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Saint Angela Merici

Also known as

• Angela of Merici
• Angela de Marici

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Franciscan tertiary at age 15. She received a vision telling her she would inspire devout women in their vocation.

In Crete, during a pilgrimage to Holy Land, she was struck blind. Her friends wanted to return home, but she insisted on going on, visiting the shrines with as much devotion and enthusiasm as if she had her sight. On the way home, while praying before a crucifix, her sight was restored at the same place where it had been lost.

In 1535 she gathered a group of girl students and began what would become the Institute of Saint Ursula (Ursuline Sisters), founded to teach children, beginning with religion and later expanding into secular topics; her first schools were in the Italian cities of Desenazno and Brescia.

Born

21 March 1474 at Desenzano, Lake Garda, Italy

Died

• 24 January 1540 at Brescia, Italy
• interred in the church of Saint Afra, Brescia, Italy
• body incorrupt

Canonized

24 May 1807 by Pope Pius VII

Patronage

• against bodily ills, illness, sickness
• against the death of parents
• disabled, handicapped or physically challenged people
• sick people

Representation

• cloak
• ladder
• tall ladder with young women climbing it

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

Writings

Spiritual Testament

Readings

Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family. - Saint Angela Merici

We must give alms. Charity wins souls and draws them to virtue. - Saint Angela Merici

As our Savior says: "A good tree is not able to produce bad fruit." He says: A good tree, that is, a good heart as well as a soul on fire with charity, can do nothing but good and holy works. For this reason Saint Augustine said: "Love, and do what you will," namely, possess love and charity and then do what you will. It is as if he had said: Charity is not able to sin. Mothers of children, even if they have a thousand, carry each and every one fixed in their hearts, and because of the strength of their love they do not forget any of them. In fact, it seems that the more children they have the more their love and care for each one is increased. Be sincerely kind to every one according to the words of our Lord: "Learn of me, for I am meek and humble of heart." Thus you are imitating God, of whom it is said: "He has disposed all things pleasantly." And again Jesus said: "My yoke is easy and my burden light." - from Spiritual Testament by Saint Angela Merici

If according to times and needs you should be obliged to make fresh rules and change current things, do it with prudence and good advice. - Saint Angela Merici

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-angela-merici/


Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulewicz

Also known as

• George Matulaitis
• Jerzy Matulevicz
• Jorge Matulaitis
• Jurgis Matulewicz
• Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevicius

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Born to a poor farm family, the youngest of eight children at a time when Lithuania was under the control of Tsarist Russia. Orphaned at age ten. Developed tuberculosis of the bone in his leg, in his early teens; he suffered with it the rest of his life. Entered the seminary in Poland in 1891, studied in the major seminary in Warsaw, studied theology in Saint Petersburg, Russia, earned his doctorate of theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Spiritual student of Blessed Honorat Kozminski. Ordained on 20 November 1898 in the Congregation of Marian Fathers. Taught Latin and canon law in the seminary in the diocese of Kielce, Poland. Worked for the betterment of the working poor. Head of the Sociology section of Saint Petersburg Academy in 1907. Taught dogmatic theology. Vice-rector of the Academy. Noted teacher, preacher, spiritual director, and confessor. Reformed the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in 1910, changing their constitution, habit, vows, and way of life, resigning his position at the Academy to work for the Marians revitalization; superior general of the Congregation on 14 July 1911. Founded the Congregation of Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in 1918. Founded the Sisters Servants of the Jesus in the Eucharist in Belarus. Reluctant bishop of Vilnius, Lithuania on 23 October 1918. The city was divided into warring camps loyal to the various forces of the First World War, and George fought constantly to defend the right of the Church and the freedom of the citizens. Founded the Handmaids of Jesus in the Eucharist in 1919. He retired from his see on 14 July 1925; on 1 September 1925 he was made titular archbishop and Apostolic Visitator to Lithuania. Dispatched by the Vatican to complete a concordant with the Lithuanian government to restore diplomatic relations; he succeded just before his death.

