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Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

Saint María Micaela of the Blessed Sacrament

Also known as

• Micaela Desmaisières López de Dicastillo
• Maria Micaela Desmaisieres
• Maria Michela Desmaisières of the Blessed Sacrament
• María de la Soledad, Micaela, Agustina, Antonia, Bibiana, Desmaissières y López de Dicastillo, Vizcondesa de Jorbalán

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The daughter of Miguel Desmaisières y Flores, a high-ranking officer in the Spanish army, and Bernarda López de Dicastillo y Olmeda, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Maria Luisa de Parma of Spain; her mother was known for her charity to the sick and poor. Her mother died when Micaela was a young girl; her brother Diego was a Spanish ambassador, she often travelled with him, and thus she grew up in the circles of the Spanish and French nobility, the courts of the kings of Spain, France and Belgium. She was educated by Uruslines, and served as catechist to younger children. She received the title of Viscountess of Jorbalán. But even in the whirl of worldly life, she felt a pull to religious life, refused all the many offers of marriage, and spent much time in Eucharistic Adoration.

On 6 February 1844 she had experience that help her choose her final vocation. At the Saint John of God Hospital in Madrid, Spain, she met a girl, the daughter of a banker, who had been briefly drawn into prostitution; she had became an outcast and faced a life of poverty. Micaela used her social connections to get the funds to establish a home for women of any station in life who had fallen into prostitution as their only way to survive. More than just a shelter, the women received religious and secular educations. There were so many in need of help that Micaela was soon overwhelmed, and on 1 March 1856 officially founded the an order of sisters, the Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity, to work with the women. Saint Anthony Mary Claret became her confessor in 1857. The Handmaids were approved by Pope Pius IX in 1860. Micaela served as their leader until she contracted a fatal bout of cholera while caring for sick women, including many of her Handmaid sisters.

Born

1 January 1809 in Madrid, Spain

Died

24 August 1865 in Valencia, Spain of cholera

Canonized

4 March 1934 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maria-micaela-of-the-blessed-sacrament/


Saint Bartholomew the Apostle

Also known as

Bartolomé, Bartolomeo, Nathanael bar Tolomai

Additional Memorial

11 June (Orthodox calendar)

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One of the Twelves Apostles. Probably a close friend of Saint Philip; Bartholomew's name is always mentioned in the Gospels in connection with Philip, and it was Philip who brought Bartholomew to Jesus. May have written a gospel, now lost; it is mentioned in other writings of the time. May have preached in Asia Minor, Ethiopia, India and Armenia; some one did, leaving behind assorted writings, and local tradition says it was Bartholomew. Martyr.

Born

Galilee

Died

• flayed alive at Albanopolis, Armenia
• relics at Saint Bartholomew-on-the-Tiber Church, Rome, Italy, and in the cathedral in Canterbury, England

Patronage

• against nervous diseases
• against neurological diseases
• against twitching
• bookbinders
• butchers
• cobblers
• Florentine cheese merchants
• Florentine salt merchants
• leather workers
• plasterers
• shoemakers
• tanners
• trappers
• whiteners
• Armenia
• 16 cities in various countries

Representation

• cross
• elderly man holding a tanner's knife and a human skin
• tanner's knife
• bright red (skinless) man holding his own skin

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bartholomew-the-apostle/


Saint Ouen of Rouen

Also known as

Aldwin, Audaenus, Audeon, Audoeno, Audoen, Audoenus, Audoin, Dado, Dadon, Owen

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Son of Aiga Saint Authaire of La-Ferté. Acquainted with Saint Columbanus, Saint Faro of Meaux, and Saint Aile. Educated at Saint Medard abbey. Served in the courts of King Clotaire II, King Dagobert I, and King Clovis II. Chancellor to Dagobert and Clovis. Friend of Saint Wandrille, Saint Romanus of Rouen, Saint Didier, and Saint Sulpicius Pius; teacher of Saint Philibert of Jumièges. Though a layman, he founded a monastery at Rebaisin the forest of Brie in 636 on land donated by Dagobert; he wanted to retire to it, but Dagobert would not relieve him on his responsibilities. Priest. Archbishop of Rouen, France in 641. Convoked the Synod of Chalons in 644 to fight against simony, a battle he had started as a layman. Friend, confrere, and biographer of Saint Eligius. Advisor to Queen Saint Bathild. Brokered a peace between Neustria and Austrasia for King Thierry III. Known for his personal austerities and support of many charities, he founded several monasteries in his diocese, and sent missionaries to the pagans in his see.

