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Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Saint Agnes of Rome

Also known as

• Ines
• Ines del Campo
• Ynez

Additional Memorial

for many years there was a second feast on 28 January

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Foster-sister of Saint Emerentiana. At age 12 or 13 Agnes was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods and lose her virginity by rape. She was taken to a Roman temple to Minerva (Athena), and when led to the altar, she made the Sign of the Cross. She was threatened, then tortured when she refused to turn against God. Several young men presented themselves, offering to marry her, whether from lust or pity is not known. She said that to do so would be an insult to her heavenly Spouse, that she would keep her consecrated virginity intact, accept death, and see Christ. Martyr. Mentioned in first Eucharistic prayer. On her feast day two lambs are blessed at her church in Rome, Italy and then their wool is woven into the palliums (bands of white wool) which the pope confers on archbishops as symbol of their jurisdiction.

Died

• beheaded and burned, or tortured and stabbed to death, or stabbed in the throat (sources vary) on 21 January 254 or 304 (sources vary) at Rome, Italy
• buried beside the Via Nomentana in Rome

Name Meaning

chaste; lamb; pure one

Patronage

• affianced couples
• betrothed couples
• bodily purity
• chastity
• Children of Mary
• Colegio Capranica of Rome
• crops
• engaged couples
• gardeners
• Girl Scouts
• girls
• Manresa, Spain
• rape victims
• Rockville Centre, New York, diocese of
• virgins

Representation

• butcher
• crown of thorns
• lamb
• woman with long hair and a lamb, sometimes with a sword at her throat
• woman with a dove which holds a ring in its beak
• woman with a lamb at her side

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books, medals, statues, holy cards

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YouTube PlayList

Readings

Christ made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him whom the angels serve. - Saint Agnes

Today is the birthday of a virgin; let us imitate her purity. It is the birthday of a martyr; let us offer ourselves in sacrifice. It is the birthday of Saint Agnes, who is said to have suffered martyrdom at the age of twelve. There was little or no room in that small body for a wound. Yet she shows no fear of the blood-stained hands of her executioners. She offers her whole body to be put to the sword by fierce soldiers. She is too young to know of death, yet is ready to face it. Dragged against her will to the altars, she stretches out her hands to the Lord int he midst of the flames, making the triumphant sign of Christ the victor on the altars of sacrilege. She puts her neck and hands in iron chains, but no chain can hold fast her tiny limbs. In the midst of tears, she sheds no tears herself. She stood still, she prayed, she offered her neck. You could see fear in the eyes of the executioner, as if he were the one condemned. His right hand trembled, his face grew pale as he saw the girl's peril, while she had no fear for herself. One victim, but a twin martyrdom, to modesty and religion; Agnes preserved her virginity and gained a martyr's crown. - from an essay On Virgins by Saint Ambrose of Milan

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


Saint Meinrad of Einsiedeln

Also known as

• Meinrad of Reichenau
• Maynard, Meginrad, Meginrat, Meino

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May have been a member of the noble Hohenzollern family. Educated, professed as a Benedictine monk, and ordained at the abbey on the island of Reichenau, in Lake Constance in Switzerland. Teacher in Zurich, Switzerland. Around 829 he withdrew to live in prayer as a hermit in the Black Forest. As word of his holiness and wisdom spread, he attracted many visitors and would-be students. In 836 he retreated to a more remote location near Einsiedeln (which means hermitage).

On 21 January 861 he received, fed, sheltered and entertained two rough-looking travellers. They were thieves, and when they found that Meinrad was a holy hermit who owned nothing worth stealing, they were so angry that they beat him to death. Legend says that his body was protected by ravens who attacked and chased away the murderers. Because he was such a holy man, he was considered a martyr, but there is no evidence that he died defending the faith.

In the years following his death, a series of hermits, including Blessed Benno, used his hermitage. In 934 a Benedictine monastery was built there. It survives today, still serving as monastery, retreat center, and pilgrimage site. The statue of the Blessed Virgin in its huge church is thought to have belonged to Meinrad himself.

