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Blessed Stanislawa Rodzinska

Also known as

• Julia Rodzinska
• Giulia Rodzinska
• Mother of Orphans
• Apostle of the Rosary
• Sister Maria Julia
• Mother Maria Julia
• prisoner P40992

Additional Memorial

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

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Second of five children born to Michael Rodzinska and Marianna (née Sekuly). Michael was the church organist, led the parish choir and worked at a local bank. They were a poor but pious family, and though Marianna’s family was wealthy, they refused to help. Marianna died when Stanislawa was eight years old, and the family fortunes deteriorated further as Michael had trouble working and caring for the children; he died of pneumonia when Stanislawa was ten. From that point, she and her sister grew up in a Dominican orphanage.

Stanislawa loved the Dominican Sisters so much that she joined them in 1916 in Tarnobrzegu-Wielowsi, Poland, taking the name Sister Maria Juliana and made her profession on 5 August 1924. She served as an exceptional and much loved teacher at Dominican orphanages for 22 years. Superior of the Dominican house in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1934, and ran the orphanage; she became known as the Mother of Orphans for her tireless care of the children, and as an Apostle of the Rosary. She was awarded by the secular government of Vilnius for her work.

However, the government seized the school and orphange, took over running both, and dissolved the monastery; the now homeless and unemployed Dominican sisters where taken in by some local Vincentian sisters. Mother Maria Julia and her sisters tried to support themselves doing odd jobs, but the Nazis invaded, the economy tanked, and the Church effectively went into hiding. Clergy, monks and sisters were arrested, imprisoned or executed, teaching Polish culture was made illegal, so everything about Mother Julia was now against the laws of the invaders. She continued to covertly teach children catechism and regular school studies, and worked to keep elderly priests from starving after they were kicked out into the streets by the Nazis.

Mother Julia was arrested by the Gestapo on 12 July 1943 for her work, and was imprisoned for a year in solitary confinement in a cement cell in the Lukiškes Prison in central Vilnius; it was too small and cramped for her to stretch out. She did not break, however, and continued doing her spiritual exercises. In July 1944 she was loaded into a cattle car and shipped to the Stutthof concentration camp where she was tortured, starved and abused; she responded by forming prayer groups and shared what food she received. She contracted a fatal case of typhus while nursing infected Jewish female prisoners. Martyr.

Born

16 March 1899 in Nawojowa, Malopolskie, Poland

Died

20 February 1945 in a Nazi prison camp in Sztutowo (a.k.a. Stutthof), Pomorskie, occupied Poland of typhus

Beatified

• 13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II
• she was the only Dominican women included in the 108 Martyrs of World War II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-stanislawa-rodzinska/


Saint Eucherius of Orleans

Also known as

Eucher

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Born to the nobility, Eucherius was a very pious in youth, and highly educated; legend says that his pregnant mother had a dream of an angel who told her that her unborn son would be a holy bishop, and blessed them both. He took the cowl in Jumièges, Normandy, France in 714. When his uncle Suaveric, bishop of Orleans, France, died, the clergy and faithful asked for Eucherius as his replacement. Eucherius fought the appointment, but finally agreed c.721.

He was an active, evangelizing bishop who often visited the monasteries in his diocese. When Charles Martel confiscated Church property to finance his war against the Saracens, Eucherius protested. After his victory, Martel exiled the reluctant bishop to Cologne, Germany. There he was greeted enthusiastically, even receiving the position of distributor of the governor's alms. He was then exiled to Hesbaye in modern Belgium where he retired to the monastery of Sint-Truiden.

Born

at Orleans, France

Died

• 20 February 743 at the monastery of Sint-Tuiden in Belgium of natural causes
• relics enshrined on 11 August 880
• relics re-enshrined on 11 August 1169

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eucherius-of-orleans/


Saint Leo of Catania

Also known as

Leo the Wonderworker

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Learned priest in Ravenna, Italy, and then in Reggio Calabria, Italy. Bishop of Catania, Italy; legend says that an angel appeared in dreams to the people in Catania to point them to Leo. He fought to suppress blasphemous magicians that people in his diocese saw as an alternative to the Church. Leo opposed the iconoclasm ordered by the Byzantine Empire; the governor of Sicily ordered his arrest for this stance, and the bishop spent time in the mountains in exile, living as a cave hermit. Known always for his care for the poor.

