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Memorial of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus, Bishops

Saint Robert of Molesme

Also known as

Robert of Cîteaux

Additional Memorial

26 January (Founders of the Cistercians)

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Born to the French nobility. Benedictine monk in 1044. Prior of Moutiers-la-Celle Abbey. Abbot of Saint-Michel-de-Tonnerre, but considered it to have lax standards. Prior of Saint-Ayeul Abbey. In 1075, in an attempt to return to a simpler form of Benedictine life requested by a group of hermits from the forests around Colan, France, he helped found the monastery at Molesme, Burgundy. The group, especially Robert, gained a reputation for piety, which led to bequests of cash, which led to an increase in size of the monastery, which led to internal difficulties, and suddenly there were many brothers that objected to the severe life practised by the founders. Robert twice left to live on his own, but was ordered back to his position by the pope. In early 1098 Robert, Saint Stephen Harding, Saint Alberic of Citeaux and 18 other monks left Molesme, and on 21 March they founded the monastery of Cîteaux near Dijon, France, with the goal of living strictly by the Benedictine Rule, strict vows of poverty, and frequent retreats; Robert served as the first abbot. However, with conditions deteriorating at the Molesme house he was re-assigned as abbot there in 1100 with a mandate to reform; he lived and worked there the rest of his life. Traditionally considered one of the founders of the Cistercians, the reform that developed at Citeaux.

Born

1027 near Troyes, Champagne (in modern France)

Died

21 March 1110 of natural causes

Canonized

1222 by Pope Honorius III

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-robert-of-molesme/


Saint Timothy

Also known as

Timotheus

Additional Memorial

9 May (translation of relics)

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His father was a Greek gentile, his mother Eunice was Jewish. Converted to Christianity by Saint Paul the Apostle around the year 47, he became a partner, assistant and close friend of Paul. Missionary. Head of the Church in Ephesus. Recipient of two canonical letters from Saint Paul. Martyred for opposing the worship of Dionysius.

Died

stoned to death in 97

Patronage

• against intestinal disorders
• against stomach diseases
• Termoli, Italy

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Readings

Dear Saint, well known for your gentleness, you were a most faithful disciple of Saint Paul, and like him traveled much to bring the Good News to all people. The Letters Paul wrote to you reveal your zeal and inspire us with confidence in you. You too were cast into prison and you too gave your life for Christ. So with confidence we dare to ask, please obtain relief for {name of sufferer}, if it be God's will. Amen.

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


Blessed José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero

Also known as

The Gaucho Priest

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Fourth of ten brothers. Priest in the diocese of Córdoba, Argentina, ordained at age 26. Known to travel long distances in Argentina on the back of a mule, dressed in sombrero and poncho, to serve the needs of Christiansm throughout his huge parish. Cared for the sick during the cholera epidemic of 1867 He was contracted leprosy during his travels, and was blind toward the end.

Born

16 March 1840 in Santa Rosa de Río Primero, Córdoba, Argentina

Died

26 January 1914 in Villa del Tránsito, Córdoba, Argentina of leprosy

Beatified

his beatification miracle involved the healing of 13 year old Nicolas Flores who was in a vegetative state following a severe car crash

Canonized

on 21 January 2016, Pope Francis promulgated a decree of a miracle received through the intercession of Blessed José

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http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jose-gabriel-del-rosario-brochero/


Martyred Family of Constantinople

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Saint Mary and Saint Xenophon were married and the parents of Saint John and Saint Arcadius. Theirs was a wealthy family of Senatorial rank in 5th century imperial Constantinople, but were known as a Christians who lived simple lives. To give their sons a good education, Xenophon and Mary sent them to university in Beirut, Phoenicia. However, their ship wrecked, there was no communication from them, and the couple assumed, naturally, that the young men had died at sea. In reality, John and Arcadius had survived and decided that instead of continuing to Beirut, they were going to follow a calling to religious life and became monks, eventually living in a monastery in Jerusalem. Years later, Mary and Xenophon made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem - where they encountered their sons. Grateful to have their family re-united, and taking it as a sign, Xenophon and Mary gave up their positions in society in Constantinople, and lived the rest of their lives as a monk and anchoress. in Jerusalem. A few years later, the entire family was martyred together.

Died

5th century Jerusalem

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


Saint Alberic of Citeaux

Also known as

Alberic of Aubrey

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Hermit at Collan, Chatillon-sur-Seine, France. He, Saint Robert of Molesme, and several fellow hermits formed a monastery at Molesmes in 1075 with Alberic as prior. The group's reputation grew, and they attracted disciples, though some were not interested in living by the monastic rule. One of the house's co-founders, Robert, left, and when Alberic tried to enforce discipline, he was briefly imprisoned by his brothers; he finally gave up and left, as well.

In 1098, Alberic and Robert joined with Saint Stephen Harding and about twenty of their disappointed brothers from Molesmes to found a new house at Citeaux, France. This house became the foundation of the Cistercian Order, one of the greatest and most respected houses in the Church.

Alberic served first as prior, and then abbot, requiring strict adherence to the Benedictine Rule. Established the lay-brother element of the monastery. Introduced the Romanesque art form that is characteristic of early Cistercian houses.