Born

at Solgen, Swabia (Sülichgau near Wurtemberg)

Died

• beaten to death with clubs by robbers on 21 January 861 at Einsiedeln, Switzerland
• relics in the abbey church at Einsiedeln

Patronage

• Einsiedeln, Switzerland
• hospitality
• Swabia, Germany

Representation

• dead monk with ravens pursuing his murderers
• dead monk with two ravens near him
• monk being beaten to death with clubs by two men
• monk eating fish with a widow
• monk holding a club and ciborium
• monk with a tau staff walking into the wilderness
• monk with Saint Benedict
• two ravens

Storefront

medals and pendants

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-meinrad-of-einsiedeln/


Our Lady of Altagracia

Also known as

• Our Lady of Grace
• Our Lady of High Grace
• Protector and Queen of the hearts of the Dominicans
• Tatica from Higuey
• Virgen de la Altagracia
• Virgin of Altagracia

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A portrait of the Virgin Mary in a Nativity scene. It is 13 inches (33 centimeters) wide by 18 inches (45 centimeters) high, and is painted on cloth. It is a primitive work of the Spanish school, painted c.1500. The Spanish brothers Alfonso and Antonio Trejo, two of the first European settlers on Santo Domingo, brought the portrait to the island some time prior to 1502, and eventually donated it to the parish church at Higuey. It's first shrine was finished in 1572, and in 1971 it was moved to its present Basilica. The image was crowned on 15 August 1922 during the pontificate of Pius XI. Due to its age, centuries of handling by the faithful, and exposure to candle smoke, it was in sad shape, and was restored in 1978. On 25 January 1979 by Pope John Paul II crowned the image with a gold and silver tiara, his gift to the Virgin. It's frame is made of gold, enamel and precious stones, and was constructed by an unknown 18th century artisan.

The Dominicans see the image as exemplifying Our Lady watching over the island and the growth of Christianity there. The feast day is marked by services, all-night vigils, singing, dancing, and festivals in many of the towns.

Legend says that the pious daughter of a rich merchant asked her father to bring her a portrait of Our Lady of Altagracia from Santo Domingo, but no one had heard of that title. The merchant, staying overnight at a friend's house in Higuey, described his problem as they sat outdoors after dinner. An old man with a long beard, who just happened to be passing by, pulled a rolled up painting from his bindle, gave it to the merchant, and said, "This is what you are looking for." It was the Virgin of Altagracia. They gave the old man a place to stay for the night, but by dawn he was gone, not to be seen again. The merchant placed the image on their mantle, but it repeatedly disappeared only to be found outside, and the family finally returned it to the church.

Patronage

Dominican Republic

http://catholicsaints.info/our-lady-of-altagracia/


Saint Publius of Malta

Also known as

Publius of Athens

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Chief or prefect of the island of Malta, and a land-owner. He cared for Saint Paul when the apostle stopped there when being taken to Rome, Italy as prisoner. Paul cured Publius' father of fever and dysentery. May have been the first bishop of Malta; other writers claim he became bishop of Athens. Martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Trajan; he was approximately 92 years old at the time, and was Malta's first acknowledged saint.

Died

c.112

Patronage

• Floriana, Malta
• Malta

Readings

In the vicinity of that place were lands belonging to a man named Publius, the chief of the island. He welcomed us and received us cordially as his guests for three days. It so happened that the father of Publius was sick with a fever and dysentery. Paul visited him and, after praying, laid his hands on him and healed him. After this had taken place, the rest of the sick on the island came to Paul and were cured. They paid us great honor and when we eventually set sail they brought us the provisions we needed. - Acts 28:7-10, New American Bible

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-publius-of-malta/


Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe

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 to Catholicism. Studied at the English College at Douai, France, but was dismissed for an infraction of discipline. Benedictine priest in 1612 at Dieulouard, France. Missionary to England. He was arrested and exiled in 1615 for his work. Returning to England in 1618, he was arrested again. He sat in prison until 1623 when the Spanish ambassador obtained his release on condition that Alban leave England. Soon after, Alban returned to his homeland and continued his covert ministry. Arrested again in 1625, he lay in prison for 17 years before being tried and condemned to death for the crime of priesthood. One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, dying with Blessed Thomas Reynolds.

Born

1583 in Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 21 January 1642 at Tyburn, London, England

Canonized

25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-alban-bartholomew-roe/


Saint Epiphanius of Pavia

Also known as

• Epiphanius the Peacemaker
• Glory of Italy
• Light of Bishops

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Brother of Saint Honorata and Saint Liberata. Bishop of Pavia, Italy in 467 at age 28. Powerful and influential preacher with a reputation for sanctity, charity to the poor, and working miracles. At one time or another, he intervened for his parishioners with Emperor Anthemus, the Visigoth leader Euric, the Ostrogoth commander Theodoric, and the Burgundian Gonderbald. Ambassador to the court of Euric at Toulouse, France. Rebuilt Pavia after its destruction by invaders under Odoacer. Obtained the release of 6,000 of his parishioners captured by Gondebald; Ephiphanius died on his way home from the negotiations. One of the most influential Italian leaders during the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. His successor to the bishopric, Saint Ennodius, wrote a poetic panegyric about him.

