of Palestine, during the persecutions of Diocletian.
torn apart by wild beasts in 304 at the amphitheater at Caesarea
Hermit in the forest of Entreaigues in Berry, France. Saint Gregory of Tours wrote a biography of him.
Spiritual student of Saint Patrick. Monk. Founded the monastery of Louth, Ireland. Bishop of Louth.
Monk. Abbot of Ainay Abbey near Lyons, France.
Bishop at the monastery of Saint Peter in Besalu, Catalonia, Spain.
Monk at Luxeuil Abbey. Abbot of a house in Bobbio, Italy.
Married to Saint Calminius. Widow. Nun at Marsat, France.
Long venerated in Mantua, Italy, but all details have been lost.
Abbot at Evesham Abbey.
Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.
c.303 in southern Italy
A group of missionaries and their laymen supporters who were executed for spreading Christianity in Japan.
• Antonius Yamada
• Bartholomaeus Mohyoe
• Iacobus Matsuo Denji
• Ioachim Díaz Hirayama
• Ioannes Miyazaki Soemon
• Ioannes Nagata Matashichi
• Ioannes Yago
• Laurentius Ikegami Rokusuke
• Leo Sukeemon
• Ludovic Frarijn
• Marcus Takenoshita Shin'emon
• Michaël Díaz Hori
• Paulus Sankichi
• Pedro de Zúñiga
• Thomas Koyanagi
beheaded on 19 August 1622 at Nagasaki, Japan
7 May 1867 by Pope Pius IX
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 Agueda Hernández Amorós
• Blessed Agustí Busquets Creixell
• Blessed Andrés Pradas Lahoz
• Blessed Antolín Martínez y Martínez
• Blessed Antoni Pedró Minguella
• Blessed Càndid Feliu Soler
• Blessed Cipriano González Millán
• Blessed Damián Gómez Jiménez
• Blessed Elvira Torrentallé Paraire
• Blessed Félix González Bustos
• Blessed Francisca de Amézua Ibaibarriaga
• Blessed Francisco de Paula Ibáñez y Ibáñez
• Blessed Ignasi Guilà Ximenes
• Blessed Isidro Muñoz Antolín
• Blessed Joan Roca Bosch
• Blessed José Erausquin Aramburu
• Blessed Josep Maria Fontseré Masdeú
• Blessed Justo Arévalo Mora
• Blessed Maria Calaf Miracle
• Blessed María de Las Nieves Crespo López
• Blessed María Desamparados Giner Sixta
• Blessed María Dolores Vidal Cervera
• Blessed Pascual Escuin Ferrer
• Blessed Pedro Buitrago Morales
• Blessed Remigio ángel Olalla Aldea
• Blessed Rosa Pedret Rull
• Blessed Teresa Chambó Palet
• Blessed Tomàs Sitjar Fortiá
• Blessed Urbano Corral González
• Blessed Valeriano Ruiz Peral
• Bartholomew Simeri
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