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Saint Agnes of Montepulciano

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Born wealthy. A pious child, at age six she began nagging her parents to join a convent. She was admitted to the convent at Montepulciano, Italy at age nine. When her spiritual director was appointed abbess at Procena, she took Agnes with her. Agnes's reputation for holiness attracted other sisters. Abbess at age fifteen after receiving special permission from Pope Nicholas IV. Agnes insisted on greater austerities in the abbey; she lived off bread and water, slept on the ground, used a stone for a pillow. In 1298 she returned to Montepulciano to work in a new Dominican convent. Prioress of the house the last seventeen years of her life. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy.

Many stories grew up around Agnes, including

• Her birth was announced by flying lights surrounding her family's house.

• As a child, while walking through a field, she was attacked by a large murder of crows; she announced that they were devils, trying to keep her away from the land; years later, it was the site of her convent.

• She was known to levitate up to two feet in the air while praying.

• She received Communion from an angel, and had visions of the Virgin Mary.

• She held the infant Jesus in one of these visions; when she woke from her trance she found she was holding the small gold crucifix the Christ child had worn.

• On the day she was chosen abbess as a teenager, small white crosses showered softly onto her and the congregation.

• She could feed the convent with a handful of bread, once she'd prayed over it.

• Where she knelt to pray, violets, lilies and roses would suddenly bloom.

• While being treated for her terminal illness, she brought a drowned child back from the dead.

• At the site of her treatment, a spring welled up that did not help her health, but healed many other people.

Born

1268 at Gracchiano-Vecchio, Tuscany, Italy

Died

• 20 April 1317 at the convent of Montepulciano, Italy of natural causes following a lengthy illness
• legend says that at the moment of her death, all the babies in the region, no matter how young, began to speak of Agnes, her piety, and her passing
• miracles reported at her tomb
• body incorrupt
• relics translated to the Dominican church at Orvieto, Italy in 1435

Beatified

1534

Canonized

1726 by Pope Benedict XIII

Representation

• Dominican nun gazing at the Cross with a lily at her feet
• Dominican nun holding a model of Montepulciano, Italy
• Dominican nun holding the Christ child
• Dominican nun with Saint Catherine of Siena
• Dominican nun with the Virgin and Child appearing to her
• Dominican abbess with a lamb, lily, and book
• Dominican with the sick who were healed at her tomb

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agnes-of-montepulciano/


Blessed John Finch

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Yoeman farmer. Raised in a family with Catholic and Protestant members, he was able to closely observe each side; John became a strong and faithful Catholic. Married layman. His home became a center for covert missionary work, and he hid and harboured priests. Parish clerk and catechist.

On Christmas 1581 he and Father George Ostliffe were ambushed and arrested. Finch was kept prisoner in the house of the Earl of Derby, alternately tortured and offered bribes to get information about covert Catholics; the authorities spread the story that he had turned in Father George himself, was taking refuge with Derby, and was voluntarily giving up the name of every Catholic he knew. John spent time in the Fleet prison, Manchester, and in the House of Correction, spending months in dungeons, being dragged by his heels to Protestant churches. He and three priests were brought to trial for their faith in Lancaster on 18 April 1584. While waiting execution, he ministered to condemned felons in his cell. Martyred with James Bell.

Born

c.1548 at Eccleston, Lancashire, England

Died

hanged on 20 April 1584 at Lancaster, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

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


Blessed Richard Sergeant

Also known as

• Richard Lee
• Richard Long
• Richard Lea
• Richard Longe

Additional Memorials

• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

Profile

Son of Thomas and Katherine Sergeant. Graduated Oxford University c.1570. Seminarian at the English College in Rheims, France on 25 July 1581. Deacon at Soissons, France on 9 June 1582. Ordained at Laon, France on 7 April 1583. Returned to England on 10 September 1583 to minister to covert Catholics, hiding as a layman, using the names Richard Lee or Lea, and Richard Long or Longe. Arrested and martyred for the crime of being a priest. One of the Martyrs of England, Scotland and Wales.

