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Saint Cecilia

Also known as

Cecily, Cicilia

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Cultivated young patrician woman whose ancestors loomed large in Rome's history. She vowed her virginity to God, but her parents married her to Valerian of Trastevere. Cecilia told her new husband that she was accompanied by an angel, but in order to see it, he must be purified. He agreed to the purification, and was baptised; returning from the ceremony, he found her in prayer accompanied by a praying angel. The angel placed a crown on each of their heads, and offered Valerian a favor; the new convert asked that his brother be baptised.

The two brothers developed a ministry of giving proper burial to martyred Christians. In their turn they were arrested and martyred for their faith. Cecilia buried them at her villa on the Apprian Way, and was arrested for the action. She was ordered to sacrifice to false gods; when she refused, she was martyred in her turn.

The Acta of Cecilia includes the following: "While the profane music of her wedding was heard, Cecilia was singing in her heart a hymn of love for Jesus, her true spouse." It was this phrase that led to her association with music, singers, musicians, etc.

Died

• martyred in the 3rd century
• suffocated for a while, and when that didn't kill her, she was beheaded
• her grave was discovered in 817, and her body removed to the church of Saint Cecilia in Rome
• the tomb was opened in 1599, and her body found to be incorrupt

Patronage

• Academy of Music, Rome, Italy
• for bodily purity
• composers
• luthiers
• martyrs
• music
• musicians
• musical instrument makers
• poets
• singers
• Albi, France, archdiocese
• Omaha, Nebraska, archdiocese of
• Valleyfield, Québec, diocese of
• Acquasparta, Italy
• Albi, France, city of

Representation

• crown
• musical instruments, especially a lute or organ
• roses

Storefront

medals, pendants, art work

Video

YouTube PlayList

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


Saint Philemon

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First century Christian convert at Colossae, Phrygia, brought to the faith by Saint Paul the Apostle. Married to Saint Apphia. Subject of Paul's canonical Epistle to Philemon in which he asks Philemon to accept back the runaway slave Saint Onesimus, receiving him as a brother Christian; tradition says that he freed the slave. Martyred with Saint Apphia.

Died

stoned to death in the 1st century at Colossae, Phrygia

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


Saint Apphia

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Married to Saint Philemon. Martyr.

Died

stoned to death in the 1st century at Colossae, Phrygia

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


Blessed Salvatore Lilli

Also known as

Salvatore of Cappadocia

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Son of Vincenzo and Annunziata Lilli. Joined the Franciscans in 1870, making his vows on 6 August 1871. Studied at the Franciscan seminary in the Holy Lands. Ordained in Bethlehem on 6 April 1878. Missionary in Jerusalem for two years. Missionary to Marasco, Armenia in 1880. In addition to preaching the faith he built schools, clinics, and homes for the abandoned, and taught modern hygiene and sanitation in the remote villages. Worked endlessly with the sick during a cholera epidemic in 1891. Missionary to Mujuk-Deresa, Armenia in 1894. In 1895 the area was occupied by Islamic Turks who captured Salvatore and several fellow Franciscans. They were tortured and ordered to convert; they all refused. One of the Martyrs of Armenia.

Born

19 June 1853 at Cappadocia, Aquila, Italy

Died

stabbed with a lance on 22 November 1895 near the Zihun River in Mujuk-Dersi, Armenia (in modern Turkey)

Beatified

3 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-salvatore-lilli/


Blessed Tommaso Reggio

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Son of Angela Pareto and the Marquis of Reggio. Tommaso felt a call to the priesthood at age 20; he studied and was ordained on 18 September 1841. Vice-rector of the seminary in Genoa, Italy at age 25. Rector of the seminary in Chiavari, Italy.

Helped found The Catholic Standard, the first Catholic newspaper. In 1865 the Standard and 25 other papers supported slates of Catholic candidates, hoping to found a Catholic political party. However, in 1874 Catholics were told they could not vote, and Father Tommaso closed the paper.

Bishop of Ventimiglia, Italy in 1877; the diocese was so poor, Tommaso had to travel to his parishes on a mule. He opened new parishes, organized three synods and liturgical revival, set up teaching programs. Prayed every night from 3 to 6 a.m., and never let anyone see him worry. Founded the Sisters of Saint Martha in 1878, a congregation devoted to caring for the poor.

Following an earthquake in 1887, he worked with the injured in the rubble, and ordered his priests to use all resources to help the displaced. Founded orphanages at Ventimiglia and San Remo, Italy to house, educate, and train children who had lost their families in the quake.

In 1892 he asked the Pope to relieve him of his duties; instead, on 11 July the Pope appointed him archbishop of Genoa, Italy. The city was politically complex and tense, but his humble, open, pious generosity won over many, and people in and out of the Church came to him with problems. Set up a network to help immigrants, worked for Catholic lay associations, supported limited work hours and complete days off for working people - radical notions in those days. He died while on pilgrimage with a group of other bishops and clergy.

