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Blessed Maria Caridad Brader

Also known as

• Caritas Brader
• Karolina Brader Zahner
• Maria Josefa Carolina Brader
• Mary Charity of the Love of the Holy Spirit
• Mary Josephine Caroline
• María Caridad of the Holy Spirit
• María Charitas of the Holy Spirit
• Mother Caritas

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The only child of Joseph Sebastian Brader and Maria Anna Carolina Zahner. Raised in a pious family, she was known as a highly intelligent child, and received the best education her parents could provide. There were high expectations for the girl's future, but instead of continued study she felt a call to the religious life. Mary Josephine joined the Franciscan convent at Maria Hilf, Alstatten 1 October 1880, taking the name Mary Charity of the Love of the Holy Spirit, and making her final vows on 22 August 1882.

She was initially assigned as a teacher. When it became possible for cloistered nuns to work as missionaries, Sister Caritas volunteered to be one of the first six sisters to work in Chone, Ecuador in 1888. She worked for five years as a teacher and children‘s catechist. In 1893 she was transferred to Tùquerres, Colombia where conditions were rough but where she taught the faith to the poor and outcast.

To prepare additional missionaries she founded the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate in Tuquerres, Colombia on 31 March 1893. Initially composes of young Swiss girls with a call to missionary work, they were soon joined by Colombian and other local women. Caritas served as Superior General for the Congregation from 1893 to 1919, and again from 1928 to 1940. The Sisters emphasized good education for themselves and their charges, and deep prayer lives for everyone. They received papal approval in 1933, and today work in Central and South America, Mexico, Switzerland, Mali, Romania and the United States.

Born

14 August 1860 in Kaltbrunn, Switzerland as Maria Josefa Carolina Brader at Kaltbrunn, Saint Gallen, Switzerland

Died

• 27 February 1943 in Pasto, Colombia of natural causes
• her grave immediately became a site for pilgrimage and popular devotion

Beatified

23 March 2003 by Pope John Paul II

Readings

It is His will - Blessed Caritas

The better educated, the greater the skills the educator possesses, the more she will be able to do for our holy religion and the glory of God, especially when virtue is the vanguard of her knowledge. The more intense and visible her external activity, the deeper and more fervent her interior life must be. - Blessed Caritas

See God‘s will in everything, and to do His will with joy, out of love of Him. - Blessed Caritas

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-maria-caridad-brader/


Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows

Also known as

• Francesco Possenti
• Francis Possenti
• Gabriel of the Blessed Virgin
• Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother
• Gabriel Possenti
• Gabriel Marie Possenti
• Gabriele dell'Addolorata

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One of thirteen children. After a youth devoted to the world and society, attending the theatre, chasing women and the hunt, he was led to the Passionist Order by Our Lady, making his profession on 22 September 1857. His life was not marked by great events or controversy, but given to prayer, sacrifice, and a devotion to Our Lady and the contemplation of her sorrows over the suffering of Jesus. Many miracles are attributed to him after his death. Cured Saint Gemma Galgani when she prayed for his intervention. Pope Benedict XV gave him as a pattern for young people.

Born

1 March 1838 at Assisi, Italy

Died

27 February 1862 at Abruzzi, Italy of tuberculosis

Canonized

13 May 1920 by Pope Benedict XV

Patronage

• Catholic Action
• clerics
• students
• young people in general
• Abruzzi, Italy (proclaimed on 1 June 1964 by Pope Paul VI)

Storefront

medals, pendants, statue

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

I will attempt day by day to break my will into pieces. I want to do God's Holy Will, not my own! - Saint Gabriel Possenti

Love Mary! She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her. She comes quickly and opens her merciful heart to you, embraces you and consoles and serves you. She will even be at hand to accompany you on the trip to eternity. - Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gabriel-of-our-lady-of-sorrows/


Blessed Mark Barkworth

Also known as

• George Barkworth
• Mark Lambert

Additional Memorials

• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

Profile

Described as a tall, burly man, always cheerful, even in the sufferings of his later life. Studied at Oxford University. Convert to Catholicism, joining the Church at Douai, France in 1594. Studied at English College, Rome, Italy starting on 16 December 1596, and then at the Royal College of Saint Alban in Valladolid, Spain. While on the road to Spain he had a vision; Saint Benedict of Nursia appeared to him and told he would die a Benedictine and a martyr. Ordained in 1599. Benedictine Oblate. He returned to England with Saint Thomas Garnet to minister to covert Catholics. He was arrested, spent several months in prison, and was finally condemned for the crime of being a priest. Martyred with Blessed Roger Filcock and Saint Anne Line, the first Benedictine to die after the suppression of their monasteries.

