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Saint Francis of Paola

Also known as

• Franciscus de Paula
• Francis the Fire Handler
• Francesco di Paola

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Francis's parents were childless for many years, but following prayers for the intercession of Saint Francis of Assisi, they had three children; Francis was the oldest. Following a pilgrimage in his teens to Rome and Assisi in Italy, he became a hermit in a cave near Paola. Before he was 20 years old he began to attract followers. By the 1450's the followers had become so numerous that he established a Rule for them and sought Church approval. This was the founding of the Hermits of Saint Francis of Assisi, who were approved by the Holy See in 1474. In 1492 they were renamed the Franciscan Order of Minim Fiars, which means they count themselves the least of the family of God.

Prophet. Miracle worker. Reputed to read minds. In 1464 Francis wanted to cross the Straits of Messina to reach Sicily, but a boatman refused to take him. Francis laid his cloak on the water, tied one end to his staff to make a sail, and sailed across with his companions. Franz Liszt wrote a piece of music inspired by the incident.

Defender of the poor and oppressed. Gave unwanted counsel and admonitions to King Ferdinand of Naples and his sons. Traveled to Paris at the request of Pope Sixtus IV to help Louis XI prepare for death. Used this position to influence the course of national politics, helping restore peace between France and Brittany by advising a marriage between the ruling families, and between France and Spain by persuading Louis XI to return some disputed land.

In an old tradition that has certain saints opposing on an equivalent demon, Francis is the adversary of Belial since his simple humility cancels the demons raging pride.

Born

27 March 1416 at Paola, Calabria, Kingdom of Italy (part of modern Italy)

Died

• 2 April 1507 (Good Friday) at Plessis, France of natural causes
• in 1562 Huguenots broke open his tomb, found his body incorrupt, and burned it; the bones were salvaged by Catholics, and distributed as relics to various churches

Canonized

1519 by Pope Leo X

Patronage

• against fire
• against plague
• against sterility
• boatmen, mariners, sailors, watermen
• naval officers
• travellers
• 7 cities

Representation

• man with the word "charitas" levitated above a crowd
• man holding a skull and scourge
• man sailing on his cloak
• green rose

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Readings

Fix your minds on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Inflamed with love for us, he came down from heaven to redeem us. For our sake he endured every torment of body and soul and shrank from no bodily pain. He himself gave us an example of perfect patience and love. We, then, are to be patient in adversity.

Take pains to refrain from sharp words. Pardon one another so that later on you will not remember the injury. The recollection of an injury is itself wrong. It adds to our anger, nurtures our sins and hates what is good. It is a rusty arrow and poison for the soul. It puts all virtue to flight.

Be peace-loving. Peace is a precious treasure to be sought with great zeal. You are well aware that our sins arouse God's anger. You must change your life, therefore, so that God in his mercy will pardon you. What we conceal from men is known to God. Be converted, then, with a sincere heart. Live your life that you may receive the blessing of the Lord. Then the peace of God our Father will be with you always. - from a letter by Saint Francis of Paola

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-francis-of-paola/


Saint Pedro Calungsod

Also known as

Peter Calungsod

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Educated by the Jesuits in the Visayas, a section of the Philippines. Pedro could read, write and speak Visayan, Spanish, and Chamorro, paint, draw, sing, and worked as a carpenter. Teenage catechist who worked with Spanish Jesuit missionaries to the violent Chamarros in the Ladrones Islands (modern Marianas) in 1668. Because he was a Christian on a mission to catechize the Chamorros, and Baptisms, Calungsod was murdered by two natives. He died trying to defend Father Diego Luis de San Vitores. Martyr.

Born

• c.1654 in Ginatilan, Cebu, Philippines
• named for Saint Peter the Apostle

Died

• hacked to death with a catana on 2 April 1672 at Tomhom, Guam
• mutilated body thrown into the sea

Beatified

• 5 March 2000 by Pope John Paul II at Vatican City
• the investigation proved the miraculous cure of bone cancer through Pedro's intercession

Canonized

21 October 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI

Patronage

young people

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Readings

Almighty God, by whose gift Blessed Pedro the Martyr witnessed to the Gospel, even to the shedding of his blood: grant, by his example and intercession, that we too may live for You, boldly and steadfastly, confessing Your name through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. - Official Prayer for Pedro Calungsod

Blessed Pedro Calungsod, Young migrant, Student, Catechist, Missionary, Faithful friend, Martyr, you inspire us by your fidelity in times of adversity, by your courage in teaching the faith in the midst of hostility, and by your love in shedding your blood for the sake of the Gospel. Make our troubles your own (here mention your request), and intercede for us before the throne of Mercy and Grace so that as we experience the help of heaven we may be encouraged to proclaim and live the Gospel here on earth. Amen. - Novena for Blessed Pedro Calungsod