Born

c.1558 in Gloucestershire, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 2 April 1586 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-richard-sergeant/


Saint Caedwalla of Wessex

Also known as

• Caedwalla of Wales
• Cadwallader, Cadwallador, Cadwalla, Cadwallon, Ceadwalla, Cedualla, Peter

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Son of Coenberht; descendent of King Ceawlin of Wessex in England. Exiled, but later returned to reclaim the throne by right, and by warfare. King of Wessex, which he expanded by conquest, annihilating the pagan residents of the Isle of Wight in the process in order to colonize it with his own people.

Converted to Christianity in 688 by Saint Wilfrid after being wounded in combat on the Isle of Wight. He abdicated, and went to Rome, Italy for baptism on 10 April 689 by Pope Saint Sergius I, taking the name Peter. He died ten days later, still wearing his white baptism robe. Venerable Bede wrote of him in his History of the English Church.

Born

c.658 in Wessex, England

Died

• 20 April 689 at Rome, Italy
• interred in a crypt at Saint Peter's Basilica

Patronage

• converts
• reformed murderers

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-caedwalla-of-wessex/


Blessed Chiara Bosatta

Also known as

Clare, Dina

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Daughter of Alexander Bosatta and Rosa Mazzocchi. Her father was a silk manufacturer, and died when the girl was still young. She studied with the Daughters of Charity at age 13. Began a novitiate in the Canossians but felt that their charism was not what she was called to do. She returned home, and with her sister joined the Daughters of Mary and worked at a charity hospice, serving neglected elderly people and children. Teacher to the children at the hospice. Co-founded the Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence with her sister and Saint Luigi Guanella; she took the name Chiara. Worked at the spiritual formation of the sisters.

Born

27 May 1858 in Pianello del Lario, Como, Italy as Dina Bosatta

Died

20 April 1887 in Pianello del Lario, Como, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

21 April 1991 by Pope John Paul II at Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-chiara-bosatta/


Blessed Hildegun of Schönau

Also known as

• Brother Joseph
• Hildegun of Neuss
• Hildegunda, Hildegunde, Hildegund, Joseph

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Dressed as a boy for her own safety, she accompanied her father on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. On her return home, she kept the male disguise, joined the Cistercian monks at Schönau, Germany, and lived the rest of her life as a brother. Legend describes her as a miracle worker, and her sex was discovered only on her death. Of all the old stories with this theme, Hildegun's has the best and most convincing documentation by her own order.

Born

in the Rhineland, Germany

Died

1188 in Schönau, Germany of natural causes

Canonized

• no formal beatification or canonization
• widespread popular devotion has existed for centuries

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-hildegun-of-schonau/


Blessed Gerald of Salles

Also known as

• Gerald of Salas
• Geraldo, Géraud, Giraud

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Canon regular in the diocese of Périgueux, France. Reforming monk at the Saint-Avit Abbey. Hermit in the Cadonh Forest. His reputation attracted many would-be students. Founded the Benedictine houses of Andorel Abbey, Belleperche Abbey, Valmagne Abbey, Bournet Abbey in 1113, Dalon Abbey and Grandselve Abbey in 1114, Cadouin Abbey c.1115, Fontdouce Abbey in 1117, Ch√Ętelliers Abbey in 1119, and Absie Abbey in 1120. Founded the Order of Cadonh and the Order of Dalon, both of which later merged into the Cistercians.

Born

Salles, France

Died

• 1120 of natural causes
• re-interred in a marble tomb on the south-side of the altar at Ch√Ętelliers Abbey

Beatified

1249 by Pope Innocent IV

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gerald-of-salles/


Blessed Anastazy Jakub Pankiewicz

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II

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Joined the Franciscans in 1900, making his solemn profession on 24 February 1904. Ordained in 1906. Built the seminary in Lotz, Poland. Founded the Antonian Sisters of Christ the King. Arrested on 10 October 1941 in the Nazi persecutions of the Church. One of the 108 Polish Martyrs of World War II.

Born

9 July 1882 in Nagórzany, Podkarpackie, Poland

Died

• 20 May 1942 on the road from the Dachau concentration camp, Oberbayern, Germany
• body burned and ashes scattered

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II at Warsaw, Poland

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-anastazy-jakub-pankiewicz/


Pope Saint Anicetus

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Son of John. Little is known of his life before his election as 11th Pope. Met with Saint Polycarp of Smyrna and allowed Eastern Christians to celebrate Easter on the 14th day of Nisan, regardless of whether it fell on Sunday. Anicetus took a firm stand against Gnosticism. Decreed that Church men should not have long hair; this was in keeping with 1st Corinthians 11:14 and helped mark the clergy as different from the laity.

