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The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls' Day)

I hope that all believers, together with the Virgin, may start out with determination on the path of holiness, keeping their gaze fixed on Jesus and meditating, with the Rosary, on the mysteries of salvation. - Pope Saint John Paul II


Great holiness consists in carrying out the little duties of each moment. - Saint Josemaría Escrivá


Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. - Pope Saint John Paul II


Blessed John Bodey

Additional Memorials

• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

Profile

Educated at Winchester and Oxford in England. Fellow of New College, Oxford in 1568. Convert. Studied law at Douai, France in 1576. Returned to England in February 1578 as a schoolmaster. Married layman. Repuditated King Henry VIII's claim of supremacy in spiritual matters. Arrested in 1580, spending three years in prison in Winchester. Tried and condemned with Blessed John Slade for his belief in Winchester in April 1583, he was re-tried in Andover, and convicted again on 15 August 1583. Martyr.

Born

1549 at Wells, Somerset, England

Died

• hanged, drawn, and quartered on 2 November 1583 at Andover, England
• his dying words were Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

Readings

We consider that iron for this cause borne on earth shall surmount gold and, precious stones in Heaven. That is our mark, that is our desire. In the mean season we are threatened daily, and do look still when the hurdle shall be brought to the door. I beseech you, for God's sake, that we want not the good prayers of you all for our strength, our joy, and our perseverance unto the end.... From our school of patience the 16th September, 1583. - Blessed John Bodey, in a letter to Dr Humphrey Ely, while in prison

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-bodey/


Saint Victorinus of Pettau

Also known as

• Victorinus Petravionensis
• Victorinus von Pettau
• Victorinus Pictaviensis
• Victorinus of Patawii

Profile

Wrote a number of well-known and scholarly commentaries on the Old and New Testament; only scraps of the writings about Genesis and Revelations have survived. His works were greatly admired by Saint Jerome, and are believed to be the first writings in Latin by a Christian on the Old Testament. Noted preacher. Bishop of Pettau, Upper Pannonia (in modern Styria Austria). Fought several of the heresies of the day. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Like many in his day, Victorinus was a Millenarian - he believed that Christ would return to the earth to rule for a thousand years. This thinking was later condemned as heresy, and many of his writings were suppressed and subsequently lost.

Born

3rd century Greece

Died

303 or 304 (records vary)

Representation

sword and palm

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-victorinus-of-pettau/


Blessed Margaret of Lorraine

Also known as

• Margaret Lotarynska
• Marguerite de Lorraine-Vaudemont
• Margarita, Margherita, Marguerite

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Youngest daughter of Duke Frederick of Lorraine (in modern France and Jolanta Anjou; niece of Margaret of Anjou. Married René, Duke of Alençon, who was 23 years her senior, in 1488. Mother of three. Widowed in 1492. She administered the ducal estate herself, lived austerely, took care of her family, and gave largely to charities. Founded a Poor Clare convent at Argentan, Brittany, France. When her children were grown, she entered the convent as a nun, making her vows in 1520; she always refused attempts to make her the abbess.

Born

1463 in Vaudemont Castle, Lorraine, France

Died

2 November 1521 at Argentan, Brittany, France of natural causes

Beatified

10 March 1921 by Pope Benedict XV (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-margaret-of-lorraine/


Blessed Luigi Campidello

Also known as

Pio of Saint Aloysius

Additional Memorial

3 November - Passionists

Profile

Fourth of six children of Joseph and Filomena Belpani. Known as a good student and an extremely pious child. Taught catechism to other children. Member of the Passionists, taking the name Pio, and making his vows on 30 April 1884. Noted for his piety and his devotion to the Eucharist and Mary. Was preparing for the priesthood when he died.

Born

29 April 1868 in Trebbio di Possio Berni, Rimini, Italy as Luigi Campidello

Died

• 2 November 1889 in San Vito di Romagna, Forlì, Italy of tuberculosis
• buried in the churchyard in San Vito di Romagna
• relics interred in the sanctuary of Our Lady of Casale in 1923

Beatified

17 November 1985 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-luigi-campidello/


Feast of All Souls

About the Feast

Feast in commemoration of the faithful departed in Purgatory. Abbot Odilo of Cluny instituted it in the monasteries of his congregation in 998, other religious orders took up the observance, and it was adopted by various dioceses and gradually by the whole Church. The Office of the Dead must be recited by the clergy on this day, and Pope Benedict XV granted to all priests the privilege of saying three Masses of requiem -

• one for the souls in Purgatory
• one for the intention of the Holy Father
• one for the priest's

If the feast should fall on Sunday it is kept on 3 November.

Patronage

Monselice, Italy

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/feast-of-all-souls/


Saint Justus of Trieste

Also known as

Giusto, Just, Sergius

Profile

Citizen of Trieste, Italy known for his penance and charity. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

• weighted down and thrown into the sea to drown in 303
• buried by a priest named Sebastian on the spot where his body washed up on shore
• there is documentation that his relics were in the cathedral of Trieste, Italy in 1040 and 1624

Canonized

• Pre-Congregation
• there is evidence of his cultus in Trieste, Italy as early as the 6th century

Patronage

Trieste, Italy

Representation

• lance, spear
• man in classical dress with flowers across his chest and holding a palm and cathedral

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-justus-of-trieste/


Saint Marcian of Chalcis

Also known as

Marcianus, Martianus, Markianos

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Born to the nobility. Soldier, commander and member of the imperial court. He abandoned the worldly life to become a desert hermit at Chalcis near Antioch. His reputation for holiness attracted so many students that he founded a monastery for them. Miracle worker; when he wished to read at night, a light from heaven would shine down on him.

