29 October • yesterday
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O, how grand and glorious it is to have a Father in heaven! how sweet and consoling to have the Holy Spirit for our loving spouse! How we are excited to peace, to humility, to charity, to the contempt of all earthly things, by the thought that we have a Brother Who has given His life for His sheep! - Saint Francis


Let us be convinced that we have nothing of our own except our evil habits and our sins; we have rather cause to rejoice when we are exposed to temptation, and that we bear generously in this world, for the sake of life eternal, the trials we meet in the natural and supernatural order. - Saint Francis of Assisi

Grace is a gift of God; but, as a general rule, it is given only to him who asks for it by fervent and constant prayer, who makes a good use of it, and who corresponds with it promptly and faithfully. - Saint Leonard of Port Maurice


Saint Gaetano Errico

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Second of nine children born to Pasquale, a pasta factory manager, and Marie Marseglia Errico, who worked weaving plush. A good child, pious, always ready to help his father at work, or his mother with his younger siblings. He felt a call to the priesthood at age fourteen. He was turned away by the Capuchins and Redemptorists due to his youth. Studied at a diocesan seminary in Naples, Italy from age sixteen, walking the five miles to class each day, and was ordained on 23 September 1815 in Naples.

School teacher for twenty years. Parish priest at the church of Saint Cosmas and Damian. Known for his devotion to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and ministry to the sick, his self-imposed austerties and penances. He made yearly retreats to the Redemptorist house in Pagani, Italy.

During his retreat in 1818, Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori appeared to him in a vision, and told him that God wanted Gaetano to build a new church, and to found a new religious congregation. While Gaetano initially received strong support from the local people, it faded in the face of fund-raising and work, and it wasn't until 9 December 1830 that he dedicated and blessed the church Our Lady of Sorrows at Secondigliano; it has since become one of Italy's most popular pilgrimage sites.

Nearby he built a small house for himself and a lay-brother who took care of the church; this was the beginning of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The Missionaries received local approval on 14 March 1836, approval by the Congregation of Bishops on 30 June 1838, royal approval on 13 May 1840, and papal approval by Blessed Pope Pius IX on 7 August 1846. Gaetano served as first Superior General.

His beatification miracle occurred in southern Italy in January 1952 and involved a man with a perforated stomach wall. Just before emergency surgery, his wife slipped a relic of Father Gaetano under his pillow, and together they prayed for his intercession. His health began to improve immediately, and he was soon healed without medical intervention.

Born

19 October 1791 in Secondigliano, Naples, Italy

Died

10am 29 October 1860 in Secondigliano, Naples, Italy of natural causes

Canonized

Sunday 12 October 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI

Readings

Let us kindle the love of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in the hearts of all people. - Saint Gaetano

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gaetano-errico/


Blessed Chiara Badano

Also known as

Luce Badano

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Young lay woman in the Diocese of Aqui Terme, Italy. Daughter of Ruggero Badano, a truck driver, and Maria Teresa Caviglia. A kind, happy and pious girl, she enjoyed tennis, swimming, hiking, singing, dancing and initially wanted to be a flight attendant. Member of the Focolare Movement at age nine. At age 16 she began to feel drawn to religious life; soon afterward she was diagnosed with cancer in her shoulder. Chiara insisted that she could become a missionary, but the cancer spread quickly, affecting her spine, and she lost the use of her legs. She finally accepted that she wasn't going anywhere and spent her remaining time praying and being supportive of her family and friends.

Born

29 October 1971 in Savona, Italy

Died

7 October 1990 in Sassello, Savona, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

25 September 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

"Don't cry for me. I am going to Jesus. At my funeral I don't want people to cry, but rather to sing with all their voices." - Blessed Chiara during a medical crisis near the end of her life

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-chiara-badano/


Saint Achahildis of Wendelstein

Also known as

• Achachildis, Achatia, Atzin
• Reinilda of Luxemburg

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Born to the nobility, the sister of Saint Cunegundes. Married to Thietmar and mother of quintuplets; she and her husband, both of whom were drawn to religious life, then took vows of celibacy. Noted for her charity to the poor, and as a miracle worker. Founded a parish church in Wendelstein, Germany. Once when she discovered that a servant had killed and stolen some geese, she forgave the servant and brought the geese back to life - including the one that had been cooked.

Died

• c.970 of natural causes
• interred at the church in Wendelstein, Germany that she had founded
• tomb re-discovered in 1447
• healing miracles, especially of children, were reported at the tomb
• church later taken over by Protestants and devotion ceased

Representation

• presenting five infants to her husband
• with five children
• performing various charitable acts and miracles
• three geese
• goose leg
• tree full of ripe cherries (when she was pregnant with quintuplets in the dead of winter, she had a craving for cherries; a tree in her garden suddenly produced a full crop of them)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-achahildis-of-wendelstein/


Saint Narcissus of Jerusalem

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Bishop of Jerusalem, consecrated c.180 when he was already an old man. Late in life, he was accused of a crime. None of the Christians in his diocese believed it, but Narcissus did not believe he should serve after being under such a cloud, and he became a desert hermit. After a complete acquittal, Narcissus returned to his see, older, weathered, but stronger and more zealous than ever, and served several more years. One Holy Saturday he turned water into lamp oil so the Easter vigil services could be conducted. When his age began to wear on him, Narcissus begged God to send a bishop to help him. Saint Alexander of Cappadocia responded, and the two ruled the diocese together, Narcissus living to age 116.