Born

in Syria

Papal Ascension

155

Died

• 166 of natural causes
• listed as a martyr for centuries, possibly under the assumption that all the early popes were martyred, but there is no evidence of it
• interred in Vatican City, Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/pope-saint-anicetus/


Saint Marcellinus of Embrun

Also known as

• Marcellinus of Ambrun
• Marcelino...
• Marcellí d'Ambrun

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Priest. Missionary to the Dauphiné area of France and Switzerland in the early 4th century. First Bishop of Embrun, France, consecrated by Saint Eusebius of Vercelli. When the Arian heresy arrived in his area, Marcellinus was forced to flee into the mountains and care for his diocese from exile.

Born

North Africa

Died

• c.374 of natural causes
• relics transferred to Digne-les-Bains, France in the 10th century
• relics destroyed in the anti-Christian excesses of the French Revolution

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marcellinus-of-embrun/


Blessed Simon Rinalducci

Also known as

• Simon Rinalducci of Todi
• Simon of Todi

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Augustinian friar in 1280. Noted for his theological studies. Lector. Prior of several houses. Famous preacher. Augustinian provincial prior in Umbria, Italy. During a general chapter conference in 1318 he was unjustly accused of some serious charges; he kept silence rather than cause scandal among his brothers, and was eventually acquitted. Known as a miracle worker.

Born

latter 13th century at Todi, Italy

Died

20 April 1322 at the monastery of Saint James the Great in Bologna, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

19 March 1833 by Pope Gregory XVI (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-simon-rinalducci/


Blessed William Thomson

Also known as

• William Thompson
• William Blackburn

Additional Memorial

• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

Profile

Studied at the English College in Rheims, France. Ordained, he returned to minister to covert Catholics in England during a period of persecution. Executed for the crime of being a priest. Martyr.

Born

c.1560 at Blackburn, Lancastershire, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 20 April 1586 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

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


Blessed Francis Page

Additional Memorial

29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

Profile

Raised in a Protestant family from Harrow-on-the-Hill, England. Convert to Catholicism. Studied at Douai, France where he was ordained in 1600. Worked in England to minister to covert Catholics who faced government persecution. Arrested and sentenced to death for the crime of being a priest. While he prison he became a Jesuit. Martyr.

Born

c.1575 in Antwerp, Belgium

Died

20 April 1602 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-francis-page/


Blessed Antony Page

Also known as

Anthony, Antonio

Additional Memorials

• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

Profile

Studied at Douai, France. Ordained in 1591. Returned to England to minister to covert Catholics in the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I. Arrested and martyred for the crime of priesthood.

Born

1571 in Harrow, Middlesex, London, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered in late April 1593 York, North Yorkshire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-antony-page/


Blessed Oda of Rivreulle

Also known was

• Oda of Anderlues
• Oda of Brabant
• Ode, Odette

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Born to the nobility in the Brabant region. To avoid an arranged marriage to a young nobleman, Oda disfigured her face. Her family then allowed her to follow the religious vocation she desired. Premonstratensian nun at Rivroelles. Prioress at Rivroelles. Her cult has never been formally confirmed, but popular devotion continues.

Born

Brabant, Belgium

Died

1158 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-oda-of-rivreulle/


Saint Sara of Antioch

Also known as

Sarah

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Born to a wealthy Imperial Roman family. Married to a Roman army officer. Publicly exposed as a Christian when she baptized her children against the wishes of her non-Christian husband when the ship they was travelling on was in danger of wrecking in a storm. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Born

Antioch (modern Antakya, Turkey)

Died

burned at the stake c.305 in Antioch (modern Antakya, Turkey)

Representation

palm of martyrdom

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sara-of-antioch/


Blessed Maurice Mackenraghty

Also known as

Muiris mac Ionrachtaigh

Additional Memorial

20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs

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Parish priest in the diocese of Limerick, Ireland. Spent two years in prison and then executed for refusing to accept Queen Elizabeth I as head of the Church. Martyr.