Born

13 April 1871 at Lugine, Lithuania

Died

27 January 1927 of appendicitis at Kaunas, Lithuania

Beatified

28 June 1987 by Pope John Paul II

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YouTube PlayList

Readings

After the example of Christ I embrace all of you. I am ready to die for the truth. I wish to be to all of you a real Father, Shepherd, Imitator of Christ. My field of labor is Christ's kingdom the Church, my party is Christ. - Blessed George's first address as bishop of Vilnius, Lithuania

Overcome evil with good. - Blessed George's personal motto; taken from Saint Paul the Apostle; inscribed on George's coat of arms

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jurgis-matulaitis-matulewicz/


Saint Enric de Osso y Cervello

Also known as

Enrique, Henry

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The youngest of three children born to Jaime and Micaela de Osso y Cervello. Enric felt an early call to the priesthood, which his mother supported but his father opposed. At age 12 Enric was sent to Quinto de Ebro to learn the textile business from his uncle. There Henry became seriously ill, and upon his recovery, had to return home; he stopped first at Our Lady of the Pillar to give thanks for his health.

His mother died in the cholera epidemic of 1854, and the boy was sent to Reus to apprentice in the textile business there. Enric sought refuge and a new home in the Montserrat monastery. His brother James took him home, and his father finally began to understand the boy's desire to follow his vocation. He relented, and Enric studied at Barcelona, Spain where he was a sub-deacon, and at Tortosa, Spain. Classmate with Blessed Emmanuel Domingo y Sol. Ordained on 21 September 1867, celebrating his first Mass at Montserrat, Spain.

He taught mathmatics at the Tortosa seminary. Had a great devotion to Saint Teresa of Avila, and sought to bring her reforming zeal to his preaching and parish missions. Founded the Association of Young Catholic Daughters of Mary and Saint Teresa of Jesus in 1873, the Institute of Josephine Brothers (Josephine Sisterhood) in 1876, and the Congregation of Saint Teresa (the Teresian Missionaries). This group received papal approval in 1877, and the sisters serve today in Europe, Africa and Mexico.

Founded and wrote extensively for the publications El Hombre (The Man), El Amigo del Pueble (The Friend of the People), and Revista Teresiana (The Teresian Review). He aimed much of his writings and teachings to women. He published works aimed at a female audience on prayer and living the spiritual life. Was working with Blessed Emmanuel Domingo y Sol to develop a Josephite order for men when he died.

Born

16 October 1840 at Vinebre, Tarragona, Spain

Died

• 27 January 1896 at Gilet, Valencia, Spain of a stroke
• relics re-interred at the chapel at the Teresian Missionaries at Tortona in July 1908

Canonized

16 June 1993 by Pope John Paul II at Madrid, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-enric-de-osso-y-cervello/


Blessed Manfredo Settala

Additional Memorials

• 26 January (blessed bread is distributed to families in the Riva San Vitaly, Italy on the eve of his memorial)
• Sunday following 27 January (procession of his relics)

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Born to an esteemed Milanese family. Priest of the parishes of Cuasso, Cuasso al Piano, Cuasso al Monte, Brusimpiano and Porto Ceresio Besano in the diocese of Milan. Hermit on Monte San Giorgio, Italy. His reputation for piety spread, which led to a series of people asking for his advice, and his intercession in a plague in 1207; he recommended pilgrimages to the tombs of saints and to ask for their intercession, which worked. Miracle worker.

Born

latter 12th century Milan, Italy

Died

• 27 January 1217 in Riva San Vitaly, Lombardy, Italy of natural causes
• the bells throught the region miraculously rang at the hour of his death
• buried in Riva San Vitaly at the foot of Monte San Giogio
• relics enshrined in a marble sacrophagus in 1387
• relics re-enshrined in an urn at the high altar in 1633
• relics re-enshrined in the Como, Italy in 1888

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-manfredo-settala/


Pope Saint Vitalian

Also known as

Vitalianus

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Son of Anastasius; nothing else is known of Vitalian before his election to the papacy. Chosen 76th pope in 657. His pontificate was marked by constant conflict with the eastern patriarchs and leaders over their support of Monothelite heresy. Helped settle the conflict between English and Irish bishops over the date of Easter. Sent Saint Adrian of Canterbury and Saint Theodore of Tarsus to England, which strengthened the ties between the bishops there with Rome. Came into conflict with archbishop Maurus of Ravenna who declared his see independent from Vatican control; he and the pope excommunicated each other, and emperor Constans II intervened on the side of the archbishop, and it wasn't until 682 that the controversy ended.

Born

at Segni, Campania, Italy

Papal Ascension

• elected on 2 June 657
• enthroned on 30 July 657

Died

• 27 January 672
• interred in Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/pope-saint-vitalian/


Saint Devota

Also known as

Dévote

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Member of the household of the imperial Roman senator Eutychiu, Devota wanted to devote herself to a life of God, but was imprisoned, tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian by order of the prefect Barbarus. Tradition says that flowers bloom out of season on her feast day.

