|Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs|
• Kevin of Glen da locha
• Caoimhghin, Coemgen, Coemgenus, Comegen, Keivin
Son of Coemlog and Coemell, Leinster nobility. Baptized by Saint Cronan of Roscrea, and educated by Saint Petroc of Cornwall from age seven. Lived with monks from age 12. Studied for the priesthood in Cell na Manach (Killnamanagh). Student of Saint Eonagh. Priest, ordained by bishop Lugidus. Monk. Acquaintance of Saint Comgall, Saint Columba, Saint Cannich, and Saint Kieran of Clonmacnois.
Following his ordination, he lived as a hermit for seven years into a cave at Glendalough, a Bronze Age tomb now known as Saint Kevin's Bed, to which he was reportedly led by an angel. He wore skins, ate the nettles and herbs that came to hand, and spent his time in prayer. Word of his holiness spread, and he attracted followers, including Saint Moling. Founded the monastery at Glendalough, which included relics brought back during a pilgrimage to Rome, Italy. This house, in turn, founded several others, and around it grew a town which became a see city, though now subsumed into the archdiocese of Dublin. Served as abbot for several years. When he saw that the monastery was well-established, he withdrew to live as a hermit. Four years later, however, he returned to Glendalough at the entreaty of his monk, and served as abbot until his death at age 120. King Colman of Ui Faelain entrusted Kevin with raising his son.
Noted as a man who did not always like the company of men - but was at home with the animals, as some of the legends surrounding him show.
During a drought, Kevin fed his monks with salmon, a symbol of wisdom, brought to him by an otter. When one of the monks considered making gloves out of the otter's pelt, it left and never returned.
Once during Lent, while he held his arms outstretched in prayer, a blackbird laid an egg in the Kevin's hand. He remained in that position until the baby bird hatched.
A cow which habitually licked Kevin's clothes while the saint was in prayer gave as much milk as 50 other cows.
Lacking milk to feed the son of King Colman, Kevin prayed for help. A doe arrived to provide for the baby. When the doe was later killed by a wolf, Kevin chastised the killer; the wolf then provided the milk herself.
A young man with severe epilepsy received a vision that he would be cured by eating an apple. There were, however, no apple trees about. Kevin, seeing the lad's need, ordered a willow to produce apples; twenty yellow apples appeared on the tree.
In his old age, King O'Tool of Glendalough made a pet of a goose. As time passed, the goose also became aged and weak, and finally unable to fly. Hearing of Kevin's sanctity and power, the pagan king sent for him, and asked that he make the beloved goose young. Kevin asked for a payment of whatever land the goose would fly over. As the goose could no longer take flight, O'Toole agreed. When Kevin touched the bird, it grew young, and flew over the entire valley that was used to found the monastery of Glendalough.
A boar was being chased by a group of hunters with their dogs. It ran to where Kevin sat praying under a tree, and cowered beside him for protection. When the dogs saw the saint in prayer, they laid on their stomachs, and would not approach the boar. When the hunters decided they would ignore the man and kill the boar, a flock of birds settled in the tree above the praying saint. The hunters took this as a sign, and left man and beast alone.
