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Saint Walburga

Also known as

Auboué, Avangour, Avongourg, Bugga, Falbourg, Gaubourg, Gauburge, Gaudurge, Gualbourg, Valborg, Valburg, Valpurge, Valpuri, Vaubouer, Vaubourg, Walbourg, Walburg, Walburge, Walpurd, Walpurga, Walpurgis, Waltpurde, Warpurg

Additional Memorials

• 12 October (translation of relics to Eichstätt)
• 24 September (translation of relics to Zutphen)

Profile

Daughter of Saint Richard the King. Sister of Saint Willibald and Saint Winebald. Student of Saint Tatta at Wimborne monastery, Dorset, England, where she later became a nun.

Beginning in 748, she evangelized and healed pagans in what is now Germany with Saint Lioba, Saint Boniface, and her brothers, a mission that was very successful. Abbess of communities of men and of women at Heidenheim. Cures are ascribed to the oil that exudes from a rock on which her relics were placed, which together with her healing skills in life explains her patronage of plague, rabies, coughs, etc.,/p>

The night of 1 May, the date of the translation of Walburga's relics to Eichstätt in 870, is known as Walpurgisnacht; it is also a pagan festival marking the beginning of summer and the revels of witches. Though the saint had no connection with this festival, her name became associated with witchcraft and country superstitions because of the date. It is possible that the protection of crops ascribed to her, represented by three ears of corn in her icons, may have been transferred to her from Mother Earth and the connection to this pagan holiday.

Born

c.710 at Devonshire, Wessex, England

Died

25 February 779 at Heidenheim, Swabia, Germany of natural causes

Canonized

by Pope Adrian II

Patronage

• against coughs
• against dog bites
• against famine
• against hydrophobia or rabies
• against mad dogs
• against plague
• against storms
• boatmen, mariners, sailors, waterman
• farmers
• harvests
• Eichstätt, Germany, diocese of
• Plymouth, England, diocese of
• 4 cities

Representation

• abbess holding three ears of corn
• abbess with angels holding a crown over her
• abbess within a family tree of the kings of England
• crown
• near her own tomb as it exudes its miraculous oil
• phial of oil
• royal abbess with a small flask of oil on a book
• scepter
• three ears of corn
• with Saint Willibald and Saint Winebald

Storefront

medals and pendants

Reading

At present the most famous of the oils of saints is the Oil of Saint Walburga (Walburgis oleum). It flows from the stone slab and the surrounding metal plate on which rest the relics of Saint Walburga in her church in Eichstädt in Bavaria. The fluid is caught in a silver cup, placed beneath the slab for that purpose, and is distributed among the faithful in small vials by the Sisters of Saint Benedict, to whom the church belongs. A chemical analysis has shown that the fluid contains nothing but the ingredients of water. Though the origin of the fluid is probably due to natural causes, the fact that it came in contact with the relics of the saint justifies the practice of using it as a remedy against diseases of the body and the soul. Mention of the oil of Saint Walburga is made as early as the ninth century by her biographer Wolfhard of Herrieden. - from the Catholic Encyclopedia article Oil of Saints

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


Blessed Maria Adeodata Pisani

Also known as

• Maria Adeodata
• Teresa Pisani

Profile

Daughter of Baron Benedict Pisani Mompalao Cuzker and Vincenza Carrano. Her father was rich, noble, Maltese, and an alcoholic, so the girl was raised by her grandmother. Her father was involved in a revolt, and exiled to Malta in 1821; Adeodata and her mother joined him in 1825.

Benedictine novice at age 21; she renounced her wealth and title when she took her final vows. Cloistered nun for the rest of her life. Seamstress, sacristan, porter, teacher, and novice mistress. Abbess from 1851 to 1853, her ill health forcing her to end her service early. Noted for her sanctity, her love of the poor, self-imposed austerities, and ecstacies so complete that she was seen to levitate.

Born

29 December 1806 at Naples, Italy

Died

25 February 1855 from heart problems at the Benedictine monastery at Mdina, Malta

Beatified

• 9 May 2001 by Pope John Paul II
• her beatification miracle occurred on 24 November 1897 when abbess Giuseppina Damiani from the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist Subiaco, Italy was suddenly healed of a stomach tumour following her request for Maria Pisani's intervention
• Blessed Maria's Cause was delayed for years due to lack of funds, and political problems between Malta and Italy