Born

Cyrrhus, Syria

Died

• c.387 of natural causes
• buried in secret by his own request
• his tomb was re-discovered about 50 years later and became a place of pilgrimage

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marcian-of-chalcis/


Saint Amicus of Rambone

Also known as

Amico

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Born a prince, the son of a local Italian ruler. Benedictine monk in the Rambone abbey, Pollenza, Italy. Abbot there in 891.

Born

9th century in Monte Milone (modern Pollenza), Italy

Died

• early 10th century of natural causes
• remained re-interred in a stone vault at the Rambone abbey in 1510
• relics enshrined in 1929

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-amicus-of-rambone/


Saint Amicus of Fonte Avellana

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Born to the Italy, but gave it up for a call to religious life. Priest. Hermit. Benedictine monk at Saint Peter's in Fonte Avellana, Italy.

Born

c.925 near Camerino, Italy

Died

c.1045 of natural causes

Representation

• wolf, from a legend that says a wolf killed Amicus's donkey, so Amicus made the wolf help collect wood for the monastery
• farm tools
• wood-cutter's axe

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-amicus-of-fonte-avellana/


Saint Eustochium of Tarsus

Profile

When Julian the Apostate renounced Christianity, he ordered all subjects to make a sacrifice to idols. Eustochium refused. She was arrested, tortured and convicted for her faith. Martyr.

Died

died from general torture and abuse while in prayer in prison in Tarsus, Cilicia in 362

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eustochium-of-tarsus/


Saint Erc of Slane

Additional Memorial

31 October (Cornwall)

Profile

Spiritual student of Saint Patrick. Bishop of Slane, Ireland.

Born

c.423 in Ireland

Died

513 of natural causes

Patronage

Slane, Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-erc-of-slane/


Saint Theodotus of Laodicea

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Bishop of Laodicea (in modern Turkey). Part of the Council of Nicaea in 325. Supported orthodox Christianity against Arianism.

Died

334 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodotus-of-laodicea/


Saint Jorandus of Kergrist

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Benedictine monk and hermit at Kergrist, France. Hermit at Saint-Juhee monastery at Pedernec, France.

Died

1340

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-jorandus-of-kergrist/


Saint George of Vienne

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Seventh to eighth century bishop of Vienne, France.

Canonized

1251 by Pope Innocent IV

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-george-of-vienne/


Saint Maura of Scotland

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Tenth century anchoress in Scotland. Spiritual student of Saint Baya of Scotland. Nun. Abbess.

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


Saint Publius of North Africa

Profile

Martyr.

Died

martyred in North Africa, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-publius-of-north-africa/


Saint Papias of North Africa

Profile

Martyr.

Died

martyred in North Africa, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-papias-of-north-africa/


Saint Victor of North Africa

Profile

Martyr.

Died

martyred in North Africa, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-victor-of-north-africa/


Saint Ambrose of Agaune

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Abbot of the monastery of Agaunum, Switzerland.

Died

523

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ambrose-of-agaune-523/


Saint Ambrose of Agaune

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Abbot of the monastery of Agaunum, Switzerland.

Died

582

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ambrose-of-agaune-582/


Saint Baya of Scotland

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Tenth century anchoress in Scotland. Spiritual director of Saint Maura of Scotland.

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


Saint Domninus of Grenoble

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First bishop of Grenoble, France.

Died

4th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-domninus-of-grenoble/


Saint Hermes of North Africa

Profile

Martyr.

Died

North Africa

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hermes-of-north-africa/


Martyrs of Isfahan

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Acindynus, Pegasius and Anempodistus were Persian priests who were imprisoned, tortured, interrogated and martyred in the persecutions of king Sapor II of Persia; he considered any Christian to be a Roman spy and anti-Persian. The three were brought back to life, miraculously healed, freed from their chains, and began preaching Christianity, miraculously healing Sapor II in the process. This defiance enraged Sapor so much that he ordered them executed again; they were thrown into a cauldron of molten lead, but walked out unharmed. This miracle brought one of the torturers, Aphthonius, to convert; he was immediately martyred. Other attempts were made to kill them, and they emerged each time unharmed. Senator Elpidiphorus led a group speaking in favour of the Christians for their courage and faith; he was immediately executed. In the end the original three Christians were burned to death. Martyrs all - Acindynus, Anempodistus, Aphthonius, Elpidephorus and Pegasius.

Born

Persia

Died

• c.350 in Isfahan, Persia
• relics transferred to Constantinople and enshrined in a church dedicated to them
• some relics taken to France in 1204 during the 4th Crusade
• relics in France were lost when hidden from anti-Christian forces in the French Revolution
• relics in France re-discovered in 1892 in Grozon

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


Martyrs of Sebaste

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A group of ten soldiers in the imperial Roman army of Emperor Licinius Licinianus who were executed together for refusing to burn incense as a sacrifice to the emperor. The only details that have survived are five of their names - Agapius, Cartherius, Eudoxius, Styriacus and Tobias.

Died

burned at the stake in 315 in Sebaste (in modern Turkey)

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


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