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Saint Ursula Ledochowska

Also known as

• Julia Ledóchowska
• Urszula Ledóchowska

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Daughter of Count Anthony Ledochowska, a Polish noble, and an Austrian mother. One of five children in a pious family; sister of Saint Theresa Ledochowska. Due to financial failure, the family moved to Saint Poelten, Austria in 1873. Her father died of smallpox in February 1885, and Julia's uncle Cardinal Lebo assumed responsibility for them.

Julia felt a call to religious life, and became an Ursuline nun, taking the name Ursula. Founded the Ursulines of the Sacred Heart (Ursuline Sisters of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus, Gray Ursulines) in 1906 with the motherhouse in Pniewy, Poland. Missionary to Russia in 1907 by order of Pope Pius X. Expelled during the Communist Revolution, she continued her work throughout Scandanavia. Translated and published a catechism in Finnish. At the request of Pope Benedict XV, she moved to Rome. From there she administered her Order, and inspired others. A noted orator, she frequently spoke before royalty and national leaders. Called for, and defended the right of Polish independence. The Gray Ursulines continue their work today in Poland, Italy, France, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Finland, Germany, Tanzania, Belarus, and Ukraine.

Born

17 April 1865 at Loosdoor, Austria as Julia Ledóchowska

Died

• 29 May 1939 in the Gray Ursuline convent, Via del Casalet, Rome, Italy of natural causes
• incorrupt body transferred to the Gray Ursuline motherhouse in Pniewy, Poland on 29 May 1989

Canonized

18 May 2003 by Pope John Paul II at Vatican Basilica

Readings

You must never ask Jesus to wait. - Saint Ursula

[It] is not enough to pray, Thy kingdom come, but to work, so that the Kingdom of God will exist among us today. - Saint Ursula

Holiness does not demand anything great, beyond the ability of the person. It depends on God's Love; every daily act can be transformed into an act of love. - Saint Ursula

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ursula-ledochowska/


Saint Maximinus of Trier

Also known as

Maximin

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Born to the Gallic nobility. Brother of Saint Maxentius of Poitiers. Educated and ordained by Saint Agritius, whom he succeeded as bishop of Trier in 332 or 335. Trier was the government seat of the Western Empire, and his office put Maximinus close contact with Emperors Constantine II and Constans. Friend of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, whom he harboured as an honoured guest during his exile from 336 to 338. Received the banished patriarch Paul of Constantinople in 341, and effected his return to Constantinople.

Fought Arianism. When four Arian bishops came to Trier in 342 to sway Emperor Constans, Maximinus refused to receive them, and convinced the emperor to reject their proposals. With Pope Julius I and Bishop Hosius of Cordova, he persuaded Emperor Constans to convene the Synod of Sardica in 343, and probably took part in it. Arians considered him one of their chief opponents, and they condemned him by name at their synod of Philippopolis in 343. In 345 he took part in the Synod of Milan, Italy. Presided over a synod at Cologne, Germany in 346 where Bishop Euphratas of Cologne was deposed due to his leanings toward Arianism.

Sent Saint Castor and Saint Lubentius as missionaries to the valleys of the Mosel and the Lahn. His cult began right after his death.

Born

at Silly near Poitiers, France

Died

• 12 September 349 or 29 May 352 (records vary)
• in autumn 353, he was buried in the church of Saint John near Trier
• in the 7th century the Benedictine abbey of Saint Maximinus was founded there, which flourished till 1802

Patronage

Trier, Germany

Representation

bishop with a bear

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


Blessed Richard Thirkeld

Also known as

Richard Thirkild

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 at Queen's College, Oxford, 1564 - 1565. Studied at Douai and Rheims, France. Ordained on 18 April 1579 at an age somewhat older than his confreres. Returned to England on 23 May 1579 as a home missioner around York. Confessor to Saint Margaret Clitherow. Arrested on Annunciation Eve in 1583 for the crime of priesthood; the authorities became suspicious when he visited a Catholic prisoner. Lodged in Ousebridge Kidcote prison, York, for two months. He wore a cassock to trial, was convicted on 27 May 1583 of hearing confessions and bringing the lapsed back to the Church, and was sentenced on 28 May 1583 to death. He used his time in jail to minister to other prisoners, working especially with others sentenced to death. Martyred in secret for fear his covert parishioners would cause a civil disturbance. Six of his letters have survived.