Born

c.605 at Sancy, Soissons, France

Died

• 24 August 684 at Clichy, France of natural causes
• buried at Saint Ouen's cathedral, Rouen, France
• relics reported to heal deafness

Patronage

• against deafness
• deaf people

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ouen-of-rouen/


Blessed Miroslav Bulesic

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Studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, but recalled to Croatia at the start of World War II. Priest in the diocese of Porec i Pula, Croatia, ordained in April 1943. Assigned to Baderna, the scene of armed conflict between Communist and Fascist forces. Parish priest in Kanfanar in 1945. Secretary of the local priests's association. Outspoken opponent of the abuses of local people by Communist forces. Martyr.

Born

13 May 1920 in Cabrunici, Svetvincenat, Istarska, Croatia

Died

stabbed in the neck on 24 August 1947 in Lanisce, Istarska, Croatia by a group of Communist sympathizers

Beatified

• 28 September 2013 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Amato

Readings

All hate crimes are an abomination against religion, but the circumstances of the murder of Father Miroslav Bulesic were particularly loathsome. Human wickedness was vented on a helpless priest, and the wolf tore the lamb apart. Hatred extinguished a human life, which is always precious but was twice as priceless this time as the life of a good man. - Cardinal Angelo Amato at the beatification celebration for Blessed Miroslav

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-miroslav-bulesic/


Saint Eutychius of Troas

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Spiritual student of Saint Paul the Apostle. May have been the young man raised from the dead by Paul at Troas in Acts 20. Worked with Saint John the Evangelist on Patmos. Imprisoned and tortured for his faith, but he avoided martyrdom.

Born

1st century Phrygia

Readings

On the first day of the week when we gathered to break bread, Paul spoke to them because he was going to leave on the next day, and he kept on speaking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were gathered, and a young man named Eutychus who was sitting on the window sill was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. Once overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and when he was picked up, he was dead. Paul went down, threw himself upon him, and said as he embraced him, "Don't be alarmed; there is life in him." Then he returned upstairs, broke the bread, and ate; after a long conversation that lasted until daybreak, he departed. And they took the boy away alive and were immeasurably comforted. - Acts 20:7-12

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eutychius-of-troas/


Blessed Edward Kazmierski

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II

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Son of a poor cobbler in the archdiocese of Poznan, Poland. He managed to finish elementary school, but had to leave to work to help the family. A pious boy, he joined the Salesian youth oratory and spent his free time there in Eucharistic adoration, singing in the choir and as a soloist, and writing music. Made the pilgrimage to Czestokowa, walking over 300 miles to the shrine. Martyred in the Nazi persecutions of World War II.

Born

1 October 1919 Poznan, Wielkopolskie, Poland

Died

guillotined on 24 August 1942 in Dresden, Germany

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw, Poland

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


Blessed Jarogniew Wojciechowski

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II

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Young layman in the archdiocese of Poznan, Poland, the son of an alcoholic manager of a cosmetics shop who eventually abandoned the family. Jarogniew found the Saleisan oratory and it became a second home. Played piano. He became a pious young man who thought deeply, worked for a thorough understanding of events, and became a natural leader. Martyred in the Nazi persecutions of World War II.

Born

5 November 1922 Poznan, Wielkopolskie, Poland

Died

guillotined on 24 August 1942 in Dresden, Germany

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw, Poland

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jarogniew-wojciechowski/


Blessed Franciszek Kesy

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II

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Young layman in the archdiocese of Poznan, Poland, the son of a carpenter who moved to Poznan for work. Franciszek planned to enter the Salesian novitiate, but the German invasion of Poland in 1939 intervened. He worked in a factory, spent his free time at the Salesian oratory, went to Mass every morning, prayed a rosary every night, helped anyone in any way that he could, and was martyred in the Nazi persecutions.

Born

13 November 1920 in Berlin, Germany

Died

guillotined on 24 August 1942 in Dresden, Germany

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw, Poland

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


Blessed Edward Klinik

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II

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Young layman in the archdiocese of Poznan, Poland; his sister became an Ursuline nun. Educated by Salesians in Oswiecim, Poland. Construction worker. A serious and mature young man, he had a great devotion to Eucharistic adoration and the teachings of Saint John Bosco. Martyred in the Nazi persecutions of World War II.

