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Optional Memorial of Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

Saint Anthony Mary Claret

Also known as

Antonio María Claret y Clará

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Worked as a weaver in his youth. Seminary student with Saint Francisco Coll Guitart. Ordained on 13 June 1835. Missionary in Catalonia and the Canary Islands. Directed retreats. Founded the Congregation of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians). Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba on 20 May 1850. Founded the Teaching Sisters of Mary Immaculate. Following his work in the Caribbean, Blessed Pope Pius IX ordered Anthony back to Spain. Confessor to Queen Isabella II, and was exiled with her. Had the gifts of prophecy and miracles. Reported to have preached 10,000 sermons, published 200 works. Spread devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Born

23 December 1807 at Sallent, Catalonia, Spain

Died

24 October 1870 in a Cistercian monastery at Fontfroide, Narbonne, France

Canonized

7 May 1950 by Pope Pius XII

Patronage

• Catholic press
• Claretians
• Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
• weavers

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medals and pendants

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Readings

Driven by the fire of the Holy Spirit, the holy apostles traveled throughout the earth. Inflamed with the same fire, apostolic missionaries have reached, are now reaching, and will continue to reach the ends of the earth, from one pole to the other, in order to proclaim the word of God. They are deservedly able to apply to themselves those words of the apostle Paul: "The love of Christ drives us on." The love of Christ arouses us, urges us to run, and to fly, lifted on the wings of holy zeal. The zealous man desires and achieve all great things and he labors strenuously so that God may always be better known, loved and served in this world and in the life to come, for this holy love is without end. Because he is concerned also for his neighbor, the man of zeal works to fulfill his desire that all men be content on this earth and happy and blessed in their heavenly homeland, that all may be saved, and that no one may perish for ever, or offend God, or remain even for a moment in sin. Such are the concerns we observe in the holy apostles and in all who are driven by the apostolic spirit. For myself, I say this to you: The man who burns with the fire of divine love is a son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and wherever he goes, he enkindles that flame; he deserves and works with all this strength to inflame all men with the fire of God's love. Nothing deters him: he rejoices in poverty; he labors strenuously; he welcomes hardships; he laughs off false accusations; he rejoices in anguish. He thinks only of how he might follow Jesus Christ and imitate him by his prayers, his labors, his sufferings, and by caring always and only for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. - from a work by Saint Anthony Mary Claret

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anthony-mary-claret/


Saint Luigi Guanella

Also known as

• Aloisius Guanella
• Aloysius Guanella
• Don Luigi
• Louis Guanella
• Ludovicus Guanella

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Ninth of thirteen children born to Lawrence and Maria Guanella, a poor but pious family. Luigi entered seminary at age twelve, and was ordained on 26 May 1866. He worked with Saint John Bosco from 1875 to 1878 to care for homeless children. Youth director in Turin, Italy. Parish priest in Traona, Itay, where he opened a school for the poor; local anti-Catholic Masons forced its closure in 1881.

Parish priest in Pianello del Lario, Italy in 1881 where he founded an orphanage and nursing home. In 1886 the need had outgrown the facility, and Father Luigi moved the home to a larger building which he called the Little House of Divine Providence. There he founded the Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence to minister to the residents; the congregation received papal approval in 1917, and today has over 1,200 sisters working in over 100 homes. In 1908 Luigi founded a men's congregation, the Servants of Charity (Guanellians) which received papal approval in 1928 and 1935, and today has over 500 brothers in over 50 houses.

Father Luigi never bothered to retire, continuing to write meditations and inspirational works, and mininster to those in need. Friend and advisor to Blessed Andrea Carlo Ferrari and Pope Saint Pius X. He reclaimed marsh land in the Sondrio region, and built an institute for the handicapped. He worked in the United States with Italian immigrants in 1912. In 1913 he founded the Confraternity of Saint Joseph whose mission is to pray for the dying, and which today has 10 million members. In 1915, just months before his death, Luigi went into the fields to minister to those who had been harmed by a series of earthquakes in the region.

Born

9 December 1842 in Fraciscio di Campodolcino, Sondrio, diocese of Como, Italy

Died

24 October 1915 in Como, Italy of complications from a stroke he suffered on 27 September 1915

Canonized

23 October 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI

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Readings

O my Jesus, draw me entirely to you. Draw me with all the love of my heart. If I knew that one fiber of my heart did not palpitate for you, I would tear it out at any cost. But I know that I could not speak without your help. Draw me, O my Jesus, draw me completely. I know it well, my heart cannot rest until it rests in your heart. - Saint Luigi

There is need of living well, but there is even more need of dying well. A good death is everything, especially today where people think only of things and enjoyment here on earth, rejecting eternity. - Saint Luigi

We may never make the church into a hallway, or a courtyard or highway, or a public square. - Saint Luigi

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-luigi-guanella/


Saint Martin of Vertou

Also known as

Apostle of the Herbauges

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Born wealthy, to a family well-known in his region. Ordained a deacon by Saint Felix. Noted for his lack of skill as a preacher. Hermit in the Dumen forest at Brittany. There his obvious sanctity attracted so many followers that he was forced found Vertou abbey near Nantes, France and serve as its first abbot; legend says he was led to the site of the monastery by an angel. Later founded Saint Jouin-de-Marne abbey, the convent at Durieu, and assisted in the founding of other houses. Reported miracle worker.

