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Optional Memorial of Saint Romuald, Abbot

Saint Romuald

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Italian nobility who spent a wild youth. Acting as second, he witnessed his father kill another man in a duel, and Romuald sought to atone for the crime by becoming a Benedictine monk at Classe, Italy. Abbot from 996 to 999. A wanderer by nature, he established several hermitage and monasteries in central and northern Italy. He tried to evangalize the Slavs, but met with little success. Founded the Camaldolese Benedictines. Spent the last fourteen years of his life in seclusion at Mount Sitria, Bifolco, and Val di Castro. Spiritual teacher of Saint Wolfgang of Ratisbon.

Born

c.951 at Ravenna, Italy

Died

• 19 June 1027 at Val-di-Castro, Italy of natural causes
• body found incorrupt
• enshrined at Fabriano, Italy
• relics translated on 7 Feburary 1481

Canonized

1582 by Pope Gregory XIII

Patronage

Suwalki, Poland

Representation

monk pointing at a ladder on which other monks are ascending to heaven, indicative his founding of his Order

Video

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Readings

Romuald lived in the vicinity of the city of Paranzo for three years. In the first year he built a monastery and appointed an abbot with monks. For the next two years he remained there in seclusion. Wherever the holy man might arrange to live, he would follow the same pattern. First he would build an oratory with an altar in a cell; then he would shut himself in and forbid access. Finally, after he had lived in many places, perceiving that his end was near, he returned to the monastery he had built in the valley of Castro. While he awaited with certainty his approaching death, he ordered a cell to be constructed there with an oratory in which he might isolate himself and preserve silence until death. Accordingly, the hermitage was built, since he had made up his mind that he would die there. His body began to grow more and more oppressed by afflictions and was already failing. One day he began to feel the loss of his physical strength under all the harassment of increasingly violent afflictions. As the sun was beginning to set, he instructed two monks who were standing by to go out and close the door of the cell behind them; they were to come back to him at daybreak to celebrate matins. They were so concerned about his end that they went out reluctantly and did not rest immediately. On the contrary, since they were worried that their master night die, they lay hidden near the cell and watched this precious treasure. For some time they continued to listen attentively until they heard neither movement nor sound. Rightly guessing what had happened, they pushed open the door, rushed in quickly, lit a candle and found the holy man lying on his back, his blessed soul snatched up into heaven. - from a biography of Saint Romuald by Saint Peter Damian

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


Saint Rémi Isoré

Also known as

Rémigius Isoré

Additional Memorial

• 28 September as one of the 120 Martyrs of China
• 4 February (Jesuits)

Profile

Eldest son in a pious family. His father taught primary school, one brother became a priest, one sister joined the Daughters of Saint Vincent de Paul. Remigious felt a call to the priesthood from an early age. Entered Saint Francis School in 1865 at age 13, and the seminary at Cambrai, France in 1871 at 19. Taught primary school at Roubaix, France in 1873 at age 21. In 1876 at age 24 he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Saint Acheul, and was soon assigned to teach high school at La Providence. Beginning in 1881, he felt a call to missionary work, and was assigned to work in China. He arrived in Xian, Hebei in 1882, and spent a year learning Chinese. Ordained on 31 July 1886 at the Xian Cathedral. Taught at the public school in Zhangjiazhuang. Dean of the school at Guangpingfu. Parish priest of Zhoujiazhuang, Wei Country. Martyred during the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

22 January 1852 in Bambeque, France

Died

• 19 June 1900 in Wuyi, Hebei, China while praying at the altar
• head hung outside the village as a warning to other Catholics

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

Readings

I have heard that it is very difficult to convert Chinese, and so I had never, ever, wanted to go to China. A kind of resentment had slipped into my heart at the very word, China. But the Provincial enlightened me. I understood that it was the will of God that I should go to China. Joy and gratitude then filled my heart. - Saint Remigius

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-remi-isore/


Saint Juliana Falconieri

Also known as

Giuliana Falconieri

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Only child of a wealthy Florentine noble family of Chiarissimo and Riguirdata Falconieri. Niece of Saint Alexis Falconieri. Her father died Juliana was very young, and her uncle Alexis had a great influence on her. Given to chronic gastric problems throughout her life. Legend says she never gazed into a mirror, never looked at a man's face, trembled at the mention of sin, and fainted upon hearing scandalous gossip.