Born

at Coniscliffe, Durham, England

Died

hanged, drawn, and quartered on 29 May 1583 at York, England

Beatified

29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmation)

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-richard-thirkeld/


Saint Bona of Pisa

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Mystic and visionary from her childhood. Augustinian tertiary by age 10. Pilgrim to the Holy Lands at age 14, travelling to see her father who was fighting in the Crusades. On the way home she was captured and imprisoned by Islamic pirates in the Mediterranean, but was rescued by fellow Pisan Christians. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy. Pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela, Spain nine times, leading groups of pilgrims each time, which led to several of her areas of patronage.

Born

c.1156 at Pisa, Italy

Died

• c.1207 at Pisa, Italy of natural causes
• interred at the church of San Martino in Pisa

Patronage

• air hosts, air hostesses, air stewards, flight attendants, stewardesses (chosen by Pope John XXIII in 1962)
• couriers
• guides
• pilgrims
• travellers
• Pisa, Italy

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


Saint Conon the Elder

Also known as

Cuomo the Elder

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Father of Conon the Younger. On the death of his wife, the Elder urged his son to religious life, and lived as a hermit himself. He and his son were charged with the treason of being Christian; both freely admitted it. Tortured and martyred.

Born

Iconium, Asia Minor

Died

• roasted over a fire and then racked to death in 275
• relics translated to Acerra, Italy

Patronage

Acerra, Italy

Readings

Those who live according to the spirit of the world are fond of pleasures and ease; but those who live according to the Spirit of God, study to purchase the kingdom of heaven by pain and tribulation. As for me, my desire is to forfeit my life here, that I may forever reign with Jesus Christ. - Saint Conon during his trial

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


Saint Cyril of Caesarea

Also known as

Cyril of Kayseri

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Raised in a wealthy pagan family, in his youth Cyril was baptized in secret. When his family learned of his conversion, his father banished him from the family estate. Cyril was imprisoned for his faith, and ordered by local officials to renounce Christianity and sacrifice to idols; he refused. Martyr.

Died

beheaded in 251 in Caesarea, Cappadocia

Video

YouTube PlayList

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


Saint Conon the Younger

Also known as

• Cuomo the Younger
• Cuono, Conello

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Son of Saint Conon the Elder. A pious youth, he was a lector at age 12. Deacon. He and his father were charged with the treason of being Christian; he freely admitted it. Tortured and martyred.

Born

Iconium, Asia Minor

Died

• slowly roasted over a fire, and then racked to death in 275
• relics translated to Acerra, Italy

Patronage

Acerra, Italy

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


Blessed Gerardesca

Also known as

Gherardesca

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Lay woman who married young and had several children. She eventually convinced her husband to become a Camaldolese monk at San Salvio. She lived nearby as a recluse, under the obedience of the abbey, but without taking orders.

Born

c.1200 at Pisa, Italy

Died

c.1265 of natural causes

Beatified

1856 by Pope Pius IX (cultus confirmed)

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


Blessed Giles Dalmasia

Also known as

Egidio

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Obtained a degree in theology. Mercedarian. While suffering regular beatings and abuse for being a Christian, he not only ransomed many Christian slaves in Africa, he converted others to the faith. Martyr.

Died

1399 in Africa

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-giles-dalmasia/


Saint Hesychius of Antioch

Also known as

Esichio

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Imperial Roman soldier during a period of persecution. Suddenly moved to proclaim his faith, he threw off his military belt and announced himself a Christian. He was promptly executed. Martyr.

Died

drowned c.303 in the River Orontes near Antioch (modern Antakya, Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hesychius-of-antioch/


Saint Felix de Atarés

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Brother of Saint Votus. Hermit in the Pyranees mountains under a huge rock on which the Benedictine abbey of San Juan de Peña, a cradle of Christianity in Navarre and Aragon, was later built.