Patronage

against cancer

Readings

Born in Italy of a Maltese father, Sister Maria Adeodata Pisani came here at the age of nineteen, and spent most of her life as a splendid figure of Benedictine religious consecration in the Monastery of Saint Peter. I know that some of the Sisters of the Monastery were not able to come here, but are following this ceremony on television. To you, dear Sisters, I send a very special blessing on this happy day. Prayer, obedience, service of her Sisters and maturity in performing her assigned tasks: these were the elements of Maria Adeodata's silent, holy life. Hidden in the heart of the Church, she sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching (cf. Luke 10:39), savouring the things that last for ever (cf. Colossians 3:2). Through her prayer, work and love, she became a well-spring of that spiritual and missionary fruitfulness without which the Church cannot preach the Gospel as Christ commands, for mission and contemplation require each other absolutely (cf. Novo Millennio Ineunte, 16). Sister Adeodata's holy example certainly helped to promote the renewal of religious life in her own Monastery. I therefore wish to commend to her intercession a special intention of my heart. Much has been done in recent times to adapt religious life to the changed circumstances of today, and the benefit of this can be seen in the lives of very many men and women religious. But there is need for a renewed appreciation of the deeper theological reasons for this special form of consecration. We still await a full flowering of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council on the transcendent value of that special love of God and others which leads to the vowed life of poverty, chastity and obedience. I commend to all consecrated men and women the example of personal maturity and responsibility which was wonderfully evident in the life of Blessed Adeodata. - Pope John Paul II during the beatification Mass for Blessed Maria

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-maria-adeodata-pisani/


Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio

Also known as

• Angel of Mexico
• Sebastián de Aparicio Prado

Profile

Born of Spanish peasants. Shepherd as a child, and a hired field hand as a young man, helping to support his family. Gentleman's valet at Salamanca. He travelled to Puebla, Mexico at age 31 where he built plows and wagons, and worked as a farm hand. Spent 10 years building a 466 mile road from Mexico City to Zacatecas, and conducting the postal and delivery service along the route; the road is still in use today.

Sebastian eventually became very wealthy, but lived simply, and gave freely of his money to the poor. He was married twice, the first time at age 60, but he never consummated the marriages, and outlived both brides. He gave away his wealth and became a Franciscan at age 72, spending his remaining 25 years begging alms for his brother Franciscans. Witnesses attest to over 300 miracles he performed in life.

Born

20 January 1502 in La Gudiña, Orense, Spain

Died

• 25 February 1600 of natural causes
• lies in the Chapel of the Virgin of the Conquest, Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Puebla, Mexico
• body incorrupt

Beatified

17 May 1789 by Pope Pius VI

Patronage

• drivers
• road builders
• travellers

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-sebastian-of-aparicio/


Blessed Avertano of Lucca

Also known as

Aventanus

Additional Memorial

4 March (Carmelites)

Profile

Carmelite lay brother. Miracle worker who received visions, and was known for his deep, mystical prayer life. With a brother Carmelite, he made a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands, but died in a plague epidemic on the way home.

Born

diocese of Limoges, France

Died

• c.1366 in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy of plague
• buried in the hospice church of San Pietro
• so many miracles were reported at his grave that a series of paintings depicting some of them were made for the San Pietro church and the cathedral of Lucca
• relics transferred to the cathedral of Lucca in 1513
• relics returned to the church of San Pietro in 1646
• relics enshrined in the church of Saints Paolino and Donato in 1806

Beatified

• added to the Carmelite calendar in 1514
• Office made obligatory by the General Chapter of the Carmelies in 1564
• Office sanctioned by the Vatican in 1609
• approved by the Sacred Congregation of Rites on 12 May 1672
• Office and Mass extended to the entire archdiocese of Lucca, Italy on 16 July 1828
• by Pope Gregory XVI (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-avertano-of-lucca/


Saint Laurentius Bai Xiaoman

Also known as

• Lawrence Pe-Man
• Laurence Pe-Man
• Luolong

Additional Memorial

• 24 November as one of the Martyrs of Cochin
• 28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

Profile

Born to a poor family, and orphaned as a young boy. Layman. Day labourer in Guangxi, China, and then in the village of Yaoshan. Married in his early 30's, he was the father of one daughter, and was known as a kind and honest man. Convert, joining the Church c.1855 and taking the name Lawrence. Spiritual student of Saint Augustus Chapdelaine. When he protested the arrest of Augustus, local officials ordered Lawrence to renounce Christianity; when he refused he was arrested, tortured and sentenced to death. Martyr.

Born

c.1821 in Shuicheng, Guizhou, China as Loulong

Died

• beheaded on 25 February 1856 in Su-Lik-Hien, Kwang-Si province, China
• body dumped in a wooded area and left for wild animals

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-laurentius-bai-xiaoman/


Saint Toribio Romo González

Additional Memorial

21 May as one of the Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution

Profile

Ordained at age 21; he had to receive special dispensation from the Vatican to be ordained so young. Parish priest in Tequila, Jalisco, archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico. Parish priest in Agua Caliente, Mexico. Known for a great devotion to the Eucharist. Murdered during the Mexican Revolution for being a priest. One of the Martyrs of the Cristero Wars.