Born

8 January 1818 at Genoa, Italy

Died

• afternoon of 22 November 1901 at Triora, Imperia, Italy of natural causes
• funeral held at the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Genoa, Italy

Beatified

• 3 September 2000 by Pope John Paul II
• the beatification miracle involved the healing of Pabla Valdenegro Romero, a six-year-old girl, of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (polyradiculoneuritis), with albumin-cytological dissociation, ascending paralysis with cranial nerve involvement, quadriplegia, prolonged respiratory failure, two cardiac arrests, subcutaneous emphysema, and other infectious pulmonary complications in Valpariso, Chile, on 10 November 1985

Readings

I want to become a saint, cost what it may, living my life in accordance with the two cornerstones of Christianity: prayer and ascesis. - Blessed Tommaso Reggio at his ordination

"Be doers of the word, and not hearers only" (Jas 1: 22). These words of the Apostle James make us think of the life and apostolate of Tommaso Reggio, a priest and journalist who later became Bishop of Ventimiglia and finally Archbishop of Genoa. He was a man of faith and culture, and as a Pastor he knew how to be an attentive guide to the faithful in every circumstance. Sensitive to the many sufferings and the poverty of his people, he took responsibility for providing prompt help in all situations of need. Precisely with this in mind, he founded the religious family of the Sisters of Saint Martha, entrusting to them the task of assisting the Pastors of the Church especially in the areas of charity and education.

His message can be summed up in two words: truth and charity. Truth, first of all, which means attentive listening to God's word and courageous zeal in defending and spreading the teachings of the Gospel. Then charity, which spurs people to love God and, for love of him, to embrace everyone since they are brothers and sisters in Christ. If there was a preference in Tommaso Reggio's choices, it was for those who found themselves in hardship and suffering. This is why he is presented today as a model for Bishops, priest and lay people, as well as for those who belong to his spiritual family. - from the homily of Pope John Paul II at the beatification of Blessed Tommaso

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-tommaso-reggio/


Saint Amphilochius of Iconium

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Successful 4th-century lawyer who gave up the worldly life to live as a hermit. Bishop of Iconium. Worked with Saint Basil to govern the Church in Cappadocia. Friend of Saint Gregory of Nazianzen who wrote highly of him. Attended the Council of Constantinople in 381. Worked with Saint Jerome. Supported the theological teaching on the Divinity of the Holy Ghost. Opposed Macedonius. Presided over the Council at Sida in Pamphylia.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-amphilochius-of-iconium/


Blessed Francisco Lahoz Moliner

Also known as

Brother Bertrán Francisco

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Baptized at the age of one day. Joined the Brothers of the Christian Schools at Cambrils, Spain on 10 August 1925, making his vows on 2 February 1929. Teacher and catechist of novices. Imprisoned and martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

15 October 1912 in Campos, Teruel, Spain

Died

• 22 November 1936 in Picadero de Paterna, Valencia, Spain
• buried in a common grave in Valencia

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-francisco-lahoz-moliner/


Blessed Julián Torrijo Sánchez

Also known as

Brother Elías Julián

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Baptized at the age of one day. Joined the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Cambrils, Spain on 13 November 1916. Teacher and youth minister at a series of schools beginning in 1920. Imprisoned and martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

17 November 1900 in Torrijo del Campo, Teruel, Spain

Died

22 November 1936 in Picadero de Paterna, Valencia, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-julian-torrijo-sanchez/


Martyrs of Armenia

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A group of eight Franciscans martyred in the region of Mujuk-Dersi, Armenia (modern Turkey) by invading Islamic Turks who tortured them, demanded they convert, and murdered them when they did not. They were

• Baldji Oghlou Ohannes
• David Oghlou David
• Dimbalac Oghlou Wartavar
• Geremia Oghlou Boghos
• Khodianin Oghlou Kadir
• Kouradji Oghlou Tzeroum
• Salvatore Lilli
• Toros Oghlou David

Died

22 November 1895 in Mujuk-Dersi, Armenia (in modern Turkey)

Beatified

3 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-armenia/


Saint Ananias of Arbela

Also known as

• Ananias of Erbel
• Ananio of...

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Imprisoned, tortured and martyred in the persecutions of king Shapur II.

Died

• scourged and left for dead on the side of the road in 345 in Arbela, Persia (in modern Iran)
• found by local Christians and taken home where he he died the next day from his injuries

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ananias-of-arbela-22-november/


Saint Benignus of Milan

Also known as

Benigno

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Educated in Rome, Italy. Archbishop of Milan, Italy c.470, serving during a period of barbarian invasion.

