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Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Saint Catherine of Siena

Also known as

• Caterina Benincasa
• Catharine, Katharine

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Youngest of 24 children; her father was a wool-dyer. At the age of seven she had a vision in which Jesus appeared with Peter, Paul, and John; Jesus blessed her, and she consecrated herself to Him. Her parents began making arranged marriages for her when she turned 12, but she refused to co-operate, became a Dominican tertiary at age 15, and spent her time working with the poor and sick, attracting others to work with her. Received a vision in which she was in a mystical marriage with Christ, and the Infant Christ presented her with a wedding ring. Some of her visions drove her to become more involved in public life. Counselor to and correspondent with Pope Gregory XI and Pope Urban VI. Stigmatist in 1375. Lived in Avignon, France in 1376, and then in Rome, Italy from 1378 until her death. Friend of Blessed Raymond of Capua who was also her confessor. Proclaimed Doctor of the Church on 4 October 1970.

Born

25 March 1347 at Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Died

• 29 April 1380 in Rome, Italy of a mysterious and painful illness that came on without notice, and was never properly diagnosed
• buried in the Dominican church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome
• first funerary monument erected in 1380 by Blessed Raymond of Capua
• relics re-enshrined in 1430
• relics re-enshrined at the high altar of the church in 1466

Canonized

July 1461 by Pope Pius II

Patronage

• against bodily ills
• against fire
• against illness
• against miscarriages
• against sexual temptation
• against sickness
• against temptations
• fire prevention
• firefighters
• nurses
• nursing services
• people ridiculed for their piety
• sick people
• Theta Phi Alpha sorority
• Europe (declared on 1 October 1999 by Pope John Paul II)
• Italy
• 3 dioceses
• Siena, Italy
• Varazze, Italy

Representation

• cross
• crown of thorns
• heart
• lily
• ring
• stigmata

Storefront

medals, pendants, books, holy cards

Video

YouTube PlayList
Dialogue of the Seraphic Virgin, Catherine of Siena

Readings

Charity is the sweet and holy bond which links the soul with its Creator: it binds God with man and man with God. - Saint Catherine of Siena

Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea, you could give me no greater gift than the gift of yourself. For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind with its light, and causes me to know your truth. And I know that you are beauty and wisdom itself. The food of angels, you gave yourself to man in the fire of your love. - from On Divine Providence by Saint Catherine of Siena

Everything comes from love, all is ordained for the salvation of man, God does nothing without this goal in mind. - Saint Catherine of Siena

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-catherine-of-siena/


Saint Peter Verona

Also known as

• Peter Martyr
• Peter of Verona
• Peter the Martyr

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Son of Catharist heretics. Educated in a Catholic school and at the University of Bologna, Italy. Embraced orthodox Catholicism upon hearing the teaching of Saint Dominic. Became a Dominican at age 16, received into the Order by Saint Dominic. Prior of the Dominican house in Como, Italy. Priest. Noted and inspiring preacher in the Lombard region, he spoke often against the Catharists. Called a "Second Paul" because he turned from heresy and tried to convert his former confreres. Inquisitor for northern Italy c.1234, appointed by Pope Gregory IX. Assigned to preach against Manichaeanism, he evangelized throughout Italy. Murdered by Catharists on the road. Miracle worker.

Born

1205 at Verona, Italy

Died

• struck on the head with an axe, then stabbed through the heart on 6 April 1252 on the road near Milan, Italy
• interred in the mausoleum of the church of Saint Eustorgio, Milan
• miracles reported at his tomb

Canonized

25 March 1253 by Pope Innocent IV

Patronage

• inquisitors
• midwives
• Castelleone di Suasa, Italy
• Verona, Italy, diocese of
• Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Representation

• Dominican holding a knife
• Dominican in a forest being stabbed
• Dominican with a gash across his head
• Dominican with a knife in his shoulder
• Dominican with a knife splitting his head
• Dominican with a large knife in his head
• Dominican with his finger on his lips
• Dominican with the Virgin Mary and four female saints appearing to him
• Dominican writing credo in unum deum in the dust as he dies
• man with a knife in his head and a sword in his breast

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

Here silent is Christ's Herald;
Here quenched, the People's Light;
Here lies the martyred Champion
Who fought Faith's holy fight.

