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Optional Memorial of Saint Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr; Optional Memorial of Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort, Priest; Optional Memorial of Gianna Beretta Molla

Blessed Marie-Louise Trichet

Also known as

• First Daughter of Wisdom
• Marie-Louise de Jésus
• Marie-Louise of Jesus

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The fourth of eight children born to Julien, a court magistrate, and Françoise Lecocq, a notably pious mother; one of Marie-Louise's brothers became a priest, one of her sisters a nun; her eldest sister, Jeanne, was paralyzed at the age of 13, but was cured at 16 during a pilgrimage to Notre Dame des Ardilliers, Saumur, France. Educated from age seven by the Sisters of Sainte Jeanne de Lestonac. From the age of seventeen, Marie-Lousie devoted herself to the care of the poor and the sick, and when she worked at the poor house in Poitiers, France, a place known as a the General Hospital, she met and began to work with Saint Louis de Montfort. On 2 February 1703, at age 18, she dedicated herself to God and moved into the Hospital, officially as an impoverished inmate, but actually to help Father Louis administer the place. With him she co-founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom, was it's first member, and served as its first leader.

De Montfort left to serve as a travelling missioner, and Sister Marie-Louise worked as nurse and administrator on her own for the next ten years. She expanded the mission of the Hospital to feed beggars and operate the Hospital of Niort in Deux-Sèvres, France. In 1715, she and Catherine Brunet left Poitiers for La Rochelle, France where they opened a free religious school; it soon had 400 students. Upon the death of Saint Louis de Montfort, Marie-Louise assumed full leadership of the Daughters of Wisdom. She returned to Poitiers in 1719, and established the mother-house of the Daughters in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, France in 1720; the house still stands, and is a museum of the Daughters. The Daughters lived and worked in abject poverty, but the Congregation continued to grow. From 1729 to 1759 thirty new houses of Daughters were founded, and they became known for teaching children, caring for the sick, and feeding the poor, all for free. Their houses became homes for orphans, the neglected elderly, and abandoned cripples.

At age 66, Mother Marie-Louise made a journey on horseback to all the Daughter communities to inspire the sisters. Returning home, she had an accidental fall that left in continuing pain, and broke her health. At her death, the Daughters had 174 sisters and 37 houses, and they have continued their good work in France, Spain, Prussia and Belgium for centuries.

Born

7 May 1684 on the Clain River in Poitiers, Vienne, France as Marie-Louise Trichet

Died

• 28 April 1759 in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, Vendée, France of natural causes
• interred in the church at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre next to Saint Louis de Montfort

Beatified

16 May 1993 by Pope John Paul II at Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy

Patronage

Daughters of Divine Wisdom

Readings

Your real Superior is Mary; I am but her servant. – Blessed Marie-Louise

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-marie-louise-trichet/


Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort

Profile

Born poor. Studied in Paris, France, and ordained in 1700. While a seminarian he delighted in researching the writings of Church Fathers, Doctors and Saints as they related to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom he was singularly devoted.

Under Mary's inspiration, he founded the Daughters of Divine Wisdom, a religious institute of women devoted to the care of the desititute, and a brother organization, the Brothers of Saint Gabriel. During this work, he began his apostolate of preaching the Rosary and authentic Marian devotion. He preached so forcefully and effectively against the errors of Jansenism that he was expelled from several dioceses in France. In Rome Pope Clement XI conferred on him the title and authority of Missionary Apostolic, which enabled him to continue his apostolate after returning to France. He preached Mary everywhere and to everyone. A member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic, Saint Louis was one of the greatest apostles of the Rosary in his day, and by means his miraculously inspiring book, The Secret of the Rosary, he is still so today; the most common manner of reciting the Rosary is the method that originated with Saint Louis's preaching. In 1715, he founded the missionaries known as the Company of Mary or Montfort Missionaries.

His greatest contribution to the Church and world is Total Consecration to the Blessed Virgin. He propagated this in his day by preaching and after his own death by his other famous book True Devotion to Mary. Consecration to Mary is for Saint Louis the perfect manner of renewing one's baptismal promises. His spirituality has been espoused by millions, especially Pope John Paul II, who has consecrated not only himself but every place he has visited as pope. In True Devotion to Mary, Saint Louis prophesied that the army of souls consecrated to Mary will be Her instrument in defeating the Devil and his Antichrist. As Satan gains power in the world, so much more shall the new Eve triumph over him and crush his head.