Born

Mariana, Corsica, France

Died

• tortured to death on the rack c.303
• prefect Barbarus ordered her body burned to prevent veneration, but it was stolen by Christians and put on a boat to Africa to receive Christian burial there; when a storm threatened the boat, a dove flew from Devote's mouth, the storm abated and the bird guided the boat to Les Gaumetes (in modern Monaca)
• she was buried near a shrine of Saint George
• a chapel was soon built at her grave, which survives today
• relics at Riviera de Porenta, Monaco

Patronage

• Corsica
• Monaco

Representation

dove

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


Saint Marius of Bodon

Also known as

Maire, Marino, Mario, Mary, Maurus, May, Mere

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Monk. Founder of Bodon abbey at La-Val-Benois, diocese of Sisteron, France and served as its first abbot. Pilgrim to the tomb of Saint Martin of Tours. Pilgrim to the tomb of Saint Dionysius near Paris, France. There he became sick, but was restored to health by an apparition of Saint Dionysius. During a Lenten retreat, Marius received a prophetic vision of barbarian invasion of the region, and the destruction of his monastery. The village of Saint-May is named in his honour, and the first biography of the saint was written by one of his spiritual students, Bishop Lucretius of Die, France.

Born

late 5th-century Orleans, France

Died

• 27 January 555 at La-Val-Benois monastery, Sisteron, France of natural causes
• when the monastery was destroyed, his relics were translated to Forcalquier, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marius-of-bodon/


Saint Julian of Le Mans

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Born to the Roman nobility. First bishop of Le Mans, France. Evangelized around Le Mans, an area under the influence of the old Roman pantheon and the Druids. When he felt he was growing too old to effectively discharge his office, he retired to live as a hermit at Sarthe. Many extravagant miracles were attributed to him by writers long after his death. Due to the Norman invasions, his name was carried to several parishes in England.

Died

• 3rd century at Sarthe, Gaul (modern Sant-Marceaux, France) of natural causes
• relics translated to the cathedral of Notre-Dame-du-Pré at Le Mans, France in 1254

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-julian-of-le-mans/


Blessed Gonzalo Diaz di Amarante

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A sailor who, in Lima, Peru in 1603, joined the Mercedarians at the Convent of Mercy. Served as doorman and porter for his house. Chaplain of the Mercedarian house of Callao, Peru. Noted for his deep prayer life, his charity to the indigenous people and the poor, his miraculous ability to heal by prayer, and by visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Born

1540 in Amarante, Portugal

Died

• 27 January 1618 in Callao, Peru of natural causes
• interred in the Mercedarian church in Lima

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gonzalo-diaz-di-amarante/


Blessed Antonio Mascaró Colomina

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Professed cleric in the Sons of the Holy Family. In 1935-1936 he was in the military, serving during the week and studying in seminary on when off duty. At the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the seminary closed and he was mustered out of the army; he moved to Barcelona, Spain and worked in a soap factory. Arrested and executed for his faith.

Born

12 March 1913 in Albelda, Huesca, Spain

Died

• 27 January 1937 in Montcada, Barcelona, Spain
• body has not been located

Beatified

13 October 2013 by Pope Francis

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-antonio-mascaro-colomina/


Saint John Maria Muzeyi

Also known as

• Jean-Marie Muzeeyi
• Jean-Marie the Elder

Additional Memorial

3 June as one of the Martyrs of Uganda

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Mbogo clan. Member of the Ugandan royal court. Convert. One of the Martyrs of Uganda who died in the Mwangan persecutions, the last one to die in that persecution.

Born

at Buganda, Uganda

Died

beheaded on 27 January 1887 at Mengo, Uganda

Canonized

18 October 1964 by Pope Paul VI at Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-maria-muzeyi/


Blessed Rosalie du Verdier de la Sorinière

Also known as

Soeur Saint Celeste

Additional Memorial

2 January as one of the Martyrs of Anjou

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Our Lady of Calvary Benedictine nun of the diocese of Angers, France. Martyred in the persecutions of the French Revolution.

Born

12 August 1745 in Saint-Pierre de Chemillé, Maine-et-Loire, France

Died

beheaded on 27 January 1794 in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France

Beatified

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

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-rosalie-du-verdier-de-la-soriniere/


Blessed John of Warneton

Also known as

• John of Saint Omer
• John of Thérouanne

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Spiritual student of Saint Ivo of Chartres. Canon regular at Mont-Saint-Eloi. Archdeacon of Arles. Bishop of Thérouanne, which he accepted only under papal order. Founded several monasteries. While he had a reputation for strictness to discipline for himself, he was seen to be very gentle with people as individuals, even refusing to prosecute some would-be assassins.

