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Saint Rose of Lima

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Born to Spanish immigrants to the New World. A beautiful girl and devoted daughter, she was so devoted to her vow of chastity that she used pepper and lye to ruin her complexion so she would not be attractive. Lived and meditated in a garden, raising vegetables and making embroidered items to sell to support her family and help the other poor. Dominican tertiary in 1606. Mystic. Visonary. Received invisible stigmata. Suffered from assorted physical and mental ailments. First saint born in the Americas. Founder of social work in Peru. Great devotion to Saint Catherine of Siena.

Born

20 April 1586 at Lima, Peru as Isabel

Died

24 August 1617 at Lima, Peru of natural causes

Beatified

15 April 1668 by Pope Clement IX

Canonized

2 April 1671 by Pope Clement X

Patronage

• against vanity
• embroiderers
• florists
• gardeners
• needle workers
• people ridiculed for their piety
• Americas
• Central America
• India
• Latin America
• Lima, Peru
• New World
• Peru
• Philippines
• Santa Rosa, California, diocese of
• South America
• Villareal Samar, Philippines
• West Indies
• World Youth Day 2011

Representation

• anchor (noted for being steadfast in hope and courage in spite of great sufferings)
• city
• crown of flowers
• crown of roses
• Dominican tertiary accompanied by the Holy Infant
• Dominican tertiary holding roses
• Holy Infant
• roses

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

Lord, increase my sufferings, and with them increase Your love in my heart. - Saint Rose of Lima

Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven. - Saint Rose of Lima

Our Lord and Savior lifted up his voice and said with incomparable majesty: "Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation. Let them know that without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. Let them know that the gifts of grace increase as the struggles increase. Let men take care not to stray and be deceived. This is the only true stairway to paradise, and without the cross they can find no road to climb to heaven." When I heard these words, a strong force came upon me and seemd to place me in the middle of a street, so that I might say in a loud voice to people of every age, sex and status: "Hear, O people; hear, O nations. I am warning you about the commandment of Christ by using words that came from his own lips: We cannot obtain grace unless we suffer afflictions. We must heap trouble upon trouble to attain a deep participation in the divine nature, the glory of the sons of God and perfect happiness of soul." "If only mortals would learn how great it is to possess divine grace, how beautiful, how noble, how precious. How many riches it hides within itself, how many joys and delights! No one would complain about his cross or about troubles that may happen to him, if he would come to know the scales on which they are weighed when they are distributed to men." - from the writings of Saint Rose of Lima

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rose-of-lima/


Saint Philip Benizi

Also known as

• Felipe Benicio
• Filip Benizi
• Philip Benitius

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Born to the Italian nobility. Brilliant student. Studied medicine at Paris, France, and Padua, Italy, receiving his doctorates in medicine and philosophy by age 19. Practiced medicine for about a year, but following a vision of the Virgin Mary, he quit to join the Servites as a lay brother at Monte Senario in 1254. Ordained at Siena, Italy in 1258. Tried to hide his education so he could remain a simple member of the Order, but he was persuaded to use his gifts and background to further the Servite mission. Novice master at Siena in 1262.

Sent to Forli, Italy to resolve a conflict between the papacy and the emperor, he was heckled and then physically attacked while preaching. Philip turned the other cheek. Father Philip's non-violent ways caused a converion in Peregrine Laziosi who later became a Servite saint.

Superior of several Servite friaries. Elected prior-general of the order on 5 June 1267, much against his protests. Attended the Council of Lyons. Codified the Servite rules, and defended against attempts to disband it in the wake of the Second Council of Lyons which put restrictions on mendicant orders. Worked to bring peace to the Guelphs and Ghibellines in 1279. He was considered a candidate for the papacy at one point; when he heard the rumor, he went into hiding on Mount Tuniato until Pope Saint Gregory X was chosen. Worked with Blessed Andrew Dotti. Helped Saint Juliana of Cornillon found the Servite third order. Dispatched the first Servite missionaries to the East in 1284. Lived his last few months in retirement in a Servite house in Todi, Italy.

Miracle worker and healer. He once met a leper on the road, and gave the man his cloak; the leprosy was instantly cured.

Born

15 August (Feast of the Assumption) 1233 at district of Oltrarno, Florence, Italy

Died

• 22 August (Octave of the Assumption) 1285 at Todi, Italy
• buried in Todi

Beatified

8 October 1645 by Pope Innocent X

Canonized

• 12 April 1671 by Pope Clement X
• first Servite to be canonized

Patronage

Sergio Osmena, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-philip-benizi/


Blessed Giacomo Bianconi of Mevania

Also known as

• Giacomo Bianconi da Bevagna
• James Bianconi
• James of Bevagna
• Jacobus de Blanconibus de Mevania

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Joined the Dominicans at Spoleto, Italy at age 16 in 1236, choosing a life of extreme poverty even by Dominican standards. Founder and first prior of a Dominican friary in Mevania, Italy. Aided survivors and refugees in Mevania after it was sacked by emporer Frederick II in 1248. Helped quash the return of the Nicholaites anti-montanist heresy in Umbria, Italy. Reputed miracle worker.

