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Optional Memorial of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi

Also known as

• Brother Lorenzo
• Julius Caesar Rossi
• Laurence of Brindisi
• Lorenzo da Brindisi

Additional Memorial

22 July (Lisbon, Portugal)

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Son of Guglielmo de Rossi and Elisabetta Masella. He felt an early call to religious life, and was educated by the Friars Minor Conventuals of Brindisi, Italy. His father died when the boy was twelve. Studied in Venice. Joined the Capuchin Friars in 1575 at age 16, taking the name Brother Lorenzo. Studied theology, the Bible, French, German, Greek, Spanish, Syriac, and Hebrew at the University of Padua; he was a brilliant student, known for his facility with languages. Priest. Taught theology. Served as linguist and military chaplain. Famous, effective and forceful preacher in any of his several languages. Founded convents of Vienna and Graz in Austria, and in Prague, Czech Republic. Wrote catechisms.

Chaplain of the army of the Holy Roman Empire in 1601. Rallied the German princes to fight a superior Turkish force, and was asked to lead the army into battle at Stuhlweissenburg (modern Székesfehérvár, Hungary) carrying no weapon but a crucifix; the Turks were completely defeated. Master general of his order from 1602 to 1605; he was the choice for another term, but turned it down. Carried out important and successful diplomatic peace missions to Munich, Germany and Madrid, Spain. Assigned in 1605 to evangelize in Germany, where he had great success. Convinced Philip III of Spain to join the German Catholic League. Commissary general of his order for the provinces of Tyrol and Bavaria in Germany. Spiritual director of the Bavarian army. Tended to fall into ecstasies when celebrating Mass.

In 1956, the Capuchin Order compiled fifteen volumes of his sermons, letters and writings. Proclaimed Apostolic Doctor of the Church by Pope John XXIII in 1959.

Born

22 July 1559 at Brindisi, Italy as Julius Caesar Rossi

Died

• 22 July 1619 at Lisbon, Portugal of natural causes
• buried in the cemetery of the Poor Clares on Villafranca, Spain

Canonized

8 December 1881 by Pope Leo XIII

Patronage

Brindisi, Italy

Representation

• leading the Christian army against the Turks
• receiving the embrace of the Child Jesus

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

God is love, and all his operations proceed from love. Once he wills to manifest that goodness by sharing his love outside himself, then the Incarnation becomes the supreme manifestation of his goodness and love and glory. So, Christ was intended before all other creatures and for his own sake. For him all things were created and to him all things must be subject, and God loves all creatures in and because of Christ. Christ is the first-born of every creature, and the whole of humanity as well as the created world finds its foundation and meaning in him. Moreover, this would have been the case even if Adam had not sinned. - Saint Lawrence of Brindisi

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lawrence-of-brindisi/


Saint Arbogast of Strasbourg

Also known as

Arascach

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The little recorded of his childhood is probably legend. Hermit, living in a cave at Alsace, France with a widespread reputation for holiness. When King Dagobert's son was killed in a hunting accident, Arbogast's prayers brought the lad back to life. Bishop of Strasbourg, France c.630; very devoted to his people, and through Dagobert's generosity, he was able to build several churches.

Born

• 7th century Aquitaine, France
• some writers claim him for Scotland and/or Ireland

Died

• c.678 of natural causes
• at his insistence, he was buried in an area normally reserved for criminals
• the church of Saint Michael was soon built over his grave
• relics translated to the nearby Saint Arbogast abbey
• relics scattered and lost during the Thirty Years War

Patronage

Strasbourg, France

Representation

• walking over the surface of a river
• with Saint Sebastian

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arbogast-of-strasbourg/


Saint Victor of Marseilles

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Christian soldier in the imperial Roman army, he was imprisoned in Marseilles, France when he refused to worship pagan gods. While in awaiting execution, he converted other prisoners. Martyr.

