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Optional Memorial of the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

You may fast regularly, give alms, and pray without ceasing, but as long as you hate your brother, you will not be numbered among the children of God. - Venerable Louis de Blois


My Bible History - Old Testament #30 - The Punishment of Egypt, by by Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow, D.D.


Blessed Raymond Lull

Also known as

• Doctor Illuminatus
• Ramon Llull
• Ramon Lull
• Ramon Lullus
• Raymond Lullus
• Raymond Lully

Profile

Seneschal, courtier and troubador at the court of King James of Aragon from about 1246. Married Blanca Picany in 1257. In 1263 he received a vision of Christ crucified, and was converted on the spot.

Franciscan tertiary. Friend of Raymond of Penyafort Worked to convert Muslims in the Iberian peninsula, and then in north Africa. He tried to interest the Vatican and assorted European royal courts in this work, travelling throughout Italy, France, England and Germany in search of support, but received little help. He learned Arabic, founded a school for Arabic study on Majorca in 1276, and encouraged the study of Arab language and culture. Travelled three times to Tunis to preach to the Muslims, but was forcibly deported.

Raymond wrote over 300 works in Latin, Arabic and Catalan on theology, logic, philosophy; wrote fiction and poetry. Known as a alchemist, he had no training in occult arts, and invented his own Christian-based concepts to explain alchemical mysteries. Reputed to have solved the "lead-into-gold" mystery; legend says he worked on it to finance missionary work. He had a small but devoted band of followers known as Lullists who continued their work after his death, though some of them drifted away from the Church in search of alchemical knowledge. His work in this area has been the source of controversy for centuries, and non-Christian occult groups have seen him as a "master" or whatever term they use.

Born

c.1234 at Palma, Majorca, Spain

Died

• some writers indicate he was martyred by stoning in Tunis c.1315, but there is no evidence for it
• some writers indicate that he died in Bougie, Algeria in 1325
• may have died of natural causes during the return ocean voyage from Tunis
• buried at the church of San Francisco, Palma, Majorca, Spain

Beatified

• 25 February 1750 by Pope Benedict XIV (cultus confirmed)
• 1847 by Pope Pius IX

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-raymond-lull/


Blessed Gennaro Maria Sarnelli

Also known as

Januarius Maria Sarnelli

Profile

Son of the Baron of Ciorani. Civil and canon lawyer at age 20. Friend of Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori. While working with terminally ill patients, Gennaro felt a call to the priesthood, and in 1728 he gave up the law and entered the seminary. Ordained on 8 June 1732, he gave away all his personal property and wealth to the poor. He dedicated himself to helping and catechizing children that today we would call "at risk" of entering lives of crime, and of working to help young women out of lives as prostitutes; this last work led to many threats against him and his family from criminal elements who made money on the sex trade. Member of the Congregation of Apostolical Missions. Joined the Redemptorists in 1733. In 1736 he was sent to Naples, Italy where he worked to support the missioner work of the Redemptorists and spent his spare time ministering to the sick, the elderly, prisoners and young boys forced into labour at the docks. Wrote more than 30 books of a number of pastoral, social and theological topics, and left many more unfinished.

Born

12 September 1702 in the castle of Duke Zapata, Naples, Italy

Died

• 30 June 1744 in Naples, Italy of natural causes
• buried in the parish of Santa Maria dell'Aiuto in Naples
• re-interred at the Redemptorist Church of Ciorani in Salerno, Italy

Beatified

12 May 1996 by Pope John Paul II

Videos

>YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gennaro-maria-sarnelli/


Blessed Vasyl Vsevolod Velychkovskyi

Also known as

Basil

Memorial

27 June as one of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe

Profile

Son of catechists Volodymyr and Anne Theodorowych Velychkovsky. Greek Catholic. Entered the seminary in Lviv, Ukraine in 1920. Ordained on 9 October 1925. Teacher and missionary in the Volyn region of Ukraine. Prior of the monastery at Ternopil, Ukraine in 1942. Arrested for his faith at Ternopil in 1945, condemned to death, and sent to Kiev, Ukraine where his sentence was changed to ten years in a forced labour camp. There he ministered to other prisoners.