The cause for his declaration as a Doctor of the Church is now being pursued.

Born

31 January 1673 at Montfort-La-Cane, Brittany, France

Died

28 April 1716 at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sovre, France of natural causes

Canonized

20 July 1947 by Pope Pius XII

Patronage

• preachers
• Brothers of Saint Gabriel
• Company of Mary
• Daughters of Divine Wisdom

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medals, books

Video

YouTube PlayList
True Devotion to Mary (audio book)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-louis-marie-grignion-de-montfort/


Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Also known as

• Gianna Beretta
• Gianna Molla

Profile

Tenth of thirteen children born to Alberto and Maria Beretta, she was a pious girl raised in a pious family; one sister became a nun, and two brothers, including Enrico Beretta became priests. While in college, she worked with the poor and elderly, and joined the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Physician and surgeon, graduating from the University of Pavia in 1949, she started a clinic in Mero, Italy in 1950. She returned to school and studied pediatrics, and after finishing in 1952 she worked especially with mothers, babies, the elderly, and the poor. Active in Catholic Action, and a avid skier. She considered a call to religious life, but was married to Pietro Molla on 24 September 1955 at Magenta. Mother of three, she continued her medical career, treating it as a mission and gift from God. During her pregnancy with her fourth child, she was diagnosed with a large ovarian cyst. Her surgeon recommended an abortion in order to save Gianna's life; she refused and died a week after childbirth, caring more for doing right by her unborn child than for her own life. Today that child is a physician herself, and involved in the pro-life movement.

Born

4 October 1922 in Magenta, Milan, Italy

Died

28 April 1962 in Monza Maternity Hospital, Monza, Italy of complications from an ovarian cyst

Canonized

16 May 2004 by Pope John Paul II

Patronage

• against abortion
• mothers
• pregnant women
• unborn children
• World Meeting of Families 2015

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

If you must choose between me and the baby, no hesitation; choose - and I demand it - the baby. Save the baby! - Saint Gianna

O Jesus, I promise You to submit myself to all that You permit to befall me, make me only know Your Will. My most sweet Jesus, infinitely merciful God, most tender Father of souls, and in a particular way of the most weak, most miserable, most infirm which You carry with special tenderness between Your divine arms, I come to You to ask You, through the love and merits of Your Sacred Heart, the grace to comprehend and to do always Your holy Will, the grace to confide in You, the grace to rest securely through time and eternity in Your loving divine arms. - Saint Gianna

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gianna-beretta-molla/


Saint Peter Chanel

Also known as

• Peter Louis Mary Chanel
• Pierre-Louis-Marie Chanel

Profile

Born to a peasant family, he was a shepherd as a boy. An excellent student. Ordained in 1827 at age 24. He was assigned to Crozet, a parish in decline; he turned it around, in part because of his ministry to the sick, and brought a spiritual revival. Joined the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers) in 1831. Taught at the Belley seminary for five years. Led a band of missionaries to the New Hebrides in 1836, an area where cannabilism had only recently been outlawed; he was the first Christian missionary on the island of Fortuna. He converted many, often as a result of his work with the sick. He learned the local language, and taught in the local school. Killed by order of Niuliki, a native priest-king who was jealous of Peter's influence; the king's own son and daughter had become Christians. First martyr in Oceania.

Born

12 July 1803 at Cuet, Ain, France as Peter Louis Mary Chanel

Died

• beaten to death with clubs on 28 April 1841 at Poi, Uvea, Fortuna Island, New Hebrides
• body hacked to pieces with hatchets and buried
• remains recovered and taken back to France in 1842
• relics returned to Fortuna Island in 1977

Canonized

12 June 1954 by Pope Pius XII

Patronage

Oceania

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holy cards, medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

He loves us. He does what he teaches. He forgives his enemies. His teaching is good. - one of Saint Peter's catechumens, explaining why he believed Peter's teachings

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-peter-chanel/


Saint Cyril of Turov

Also known as

Kirill of Turov

Profile

Born wealthy. Fluent in Greek and Russian, he read heavily in all sacred works, and was later known as a Bible scholar. When he was grown, he renounced his inheritance, and became a monk in the Turov Borisoglebsk monastery. Preached discipline and obedience to his brother monks. Cyril wrote about the monastic life, and some of his works have survived the centuries.