Born

c.1572 in Lincolnshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 27 February 1601 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

Readings

I am come here to die, being a Catholic, a priest, and a religious man, belonging to the Order of Saint Benedict; it was by this same order that England was converted. - Blessed Mark, to the crowd gathered to watch his execution

Ah, sister, thou hast got the start of us, but we will follow thee as quickly as we may. - Blessed Mark, speaking at his execution to Saint Anne Line who had just died

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-mark-barkworth/


Saint Anne Line

Also known as

• Anne Higham
• Anne Lyne

Additional Memorial

25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

Profile

Born the daughter of a wealthy and ardent Calvinist. When she and her brother converted to Catholicism, they were disowned and disinherited. Anne married another convert, Roger Line, who was soon arrested for attending Mass, then exiled to Flanders, Belgium where he died in 1594.

When Father John Gerard established a house of refuge for priests in London, England, Anne was put in charge. Father Gerard was sent to the Tower of London, and then escaped in 1597. The authorities suspected Anne of hiding him, and she moved to another house, which became a rallying point for Catholics. On Candlemas, 1601, Father Francis Page was about to celebrate Mass there, when priest-catchers broke in. Father Page quickly unvested and mingled with the others, but the altar was all the evidence needed to arrest Anne. She was tried, convicted and hanged for harbouring priests. Martyred with Blessed Mark Barkworth, and her friend Blessed Roger Filcock. One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

Born

c.1565 at Dunmow, Essex, England as Anne Higham

Died

hanged on 27 February 1601 at Tyburn, London, England

Canonized

25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI

Patronage

• childless people
• converts
• widows

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anne-line/


Blessed Josep Tous Soler

Also known as

• José Tous Y Soler
• Josep de Igualada

Profile

Joined the Franciscan Capuchins at age 15, and professed his vows on 19 February 1828. Josep was ordained on 24 May 1834 in Barcelona, Spain; two months later, amidst anti-clerical violence in Catalonia, he was exiled from Spain and spent the next nine years ministering in France. He was able to return to Spain in 1843, but the government had outlawed religious orders, and Father Josep spent the rest of his life as a parish priest; he tried always to live his Franciscan ideals. In 1850 he led a group of young women who, on 22 December 1858, would become the Capuchin Sisters of the Mother of the Divine Shepherd, a congregation devoted to pastoral care and teaching young children.

Born

31 March 1811 in Igualada, Barcelona, Spain

Died

27 February 1871 in Barcelona, Spain of natural causes while celebrating Mass

Beatified

• 25 April 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI
• recognition to be celebrated in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona, Spain by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-josep-tous-soler/


Blessed William Richardson

Also known as

William Anderson

Profile

Grew up in the area of Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. Studied at Rheims, France, the English College, Valladolid, Spain and the College of Saint Gregory in Seville, Spain from 1592 through 1594. Ordained in 1594. He returned to England to minister to covert Catholics, often hiding under the name William Anderson. Betrayed to the authorities by a friend, he was arrested and condemned to death for the crime of priesthood. He was the final martyr in the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I; he prayed for her just before he died.

Born

Wales

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 27 February 1603 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-william-richardson/


Saint Honorina

Also known as

Honorine

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One of the earliest martyrs in Gaul (modern France). Her cultus in Normandy goes back to the beginning of the Church, but her Acts have been lost, and no details are known.

Died

• in Gaul (modern France)
• relics transferred to Conflans-Sainte-Honorine near Paris, France in the 9th century to protect them from Norse invaders
• relics re-enshrined at the church of Saint Honorina c.1085
• relics accorded formal recognition in 1250
• relics re-enshrined in the chapel of Saint-Honorina at the church of Saint-Maclou in 1801

Patronage

• boatmen
• Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France

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


Blessed Roger Filcock

Also known as

Arthur Nayler

Additional Memorials

• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

Profile

Educated at Rheims, France and Valladolid, Spain. Ordained in Valladolid c.1597. He returned to England in 1598 to minister to covert Catholics. Jesuit. Friend of Saint Anne Line. Arrested and condemned for the crime of priesthood. Died with Saint Anne Line and Blessed Mark Barkworth. Martyr.

Born

c.1570 in Sandwich, Kent, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 27 February 1601 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-roger-filcock/


Saint John of Gorze

Also known as

• Jean de Gorze
• John of Lorraine

Profile

Born to a wealthy family. Studied at the Benedictine monastery of Saint-Mihiel in Metz, France. Reputed to have a prodigious memory, what today was would call “photographic”. Administrator of landed estates. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy. Spent some time at the Monte Cassino Abbey Benedictine monk at Gorze Abbey in 933. Ambassador for Emperor Otto II to the Caliph Abd-er-Rahman of Cordoba, Spain for two years. Abbot at Gorze in 960. Noted as a wise and gentle reformer.