His sentence served, he returned to Lviv in 1955. Bishop of the "clandestine" Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. Archbishop in 1963. Arrested again for his faith, and for listening to Vatican Radio, in 1969. Sentenced to three years in the camps, where, between torture sessions, he ministered to other prisoners. When his health failed, he was released. Travelled to Rome, Italy and then to Winnipeg, Canada. Confessor of the faith.

Born

1 June 1903 in Stanislaviv, Ukraine

Died

• 30 June 1973 at Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada of natural causes
• buried in Winnepeg
• relics now enshrined in Saint Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipeg

Beatified

27 June 2001 by Pope John Paul II in Ukraine

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-vasyl-vsevolod-velychkovskyi/


Blessed Philip Powel

Also known as

• Philip Morgan
• Philip Powell
• Philip Prosser

Profile

Son of Roger and Catherine Powel. Studied law in London, England. Seminarian in Douai, France. Joined the Benedictines at the monastery now known as Downside Abbey in Bath, England. Ordained in Douai in 1618. Returned to England in 1622 to minister to covert and oppressed Catholics. He worked in the area of Leighland, Somersetshire, sometimes using the aliases of Morgan or Prosser to avoid priest hunters, from 1624 until the Civil War broke out in 1645 when he removed to Devonshire. Served six months as chaplain to Catholic soldiers in Cornwall. While sailing to South Wales, his ship was captured on 22 February 1646. Father Philip was recognized and arrested for the crime of being a priest. Imprisoned in London in harsh conditions, he developed pleurisy. On 9 June 1646 he was tried and condemned for being a priest. Martyr.

Born

2 February 1594 in Tralon, Brecknockshire, England

Died

• hanged, drawn, and quartered on 30 June 1646 at Tyburn, London, England
• buried in the old churchyard at Moorfields, London
• some relics, including a crucifix he owned at his death, are enshrined at Downside Abbey, Bath, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-philip-powel/


Saint Basilides of Alexandria

Also known as

Basilide

Profile

Pagan Roman soldier. Guard to the prefect of Egypt. Defended Saint Potomiana from the mob as she was being led to her martyrdom. She appeared to Basilides in visions each of three nights after her martyrdom, claiming to be praying for him and his conversion. He converted and was martyred for his new faith.

Died

beheaded c.205 in Alexandria, Egypt

Patronage

Italian prison guards

Readings

Basilides was one of the guards that led Saint Potamiana to a martyr's death. Whilst the rest of the soldiers and the crowd of spectators insulted the holy virgin, he treated her with great respect and protected her from the assaults of the rabble. The martyr thanked him for his kindness, and promised to pray for him when she came into God's presence. A few days after her death the grace of God touched Basilides' heart, and he professed himself a Christian. His comrades at first imagined that he was jesting. But when he persevered in the confession of the Faith, he was brought before the judge, who sentenced him to be beheaded next day. Taken to prison, he was baptized, and at the appointed time, executed. - Father John J Burke, Mary, Help of Christians, 1909

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-basilides-of-alexandria/


Saint Otto of Bamberg

Also known as

• Apostle of Pomerania
• Father of Monks
• Otho of Bamberg

Profile

Born to the Swabian nobility. Priest. Part of the household of Duke Ladislas of Poland. Entered the service of Emperor Henry IV in 1090. Chancellor in 1101. When Henry broke with Rome over the dispute of the investiture of bishops by Rome as opposed to local authorities, Otto was stuck in the middle - loyal to his emperor in matters of state, loyal to his pope in matters of spirit. Henry appointed him bishop, but Otto refused, claiming that only the true pope has such power. Henry agreed, and they journeyed to Rome where Otto was made Bishop of Bamberg. Established religious foundations, built churches, founded over 20 monasteries, and worked to heal the schism caused by Henry's break with Rome. Preacher. Evangelized in Poland, converting 20,000 pagans.

