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Optional Memorial of Saint Rita of Cascia, Religious

Saint Rita of Cascia

Also known as

• Margarita of Cascia
• Rita La Abogada de Imposibles
• Saint of the Impossible

Profile

Daughter of Antonio and Amata Lotti, a couple known as the Peacemakers of Jesus; they had Rita late in life. From her early youth, Rita visited the Augustinian nuns at Cascia, Italy, and showed interest in a religious life. However, when she was twelve, her parents betrothed her to Paolo Mancini, an ill-tempered, abusive individual who worked as town watchman, and who was dragged into the political disputes of the Guelphs and Ghibellines. Disappointed but obedient, Rita married him when she was 18, and was the mother of twin sons. She put up with Paolo's abuses for eighteen years before he was ambushed and stabbed to death. Her sons swore vengeance on the killers of their father, but through the prayers and interventions of Rita, they forgave the offenders.

Upon the deaths of her sons, Rita again felt the call to religious life. However, some of the sisters at the Augustinian monastery were relatives of her husband's murderers, and she was denied entry for fear of causing dissension. Asking for the intervention of Saint John the Baptist, Saint Augustine of Hippo, and Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, she managed to bring the warring factions together, not completely, but sufficiently that there was peace, and she was admitted to the monastery of Saint Mary Magdalen at age 36.

Rita lived 40 years in the convent, spending her time in prayer and charity, and working for peace in the region. She was devoted to the Passion, and in response to a prayer to suffer as Christ, she received a chronic head wound that appeared to have been caused by a crown of thorns, and which bled for 15 years.

Confined to her bed the last four years of her life, eating little more than the Eucharist, teaching and directing the younger sisters. Near the end she had a visitor from her home town who asked if she'd like anything; Rita's only request was a rose from her family's estate. The visitor went to the home, but it being January, knew there was no hope of finding a flower; there, sprouted on an otherwise bare bush, was a single rose blossom.

Among the other areas, Rita is well-known as a patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes and situations. This is because she has been involved in so many stages of life - wife, mother, widow, and nun, she buried her family, helped bring peace to her city, saw her dreams denied and fulfilled - and never lost her faith in God, or her desire to be with Him.

Born

1386 at Roccaparena, Umbria, Italy

Died

22 May 1457 at the Augustinian convent at Cascia, Italy of tuberculosis

Canonized

24 May 1900 by Pope Leo XIII

Patronage

• abuse victims; spouse abuse victims
• against infertility or sterility; infertile people
• against loneliness
• against sickness or bodily ills; sick people
• against wounds; wounded people
• desperate, forgotten, lost or impossible causes
• difficult marriages
• parenthood
• widows
• Cascia, Italy
• Dalayap, Philippines
• Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines

Representation

• nun holding a crown of thorns
• nun holding roses
• nun holding roses and figs
• nun with a wound on her forehead

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rita-of-cascia/


Blessed John Forest

Also known as

John Forrest

Additional Memorial

1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

Profile

Joined the Friars Minor of the Regular Observance at Greenwich, England while in his late teens. Studied theology at the Franciscan College at Oxford, England; he was known thereafter as "Doctor", though records of his degree have not survived. Priest and royal chaplain. Provincial of the Franciscans by 1525 when he threatened excommunication to those brothers who opposed Cardinal Thomas Wosley's legatine powers. Confessor to Queen Catherine of Aragon, wife of King Henry VIII.

Father John thought he had convinced King Henry in 1529 not to suppress his Order in response to their opposition to his divorce, but when Henry did not get his way, he suppressed the Order and arrested John. Records show him preaching in November 1532 against the state pulling down churches, and of the authorities keeping a close watch on him. Arrested in 1534, he established a correspondence from Newgate prison to Queen Catherine and Blessed Thomas Abel. Wrote a treatise against King Henry's usurpation of power over things spiritual.

Sentenced to death on 8 April 1538 for refusing the oath acknowledging Henry's primacy in spiritual matters. Martyr.

Born

1471 at Oxford, England

Died

• hanged and burned to death on 22 May 1538 at Smithfield, England
• a wooden statue of Saint Derfel, taken from a local church, was used in the fire, supposedly fulfilling a local prophecy that the statue's burning would destroy a forest
• John's relics may still be in hiding in Smithfield

Beatified

29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII

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


Saint Julia of Corsica

Also known as

Julia of Carthage

Profile

Born to the Carthaginian Christian nobility. Captured by invading Vandals in 616, and sold into slavery to a pagan Syrian merchant named Eusebius. When the slave ship landed at Cape Corso, Corsica, a pagan festival was in progress, and Julia was ordered to join in; some versions indicate that participation would have won her freedom. When she refused, her hair was torn out of her head, and she was martyred.