Died

290 with three prisoners in Marseilles, France he had converted

Patronage

• against lightning
• cabinetmakers
• millers
• torture victims
• Marseilles, France
• Davoli, Italy

Representation

• millstone
• man kicking down a pagan altar
• windmill

Storefront

medals and pendants

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


Saint Alberic Crescitelli

Also known as

Alberico

Additional Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

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Seminarian at age twelve. Studied at the Pontifical Seminary for Foreign Missions in Rome. Ordained in 1887. Joined the Milan Foreign Missionary Society, the predecessor of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), in 1888. Missionary in the Shensi Province in China near the Han River in 1888. Transferred to Ningkiang in 1900. Arrested on 20 July 1900 during the anti-Western Boxer Rebellion, he was tortured and murdered. Martyr.

Born

30 June 1863 at Altavilla, Benevento, Italy

Died

• beheaded on 21 July 1900 in Ningkiang, China
• body hacked to pieces

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-alberic-crescitelli/


Daniel the Prophet

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One of the four Great Prophets in the Old Testament, and the writer of the book of scripture that bears his name.

Died

• 5th-century BC in Babylon of natural causes
• tomb traditionally in Susa (modern Shush, Iran)
• relics translated to Alexandria, Egypt
• relics translated to Venice, Italy

Patronage

Ledeberg, Belgium

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/daniel-the-prophet/


Blessed Cristóbal López de Valladolid Orea

Also known as

Cristóbal of Saint Catherine

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Priest. Member of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis. Founded the Franciscan Hospitallers of Jesus the Nazarene.

Born

25 July 1638 in Mérida, Badajoz, Spain

Died

21 July 1690 in Córdoba, Spain of natural causes

Beatified

• 7 April 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI
• beatification recognition celebrated at the Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-cristobal-lopez-de-valladolid-orea/


Saint Claudius of Troyes

Also known as

Claudianus

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Roman officer in the army of Aurelius. Received Saint Julia of Troyes as a slave and a spoil of war. She pleaded with him not to rape her, offered to serve him otherwise, and promised to pray for him daily; he was moved to spare her, eventually treating her more as a daughter, and was finally converted by her. When Julia was martyred in the persecutions of Aurelian, Claudius made a public profession of his own faith. Martyr.

Born

early 3rd century in Alemannia, an area occupied by Germanic tribes

Died

• beheaded in 273 at Troyes, Gaul (modern France)
• relics at the Benedictine convent at Jouarre, France

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


Blessed Gabriel Pergaud

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Priest. Member of the Canons Regular of the Congregation of France. Imprisoned on a ship in the harbor of Rochefort, France and left to die during the anti-Catholic persecutions of the French Revolution. One of the Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort.

Born

29 October 1752 in Saint-Priest-la-Plaine, Creuse, France

Died

21 July 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gabriel-pergaud/


Saint Praxides of Rome

Also known as

Praxedes, Praxidis

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Daughter of a Senator Pudens and Saint Claudia of Rome; sister of Saint Prudentiana. Lifelong single lay woman. She employed her wealth in the interest of the Church, and was renowned for her virtues.

Died

• 164 in Rome, Italy of natural causes
• relics in the Saint Praxides Church, Rome

Patronage

single laywomen

Representation

woman holding a basin in one hand, branches in the other

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


Saint Iosephus Wang Yumei

Also known as

• Joseph
• Ruose

Additional Memorial

28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

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Layman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1832 in Weixian, Hebei, China

Died

21 July 1900 in Daning, Weixian, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-iosephus-wang-yumei/


Saint Simeon Salus

Also known as

• Simeon Solos
• Simeon the Fool
• Simeon the Insane
• Symeon...

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A man who lived as a simple fool for Christ and became known for his holy wisdom and miracles. Pilgrim to many holy places. Longtime friend and travelling companion of Saint John of Edessa. Desert hermit. Hermit in Emesa (modern Homs), Syria.

Born

Edessa, Syria

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-simeon-salus/


Blessed Parthenius of Thessaly

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Bishop, known for his ascetic lifestyle in which he continually gave away all that he had to the poor, and as often as possible withdrew to live as a cowherd in order to have the solitude to spend his days in constant prayer – including praying for the cattle in his care.