Born

Saragossa, Spain

Died

c.750 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-felix-de-atares/


Saint Votus de Atarés

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Brother of Saint Felix. Hermit in the Pyranees mountains under a huge rock on which the Benedictine abbey of San Juan de Peña, a cradle of Christianity in Navarre and Aragon, was later built.

Born

Saragossa, Spain

Died

c.750 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-votus-de-atares/


Saint John de Atarés

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Hermit in the diocese of Jaca, Aragonese Pyrenees (in modern Spain). His cell was under a huge rock on which the Benedictine abbey of San Juan de Peña, a cradle of Christianity in Navarre and Aragon, was later built.

Died

c.750 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-de-atares/


Saint Daganus

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Bishop honoured in Galloway, Scotland, who was known for his personal piety. Involved in the dispute over using the Roman or Celtic computation for Easter. Saint Bede the Venerable wrote about him, and his name is part of the Dunkeld Litany.

Died

c.609 of natural causes

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


Saint Eleutherius of Rocca d'Arce

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Brother of Saint Grimwald and Saint Fulk. Died while on pilgramage.

Born

England

Died

Rocca d'Arce, Italy of natural causes

Patronage

Rocca d'Arce, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eleutherius-of-rocca-darce/


Saint Senator of Milan

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Priest. Papal legate to the Byzantine court of Theodosius II for Pope Saint Leo the Great. Attended the Council of Chalcedon. Archbishop of Milan, Italy in 472.

Born

Milan, Italy

Died

480 of natural causes

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


Saint Gerald of Mâcon

Also known as

Gerardo

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Benedictine monk at Brou. Bishop of Mâcon, France for 40 years, but in his old age he resigned and retired to his old monastery to live as a hermit.

Died

927

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gerald-of-macon/


Saint Theodosia of Caesarea

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian; she died with 12 other Christian women, but none of their names have come down to us.

Died

303 in Caesarea, Palestine

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodosia-of-caesarea/


Saint Restitutus of Rome

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

c.299 in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-restitutus-of-rome-29-may/


Saint Maximus of Verona

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Sixth-century bishop of Verona, Italy.

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


Martyrs of Toulouse

Also known as

Martyrs of Avignonet

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A group of eleven Dominicans, Franciscans, Benedictines, clergy and lay brothers who worked with the Inquisition in southern France to oppose the Albigensian heresy. Basing their operations in a farmhouse outside Avignonet, France, he and his brother missioners worked against heresy. Murdered by Albigensian heretics while singing the Te Deum on the eve of Ascension.

Adhemar
Bernard of Roquefort
Bernard of Toulouse
Fortanerio
Garcia d'Aure
Pietro d'Arnaud
Raymond Carbonius
Raymond di Cortisan
Stephen Saint-Thibery
William Arnaud
• the prior of Avignonet whose name unfortunately has not come down to us

The church in which they died was placed under interdict as punishment to the locals for the offense. Shortly after the interdict was finally lifted, a large statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was found on the door step of church. Neither the sculptor nor the patron was ever discovered, nor who delivered it or how. The people took it as a sign that they were forgiven, but that they should never forget, and should renew their devotion to Our Lady. They referred to the image as "Our Lady of Miracles".

Until recently there was a ceremony in the church on the night of the 28th to 29th of May, the anniversary of the martyrdom. Called "The Ceremony of the Vow", parishioners would gather in the church, kneel with lit candles, and process across the church on their knees, all the while praying for the souls of the heretics who had murdered the martyrs.

Died

beaten to death on the night of 28 to 29 May 1242 in the church of Avignonet, Toulouse, France

Beatified

1 September 1866 by Pope Pius IX (cultus confirmation)

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


Martyrs of Trentino

Also known as

Martyrs of Cappadocia

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Three missionaries to the Tyrol region of Austria, sent by Saint Ambrose of Milan and welcomed by Saint Vigilius of Trent. All were martyred - Alexander, Martyrius and Sisinius.

Born

Cappadocia

Died

397 in Austria

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


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Bernard of Roquefort
• Brunsecha of Killyon
• Elia of San Clemente
• Garcia d'Aure
• Joseph Gerard


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