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It is better to serve God than to govern the world. How happy we are when we serve the Lord! - Saint Francis of Assisi


The Holy Roman Church is the mother of all Churches, and the mistress of all religious Orders. Therefore will I go and recommend my brethren to the Holy Church, whose powerful rod will strike the wicked, and under whose care the children of God shall advance in perfection, and ever enjoy true liberty. - Saint Francis of Assisi


Saint Gerard of Brogne

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Born to the Belgian nobility; son of Stance and Plectrude. Raised in a military atmosphere. Courtier to the Count of Namur. Disappointed by court life, and ashamed of the many privileges he received from his family and military post, Gerard realized that he was called to the monastic life.

He found Belgian monasteries too lax in their discipline. While visiting France in 917 on a mission from the Count, Gerard decided the life of the monks of Saint Denis was right for him. He settled his worldly affairs, and took vows at the monastery. There Gerard became an example to other monks in following the Rule, and in his devotion to prayer. His life, and his encouragement of the brothers, helped Saint Denis becoming an example for monasteries throughout Europe.

He was ordained, but wrestled with feelings of inadequacy as a priest. After 11 years, the abbot asked Gerard to return home to form a monastery there. Abbot of the new monastery, he soon gained renown for his strict observance of the Benedictine Rule. This led many religious and political leaders to request that he reform monasteries throughout Flanders, Lorraine, and Champagne. Near the end of his life Gerard returned to the monastery he built, and spent the rest of his life there in solitude and prayer.

Born

c.895 at Staves, Namur, Belgium

Died

3 October 959 at Brogne, Belgium of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gerard-of-brogne/


Saint Theodore Guerin

Also known as

• Mother Theodore
• Anne-Thérèse Guérin

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Daughter of Laurent and Isabelle Guérin. Joined the Sisters of Providence at Ruillé-sur-Loir, France on 18 August 1823, taking the name Sister Saint Theodore, and making her final vows on 5 September 1831. Taught in Rennes and Soulaines, France. Sent with five other sisters (Sister Olympiade Boyer, Sister Saint Vincent Ferrer Gagé, Sister Basilide Sénéschal, Sister Mary Xavier Lerée and Sister Mary Liguori Tiercin) to the diocese of Vincennes, Indiana, USA on 22 October 1840. They established the Academy of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on 4 July 1841 at Terre Haute, Indiana, the first Catholic women's liberal-arts college in the United States. She established schools at Jasper, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Village, Vincennes, Montgomery, Madison, Terre Haute, Fort Wayne, Evansville, North Madison, Lanesville and Columbus, all in Indiana, and Saint Francisville in Illinois. Founded an orphanage for girls and one for boys in Vincennes, Indiana. Opened pharmacies where medicines were dispensed free to the poor at Vincennes and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Oversaw construction of a motherhouse for the Sisters of Providence and several additions to the Academy.

Born

2 October 1798 at Etables-sur-Mer, Brittany, France as Anne-Thérèse Guérin

Died

• 14 May 1856 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, USA, of natural causes
• buried at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Canonized

15 October 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI

Patronage

Lafayette, Indiana, diocese of

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"Go, sell everything you own, and give the money to the poor... then come, follow me". These words have inspired countless Christians throughout the history of the Church to follow Christ in a life of radical poverty, trusting in Divine Providence. Among these generous disciples of Christ was a young Frenchwoman, who responded unreservedly to the call of the divine Teacher. Mother Théodore Guérin entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in 1823, and she devoted herself to the work of teaching in schools. Then, in 1839, she was asked by her Superiors to travel to the United States to become the head of a new community in Indiana. After their long journey over land and sea, the group of six Sisters arrived at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. There they found a simple log-cabin chapel in the heart of the forest. They knelt down before the Blessed Sacrament and gave thanks, asking God's guidance upon the new foundation. With great trust in Divine Providence, Mother Théodore overcame many challenges and persevered in the work that the Lord had called her to do. By the time of her death in 1856, the Sisters were running schools and orphanages throughout the State of Indiana. In her own words, "How much good has been accomplished by the Sisters of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods! How much more good they will be able to do if they remain faithful to their holy vocation!". Mother Théodore Guérin is a beautiful spiritual figure and a model of the Christian life. She was always open for the missions the Church entrusted to her, and she found the strength and the boldness to put them [the missions] into practice in the Eucharist, in prayer and in an infinite trust in Divine Providence. Her inner strength moved her to address particular attention to the poor, and above all to children. - Pope Benedict XVI, from the canonization homily of Saint Mother Theodore

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodore-guerin/


Blessed Szilárd István Bogdánffy

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Son of teachers. Studied philosophy and theology at Peter Pazmany University of Budapest, Hungary. Ordained on 29 June 1934, and assigned to the Saint Therese of Lisieux parish in Oradea (in modern Romania). Taught in Satu Mare and the seminary in Oradea. Bishop of Satu Mare, Romania on 14 February 1949; due to the Communist persecution of the Church, he was consecrated clandestinely. Arrested on 5 April 1949 for treason and other charges, all a result of his being a leader of the Church. Following a show trial, he was sentenced to 12 years foced labour in a lead mine. After transfer to several prison camps, where he was noted to ministering to other prisoners, abused, tortured and neglected, he finally died in the prison in Nagyenyed, Romania. Martyr.