c.498 at the Fort of the White Fountain, Leinster, Ireland
3 June 618 of natural causes
1903 (cultus confirmed)
• archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland
• Glendalough, Ireland
• monk or hermit with a blackbird sitting on his outstretched hand
medals and pendants
You were privileged to live in the Age of Saints, O Father Kevin being baptised by one saint, taught by another and buried by a third. Pray to God that He will raise up saints in our day to help, support and guide us into the Way of salvation. - troparion
Twenty-two (22) Ugandan converts martyred in the persecutions of King Mwanga. They are -
• Achileo Kiwanuka
• Adolofu Mukasa Ludigo
• Ambrosio Kibuuka • Anatoli Kiriggwajjo
• Anderea Kaggwa • Antanansio Bazzekuketta
• Bruno Sserunkuuma • Charles Lwanga
• Denis Ssebuggwawo • Gonzaga Gonza
• Gyavire • James Buzabaliao
• John Maria Muzeyi • Joseph Mukasa
• Kizito • Lukka Baanabakintu
• Matiya Mulumba • Mbaga Tuzinde
• Mugagga • Mukasa Kiriwawanvu
• Nowa Mawaggali • Ponsiano Ngondwe
18 October 1964 by Pope Paul VI at Rome, Italy
archdiocese of Accra, Ghana
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• Siant Achileo Kiwanuka
The African martyrs add another page to the Church's roll of honor - an occasion both of mourning and of joy. These African martyrs herald the dawn of a new age. If only the mind of man might be directed not toward persecutions and religious conflicts but toward a rebirth of Christianity and civilization! Africa has been washed by the blood of these latest martyrs, and first of this new age (and, God willing, let them be the last, although such a holocaust is precious indeed). Africa is reborn free and independent. - from the homily at the canonization of Saint Charles Lwanga and companions by Pope Paul VI
• John the Great Sinner
• Juan Grande Pecador
• Juan Grande Román
• Juan Grande
• Juan Pecador
Raised in a solidly Christian family, John was a choir boy from age 7 to 12. He was apprenticed in the linen business in Seville, Spain from age 15, and then returned to Carmona, Spain to start his own shop. At age 19 he left business behind, gave away his possessions, and became a hermit at Marcena. Referred to himself not just as Juan Grande, his given name, but Juan Grande Pecador (John the Great Sinner).
Worked in prisons and hospitals in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. With the aid of a wealthy couple in the area, he founded and managed the Hospital de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (Our Lady of Candlemas) at Jerez. He affiliated the place with the Order of Hospitallers, handing it over to Saint John of God, and joining the Order himself at Granada, Spain in 1574. During an outbreak of the plague in 1574, he organized a group to help tend to victims; they were very successful. At the request of the Archbishop of Seville, Spain he completely reformed the Church's health care system in the diocese, improving efficiency and services.
John was blessed with mystical gifts, and predicted the fall of the Spanish Armada. He ran afoul of many in authority, chastising officials and those who ran charities when they lived well, and those they were supposed to serve continued to suffer. Arranged anonymous dowries for poor girls so they could marry and avoid lives on the street. He fed and clothed prisoners and refugees, and died tending to plague victims.
6 March 1546 at Carmona, Andalusia, Spain
• 3 June 1600 at Jerez, Spain of plague
• relics at the diocesan Shrine of Saint John Grande, Saint John Grande Hospital, Jerez
2 June 1996 by Pope John Paul II
diocese of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
• Adam the Abbot
• Adamo, Adão
2nd Sunday in October (return of stolen relics)
Benedictine monk. Abbot of the monastery of Santa Maria to the Italian Tremiti Islands. Attended the council of Melfi on 21 August 1059. Worked to unify the people of southern Italy as a way reduce into-city warring. Retired in 1071 to spend his remaining months as a prayerful hermit at the monastery of Saint Paul in Petacciato, Italy.
c.990 in Petazio (modern Petacciato), Italy
• 1072 in the Saint Paul monastery in Petacciato, Italy of natural causes
• Archpriest Benedict of Guglionesi, Italy had a dream of an angel who told him to bring Abbot Adam’s relics to Guglionesi
• relics taken to Gulionesi on 2 June 1102; legend says that the oxen pulling the transport cart became thirsty, pawed the road with one hoof, and springs erupted from the ground
• relics enshrined on 3 June 1102 in Guglionesi
• relics re-enshrined in a gilded bronze bust reliquary in 1153
• reliquary stolen by French supporters of King Charles VIII on the night of the feast of Corpus Christi in 1496 and taken to Campobasso, Italy where they planned to melt it for the prescious metal; the presence of relics made them hesitate, and the city was beseiged by storms until they returned the reliquary to Guglionesi
• reliquary was one of several stolen on the night of 2 June 1885
• relics returned in 1886 re-enshrined in a silver bust
• relics enshrined in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Guglionesi
Chlodechildis, Chrodechildis, Clothilde, Clotichilda, Clotild, Clotilda, Croctild, Crotildes, Hlodihildi, Hlotild, HroÞihildi, Rotilde
Born a princess, the daughter of King Chilperic of Burgundy. Married young to King Clovis of the Salian Franks while he was still a pagan; she brought him to the faith. Queen. Mother of three sons. Led her husband to Christianity in 496. Widow. Following Clovis's death in 511, her sons fought for years over the kingdom. To escape the constant murder and intrigue, she retired to Tours, France where she spent her remaining 34 years caring for the poor and sick.
