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Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Also known as

• Aurelius Augustinus
• Doctor of Grace

Additional Memorial

5 May (his conversion)

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Son of a pagan father who converted on his death bed, and of Saint Monica, a devout Christian. Raised a Christian, he lost his faith in youth and led a wild life. Lived with a Carthaginian woman from the age of 15 through 30. Fathered a son whom he named Adeotadus, which means the gift of God. Taught rhetoric at Carthage and Milan, Italy. After investigating and experimenting with several philosophies, he became a Manichaean for several years; it taught of a great struggle between good and evil, and featured a lax moral code. A summation of his thinking at the time comes from his Confessions: "God, give me chastity and continence - but not just now."

Augustine finally broke with the Manichaeans and was converted by the prayers of his mother and the help of Saint Ambrose of Milan, who baptized him. On the death of his mother he returned to Africa, sold his property, gave the proceeds to the poor, and founded a monastery. Monk. Priest. Preacher. Bishop of Hippo in 396. Founded religious communities. Fought Manichaeism, Donatism, Pelagianism and other heresies. Oversaw his church and his see during the fall of the Roman Empire to the Vandals. Doctor of the Church. His later thinking can also be summed up in a line from his writings: Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.

Born

13 November 354 at Tagaste, Numidia, North Africa (Souk-Ahras, Algeria) as Aurelius Augustinus

Died

28 August 430 at Hippo, North Africa

Patronage

• against sore eyes
• against vermin
• brewers
• printers
• theologians
• 7 dioceses
• 7 cities

Representation

• child
• dove
• eagle
• pen
• shell
• flaming heart, an allusion to a passage in his Confessions

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medals and pendants

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YouTube PlayList
Confessions (audio book)

Readings

Conquer yourself and the world lies at your feet. - Saint Augustine

God has no need of your money, but the poor have. You give it to the poor, and God receives it. - Saint Augustine

The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness and peril of falling? - Saint Augustine

Daily advance, then, in this love, both by praying and by well doing, that through the help of Him who enjoined it on you, and whose gift it is, it may be nourished and increased, until, being perfected, it render you perfect. - Saint Augustine

What do you possess if you possess not God? - Saint Augustine

Unhappy is the soul enslaved by the love of anything that is mortal. - Saint Augustine

The love of worldly possessions is a sort of bird line, which entangles the soul, and prevents it flying to God. - Saint Augustine

This very moment I may, if I desire, become the friend of God. - Saint Augustine

God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves. - Saint Augustine

I will suggest a means whereby you can praise God all day long, if you wish. Whatever you do, do it well, and you have praised God. - Saint Augustine

This is the business of our life. By labor and prayer to advance in the grace of God, till we come to that height of perfection in which, with clean hearts, we may behold God. - Saint Augustine

God in his omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom He knew not how to give more, in His riches He had not more to give, than the Eucharist. - Saint Augustine

God does not command impossibilities, but by commanding admonishes you do what you can and to pray for what you cannot, and aids you that you may be able. - Saint Augustine

Our life and our death are with our neighbor. - Saint Augustine

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-augustine-of-hippo/


Saint Edmund Arrowsmith

Also known as

• Brian Arrowsmith
• Edmund Bradshaw
• Edmund Rigby

Additional Memorial

• 25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Son of the farmer Robert Arrowsmith and Margery Gerard Arrowsmith. His rebel parents refused to attend Protestant services, harbored priests in their home, and at one point were arrested for their actions, and dragged away in the night, leaving the child Edmund alone. Entered Douai College in 1605; he was forced to quit due to ill health. Ordained in France in 1611. Worked among beleaguered English Catholics in Lancashire for 15 years. Even in those oppressive times he was known for his pleasant disposition, sincerity, and energy.

Queen Elizabeth's governors and hierarchy lived on confiscated Catholic property, so public distrust of priests as agents of Catholic Spain working for a Spanish invasion, worked to their advantage, keeping the population in a constant state of paranoia, dependant on an intrusive government. To keep all this in place, Elizabeth had her own Inquisition. Edmund was arrested in 1622 for his faith, and spent his prison time arguing theology with the local Protestant bishop.