Believing that even the monastic life was too distracting, he became a hermit on a pillar. His simple life, scholarly background, and reputation of sanctity drew many would-be followers. Bishop of Turov. Correspondent with and counselor to prince Andrei Bogoliubsky on spiritual matters and relations between the Church and state. An exponent of Greek tradition on Russian soil. Renowned orator and preacher, usually on the Passion and Resurrection. He spent his later years writing on spiritual matters.

Born

c.1130

Died

28 April 1182 of natural causes

Readings

I am not an harvester, but I gather up sheaves of grain; I am not an artist in book matters. If I were to speak of myself, ye would have done well not to have come into the church. But I proclaim to you the Word of God, I read to you the account of Christ. I do distribute forth the words of God, finer than gold or other stones, more sweet, than mead or honeycomb, and ye would be deprived of them, not having come to church. But ye, having come, I do praise and bless. - Saint Cyril, writing about himself

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cyril-of-turov/


Blessed Luchesius

Also known as

Lucchese

Profile

Layman who spent the first part of his life indifferent to religion. Married to Blessed Buona dei Segni. Worked as a grocer, money changer, and corn merchant. Father. Spent every waking moment in pursuit of wealth and political influence. In his 30's, his children all died of natural causes, bringing to stark reality all he had given up, and what little he had to show for it. He converted, and spent the rest of his life ministering to the poor, sick, and imprisoned. He and his wife may have been the first Franciscan tertiaries. He was given to ecstasies, and had the gifts of leviation and healing.

Born

at Poggibonsi, Umbria, Italy

Died

1260 at Poggibonsi, Umbria, Italy

Beatified

1273 by Pope Gregory X (cultus confirmed)

Patronage

• death of children
• lost vocations
• Poggibonsi, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-luchesius/


Saint Pamphilus of Sulmona

Also known as

Panfilo

Profile

Seventh century bishop of Sulmona and Corfinium with his see in Abruzzi, Italy. Fed the poor, educated the people, and set an example of piety. Had a custom of celebrating Mass after singing the midnight Office; he followed that by distributing alms, praying through the night, and having breakfast with the poor. Acts like this, and the standard he set, upset some of his clergy: the parishioners expected their priests to behave as well as the bishop. To take the pressure off, some of them brought charges of Arianism against Pamphilus, and the bishop was brought before Pope Sergius I. The Pope vindicated Pamphilus, and sent him home with a large purse of alms for the poor.

Died

c.700 of natural causes

Patronage

Scerni, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pamphilus-of-sulmona/


Saint Prudentius of Tarazona

Also known as

Prudencio, Prudentzio

Profile

Cave hermit at age 15, and the spiritual student of another hermit near Osma, Old Castille, Spain. At age 22 he began evangelizing, opposing idolators and miraculously healing in the area of Calahorra, Spain. Priest. Canon of the church in Calahorra. Bishop of Tarazona, Aragon (in modern Spain).

Born

in Armentia, Alava province, Spain

Died

• late 7th century in Osma, Old Castille, Spain of natural causes
• buried in a cave
• some relics in the diocese of Calahorra, Spain
• some relics in the co-cathedral of Santa Maria la Redonda, Logroño, Spain

Patronage

• Tarazona, Spain, diocese of
• Alava, Spain
• Lazkao, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-prudentius-of-tarazona/


Saint Valeria of Milan

Also known as

Valerie of Milan

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Wife of Saint Vitalis of Milan. Mother of Saint Gervase and Saint Protase. Martyred for given decent burial for Christian martyrs, and then refusing to sacrifice to pagan gods. Some modern writers contend that she may have been a character in a work of fiction mistaken for history.