Born

c.1500 in Kilmallock, Limerick, Ireland

Died

20 April 1585 in Clonmel, Ireland

Beatified

27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-maurice-mackenraghty/


Blessed James Bell

Additional Memorial

1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

Profile

Educated at Oxford University. Priest. Conformed to the rules of the state church under Queen Elizabeth, but eventually returned to his Catholic faith, and was martyred with Blessed John Finch.

Born

c.1520 at Warrington, Lancashire, England

Died

hanged in 20 April 1584 at Lancaster, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-james-bell/


Saint Hugh of Anzy-le-Duc

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Educated at the Benedictine abbey at Saint-Savin, Poitou, France, where he became a Benedictine monk. As an adult, he travelled to several houses to revive the monastic observance. Helped Blessed Berno establish Cluny Abbey. Prior of Anzy-le-Duc in Burgundy, France.

Born

at Poitiers, France

Died

• c.930 at the abbey of Anzy-le-Duc, Brittany, France of natural causes
• relics enshrined in 1001

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hugh-of-anzy-le-duc/


Blessed Michel Coquelet

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Member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Priest. Martyr.

Born

18 August 1931 in Wignehies, Nord, France

Died

20 April 1961 in Sop Xieng, Xieng Khouang, Laos

Beatified

• 11 December 2016 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition celebrated in Vientiane, Laos, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-michel-coquelet/


Saint Vincent of Digne

Also known as

Vincentius

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Missionary to the Dauphiné area of France. Bishop of Digne, France.

Born

North Africa

Died

• c.374
• relics at Digne-les-Bains, France

Patronage

Digne, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vincent-of-digne/


Saint Domninus of Digne

Additional Memorial

13 February (Digne-les-Bains, France)

Profile

Missionary bishop to the Dauphiné area of France.

Born

North Africa

Died

• c.374 of natural causes
• relics at Digne-les-Bains, France

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


Saint Theotimus of Tomi

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Bishop of Scytha or Tomi on the Black Sea. His sanctity won the admiration even of the barbarians. Defended Origen against Saint Epiphanius of Salamis. Evangelized the tribes of the Lower Danube.

Died

407 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theotimus-of-tomi/


Blessed Harduin

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Benedictine monk at Fontenelle in 749. Prolific copyist of the writings of the Fathers of the Church. Spent his latter years as a hermit near the abbey.

Born

diocese of Rouen, France

Died

811 at Fontenelle, France of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-harduin/


Saint Marcian of Auxerre

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Monk at the monastery of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Auxerre, France. Had charge of the abbey's cattle. Miracle worker.

Born

Bourges, France

Died

• c.470
• buried at his monastery

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


Blessed Catwallon

Also known as

Catuuallon

Profile

Son of Duke Conan I of Brittany (in modern France). Monk. Abbot of Redon from 1019 to 1040. Helped the founders of monasteries throughout Brittany.

Born

Brittany, France

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-catwallon/


Blessed John of Grace-Dieu

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Benedictine Cistercian monk at Saint Denis monastery. Abbot of Igny. Abbot of Clairvaux in 1257. Abbot of Grace-Dieu c.1262.

Died

1280 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-of-grace-dieu/


Saint Margaret of Amelia

Also known as

Margarita, Margherita, Marguerite

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Benedictine abbess at Saint Catherine of Amelia abbey. Mystic.

Died

1666 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-margaret-of-amelia/


Saint Servilian

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Converted by the prayers of Saint Flavia Domitilla. Martyred in the persecutions of Trajan.

Died

beheaded c.117 at the 2nd mile marker on the Via Latina outside Rome, Italy

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


Saint Wiho of Osnabrück

Also known as

Viho, Vihone, Vione, Wicho, Wilho

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First bishop of Osnabrück, Saxony (in modern Germany) c.800.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-wiho-of-osnabruck/


Saint Sulpicius

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Converted by the prayers of Saint Flavia Domitilla. Martyr.

Died

beheaded c.117 at the 2nd mile marker on the Via Latina outside Rome, Italy

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


Saint Secundinus of Córdoba

Profile

Martyr.

Died

Córdoba, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-secundinus-of-cordoba-20-april/


Saint Theodore Trichinas

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Fourth century hermit.

Born

Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodore-trichinas/


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