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Saint John Plessington

Also known as

• John Plesington
• William Scarisbrick
• William Pleasington

Additional Memorial

25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

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Son of Robert Plessington, a royalist Catholic, and Alice Rawstone. His family was persecuted for both their religious and political beliefs. John was educated by Jesuits at Scarisbrick Hall, then at the Royal College of Saint Alban at Valladolid, Spain, and then Saint Omer's monastery in France. Ordained in Segovia, Spain on 25 March 1662. He returned to England in 1663 to minister to covert Catholics in the areas of Holywell and Cheshire, often hiding under the name William Scarisbrick. Tutor at Puddington Hall near Chester, England. Imprisoned for two months, and executed for the crime of priesthood. Martyr.

Born

c.1637 at Dimples Hall, Lancashire, England

Died

• hanged, drawn, and quartered on 19 July 1679 at Barrows Hill, Boughton, England
• buried in the local cemetery of Burton, England

Canonized

25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI

Readings

But I know it will be said that a priest ordayned by authority derived from the See of Rome is, by the Law of the Nation, to die as a Traytor, but if that be so what must become of all the Clergymen of the Church of England, for the first Protestant Bishops had their Ordination from those of the Church of Rome, or not at all, as appears by their own writers so that Ordination comes derivatively from those now living. - Saint John Plessington, from the gallows as he was about to be martyred

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-plessington/


Pope Saint Symmachus

Also known as

Simmaco

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The son of Fortunatus. Baptized in Rome, Italy. Archdeacon under Pope Anastasius II. Chosen 51st pope in 498.

An anti-pope, Laurentius, was elected the same day by a minority with Byzantine sympathies and with the support of Emperor Anastasius; King Theodoric the Great supported Symmachus who ascended to the throne. Any sort of campaigning for the papacy during the life of a sitting pope was outlawed by canon law. In 501, Senator Festus, a supporter of Laurentius, accused Symmachus of assorted crimes; the pope refused to answer the charges, claimed that secular rulers had no jurisdiction over a pope, and the Synodus Palmaris of 23 October 502 confirmed this decision. The schism with Laurentius continued for years, and at one point Theodoric installed the anti-pope in the Lateran Palace and proclaimed him the legal pontiff; Theodoric later decided that Laurentius was too Byzantine, and had him removed.

During all the turmoil, Symmachus spent largely to support bishops of Africa who were persecuted by the Arian Vandals. He also gave aid to northern Italians who suffered from the invasions of barbarians.

Born

in Sardinia, Kingdom of Odoacer (part of modern Italy)

Papal Ascension

22 November 498

Died

19 July 514 in Rome, Ostrogothic Kingdom (in modern Italy) of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/pope-saint-symmachus/


Blessed Józef Puchala

Also known as

• Achilles Puchala
• Brother Achilles
• Father Achilles

Additional Memorial

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

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Baptized on the day of his birth. Entered the minor seminary in Lviv (in modern Ukraine) in 1924. Franciscan Friar Minor Conventual, taking the name Achilles, and making his solemn vows on 22 May 1932. Priest, ordained on 5 July 1936. Served in the Franciscan convents in Grodno and Iwieniec in Poland. In early 1940 he moved into parish ministry in Pierszaje, Poland to help with a shortage of priests who had been arrested or fled ahead of arrest by the Gestapo during the Nazi occupation and persecutions of World War II. Arrested, tortured and eventually murdered by the Gestapo. Martyr.

Born

18 March 1911 in Kosina, Podkarpackie, Poland

Died

• 19 July 1943 in a barn outside Borovikovshchina (a.k.a. Borowikowszczyzna), Minskaya voblasts', Belarus
• the barn was then set on fire
• remains later retrieved by local Catholics and buried in the parish church in Pierszaje, Poland

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jozef-puchala/


Saint Macrina the Younger

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Daughter of Saint Emmelia and Saint Basil the Elder; sister of Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, and Saint Peter of Sebastea; granddaughter of Saint Macrina the Elder, and called the Younger to distinguish between the two. Educated by her mother, she could read from an early age. Betrothed at age twelve to a young lawyer who died before the wedding. She refused other offers of marriage, and devoted herself to her family, then to a religious life. Nun. Succeeded her mother as head of a small community of women in Pontus (part of modern Turkey). Her biography and reminicenses of her were written by her brother Saint Gregory.

Born

c.327 at Caesarea, Cappadocia (in modern Turkey)

Died

379 at Pontus (in modern Turkey) of natural causes

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-macrina-the-younger/


Saint Epaphras of Colosse

Also known as

Epagaphras

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First century missionary to Colossae, Laodicea And Hierapolis. Bishop of Colossae. Martyr. Saint Paul mentions him.

Readings

Just as in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing, so also among you, from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth, as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow slave, who is a trustworthy minister of Christ on your behalf and who also told us of your love in the Spirit. - Colossians 1:6-8

Epaphras sends you greetings; he is one of you, a slave of Christ [Jesus], always striving for you in his prayers so that you may be perfect and fully assured in all the will of God. - Colossians 4:12

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you. - Philemon 23

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-epaphras-of-colosse/


Saint Ioannes Baptista Zhu Wurui

Also known as

• John Baptist Zhou Wurui
• Ruohan

Additional Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

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Young layman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. A teenager at the outbreak of the Boxer Rebellion, John publicly declared his Christianity, for which the rebels mutilated and killed him. Martyr.