Died

• beaten to death with clubs in the 1st or 2nd century in Milan, Italy
• relics in the British Museum and in Thibodeaux, Louisiana

Patronage

Thibodeaux, Louisiana

Representation

• with Saint Vitalis, Saint Gervase and Saint Protase
• early female martyr being beaten with clubs

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-valeria-of-milan/


Saint Vitalis of Milan

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Married to Saint Valeria of Milan. Father of Saint Gervase and Saint Protase. Soldier. Convert. When Saint Ursicinus of Ravenna wavered in his faith on his way to martyrdom, Vitalis encouraged him to stand firm. This exposed his faith and led to immediate arrest, torture, and martyrdom. Some modern writers contend that he may have been a character in a work of fiction mistaken for history.

Died

buried alive in the 1st or 2nd century in Milan, Italy

Patronage

Thibodeaux, Louisiana

Representation

• with Saint Valeria, Saint Gervase and Saint Protase
• early martyr being beaten with clubs

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vitalis-of-milan/


Blessed Józef Cebula

Also known as

Joseph Cebula

Profile

Member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Priest. Martyred in the Nazi anti-Catholic persecutions.

Born

23 March 1902 in Malni, Opolskie, Poland

Died

tortured to death on 28 April 1941 at the Nazi prison camp at Mauthausen, Upper Austria, Austria

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jozef-cebula/


Saint Adalbero of Augsburg

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Born to the nobility. Uncle of Saint Ulric of Augsburg. Joined the Benedictines at Dillengen, Germany in 850. Abbot of Ellwangen Abbey. Abbot of Lorsch Abbey, which he rebuilt and restored. Bishop of the diocese of Augsburg, Germany c.887. Advisor to Emperor Arnulf. Tutor to Arnulf's son, the young Emperor John.

Died

909 of natural causes

Patronage

Diocese of Augsburg, Germany

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-adalbero-of-augsburg/


Saint Cronan of Roscrea

Also known as

Croman

Profile

Spent his youth in Connaught, Ireland but returned to his native district, c.610. Founded several monasteries including in Roscrea where he served as the house's first abbot, and established a famous school.

Born

Munster, Ireland

Died

c.626 of natural causes

Patronage

Roscrea, Tipperary, Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cronan-of-roscrea/


Saint Ursicinus of Ravenna

Profile

Physician in Ravenna, Italy. Sentenced to death for being a Christian. He wavered toward the end, but after he spoke to Saint Vitalis, he refused to renounce his faith, and was martyred.

Died

beheaded c.67

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


Saint Benedict of the Bridge

Also known as

Benet

Profile

A holy man in Avignon, France who received help from an angel to build a bridge over a dangerous crossing of the Rhone River.

Died

1184

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-benedict-of-the-bridge/


Saint Artemius of Sens

Profile

Bishop of Sens, France. Spiritual teacher of Saint Bond of Sens.

Born

Sens, France

Died

609

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-artemius-of-sens/


Saint Arduin of Gallinaro

Also known as

Ardwine

Profile

English pilgrim.

Died

639 at Gallinaro, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arduin-of-gallinaro/


Blessed Gerard of Bourgogne

Profile

Cistercian Benedictine monk. Abbot at Cambron, France.

Died

1172

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gerard-of-bourgogne/


Saint Agapio of Cirtha

Profile

Bishop. Martyred in Cirtha, Nicomedia (in modern Turkey).

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agapio-of-cirtha/


Martyrs of Vietnam

Saint Gioan Baotixta Ðinh Van Thành

Also known as

John Baptist Dinh Van Than

Profile

Layman catechist in the apostolic vicariate of West Tonkin (in modern Vietnam). Worked with the Society of Foreign Missionaries. Imprisoned and tortured for their faith for three years during the persecutions of Emperor Minh Mang; he was repeatedly ordered to denounce Christianity; he refused. Martyr.

Born

c.1796 in Nôn Khê, Ninh Bình, Vietnam

Died

beheaded 28 April 1840 in Ninh Bình, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gioan-baotixta-dinh-van-thanh/


Saint Phaolô Pham Khac Khoan

Also known as

Paul Pham Khac Khoan

Profile

Priest in the apostolic vicariate of West Tonkin (in modern Vietnam). Imprisoned and tortured for their faith for three years during the persecutions of Emperor Minh Mang; he was repeatedly ordered to denounce Christianity; he refused. Martyr.