Juliana refused an arranged marriage at age 14. She became a Servite tertiary in 1285, taking the habit from her spiritual director, Saint Philip Benizi. Helped form, and served as first superior of the Servite Order of Mary (Servite Nuns, the Mantellate Servites), which was formally established in 1304, and their first convent founded in 1305.

At her death, unable to receive Holy Communion because of constant vomiting, she requested the priest to spread a corporal upon her breast and lay the Host on it. Soon after, the Host disappeared, Juliana died, and the image of the cross that had been on the Host was found on her breast.

Born

1270 at Florence, Italy

Died

• 12 June 1341 at Florence, Italy of natural causes
• relics at the church of San Annunziata in Florence

Beatified

26 July 1678 by Pope Innocent XI

Canonized

16 June 1737 by Pope Clement XII

Patronage

against sickness; sick people

Representation

in the habit of the Servite Order with a Host upon her breast

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-juliana-falconieri/


Saint Modeste Andlauer

Additional Memorial

9 July as one of the Martyrs of China

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Eighth son of Joseph Andlauer, a baker, and Françoise Barbe Bisch. Baptized on 23 May 1847 at the church of Saints Peter and Paul, in Rosheim, France. Studied at the Episcopal College of Saint-Etienne in Strasbourg, France. Joined the Jesuits in October 1872 in Saint-Acheul, France. Ordained in Arras, France on 22 September 1877. Taught German at colleges in the French cities of Amiens, Lille and Brest. Missionary to China, arriving on 22 November 1882. He learned the languages of the region, served in several locations, worked with Saint Rémi Isoré, and became Head of Mission in Weishein (Wei Xian), China. Murdered during the anti-Western, anti-Christian persecutions of the Boxer Rebellion when a armed mob stormed the village and executed anyone who admitted to being Catholic. Martyr.

Born

22 May 1847 in Rosheim, Bas Rhin, diocese of Strasbourg, France

Died

• 19 June 1900 in Wuyi, Hebei, China while praying at the altar
• head hung outside the village as a warning to other Catholics

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-modeste-andlauer/


Blessed Sebastian Newdigate

Additional Memorial

4 May as one of the Carthusian Martyrs

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Younger son of John Newdigate, a king's sergeant, and Amphelys, daughter and heiress of John Nevill of Sutton, Lincolnshire, a pious family; his sister became a Dominican nun at the Dartford, England convent. Studied at Cambridge University. Married layman, and father of one daughter named Amphelys. Widower in 1524. Priest. Privy counselor to King Henry VIII. Carthuisian monk in the London Charterhouse. When given the Oath of Succession, accepting Henry VIII's supremacy over the Church in England, he signed it on 6 June 1534, adding the note "in as far as the law of God permits" to the document to indicate his conditional agreement. Arrested on 25 May 1535 with many brother monks for loyalty to Rome. Imprisoned in chains at Marshalsea Prison, and later in the Tower of London. Executed with Blessed Humphrey Middlemore and Blessed William Exmew. Martyr.

Born

Harefield, Middlesex, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 19 June 1535 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-sebastian-newdigate/


Saint Gervase

Also known as

Gervasius, Gervasio

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Second century martyr. Son of Saint Vitalis of Milan and Saint Valeria of Milan. He and his beheaded twin brother Protase are considered the first martyrs of Milan as Saint Ambrose, guided by a vision, unearthed their remains in 386. Saint Paulinus of Nola says the martyrs appeared to Saint Ambrose in an apparition. Even when the relics were discovered, nothing was remembered about them except their names and that they were martyrs in an early persecution, perhaps under Nero. The surviving Acts of Gervase are worthless as biography as ancient writers invented details to fill in the missing details.

