|Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary|
• Joseph of Nazareth
• Joseph the Artisan
• Joseph the Betrothed
• 1 May (Joseph the Worker)
• 3rd Wednesday after Easter (patronage of Saint Joseph of the Universal Church)
• 29 October (Armenian)
• 20 July (Coptic)
Descendant of the house of David. Layman. Builder by trade; traditionally a carpenter, but may have been a stone worker. Earthly spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Foster and adoptive father of Jesus Christ. Visionary who was visited by angels. Noted for his willingness to immediately get up and do what God told him to do.
1st century, prior to the Passion, of natural causes
whom the Lord adds (Joseph)
• against doubt • against hesitation • accountants • attornies • barristers • bursars • cabinetmakers • carpenters • cemetery workers • children • civil engineers • confectioners • craftsmen • dying people • educators • emigrants • exiles • expectant mothers • families • fathers • furniture makers • grave diggers • happy death • holy death • house hunters • immigrants • interior souls • joiners • laborers • lawyers • married people • orphans • people in doubt • people who fight Communism • pioneers • pregnant women • social justice • solicitors • teachers • travellers • unborn children • wheelwrights • workers • working people • Catholic Church • Oblates of Saint Joseph • for protection of the Church • Universal Church • Vatican II • Americas • Austria • Belgium • Bohemia • Canada • China • Croatian people • Korea • Mexico • New France • New World • Peru • Philippines • Vatican City • Viet Nam • Canadian Armed Forces • Papal States • 46 dioceses • 26 cities • states and regions
• carpenter's square
• carpenter's tools
• hand tools
• infant Jesus
• old man holding a lily and a carpenter's tool such as a square
• old man holding the infant Jesus
He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph's wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying 'Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.' - from a sermon by Saint Bernardine of Siena
What emanates from the figure of Saint Joseph is faith. Joseph of Nazareth is a "just man" because he totally "lives by faith." He is holy because his faith is truly heroic. Sacred Scripture says little of him. It does not record even one word spoken by Joseph, the carpenter of Nazareth. And yet, even without words, he shows the depth of his faith, his greatness. Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God. We see how the word of the Living God penetrates deeply into the soul of that man, that just man. And we, do we know how to listen to the word of God? Do we know how to absorb it into the depths of our human personalities? Do we open our conscience in the presence of this word? - Pope John Paul II from Daily Meditations
Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life, your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done. Amen. - Blessed Pope John XXIII
• Sibyllina of Pavia
• Sibila, Sibile, Sibili, Sibilina, Sibillina, Sibylline, Sybil
20 March (Pavia, Italy)
Orphaned when very young, she received no education and was working as a domestic servant by age 10. Blind by age 12; the cause of her blindness has not come down to us. Adopted by a community of Dominican tertiaries at Pavia, Italy.
Sibyllina developed a devotion to Saint Dominic in hopes that his intervention would return her sight; when it did not, she came to accept it as her lot in life. She received a vision of Saint Dominic as confirmation of her desire to join the Order. At age 15 she became a recluse, living in a walled up cell. She spent her time in prayer, and her cell soon became a point of pilgrimage for Pavians seeking advice and healing; she lived there for over 60 years, doing penance, performing miracles, and spreading devotion to the Holy Spirit.
Sybillina could sense the Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. Once a priest passed her window on his way to a sick call. She told him that the host was not consecrated; he checked and found he had taken a host from the wrong container.
1287 in Pavia, Lombardy, Italy
• 19 March 1367 in Pavia, Italy of natural causes
• buried in the Dominican church in Pavia
• body found incorrupt in 1854
• 1853 by Pope Pius IX (cultus confirmed)
• 17 August 1854 by Pope Pius IX (beatified)
• children whose parents are not married
• against loss of parents
O Lord, enkindle our hearts with the fire of the Spirit, who wonderfully renewed Blessed Sibyllina. Filled with that heavenly light may we come to know Jesus Christ crucified and always grow in your love. 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
19 April (diocese of Linz, Austria)
Second of nine children. Lifelong layman in the diocese of Rennes, France. Joined the Boy Scouts at age 10, and considered himself a Scout the rest of his life. Member of the Young Christian Workers (Jocists). Following the Nazi invasion of France, Marcel and some friends would go each day to the train station to assist refugees arriving from the east. Engaged to Marguerite Derniaux, but due to the war they never married. Conscripted into a forced labour camp in Thuringia, Marcel tried to use his time to minister to others enslaved by the Nazis. Arrested by the Gestapo on 19 April 1944 for membership in the Jocists, which was considered an outlawed secret society; the arresting officers said Marcel was being taken because he was "too much of a Catholic". Sent to camps in Gotha, then Flossenburg and finally the Güsen I and II parts of the Mauthausen, Austria camp where he did forced labour most of the day, was abused the rest, and finally died as a result of the miserable conditions. Martyr.