Pedro Calungsod was born around the year sixteen fifty-four, in the Visayas region of the Philippines. His love for Christ inspired him to train as a catechist with the Jesuit missionaries there. In sixteen sixty-eight, along with other young catechists, he accompanied Father Diego Luís de San Vitores to the Marianas Islands in order to evangelize the Chamorro people. Life there was hard and the missionaries also faced persecution arising from envy and slander. Pedro, however, displayed deep faith and charity and continued to catechize his many converts, giving witness to Christ by a life of purity and dedication to the Gospel. Uppermost was his desire to win souls for Christ, and this made him resolute in accepting martyrdom. He died on the second of April, sixteen seventy-two. Witnesses record that Pedro could have fled for safety but chose to stay at Father Diego's side. The priest was able to give Pedro absolution before he himself was killed. May the example and courageous witness of Pedro Calungsod inspire the dear people of the Philippines to announce the Kingdom bravely and to win souls for God! - Pope Benedict XVI's canonization homily for Saint Pedro

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pedro-calungsod/


Saint Francisco Coll Guitart

Also known as

• Francis Coll Guitart
• Frans Coll Guitart

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One of ten children. His father, Peter, died when Francis was only four. Confirmed in 1818 at age six. Entered the seminary at Vichy, France in 1822 at age ten. Student with Saint Anthony Mary Claret. Even as a kid he taught grammar and catechism to local children. Francisco joined the Dominicans at Vichy in 1830 at age eighteen. When monastic orders were suppressed by the government, Francis continued to study covertly. Ordained on 28 March 1836 at Vichy.

Parish priest of Arles, France. Re-assigned to Moya in 1839, an area devastated by war, awash with starving refugees. He established charitable organizations to feed and house them, and he worked with the poor and displaced for ten years. Helped Saint Anthony Claret found the Apostolic Fraternity in 1846. Director of the tertiaries in Vichy. In 1850 he re-opened the suppressed Dominican monastery, and began a program of preaching throughout the Catalan region. Worked with cholera victims during the epidemic that struck in 1854.

Founded the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (La Annunciata) in 1856, a teaching branch of tertiaries; by his death the order had grown to fifty houses, and today there are over 140 in Europe and America. Struck blind during a homily given at Sallent on 2 December 1869; his health was never the same, but he refused to retire. When the Dominicans were allowed to officially return to the region in 1872, they found that Francis has somehow maintained the primary structures, physical and administrative, and instead of starting all over, they reclaimed what was theirs, and took up their work where they had left off.

Born

18 May 1812 in Grombeny, Catalan Pyrenees, Spain

Died

• 2 April 1875 in Vic, Barcelona, Spain of natural causes
• relics enshrined in the La Annunciata motherhouse

Canonized

11 October 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI

Prayers

God of all truth, you chose Blessed Francis to make known the name of your Son and to instruct Christian people in holiness. By the help of his prayers may the true faith be continually sustained and grow through the ministry of preaching. 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

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-francisco-coll-guitart/


Blessed Mykolai Charnetskyi

Also known as

• Mykola Carneckyj
• Mykola Charnetsky
• Nicholas Charnetsky
• Nikolas Carneckyj

Additional Memorial

• 6 January as one of the Martyrs of Ukraine
• 27 June as one of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe

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Greek Catholic. Ordained on 2 October 1909. Received a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology in Rome, Italy. Entered the Redemptorist novitate at Zboysko in 1919, making his vows on 16 September 1920. Spiritual director and professor at the seminary in Stanislaviv (modern Ivano-Frankivsk), Ukraine. Appointed Apostolic Visitor to Ukrainian Catholics in Volyn and Polyssya by Pope Pius XI in 1926. Bishop on 2 February 1931.

Apostolic Exarch in Volyn and Pidlyashia during the Bolshevik occupation. Arrested for his faith on 11 April 1945 by the NKVD; sentenced to six years forced labour in Siberia. Worked in a blacksmith shop, ministered to other prisoners, and ruined his health. His six year sentence continued for eleven years, and after his release he lived under constant surveillance and irregular torture. Martyr.

Born

14 September 1884 at Samakivtsi, Horodensk District, Halychyna, Ukraine

Died

• 2 April 1959 at Lviv, Ukraine
• buried there
• city authorities have to cover the grave with fresh earth each week as pilgrims carry off so much

Beatified

27 June 2001 by Pope John Paul II in Ukraine

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-mykolai-charnetskyi/


Saint Appian of Caesarea

Also known as

Affianus, Amphian, Amphianus, Anphian, Aphian, Aphianus, Apian, Apphian, Apphianos

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Born to wealthy, prominent and non-Christian family. Brother of Saint Aedesius of Alexandria. Well educated, studying rhetoric, philosophy and civil law in Beirut, Lebanon. Convert to Christianity. Friend of Eusebius of Caesarea; the pair made a pilgrimage to Palestine. Studied under Saint Pamphilus.