Born

7 March 1220 at Mevania (modern Bevagna), diocese of Spoleto, Umbria, Italy as Giacomo Bianconi

Died

22 August 1301 at Mevania, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

• 1400 by Pope Boniface IX (cultus confirmed)
• 18 May 1672 by Pope Clement X (cultus confirmed)

Readings

Merciful God, the sure hope of eternal salvation, you gave Blessed James courage. Show the same mercy to us that being washed in the blood of our Redeemer we may be counted among the sheep at your right hand for ever. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. - General Calendar of the Order of Preachers

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-giacomo-bianconi-of-mevania/


Saint Éoghan of Ardstraw

Also known as

Eugene, Eugenius, Euny, Owen, Tir Eoghain, Tyrone

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As a boy he was captured and enslaved by pirates, first to Britain, then to Brittany. Friend of Saint Tighernach. As an adult he escaped from the pirates, returned to Ireland, and became a monk. Abbot of Kilnamanagh Abbey, County Wicklow for 15 years. Retired to live as a hermit in the the Mourne valley, County Tyrone c.576; his piety attrached many would-be students. Spiritual teacher of Saint Kevin of Glendalough. First bishop of Ardstraw, Ireland c.581. He was considered its patron from the beginning; the see was moved to Derry in 1254, and Eoghan continued as a patron.

Born

6th century in Leinster, Ireland

Died

c.618 of natural causes

Patronage

diocese of Derry, Ireland

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


Blessed Jean Bourdon

Also known as

Protais of Séez

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Franciscan Capuchin priest. 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

3 April 1747 in Séez, Orne, France

Died

23 August 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-jean-bourdon/


Blessed Franciszek Dachtera

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Priest in the archdiocese of Gniezno, Poland. Tortured and martyred in the Nazi persecutions.

Born

22 September 1910 in Salno, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland

Died

23 August 1944 in Dachau, Oberbayern, Germany

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-franciszek-dachtera/


Saint Tydfil

Also known as

Tudful

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Born a princess, the daughter of Saint Brychan of Brecknock in Wales. Killed by pagan Saxons.

Born

5th century Wales

Died

• murdered c.480
• buried at Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

Patronage

Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

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


Saint Victor of Vita

Saint Victor of Vita

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Sixth century bishop in North Africa near modern Tunis, Tunisia. Exiled to Sardinia by Arian heretics. His writings on the persecutions by the Arian Vandals has survived.

Born

Carthage, North Africa

Died

c.535 on Sardinia, Italy of natural causes

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


Saint Apollinaris of Rheims

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Jailer in Rheims, France. A spectator at the martyrdom of Saint Timothy, Apollinaris was so moved by the Timothy's courage and faith that he converted. Martyr.

Died

beheaded c.290 at Rheims, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-apollinaris-of-rheims/


Saint Lupo of Novi

Also known as

Luppo

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Martyr.

Died

stabbed with a sword in Novi (Cezava), Moesia Inferior (in modern Bulgaria)

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


Saint Flavian of Autun

Also known as

Flavinian, Flavius

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Seventh-century bishop of Autun, France.

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


Saint Theonilla of Aegea

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Pious Christian woman martyred in the persecutions of Pro-consul Lysias.

Died

drowned in 285 at Aegea, Cilicia (in Asia Minor)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theonilla-of-aegea/


Saint Domnina of Aegea

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Pious Christian woman martyred in the persecutions of Pro-consul Lysias.

Died

drowned in 285 at Aegea, Cilicia (in Asia Minor)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-domnina-of-aegea/


Saint Archelaus of Ostia

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Deacon. One of a group martyred in the persecutions of Alexander Severus.

Died

c.235

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-archelaus-of-ostia/


Saint Quiriacus of Ostia

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Bishop. One of a group martyred in the persecutions of Alexander Severus.

Died

c.235

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-quiriacus-of-ostia/


Saint Maximus of Ostia

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Priest. One of a group martyred in the persecutions of Alexander Severus.

Died

c.235

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maximus-of-ostia/


Saint Abbondius of Rome

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Martyr.

Died

cemetery of Saint Lawrence, Via Tiburtina, Rome, Italy

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


Saint Altigianus

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Benedictine monk martyred by Saracens.

Died

731 at Saint-Seine, diocese of Langres, France

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


Saint Ireneus of Rome

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Martyr.

Died

cemetery of Saint Lawrence, Via Tiburtina, Rome, Italy

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


Saint Hilarinus

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Benedictine monk martyred by Saracens.

Died

731 at Saint-Seine, diocese of Langres, France

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


Saint Minervius of Lyons

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Martyr.

Died

3rd century in Lyons, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-minervius-of-lyons/


Saint Eleazar of Lyons

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Martyr.

Died

3rd century in Lyons, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eleazar-of-lyons/


Saint Luppus

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Christian slave. Martyr, date and location unknown.

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


Martyrs of Agea

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A group of Christian brothers, Asterius, Claudius and Neon, denounced by their step-mother who were then tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Pro-consul Lysias.

Died

• crucified in 285 outside the walls of Aegea, Cilicia (in Asia Minor)
• bodies left scavengers

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-asterius-of-aegea/
http://catholicsaints.info/saint-claudius-of-aegea/
http://catholicsaints.info/saint-neon-of-aegea/


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 Constantino Carbonell Sempere
Blessed Estanislau Sans Hortoneda
Blessed Florentín Pérez Romero
Blessed José Polo Benito
Blessed Lorenzo Ilarregui Goñi
Blessed Manuela Justa Fernández Ibero
Blessed Mariano García Méndez
Blessed Nicolás Alberich Lluch
Blessed Pere Gelabert Amer
Blessed Petra María Victoria Quintana Argos
Blessed Ramón Grimaltos Monllor
Blessed Urbano Gil Sáez
Blessed Vicente Alberich Lluch


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Anthony of Gerace
• Anthony the Ethiopian
• Ferdinand of Cardona
• Zaccheus of Jerusalem


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