Born

6th to 7th century Carthaginian

Died

• beaten and crucified c.616-620 at Cape Corso, Corsica
• relics at the Benedictine abbey at Brescia, Italy in 763, which became a middle ages pilgrimage site
• some relics later taken to Leghorn (modern Livorno, Italy

Patronage

• torture victims
• Corsica, France
• Brescia, Italy
• Leghorn, Italy
• Livorno, Italy

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

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


Saint Humility

Also known as

Rosanna, Humilitas, Umiltà

Profile

Born to a wealthy family. Married at age 15 to a nobleman named Ugoletto. Mother of two, both of whom died in infancy. In 1250 Ugoletto was nearly killed, an event made both of them examine their lives and enter the double monastery of Saint Perpetua near Faenza, Italy, Ugoletto as a lay-brother, Rosanna as a nun, taking the name Sister Humility. Spiritual student of Saint Crispin. Lived as a hermitess in a cell for twelve years near the church of Saint Apollinaris. Founded the convent of Santa Maria Novella on Malta, the first Vallombrosan convent for nuns, and served as its abbess. Founded a second convent at Florence, Italy, and lived her remaining years there.

Born

1226 at Faenza, Italy as Rosanna

Died

22 May 1310 at Florence, Italy of natural causes

Canonized

27 January 1720 by Pope Clement XI

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


Saint Basiliscus of Pontus

Also known as

• Basiliscus of Comana
• Basilicus, Basilisco

Profile

Bishop of Comana in Pontus, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey). One of a large group of Christians who were tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Galerius for refusing to sacrifice to idols. Legend says that when Basiliscus announced his refusal, lightning struck the temple and toppled the statues. His spirit is reported to have met Saint John Chrysostom at his death bed to escort him to the afterlife in 407.

Died

• beheaded c.310 in Comana, Pontus (in modern Turkey)
• body thrown into the river Iris
• body covertly recovered by local Christians and given proper burial in a freshly plowed field
• a chapel was later built over his grave

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-basiliscus-of-pontus/


Saint Fulgencio of Otricoli

Profile

Mid-6th-century bishop of Otricoli, Italy. Pope Saint Gregory the Great wrote about him in Dialogues.

When his city was being approached by the Ostrogoth army of King Totila, Fulgencio went out to meet him, first to plead for his city, then to bribe him into passing by. The Ostrogoths seized him and while Totila considered his next move, they drew a circle in the dirt, put the bishop in it and told the guards to kill him if he left it. Fulgencio began to suffer from being left in the sun, and prayed for relief; the sky clouded up and it rained heavily – except in the circle where Fulgencio was imprisoned.

Died

6th century in Otricoli, Terni, Italy of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fulgencio-of-otricoli/


Saint Bobo of Provence

Also known as

• Bobo of Voghera
• Beuvon, Bovo

Profile

Soldier who fought invading Saracens. Tired of a life of violence, he retired to live as a penitent hermit.

Born

Provence, France

Died

• 22 May 986 near Voghera, Pavia, Italy of a fever while on a pilgrimage to Rome, Italy
• buried in Voghera, his grave became a site of miracles
• relics enshrined in Voghera in 1469

Patronage

Voghera, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bobo-of-provence/


Blessed John Baptist Machado de Tavora

Also known as

João Baptista Machado de Távora

Additional Memorial

10 September as one of the 205 Martyrs of Japan

Profile

Jesuit at Coimbra, Portugal. Missionary to Japan in 1609. One of the Franciscan Martyrs of Japan.

Born

1580 at Terceira, Portuguese Azores

Died

beheaded on 22 May 1617 at Nagasaki, Japan

Beatified

7 May 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX

Patronage

diocese of Creek, Portugal

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-baptist-machado-de-tavora/


Blessed Maria Rita Lópes Pontes de Souza Brito

Also known as

Sister Dulce

Profile

Nun in the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

Born

26 May 1914 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Died

13 March 1992 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil of natural causes

Beatified

22 May 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-maria-rita-lopes-pontes-de-souza-brito/


Saint Aigulf of Bourges

Also known as

Aigulphus, Ayoul, Aieul, Aout, Hou

Profile

Well educated, Aigulf became a hermit upon the death of his parents, and soon developed a reputation for great personal sanctity. Reluctant bishop of Bourges, France in 811. Attended the Council of Toulouse in 829. Sat in judgement of Archbishop Ebbo of Rheims who had joined a revolt against King Louis the Debonair.

Born

at Bourges, France

Died

836 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aigulf-of-bourges/


Blessed Fulk of Castrofurli

Also known as

Folco

Profile

Pilgrim to Rome, Italy with Saint Arduin of Gallinaro. Died working with plague victims in the Castrofuli and Santopadre in Italy.

Died

c.600 in the area of Castrofuli, Italy of plague

Beatified

1572 (cultus confirmation)

Patronage

• Castrofuli, Italy
• Santopadre, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-fulk-of-castrofurli/


Saint Emilius the Martyr

Also known as

Aemilius, Emilio

Profile

Tortured in the persecutions of Decius, he renounced his Christianity. He later repented, returned to the Church, and when arrested a second time he stood by his faith. Martyr.

Died

burned to death c.250 in North Africa

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


Saint Romanus of Subiaco

Profile

Monk and then abbot near Subiaco, Italy. Friend of Saint Benedict of Nursia, and supported him during his time as a cave hermit. Built a monastery in the vicinity of modern Auxerre, France.

