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Blessed Maria of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Also known as

Maria Grazia Tarallo

Profile

Born to Leopoldo Tarallo and Concetta Borriello, Maria was raised in a pious family, and received a Christian education. She made a private vow of virginity at age five in front of a statue of the Blessed Mother. Made her First Communion at age 7, and received Confirmation at 10. Feeling drawn to religious life, at 22 she wanted to enter a convent, but her family opposed it, hoping she would marry; however, the young man who had proposed to her died before the wedding. She then entered the monastery of the Sisters Crucified Adorers of the Eucharist in Barra, Italy on 1 June 1891, taking the name Sister Maria of the Passion. Spiritual student of the Servant of God Maria Rosa Notari. Served as novice mistress and as spiritual guide to her sisters, worked in the kitchen and laundry, and as porter. Known for her life of charity, deep prayer, and devotion to her Congregation and the Eucharist.

Born

23 September 1866 in Barra, Naples, Italy as Maria Grazia Tarallo

Died

27 July 1912 at Giorgio a Cremano, Naples, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

14 May 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI

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Readings

My name is Sister Maria of the Passion and I must resemble the Master. - Blessed Maria

I want to be holy, loving Jesus in the Eucharist, suffering with Christ Crucified and seeing Christ in my brothers and sisters. - Blessed Maria

I exhort you to holy perseverance according to the Rule, readiness in obedience and especially daily Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Love Jesus in the Eucharist, never leave him alone, do not anger him, do not disappoint him. - Blessed Maria to her Sisters

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-maria-of-the-passion-of-our-lord-jesus-christ/


Pope Saint Celestine I

Profile

Son of Priscus. May have been related to Emperor Valentinian. May have worked with Saint Ambrose of Milan. Deacon in Rome, Italy in 416. Almost nothing else is known about Celestine before his unanimous election as 43rd pope.

Ordered the bishops of Vienne and Narbonne in Gaul to correct doctrinal errors and abuses. He sent Saint Germanus of Auxerre to Britain to oppose Pelagianism in 429, and later wrote a treatise himself against semi-Pelagianism. Opposed the Manichaeans, Donatists, Noviatians whose heresies were spreading. Convened a council in Rome in 430, sent legates to the General Council of Ephesus in 431 to condemn Nestorianism, excommunicated Nestorius and deposed him. Dispatched Palladius to evangelize Ireland in 431.

Friend of and correspondent with Saint Augustine of Hippo; their letters indicate that Rome was the final authority for theology in the 5th century. Restored the basilica of Saint Mary Travestere after it had been damaged in Alaric's sack of Rome. He worked to reform the clergy of Gaul, and ordered that absolution should never be denied to the dying who were sincere in their repentance.

Born

Campania, Italy

Papal Ascension

20 September 422

Died

• 27 July 432 in Rome, Italy of natural causes
• buried in the cemetery of Priscilla in Rome
• his tomb is decorated with painted scenes of the Council of Ephesus
• relics translated to the church of Saint Praxedes on 820

Representation

pope with a dove, dragon, and flame

http://catholicsaints.info/pope-saint-celestine-i/


Saint Panteleon

Also known as

Panteleimon, Pantaleon

Profile

Christian physician to emperor Maximian. Life-long layman and bachelor. At one point he abandoned his faith, and fell in with a worldly and idolatrous crowd. However, he was eventually overcome with grief, and with the help of the priest Hermolaus, he returned to the Church. Brought his father to the faith. Gave his fortune to the poor, treated them medically, and never charged. Some of his cures were miraculous, being accomplished by prayer.

Denounced to the anti-Christian authorities by other doctors during the persections of Diocletian. At trial he offered a contest to see whose prayers would cure the incurable - his or the pagan priests'. The pagans failed to help the man, a palsied paralytic, but Pantaleon cured the man by mentioning the name Jesus. Many of the witnesses converted.

