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Saint Dallan Forghaill

Also known as

• Cluain Dallain
• Dallan Forchella
• Dallan Forgaill
• Dallan of Cluain Dallain
• Eochaidh

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Son of Colla Mac Erc and Forchella; related to Irish royalty, and to Saint Aidan of Ferns. Noted student who went blind as a young man; some said it was due to too much reading. Chief bard and poet of Ireland in 575; he reformed the Bardic Order, thus helping preserve the Gaelic language and literature. His most famous work is Ambra Choluim Kille (Eulogy of Saint Columba) after Columba had defended the institution of the bards; legend says that upon its recitation, his eyesight was restored. He is generally considered a martyr, having died in an attack on a monastery.

Born

c.530 in Magh Slécht, County Cavan, Connaught, Ireland

Died

• beheaded by pirates in 598 at the monastery at Inis-coel (Inniskeel), Ireland
• legend says that his head was thrown into the sea, washed back up on shore, and re-attached to his body so he could continue to recite poetry during the attack

Works

• Be Thou My Vision
• Eulogy of Saint Columba
• Eulogy of Senan

Readings

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle-shield, sword for my fight,
Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight.
Thou my soul's shelter, Thou my high tower.
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven my Treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's son,
Heart of my heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O ruler of all.
- Saint Dallan

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-dallan-forghaill/


Blessed Bronislaw Markiewicz

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Sixth of the eleven children of John Markiewicz and Marianna Gryziecka; his father was the mayor of Pruchnik, Poland. Raised in a pious family, but at one point nearly lost his faith due to the anti-Church atmosphere of his school. Seminarian at Przemysl in 1863. Ordained in the diocese of Przemysl for Latins on 15 September 1867. Parish priest at Harta and the cathedral of Przemysl for six years. Studied at the University of Leopoli and University of Cracow. Parish priest at Gac in 1875. Parish priest at Blazowa in 1877. Taught pastoral theology at the seminary at Przemysl in 1882.

Joined the Salesians near Turin, Italy in November 1885, making his final vows on 25 March 1887. Spiritual student of Saint John Bosco. Contracted tuberculosis in 1889, and nearly died. Returned to Poland on 23 March 1892 where he served as parish priest at Miejsce Piastowe and began a concerted effort at youth ministry. Started a trade school for poor and orphaned boys, and soon had hundreds of children in his care. Founded the Society of Moderation and Work in 1898 to work with youth based on the spirituality of Saint John Bosco; the associated magazine Moderation and Work began publication on 16 July 1898. Opened an orphanage in Pawlikowice which soon had over 400 residents. The endless work finally broke his health, and at age 69 he lost his battle with consumption.

Born

13 July 1842 at Pruchnik, archdiocese of Przemysl dei Latini, Poland

Died

29 January 1912 at Miejsce Piastowe, Poland of complications related to tuberculosis

Beatified

• 19 June 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI
• recognition celebrated by Cardinal Jozef Glemp in Pilsudski Square, Warsaw, Poland

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-bronislaw-markiewicz/


Saint Juniper

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Franciscan friar, received into the order by Francis himself. Established Franciscan missions in several locations. Arriving in Rome after a long journey, Juniper encountered people who had heard of his sanctity, and had come to see him. Alarmed at this reception, Juniper escaped to a nearby see-saw where he played with the children till the sight-seers decided that he was an idiot and left disgusted; he then continued to the convent. Once he cared for a sick man who craved a meal of pig's feet. Juniper captured a pig in a nearby field, cut off a foot, and cooked it for the sick man. When pig's owner found this, he angrily went to Juniper's superior. Juniper apologized so profusely, he talked the farmer into donating the pig.

