Praemonstratensian canon of the cathedral of Ratzeburg (modern Landkreis Herzogtum Lauenburg), Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Priest. Noted preacher. Bishop of Ratzeburg in 1236. Imprisoned, severely beaten and exiled by Duke Albert Urso of Lauenburg, Saxony for defending the cathedra and preventing the Duke from confiscating its property. He was taken in by Duke John of Mecklenburg, but his injuries were so severe that he did not survive long. Martyr.
• 29 March 1255 in Wismar, Holstein, Germany from injuries received in prison
• buried in the cathedral of Ratzeburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
• some relics at the Saint Johann Premonstratensian abbey in Duisburg-Hamborn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Jonah of Hubaham
Monk. Went with Saint Barachisius, his brother and fellow monk, to Hubaham, Persia, to minister to Chistians imprisoned for their faith during the reign of King Sapor II. They were arrested, beaten, tortured, and martyred for this service, and for refusing to worship the sun, moon, fire and water. Eyewitness descriptions of their trial and execution have survived to today.
at Beth-Asa, Persia
• martyred 24 December 327 by being beaten with clubs, a stake pushed into his abdomen, and left in a freezing pond; when he survived the night, his fingers and toes were cut off, and he was crushed to death in a wine press
• his corpse was cut in two, thrown in a dry cistern, and guarded to keep other Christians from recovering relics
bull; Bartold of Calabria
• Bartoldus, Bertoldo
• Bartholomew Avogadro
Soldier who fought in the Crusades and was in Antioch during its siege by Saracens. Following a vision of Christ, Bertold gave up the military life and became a hermit on Mount Carmel, trying to live like Elijah the Prophet. His reputation for holiness spread, other hermits were attacted to the area, including Saint Brocard, and the community gave inspiration for the founding of the Carmelites.
Servant of Theodoric, son of the Arian Vandal King Genseric. After Genseric renounced his Christianity and returned to his roots as a violent pagan, he demanded that Armogastes also renounce his faith. When the servant refused, he was tortured, enslaved in the mines of Byzacena, and then lived out the rest of his life as a prayerful cow-herd near Carthage. Genseric would not permit Armogastes to be killed so that he could deprive him of being a martyr.
sometime after 460 of natural causes near Carthage, North Africa
• against poverty
• against torture
• poor people
• torture victims
Wealthy master of the household of the anti-Christian Arian and then pagan Vandal king Genseric. When Genseric cracked down on the faithful, he tortured Saturus and threatened him with complete poverty and loss of his family and freedom. Saturus refused to deny his faith. Genseric, not wanting to create another martyr for Christians to rally around, stripped him of everything, and Saturus lived out his days as a poor but prayerful miner and cowherd. Friend of and fellow-sufferer with Saint Armogastes of Africa.
some time after 460 of natural causes near Carthage, North Africa
• against poverty
• poor people
Gundleius, Gundleus, Winleus, Woollos, Woolo
Chieftain and layman. Proposed marriage to Saint Gladys, the daughter of Brychan of Brecknock. When Brychan refused, he kidnapped her, and the two started a violent life on the run. Father of Saint Cadoc of Llancarvan who eventually convinced Gwynllyw and Gladys to give up their violent ways, and follow a religious calling. Monk at Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. Late in life he became a hermit in rural Wales. An Anglican cathedral is dedicated to him in Newport, Gwent, Wales.
6th century Wales
Monk. Went with Saint Jonas of Hubaham, his brother and fellow monk, to Hubaham, Persia, to minister to Chistians imprisoned for their faith during the reign of King Sapor II. They were arrested, beaten, tortured, and martyred for this service, and for refusing to worship the sun, moon, fire and water. Eyewitness descriptions of their trial and execution have survived to today.
at Beth-Asa, Persia
by having hot brimstone and pitch poured down his throat on 24 December 327
Gwladys, Gwaladys, Gladusa, Gwladus, Claudia
Daughter of Saint Brychan of Brecknock. When Saint Gwynllyw asked for her hand in marriage, Brychan refused. Gwynllyw kidnapped the girl, and the two started a violent life on the run. Mother of Saint Cadoc of Llancarvan who eventually convinced Gwynllyw and Gladys to give up their violent ways, and follow a religious calling. Nun at Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. Late in life she became a hermitess in rural Wales.
6th century Wales
Cecilia Codignola of Vigevano
Poor Clare nun in the monastery of Santa Chiara in Mortara, Italy. We know little about her, but she is described as a woman of great virtue, and as a miracle worker.
latter 15th century, probably in Cotignola, Italy
29 March 1531 of natural causes
• Agnes de Satillon
• Agnes du Catillon
28 March (Cistercians)
Cistercian at the monastery of Beaupré, Belgium c.1200 where she served as sub-prioress and novice mistress. A visionary and ecstatic, especially after Communion, she was known for her love of, devotion to, and time spent in meditation on the Eucharist and the Passion of Christ.
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales
Priest in the apostolic vicariate of England. Martyred in the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I.
c.1560 in Bodmin, Cornwall, England
hanged c.29 March 1587 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II
William of Poitiers
Canon regular at Saint-Hilaire-de-la-Celle. Bishop of Poitiers, France in 1184. Reformer who enforced discipline among his clergy. Persecuted for defending ecclesiastical freedom.
• 29 March 1197 of natural causes
• miracles reported at his tomb, which became a pilgrimage site
Bishop of Arethusa, Mount Lebanon. Attended the 351 synod at Sirmium where he produced a creed that got him falsely labelled an Arian. He was struck from the Roman Martyrology for years, but research by the Bollandists vindicated him and restored his name to the roles.
martyred in 362 during the persecution of Julian the Apostate
Benedictine monk. Spiritual student of Saint Benedict of Nursia. Third abbot of Monte Cassino.
c.570 of natural causes
Monk. Spiritual student of Saint Benedict of Nursia, and succeeded him as abbot of Monte Cassino in Italy.
Dean of the church in Cambrai, France. Cistercian monk at Vaucelles, France.
1239 of natural causes
Acatia, Achatia, Achatio, Achartio
One of a group of 250 Christians martyred together in Antioch.
High-born noble in the court of Arian Vandal king Genseric. Martyr.
beheaded in 464 in North Africa
Marytred in the persecutions of the Vandal king Genseric.
Third century bishop of Naples, Italy.
Lassar, Lassera, Lassara
Sixth century nun in Ireland. Niece of Saint Forchera.
Sixth century bishop of Viviers, France.
One of a group of seven Christians who were martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know nothing else about them but the names of two - Pastor and Victorinus.
• Emmanuel de Alburquerque
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