Died

26 January 1109

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-alberic-of-citeaux/


Blessed Eystein Erlandsön

Also known as

• Augustine Erlandsön
• Augustinus Nidrosiensis
• Øystein Erlendsson

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Born to the nobility, he studied in France. Priest. Court chaplain in the reign of King Inge Korkrygg. First archbishop of Nidaros (modern Trondheim), Norway in 1157; his suffragan dioceses included all of Iceland and Greenland. His reign was a constant fight to keep the Church separate from political influence, which required reform of the clergy in the region. Crowned the young king Magnus V. Political struggles forced him into three years of exile in England. Wrote a biography of Saint Olaf II. Expanded Christ Church cathedral, and established the administrative functions of the archdiocese.

Born

12th century Norway

Died

1188 in Nidaros, (modern Trondheim), Norway of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-eystein-erlandson/


Saint Paula of Rome

Also known as

• Paula the Widow
• Paulina, Pauline

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Member of the Imperial Roman nobility, married to senator Toxotius. Mother of five children including Saint Eustochium and Saint Blaesilla. Widowed at age 32 in 379, she devoted her fortune and the rest of her life to spiritual development and care for the poor. Friend of Saint Marcella, Saint Epiphanius, and Saint Paulinus of Antioch. Friend, spiritual student and supporter of Saint Jerome whom she met in 382; he later wrote her biography. Pilgrim to the Holy Lands in 385. She settled in Bethlehem in 396 where she built churches, a hospice, monastery and convent where she served as the first abbess.

Born

5 May 347 at Rome, Italy

Died

• 404 at Bethlehem of natural causes
• buried under the Church of the Nativity at Nazareth

Patronage

widows

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


Saint Titus

Also known as

Titus of Crete

Additional Memorials

• 4 January (Corinth)
• 27 January (Norway; Trappists; Cistercians)
• 23 January (Australia)
• 25 August (Orthodox; Syrian)
• 1 August (Armenian)
• 24 August (Coptic)

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Disciple of Saint Paul the Apostle. Recipient of a canonical letter from Saint Paul. First bishop of the Church in Crete.

Died

c.96 at Goryna, Crete

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


Blessed Michaël Kozal

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Born to a peasant family. Ordained in 1918. Appointed auxiliary bishop of Wloclawek, Poland and titular bishop of Lappa by Pope Pius XII on 10 June 1939. Arrested by the Gestapo on 7 November 1939 as part of the Nazi persecution of the Catholic Church. Imprisoned and tortured at Wloclawek, Lad, Szczeglin, Berlin and Dachau. Spent 21 months in Dachau, ministering to other prisoners and being abused by the guards. Martyr.

Born

27 September 1893 at Ligota, Wielkopolskie, Poland

Died

martyred on 26 January 1943 in the Dachau concentration camp, Oberbayern, Germany

Beatified

14 June 1987 by Pope John Paul II in Poland

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-michael-kozal/


Blessed Marie de la Dive veuve du Verdier de la Sorinière

Additional Memorial

2 January as one of the Martyrs of Anjou

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Married lay woman of the diocese of Angers, France. Martyred in the persecutions of the French Revolution.

Born

18 May 1723 in Saint-Crespin-sur-Moine, Maine-et-Loire, France

Died

18 January 1794 in Avrillé, Maine-et-Loire, France

Beatified

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

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-marie-de-la-dive-veuve-du-verdier-de-la-soriniere/


Saint Theogenes of Hippo

Also known as

• Theogenes of Bona
• Teógene of...

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Third century bishop of Hippo in North Africa. Attended the Council of Carthage called by Saint Cyprian c.250. Martyred with 36 of his flock in the persecutions of Emperor Valerian. Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote about him.

Died

c.258

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theogenes-of-hippo/


Saint Conan of Iona

Also known as

Mochonna of Iona

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Monk at Iona. Tutor to the sons of King Eugene IV of Scotland. Spiritual teacher of Saint Fiacre. Missionary to the Isle of Man. Bishop of the Southern Hebrides and the Isle of Man.

Born

Ireland

Died

c.648 on the Isle of Man of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-conan-of-iona/


Saint Ansurius of Orense

Also known as

Aduri, Adurius, Isauri

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Benedictine monk. Bishop of Orense, Galacia, Spain in 915. Founded the abbey of Ribas de Sil. In 922 he retired from his see, and spent his remaining years in prayer as a monk at Ribas de Sil.

Died

925 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ansurius-of-orense/


Saint Tortgith of Barking

Also known as

Theoregitha, Thordgith, Thorgyth

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Benedictine nun at the abbey of Barking, England. Novice-mistress during the time when Saint Ethelburga was her abbess.

Died

c.700

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-tortgith-of-barking/


Saint Theofrid of Corbie

Also known as

Theofroy of Corbie

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Benedictine monk at Luxeuil Abbey. Abbot of Corbie Abbey. Bishop.

Died

c.690 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theofrid-of-corbie/


Saint Alphonsus of Astorga

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Ninth century bishop of Astorga, Spain. He eventually retired to live as monk at the monastery of Saint Stephen de Ribas de Sil, Galicia, Spain.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-alphonsus-of-astorga/


Saint Athanasius of Sorrento

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Bishop of Sorrento, Italy.

Patronage

Sorrento, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-athanasius-of-sorrento/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Martyrs of Constantinople
• Arnald de Prades
• Claudio di San Romano
• Gabriel Mary Allegra


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