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Saint Maximus of Riez

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Raised in a Christian home, in his youth he began to live as a hermit there. Monk at the monastery founded by Saint Honoratius in Lerins, France. Abbot in 426; Saint Sidonius wrote about the revitalization of the monastic life under Maximus' leadership. He became known as a miracle worker and his reputation for wisdom and holiness spread to the point that he fled to live as a forest hermit. Reluctant bishop of Riez, Provence in 434, consecrated by Saint Hilary who had tracked him down at his hermitage. Lived as much as a monk as his vocation as bishop would allow. Attended synods at Riez in 439, Orange in 441, and Arles in 454. One of the most influential bishops in the Gaul of his day.

Born

in Decom, Provence (modern Châteauredon, France)

Died

• 460 of natural causes
• interred in Riez, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maximus-of-riez/


Saint Virgilius of Salzburg

Also known as

• Apostle of Carinthia
• Fergal, Fearghal, Ferghil, Vergil, Virgiel, Virgil

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Benedictine monk. Pilgrim to the Holy Land in 743, and on the way home he stopped in Bavaria - and stayed. Worked with Saint Rupert of Salzburg. Abbot of Saint Peter's monastery in Salzburg, Austria; one of his monks was Saint Modestus. Bishop of Salzburg in 765, ordained by Duke Odilo. Saint Boniface twice accused him of heresy because of his scientific ideas (including a round earth), but this reflected some friction between the style and people of Roman and Celtic origins, and Virgilius was always cleared of the charges. He rebuilt the cathedral of Salzburg. Sent missionary priests to Carinthia, Austria.

Born

8th century Ireland

Died

• 784 at Salzburg, Austria of natural causes
• relics in the altar of the cathdral of Salzburg, Austria

Canonized

10 June 1233 by Pope Gregory IX

Patronage

• against birth complications
• Salzburg, Austria
• Slovenes

Representation

• bishop holding a church
• bishop with a purse
• bishop with a globe

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-virgilius-of-salzburg/


Saint Josaphat

Also known as

Ioasaph, Iasaph, Joasaph, Yudasaf

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With Saint Barlaam, one of the protagonists in a Christianized retelling of the story of Siddhartha Buddha that was popular in the Middle Ages.

Many people in India were converted by Thomas the Apostle. Astrologers foretold that the son of King Abenner would one day become a Christian. To prevent this, Abenner began persecuting the Church, and had his son placed under house arrest. In spite of these precautions, Barlaam, a hermit of Senaar, met him, and converted him to the Faith. Abenner tried to pervert Josaphat, but failed, and shared the government with him. Abenner himself later became a Christian, abdicated the throne, and became a hermit. Josaphat governed for a time, then abdicated, too. He travelled to the desert, found Barlaam, and spent his remaining years as a holy hermit. Years after their deaths, the bodies Josaphat and Barlaam were brought to India; their joint grave became renowned by miracles.

Representation

• with Saint Barlaam
• praying in a cave

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


Saint Barlaam

Also known as

Varlaam

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Convert to Christianity in northern India. Hermit. Brought Saint Josaphat to the faith, and then returned to his life as a cave hermit.

Representation

• man in a tree, which is being gnawed by a mouse, grabbing a beehive while hanging over a dragon in a pit
• with Saint Josaphat
• praying in a cave

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


Blessed Bronislao Kostkowski

Also known as

Bronislas, Bronislaw

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II

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Seminarian in the diocese of Wlaoclawek, Poland. Arrested by Nazi officials in 1939 along with his seminary teachers, and lodged in the concentration camp at Dachau, Bavaria, Germany, which had a special section for Catholic clergy. He was offered his freedom if he would renounce his calling to the priesthood; he declined. Martyr.

Born

11 March 1915 in Slupsk, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland

Died

starved to death on 27 November 1942 the concentration camp at Dachau, Oberbayern, Germany

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-bronislao-kostkowski/


Saint Fergus the Pict

Also known as

• Fergus Cruithneach
• Fergustian, Fergustus

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May have studied in both Scotland and Ireland. Priest. Travelling bishop in Ireland. Evangelist in the counties of Perth and Caithness in Scotland. Founded churches dedicated to Saint Patrick at Strageath, Blackford, and Dolpatrick in Perthshire; Wick and Halkirk, in Caithnessshire; and Lungley (now Saint Fergus), in Aberdeenshire. Settled in Glamis in c.710. Attended a synod in Rome, Italy in 721 which condemned sorcery and irregular marriages.