Born

1060 in Swabia (part of modern Germany)

Died

30 June 1139 in Pomerania (part of modern Poland)

Canonized

1189 by Pope Clement III

Patronage

• against hydrophobia or rabies
• against mad dogs
• archdiocese of Bamberg, Germany

Representation

bishop with a dog

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-otto-of-bamberg/


First Martyrs of Rome

Profile

Christians who were blamed by the Roman Emperor Nero with setting fire to Rome, Italy, and were sentenced to death as punishment. They were all disciples of the Apostles. The total number of these murders is known only to God.

Died

martyred in 64 in a variety of ways, the gorier the better from Nero's point of view; some were covered with the skins of animals and thrown to wild dogs to be torn apart; others were crucified and at sunset were covered in oil and used as human torches

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

O God, who consecrated that abundant first fruits of the Roman Church by the blood of the Martyrs, grant, we pray, that with firm courage we may together draw strength from so great a struggle and ever rejoice at the triumph of faithful love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. - collect for the liturgy of the First Martyrs of Rome

http://catholicsaints.info/first-martyrs-of-rome/


Saint Vihn Son Ðo Yen

Also known as

Vincent, Vincenzo

Profile

Born to a Christian family. Ordained in 1798 by Blessed Ignatius Delgado in the vicariate apostolic on Eastern Tonkin (in modern Vietnam). He was imprisoned in a government persecution of Christians in 1799, but friends ransomed him out. Joined the Dominicans on 22 July 1808 in Manila, Philippines. He was a man noted for his personal piety and forgiveness. Parish priest in Ke Sat, Vietnam; the parishioners were required to destroyed their church in the 1832 persecutions of Emperor Minh Mang. Father Vincent was arrested in February 1838 as the persecutions escalated.

Born

c.1764 in Trà Lu, Nam Ðinh, Vietnam

Died

• beheaded on 30 June 1838 in Hai Duong, Vietnam
• buried under the floor of the destroyed church of Tho Ninh, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vihn-son-do-yen/


Blessed Zenon Kovalyk

Also known as

Zenone, Zynovii, Zynovij

Profile

Greek Catholic. Redemptorist, making his vows on 28 August 1926. Studied philosophy and theology in Belgium. Ordained in Ukraine on 4 September 1937. Worked in Volyn. Arrested for his faith on 20 December 1940, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, during Mass while giving a homily, and imprisoned in a converted Brigittine convent. One of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe.

Born

18 August 1903 at Ivakhiv, Ternopil's'ka oblast', Ukraine

Died

crucified against a wall by Communists in June 1941 at Bryhidky prison, Zamarstynivska Street, Lviv, L'vivs'ka oblast', Ukraine

Beatified

27 June 2001 by Pope John Paul II in Ukraine

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-zenon-kovalyk/


Saint Adolphus of Osnabrück

Also known as

• Adolphus of Tecklenburg
• Almoner of the Poor
• Adolf, Adolfo, Adolph

Additional Memorial

11 February (Cistercian martyrology)

Profile

Count of Tecklenburg, Westphalia. Priest. Canon of Cologne, Germany, a position he resigned to become a monk at the Cistercian monastery at Camp on the Rhein. Bishop of Osnabruck, Germany in 1216. Noted for his personal piety and his extensive charity work for the poor.

Born

1185 at Westphalia, Germany

Died

• 30 June 1224 of natural causes
• relics enshrined in the cathedral of Osnabruck, Germany in 1651

Canonized

1625 (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-adolphus-of-osnabruck/


Saint Theobald

Also known as

Teobaldo, Theobaldus, Thibaud, Thibaut, Thibault

Profile

Born to the French nobility. Lead to great sanctity by reading the lives of the saints. Pilgrim to several holy sites including Santiage de Compostella, Spain and Rome, Italy. Hermit at Sussy in the Trier. Leader of a group of hermits near Venice, Italy, so many that the local ordained him so he could minister the sacraments to them. Camaldolese monk. Miracle worker.