The authorities tried to bribe him to denounce the faith, but failed. They then threatened him; that failed. They followed up the threats with torture. When that failed, he was executed. Martyr. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

Died

• nailed to a tree and beheaded c.305
• a phial of his blood is preserved at Constantinople, and is reported to become liquid and bubble on his feast day
• some relics enshrined at the church of Saint Denis in Paris, France
• some relics enshrined at Lyons, France

Patronage

• against consumption or tuberculosis
• bachelors
• doctors, physicians
• midwives
• torture victims

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


Saint Simeon Stylites

Also known as

Simeon Stylites the Elder

Profile

Son of a poor shepherd, and worked as a shepherd as a child. A would-be monk at age 13, he was turned away from monasteries because his severe self-imposed penances. Tired of the gossip and arguments from fellow religious, he lived as a hermit on top of a column, occasionally preaching to those who gathered to watch and pray with him, and starting a movement of pillar-living among Eastern hermits.

Born

c.390 at Cilicia, near Syria

Died

c.459 of natural causes

Patronage

shepherds

Readings

Lord God of virtues, Guide of the wayward, Who sits above the Cherubim and searches the foundations of the abyss, Who knew Adam before he was; Who has promised the riches of the Kingdom of Heaven to those who love Thee; Who spoke to Moses out of the burning bush; Who blessed Abraham, our Father; Who brings to Paradise the souls of the just and sinks the souls of the ungodly in perdition; Who humbled the lions before Daniel and mitigated for the three Children the strong fire of the Chaldees; Who nourished Elijah by the ravens which brought him food and restored to life Lazarus on the fourth day, receive my mother's soul in peace, and put her in the place of the holy fathers, for Thine is the power for ever and ever. Amen. - Saint Simon's prayer for his mother; text from Prayers of the Saints

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-simeon-stylites/


Seven Sleepers of Ephesus

Also known as

• People of the Cave
• The Seven Sleepers

Profile

A group of seven young Christian men who hid in a cave in hopes of avoiding the persecution of Decius in the year 250. Found and arrested, they were ordered by the pro-consul in Ephesus to renounce their faith; they refused, and were sentenced to die. Legend says that they were walled up in their hiding cave, guarded by the dog Al Rakim; when the cave wall was breached in 479 - they all woke up!

It is likely that the youths were tortured to death in various ways and buried in the cave. The resurrection story confusion came from the phrase "went to sleep in the Lord" which was used to describe the death of Christians, and 479 is when their relics were discovered. Their names were Constantinus, Dionysius, Joannes, Malchus, Martinianus, Maximianus and Serapion.

Died

• 250 in Ephesus (in modern Turkey); tradition says that they were walled up in a cave to suffocate, but other records indicate that they were tortured to death in various ways
• relics discovered in 479
• relics translated to Marseilles, France and enshrined in a large stone coffin

Representation

seven young men asleep in a cave

http://catholicsaints.info/seven-sleepers-of-ephesus/


Blessed Nevolo of Faenza

Also known as

• Nevolo of Tavensia
• Nevolone, Novellone, Nevolonius

Profile

Son of a craftsman. Layman cobbler who led a dissolute life in his youth and early married life. However, a serious illness at age 24 caused him to re-evaluate his life; he had a conversion experience, repented his early life, and dedicated himself to God, penance and prayer. He became a Franciscan tertiary, and converted his wife to an active faith. His charity to the poor nearly ruined his business. Pilgrim to many holy sites, and made the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela eleven times. Widower. Franciscan lay brother. Camaldolese hermit at the monastery of San Maglorio in Faenza, Italy where his reputation for piety and wisdom continued to grow.

Born

13th century Faenza, Italy

Died

• 27 July 1280 in Faenza, Italy of natural causes
• interred in the cathedral of San Pietro in Faenza
• by 1282 there were so many pilgrims to his tomb that guards had to be posted to maintain order

Beatified

4 June 1817 by Pope Pius VII (cultus confirmation)

Patronage

cobblers (chosen by the cobblers of Rimini, Italy in 1331)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-nevolo-of-faenza/


Blessed Robert Sutton

Additional Memorial

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

Profile

Protestant minister; rector of Lutterworth, Leicestershire, England in 1571. Convert to Catholicism, led to the faith by his younger brother William who became a Jesuit priest. With his younger brother Abraham, he studied in Douai, France in 1576. Ordained in February 1577 for the apostolic vicariate of England. Robert returned to England on 19 March 1578 to minister to covert Catholics during the persecutions of Elizabeth I. Imprisoned and martyred for the crime of priesthood.