Born

Pictish Scotland

Died

• c.730 at Glamis, Forfarshire, Scotland of natural causes
• head transferred to the Scone Abbey

Patronage

Wick, Caithness, Scotland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fergus-the-pict/


Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani

Also known as

• Antony Fasani
• Francis Anthony Fasani
• Francis Fasani

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Known as a pious child. Entered the Conventual Franciscan order in 1695, taking the name Francis. Ordained in 1705. Taught philosophy to younger friars, served as guardian of his friary, provincial of the Order, master of novices, and finally pastor in his hometown. Sought after confessor and preacher, a loyal friend of the poor, never hesitating to seek from benefactors what was needed. A mystic, known for his deep prayer life, he was known to levitate while praying.

Born

6 August 1681 in Lucera, Foggia, Italy as Antony Fasani

Died

• 29 November 1742 in Lucera, Foggia, Italy of natural causes
• when news of his death spread, children ran through the streets crying, "The saint is dead! The saint is dead!"

Canonized

13 April 1986 by Pope John Paul II

Readings

In his preaching he spoke in a familiar way, filled as he was with the love of God and neighbor; fired by the Spirit, he made use of the words and deed of Holy Scripture, stirring his listeners and moving them to do penance. - witness to Francesco's preaching, recorded in the investigation for his canonization

Francesco made the love taught us by Christ the fundamental characteristic of his existence, the basic criterion of his thought and activity, the supreme summit of his aspirations. - Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-francesco-antonio-fasani/


Saint James Intercisus

Also known as

Jakob Intercisus

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Military officer and courtier to King Jezdigerd I. During Jezdigerd's persecution of Christians, James apostacized. Following Jezdigerd's death, he was contacted by family members who had never renounced their faith. James experienced a crisis of faith and conscience, and openly expressed his faith to the new king Bahram. He was condemned, tortured and martyred.

Born

Beth Laphat, Persia

Died

slowly cut into 28 pieces, finally dying from beheading in 421

Patronage

• lost vocations
• torture victims

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-james-intercisus/


Saint Secundinus of Ireland

Also known as

• Secundinus of Dunsaghlin
• Secundinus of Dunseachlin
• Secundinus of Dunshaughlin
• Seachnal, Seachnall, Sechnall, Secundin

Additional Memorial

6 December (joint celebration of the missionary work of Secundinus and Saint Auxilius)

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Migrated to Ireland in 439 with Saint Auxilius and Saint Iserninus to help Saint Patrick evangelize the country; Secundinus preached in the north and east. There are many conflicting documents about him - whether he was a priest or bishop when he arrived, if he had been there before, etc. He apparently served as acting bishop of Armagh, Ireland when Patrick went to Rome. Founded a church and served as first bishop of Dunshaughlin, Meath, Ireland. Wrote the earliest poem of the Irish Church, an alphabetical hymn in honour of Saint Patrick.

Born

c.375 in Gaul (modern France, possibly the area of Auxerre

Died

27 November 447 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-secundinus-of-ireland/


Saint Acacius of Sebaste

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Priest at Sebaste, Armenia. Martyred during the persecutions of Diocletian with Saint Hirenachus and seven female companions whose names have not come down to us.

Died

c.305 at Sebaste, Armenia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-acacius-of-sebaste/


Saint Acharius of Tournai

Also known as

• Acharius of Noyon
• Acharius of Luxeuil
• Achaire of...

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Monk at Luxeuil Abbey in Burgundy (in modern France) under the direction of Saint Eustace. Bishop of Noyon-Tournai in 621. Helped the missionary work of Saint Amandus of Maastricht. Worked to have Saint Omen named bishop of Thérouanne.

Died

640 of natural causes

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


Saint Apollinaris of Monte Cassino

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Abbot of Monte Cassino Abbey for eleven years.

Died

828

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-apollinaris-of-monte-cassino/


Saint Bilhild

Also known as

Bilhildis

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Born to the nobility. Married to the Duke of Thuringia. Widow. Founded the convent of Altenmünster in Mainz, Germany.

Born

c.630 near Würzburg, Germany

Died

c.710

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


Saint Facundus

Also known as

Facundo

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Martyr. The monastery of Sahagun, Spain, and the town that grew up around it, were named for him.

Born

in Léon, Spain

Died

beheaded c.300 at Sahagun, Spain

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


Saint Gallgo

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Sixth century founder of the Llanallgo monastery in Anglesey, Wales.