Born

1017 at Provins, Brie, France

Died

30 June 1066 in Sossano, Italy of natural causes

Canonized

1073 by Pope Alexander II

Patronage

• bachelors
• charcoal burners
• Badia Polesine, Italy
• Sossano, Italy

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


Saint Lucina of the Callistus Catacombs

Also known as

Lucina of Rome

Profile

Wealthy convert, brought to the faith by the Apostles. She financially supported the early missionaries, visited Christians imprisoned for their faith, and gave proper burial to martyrs. Likely a martyr herself.

Died

• Rome, Italy
• interred in the San Callistus Catacombs of Rome
• some relics transferred to Massa Lubrense, Italy in 1621
• some relics transferred to the parish of San Stefano in Rosate, Italy in 1933
• some relics transferred to the church of Santa Lucina, Cortereggio, San Giorgio Canavese, Italy

Patronage

Cortereggio, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lucina-of-the-callistus-catacombs/


Saint Bertrand of Le Mans

Also known as

Bertichramnus, Bertram, Bertran, Berti-Chramnus

Profile

Educated and ordained in Paris, France by Saint Germanus of Paris. Worked at the cathedral school at Paris, and served as archdeacon of the city. Bishop of Le Mans, France in 587. Noted for his generosity, personally and from his position, to the poor. Founded a monastery, hospice, and church in his diocese. Known for his farming skills, excellent vineyards, and quality wine. Forced to take sides in factional disputes of the day, he was repeatedly driven into exile. Re-instated permanently to his diocese by King Clotaire II in 605.

Born

c.553 at Autun, France

Died

30 June 623 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bertrand-of-le-mans/


Saint Martial of Limoges

Also known as

Marcial

Profile

Missionary bishop who was sent with Saint Denis of Paris to evangelize Gaul (modern France), and who settled on Limoges as his see city. Spiritual teacher of Saint Valeria and Saint Aurelian of Limoges. Worked with Saint Alpinian of Limoges and Saint Austriclinian of Limoges.

Legends arose in the Middle Ages that described him as a friend of Jesus, and a worker of extravagant miracles, who was dispatched to Gaul by Saint Peter the Apostle. Good story, but about two centuries off the mark.

Patronage

Limoges, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-martial-of-limoges/


Saint Peter the Farmer

Also known as

Peter of Asti

Profile

Legend says that Peter was an 11th century farmer from Castagnole Monferrato, Italy who miraculously dug a spring to supply a convent built in a place with no water. He founded a hospital next to the church of Saint Mary which later became the church of San Pietro in his hounour.

Died

relics enshrined in the church of San Pietro in Consavia, Borgo San Pietro, Asti, Italy

Representation

barrel, shovel

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-peter-the-farmer/


Blessed Arnulf of Villers

Also known as

• Arnulf Cornibout
• Arnulph, Arnulphus, Arnoul

Profile

After a wasted youth, at age 22 he had a conversion and became a Cistercian lay brother at Villers, Belgium. There he became known for the his ascetic life and charity, his prayer life, and desire to make up for his past. Had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Born

c.1180 in Brussels, Belgium.

Died

Friday 30 June 1228 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-arnulf-of-villers/


Saint Raimundus Li Quanzhen

Also known as

Rimen

Profile

Married layman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1841 in Chentuncun, Jiaohe, Hebei, China

Died

beaten to death on 30 June 1900 in Chentuncun, Jiaohe, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-raimundus-li-quanzhen/


Saint Petrus Li Quanhui

Also known as

Baiduo

Profile

Married layman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1837 in Chentuncun, Jiaohe, Hebei, China

Died

beaten to death on 30 June 1900 in Chentuncun, Jiaohe, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-petrus-li-quanhui/


Saint Lucina of Rome

Profile

Imperial Roman matron in the reign of emperor Nero. Convert, brought to the faith by the work of the Apostles in Rome. She gave of her fortune to support the work of the Apostles, visited Christians imprisoned for their faith, and gave Christian burial to martyrs, including Saint Processus and Saint Martinian.