Died

• 1258 of natural causes
• buried at Ara Coeli Church at Rome, Italy

Readings

Would to God, my brothers, I had a whole forest of such Junipers. - Saint Francis of Assisi

A perfect friar would have "the patience of Brother Juniper, who attained the state of perfect patience because he kept the truth of his low estate constantly in mind, whose supreme desire was to follow Christ on the way of the cross." - Saint Francis of Assisi

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


Saint Gildas the Wise

Also known as

Badonicus

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Born to the English nobility. As a child, he was placed under the care of a nearby monastery where he was trained by Saint Illtyd. Friend of Saint Samson of York and Saint Peter Aurelian. Teacher of Saint Finnian of Clonard, Saint Kenneth of Wales, and Blessed Bieuzy of Brittany. Exceptional student. Monk. Moved to Ireland to study and give his life over to God. Priest. Evangelist in Britain. Founded churches and monasteries in Ireland. Abbot. Miracle worker. Following a pilgrimage to Rome, Italy he became a hermit, living on the tiny island of Rhuys. He attracted followers, and his hermitage became a monastery where he served as its abbot. Wrote several works aimed at monks, encouraging them to holiness. Spiritual advisor. After several years, he returned to England to preach in the north, at which vocation he spent the rest of his life. Earliest British historian; his works were used by Bede the Venerable.

Born

c.516 at Scotland, possibly at Clydeside

Died

c.570 at Houat, Brittany (in modern France)

Representation

with a bell nearby

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gildas-the-wise/


Blessed Charles of Sayn

Also known as

• Charles of Cologne
• Charles of Heisterbach
• Charles of Hemmerode
• Charles of Hocht
• Charles of Villers
• Carolus, Karl

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Son of a wealthy merchant from Cologne, Germany. Trained as a soldier. Knight. On his way home from a jousting tournament, he finally gave into the call to religious life and became a Cistercian monk at Hemmerode in 1185. Prior of Heisterbach Abbey in 1189. Abbot of Villers Abbey in Brabant in 1197. He was gentle but very firm in sticking to the Rule of his house. Supervised construction at the abbeys. Believing he was soon to die, he resigned his positions in 1209, and returned to Hemmerode. He lived another three years in quiet prayer.

Born

c.1150

Died

1212 at Hemmerode of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-charles-of-sayn/


Saint Aquilinus of Milan

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Priest. Offered the diocese in Cologne, Germany, but turned it down to become a wandering preacher, travelling to Paris, France and Milan, Italy, fighting Arianism. Missionary bishop, ordained in Milan. Murdered by Arians.

Born

in Bavaria, Germany

Died

• stabbed to death in 650 at Milan, Italy
• body thrown into the sewers, but recovered by a group of porters who took him to the nearby oratory of the basilica of San Lorenzo
• buried in the Chapel of the Queens in Milan
• the chapel was later re-named for him, and his relics enshrined in an urn

Patronage

porters

Representation

man with a sword through his neck

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


Saint Constantius of Perugia

Also known as

Costanzo of Perugia

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First bishop of Perugia, Italy at age 30. He evangelized his people, cared for the poor, and lived a simple life that shamed the ruling classes. Imprisoned, tortured and martyred with many of his flock in the persecution of Marcus Aurelius.

Died

• beheaded in 170
• relics in an altar in the church of San Constanzo in 1205
• relics re-enshrined in 1781
• relics re-enshrined in 1825 at a new altar in the present church of San Constanzo

Patronage

• Perugia-Città della Pieve, Italy, archdiocese of
• Perugia, Italy, city of

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-constantius-of-perugia/


Pope Saint Gelasius II

Also known as

Giovanni de Gaeta

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Benedictine monk at Monte Cassino. Counsellor to Pope Pascal II. Cardinal. Chancellor of the Vatican. Chosen 161st Pope. His election was contested by Cenzio Frangipani who imprisoned him; a Roman mob rescued him and placed him on the throne. He struggled with Holy Roman Emperor Henry V and his appointed anti-pope, Maurice Bourdin, for control of the corporate church, and fled to France to escape their forces.