475 at Lyons, France
• 545 at Tours, France of natural causes
• buried in the church of Saint Genevieve, Paris, France
• against death of children
• adopted children
• disappointing children
• exiles, people in exile
• parents of large families
• with a battle in the background, in memory of the conversion of Clovis following the battle of Soissons
• woman in a crown, holding a church
• Giuseppi Oddi
• José Oddi
Son of Vicenzo Oddi and Bernardina Pasquali; raised in a poor but pious farm family. He had little education, but learned as much about the faith as he could. About age 20 he felt a call to the religious life, but his family strongly objected. He met Blessed Mariano da Roccacasale while making a pilgrimage to Rome, and was inspired by his example to become a Franciscan lay brother. He spent the rest of his life in the same monastery, known for his life of simple service, his sunny temperament, and his obvious deep faith.
6 June 1839 in Vallinfreda, Italy as Giuseppi Oddi
3 June 1919 in Bellegra, Italy of natural causes
3 October 1999 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy
Descendant of a senatorial family of Auvergne, France. Following a liberal education, he renounced the world for the Church. Archdeacon of Clermont, France under Bishop Proculus. Bishop of Clermont in 656. Founded a hospital at Clermont, the Abbey of Manlieu, the church of Saint Symphorian, and the convent at Chantoin. Fearing for his own soul, he made a secret pilgrimage to Rome, Italy in 661. His bereaved flock sent a deputation to the Vatican; they located Genesius and convinced him to return.
• 662 of natural causes
• buried in Saint Symphorian's church at Clermont, France
• it is now known as Saint Genesius's church
Lifard, Lifardo, Lifardus, Lifart, Lifhard, Lifhart, Liphard, Liphart, Lyphard
A prominent lawyer in Orleans, France. He gave it all up to devote himself to prayer as a cave-dwelling hermit. At the age of fifty he and Saint Urbicius founded and entered a monastery of Meung-sur-Loire, France, and served as its abbot.
hermit in front of his cave fighting a dragon with a stick; legend says that the dragon was blocking Lifard's way to a fountain; such an image is usually a metaphor for the saint defeating the evil that is keeping him from God
Audito, Ouvido, Ovid, Ovidio, Ovidius
Imperial Roman citizen. Auditus was chosen 3rd bishop of Braga, Portugal by Pope Clement I in 95. Baptized Saint Marina. Martyr.
• 135 in Braga, Portugal
• interred in the cathedral of Braga
• at the base of his sepulchre are two small holes where, traditionally, people put their fingers before putting them in their ears when asking for the intercession of Auditus for the petitioner’s auditory problems
• against auditory diseases
• deaf people
24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam
Married layman and father in the apostolic vicariate of Central Tonkin (modern Vietnam). During the persecutions of emperor Tu-Duc, he was ordered to step on a crucifix to show his contempt for Christianity; he refused. Imprisoned, tortured and executed. Martyr.
c.1792 in Vuc Ðuong, Hung Yên, Vietnam
beheaded on 3 June 1862 in Nam Ðinh, Vietnam
19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales
Studied at Rheims, France. Ordained on 21 March 1581, he returned to England in April 1581 to minister to covert Catholics during a period of official persecution. Imprisoned and executed for the crime of being a priest. Martyr.
c.1550 in the Ripley, Yorkshire, England
hanged, drawn and quartered on 3 June 1586 in York, North Yorkshire, England
22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II
Priest in the Society of Saint Sulpice. Superior of the minor seminary of Bourges, France. Martyred in the anti-Christian persecutions of the French Revolution.
25 August 1743 in Mayenne, France
3 June 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés docked off-shore of Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France as a consequence of abuse, neglect and infected open sores
1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II
Benedictine monk in at Santa Maria dei Codossa monastery near Lucania, Italy.
late 12th century in Diano, Italy
• early 13th century at Cadossa, Italy of natural causes
• relics enshrined in Lucania, Italy
• when the Cadonna monastery was closed in 1261, the relics were transferred to Diano, Italy
27 April 1871 by Pope Pius IX
• Diano, Italy
• Teggiano, Italy
• Davinus of Armenia
Layman who sold all that he owned, gave the money to the poor, and set out as a mendicant pilgrim to Rome, Italy and Compostella, Spain. He depended on the hospitality of strangers who uniformly recognized his personal piety and strong prayer life.
