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Saint Luigi Scrosoppi of Udine

Also known as

Aloisius, Aloysius

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Youngest of three brothers born to Domenico Scrosoppi, a jeweler, and Antonia Lazzarini; his brother Carlo was ordained when Luigi was six, and his brother Giovanni several years later. When Luigi was 11 or 12 years old, his home region was struck by drought, famine, typhus, and smallpox in quick succession; the sight of such misery, complete poverty, and the number of orphans had a lasting effect on the boy.

In his teens, Luigi felt a call to the priesthood, and he entered the same seminary as his brother Giovanni. Deacon in 1826; ordained on 31 March 1827 at the cathedral in Udine; he was assisted at his first Mass by his brothers.

Director of the Pious Union of the Heart of Jesus Christ. Helped manage the children's center run by his brother Carlo. Franciscan tertiary. Assistant director of Carlo's orphanage in 1829. The orphanage fell on harder times than usual; Luigi, in desperation, hit the streets to beg for their support, and the school soon had a great lesson in faith - and enough money to buy their building.

As there were more orphans than space, the brothers decided to enlarge the house; Luigi went through the countryside to beg building materials and labor. Work began in 1834 with Luigi coordinating, begging, supervising, and working construction; it was completed in 1836, and named the House for the Destitute. That year also saw another cholera epidemic, and the orphanages, again, were full.

The need of the orphans, and the constant work of the brother priests, attracted the attention of several area women who were also working with the poor and the abandoned. Among them were Felicita Calligaris, Rosa Molinis, Caterina Bros, Cristina and Amalia Borghese and Orsola Baldasso. These women, under the spiritual direction of Carlo and Luigi, founded what would become the Congregation of Sisters of Providence who taught basic academic subjects and needle crafts. Luigi placed them under the patronage of Saint Cajetan, and the Congregation received final approval from Pope Blessed Pius IX on 22 September 1871.

In 1846 Luigi joined the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, a congregation devoted to charity and learning; elected provost of the community on 9 November 1856. On 4 October 1854 he finished work on the Rescue Home for abandoned girls. On 7 March 1857 he opened the school and home for deaf-mute girls; sadly, it survived only 15 years. He opened Providence House for his unemployed former students, and he worked in hospitals with the sickest and poorest of patients.

In his later years, Luigi had to combat anti-clerical sentiments that swept through the Italian peninsula during the political unification of the country; many houses and groups, including the Oratory, were seized, closed, and their assets sold off. While he could not save the Oratory or parish property, Luigi did protect his charitable institutions, and saw the Congregation grow and spread.

Born

4 August 1804 at Udine Italy

Died

3 April 1884 at Udine Italy of fever and the postulant skin disease pemphigus

Canonized

• 10 June 2001 by Pope John Paul II
• his canonization miracle was the cure of a Zambian AIDS victim, Peter Changu Shitima in 1996

Readings

The poor and the sick are our owners and they represent the very person of Jesus Christ. - Saint Luigi

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-luigi-scrosoppi-of-udine/


Saint Richard of Chichester

Also known as

• Richard de Wych
• Richard Backedine
• Richard of Wich

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Second son of Richard and Alice de Wych. His father died when the boy was young. The family fell upon hard times, but as soon as he became old enough, Richard took over management of their estates and brought them back to profit. Educated at Oxford, England, in Paris, France, and in Bologna, Italy. Chancellor of Oxford University. Legal advisor to Saint Edmund Rich and Saint Boniface of Savoy, the Archbishops of Canterbury. Priest. Bishop of Chichester. Miracles and cures occured at his shrine in Chichester. His patronage of coachmen began with the Milanese Guild of Coachmen, possibly because Richard drove carts and wagons on the family farm.

Born

c.1197 at Droitwich, Worcestershire, England as Richard de Wych

Died

3 April 1253 at Dover, Kent, England of natural causes

Canonized

1262 by Pope Urban IV at Viterbo, Papal States (part of modern Italy)

Patronage

• coachmen
• diocese of Chichester, England
• Sussex, England

Representation

• bishop with a chalice on its side at his feet because he once dropped the chalice during a Mass and nothing spilled from it
• kneeling with the chalice before him
• ploughing his brother's fields
• a bishop blessing his flock with a chalice nearby

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Readings

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ For all the benefits Thou hast given me, For all the pains and insults Which Thou has borne for me. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother, May I know Thee more clearly, Love Thee more dearly, Follow Thee more nearly, Day by day. Amen." - prayer by Saint Richard

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-richard-of-chichester/


Saint Burgundofara

Also known as

Burgondophora, Fare, Fara

Additional Memorial

7 December in France

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Sister of Saint Cagnoald and Saint Faro of Meaux; daughter of Count Agneric, courtier of King Theodebert II. As a baby, she was blessed by Saint Columbanus.