Born

21 July 1919 in Bochum, Wielkopolskie, Poland

Died

guillotined on 24 August 1942 in Dresden, Germany

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw, Poland

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


Blessed Czeslaw Jozwiak

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II

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Son of a police officer in the archdiocese of Poznan, Poland, Czeslaw was educated by the Salesians. Member of the Salesian youth oratory. When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, he was forced to leave school and found work in a cosmetics shop. Martyred in the Nazi persecutions.

Born

7 September 1919 in Lazyn, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland

Died

guillotined on 24 August 1942 in Dresden, Germany

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw, Poland

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-czeslaw-jozwiak/


Blessed Félix González Tejedor

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Joined the Salesians at Carabanchel Alto, Madrid, Spain, making his vows on 13 September 1907. Priest, ordained in Campello, Spain on 18 July 1915. Arrested with his entire community on 20 July 1936. Released, he immediately resumed his ministry, which led to his re-arrest. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

17 April 1888 in Ledesma, Salamanca, Spain

Died

shot on 24 August 1936 in Madrid, Spain

Beatified

28 October 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-felix-gonzalez-tejedor/


Blessed André Fardeau

Additional Memorial

2 January as one of the Martyrs of Anjou

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Priest of the diocese of Angers, France. Martyred in the persecutions of the French Revolution for refusing to take the oath of allegience to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, which would have put his vocation under government control.

Born

19 November 1761 in Soucelles, Maine-et-Loire, France

Died

beheaded on 24 August 1794 at Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France

Beatified

19 February 1984 by Pope John Paul II at Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-andre-fardeau/


Saint George Limniotes

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Hermit at Mount Olympus, Bithynia, Asia Minor. Martyred at age 95 under Leo the Isaurian for opposing the iconoclasts.

Born

c.635

Died

mutilated and burned to death c.730

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-george-limniotes/


Saint Irchard

Also known as

• Apostle of the Picts
• Erthad, Merchard, Yarcard, Yrchard

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Seventh century spiritual student of Saint Ternan of Culross. Bishop, consecrated in Rome, Italy by Pope Gregory the Great.

Born

at Kincardineshire, Scotland

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


Saint Ptolemy of Nepi

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Tradition says he was a spiritual student of Saint Peter the Apostle. Bishop of Nepi, Italy. Spiritual teacher of Saint Romanus of Nepi. Martyr.

Died

martyred in the 1st century in Nepi, Italy

Patronage

Nepi, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ptolemy-of-nepi/


Blessed Antonio de Blanes

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Mercedarian who freed 208 Christians who had been enslaved in northern Africa by Muslims.

Died

1415

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-antonio-de-blanes/


Saint Sandratus

Also known as

Sandradus

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Monk in Trier, Germany. Sent by Emperor Otto I to restore the monastery of Saint Gall in 972. Abbot of Gladbach Abbey. Abbot of Weissenburg Abbey in 981.

Died

986

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


Saint Romanus of Nepi

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Spiritual student of Saint Ptolemy of Nepi. Bishop of Nepi, Italy. Martyr.

Died

martyred in the 1st century in Nepi, Italy

Patronage

Nepi, Italy

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


Saint Taziano of Claudiopolis

Also known as

Tatian, Tatio, Tazione

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Martyr.

Died

Claudiopolis, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-taziano-of-claudiopolis/


Saint Agofridus of Lacroix

Also known as

Agofroi

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Brother of Saint Leofridus. Benedictine monk. Abbot of Lacroix Abbey in Normandy, France in 738.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agofridus-of-lacroix/


Saint Patrick the Elder

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Bishop in Ireland.

Died

• c.450 of natural causes
• relics later enshrined at Glastonbury, England

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-patrick-the-elder/


Saint Abban

Profile

No information has survived.

Born

Irish

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-abban-24-august/


Saint Abyce

Also known as

Abycia

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Nun in England. Prioress.

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


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 Fortunato Velasco Tobar
Blessed Isidre Torres Balsells
Blessed Rigoberto Aquilino de Anta Barrio


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Maria Encarnaciòn Rosal
• Maria Michela Desmaisières of the Blessed Sacrament


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