Born

439 at Pavia, Italy

Died

• 496 at Burgundy, France of a fever
• relics translated to Hildesheim, Lower Saxony (in modern Germany) in 963

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-epiphanius-of-pavia/


Blessed Thomas Reynolds

Also known as

• Richard Reynolds
• Thomas Green

Additional Memorials

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

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Studied at Rheims, France, and at Valladolid and Seville in Spain. Ordained in 1592. Returned to England to minister to covert Catholics, but was arrested and exiled in 1606. He returned and worked in secret until his arrest in 1628. He spent fourteen years in prison before being martyred with Blessed Edward Stransham.

Born

c.1562 at Oxford, England as Thomas Green

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered in 31 January 1642 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

Readings

I dare look death in the face. - Blessed Thomas to his executioners when offered a blindfold

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-thomas-reynolds/


Saint Patroclus of Troyes

Also known as

Parre, Parres, Patroccus, Patroklus

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Wealthy Christian of Troyes, Gaul, noted for his charity. Evangelist; he converted his successor, Saint Sabinian of Troyes. Arrested for his faith during the persecutions of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Roman officials tried to drown him in the River Seine, but he managed to briefly escape. He was, however, recaptured, and martyred.

Died

• beheaded in 259
• relics translated to Cologne, Germany on 3 July 960
• relics translated to Soest, Westphalia, Germany on 9 December 964
• relics enshrined at Saint Patroclus church in the 13th century

Patronage

Soest, Germany

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-patroclus-of-troyes/


Blessed Ines de Beniganim

Also known as

• Ines Albiniani
• Inez
• Josefa María Albiñana Gomar
• Josepha Maria
• Josepha Maria of Saint Agnes

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Born poor, and stayed that way. Augustinian nun and anchoress at Beniganim, Spain, taking the name Sister Josepha Maria of Saint Agnes. Known for severe austerities. Had the gift of prophecy. Consulted by people from all walks of life for her spiritual insights.

Born

9 February 1625 at Benigánim, Valencia, Spain

Died

21 January 1696 at Benigánim, Valencia, Spain of natural causes

Beatified

26 February 1888 by Pope Leo XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ines-de-beniganim/


Blessed Nicholas Woodfen

Also known as

Nicholas Wheeler

Additional Memorial

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

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Studied in Rheims, France. Priest. Returned to London, England to minister to covert Catholics at the Inns of Court, all the while living in Fleet Street under the name Woodfen and dressing like a lawyer. He was eventually imprisoned, tortured and executed for the crime of being a priest. Martyr.

Born

c.1550 in Leominster, Herefordshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 21 January 1586 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-nicholas-woodfen/


Blessed Edward Stransham

Additional Memorials

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

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Educated at Oxford, England, Douai and Rheims, France. Ordained in 1580. Returned to England in 1581 and covertly ministered to Catholics in London and Oxford. Arrested in 1586 and martyred for the crime of priesthood. Marytred with Blessed Thomas Reynolds

Born

at Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 21 January 1586 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-edward-stransham/


Saint John Yi Yun-on

Also known as

• Giovanni Yi Yun-il
• Ioannes Yi Yun-il
• Yohan Yi Yun-il

Additional Memorial

20 September as one of the Martyrs of Korea

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Layman farmer. Married. Father. Catechist. Beaten, whipped and executed for his faith, the last martyr of a particular state-sponsored persecution of Christians in Korea.

Born

1823 in Hongju, Chungcheong-do, South Korea

Died

beheaded on 21 January 1867 in Daegu, Gyrongsangbuk-do, South Korea

Canonized

6 May 1984 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-yi-yun-on/


Saint Fructuosus of Tarragona

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Bishop of Tarragona, Spain. Arrested on 16 January 259 by the Roman governor Emilian. Martyred with Saint Augurius and Saint Eulogius in the persecutions of Valerian. Saint Augustine wrote in praise of these martyrs.

Died

burned at the stake on 21 January 259 at Tarragona, Spain

Representation

bishop singing on a funeral pyre

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fructuosus-of-tarragona/


Saint Maccalin of Waulsort

Also known as

Macallan, Maolcalain

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Friend of Saint Cadroe. During a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Fursey in Peronne, France, Maccalin became a Benedictine monk at Gorze. Abbot at Gorze. Abbot of Saint Michael's monastery at Thierache, France. Abbot of Waulsort Abbey near Dinant, Belgium.

Born

Irish

Died

978 near Dinant, Belgium of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maccalin-of-waulsort/


Blessed Franciscus Bang

Additional Memorial

20 September as one of the Martyrs of Korea

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Layman martyr in the apostolic vicariate of Korea.