Born

Thessaly

Died

1777 of natural causes

Patronage

against diseases of cattle

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-parthenius-of-thessaly/


Blessed Juan de Las Varillas

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Mercedarian friar. Missionary. Counselor and chaplain to Hernán Cortés during the expedition to Honduras in 1524. Though he was unable to establish a serious foothold for the Mercedarians in the Americas, Juan did bring many Aztecs to Christianity.

Born

Spain

Died

an area that would become modern Mexico, of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-juan-de-las-varillas/


Blessed Agrícola Rodríguez García de Los Huertos

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Priest in the archdiocese of Toledo, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

18 March 1896 in Consuegra, Toledo, Spain

Died

21 July 1936 in Mora, Toledo, Spain

Beatified

28 October 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-agricola-rodriguez-garcia-de-los-huertos/


Saint Julia of Troyes

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Captured as a spoil of war by the forces of Roman emperor Aurelian following his victory over Tetricus. Given as a prize to Claudius of Troyes, an army officer. She converted him, and they were martyred together.

Born

3rd century at Troyes, France

Died

beheaded in 273 at Troyes, France

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


Saint Jucundinus of Troyes

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Martyred in the persecutions of Aurelian.

Died

• 273 at Troyes, Gaul (modern France)
• relics at the Benedictine convent at Jouarre, France

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


Saint Barhadbescialas

Also known as

Barhadbesciabas

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Deacon. Martyred in the persecutions of Sapor II. The Acts of the his martyrdom, written in Aramaic, have survived.

Died

354

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


Saint Eternus of Evreux

Also known as

Éterne, Aeternus, Ethernus, Detherus

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Bishop of Evreux, France.

Died

c.660

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


Saint Eleutherius of Marseille

Also known as

Deutherius, Eleuterius

Profile

Young martyr.

Died

c.290 at the tomb of Saint Victor in Marseilles, France

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


Saint Justus of Troyes

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Martyred in the persecutions of Aurelian.

Died

• 273 at Troyes, Gaul (modern France)
• relics at the Benedictine convent at Jouarre, France

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


Saint Benignus of Moyenmoutier

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Twin brother of Saint John. Monk at Moyenmoutier. Spiritual student of Saint Hidulphus.

Died

707 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-benignus-of-moyenmoutier/


Blessed Juan de Zambrana

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Mercedarian friar. Missionary to Guatamala in 1535, one of the first in the region. Built the Mercedarian convent of San Giacomo in Santiago, Guatamala.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-juan-de-zambrana/


Saint John of Moyenmoutier

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Twin brother of Saint Benignus. Monk at Moyenmoutier. Spiritual student of Saint Hidulphus.

Died

707 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-of-moyenmoutier/


Saint Zoticus of Comana

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Bishop of Comana, Italy. Fought against the Montanist heresy. Martyred in the persecutions of Septimius Severus.

Died

204

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-zoticus-of-comana/


Saint Wastrada

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Mother of Saint Gregory of Utrecht. In her later years she became a nun.

Died

• c.760 of natural causes
• buried at Susteren Abbey

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


Blessed Daniel Molini

Also known as

Daniele

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Cistercian monk, abbot and confessor.

Born

Venice, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-daniel-molini/


Saint John of Edessa

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Monk at Edessa, Syria. Longtime friend of Saint Simeon Salus.

Born

6th century Syrian

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-of-edessa/


Blessed Claudius of Avignon

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Franciscan friar in the Avignon region of France.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-claudius-of-avignon/


Saint Corona of Marseille

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Martyr.

Died

c.290 in Marseille, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-corona-of-marseille/


Martyrs of Africa

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Six Christians who were martyred together. We know no other details about them but the names – Emilian, Hugal, Motanus, Saphus, Stercorius and Victor.

Died

unknown location in Africa, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-africa-21-july/


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• Antimund of Thérouanne
• Lucrecia García Solanas


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