|Optional Memorial of Saint Januarius, Bishop and Martyr|
• Alfonso de Orozco
• Alphonsus de Orozco
Son of the governor of a castle. Studied at Talavera de la Reina. Studied music and served as choir boy in the cathedral of Toledo, Spain for three years. Attended the University of Salamanca, Spain at age 14. Joined the Augustinians in his early 20's. Spiritual student of Saint Thomas of Villanova. Ordained in 1527. Noted preacher. Augustinian prior in Seville, Spain. Missionary to Mexico in 1549, but his severe arthritis caused his doctors to send him back to Spain. Prior of the convent in Valladolid, Spain in 1554. Preacher to the court of emperor Charles V, moving with the court to Madrid in 1561. He refused to accept the standard royal stipends, and lived as a humble monk. His door was always open to anyone seeking spiritual guidance, he spent his free time visiting the sick in hospital, prisoners in jail, and the poor living on the street. Noted writer in Spanish and Latin, including histories of the Augustinians. Had a great devotion to the Virgin Mary. Helped found Augustinian monasteries and convents, and to advance reforms within the Order.
17 October 1500 at Oropesa, Toledo, Spain
• 19 September 1591 in the College of the Incarnation, Madrid, Spain of natural causes
• at his funeral the people of Madrid stormed the College and broke into Alonso's old room, looking for relics of their beloved pastor
• interred in the Augustinian church in Valladolid, Spain
19 May 2002 by Pope John Paul II
• Rule for a Christian life (1542)
• Garden of Prayer and the Mount of Contemplation (1544)
• Spiritual Treasury (1551)
• The Art of Loving God and Neighbour (1567)
• Memorial of Holy Love (1576)
• The Book of the Gentleness of God (1576)
• Tract on the Crown of Our Lady (1588)
Gennaro of Naples
Fourth century bishop of Benevento, Italy during the persecutions of Diocletian. Arrested while visiting imprisoned deacons, and then martyred with them.
His blood was preserved, and dried. Since at least 1389, on his feast day, and on the Satuday before the first Sunday in May, the blood liquefies.
Benevento, Italy or Naples, Italy (records vary)
• martyred c.304 at Naples, Italy or Pozzuoli, Italy (sources vary)
• first thrown to wild beasts
• when the animals would not attack him, he was beheaded
• against volcanic eruptions
• blood banks
• Benevento, Italy, diocese of
• Naples, Italy, archdiocese of
• Naples, Italy, city of
approved by the diocesan bishop in 1851
19 September 1846
Mary appeared to two small children, Melanie Mathieu and Maximin Giraud, on the mountain of La Salette in the French Alps. She was crying, and around her neck was a crucifix, with a hammer and pincers on either side.
The Shrine of LaSalette is of great authenticity and is destined to have a future. I love this devotion and shall be glad to see it spread. - Pope Pius IX
With all my heart, I bless LaSalette and everything that pertains to LaSalette. - Pope Leo XIII
The devotion of Our Lady of LaSalette ought to spread, for it is a devotion that goes straight to the heart. - Pope Benedict XV
Very willingly do we direct our desires and encouragement to the dear Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette, in the easy confidence that the Most Holy Virgin will, in return, be glad to obtain for them a great abundance of graces and consolation for the fruitfulness of their ministry, now so varied and reaching to the most distant fields of the Apostolate. - Pope Pius XII
• Marie Guillemette Emilie de Rodat
• Emilie de Rodat
Raised by her grandmother. Educated at Maison Sain-Cyr, Villefrance, France, and at age 18, she became a teacher there. Drawn to religious life, she joined three different orders, but was not comfortable with any of them. In 1815 she began tutoring poor children on her own time, and by 1816 had founded a free school with three assistants and 40 students. This formed the foundation of a teaching institute that has since become the Religious Congregation of the Holy Family of Villefranche. Within her life they had established 38 institutions, and were caring for women in unfortunate circumstances, orphans, prisoners, retirement homes for aged religious, and the elderly in general.
6 September 1787 at Chateau Druelles, Rodez, Aveyron, France as Marie Guillemette Emilie de Rodat
19 September 1852 in Villefranche, Aveyron, France of cancer
23 April 1950 by Pope Pius XII
I was sixteen years of age when I learned to know Our Lord. This experience overwhelmed me and I wanted God and only God. - Saint Emily de Rodat
Garollu Hyeon Seong-Mun
20 Sepember as one of the Martyrs of Korea
Married layman and father in the apostolic vicariate of Korea. Catechist. Travelled extensively throughout Korea to help missionaries, managing their money and helping converts. Wrote a book about the persecutions of Christians in 1839. Imprisoned in June 1846 for his faith, he spent his remaining months ministering to and encouraging other prisoners. Both his father and sister were executed, and his wife and son died in prison, all for being Christian.