The Voice the sheep heard gladly,
The light they loved to see
He fell beneath the weapons
Of graceless Cathari.

The Saviour crowns His Soldier;
His praise the people psalm.
The Faith he kept adorns him
With martyr's fadeless palm.

His praise new marvels utter,
New light he spreads abroad
And now the whole wide city
Knows well the path to God.

- Saint Thomas Aquinas in eulogy of Saint Peter

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


Saint Hugh of Cluny

Also known as

• Hugh the Great
• Hugh of Cluni
• Hugh of Semur
• Hugues de Cluny

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Born to the Burgundian nobility. Eldest son of Count Dalmatius of Semur and Aremberge of Vergy. His father wanted him to become a knight and secular leader; his mother was advised of a vision received by a local priest that her son was destined for religious life. When Hugh seemed more inclined to the Church than the hunt, his father sent him to his grand-uncle Hugh, Bishop of Auxerre, France for education. Novice at Cluny Abbey at age 14. Monk at 15 under Saint Odilo. Deacon at 18. Priest at 20. Benedictine. Abbey prior. Elected abbot on 1 January 1049.

Fought lay investiture, simony, and corruption among the clergy. Founded almost 2,000 new houses, led by like-minded religious, in France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Fought against simony at the Council of Rheims in 1049. Participated in the Council of Rome in 1059 that set the method of election of Popes. Presided over the Synod of Toulouse, and participated in the 1063 Council of Rome. Served as peace maker between the Vatican and Henry IV. Advisor to nine Popes.

Born

1024 at Semur, Brionnais, diocese of Autun, France as Hugues de Semur

Died

• 28 April 1109 at Cluny Abbey, France
• miracles reported at his tomb
• most of his relics were destroyed by Huguenots in 1575

Canonized

6 January 1120 by Pope Saint Callistus II

Patronage

against fever

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


Blessed Acardo of Avranches

Also known as

Acardo of San Vittore

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Born to the Norman nobility. Educated by the canons of Bridlington, diocese of York, England. Studied in Paris, France. Monk of the monastery of Saint Victor in Paris. Abbot of the house in 1155. Chosen bishop of Séez, France in 1157, but was opposed by King Henry II of England, and Acardo never took his see. Wrote several treatises on living a spiritual life. Bishop of Avranches, France in 1161. His connection to royalty and the court enabled him to obtain benefits for his diocese and all of the Normandy region of France. Would often retire to the Norbertine abbey of La Lucerne-d’Outremer in Normandy whose church he had help found and bless in 1164. Worked to support orthodox theology about Christ against some of the odd notions of the time.

Born

early 12th century in either Normandy, France or Norman-occupied England

Died

• 1172 of natural causes
• buried in the church of the Norbertine abbey of La Lucerne-d’Outremer, Normandy, France

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-acardo-of-avranches/


Saint Severus of Naples

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Bishop of Naples, Italy from 363 to 409. Friend of Saint Ambrose of Milan. Built four basilicas and other churches. Miracle worker; he once brought a dead man back to life so he could clear his widow of false accusations by a creditor.

Died

• 409 of natural causes
• buried in the Catacomba di San Severo, Naples, Italy
• relics transferred to the church of San Giorgio Maggiore in Naples prior to 800
• relics transferred to the basilica of San Salvatore in Naples in the 9th century
• relics transferred to the high altar of the cathedral of Naples in 1310

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-severus-of-naples/


Saint Torpes of Pisa

Also known as

Torpete, Torpetius, Torpè, Torpès, Tropesius, Tropez

Additional Memorial

17 May (translation of relics)

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Martyred in the persecutions of Nero. Nothing else is known for sure, though that never slowed early writers who created lengthy biographies of him. Saint-Tropez, France is named for him.

Died

beheaded c.65 at Pisa, Italy

Patronage

• mariners
• Pisa, Italy
• Saint-Tropez, France

Representation

• boat
• palm of martyrdom
• sword

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-torpes-of-pisa/


Saint Tychicus

Also known as

Tychichus, Tychikos

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Spiritual student of Saint Paul the Apostle who delivered several of the letters to early churches; many became part of the New Testament. He is described by Paul in the Epistle to the Ephesians as "beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord", and is believed to have been a deacon. Since we know nothing of him after his work with Paul, many cities claims him as their first bishop.