Edmund was unexpectedly freed by a pardon issued by King James I. After making the Spiritual Exercises, Edmund entered the Jesuits in 1623, and returned to Lancashire for the remaining five years of his life. Betrayed by the son of the landlord of the Blue Anchor Inn in south Lancashire, he was arrested by priest hunters, and imprisoned for his vocation. He decided to let the court prove the charge rather than help them with a confession, replying, "Would that I were worthy of being a priest!" When the jury found him guilty of being a Jesuit priest, he exclaimed, "Thanks be to God!" Brought to execution, he prayed for everyone in the kingdom, then said, "Be witnesses with me that I die a constant Roman Catholic and for Christ's sake; let my death be an encouragement to your going forward in the Catholic religion." His confession on the day of his execution was heard by fellow-prisoner Saint John Southworth, and his final words were "Bone Jesu" (O good Jesus).

Born

• 1585 at Haydock, Lancashire, England as Brian Arrowsmith
• his confirmation name was Edmund, and he preferred to use it

Died

• hanged, drawn, and quartered on 28 August 1628 at Lancaster, England
• his hand is preserved as a relic at Saint Oswald's Church, Ashton-in-Makerfield, England

Canonized

25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

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YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-edmund-arrowsmith/


Saint Junipero Serra

Also known as

• Apostle of California
• Miguel José Serra Ferrer

Additional Memorial

1 July (United States)

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Entered the Franciscan University at Palma, Spain at age 15, and joined the Order at age 17, taking the name Junipero after the friend of Saint Francis. Ordained in 1737, and taught philosophy and theology at the Lullian University.

In 1749, Serra was sent to the missionary territories of the west of North America. A mosquito bite he received early in his trip to the New World left one leg swollen; this and his asthma made walking a painful process for the rest of his life. In 1768 he took over missions in the Mexican provinces of Lower and Upper California, missions the Jesuits were forced to abandon by order of King Charles III. A tireless worker, Serra was largely responsible for the foundation and spread of the Church on the West Coast of the United States. Founded twenty-one missions, converted thousands of Native Americans, and trained many of them in European methods of agriculture, cattle husbandry, and crafts. Dedicated religious and missionary, penitent and austere in all areas of his life.

Blessed Junipero Serra is the namesake of the Serra Club, an international Catholic organization dedicated to the promotion of vocations, and the support of seminarians and religious novices. Many of his letters and other writings have survived, and the diary of his travels to the west was published in the early 20th century.

Born

24 November 1713 at Petra, Spanish Majorca as Miguel Jose Serra

Died

• 28 August 1784 of tuberculosis at Mission San Carlos, California of natural causes
• buried at Carmel, Monterey, California

Canonized

• 23 September 2015 by Pope Francis
• canonization recognition celeberated at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC, presided by Pope Francis

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YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-junipero-serra/


Blessed Alfons Maria Mazurek

Also known as

• Alfons Maria of the Holy Spirit
• Alphonsus Mary of the Holy Spirit
• Joseph Mazurek
• Józef Mazurek

Additional Memorial

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

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Discalced Carmelite friar, taking the name Alfons Maria of the Holy Spirit. Ordained in July 1916. Teacher and noted administrator. Professor at the Carmelite minor seminary. Prefect of the seminary. Prior of the Carmelite monastery at Czerna, Poland in 1930. Under his leadership, the house renewed their evangelization work in the community. Murdered by Nazis for being a Christian leader. Martyr.

Born

1 March 1891 at Baranówka, Lubelskie, Poland as Józef Mazurek

Died

beaten then shot on 28 August 1944 in Nawojowa Góra, Malopolskie, Poland

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II at Warsaw, Poland

Readings

All our sanctity and perfection consists in conforming ourselves to the will of God, which is the sole and supreme rule of perfection and of holiness. - Blessed Alfons

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-alfons-maria-mazurek/


Saint Joaquina Vedruna Vidal de Mas

Also known as

• Joachina de Vedruna
• Joachima de Vedruna
• Joaquima de Vedruna Vidal de Mas
• Joaquina of Saint Francis of Assisi

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Married to the Spanish nobleman Theodore de Mas in 1799. Mother of nine children. Widowed in 1816. Founded the Institute of the Carmelite Sisters of Charity in 1826. The Institute spread through Catalonia with the mission of caring for the sick, and teaching children. Had a great devotion to the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Suffered a slow paralysis during the last four years of her life.

Born

16 April 1783 in Barcelona, Spain

Died

28 August 1854 at Vic, Barcelona, Spain of cholera

Canonized

12 April 1959 by Pope John XXIII

Patronage

• abuse victims
• death of children
• exiles
• widows

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-joaquina-vedruna-vidal-de-mas/


Saint Julian of Auvergne

Also known as

Julian of Brioude

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Officer in the imperial Roman army, and a closet Christian. He retired from the army and fled to Auvergne, France during the persecutions of Diocletian. At one point he was hidden by Saint Ferreolus the Tribune. Julian later surrendered to pursuing Christian-hunters, and made a public announcement of his faith. Martyr. At least 80 French townships have some variant of his name.