Born

Myeoncheon, Chungcheong-do, South Korea

Died

21 January 1799 in Hongju, Chungcheong-do, South Korea

Beatified

15 August 2014 by Pope Francis

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-franciscus-bang/


Saint Agnes of Aislinger

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Lived a long life of prayer and asceticism as an anchoress in a cell next to the Augustinian convent at Rebdorf, Germany. Her reputation for wisdom and holiness was widespread.

Born

15 century in Aislingen, Bavaria, Germany

Died

21 January 1504 in Rebdort, Germany of natural causes

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


Saint Eulogius of Tarragona

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Deacon in Tarragona, Spain, working with Saint Fructuosus and Saint Augurius. Arrested in 259 by the Roman governor Emilian. Martyred in the persecutions of Valerian. Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote in praise of these martyrs.

Died

burned at the stake in 259 at Tarragona, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eulogius-of-tarragona/


Saint Valerian of Trebizond

Also known as

Valarianus

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During the persecutions of Diocletian she fled into the mountains, believing it was safer with the wild animals than people. However, she was caught and executed. Martyr.

Died

c.303 in Trebizond (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-valerian-of-trebizond/


Saint Aquila of Trebizond

Also known as

Akylas

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During the persecutions of Diocletian she fled into the mountains, believing it was safer with the wild animals than people. However, she was caught and executed. Martyr.

Died

c.303 in Trebizond (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aquila-of-trebizond/


Saint Augurius the Martyr

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Deacon in Tarragona, Spain. Arrested in 259 by the Roman governor Emilian. Martyred in the persecutions of Valerian. Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote in praise of him and his fellow martyrs.

Died

burned at the stake in 259 at Tarragona, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-augurius-the-martyr/


Saint Candidus of Trebizond

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During the persecutions of Diocletian she fled into the mountains, believing it was safer with the wild animals than people. However, she was caught and executed. Martyr.

Died

c.303 in Trebizond (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-candidus-of-trebizond/


Saint Eugenius of Trebizond

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During the persecutions of Diocletian she fled into the mountains, believing it was safer with the wild animals than people. However, she was caught and executed. Martyr.

Died

c.303 in Trebizond (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eugenius-of-trebizond/


Saint Vimin of Holywood

Also known as

Gwynnin, Vimianus, Viminus, Vimmin, Vinim, Vivian, Wynnia, Wynnin

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Sixth century bishop in Scotland. Founded the monastery of Holywood.

Born

Scotland

Died

c.615

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vimin-of-holywood/


Saint Anastasius of Constantinople

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Monk in Constantinople. Spiritual student and biographer of Saint Maximus the Confessor.

Died

666 in Constantinople (modern Istanul, Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anastasius-of-constantinople/


Saint Brigid of Kilbride

Also known as

• Brigid of Killbrige
• Briga of...

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Friend of Saint Brigid of Kildare. Venerated in the diocese of Lismore, Ireland.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-brigid-of-kilbride/


Saint Gunthildis of Biblisheim

Also known as

Gonthildis

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Benedictine nun. First abbess of the Biblisheim Abbey in Alsace.

Died

1131

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gunthildis-of-biblisheim/


Saint Zacharias the Angelic

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Hermit and monk on Mount Mercury, Lucania, Italy.

Died

c.950 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-zacharias-the-angelic/


Saint Lawdog

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There are four churches in the diocese of Saint David's, Wales that are named for this 6th century saint. No information about him has survived.

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


Blessed Martyrs of Laval

Also known as

Nineteen Martyrs of Laval

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Fifteen men and four women who were martyred in Laval, France by anti-Catholic French Revolutionaries.

Blessed André Duliou
Blessed Augustin-Emmanuel Philippot
Blessed François Duchesne
Blessed François Migoret-Lamberdière
Blessed Françoise Mézière
Blessed Françoise Tréhet
Blessed Jacques André
Blessed Jacques Burin
Blessed Jean-Baptiste Triquerie
Blessed Jean-Marie Gallot
Blessed Jeanne Veron
Blessed John Baptist Turpin du Cormier
Blessed Joseph Pellé
Blessed Julien Moulé
Blessed Julien-François Morin
Blessed Louis Gastineau
Blessed Marie Lhuilier
Blessed Pierre Thomas
Blessed René-Louis Ambroise

Born

French

Died

several dates in 1794 in Laval, Mayenne, France

Beatified

19 June 1955 by Pope Pius XII at Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-martyrs-of-laval/


Martyrs of Rome

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Thirty Christian soldiers executed together in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

304 in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-rome-21-january/


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