Born

Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Died

• hanged on 27 July 1588 in Stafford, Staffordshire, England
• a forefinger and thumb were later recovered as relics
• thumb enshrined at Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green, Lancashire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-robert-sutton-27-july/


Blessed Mary Magdalene Martinengo

Also known as

• Margarita Martinengo
• Maria Maddalena

Profile

Born to the Italian nobility. Her mother died while Mary was five months old; the lack of a mother affected the girl deeply, and led her to intense religious devotion and prayer. At age 18 she joined the Capuchin Poor Clares of Santa Maria della Neve in Brescia, Italy. Professed in 1706, she spent the rest of her life in the convent. Recognized in the convent for her holiness and prayer life. Twice prioress, and served several years as novice mistress. Worked to promote devotion to Christ Crucified, and used her own example to encourage penance and personal sacrifice for the Lord.

Born

5 October 1687 at Brescia, Italy

Died

27 July 1737 in Brescia, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

3 June 1900 by Pope Leo XIII

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-mary-magdalene-martinengo/


Saint Lillian of Cordoba

Also known as

Liliosa

Profile

Lay woman in Moorish controlled ninth-century Spain. Married to Saint Felix of Cordoba. A covert Christian who was careful not to display enough of her faith to risk the attention of Muslim neighbors. However, stories of the persecutions of active Christians shamed her into openly living his faith. Martyred in the persecutions of Caliph Abderraham II.

Born

Spain

Died

852 in Cordoba, Spain

Storefront

medals and pendants

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lillian-of-cordoba/


Blessed Berthold of Garsten

Also known as

Berthold de Rachez

Profile

Born to the nobility. Benedictine monk at the Abbey of Saint Blaise in the Black Forest in Germany. Priest. Prior of Gottweig Abbey in 1107. Developed and served as first abbot of Garsden Abbey in 1111. Introduced the Hirsau Reforms into Austria. Known for his strict adherence to the Benedictine Rule, charity to the poor, and endless work as a spiritual director to visitors and the laity.

Born

c.1060

Died

• 27 July 1142 in Garsten, Upper Austria, Austria of natural causes
• buried in Garsten Abbey

Beatified

8 January 1970 by Pope Paul VI (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-berthold-of-garsten/


Blessed Modesto Vegas y Vegas

Profile

Entered the novitiate of the Friars Minor Conventual at the Franciscan convent at Granollers, Spain as a teenager in 1929. Studied at the seminary in Osimo, Italy where he was ordained in 1934. His short career as a parish priest in Granollers was noted for his preaching and devotion to the confessional. Captured, beaten and martyred in the Spanish Civil War for the offense of being a priest.

Born

24 February 1912 in La Serna, Palencia, diocese of Leon, Spain

Died

shot on 27 July 1936 in Can Moncada, Llisá de Munt, Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-modesto-vegas-y-vegas/


Saint Aurelius of Cordoba

Profile

Born to a wealthy Moorish father, Spanish mother, and orphaned as a child. Raised as a secret Christian by his aunt during the Moorish occupation of Spain and persecution of Christians. Married a half-Moorish woman who was born as Sabigotho, changed her name to Natalia when she converted to Christianity, and is a saint as well. Father of two children. Publicly proclaimed his faith after seeing a local merchant named John scourged to death for being a Christian. Both he and Natalia were martyred in the persecutions of Caliph Abderrahman II for openly practising their faith.

Died

beheaded 27 July 852 in Cordoba, Spain

Patronage

orphans

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aurelius-of-cordoba/


Blessed Joaquín Vilanova Camallonga

Profile

He early felt a call to the priesthood, and was ordained in the archdiocese of Valencia, Spain in 1920. Parish priest in Quatretondeta, Spain; priest and co-adjutor in Ibi, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War by Republican forces.