Born

at Vienne, Dauphiny, Gaul (modern France)

Died

• beheaded near Brionde, Gaul
• water from a spring that grew nearby was later believed to cure headaches
• relics enshrined at the monastery of Saint Julian until destroyed by Norse invaders
• the site of the relics became known for miraculous cures, especially in the family of Saint Gregory of Tours, who wrote about them

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


Saint Moses the Black

Also known as

• Moses the Ethiopian
• Moses of Scete

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Born into slavery to an Egyptian official's family. An unruly thief, he was driven from the house and fell in with a band of robbers. On the run, he took refuge with hermits at the monastery of Petra in the desert of Skete, Egypt. He was converted and joined them as a monk. Priest. Possessed of supernatural gifts. A confirmed pacifist, he refused to defend himself with his monastery was attacked.

Born

330; Ethiopian ancestry

Died

• murdered 405 by Berbers at Petra, Skete, Egypt
• relics at the Church of Al Adra (the Virgin)

Patronage

Africa

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YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-moses-the-black/


Blessed Charles-Arnould Hanus

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Priest in the diocese of Verdun France. Dean of the Chapter of Ligny, Meuse, France. Imprisoned on a ship in the harbor of Rochefort, France and left to die during the anti-Catholic persecutions of the French Revolution. One of the Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort.

Born

18 October 1723 in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France

Died

28 August 1794 aboard the prison ship Washington, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-charles-arnould-hanus/


Blessed Hugh More

Additional Memorials

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

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Educated in England at Oxford and Gray's Inn. Converted to Catholicism. Studied and was ordained at Rheims, France, then returned to England to minister to covert Catholics during a period of persecution. For this crime he was martyred.

Born

at Grantham, Lincolnshire, England

Died

hanged on 28 August 1588 at Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-hugh-more/


Blessed Angelo da Pesche d'Isernia

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Franciscan tertiary who worked as gardener and beggar for several Franciscan houses in southern Italy. Known for his personal piety, humility and deep prayer life, he was a much sought spiritual advisor. Reported to have levitated in ecstacy when hearing music that made him think of the heavenly choir.

Born

c.1400 in Pesche d'Isernia, Italy

Died

• 1460 in the Franciscan monastery in Lucera, Foggia, Italy of natural causes
• buried in Puglia, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-angelo-da-pesche-disernia/


Blessed James Claxton

Also known as

James Clarkson

Additional Memorial

29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Raised a devout Catholic. Educated and ordained at Rheims, France in 1582. He returned to England to minister to covert Catholics in Yorkshire, for which ministry he was martyred.

Born

16th century Yorkshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered in 28 August 1588 at Ilseworth, London, England

Beatified

15 December1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-james-claxton/


Saint Hermes of Rome

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Wealthy freed Roman slave. Brother of Saint Theodora of Rome. Martyr. A catacomb in the Salesian Way bears his name.

Died

• martyred c.125 at Rome, Italy
• relics at Acquapendente, Italy; Salzburg, Austria; Kornelimünster Abbey; San Marco of Rome), Italy; and Seligenstadt, Germany

Patronage

• Forte dei Marmi, Lucca, Italy
• Acquapendente, Italy

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


Blessed William Dean

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Protestant minister who converted to Catholicism. Studied for the priesthood at Rheims, France. Ordained in 1581. He then returned to England as a home missioner. Arrested and exiled for his work, he returned and was arrested in London. Condemned to death for the crime of priesthood. Martyr.

Born

at Linton-in-Craven, Yorkshire, England

Died

28 August 1588 at Mile End Green, East London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

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


Blessed Henry Webley

Additional Memorial

22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

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Layman in the apostolic vicariate of England. Martyred in the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I.

Born

in Gloucester, Glocestershire, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 22 August 1588 in Mile End Green, London, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-henry-webley/


Saint Alexander of Constantinople

Additional Memorial

30 August (Greek calendar)

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First bishop of Constantinople. Fought Arianism and turned away the writings of Arius from entering his diocese. Assisted at the Council of Nice.

Died

340

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


Blessed Adelindis of Buchau

Also known as

• Adelindis of Poulagy
• Adelinda, Adele, Adelaide

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Married. Widow. Founded Buchau Abbey in Württemberg, Germany, entered it as a nun, and later served as its abbess.