In May 305, Emperor Maximinus declared that everyone should take part in public sacrifices in celebration of his coronation. When it came time for the sacrifices in his city, Appian went to the temple and stopped the official, Urbanus, from offering incense to an idol, explaining that it was impious to worship an idol instead of the true God, and berating the judge for doing it. Appian was beaten, imprisoned, his flesh torn off with iron claws, and roasted over a slow fire. He was then ordered to sacrifice to the Roman gods; he declined. Martyr.

Born

c.287 in Gagae, Asia Minor

Died

• drowned in April 306 in Caesarea, Palestine by having stones tied him and then being thrown into the sea
• an earthquake immediately struck the area and Appian's body, stones and all, immediately washed back up onto the beach

Reading

I confess Christ, the one God, and the same God with the Father. - Saint Appian to the court when ordered to sacrifice to idols

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-appian-of-caesarea/


Saint John Payne

Also known as

• John Pain
• John Paine

Additional Memorials

• 25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Convert. Studied at Douai, France in 1574. Ordained on 7 April 1576. Returned to Ingatestone, Essex, England, ministering to covert Catholics and bringing many back to the Church. Worked with Saint Cuthbert Mayne. Arrested for his work in 1577, he was exiled to Douai in 1579. Returned to England in 1581 to resume his work. Betrayed by by John Eliot, a known murderer who made a career of denouncing Catholics and priests for bounty, he was arrested in Warwickshire, tortured several times, accused of plotting to kill the queen based solely on Eliot's testimony, and executed. Martyr.

Born

diocese of Petersborough, Northampton, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 2 April 1582 at Chelmsford, Essex, England

Canonized

25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI

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


Blessed Vilmos Apor

Also known as

Vilhelm, Gulielmus, William

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Born to the Hungarian nobility. Ordained on 24 August 1915. Chosen bishop of Gyõr, Hungary on 21 January 1941 by Pope Pius XII. Conventual chaplain ad honorem of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Known for his hard work, his efforts for social justice, his support of the poor, his protection of the weak. Provided emergency supplies to Jews being deported through his town. Sheltered those made homeless by air raids. Hid and protected women from brutalities of Russian soldiers who were closing in on Germany at the end of World War II. Shot on a Good Friday by a drunken Red Army officer who was chasing women who had fled to bishop Vilmos for protection; he died three days later.

Born

29 February 1892 at Segesvár, Transylvania, Hungary

Died

shot on 2 April 1945 at Gyõr, Hungary

Beatified

9 November 1997 by Pope John Paul II at Saint Peter's basilica, Vatican City

Readings

The Cross strengthens the weak, it curbs the powerful. - episcopal motto of Blessed Vilmos

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-vilmos-apor/


Blessed Leopold of Gaiche

Also known as

Giovanni Croci

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Born to a peasant family, he was a shepherd as a boy. He early showed signs of a religious vocation, and joined the Franciscans at age 19. Ordained in 1757. Taught philosophy and theology. Mission preacher. Minister-Provincial of Umbrian in 1781; his term was noted for insisting on study and adherence to his Order's Rule by the friars, and support of the friars by their superiors. Established a cloister at Monte Luco near Spoleto, Italy, and lived there in solitude and silence for several years; it was closed in 1809 due to political suppression of monastic houses, and Leopold returned to life as a parish priest, working in periods of silent prayer whenever his schedule permitted. The community at Monte Luco was restored in 1814, Leopold immediately returned there, and spent his remaining months as a prayerful, silent monk.

Born

30 October 1732 in Gaiche di Piegaro, Perugia, Italy

Died

2 April 1815 in Monteluco, Perugia, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

12 March 1893 by Pope Leo XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-leopold-of-gaiche/


Saint Urban of Langres

Additional Memorial

23 January in Langres, France

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Bishop of Langres, France in 374. During a priod of persecution of the Church, Urban hid for a while in a vineyard. There he converted the vine dressers, who then helped him in his covert ministry. Due to their work, and to Urban's devotion to the Holy Blood, he developed great affection to all the people in the wine industry, and they for him.