Born

c.1058 at Gaeta, Italy as Giovanni de Gaeta

Papal Ascension

24 January 1118

Died

29 January 1119 at Cluny, France of pleurisy

http://catholicsaints.info/pope-saint-gelasius-ii/


Saint Sulpicius Severus

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Bishop of Bourges, France in 584. Attended the Council of Macon in 585. Spiritual teacher of Saint Clair. Wrote a popular biography of Saint Martin of Tours, which work is credited for spreading the story of Martin, who was a model of holiness in medieval times.

Died

29 January 591 of natural causes

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sulpicius-severus/


Saint Gildas the Elder

Also known as

• Gildas the Albanian
• Gildas the Scot

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Son of Caunus, a chieftain in areas in northern Britain. Monk at Llancarvan. Spiritual student of Saint Cadoc. Hermit on the islands of Ronech and Ecni off the south coast of Wales. Wandering preacher and evangelist in the British Isles. In late life he retired to live as a prayerful monk at Glastonbury Abbey.

Died

• 512 at Glastonbury Abbey of natural causes
• relics were at Glastonbury, but appear to have been lost over the centuries

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gildas-the-elder/


Blessed Boleslawa Maria Lament

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Nun. Founded the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Family to promote Christian unity, help the poor and teacher girls about Christian life.

Born

3 July 1862 in Lowicz, Lódzkie, Poland

Died

29 January 1946 in Bialystok, Podlaskie, Poland of natural causes

Beatified

5 June 1991 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-boleslawa-maria-lament/


Saint Abundantia the Martyr

Also known as

• Abbondanza di Spoleto
• Abondance
• Abondanoe the Martyr
• Bonde the Martyr

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Widow of Spoleto, Italy. Gave Christian burial to martyrs in the area, including Saint Gregory of Spoleto. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

c.304

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-abundantia-the-martyr/


Saint Aphraates of Antioch

Also known as

• Aphraates of Edessa
• Afraates of...

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Studied pagan magic as a young man, but converted to Christianity in Jerusalem. He then retired to Edessa, Mesopotamia as an anchorite living in a small house outside the city walls. Preached and wrote against the Arian heresy.

Born

Persia

Died

c.378 near Antioch, Syria (in modern Turkey)

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


Saint Barbea of Edessa

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Sister of Saint Sarbelius. Convert, brought to the faith by Saint Barsimeus of Edessa. Tortured and executed in the persecutions of Emperor Trajan. Martyr.

Born

Syria

Died

burned with hot irons, scourged and then speared to death in 101 at Edessa, Mesopotamia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-barbea-of-edessa/


Saint Sarbelius

Also known as

Sharbel

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Brother of Saint Barbea. Pagan high priest at Edessa, Mesopotamia. Convert to Christianity. Tortured with red-hot irons, and martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Trajan.

Died

101 at Edessa, Mesopotamia

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


Saint Blath of Kildare

Also known as

Flora

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Lay-sister and cook in the Kildare, Ireland convent of Saint Brigid. Known for her simple, personsal sanctity, and for her loyalty to Saint Brigid.

Died

523 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-blath-of-kildare/


Saint Valerius of Trier

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Bishop of Trier in modern Germany. Legend makes him a disciple of Saint Peter the Apostle, but it's doubtful such a disciple would have lived into the 4th century.

Died

c.320

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-valerius-of-trier/


Saint Caesarius of Angoulême

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Deacon in Angoulême, France under Saint Ausonius.

Died

1st century of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-caesarius-of-angouleme/


Saint Voloc

Also known as

Walloch

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Bishop. Missionary to Scotland.

Born

Ireland

Died

c.724 of natural causes

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


Saint Serrano

Also known as

Serano

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Bishop.

Died

interred in the cathedral of Oviedo, Italy since the 11th century

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


Saint Maurus of Rome

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Imperial Roman soldier. Martyred for defending the faith.

Died

303 in Rome, Italy

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


Saint Papias of Rome

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Imperial Roman soldier. Martyred for defending the faith.

Died

303 in Rome, Italy

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


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Agnes of Bagno di Romagna
• Potamione of Agrigento
• Seustio and companions
• Valerio of Ravenna


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