Died

c.560 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-romanus-of-subiaco/


Saint Atto of Pistoia

Also known as

Atho, Attho, Attone

Profile

Monk. Abbot of Vallombrosa. Bishop of Pistoia, Italy for 20 years. Wrote a work on the relics of and miracles that occurred at Saint James of Compostella.

Died

1153 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-atto-of-pistoia/


Saint Boethian of Pierrepont

Profile

Seventh century spiritual student of Saint Fursey of Perrone. Built the Pierrepont Monastery near Laon, France. Murdered by some locals for preaching against their vices. Martyr.

Born

Ireland

Died

near Laon, France

Patronage

sick children

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-boethian-of-pierrepont/


Saint Aureliano of Pavia

Profile

Martyr. Since there were no surviving records about him, writers in later centuries invented lurid tales detailing his death and the divine vengeance that fell on his tormentors.

Died

• early 3rd century Rome, Italy
• relics transferred to Pavia, Italy

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


Blessed Dionisio Senmartin

Profile

Mercedarian friar known for devotion to praying for souls in Purgatory. Ransomed 216 Christians from slavery in Muslim Tunis, Tunisia in 1279, and preacher the faith throughout the region as they travelled.

Died

c.1350 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-dionisio-senmartin/


Blessed Pedro of the Assumption

Profile

Franciscan Friars Minor (Alcantarines) priest. Martyr.

Born

c.1570 in Cuevas, Toledo, Spain

Died

22 May 1617 in Kori, Omura, Nagasaki, Japan

Beatified

7 May 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-pedro-of-the-assumption/


Saint Margaret of Hulme

Also known as

• Margaret of Hoveton
• Margarita, Margherita, Marguerite

Profile

Martyr.

Born

12th century England

Died

• 1170
• buried in the abbey church at Hoveton Saint John, Norfolk, England

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


Blessed Giusto Samper

Profile

Mercedarian friar known for devotion to praying for souls in Purgatory. Ransomed 216 Christians from slavery in Muslim Tunis, Tunisia in 1279, and preacher the faith throughout the region as they travelled.

Died

c.1350 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-giusto-samper/


Saint Castus the Martyr

Profile

Tortured in the persecutions of Decius, he renounced his Christianity. He later repented, returned to the Church, and when arrested a second time he stood by his Christianity. Martyr.

Died

burned to death c.250 in North Africa

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


Saint Helen of Auxerre

Also known as

Helena

Profile

Maiden described in the Acts of Saint Amator of Auxerre as being with him, and of being a holy woman. No details about her were given, and

Died

c.415 at Auxerre, France

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


Saint Quiteria

Also known as

Kitheriammal, Quiteira, Quitterie

Profile

Nun. Martyr. Greatly venerated in the Navarre region on the border of France and Spain.

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


Saint John of Parma

Profile

Priest. Made six pilgimages to Jerusalem. Abbot of Saint John's Abbey in Parma, Italy from 973 until his death.

Born

in Parma, Italy

Died

c.982 in Parma, Italy of natural causes

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


Saint Baoithin of Ennisboyne

Also known as

Baithin mac Findech

Profile

No information available.

Born

Irish

Patronage

Ennisboyne, Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-baoithin-of-ennisboyne/


Saint Conall of Inniscoel

Also known as

Coel, Conald

Profile

Monk. Seventh-century abbot of Inniscoel Abbey in Donegal, Ireland where there is a holy well dedicated to him.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-conall-of-inniscoel/


Blessed Diego de Baja

Profile

Mercedarian friar known for his dedication to Bible study. Ransomed 289 Christians enslaved by Muslims in Algiers, and preached Christianity while travelling through.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-diego-de-baja/


Blessed Giacomo Soler

Profile

Mercedarian friar known for his dedication to Bible study. Ransomed 289 Christians enslaved by Muslims in Algiers, and preached Christianity while travelling through.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-giacomo-soler/


Saint Faustinus the Martyr

Profile

Martyred in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate.

Died

c.362 in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-faustinus-the-martyr-22-may/


Saint Ausonius of Angoulême

Profile

Third century spiritual student of Saint Martial of Limoges. First Bishop of Angoulême, France.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ausonius-of-angouleme/


Saint Lupo of Limoges

Profile

Priest. Bishop of Limoges, France. Helped found the monastery of Solesme.

Died

637 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lupo-of-limoges/


Saint Venustus the Martyr

Profile

Martyred in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate.

Died

c.362 in Rome, Italy

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


Saint Marcian of Ravenna

Also known as

Mariano

Profile

Bishop of Ravenna, Italy in 112.

Died

c.127

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


Saint Timothy the Martyr

Profile

Martyred in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate.

Died

c.362 in Rome, Italy

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


Martyred in the Spanish Civil War

Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. I have pages on each of them, but in most cases I have only found very minimal information. They are available on the CatholicSaints.Info site through these links:

Blessed Francisco Salinas Sánchez/a>
Blessed José Quintas Durán


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Franciscan Martyrs of Japan
• Dominico Ngon
• Helen of Carnarvon
• Lupicinus of Verona
• Maria Domenica Brun Barbantini
• Matthias of Arima
• Michael Ho-Dinh-Hy
• Pedro of Cordova
• Viano
• Zota


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