Born

16 April 1900 in Santa Ana de Guadalupe, Jalostotitlán parish, San Juan de los Lagos diocese, Jalisco, Mexico

Died

• shot in the back around 5am on Saturday 25 February 1928 in his rectory in Agua Caliente, Jalisco, Mexico
• relics in the Santa Ana de Guadalupe Church, Jalisco

Canonized

Sunday 21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II

Patronage

immigrants

Readings

Lord, do not leave me nor permit a day of my life pass without my saying the Mass, without receiving your embrace in communion. - prayer of Saint Toribio

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-toribio-romo-gonzalez/


Saint Domenico Lentini

Profile

Youngest of five children in a poor but pious family. By age 14 he felt a call to the priesthood, studied at the seminary in Salerno, Italy and was ordained in the diocese of Tursi-Lagonegro, Italy in 1794. He was assigned to his hometown of Lauria, Italy and worked there the rest of his life.

Known for his self-imposed poverty, his devotion to the Eucharist and Our Lady of Sorrows, as a noted homilist, for his work with the poor, and for being always available to his parishioners. He turned his home into a school, teaching catechism and theology, but also literature and philosophy. His humble devotion to the Church and his parishioners led all who knew him to consider him a model for priests, and a saint even in life.

Born

20 November 1770 at Lauria, Potenza, Italy

Died

25 February 1828 at Lauria, Potenza, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

12 October 1997 by Pope John Paul II at Rome, Italy

Patronage

Lauria, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-domenico-lentini/


Blessed Ciriaco María Sancha Hervás

Profile

Ordained on 27 June 1858. Auxiliary Bishop of Toledo, Spain, and Titular Bishop of Areopolis on 28 January 1876. Bishop of Avila, Spain on 27 March 1882. Bishop of Madrid, Spain on 10 April 1886. Archbishop of Valencia, Spain on 6 October 1892. Elevated to Cardinal-Priest of San Pietro in Montorio on 18 May 1894 by Pope Leo XIII. Founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Cardinal Sancha. Archbishop of Toledo, Spain and Patriarch of the West Indies on 24 March 1898. Participated in the conclave of 1903 that elected Pope Saint Pius X.

Born

18 June 1833 in Quintana del Pidio, Burgos, Spain

Died

25 February 1909 in Toledo, Spain of natural causes

Beatified

• 18 October 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI
• beatification recognition celebrated in the cathedral of Toledo, Spain, Archbishop Angelo Amato chief celebrant

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ciriaco-maria-sancha-hervas/


Blessed Robert of Arbrissel

Profile

Son of a village priest, he became a priest himself. Archpriest at Rennes, France where he was known both as a reformer (which often stirs up trouble), and as a peace-maker. Teacher at Angers, France. Hermit in the forest of Craon, France where he founded a community of canons. He was a noted preacher, and when Pope Urban II heard him speak in 1095, the pope ordered Robert to devote himself to preaching. He travelled the region, preaching missions, attracting would-be students, and being accused by his detractors of sleeping with the local women who listened to him. He founded a double monastery that became the modern Fontevraud-l'Abbaye in Pays-de-la-Loire, France. He wrote a Rule for the community and handed over its administration to an abbess; it soon became the mother-house of the Order of Fontevraud, and the Rule received papal approval in Calixtus II in 1119.

Born

Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany (modern Arbrissel, France)

Died

1116 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-robert-of-arbrissel/


Saint Luigi Versiglia

Also known as

Aloisius Versiglia

Additional Memorial

• 13 November (Salesians)
• 28 September as one of the Martyrs of China

Profile

Studied at Don Bosco's Oratory from age 12. Salesian. Ordained on 21 December 1895. Missonary to China in 1906. Appointed vicar apostolic of Shiuchow, China, and titular bishop of Carystus, on 22 April 1920. On 25 February 1930, while travelling with Saint Callistus Caravario, his ship was boarded by Bolshevik pirates who planned to abduct and enslave the girls on their ship; Callistus and Luigi fought to prevent them. Marytr.

Born

5 June 1873 in Oliva Gessi, Padua, Lombardy, Italy

Died

shot on 25 February 1930 in Shiuchow [Shaoguan] China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

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


Saint Caesarius of Nanzianzen

Profile

Son of Saint Gregory of Nazianzen the Elder and Saint Nonna. Brother of Saint Gorgonia and Saint Gregory of Nazianzen. Studied in Caesarea, Cappadocia, and Alexandria, Egypt. Noted and skillful physician. He moved to Constantinople c.355 where he became wealthy in his profession. Served in the court of Emperor Julian the Apostate who tried to get Caesarius to renounce his faith; when he refused, he was exiled. From there he moved to Bithynia where he served Emperor Valens as quaestor. Confirmed bachelor, though he had offers to marry into nobility. Upon his death he donated his entire estate to the poor.