1797 in Seoul, South Korea
beheaded on 19 September 1846 in Saenamteo, Seoul, South Korea
6 May 1984 by Pope John Paul II
Lay woman in the archdiocese of Valencia, Spain; baptized at the age of 2 days. Her father died when Francisca was very young, and she had to care for her ailing mother. Worked as a seamstress, and devoted her spare time to work with the Union of Catholic Women. Attended Mass daily. Member of Catholic Action. Catechist. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War. Her dying words were "Viva Christa Rey!" ("Long live Christ the King!").
3 December 1890 in Valencia, Spain
19 September 1936 in Torres de Espioca, Benifaió, Valencia, Spain
11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II
• Theodore of Tarsus
• Second Founder of Canterbury
Educated in Tarsus, Cilicia (part of modern Turkey). Lived for a while in Athens, Greece. Monk in Rome, Italy. Friend of Saint Adrian of Canterbury who recommended that Pope Saint Vitalian choose Theodore as Archbishop of Canterbury, England in 666. He visited all of England, supporting or re-establishing the Church throughout the country. Theodore promoted education and evangelization, and held the first national Council of Hertford in 672. Worked with Saint Erconwald of London.
c.602 in Greece
690 of natural causes
• Maria di Cervellon
• Maria dell'Aiuto
• Maria de Socos
• Maria of Help
One of the founders of the female branch of the Mercedarians in 1265, she worked with the Christian slaves of the Moors, and served as superior of her order.
c.1230 at Barcelona, Spain
• 1290 at Barcelona, Spain of natural causes
• buried in Mercede's Basilica
• 13 February 1692 by Pope Leo X (cultus confirmed)
• by Pope Innocent XII (cultus confirmed)
Abo, Abbo, Goericus, Goëry, Goéry
15 April (translation of relics)
Nephew of Saint Arnulf of Metz. Married and father of two daughters, both of whom became nuns, and one of whom is Saint Precia of Epinal. Member of the court of King Dagobert. He was blind for a while, but miraculously healed. Priest, ordained in 627. Bishop of Metz, France.
• 647 of natural causes
• interred at Saint-Symphorien
• relics taken to épinal, France in the 10th century
Arnoul, Arnulf, Arnulphus, Arnoux
Benedictine. Bishop of Gap, France.
at Vendome, France
1070 of natural causes
Deacon to Saint Januarius of Naples. Imprisoned and martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.
c.304 at Pozzuoli, Campagna, Italy
Segnano, Seine, Sigo
Hermit near Verreysous-Dree, France. Monk at Réomay, France. Founded a monastery in Segreste, France and served as its abbot; it was later renamed Saint-Seine in his honour.
Mesmont, Burgundy, France
Nun at Peñamelaria, Spain during the period of Moorish occupation of Spain. Martyred for her faith by order of the Emir of Córdoba, Spain.
beheaded in 853 in Córdoba, Spain
Lector for Saint Januarius of Naples. Imprisoned and martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.
c.304 at Pozzuoli, Campagna, Italy
Martyred in the persecutions of Nero.
1st century at Nocera, Italy
Martyred with Saint Constantia in the persecutions of Nero.
1st century at Nocera, Italy
Synnada, Phrygia (in modern Turkey)
Bishop of Tours, France in 444.
Christians imprisoned, tortured and executed in various ways in the persecutions of Emperor Probus; some names have come down to us - Dorymedon, Sabbatius and Trophimus.
c.277 at Antioch (in modern Turkey)
Four bishops in Egypt who were sentenced to forced labour in a rock quarry and martyred in the persecution of Diocletian. Noted for celebrating Mass in prison. - Elias, Nilus, Patermuzio and Peleus.
burned to death in 310 at Phunon, near Petra in Palestine
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 Consuelo Aguiar-Mella Díaz
• Blessed Herman José Fernández Sáenz
• Blessed José Becerra Sánchez • Blessed Juan Pérez Rodrigo
• Blessed Lucas Martín Puente
• Blessed María de La Encarnación de La Yglesia de Varo
• Blessed María Dolores Aguiar-Mella Díaz
• Blessed Miguel Faúndez López
• Blessed Sebastián Obeso Alario
• Martyrs of Bilbao
• Ciriaco of Buonvicino
• Giovanni of Spoleto
• Jacinto Hoyuelos Gonzalo
• Lambert of Freising
• Mariano of Evaux
• Marien of Combraille
• Theodore of Verona
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