Died

• c.70
• relics believed to be hers enshrined in the church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lucina-of-rome/


Blessed Jacob Clou

Also known as

Jacques

Profile

Premonstratensian monk. Canon of the Saint Nicholas monastery in Veurne, Belgium. Cured of a fever by participating in a Passion procession; returning to his house, he built a way of the cross in gratitude. In 1637, with the helped of local Capuchin monks, he started a procession tradition that continues to today.

Born

c.1600 in the Netherlands

Died

30 June 1648

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jacob-clou/


Blessed Ambrose de Feis

Also known as

Ambrogio

Profile

Born to a wealthy family in the Italian nobility. Cistercian monk, joining at the Charterhouse of Chiusa Pesio, Italy; he was known for his devotion to the strict monastic life. Prosecutor of the Cistercians.

Born

in Bene Vagienna, Cuneo, Italy

Died

30 June 1540 in Chiusa Pesio, Cuneo, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ambrose-de-feis/


Blessed Anthony de Tremoulières

Profile

Mercedarian friar. Commander of the convent of Santa Maria in Tolosa, Spain. Provincial of the Mercedarians in France. Chosen Master General of the Mercedarians on 6 November 1575. Known for his piety, and as a miracle worker.

Died

August 1577 in the convent of Toulouse, France of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-anthony-de-tremoulieres/


Saint Clotsindis of Marchiennes

Also known as

Clotsend, Clotsendis

Profile

Daughter of Saint Adalbald of Ostrevant and Saint Richrudis of Marchiennes. Benedictine nun at the convent of Marchiennes under the spiritual direction of her mother. Abbess of the house.

Born

c.635

Died

714

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-clotsindis-of-marchiennes/


Saint Erentrude

Also known as

Erentrudis, Ermentrude

Profile

Relative of Saint Rupert of Salzburg worked with him as a missionary. Benedictine nun. First abbess at Nonnberg convent, Salzburg, a house founded by Rupert.

Died

c.718 of natural causes

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


Saint Ostianus

Also known as

Ostian, Ostiane, Hostien

Profile

Sixth century priest who evangelized the area of the dioceses of Viviers and Puy in France. Late in life he settled as a hermit near Viviers.

Died

relics transferred to the cathedral of Viviers, France on 19 August 1880

Patronage

Viviers, France

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


Blessed Elisabeth Heimburg

Also known as

Elisabeth Hainburg

Profile

13th-century Dominican nun in Diessenhofen am Rhein, Thurgau, Switzerland.

Died

c.1310

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-elisabeth-heimburg/


Saint Austriclinian of Limoges

Profile

Priest in the diocese of Limoges, France. Worked with Saint Martial of Limoges.

Died

c.250

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-austriclinian-of-limoges/


Saint Eurgain

Profile

Sixth century Welsh princess, the daughter of chieftain Caradog of Glamorgan, Wales. Founded the convent of Cor-Eurgain in Wales, a house later known as Llanwit.

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


Saint Alrick the Hermit

Also known as

Airick

Profile

Eleventh century hermit in northern England. Friend of Saint Godric of Finchale.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-alrick-the-hermit/


Saint Alpinian of Limoges

Profile

Priest in the diocese of Limoges, France. Worked with Saint Martial of Limoges.

Died

c.250

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-alpinian-of-limoges/


Saint Marcian of Pampeluna

Profile

Bishop of Pamplona, Spain. Attended the sixth Council of Toledo in 737.

Died

c.757

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marcian-of-pampeluna/


Saint Emiliana of Rome

Profile

A virgin-martyr.

Died

martyred in Rome, Italy, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-emiliana-of-rome/


Saint Gaius

Also known as

Caius, Cursinus

Profile

Priest. Martyr.

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


Saint Leo the Deacon

Profile

Sub-deacon. Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-leo-the-deacon/


Martyrs of Africa

Profile

Seven Christians martyred together. No detail about them have surived but the names – Cursicus, Gelatus, Italica, Leo, Timotheus, Zoilus, and Zoticus.

Died

unknown location in Africa, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-africa-30-june/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Dominic of La Vid
• Donatus of Münstereifel
• Ernst of Prague


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