Burgundofara was early drawn to a religious vocation, despite her father's fierce opposition. He demanded that she marry, and arranged a marriage for her. The girl became deathly ill, and when she was miraculously healed by Saint Eustace, Burgundofara's father gave in, and built his daughter a convent. It followed the Rule of Saint Columban, and is now known as the Benedictine abbey of Faremoutiers.

Abbess for 37 years, noted for her piety and administrative skill. She trained many English nun-saints, including Saint Ethelburga. Bede refers to her, which led to the mistaken idea that she died in England.

Born

595 in Burgundy, France

Died

643 or 655 or 657 near Meaux, France (records vary) of natural causes

Patronage

Faremoutiers, France

Representation

• abbess with an ear of corn
• a child being blessed by Saint Columbanus

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


Blessed Maria Teresa Casini

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Founded the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1894.

Born

27 October 1864 in Frascati, Italy

Died

3 April 1937 at Grottaferrata, Rome, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

• 31 October 2015 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition celebrated at the Piazza San Pietro, Frascati, Italy, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato
• her beatification miracle involved the 25 June 2003 healing of the brain lesions and trauma of a 5 year old drowning victim in Youngstown, Ohio

Readings

A contemplative and missionary woman, she made her life an offering of prayer and concrete charity in support of priests. We thank the Lord for her testimony. - Pope Francis at the Angelus on the date of Madre Maria's beatification

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-maria-teresa-casini/


Blessed Stephen Rowsham

Also known as

Stephen Rouse

Additional Memorials

• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland and Wales
• 1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

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Studied at Oriel College, Oxford University. Anglican vicar of Saint Mary the Virgin, Oxford, England. Convert to Catholicism. Studied at the Douai College in Rheims, France. Ordained a priest in 1582 at Soissons, France. He then returned to England to minister to covert Catholics during a period of persecution. He was soon arrested for the crime of priesthood, and exiled. When he returned to England he was arrested again, convicted again, and executed. Martyr.

Born

c.1555 in Oxfordshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 3 April 1587 in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-stephen-rowsham/


Saint Joseph the Hymnographer

Also known as

Joseph of the Studium

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Born to Christian parents. He fled Sicily in 830 due to Arab invasion, and became a monk in Thessalonica. He joined the monastery of the Studium in Constantinople, but was forced to flee Constantinople in 841 due to iconoclast persecution. On his way to Rome, Italy he was captured by pirates and spent several years as a slave in Crete. He ministered to his fellow slaves, converting many. He finally managed to escape and return to Constantinople where he founded a monastery. When he opposed the Iconoclast emperor Theophilus, Joseph was exiled to the Chersonese. Bishop of Salonica. One of the great liturgical poets and hymnists of the Byzantine Church, credited with approximately 1,000 works.

Born

c.810 in Sicily

Died

886 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-joseph-the-hymnographer/


Blessed Piotr Edward Dankowski

Also known as

Peter Edward Dankowski

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martys of World War II

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Priest in the Archdiocese of Kraków, Poland. Vicar of the parish of Zakopane, he was known for his service to the people, especially the poor. During World War II he helped escapees hiding from the Nazis. Arrested in May 1941 and sentenced to the extermination camp in Oswiecim (Auschwitz). Martyr.

Born

21 June 1908 in Jordanów, Malopolskie, Poland

Died

Good Friday, 3 April 1942 in Oswiecim (Auschwitz), Malopolskie, Poland

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw, Poland

Readings

See you in the kingdom of God! - Blessed Piotr's dying words

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-piotr-edward-dankowski/


Pope Saint Sixtus I

Also known as

Xystus I

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Little known about his life before he was chosen seventh pope in 116. He concerned himself with the liturgy, and instituted elements still in use today. He decreed that only priests may touch the sacred vessels, that bishops returning from the Apostolic See to their dioceses must present Apostolic letters, and that the priest shall recite the Sanctus with the people during the Mass. Reigned during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Trajan. Martyr.

Born

Rome, Italy

Papal Ascension

116

Died

125 in Rome, Italy

Patronage

• Alife-Caiazzo, Italy, diocese of
• Anagni-Alatri, Italy, diocese of
• Alatri, Italy
• Alife, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/pope-saint-sixtus-i/


Blessed John of Penna

Also known as

Giovanni, Johannes

Additional Memorial

31 October (Franciscans)

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Joined the Franciscan in Recanati, Italy c.1213. Priest. Founded several Franciscan houses in Provence, France during a 25 year apostolate there. Returned to Italy in 1242, and lived the bulk of his remaining 30 in cloistered retirement. Experienced many highs and lows in his spiritual life, with lengthy periods of aridity and doubt, but periods of ecstacies, visions, and mystic union. Had the gift of prophecy.