Born

Warneton, French Flanders

Died

27 January 1130 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-of-warneton/


Blessed Paul Josef Nardini

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Priest in the diocese of Speyer, Germany. Founder of the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of the Holy Family.

Born

25 July 1821 in Germersheim, Rhineland Palatinate (modern Germany)

Died

27 January 1862 in Pirmasens, Rhineland Palatinate (modern Germany) of natural causes

Beatified

• 22 October 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI
• recognition celebrated at the cathedral at Speyer, Germany

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-paul-josef-nardini/


Saint Julian of Sora

Also known as

Giuliano di Sora

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Arrested, tortured, and executed in the persecutions of Antoninus Pius.

Born

Dalmatia

Died

• beheaded c.150 at Sora, Campania, Italy
• relics enshrined in a church built on the site of his execution
• relics transferred to the church of the Holy Spirit in Costanza Sforza Boncompagni, Italy on 6 April 1614
• relics re-enshrined c.1800 in the cathedral in Sora

Patronage

Accettura, Italy

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


Saint Gilduin of Dol

Also known as

Gilduino

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Devout young canon at Dol, Brittany (in modern France). Elected bishop of Dol, he felt unworthy of the post, and travelled to Rome, Italy to plead his case to Pope Gregory VII, who released him from the charge. Gilduin died on the road home from Rome. Miracles reported at his tomb.

Born

1052

Died

1077 near Chartres, France natural causes

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


Saint Domitian of Melitene

Also known as

Domitian of Palestine

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Spiritual student of Saint Euthymius the Great. Desert hermit. Evangelizing preacher in the Caphar Baricha region. Founded the monastery of the Sahel. Ordained as a deacon in 429 by Bishop Juvenal of Jerusalem. When Saint Euthymius died, Domitian lived as a hermit near his tomb.

Died

27 January 473 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-domitian-of-melitene-27-january/


Saint Theodoric of Orleans

Also known as

Theodoric II

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Benedictine monk at Saint-Pierre-le-Vif monastery, Sens, France. Royal counselor. Bishop of Orleans, France. Died while on pilgrimage the them tombs of the Apostles in Rome, Italy.

Died

1022 in Tonnerre, Burgundy, France of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodoric-of-orleans/


Saint Natalis of Ulster

Also known as

Naal of Ulster

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Spiritual student of Saint Columba. One of the great founders of monasticism in northern Ireland. Abbot of monasteries of Naile, Daunhinis, and Cill. A well in the region honors his memory.

Born

6th century Irish

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-natalis-of-ulster/


Saint Emerius of Bañoles

Also known as

Emerus, Memerius

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Son of Saint Candida of Bañoles. Benedictine monk. Founded Saint Stephen of Bañoles Abbey, Catalonia, Spain. His mother lived in a hermitage near the abbey.

Born

France

Died

8th century of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-emerius-of-banoles/


Blessed Michael Pini

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Favored courtier to Lorenzo de' Medici. Camaldolese hermit in 1502. After his ordination, Michael was walled up in his hermitage where he spent his remaining twenty years. Had the gift of prophecy.

Born

c.1445 at Florence, Italy

Died

1522 of natural causes

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


Saint Candida of Bañoles

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Mother of Saint Emerius of Bañoles. Lived as a anchoress near Saint Stephen of Bañoles Abbey, Garona, Spain.

Born

in Spain

Died

c.798 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-candida-of-banoles/


Saint Lupus of Châlons

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Bishop of Châlons-sur-Saone, France. Friend and correspondent with Pope Saint Gregory the Great. Noted for his charity to the sick and poor in his diocese.

Died

610 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lupus-of-chalons/


Saint Avitus

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Martyr.

Died

in Africa

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


Martyrs of North Africa

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A group of 30 Christians martyred together by Arian Vandals. The only details to have survived are four of their names - Datius, Julian, Reatrus and Vincent.

Died

c.500 in North Africa

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-north-africa-27-january/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Alruna of Cham
• Avitus of Africa
• Avitus of the Canary Islands
• Datius of Africa and 46 companions
• Demetrios of Constantinople
• Donatus of Africa
• Felix of Messina
• Lucius of Africa and 40 companions


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