3 June 1051 in Lucca, Italy of natural causes
by Pope Alexander III
Monk of Cluny. Founded the monastery of Saint Christopher at Altkirch, France. Lived the whole of each Lent on a single bunch of grapes, leading to his patronage of people in the grape and wine trade.
vintners, wine growers, wine makers
Though Christian, his knowledge of Arabic allowed him to acquire the position of notary in the Moorish government of the day. He resigned to become a monk at Tabanos. Pulled into public religious debate at Cordoba, Spain, he denounced Mohammed, and was martyred.
c.825 at Cordoba, Spain
beheaded in 852 in Cordoba, Spain
Consecrated virgin. Cared for Saint Lucillian of Byzantium, Saint Claudius of Byzantium, Saint Dionysius of Byzantium, Saint Hypatius of Byzantium, and Saint Paul of Byzantium while they were in prison. Arrested, tortured and martyred for helping Christians.
beheaded in 273 in Constantinople
Caecilian, Cecilio, Ceciliano
Third century priest in Carthage, North Africa. He converted Saint Cyprian of Carthage to Christianity. Cyprian so revered Caecilius that he took his name, and looked after his family after the priest's death.
Married to Gioachino de Ivachi. Widow. Joined the Dominicans in 1270. Founded a Domincan convent in Vercelli, Italy, and served as its first abbess. Known for her deep prayer life and her dedication to penance.
1320 in Vercelli, Italy
Wandering monk. Settling in Traiannos, Greece c.908, he worked as a calligrapher and copied manuscripts of the Bible and Church Fathers.
933 of natural causes
Seventh century convert, led to the faith by Saint Kevin of Glendalough; noted for a life of penance.
buried with Saint Kevin at Glendalough, Ireland
Fourth century bishop of Carcassonne, France. Worked to keep his flock adhering to orthodox Christianity in the face of the Arianism being spread by the Goths.
Aribert, Adalbert, Adelbert
Hermit at Rho, Italy. Benedictine monk at San Carpofero monastery in Como, Italy. Abbot of his house. Bishop of Como.
c.1092 of natural causes
With Saint Liphardus of Orleans, he founded and entered a monastery of Meung-sur-Loire, France. Served as its second abbot.
late 6th century
Brother of Saint Pergentinus of Arezzo. Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.
251 in Arezzo, Italy
Brother of Saint Laurentinus of Arezzo. Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.
251 in Arezzo, Italy
Benedictine monk. Abbot at Saint Martin of Savigny from 954 to 984.
Spiritual student of Saint Kevin of Glendalough.
Nun at Anagni, Italy.
Arab missionary bishop to the nomadic tribes in the Syro-Arabian desert.
156 Christians martyred together in Africa, date unknown; the only other information to survive are some of their names -
A group of Christians, possibly related by marriage, who were martyred together. They were -
273 in Byzantium
A group of Christians martyred together. We know nothing else about them but the names –
Rome, Italy, date unknown
85+ Christians martyred together in Rome, Italy, date unknown. The only details that have survived are some of their names –
• Apinus • Apronus • Aurelius • Avidus • Cassianus • Criscens • Cyprus • Domitius • Donata • Donatus • Emeritus • Extricatus • Exuperia • Faustina • Felicitas • Felix • Flavia • Florus • Fortunata • Fortunatus • Fructus • Gagia • Gagus • Gallicia • Gorgonia • Honorata • Januaria • Januarius • Justa • Justus • Libosus • Luca • Lucia • Matrona • Matura • Mesomus • Metuana • Nabor • Neptunalis • Obercus • Paula • Peter • Pompanus • Possemus • Prisca • Procula • Publius • Quintus • Rogatian • Romanus • Rufina • Saturnin • Saturnus • Secundus • Severa • Severus • Sextus • Silvana • Silvanus • Sinereus • Tertula • Titonia • Toga • Urban • Valeria • Veneria • Veranus • Victor • Victoria • Victorinus • Victuria • Victurina • Virianus • Weneria • Zetula •
Rome, Italy, date unknown
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• Affine of Killaffan
• Andrew Caccioli of Spello
• Cwyfen of Wales
• John Salazer
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