Born

21 February 1911 in Crna Bara, Coka, Hungary (in modern Serbia)

Died

3 October 1953 in Nagyenyed (Aiud), Alba, Romania of pneumonia

Beatified

• 30 October 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI
• beatification recognition presided over by Cardinal Peter Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary

Reading

Witnesses affirm that, despite the inhuman situation of prison, Bishop Bogdanffy was never lacking in his very generous acts of charity to the other prisoners. - Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

Let us thank God for this heroic pastor of the Church who followed the Lamb to the very end! May his witness bring comfort to those who even today are persecuted for the sake of the Gospel. - Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-szilard-istvan-bogdanffy/


Martyrs of Brazil

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On 25 December 1597 an expedition of colonists, with two Jesuit and two Franciscan evangelists, arrived at Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The region was colonized by Portuguese Catholics, but was invaded by Dutch Calvinists who soon took over the whole territory. They immediately made a policy of the persecution of Catholics. On Sunday 16 July 1645 at Cunhau, Brazil, 69 people were gathered in the Chapel of Our Lady of the Candles for Mass celebrated by Father Andre de Soveral. At the moment of the elevation a group of Dutch soldiers attack the Chapel, murdering many of the faithful including Father Andre; the parishioners died professing their faith, and asking pardon for their sins. On 3 October 1645 200 armed Indians and a band of Flemish troops, led by a fanatical Calvinist convert, hacked to death an unknown number of people of Rio Grande including

Blessed Ambrosio Francisco Ferro
Blessed André de Soveral
Blessed Antônio Baracho
Blessed Antônio Vilela
Blessed Antônio Vilela Cid
Blessed Diogo Pereira
Blessed Domingos Carvalho
Blessed Estêvão Machado de Miranda
Blessed Francisco de Bastos
Blessed Francisco Mendes Pereira
Blessed João da Silveira
Blessed João Lostau Navarro
Blessed João Martins
Blessed José do Porto
Blessed Manuel Rodrigues de Moura
Blessed Mateus Moreira
Blessed Simão Correia
Blessed Vicente de Souza Pereira

and other lay people whose names have not come down to us.

Died

1645

Beatified

5 March 2000 at Rome, Italy by Pope John Paul II

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


Saint Adalgott of Chur

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Monk at Clairvaux under the spiritual direction of Saint Bernard. Abbot at Dissentis in Switzerland. Bishop of Chur, Switzerland where he founded a hospital in 1150. Known throughout his life for his concern for and ministry to the sick, and his use of position and title to help them.

Died

1165 of natural causes

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


Saint Dionysius the Aeropagite

Also known as

• Denis the Aeropagite
• Dionysius of Athens

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Assessor of the Areopagus in Athens, Greece. Converted from paganism to Christianity by Saint Paul the Apostle (Acts 17:34). Married to Saint Athens. Early writers say he became the first bishop of Athens, and was martyred. Later writers confused his story with that of Denis of France and others of the name in that period, and attributed any number of writings to him.

Died

burned to death c.95 in Athens, Greece

Patronage

• against headaches
• against the devil
• Zakynthos Island, Greece

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-dionysius-the-aeropagite/


Blessed Dominic Spadafora

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Studied at Padua, Italy. Joined the Dominicans at the Saint Zita priory in Palermo, Sicily. Priest. Noted preacher and evangelist throughout Sicily and Italy, winning many converts. Intense devotion to the Passion of Jesus. His example of charity and humility brought many to join the Dominicans. Founded the priory of Our Lady of Grace in Monte Cerignone, Sicily, and served the rest of his life as its first superior.

Born

c.1450 in Randazzo, Sicily

Died

• 21 December 1521 at Monte Cerignone, Sicily of natural causes
• relics translated on 3 October 1677

Beatified

1921 by Pope Benedict XV (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-dominic-spadafora/


Saint Froilan

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Benedictine monk. With his friend, Saint Attilanus, he reorganized the monastic community at Moreruela in Old Castile (part of modern Spain). From there the two worked to restore and revitalize Benedictine monasticism in western Spain. Bishop of Léon in 900. Noted for his generosity to the poor, and his own simple lifestyle as bishop. Reported miracle worker.

Born

at Lugo, Galacia, Spain

Died

905 of natural causes

Patronage

• Léon, Spain
• Lugo, Spain

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


Saint Hesychius

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Spiritual student of Saint Hilarion of Palestine. Hermit in a monastery at Majuma, Palestine. Followed Hilarion from one hermitage to another for years, even tracking him down when Hilarion left without warning in order to seek out solitude; and when the teacher died, Hesychius brought his relics back to Majuma.