6 December 1921 in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France
• 19 March 1945 in Mauthausen, Upper Austria, Austria of tuberculosis and dysentery
• buried in a mass grave outside the walls of the camp
4 October 1987 by Pope John Paul II
Isnard of Vicenza
Dominican friar, receiving the cowl from Saint Dominic de Guzman in 1219. Priest. Founder and first prior of the friary at Pavia, Italy. Though he lived the life of a friar, he was a fat friar, for which he was mocked and ridiculed when he travelled to preach.
at Chiampo, diocese of Vicenza, Italy
1244 of natural causes
12 March 1919 by Pope Benedict XV (cultus confirmed)
God of truth, you drive away the darkness of ignorance by the light of your wisdom. By the life and prayers of Blessed Isnard increase the strength of our faith, and let no trials extinguish in us the fire of your grace which shone forth in him. 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
Alcmund, Alchmund, Alcumundus, Ealhmund
Born a prince, the son of the Northumbrian King Alcred. King of Northumbria after the murders of his father and his brother Osred. Known for his charity to the poor and orphaned. Exiled to the area of Pictish Scotland and later murdered by agents of the usurping king Eardwulf of Northumbria. There are six churches in England dedicated to him.
774 in northern England
• martyred in c.800 in Mercia (in modern Shropshire, England)
• buried at Northworthy (modern Derby), England
• relics later translated to Shrewsbury abbey by Ethelfleda, the Lady of the Mercians
• relics returned to the White Church in Derby in 1140
• during the move his tomb was reported to exude a perfume
king, crown, sword
Studied at the University of Paris, France. Dominican friar, receiving the habit from Saint Dominic de Guzman. Helped introduce the Dominicans to Scotland. Noted preacher. Bishop of Dunblane, Scotland in 1233, ordained by Pope Gregory IX. He constantly travelled his diocese, rebuilding churches, including Dunblane Cathedral, fighting for the rights of the Church, and evangelizing the laity. Worked on the Cause for the canonization of Saint Margaret of Scotland. Assigned to collect alms for the Holy Land in 1247. Excommunicated a group who tried to murder the king. Wrote a biography of Saint Dominic, a book on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, a history of the Dominican Order in Scotland, and translated a number of works.
• 1258 in Dunblane, Scotland of natural causes
• interred in the choir of Dunblane Cathedral
• Narcyz Turchan
• Narcissus Turchan
12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II
Joined the Franciscan Friars Minor in 1899 in the province of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Italy, taking the name Narcyz. Ordained a priest in Lviv, Poland (in modern Ukraine) on 1 June 1906. Arrested for his faith on 6 October 1941 by the Gestapo, he was deported, imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp, tortured and finally murdered in the Nazi persecutions. As long as his health held out, he spent his time in the camp ministering to other prisoners. Martyr.
19 September 1879 in Biskupice, Warminsko-Mazurskie, Poland
19 March 1942 at the Dachau concentration camp, Oberbayern, Germany
13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II
Studied at the Pontifical French Seminary in Shkodrë, Albania, then in 1938 in Rome, Italy at the Congregation Propaganda Fide, and then theology at the Gregorian University. Ordained on 19 March 1944 as a priest in the archdiocese of Shkodrë-Pult, Albania. He returned to Kosovo in 1946 where he was known as a devout and hard-working priest. Imprisoned and tortured by Communist authorities during their anti–Christian persecutions. Martyr.