Born

720 in Ravenna, Italy

Died

20 February 789 of Etna, Italy natural causes

Patronage

• Longi, Sicily, Italy
• Rometta, Sicily, Italy
• Saracena, Sicily, Italy
• Sinagra, Sicily, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-leo-of-catania/


Saint Wulfric of Haselbury

Also known as

Ulfrick, Ulric, Ulrich

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Though a priest, Wulfric led a worldly life, interested more in hunting and parties with local nobles that in tending to his flock. For unspecified reasons he suddenly realized the error of his ways and repented. Some say it was due to a chance encounter with a beggar; others that he was suddenly moved by recitating the Lavabo verse: "I will wash my hands among the innocent." Determined to change his life, he retired to live as a hermit near Hazelbury, Somerset, England. He received the gift of prophecy. Counselor to King Henry I and King Stephen. Copied and bound books, and crafted items for use in the Mass. Some orders have tried to claim that Wulfric was a member, but he never joined any.

Born

at Bristol, England

Died

1154 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-wulfric-of-haselbury/


Saint Jacinta Marto

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Youngest visionary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal in 1917.

Born

11 March 1910 at Aljustrel, Santarém, Portugal

Died

20 February 1920 in Lisbon, Portugal

Canonized

13 May 2017 by Pope Francis

Patronage

• against bodily ills or sickness
• captives, prisoners
• people ridiculed for their piety
• sick people

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medals and pendants

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YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-jacinta-marto/


Saint Eleutherius of Tournai

Also known as

Eleuthere of Tournai

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Evangelized the Franks. Bishop of Tournai, Belgium. Fought Arianism. Martyr.

Born

456 at Tournai, western Belgium

Died

• murdered by Arian heretics in 532 while leaving his church in Tournai, western Belgium
• relics re-discovered in 897 in Blandain, Belgium
• relics transferred to Tournai in the mid-11th century
• relics re-enshrined in the cathedral at Tournai in the mid-13th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eleutherius-of-tournai/


Saint Colgan

Also known as

• Chief Scribe of the Scots
• Colchu
• Colgan of Clonmacnoise
• Colgan the Wise
• Colgu

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Brother of Saint Foila. Friend and teacher of Blessed Alcuin. Abbot of Clonmachnoise, Offaly, Ireland. Many of his spiritual students spread out across France, becoming influential teachers in imperial schools.

Died

c.796 of natural causes

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


Saint Bolcan of Derken

Also known as

Olcan

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Baptized by Saint Patrick. Studied in Gaul. Bishop of Derkan, northern Ireland. Bolcan's school there was one of the best equipped in the island.

Died

• c.480 of natural causes
• relics preserved at Kilmore, Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bolcan-of-derken/


Saint Tyrannio of Tyre

Also known as

Tirannione, Tyrannion

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Bishop of Tyre, Phoenicia (modern Sur, Lebanon). Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

torn by iron hooks in 310 in Antioch (modern Antakya, Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-tyrannio-of-tyre/


Saint Amata of Assisi

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Niece of Saint Clare of Assisi. Friend of Saint Dominic de Guzman. After a misspent youth, Amata was miraculously healed by her aunt Clare, and became a Poor Clare nun herself.

Died

c.1250 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-amata-of-assisi/


Saint Serapion of Alexandria

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Tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Decius for permitting Christian worship in his home.

Died

thrown out of an upper story window of his house c.248 in Alexandria, Egypt

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-serapion-of-alexandria/


Saint Zenobius of Antioch

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Physcian. Priest in Sidon. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

310 in Antioch (modern Antakya, Turkey)

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


Saint Nilus of Tyre

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Bishop in Egypt. Tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

c.304 in Tyre, Phoenicia (modern Sur, Lebanon)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nilus-of-tyre/


Saint Peleus of Tyre

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Bishop in Egypt. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

c.304 in Tyre, Phoenicia (modern Sur, Lebanon)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-peleus-of-tyre/


Saint Silvanus of Emesa

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Bishop of Emesa, Syria. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

c.304 in Emesa, Syria

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-silvanus-of-emesa/


Saint Falco of Maastricht

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Bishop of Maastricht, Netherlands from 495 till his death.

Died

512 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-falco-of-maastricht/


Saint Valerius of Couserans

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First bishop in Couserans, France.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-valerius-of-couserans/


Saint Pothamius of Cyprus

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Martyr.

Died

Cyprus

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pothamius-of-cyprus/


Saint Nemesius of Cyprus

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Martyr.

Died

Cyprus

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nemesius-of-cyprus/


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