Died

c.380 at Majuma, Palestine of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hesychius-3-october/


Blessed Agostina of the Assumption

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Mercedarian nun in monastery of the Assumption in Seville, Spain. Noted for a deep prayer life devoted to the conversion of sinners, which were accompanied by apparitions.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-agostina-of-the-assumption/


Saint Candidus the Martyr

Also known as

• Candidus of Rome
• Candida, Candido

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Martyr.

Died

• martyred in the cemetery of Pontian, on the Via Portuense in Rome, Italy
• buried on Esquiline Hill in Rome
• relics moved to the church of Santa Praxedes in Rome by order of Pope Saint Paschal I

Patronage

Fucecchio, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-candidus-the-martyr/


Saint Cyprian of Toulon

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Spiritual student of Saint Caesarius of Arles. Bishop of Toulon, France in 516, consecrated by Saint Caesarius. Fought Semi-Pelagianism. Wrote a biography of Saint Caesarius of Arles.

Born

476 at Marseilles, France

Died

546 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cyprian-of-toulon/


Blessed Damian de Portu

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Mercedarian friar at the convent of Saint Eulalia, Lerida, Spain. Ransomed 136 Christians who were enslaved by Saracens in northern Africa, and openly preached Christianity while doing it.

Died

1399 in Lerida, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-damian-de-portu/


Saint Ewald the Black

Also known as

Hewald

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Priest. Studied in Ireland. Knew Saint Willibrord of Echternach. Missionary to Saxony with Saint Ewald the Fair c.690. Tortured and murdered by pagan Saxons who feared to give up the old religion. Martyr.

Born

Northumbria, England

Died

• torn limb from limb c.695 at Aplerbeck, Westphalia
• body thrown into the River Rhine, but they were miraculously moved 40 miles upstream to a place where friends were camping, and then were recovered
• relics translated to the church of Saint Cunibert, Cologne, Germany by Duke Pepin of Austrasia
• some relics translated to the Premonstratensian monastery of Florennes in the province of Namur in 1121 by Saint Norbert
• most relics destroyed by Anabaptists in 1534

Patronage

Westphalia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ewald-the-black/


Saint Ewald the Fair

Also known as

Hewald the Fair

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Priest. Studied in Ireland. Knew Saint Willibrord of Echternach. Missionary to Saxony with Saint Ewald the Black c.690. Tortured and murdered by pagan Saxons who feared to give up the old religion. Martyr.

Born

Northumbria, England

Died

• torn limb from limb c.695 at Aplerbeck, Westphalia
• body thrown into the River Rhine, but they were miraculously moved 40 miles upstream to a place where friends were camping, and then were recovered
• relics translated to the church of Saint Cunibert, Cologne, Germany by Duke Pepin of Austrasia
• some relics translated to the Premonstratensian monastery of Florennes in the province of Namur in 1121 by Saint Norbert
• most relics destroyed by Anabaptists in 1534

Patronage

Westphalia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ewald-the-fair/


Blessed Juan Tapia

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Mercedarian friar. Missionary to Guatemala. Leader of his convent.

Died

1562

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-juan-tapia/


Blessed Maddalena the Greater

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Mercedarian nun at the monastery of the Assumption in Seville, Spain.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-maddalena-the-greater/


Saint Maximian of Bagaia

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Converted from Donatism to orthodox Christianity. Bishop of Bagaia, Numidia. Prohibited the Donatists from using the basilica of Calvianum. In retaliation, they threw him off a tower. Martyr.

Died

martyred in 404

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maximian-of-bagaia/


Saint Menna

Also known as

Manna

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Relative of Saint Eucherius and Saint Elaptius. Nun.

Born

4th century Lorraine (part of modern France)

Died

c.395

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


Blessed Utto of Metten

Also known as

Udo, Utho, Otto, Ottone, Odon

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Nephew of Blessed Gamelbert of Michaelsbuch. Helped found the monastery of Metten in Bavaria, Germany, and served as its first abbot.

Born

c.750

Died

c.820

Beatified

25 August 1909 by Pope Saint Pius X (cultus confirmed)

Representation

• ax
• monk with an ax (refers to him having cleared the land for Metten Abbey)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-utto-of-metten/


Saint Widradus

Also known as

Waré

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Benedictine monk, Restored the monastery of Flavigny near Dijon, France when he served as its abbot. Founded the monastery of Saulieu, France.

Died

747 of natural causes

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


Martyrs of Alexandria

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A number of Christian martyrs remembered together. We know the names Caius, Cheremone, Dionysius, Eusebio, Fausto, Lucio, Maximus, Paul, Peter and that there were at least two more whose names have not come down to us, and that's about all we know.

Died

Alexandria, Egypt

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-alexandria-3-october/


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 Crescencio García Pobo
Blessed José María González Solís
Blessed José María Poyatos-Ruiz
Blessed Manuel Lucas Ibañez
Blessed Raimundo Joaquín Castaño González


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Abd al Misah
• Benedict of Como
• Desiderio Franco
• Edmund of Scotland
• Julian of Palermo


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