Born

c.1771 in Duyên Mau, Ninh Bình, Vietnam

Died

beheaded 28 April 1840 in Ninh Bình, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-phaolo-pham-khac-khoan/


Saint Phêrô Nguyen Van Hien

Also known as

Peter Nguyen Van Hieu

Profile

Layman catechist in the apostolic vicariate of West Tonkin (in modern Vietnam). Imprisoned and tortured for their faith for three years during the persecutions of Emperor Minh Mang; he was repeatedly ordered to denounce Christianity; he refused. Martyr.

Born

c.1783 in Ðong Chuoi, Ninh Bình, Vietnam

Died

beheaded 28 April 1840 in Ninh Bình, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-phero-nguyen-van-hien/


Martyrs of Languedoc

Saint Agapius of Languedoc

Profile

Martyr. Saint Gregory of Tours wrote about him.

Died

martyred in Languedoc, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agapius-of-languedoc/


Saint Aphrodisius of Languedoc

Profile

Martyr. Saint Gregory of Tours wrote about him.

Died

martyred in Languedoc, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aphrodisius-of-languedoc/


Saint Caralippus of Languedoc

Profile

Martyr. Saint Gregory of Tours wrote about him.

Died

martyred in Languedoc, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-caralippus-of-languedoc/


Saint Eusebius of Languedoc

Profile

Martyr. Saint Gregory of Tours wrote about him.

Died

martyred in Languedoc, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eusebius-of-languedoc/


Martyrs of Prusa

Saint Acasius of Prusa

Also known as

Acatius

Profile

Martyr.

Died

martyred at Prusa, Bithynia (in the northwest of modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-acasius-of-prusa/


Saint Menander of Prusa

Profile

Martyr.

Died

Prusa, Bithynia (in the northwest of modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-menander-of-prusa/


Saint Patritius of Prusa

Also known as

Patricius, Patrick

Profile

Bishop. Martyr.

Died

Prusa, Bithynia (in the northwest of modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-patritius-of-prusa/


Saint Polyenus of Prusa

Profile

Martyr.

Died

martyred at Prusa, Bithynia (in the northwest of modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-polyenus-of-prusa/


Martyrs of Alexandria

Saint Didymus of Alexandria

Profile

Rescued Saint Theodora of Alexandria by trading clothes with her at the house of prostitution where she'd been sentenced. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

beheaded in 304 in Alexandria, Egypt

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


Saint Theodora of Alexandria

Profile

Christian woman who, during the persecutions of Diocletian, refused to sacrifice to idols and claimed that she remained celibate as she was wed to God. She was ordered by anti-Christian governor Eustratius to be turned over to a house of prostitution. There Saint Didymus changed clothes with her so she could escape. She was later re-captured and executed. Martyr.

Died

beheaded in 304 in Alexandria, Egypt


Martyrs of Durostorum

Saint Dada of Durostorum

Also known as

Dadas

Profile

Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

beheaded in Durostorum (modern Silistra, Bulgaria)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-dada-of-durostorum/


Saint Maximus of Durostorum

Profile

Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

Durostorum (modern Silistra, Bulgaria)

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


Saint Quintilian of Durostorum

Profile

Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

beheaded in Durostorum (modern Silistra, Bulgaria)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-quintilian-of-durostorum/


Pilgrims of Gallinaro

Saint Bernard of Gallinaro

Also known as

Bernhard

Profile

English pilgrim.

Died

639 at Gallinaro, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bernard-of-gallinaro/


Saint Gerard of Gallinaro

Profile

English pilgrim.

Died

639 at Gallinaro, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gerard-of-gallinaro/


Saint Hugh of Gallinaro

Profile

English pilgrim.

Died

639 at Gallinaro, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hugh-of-gallinaro/


Martyrs of Nicomedia

Saint Caralampo of Nicomedia

Profile

Martyred at Nicomedia (in modern Turkey).

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-caralampo-of-nicomedia/


Saint Eusebius of Nicomedia

Profile

Martyred at Nicomedia (in modern Turkey).

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eusebius-of-nicomedia/


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