Born

Asia Minor

Died

1st century

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


Saint Antonius Kim Song-u

Also known as

• Antonio Kim Song-u
• Gim Seong-u

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Married layman catechist in the apostolic vicariate of Korea who taught new Christians at his home. Martyr.

Born

1795 in Gusan, Gyeonggi-do (in modern South Korea)

Died

strangled on 29 April 1841 in prison at Tangkogae, Seoul (in modern South Korea)

Canonized

6 May 1984 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-antonius-kim-song-u/


Saint Endellion of Tregony

Also known as

Endelient, Endelienda

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Daughter of Saint Brychan of Brycheiniog. Sister of Saint Nectan of Hartland.

Born

Cornwall, England

Died

• 6th century of natural causes
• part of her shrine still exists in Saint Endellion, Cornwall, England

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-endellion-of-tregony/


Saint Gundebert of Gumber

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Eighth century Frankish courtier. Brother of Saint Nivard. Married to Saint Bertha of Avenay. With Bertha's approval, he separated from her to become a monk. Travelled to Ireland where he was martyred by pagans attacking his monastery.

Born

France

Died

in Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gundebert-of-gumber/


Blessed Robert Gruthuysen

Also known as

Robert of Bruges

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Benedictine cistercian monk in 1131. Spiritual student of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. First abbot of Dunes Abbey in 1139. Abbot of Clairvaux Abbey in 1153.

Born

Bruges, Belgium

Died

1157 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-robert-gruthuysen/


Saint Ava of Denain

Also known as

• Ava of Dinant
• Avia of...

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Niece of King Pepin the Short. Blind as a child, she was miraculously healed by Saint Rainfredis. Nun a Denain, Hainault (in modern Belgium), and later served as its abbess.

Died

c.845

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ava-of-denain/


Saint Dichu

Also known as

Dictinus

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Son of an Ulster chieftain, he was a swineherd in his youth. Saint Patrick's first convert in Ireland. Gave Patrick the ground at Saul for his first Irish church.

Born

4th century Irish

Died

5th century in Saul, Ireland of natural causes

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


Saint Wilfrid the Younger

Also known as

Wilfrith

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Monk at Beverley Abbey. Spiritual student of Saint John of Beverley. Abbot of Beverley. Late in life he retired to live as a monk at Ripon Abbey.

Died

744

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-wilfrid-the-younger/


Saint Fiachan of Lismore

Also known as

Fiachna, Fianchine, Fiachina, Fianchne

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Monk at Lismore, Ireland. Spiritual student of Saint Carthage the Younger.

Born

Munster, Ireland

Died

7th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-fiachan-of-lismore/


Saint Theoger

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Benedictine monk. Leading supporter of the monastic reform at Hirsau Abbey and the Cluniac reform in general. Abbot of Saint George's Abbey in the Black Forest c.1100.

Died

1120 at Cluny Abbey of natural causes

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


Saint Paulinus of Brescia

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Bishop of Brescia, Italy c.524.

Died

• c.545
• relics enshrined in the church of San Pietro in Oliveto, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-paulinus-of-brescia/


Saint Daniel of Gerona

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Hermit. Martyr.

Born

Asia Minor

Died

9th century in Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-daniel-of-gerona/


Saint Senan of Wales

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Seventh century hermit in north Wales.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-senan-of-wales/


Abbots of Cluny

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A feast that recognizes the great and saintly early abbots of Cluny Abbey.

Saint Aymardus of Cluny
Saint Berno of Cluny
Saint Hugh of Cluny
Saint Mayeul
Saint Odilo of Cluny
Saint Odo of Cluny
Saint Peter the Venerable

http://catholicsaints.info/abbots-of-cluny/


Martyrs of Corfu

Also known as

• Martyrs of Corcyra
• Seven Holy Thieves
• Seven Holy Robbers
• Seven Robber Saints

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A gang of thieves who converted while in prison, brought to the faith by Saint Jason and Saint Sosipater who were had been imprisoned for evangelizing. When the gang announced their new faith, they were martyred together. They were - Euphrasius, Faustianus, Insischolus, Januarius, Mammius, Marsalius and Saturninus.

Died

boiled in oil and pitch in the 2nd century on the Island of Corcyra (modern Corfu, Greece)

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-corfu/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Madonna del sangue
• Cristino
• John Vargas
• Ludovico of Casoria


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