Born

c.900 at Vandières, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France

Died

7 March 974 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-of-gorze/


Saint Baldomerus of Saint Justus

Also known as

• Baldomerus of Lyons
• Baldimerus, Baldomer, Baldomero, Baudemer, Galmier, Waldimer, Waldimerus

Profile

Blacksmith and locksmith in Lyon, France known for his personal piety, charity and simple living. Late in life he retired to the monastery of Saint Justus. Ordained as a sub-deacon.

Died

c.650 at Lyon, France of natural causes

Patronage

locksmiths

Representation

man carrying locksmith tools and a set of pincers

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


Saint Thalilaeus

Also known as

• Epiklautos ( = weeping much, as he was known to cry when moved)
• Thalelaeus

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Fifth-century hermit for 60 years, sometimes living with no shelter but a barrel, near a pagan temple outside Gabala (Gala) in modern Syria. He made it a point to speak to the people going to the temple, and converted many of them to Christianity.

Born

Cilicia (modern Turkey)

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


Saint Julian of Alexandria

Profile

Summoned by authorities to answer a charge of Christianity in the persecutions of Decius, Julian was too crippled with gout to walk there. He was carried to court by two Christian servants, one of whom apostacized; the other was Saint Cronion Eunus. Martyred with Saint Cronion and Saint Besas of Alexandria. Their story is recorded by Saint Dionysius of Alexandria.

Died

scourged, dragged throough the city by a camel and burned to death in 249 at Alexandria, Egypt

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-julian-of-alexandria/


Saint Besas of Alexandria

Also known as

Bessa of Alexandria

Profile

Soldier. He was on duty when Saint Julian of Alexandria and Saint Cronion Eunus were being led to their deaths. When Besas tried to shield the two from spectator abuse, he was seized by the mob, and killed in the street. His story was recorded by Saint Dionysius of Alexandria.

Died

killed by a mob in 250 at Alexandria, Egypt

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-besas-of-alexandria/


Saint Basilios of Constantinople

Also known as

• Basilios the Confessor
• Basil

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Opposed the 8th-century iconoclast decrees of Leo the Isaurian, and preserved icons and images in his care. Beaten and imprisoned for this work, he was finally released after Leo's death.

Died

c.825 of natural causes

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


Blessed Luke of Messina

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Twelfth-century monk at a Greek-rite monastery in southern Calabria, Italy. Around 1130 he lead a dozen monks to the new San Salvatore monastery in Messina on Sicily, finished its construction, served as its first abbot, and made it the mother-house of a number of monasteries throughout Sicily and Calabria.

Died

1149

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-luke-of-messina/


Saint Cronion Eunus

Also known as

• Cronion of Alexandria
• Chronion

Profile

Servant of and martyred with Saint Julian the Alexandria in the persecutions of Decius.

Died

scourged, dragged throough the city by a camel and burned to death in 249 at Alexandria, Egypt

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cronion-eunus/


Saint Procopius of Decapolis

Profile

Opposed the 8th-century iconoclast decrees of Leo the Isaurian, and preserved icons and images in his care. Beaten and imprisoned for this work, he was finally released after Leo's death.

Died

c.825 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-procopius-of-decapolis/


Saint Alnoth

Also known as

Aelnoth, Alnothus, Alnoto

Profile

Born a serf, he worked as a cow-herd near the monastery of Saint Werburgh at Weedon, Northamptonshire, England. Hermit in the forest near Stowe, England. Martyr.

Died

c.700 near Stowe, England

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


Saint Emmanuel of Cremona

Profile

Bishop of Cremona, Italy from 1190 to 1195. May have become a Cistercian monk in later life.

Died

1198 at Adwerth, Frisia (modern Netherlands) of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-emmanuel-of-cremona/


Saint Herefrith of Lindsey

Profile

Bishop of Lindsey, England. Martyred by Danes.

Died

• c.869
• relics venerated in Thorney, Cambridgeshire, England

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-herefrith-of-lindsey/


Saint Comgan

Also known as

Cowan

Profile

Monk. Abbot in Glenthsen, Ireland.

Died

c.565

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


Saint Fortunatus of Rome

Profile

Martyr.

Died

Rome, Italy

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


Saint Alexander of Rome

Profile

Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-alexander-of-rome-2/


Saint Antigonus of Rome

Profile

Martyr.

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


Saint Abundius of Rome

Profile

Martyr.

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


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Francisca Ana Cirer Carbonell
• Gregory of Narek
• Hippolytus of Mount Jura
• James de Valois
• Mary of Jesus Deluil-Martiny


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