Died

beaten to death with a lead-tipped whip c.165

Patronage

• for the discovery of thieves
• haymakers
• archdiocese of Perugia-Città della Pieve, Italy
• 5 cities

Representation

• holding stones
• with his father and mother
• with Saint Protase
• youth holding a lead-tipped scourge in one hand and a sword in the other
• youth holding the palm of martyrdom

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


Blessed Thomas Woodhouse

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Priest in Lincolnshire, England. Forced to resign due state persecution, he became a tutor in Wales. Arrested and sent to Fleet Prison on 14 May 1561 for the crime of celebrating Mass. He lay there for nine years before being tried and convicted for his faith. At some point during his incarceration he joined the Jesuits, and he ministered to fellow prisoners when possible.

On 19 November 1572 he convinced the prison washer-woman to take a letter to Lord Burghley. In it he begged that Burghley seek reconciliation with Rome, and convince Elizabeth to do the same. He followed up this by writing more letters and papers, signing them, tying them to rocks, and throwing them from his window into the street in hopes that passersby would spread his message. He was soon transferred to Newgate prison, and a few weeks later, executed. Martyr.

Born

1535 in Lincolnshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 19 June 1573 at Smithfield, London, England

Beatified

29 December 1886 by Pope XIII (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-thomas-woodhouse/


Saint Protase

Also known as

Protasio, Protasius

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Second century martyr. Son of Saint Vitalis of Milan and Saint Valeria of Milan. He and his twin brother Gervase are considered the first martyrs of Milan as Saint Ambrose, guided by a vision, unearthed their remains in 386. Saint Paulinus of Nola says the martyrs appeared to Saint Ambrose in an apparition. Even when the relics were discovered, nothing was remembered about them except their names and that they were martyrs in an early persecution, perhaps under Nero.

Died

beheaded c.165

Patronage

• for the discovery of thieves
• haymakers
• archdiocese of Perugia-Città della Pieve, Italy
• 5 cities

Representation

• holding stones
• with Saint Gervase
• with his father and mother
• youth holding a lead-tipped scourge in one hand and a sword in the other
• youth holding the palm of martyrdom

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


Blessed William Exmew

Additional Memorial

4 May as one of the Carthusian Martyrs

Profile

Studied at Christ's College, Cambridge; noted classical scholar. Carthusian monk at the London Charterhouse. Vicar of the house, working with Blessed John Houghton. Procurator of the house in 1534; his vicar was Blessed Humphrey Middlemore. On 6 May 1535 the two were denounced as traitors for loyalty to the pope. They and Blessed Sebastian Newdigate were arrested, chained to posts in Marshalsea prison for several days, then transfered to the Tower of London. The three, with Blessed John Fisher, were tried for treason on 11 June 1535, and when they insisted that the pope was the head of the Church, were all condemned to death. Martyr.

Born

English

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 19 June 1535 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

9 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII

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


Blessed Odo of Cambrai

Also known as

• Odo of Orléans
• Odoardus...

Profile

One of the most learned French scholars of the 11th century. Layman headmaster of the cathedral school at Tournai in 1087. Following a close study of the writings of Saint Augustine of Hippo, around 1090 he felt a calling to religious life. Benedictine monk. He founded a Benedictine community at the disused abbey of Saint Martin at Tournai. Bishop of Cambrai, France in 1105. When he refused lay investiture, asserting that only the Church has authority over such decisions, he was exiled to the abbey of Anchin.

Born

1050 at Orleans, France

Died

19 June 1113 at Anchin, France of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-odo-of-cambrai/


Saint Nazario of Koper

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Bishop of Koper (in modern Slovenia) c.524 where he served for 30 years.