Born

c.1193 at Penna San Giovanni, diocese of Fermo, Italy

Died

3 April 1271 at Recanati, Italy

Beatified

20 December 1806 by Pope Pius VII (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-of-penna/


Blessed Gandulphus of Binasco

Also known as

• Gandulf Sacchi of Binasco
• Gandolf of Binasco
• Gandolfo of Binasco

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Franciscan while Saint Francis was still alive. Spent his life praying and preaching in Sicily. Hermit.

Born

at Binasco, Lombardy, Italy

Died

• 3 April 1260 at Polizzi Generosa, Sicily, Italy of natural causes
• legend says that the birds gathered to sing in church where his body was laid out

Beatified

10 March 1881 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gandulphus-of-binasco/


Blessed Francisco SolĂ­s Pedrajas

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Priest in the diocese of Jaén, Spain. Archpriest of Mancha Real, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

9 July 1877 in Marmolejo, Jaén, Spain

Died

3 April 1937 in the parish cemetery of Mancha Real, Jaén, Spain

Beatified

• 27 October 2013 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition celebrated at Tarragona, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-francisco-solis-pedrajas/


Blessed Thurstan Hunt

Also known as

Thurstan Greenlow

Additional Memorials

• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

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Priest in the apostolic vicariate of England. Martyred in the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I.

Born

c.1555 Carlton Hall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Died

late March 1601 in Lancaster, Lancashire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-thurstan-hunt/


Blessed Robert Middleton

Additional Memorial

22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

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Jesuit priest in the apostolic vicariate of England. Martyred in the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I.

Born

1571 in York, North Yorkshire, England

Died

late March 1601 in Lancaster, Lancashire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

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


Saint Nicetas of Medicion

Also known as

Niketas of Medikion

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Monk and abbot of Medicion Abbey in Bithynia. He and his brothers suffered in the persecutions of iconclast Emperor Leo, and he was imprisoned for many years.

Born

Bithynia

Died

824 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nicetas-of-medicion/


Blessed Iacobus Won Si-bo

Also known as

Jacob

Additional Memorial

20 September as one of the Martyrs of Korea

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Layman martyr in the apostolic vicariate of Korea.

Born

1730 in Hongju, Chungcheong-do, South Korea

Died

3 April 1799 in Cheongju, Chungcheong-do, South Korea

Beatified

15 August 2014 by Pope Francis

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-iacobus-won-si-bo/


Blessed Laurentius Pak Chwi-deuk

Additional Memorial

20 September as one of the Martyrs of Korea

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Layman martyr in the apostolic vicariate of Korea.

Born

c.1766 in Myeoncheon, Chungcheong-do, South Korea

Died

3 April 1799 in Hongju, Chungcheong-do, South Korea

Beatified

15 August 2014 by Pope Francis

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-laurentius-pak-chwi-deuk/


Blessed Alexandrina di Letto

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Joined in the Poor Clares at age 15. Founded a Poor Clare convent in Foligno, Italy in 1423, served as its first abbess. Known for her reforms that emphasized Franciscan spirituality, she has the support of Pope Martin V.

Born

in 1385 in Sulmona, Italy

Died

1458 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-alexandrina-di-letto/


Blessed Juan Otazua Madariaga

Also known as

Father Juan of Jesus and Mary

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Trinitarian priest. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

8 February 1895 in Rigoitia, Vizcaya, Spain

Died

3 April 1937 in Mancha Real, Jaén, Spain

Beatified

28 October 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-juan-otazua-madariaga/


Saint Vulpian of Tyre

Also known as

Ulpian, Ulpiano, Vulpianus

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Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian and Maximian Galerius.

Born

Syria

Died

sewed up in a leather sack with a serpent and a dog and then thrown into the sea to drown in 304 at Tyre, Lebanon

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vulpian-of-tyre/


Saint Benatius of Kilcooley

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Mentioned in early Irish martyrologies, but no details about him have survived.

Patronage

Kilcooley (Cill-Chuile; Kill-Chuile), County Roscommon, Ireland

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-benatius-of-kilcooley/


Saint John I of Naples

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Fifth-century bishop of Naples, Italy. Translated the body of Saint Januarius to Naples.

Born

Campania, Italy

Died

Holy Saturday night in 432 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-i-of-naples/


Saint Attala of Taormina

Also known as

Attalus of Taormina

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Benedictine monk and then abbot of a monastery in Taormina, Sicily.

Died

c.800

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-attala-of-taormina/


Saint Chrestus

Also known as

Cresto, Crestus

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Martyr.

Died

Tomis, Scythia (modern Constanta, Romania)

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


Saint Benignus of Tomi

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Martyr.

Died

at Tomi (modern Constanta, Romania)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-benignus-of-tomi/


Saint Comman

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Son of Domangen. Listed in the 9th century Irish martyrologies, but no other information has survived.

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


Saint Evagrius of Tomi

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Martyr.

Died

at Tomi (modern Constanta, Romania)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-evagrius-of-tomi/


Saint Papo

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Martyr.

Died

Tomis, Scythia (modern Constanta, Romania)

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


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