Born

6 October 1888 in Ontinyent, Valencia, Spain

Died

shot on 29 July 1936 in Ibi, Alicante, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-joaquin-vilanova-camallonga/


Blessed William Davies

Additional Memorial

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

Profile

Priest in the apostolic vicariate of England during a period of government persecution of Catholics. Martyred for the crime of being a priest. His final act was to pray for the people who attended his execution.

Born

c.1559 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales

Died

hanged on 27 July 1593 in Beaumaris, Anglesey, Wales

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

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


Saint Natalia

Also known as

Natalie, Nathalie, Sabigotho

Profile

Half-Moorish. Convert to Christianity. Married to Saint Aurelius. Mother of two. She and Aurelius knew that to openly practice their faith was a recipe for martyrdom. However, after making provision for their children's welfare, they became openly Christian, caring for the sick and poor, and talking openly about Jesus. Martyr.

Born

as Sabigotho

Died

beheaded on 27 July 852

Patronage

• converts
• martyrs

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


Blessed Felipe Hernández Martínez

Profile

Joined the Salesians in 1930. Teacher in Ciudadela, Spain. Began his studies for the priesthood in Madrid, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

14 March 1913 in Villena, Alicante, Spain

Died

shot on 27 July 1936 in Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-felipe-hernandez-martinez/


Blessed Maria Klemensa Staszewska

Also known as

Mary Clemente of Jesus Crucified Staszewska

Profile

Ursuline nun. Martyred in the persecutions of the Nazis.

Born

30 July 1890 in Zloczew, Wielkopolskie, Poland

Died

27 July 1943 in Oswiecim (a.k.a. Auschwitz), Malopolskie, Nazi-occupied Poland

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-maria-klemensa-staszewska/


Saint Juliana of Mataró

Also known as

Giuliana

Profile

Blood sister of Saint Semproniana of Mataró. Baptized by and spiritual student of Saint Cugat del Valles. Nun. Imprisoned and martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian for trying to bury the martyred body of Saint Cugat.

Died

304 in Illuron (modern Mataró), near Barcelona, Spain

Patronage

Mataró, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-juliana-of-mataro/


Blessed Jaime Ortiz Alzueta

Profile

Member of the Salesians, making his final vows in 1932. Attended the canonization recognition of Saint John Bosco. Teacher. Co-adjutor of his Order. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

24 May 1913 in Pamplona, Navarra, Spain

Died

shot on 27 July 1936 in Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jaime-ortiz-alzueta/


Saint Semproniana of Mataró

Profile

Blood sister of Saint Juliana of Mataró. Baptized by and spiritual student of Saint Cugat del Valles. Nun. Imprisoned and martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian for trying to bury the martyred body of Saint Cugat.

Died

304 in Illuron (modern Mataró), near Barcelona, Spain

Patronage

Mataró, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-semproniana-of-mataro/


Saint Galactorio of Lescar

Also known as

• Galactorio of Béarn
• Galattorio, Galactoire, Galactorius

Profile

Sixth century bishop of Lescar in the French Pyrenees. Participated in the Council of Agde. Martyred by invading Arian Visigoths led by Alaric.

Died

Lescar, Béarn region of the French Pyrenees

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-galactorio-of-lescar/


Blessed Lucy Bufalari

Also known as

Lucy of Amelia

Profile

Sister of Blessed John of Rieti. Augustinian nun at Amelia where she became prioress.

Born

at Castel Porziano near Rome, Italy

Died

1350 of natural causes

Beatified

1832 by Pope Gregory XVI (cultus confirmed)

Patronage

against demonic possession

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-lucy-bufalari/


Blessed Zacarías Abadía Buesa

Profile

Joined the Salesians in 1930. Teacher in Sarria, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

5 November 1913 in Almuniente, Huesca, Spain

Died

shot on 27 July 1936 in Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-zacarias-abadia-buesa/


Blessed José MarĂ­a Ruiz Cano

Profile

Claretian priest. Martyred in the religious persecutions of the Spanish Civil War.

Born

13 September 1906 at Jerez de los Caballeros, Badajoz, Spain

Died

27 July 1936 at El Otero, Sigüenza, Spain

Beatified

13 October 2013 by Pope Francis

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jose-maria-ruiz-cano/


Saint Arethas

Also known as

• Abdullah ibn Kaab
• Aretas
• al-Haarith

Profile

Martyred in the persecutions of Dhu Nowas (Dunawan), King of the Hymerites along with a large number of fellow Christians whose names have not come down to us.