Born

c.329 in Arianzus

Died

• c.369 of natural causes
• interred at Nazianzus

Patronage

bachelors

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-caesarius-of-nanzianzen/


Saint Callistus Caravario

Also known as

Callisto Caravario

Profile

Known as a pious and prayerful child. Salesian missionary priest. He worked at Macao, China, then in Timor, and then on 18 May 1929 in Shiuchow, China. On 25 February 1930, while travelling with his bishop, Saint Luigi Versiglia, his ship was boarded by Bolshevik pirates who planned to abduct and enslave the girls on their ship; Callistus and Luigi fought to prevent them. One of the Martyrs of China.

Born

18 June 1903 in Cuorgné, Italy

Died

shot on 25 February 1930 off the coast of Shiuchow, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-callistus-caravario/


Saint Tharasius

Also known as

Father of the Poor

Profile

Ninth century patriarch of Constantinople. A man of great learning and personal piety, he led his flock through the Iconoclasm heresy, and worked against the cruel empress Irene. Pope Adrian I addressed an epistle to him in support of his work against the Iconoclasts. In addition to problems with the heretics, he was endlessly in trouble with the Byzantine courts and mobility for denouncing their vices and worldly ways.

Died

806 in Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey) of natural causes

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


Blessed Adelelmo of Engelberg

Profile

Benedictine monk at the Saint Blaise monastery in the Black Forest. Founded the abbey of Engelberg nell’Unterwalden in Switzerland, then served there as prior and abbot.

Died

• 25 February 1131 at the abbey of Engelberg nell'Unterwalden, Switzerland of natural causes
• relics enshrined in 1611

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-adelelmo-of-engelberg/


Saint Gerland the Bishop

Also known as

• Gerland of Agrigento
• Gerlando, Giullannu

Profile

Bishop of Girgenti (Agrigento), Sicily. Worked for the restoration of Christianity throughout Sicily after the Saracens were driven out by his relative, Robert Guiscard of Normandy.

Born

at Besancon, France

Died

1104 on Sicily of natural causes

Patronage

Agrigento, Sicily

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gerland-the-bishop/


Saint Nestor of Side

Also known as

• Nestor of Magydos
• Nestor of Perge

Profile

Bishop of Side, Pamphylia (in modern Antalya, Turkey), known for his personal piety and his zeal as an evangelist. Arrested and executed by order of governor Epolius during the persecutions of Decius. Martyr.

Died

crucified in 250 in Perge, Pamphylia (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nestor-of-side/


Blessed Didacus Yuki Ryosetsu

Profile

Jesuit priest. Martyr.

Born

c.1575 in Awa, Tokushima, Japan

Died

25 February 1636 in Osaka, Japan

Beatified

24 November 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-didacus-yuki-ryosetsu/


Saint Aldetrudis

Also known as

Adeltrudis, Aldetrude

Profile

Daughter of Saint Vincent Madelgarus and Saint Waldetrudis; sister of Saint Madalberta; niece of Saint Aldegund of Maubeuge. Nun and then abbess at the convent led by her aunt Aldegund.

Born

France

Died

c.696

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


Saint Ananias of Phoenicia

Also known as

Ananias III

Profile

Third-century priest. Martyred in the persections of Diocletian along with seven soldiers whose names have not come down to us.

Died

298 in Phoenicia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ananias-of-phoenicia/


Saint Gothard the Hermit

Also known as

Gotthard

Profile

Hermit in a cell high in the Alps near a mountain range and pass now known as Saint Gothard in his honour.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gothard-the-hermit/


Saint Victor of Saint Gall

Profile

Monk at Saint Gall in Switzerland. Hermit in the Vosges, France.

Died

995 in Vosges, France

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


Saint Donatus the Martyr

Profile

One of a group of 3rd-century Christians martyred in North Africa in the persecutions of Decius.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-donatus-the-martyr-0225/


Saint Riginos

Profile

Bishop. Martyr.

Died

tortured to death in 362 on the island of Skopelos, Greece

Patronage

Skopelos Island, Greece

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


Saint Justus the Martyr

Profile

One of a group of 3rd-century Christians martyred in North Africa in the persecutions of Decius.

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


Saint Herena the Martyr

Profile

One of a group of 3rd-century Christians martyred in North Africa in the persecutions of Decius.

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


Martyrs of Egypt

Profile

A group of Christian men who were exiled to Egypt for their faith and were eventually martyred for their faith in the persecutions of Numerian. We know little more than the name - Claudianus, Dioscurus, Nicephorus, Papias, Serapion, Victor and Victorinus.

Died

283 in Diospolis (modern Hu), Egypt


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Constantina
• Eustathius of Aosta
• Maria Ludovica de Angelis
• Nestor of Magydos


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