Born

Welsh

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


Saint Gulstan

Also known as

Constans, Goustan, Gulstanus, Gunstan, Gustan

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Sailor. Hermit. Benedictine monk and then abbot at the abbey of Saint Gildas of Rhuys, Brittany under Saint Felix. Hermit on Hoëdic Island off the southern coast of Brittany.

Born

Ouessant, Brittany, France

Died

• c.1010 of natural causes
• buried at the church of St-Gildas-de-Rhuys in Brittany, France

Patronage

• Saint-Goustan, Auray, France
• Hoëdic Island, France
• sailors

Representation

monk with a fish

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


Saint Hirenarchus of Sebaste

Also known as

Hirenarkus, Hiernarkus, Hiernarchus

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Pagan who converted while witnessing the faith of the Martyrs of Sebaste during their persecution; he was martyred with them.

Died

c.305 at Sebaste, Armenia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hirenarchus-of-sebaste/


Saint Humilis of Bisignano

Also known as

• Luca Antonio Pirozzo
• Umile of Bisignano

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Franciscan lay-brother. So renowned for his sanctity, he was summoned to Rome to be counselor to Pope Gregory XV and Pope Urban VIII.

Born

26 August 1582 at Bisignano, Cosanza, Italy

Died

26 November 1637 at Bisignano, Cosanza, Italy of natural causes

Canonized

19 May 2002 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-humilis-of-bisignano/


Saint John Angeloptes

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Bishop of Ravenna, Italy in 430. Metropolitan of Aemilia and Flaminia. Once received a vision of an angel who helped him celebrate the Eucharist.

Died

433 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-angeloptes/


Saint John of Pavia

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Ninth-century bishop of Pavia, Italy for 12 years. Noted for his care for the poor, his insistence on clerical discipline, and his work against vice in the general population of his diocese.

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


Blessed José Pérez González

Also known as

Ramiro of Sobradillo

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Franciscan Capuchin priest. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

5 January 1907 in Sobradillo, Salamanca, Spain

Died

27 November 1936 in Paracuellos de Jarama, Madrid, Spain

Beatified

13 October 2013 by Pope Francis

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jose-perez-gonzalez/


Blessed Juan Antonio de Bengoa Larriñaga

Also known as

Daciano

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Professed religious in the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers). Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

17 January 1882 in Dima, Vizcaya, Spain

Died

27 November 1936 in Paracuellos de Jarama, Madrid, Spain

Beatified

13 October 2013 by Pope Francis

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-juan-antonio-de-bengoa-larrinaga/


Saint Primitivus of Sahagun

Also known as

Primitivo of Sahagun

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Martyr.

Born

in Léon, Spain

Died

beheaded c.300 at Sahagun, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-primitivus-of-sahagun/


Saint Severinus the Hermit

Also known as

Severin

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Hermit at and then near Paris, France. Lived in a walled up cell. Spiritual teacher of Saint Cloud.

Died

• c.540 in the Latin Quarter of Paris, France of natural causes
• relics enshrined in the cathedral of Notre Dame

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


Saint Siffred of Carpentras

Also known as

Siffrein, Suffredus, Syffroy

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Monk at Lérins Abbey. Bishop of Carpentras, France.

Born

Albano, Italy

Died

c.540

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-siffred-of-carpentras/


Saint Valerian of Aquileia

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Bishop of Aquileia, Italy. Fought for years to eradicate Arianism.

Died

389

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-valerian-of-aquileia/


Martyrs of Antioch

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A group of Christians martyred together for their faith. Little information has survived except for their names - Auxilius, Basileus and Saturninus.

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-antioch-27-november/


Martyrs of Nagasaki

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A group of eleven Christians martyred together for their faith during a period of official persecution in Japan. They are

• Alexius Nakamura
• Antonius Kimura
• Bartholomaeus Seki
• Ioannes Iwanaga
• Ioannes Motoyama
• Leo Nakanishi
• Matthias Kozasa
• Matthias Nakano
• Michaël Takeshita
• Romanus Motoyama Myotaro
• Thomas Koteda Kyumi

Died

27 November 1619 in Nagasaki, Japan

Beatified

7 May 1867 by Pope Pius IX

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-nagasaki-27-november/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
• Angelus Sinesius
• Bernardin of Fossa
• Congar of Congresbury
• Edwold of Cerne
• Fabiola
• Gregory of Sinai
• James of Rostov
• Laverio
• Vindician


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