Born

427

Died

beheaded in 523 in Nedshran (Negran; Najran; Nagran) Arabia

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


Saint George of Cordoba

Profile

Monk from Palestine. Deacon. Arrested and condemned to death during the persecutions of Caliph Abderrahman II. He was offered a pardon as a foreigner, but he declined, perferring to stand for his faith, minister to his fellow prisoners, and die as a martyr.

Died

• c.822 at Cordoba, Spain
• relics at the abbey church of Saint Germain, Paris, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-george-of-cordoba/


Saint Maurus of Bisceglia

Also known as

Maruo

Profile

Spiritual student of Saint Peter the Apostle. Assigned by Peter as the first Bishop of Bisceglia, Italy. Martyred in the persecutions of Trajan.

Born

Jerusalem, Palestine

Died

27 July 117 in Bisceglia, Italy

Patronage

Bisceglia, Italy

Representation

bishop with a book

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maurus-of-bisceglia/


Saint Pantaleimon of Bisceglia

Also known as

Pantaleo

Profile

Martyred in the persecutions of Trajan.

Born

Apulia, Italy

Died

27 July 117 in Bisceglia, Italy

Patronage

Bisceglia, Italy

Representation

soldier on horseback raising a flag with a red cross on a white background

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pantaleimon-of-bisceglia/


Saint Sergius of Bisceglia

Also known as

Sergio

Profile

Martyred in the persecutions of Trajan.

Born

Apulia, Italy

Died

27 July 117 in Bisceglia, Italy

Patronage

Bisceglia, Italy

Representation

soldier on horseback raising a flag with a red cross on a white background

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sergius-of-bisceglia/


Saint Ecclesius of Ravenna

Also known as

Eclesio Celio

Profile

Bishop of Ravenna, Italy from 521 till his death in 532. Built the Basilica of San Vitale. Worked with Pope John I to resist King Theodoric.

Died

532 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ecclesius-of-ravenna/


Saint Felix of Cordoba

Profile

Layman Christian in Moorish-occupied Spain. Married to Saint Lillian of Cordoba. Martyred in the persecutions of Caliph Abderraham II.

Born

Spain

Died

852 in Cordoba, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-felix-of-cordoba-27-july/


Saint Anthusa of Constantinople

Profile

Eighth-century nun. Tortured and exiled from Constantinople for refusing to comply with the heresy of iconoclasm.

Born

Greek

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


Saint Hermolaus

Profile

Priest in Nicomedia, Bithynia, Asia Minor (modern Izmit, Turkey). In his old age, he converted Saint Pantaleon, then the imperial physician. Martyr.

Died

c.305

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


Saint Aetherius of Auxerre

Also known as

Etherius of Auxerre

Profile

Sixth-century bishop of Auxerre, France for 10 years.

Died

573

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aetherius-of-auxerre/


Saint Luican

Also known as

Luicain

Profile

Titular saint of Kill-Luicain parish, County Roscommon, Ireland. No details have survived.

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


Saint Hermocrates

Also known as

Thermocrates

Profile

Martyr.

Died

c.305

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


Saint Hermippus

Profile

Martyr.

Died

c.305

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


Martrys of Nicomedia

Profile

Three Christians martyred together. The only other information to survive are their names - Felix, Jucunda and Julia.

Died

Nicomedia, Asia Minor

http://catholicsaints.info/martrys-of-nicomedia-27-july/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Albert Pandoni
• Andrea Jimenez Galera
• Angel of Bulgaria
• Anthus of Honoriade
• Arnold of Lyon
• Congall of Iabnallivin
• Conrad of Ottobeuren
• Desideratus of Besancon
• Erlembald
• Fronimio of Metz
• Giustina
• Jacobo Papocchi of Montieri
• Nahum of Ohrid
• Raimondo Zanfogni
• Sabas of Bulgaria
• Simeon the Aegean
• Simeon Stylites the Elder
• Theobald of Marly
• Ursus of Loches


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