Born

c.1883 in Zhujiahe, Jingxian, Hebei, China

Died

dismembered and beaten to death with an ax on 19 July 1900 in Lujiazhuang, Jingxia, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ioannes-baptista-zhu-wurui/


Blessed Bernhard of Rodez

Also known as

• Bernhard of Millau
• Bernhard of Ruteni
• Bernard of...

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Born to the nobility, one of eight children born to Viscount Richard II of Millau and Rixinde. Benedictine monk at the Saint Victor monastery in Marseilles, France in 1061. Abbot of Saint Victor in 1064. Friend of Pope Gregory VII, Saint Hugo of Cluny, and Saint William of Hirschau. Zealously promoted the Cluniac reform. Created cardinal in 1065 by Pope Alexander II. Papal legate to Germany in 1077. Papal legate to Spain in 1078.

Born

1045 in Provence, France

Died

1079 in Marseilles, France of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-bernhard-of-rodez/


Saint Arsenius the Great

Also known as

• Arsenius the Roman
• Arsenius the Deacon

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Born to a wealthy Roman noble family. Deacon. Tutor to the sons of Emperor Theodosius the Great c.383. About 395 he left to live with the monks of Alexandria, Egypt. After the emperor's death, Arsenius retired to the wilderness of Scetis, and became a student of Saint John the Short. Hermit, noted for his great austerity

Born

354 in the Roman Empire

Died

c.449 at Troë near Memphis, Egypt of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arsenius-the-great/


Saint Elisabeth Qin Bianshi Elisabeth

Also known as

Lisa

Additional Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

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Married lay woman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. Mother of Saint Simon Qin Chunfu. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1846 in Nanpeiluo, Renqiu, Hebei, China

Died

19 July 1900 in Liucun, Renqiu, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-elisabeth-qin-bianshi-elisabeth/


Saint Simon Qin Chunfu

Also known as

Ximan

Additional Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

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Son of Saint Elisabeth Qin Bianshi Elisabeth in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. Martyred as a teenager in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1886 in Nanpeiluo, Renqiu, Hebei, China

Died

19 July 1900 in Liucun, Renqiu, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

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


Blessed Antonio of Valladolid

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Mercedarian friar. Bible scholar. Provincial of the Order in Castile. Advisor to Spanish kings. Sent the first Mercedarian missionaries to America after recieving permission from Pope Alexander VI in 1493. Travelled to many churches in Spain, working to revitalize the faith. Known for his endless charity to the poor.

Died

1514 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-antonio-of-valladolid/


Saint Michael the Sabaitè

Also known as

Michael of Saint Sabas

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Eighth century hermit at the monastery of Saint Sabas. The Muslim Caliph greatly admired him, and tried to convert him to Islam. Michael refused, so his admirer had him executed. Martyr.

Died

beheaded

Readings

Mohamed is neither an apostle nor a prophet. – Saint Michael

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-michael-the-sabaite/


Saint Aurea of Cordoba

Also known as

Aura

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Raised Muslim during the period of Moorish occupation of Spain. Married. Widow. Convert to Christianity. Nun at Cuteclara for 20 years. She was eventually denounced as a Christian by her family to Muslim religious authorities and killed for the crime of converting. Martyr.

Born

Cordoba, Spain

Died

beheaded in 856

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aurea-19-july/


Saint Ambrose Autpertus

Also known as

Ambrose Aut-pert

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While in Italy as a diplomatic envoy, he visited the monastery of Saint Vincent near Benevento. There he answered a call to religious life and became a monk, and later served as its abbot.

Born

France

Died

c.778

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ambrose-autpertus/


Saint Romain of Ryazan

Also known as

Romanus

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Son of the Prince of Ryazan. Imprisoned, tortured and murdered by pagan Tatars who accused him of insulting their gods. Martyr.

Died

cut to pieces, joint by joint, until he finally bled to death in 1270

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-romain-of-ryazan/


Saint Martin of Trier

Also known as

Martin of Treves

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Tenth bishop of Trier, Germany.

Died

• c.210
• may have been a martyr, but records are unclear

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-martin-of-trier/


Saint Daria of Constantinople

Also known as

Daretia

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Martyr.

Died

Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey), date unknown

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


Blessed Pascasio of Lyon

Also known as

Pascasio of Lycaonia

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Mercedarian friar. Bishop of Lycaonia, Asia Minor.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-pascasio-of-lyon/


Saint Felix of Verona

Also known

Felicinus of Verona

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Bishop of Verona, Italy.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-felix-of-verona/


Martyrs of Meros

Also known as

Martyrs of Phrygia

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Three Christians tortured and martyred together in the persecutions of emperor Julian the Apostate and governor Almachio. We know nothing else about them but the names - Macedoniuis, Tatian and Theodule.

Died

burned to death on an iron grill in Meros, Phrygia (in modern Turkey)

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


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Bernold of Utrecht
• Dio of Constantinople
• Diodorus of Milan
• Karol Herman Stepien
• Kragon
• Pietro Crisci of Foligno
• Stephen del Lupo
• Stilla of Abenberg


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