Died

c.477 in Milan, Italy of natural causes

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


Saint Christian of Auxerre

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Bishop of Auxerre, France.

Died

c.873

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


Saint Deyniolen the Younger

Also known as

Daniel, Dayniol, Deiniol, Deyniolin

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Abbot in Bangor Abbey in Wales.

Died

621

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-deyniolen-the-younger/


Blessed Ferran Llovera Pulgsech

Also known as

Father Ferran Maria

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Carmelites of the Ancient Observance priest. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

19 March 1902 in Orfans, Girona, Spain

Died

22 November 1936 in Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

28 October 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ferran-llovera-pulgsech/


Saint Mark of Antioch

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Martyr.

Died

Antioch, Pisidia (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-mark-of-antioch-22-november/


Saint Maurus of North Africa

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Raised in a Christian family in North Africa. Immigrant to Rome, Italy. Martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Numerian.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maurus-of-north-africa/


Saint Pedro Esqueda Ramírez

Additional Memorial

21 May as one of the Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution

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Priest in the archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico. Martyr.

Born

29 April 1887 in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico

Died

shot on 22 November 1927 in Teocaltitán, Jalisco, Mexico

Beatified

22 November 1992 by Pope John Paul II

Canonized

21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pedro-esqueda-ramirez/


Saint Pragmatius of Autun

Also known as

Prammazio, Pragmazio

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Bishop of Autun, France.

Died

c.520

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pragmatius-of-autun/


Saint Sabinian the Abbot

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Abbot of Moutier-Saint-Chaffre in the Diocese of Le Puy, France.

Died

c.720

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sabinian-the-abbot/


Saint Stephen of Antioch

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Martyr.

Died

Antioch, Pisidia (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-stephen-of-antioch-22-november/


Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

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85 English, Scottish and Welsh Catholics who were martyred during the persecutions by Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries. They are commemorated together on 22 November.

• Blessed Alexander Blake • Blessed Alexander Crow • Blessed Antony Page • Blessed Arthur Bell • Blessed Charles Meehan • Blessed Christopher Robinson • Blessed Christopher Wharton • Blessed Edmund Duke • Blessed Edmund Sykes • Blessed Edward Bamber • Blessed Edward Burden • Blessed Edward Osbaldeston • Blessed Edward Thwing • Blessed Francis Ingleby • Blessed George Beesley • Blessed George Douglas • Blessed George Errington • Blessed George Haydock • Blessed George Nichols • Blessed Henry Heath • Blessed Henry Webley • Blessed Hugh Taylor • Blessed Humphrey Pritchard • Blessed John Adams • Blessed John Bretton • Blessed John Fingley • Blessed John Hambley • Blessed John Hogg • Blessed John Lowe • Blessed John Norton • Blessed John Sandys • Blessed John Sugar • Blessed John Talbot • Blessed John Thules • Blessed John Woodcock • Blessed Joseph Lambton • Blessed Marmaduke Bowes • Blessed Matthew Flathers • Blessed Montfort Scott • Blessed Nicholas Garlick • Blessed Nicholas Horner • Blessed Nicholas Postgate • Blessed Nicholas Woodfen • Blessed Peter Snow • Blessed Ralph Grimston • Blessed Richard Flower • Blessed Richard Hill • Blessed Richard Holiday • Blessed Richard Sergeant • Blessed Richard Simpson • Blessed Richard Yaxley • Blessed Robert Bickerdike • Blessed Robert Dibdale • Blessed Robert Drury • Blessed Robert Grissold • Blessed Robert Hardesty • Blessed Robert Ludlam • Blessed Robert Middleton • Blessed Robert Nutter • Blessed Robert Sutton • Blessed Robert Sutton • Blessed Robert Thorpe • Blessed Roger Cadwallador • Blessed Roger Filcock • Blessed Roger Wrenno • Blessed Stephen Rowsham • Blessed Thomas Atkinson • Blessed Thomas Belson • Blessed Thomas Bullaker • Blessed Thomas Hunt • Blessed Thomas Palaser • Blessed Thomas Pilcher • Blessed Thomas Pormort • Blessed Thomas Sprott • Blessed Thomas Watkinson • Blessed Thomas Whitaker • Blessed Thurstan Hunt • Blessed William Carter • Blessed William Davies • Blessed William Gibson • Blessed William Knight • Blessed William Lampley • Blessed William Pike • Blessed William Southerne • Blessed William Spenser • Blessed William Thomson •

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-england-scotland-and-wales/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Apostles of Bulgaria
• Martyrs of Forli
• Agabbas of Syria
• Celynin ap Helig
• Eugenia of Matera
• Joan of Montefalco
• Michele Puig


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