Born

527 at Nantes, France

Died

601 at Durieu, France of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-martin-of-vertou/


Saint Proclus of Constantinople

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Lector while still a student. Secretary to and spiritual student of Saint John Chrysostom. Priest. Archbishop of Cyzicus, by the people of that city saw him as being under the control of Constantinople, and refused to accept him. Noted preacher in Constantinople. When Nestorius was chosen patriarch of Constantinople and began openly spreading the teachings that became known as the Nestorian heresy, Proclus continued to preach orthodox Christianity. Archbishop of Constantinople in 434. Friend and frequent correspondent with Saint Cyril of Alexandria. The Armenian bishops turned to him for analysis of the writings of other leaders. Noted for his forgiveness of heretics who wished to return to the Church, but his defense of and insistence on adherance to the true teachings of the Church. Many of his letters, sermons and teachings have survived. Hands-on leader of his clergy and minister to his flock following a destructive earthquake in early 447 that led many to live in open fields for fear of collapsing buildings; legend says that he led the people in prayers that stopped the quakes.

Born

Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey)

Died

24 October 447 in the area of modern Turkey of natural causes

Readings

A man full of piety, perfectly skilled in ecclesiastical discipline, and a strict observer of the canons. - Saint Cyril of Alexandria on Saint Proclus

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-proclus-of-constantinople/


Blessed Giuseppe Baldo

Also known as

Joseph Baldo

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Sixth of nine children. Priest in the archdiocese of Verona, Italy. Founded the Sisters of Charity of Saint Mary in 1882. Founded the Little Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1894.

Born

19 February 1843 in Puegnago, Brescia, Italy

Died

24 October 1915 in Ronco all'Adige, Verona, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

31 October 1989 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-giuseppe-baldo/


Saint Maglorius of Wales

Also known as

Magloire, Maelor, Maglorio

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Monk. Went to Brittany with Saint Samson of York. Abbot of Lammeur Abbey. Bishop of Dol, France. Built and retired to a monastery on Sark in the Channel Islands.

Born

southern Wales

Died

c.575

Patronage

Sark

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maglorius-of-wales/


Saint Senoch

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Son of pagan parents. Convert to Christianity. Hermit whose wisdom and piety attracted would-be students for whom he founded a monastic community. Benedictine monk. Abbot. Friend of Saint Gregory of Tours who was forced to publicly chastise Senoch for paying more attention to his own spiritual practices than the running of his house or the spiritual growth of his monks.

Born

Poitou, Gaul (in modern France)

Died

576

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


Blessed Amado García Sánchez

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Vincentian priest. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

29 April 1903 in Moscardón, Teruel, Spain

Died

24 October 1936 in Gijón, Asturias, Spain

Beatified

13 October 2013 by Pope Francis

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-amado-garcia-sanchez/


Saint Audactus of Thibiuca

Also known as

Adauctus

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

303

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-audactus-of-thibiuca/


Saint Cadfarch

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Sixth-century spiritual student of Saint Iltyd. Founded churches in Penegoes and Abererch in Wales.

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


Saint Ciriacus of Hierapolis

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Martyr.

Died

Hierapolis, Phrygia (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ciriacus-of-hierapolis/


Saint Claudian of Hierapolis

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Martyr.

Died

Hierapolis, Phrygia (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-claudian-of-hierapolis/


Saint Evergislus of Cologne

Also known as

Ebregesilus, Ebregisilo, Evergisio, Evergisius, Evergislo

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Fifth-century bishop of Cologne, Germany. Murdered by heathen robbers. Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-evergislus-of-cologne/


Saint Felix of Thibiuca

Also known as

Felix Africanus

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Bishop of Thibiuca in North Africa. Martyred in the persecutions of Diolcetian for refusing to surrender sacred books for destruction.

Died

303

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-felix-of-thibiuca/


Saint Fortunatus of Thibiuca

Also known as

Fortunato

Additional Memorial

4 May (translation of relics)

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian when he refused to give up copies of scripture for destruction.

Died

• beheaded on 24 October 303 in Venosa, Italy
• relics enshrined in the church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Bari, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fortunatus-of-thibiuca/


Saint Fromundus of Coutances

Also known as

Fromondo, Fromundo

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Monk. Abbot. Bishop of Coutances, France.

Died

c.690

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fromundus-of-coutances/


Saint Giuse Lê Dang Thi

Also known as

Joseph Thi

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Layman. Soldier. Captain in the army of King Tu-duc. Convert. Martyr.

Born

c.1825 in Ke Van, Quang Tri, Vietnam

Died

strangled to death on 25 October 1860 at An Hòa, Quang Nam, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-giuse-le-dang-thi/


Saint Januarius of Thibiuca

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

303

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-januarius-of-thibiuca/


Saint Marcius of Monte Cassino

Also known as

Mark, Martin

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Hermit at Monte Cassino Abbey. Hermit in a a on Mount Massicus.

Died

c.679 in Mondragone, Italy of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marcius-of-monte-cassino/


Saint Senócus of Tours

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Priest at Tours, Neustria (in modern France) who based his ministry in the ruins of an ancient monastery. Noted for his personal piety and devotions, and his ministry to slaves.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-senocus-of-tours/


Saint Septimus of Thibiuca

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

303

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-septimus-of-thibiuca/


Martyrs of Ephesus

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Three Christians martyred together. All we know about them are the names Mark, Sotericus and Valentina.

Died

• stoned to death near Ephesus, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey)
• relics enshrined on the island of Tasos

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-ephesus-24-october/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Martyrs of Nagran
• Eximeno de Ayvar
• Florentin of Bonnet
• Petronilla
• Ponzia
• William of Anglesy


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