Born

99

Died

215 of natural causes

Patronage

against insect bites

Representation

• bishop holding a blossoming thistle
• bishop with a pitcher of water
• an angel carrying his soul to Heaven

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-narcissus-of-jerusalem/


Saint Abraham of Rostov

Also known as

Averkii, Avraamii

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Raised as a pagan, as a young man Abraham was struck down by a nearly fatal illness, then cured by prayer. Convert. Monk, taking the name Abraham. Became a travelling evangelist and preacher in Rostov, Russia. Legend says that a vision of Saint John the Divine gave Abraham his own staff, and that Abraham used it to smash the pagan stone idol of Veles in Rostov; he then built the monastery of the Theophany on the site of the old pagan temple, and the staff was later carried into battle by Ivan the Terrible who hoped to benefit from its holy power. Abraham built two parish churches, one dedicated to Saint John, and started charitable organizations. Chosen abbot, he led by doing the most menial tasks, and serving all others.

Born

10th century in Galich, Russia as Averkii

Died

• at the monastery of Rostov, Russia of natural causes
• buried at the church of the Theophany monastery

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-abraham-of-rostov/


Saint Mary of Edessa

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Niece of Saint Abraham Kidunaia. She lived for 20 years as an anchoress near Abraham's cell. In a moment of weakness, she was seduced by a renegade monk who had turned from his vows. Mary despaired of forgiveness for her lapse, and in her shame, moved far away and gave herself over to a wild, dissolute, and sexually active life. Saint Abraham only left his hermit's cell twice - the second being to visit Mary in the guise of a soldier. Like so many others, Mary picked him up and took him home. There, over supper, Abraham convinced her of the error of her ways. She converted and returned to the life of an anchoress, spending the rest of her days in prayer.

Patronage

against sexual temptation

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


Saint Colman of Kilmacduagh

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Son of a chieftain named Duagh. Hermit in Arranmore where he built two churches. His reputation for holiness attracted too much attention, so he retreated to the woods of Burren in 592 to live in isolation. In 610, on land donated by King Guaire of Connacht, he founded a monastery which became the center of the diocese of Kilmacduagh. He reluctantly served as the house's first abbot, the diocese's first bishop.

Born

c.560 at Kiltartan, Ireland

Died

29 October 632 of natural causes

Canonized

1903 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmed)

Patronage

diocese of Kilmacduagh, Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-colman-of-kilmacduagh/


Saint Anne of Mount Olympus

Also known as

• Anne of Constantinople
• Euphemianus of

Profile

Born to a prominent family, Anne was drawn to religious life but her parents pushed her into an arranged marriage. Widow. She then disguised herself as a man, used the name Euphemianus, and became a monk at an abbey on Mount Olympus. Her piety was such that the brothers asked her to become their 'abbot', but she declined.

Born

Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey)

Died

820 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anne-of-mount-olympus/


Saint Ermelinda of Meldaert

Also known as

Ermelindis

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She declined a marriage, donated her inhertiance to the poor, and lived as a hermitess near Bevekom, Belgium. Anchoress in Meldaert, Belgium.

Born

c.510 in Lovenjoel, Belgium

Died

c.590 in Meldaert, Belgium of natural causes

Patronage

• against eye pain
• against fever
• against lameness
• Meldaert, Belgium

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ermelinda-of-meldaert/


Saint Stephen of Caiazzo

Also known as

Stefano Minicillo

Profile

Abbot of San Salvatore Maggiore territorial abbey. Bishop of Cajazzo, Italy in 979.

Born

935 in Macerata, Italy

Died

1023

Patronage

Cajazzo, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-stephen-of-cajazzo/


Saint Theodore of Vienne

Also known as

Theudar, Teuderio, Teodario

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Priest. Monk. Spiritual student of Saint Caesarius of Arles. Abbot of a monastery in Vienne, France. Founded several monasteries in the region. In late life he lived as a hermit in the church of Saint Laurence in Vienne.

Died

c.575

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodore-of-vienne/


Saint Eusebia of Bergamo

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Third-century niece of Saint Domnio. Nun in Bergamo, Italy. Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian Herculeus.

Died

• beheaded in the late 3rd century
• relics re-discovered and enshrined in 1401

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-eusebia-of-bergamo/


Saint Zenobius of Sidon

Also known as

Zenobio

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Priest. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian for encourging condemned Christians not to abandoned their faith.

Died

Sidon, Phoenicia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-zenobius-of-sidon/


Saint Sigolinus of Stavelot

Also known as

Sighelm

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Monk. Abbot of Stavelot-Malmédy Abbey in Belgium.

Died

c.670 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sigolinus-of-stavelot/


Saint Terence of Metz

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Bishop of Metz, France. A noted scholar, he fought for orthodox doctines.

Died

520 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-terence-of-metz/


Saint Felician of Carthage

Also known as

Feliciano

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Martyr.

Died

Carthage, North Africa

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


Saint Donatus of Corfu

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In 600 Saint Gregory the Great had the relics of Donatus enshrined on Corfu.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-donatus-of-corfu/


Saint Kennera

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Educated with Saint Ursula and Saint Regulus of Patras. Nun. Recluse at Kirk-Kinner, Galloway, Scotland.

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


Saint John of Autun

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Bishop venerated at Autun, France.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-of-autun/


Martyrs of Douai

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160 priests, laymen and religious who studied at the English College in Douai, France, then returned to minister to covert Catholics in England during a period of government persecution of the Church, and were murdered for their work.

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


Martyrs of Lucania

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A group of Christians executed together for their faith. Only their names have survived - Felician, Hyacinth, Lucius and Quintus.

Died

Lucania, southern Italy

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


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 Arsenio Merino Miguel
Blessed Benito Paradela Novoa
Blessed Joaquina Rey Aguirre
Blessed José Ruiz Bruixola
Blessed Maurilio Tobar González
Blessed Ponciano Nieto Asensio
Blessed Victoria Arregui Guinea


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Abramo of Edessa
• Bernardo de Olivella
• Dodone of Wallers-en-Fens


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