12 May 1921 in Vrnakolo, Kosovo, Serbia
spring 1948 in Shkodrë, Albania as a result of the injuries sustained during torture
• 5 November 2016 by Pope Francis
• beatification celebrated at the Square of the Cathedral of Shën Shtjefnit, Shkodër, Albania, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato
• Andrew Gallerani
• Andrew de'Gallerani
• Andre d'Gallerani
20 June (Siena, Italy)
Born to the nobility, he was a distinguished soldier. Exiled for killing a blasphemer with his sword, Andrea devoted the rest of his life to penitential acts of mercy. When he was allowed to return home to Siena, Italy, he founded a hospital and the Frati della Misericordia (Brothers of Mercy) to serve there; the Brothers wore a cloak bearing a cross and the letter "M"; their association died out in 1308.
13th century Siena, Italy
19 March 1251 in Siena, Italy of natural causes
13 May 1798 by Pope Pius VI (cultus confirmation)
• Giovanni di Parma
• John Buralli
Franciscan. Priest. Taught theology at Bologna and Naples. Seventh minister general of the Franciscans from 1247-1257. Visited Franciscan provinces of different countries, including England. Papal legate to Constantinople. Retired to Greccio, Italy.
1209 at Parma, Italy
1289 at Greccio, Italy
1777 by Pope Pius VI (cultus confirmed)
• John of Pinna
• John of Panaca
• John of Parran
• John the Syrian
Hermit in Syria. Fled to Pinna, Italy to escape Monophysite persecution. He arrived in the dead of winter; some hunters witnessed him sit beside a bare, leafless pear tree which burst full bloom due to the holy man's proximity. Founded abbeys in Pinna and Pesaro, Italy, and served as Abbot at Pinna for 44 years.
6th century Syrian
6th century in Parran Abbey in Spoleto, Italy of natural causes
Marco, Marcos, Markus
Italian noble from the Marches of Ancona. Physician. Married layman; both he and his wife joined the Franciscans, she becoming a Poor Clare. Priest. Travelled Italy preaching and establishing charitable pawnshops for the poor, known in Italy as Monti di Pieta.
1426 at Montegallo, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
1497 of natural causes
1839 by Pope Gregory XVI (cultus confirmation)
• Lanoald of Ghent
• Lanoald of Haspengau
• Lanoald of Wintershoven
• Landoald, Landoaldus, Landoalt, Landowaldus
Priest in Rome, Italy. With Saint Amantius of Wintershoven, he evangelized areas of modern France and Belgium. Founded the church at Wintershoven, Belgium.
Lactan, Lactinus, Lactean
Educated at Bangor Abbey. Monk. Spiritual student of Saint Comgall of Bangor and Saint Molu of Killaloe. Founded the monastery Achadh-Ur, now known as Freshford, in Kilkenny, Ireland, and served as its first abbot. Miracle worker and healer of the lame and the mentally ill.
County Cork, Ireland
672 of natural causes
Roman senator. Imperial officer. Favorite of emperor Maximian. Covert Christian during the first stage of the persecutions. After a letter from his mother and sister concerning their faith, he confessed Christ and was martyred.
beheaded in 303 in Nicomedia
Monk in Maastricht, Netherlands. Spiritual student of Saint Landoald of Maastricht. Murdered by robbers while begging alms for his community. Venerated as a martyr for dying in the service of his brothers.
Deacon from Rome, Italy. With Saint Landoald, he evangelized the area of modern France and Belgium. Founded the church at Wintershoven.
Auxilius of Killossey
Worked with Saint Patrick to evangelize Ireland in the fifth century. Bishop of Killossey, Ireland.
Seventh-century monk in Brittany, France. Abbot of the monastery of Quimperlé in Finistère, France.
14 October (translation of relics)
Bishop of Saintes, France. Friend of Saint Malo, whom he sheltered in exile.
Sixth-century saint who lived in the diocese of Saint-Brieuc, France, but no details have survived.
No information has survived.
Leontius of Braga
Early bishop of Braga, Portugal. Martyr.
Early bishop of Braga, Portugal. Martyr.
Monk, probably at Moyenmoutier in the Alsace (part of modern France).
relics at Horbach, Germany
A group of three sisters and a brother who were martyred together. We have little more than their names - Mark, Quartilla, Quintilla and Quintius.
Sorrento, Italy, date unknown
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:
• Alberto Linares de La Pinta
• Jaume Trilla Lastra
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