Born

c.475 in Elpidium (Böste)

Died

• c.555
• buried in the cathedral of Saint Mary
• due to Lombard invaders, his relics were placed in a case, stored under some stone steps, and it's location forgotten for centuries
• miracles reported with their re-discovery
• relics stolen in 1380 when the city was plundered in the War of Chioggia
• relics returned in 1422
• relics enshrined in a marble altar sarcophagus in the cathedral of Koper

Patronage

Koper, Slovenia

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


Blessed Humphrey Middlemore

Additional Memorial

4 May as one of the Carthusian Martyrs

Profile

Carthusian monk at the London Charterhouse. Priest. Procurator on the London Charterhouse. When he refused to recognize the validity of King Henry VIII's marriage with Anne Boleyn, he was imprisoned and martyred with two brother monks for treason.

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 19 June 1535 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

20 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-humphrey-middlemore/


Saint Deodatus of Nevers

Also known as

Adeodate, Didier, Die, DieuDonne, Donato

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Monk. Founder of Ebersheimmunster, near Strasbourg, France, served as its first abbot. Bishop of Nevers, France c.655. Attended the synod of Sens in 657. Founded Valde-Galilee-Jointures Abbey c.660. Late in life he retired to live as a prayerful hermit in the Vosges.

Born

Gaul (modern France)

Died

c.679 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-deodatus-of-nevers/


Saint Lambert of Saragossa

Also known as

Lamberto, Lambertus

Profile

Farmer and servant during the period of Muslim occupation of Spain. Martyred by his Saracen master.

Died

• beheaded c.900
• jawbone enshrined in Maastricht, Netherlands
• monastery named for his was built on the trditional site of his execution in 1522; it was destroyed in 1808

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lambert-of-saragossa/


Blessed Arnaldo of Liniberio

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Mercedarian prior in Barcelona, Spain. Ransomed 156 Christians in Morocco and 32 in Granada, Spain who had been enslaved by Muslims.

Died

• of natural causes
• buried near the altar of the church of his convent in Barcelona, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-arnaldo-of-liniberio/


Saint Hildegrin of Chalons

Also known as

Hildegrin of Werden

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Younger brother of Saint Ludger of Utrecht. Worked with Ludger to evangelize the Saxons. Bishop of Chalons-sur-Marne, France in 802. In later life he retired to live as a Benedictine monk at Werden Abbey in Germany, where he was later elected its abbot.

Died

c.827 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hildegrin-of-chalons/


Saint Adleida and Saint Lupo of Bergamo

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Parents of Saint Grata of Bergamo. Converts. Martyrs.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-adleida-of-bergamo/
http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lupo-of-bergamo/


Saint Deodatus of Jointures

Also known as

Adéodat, Didier, Dieu-Donné, Dié

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Bishop. Founded the monastery of Val-de-Galilée, Jointures, France, and served as its first abbot.

Died

c.680

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-deodatus-of-jointures/


Saint Gaudentius of Arezzo

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Bishop. Martyred in the persecutions of Valentian I along with 53 companions whose names have not come down to us.

Died

364 at Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gaudentius-of-arezzo/


Saint Culmatius of Arezzo

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Deacon. Martyred in the persecutions of Valentian I along with 53 companions whose names have not come down to us.

Died

364 at Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-culmatius-of-arezzo/


Saint Zosimus of Umbria

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Martyred in the persecutions of Trajan.

Died

beheaded in 110 in Umbria, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-zosimus-of-umbria/


Saint Innocent of Le Mans

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Bishop of Le Mans, France for over 40 years.

Died

559

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-innocent-of-le-mans/


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• Abgar V
• Buonmercato Ferrara
• Candida of Milazzo
• Childomarca Fecamp
• Elena Aiello
• Gerlando Alemagna
• Michelina of Pesaro


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