Died

c.930

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-adelindis-of-buchau/


Saint Pelagius of Istria

Also known as

Pelagio

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Boy martyred in the persecutions of Numerian.

Died

• c.283 in Istria (part of modern Croatia)
• relics transferred to Città Nuova, Istria
• some relics transferred to Constance, Germany

Patronage

Constance, Germany

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pelagius-of-istria/


Saint Vivian of Saintes

Also known as

Bibiano

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Bishop of Saintes, France. Protected his people during the Visigoth invasion.

Born

c.419

Died

• c.460 at Saintes, France of natural causes
• some relics enshrined in Figeac, France
• some relics enshrined in Rouen, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vivian-of-saintes/


Saint Septiminus of Venosa

Additional Memorial

1 September as one of the Twelve Holy Brothers

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Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian Herculeaus.

Died

• c.303 at Venosa, Italy
• relics enshrined in Benevento, Italy in 760

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-septiminus-of-venosa/


Saint Januarius of Venosa

Additional Memorial

1 September as one of the Twelve Holy Brothers

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Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian Herculeaus.

Died

• c.303 at Venosa, Italy
• relics enshrined in Benevento, Italy in 760

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-januarius-of-venosa/


Saint Fortunatus of Salerno

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

• 303 near Salerno, Italy
• relics enshrined in Salerno in 940

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


Saint Felix of Venosa

Additional Memorial

1 September as one of the Twelve Holy Brothers

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Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian Herculeaus.

Died

• c.303 at Venosa, Italy
• relics enshrined in Benevento, Italy in 760

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-felix-of-venosa/


Saint Rumwold the Prince

Also known as

Rumwald

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Born a prince. When he was three days old, Rumwold was baptised, spoke a profession of his faith, and then died.

Died

c.650

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rumwold-the-prince/


Saint Gaius of Salerno

Also known as

Caius

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

• 303 near Salerno, Italy
• relics enshrined in Salerno in 940

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gaius-of-salerno/


Saint Gorman of Schleswig

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Benedictine monk at Reichenau, Germany. Missionary preacher throughout northern Europe. Bishop of Schleswig, Denmark.

Died

965 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gorman-of-schleswig/


Saint Anthes of Salerno

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

• 303 near Salerno, Italy
• relics enshrined in Salerno in 940

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anthes-of-salerno/


Saint Agnes of Cologne

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One of the young women who travelled with and was martyred with Saint Ursula. Venerated at Cologne, Germany.

Born

British Isles

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agnes-of-cologne/


Saint Ambrose of Saintes

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Bishop of Saintes, France for about 14 years.

Died

c.450

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ambrose-of-saintes/


Saint Facundinus of Taino

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Bishop of Taino, Italy.

Died

c.620

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-facundinus-of-taino/


Saint Restitutus of Carthage

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Bishop of Carthage in North Africa.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-restitutus-of-carthage/


Martyred in the Spanish Civil War

Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. I have pages on each of them, but in most cases I have only found very minimal information. They are available on the CatholicSaints.Info site through these links:

Blessed Agustín Bermejo Miranda
Blessed Alejandro Iñiguez De Heredia Alzola
Blessed Andrés Merino Báscones
Blessed Antonio Solá Garriga
Blessed Arturo Ros Montalt
Blessed Aurelio da Vinalesa
Blessed Celestino Ruiz Alegre
Blessed Cesáreo España Ortiz
Blessed Eladi Peres Bori
Blessed Evencio Castellanos López
Blessed Francisco López Navarette
Blessed Germán Arribas y Arribas
Blessed Graciliano Ortega Narganes
Blessed Isidre Fábregas Gils
Blessed Jaume Tarragó Iglesias
Blessed Javier Pradas Vidal
Blessed Joan Tomás Gibert
Blessed Joaquim Oliveras Puljarás
Blessed José Gorastazu Labayen
Blessed Josep Camprubí Corrubí
Blessed Juan Bautista Faubel Cano
Blessed Lázaro Ruiz Peral
Blessed Manoel José Sousa de Sousa
Blessed Modest Godo Buscato
Blessed Modest Pamplona Falguera
Blessed Nicolás Rueda Barriocanal
Blessed Serviliano Solá Jiménez
Blessed Teodoro Pérez Gómez


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Our Lady of Mailane
• Elouan
• Feidlimid
• Hezekiah of Judah
• James de Tahust
• Thomas Felton
• Vicinio Sarsina


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