Died

c.390 of natural causes

Patronage

• against alcoholism
• against blight
• against fainting
• against faintness
• against frost
• against storms
• barrel makers, coopers
• Dijon, France
• gardeners
• Langres, France
• vine dressers
• vine growers
• vintners

Representation

• bishop with a bunch of grapes or a vine at his side
• bishop with a book with a wine vessel on it
• bishop holding a triple cross with grapes on a missal nearby

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-urban-of-langres/


Saint Ebbe the Younger

Also known as

Abb, Aebbe, Ebba

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Abbess at Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland, a double monastery that had been founded by Saint Ebbe the Elder, and which was the largest in the country at the time. When the monastery was attacked by Scandinavian pirates, Ebbe gathered her nuns and exhorted them to save themselves from falling into the hands of the pirates by voluntary disfiguring themselves. She then set an example by cutting off her own nose and upper lip; the other nuns did the same. When the Vikings broke into the convent, they were so horrified and angry by what the women had done to escape being raped, they locked them all in, set fire to the house, and burned them all to death.

Died

burned to death on 2 April 870 at Coldingham monastery, Berwickshire, Scotland

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


Saint Abundius of Como

Also known as

Abbondio, Abondius, Abundias

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Priest. Bishop of Como, Italy. Noted theologian. Attended the Council of Constantinople in 450. Diplomat from Pope Leo the Great to Emperor Theodosius II. Papal legate to the Council of Chalcedon in 451. Attended the Council of Milan in 452. Fought Eutychianism, which denied Jesus' human nature, and Nestorianism. Sometimes credited with the authorship of the Te Deum.

Born

at Thessalonica, Greece

Died

469 of natural causes

Patronage

Como, Italy

Represetation

raising a rich pagan's son to life

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-abundius-of-como/


Saint Eustace of Luxeuil

Also known as

Eustasius, Eustatius, Eustathius, Eustochius, Eustachius

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Monk. Spiritual student of Saint Columbanus. Head of the monastic school at Luxeuil Abbey. Abbot of Luxeuil in 611. During his abbacy the abbey had 600 monks and ran a seminary that sent many bishops and saints into the world. Noted for his humility, lengthy fasts, and for spending his time either at work or prayer. Healed Saint Sadalberga of blindness.

Born

c.560

Died

c.629

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eustace-of-luxeuil/


Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores-Alonso

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Jesuit missionary priest. Founded the first Catholic church on the island of Guam. Established the Spanish presence in the Mariana Islands.

Born

13 November 1627 in Burgos, Spain

Died

2 April 1672 in Tumon, Guam

Beatified

6 October 1985 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-diego-luis-de-san-vitores-alonso/


Saint Theodora of Tiria

Also known as

• Theodora of Tyre
• Teodora, Theodosia

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Imprisoned, tortured and executed in her late teens for encouraging other martyrs to not give up their faith. Martyr.

Born

c.290 in Tyre

Died

thrown into the sea to drown at Caesarea, Palestine c.317

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodora-of-tiria/


Saint Ðaminh Tuoc

Also known as

Domenico, Dominic

Additional Memorial

24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

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Dominican priest. Martyr.

Born

c.1775 in Trung Lao, Nam Ðinh, Vietnam

Died

2 April 1839 in Nam Ðinh, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-daminh-tuoc/


Saint Brónach of Glen-Seichis

Also known as

• Virgin of Glen-Seichis
• Bromana, Bronacha, Bronanna, Bronagh, Bronaha

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Nun. Abbess of Gleannsechis (Kill-sechis), Ireland.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bronach-of-glen-seichis/


Saint Nicetius of Lyon

Also known as

Nicet, Nicetus, Nizier, Nicezio

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Nephew of Saint Sacerdos of Lyons. Bishop of Lyon, France in 553. Worked to revive ecclesiastical chant.

Died

573 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nicetius-of-lyon/


Saint Constantine of Scotland

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King of Scotland. Died in battle fighting invading heathens, and thus considered a martyr.

Died

• 874
• buried on Iona

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-constantine-of-scotland/


Saint Lonochilus of Maine

Also known as

Longis, Lenogisil

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Priest. Founded a monastery in Maine, France.

Died

653

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lonochilus-of-maine/


Saint Rufus of Glendalough

Also known as

Rufin

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Hermit at Glendalough, Ireland.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rufus-of-glendalough/


Saint Musa of Rome

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Young girl in 6th century Rome, Italy who had visions and mystical experiences. Saint Gregory the Great wrote about her.

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


Saint Victor of Capua

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Bishop of Capua, Italy in 541. Noted ecclesiastical writer.

Died

554

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-victor-of-capua/


Saint Agnofleda of Maine

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Nun.

Died

638

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agnofleda-of-maine/


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• Augustine of Ancona
• Elizabeth Vendramini
• John Costa
• María Alvarado Cardozo
• Polycarp of Alexandria


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