Third of eleven children in the family of the wealthy wool merchant Diego Rodriguez. Met Blessed Peter Faber when he was 10; the Father Faber prepared the boy for his First Communion. At age 14, Alonso was sent to study with Jesuits, Alonso's father died within a year, and he returned home to learn and manage the business.
Married to Mary Suarez at age 26. His business suffered, and two the couple's children died in infancy; one son survived. Widower in his early 30's, Alonso's mother died soon after. He sold the business and moved in with his sisters; they helped Alonso raise his son, and taught their brother prayerful meditation.
When his son died, Alonso decided to follow his call to the religious life. He gave away what little he had left, and tried to join the Jesuits; he did not have the education they required, and was refused. Attended the College of Barcelona, but could not complete the work. Self-imposed austerities nearly destroyed his health; at age 60 he was ordered to begin sleeping in a bed instead of the chair, bench or ground he had previously used. However, at the recommendation of Jesuit Father Luis Santander, Alonso became a Jesuit lay-brother, admitted on 31 January 1571 at Valencia, Spain, and began to study alongside children.
Porter and doorkeeper at the Jesuit college of Montesión at Palma, Mallorca, Spain for 46 years, a duty which involved delivering packages, seeing to the lodging of travellers, and dispensing alms to the poor. From this humble post he influenced many through the years. Obsessed with the spiritual, and given to extreme self-imposed austerities, he had a special devotion to Saint Ursula, and was so obedient to his superiors that when one told him to eat his plate, he tried to cut it with a knife and fork. Friend and room-mate of Saint Peter Claver; advised Peter to request missionary work in South America. Professed his final Jesuit vows at the age of 54.
Reputed to heal by fervent prayer. The night before his death was spent in a visionary ecstasy. Some authors claim he wrote the Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, but his part was to make it more popular. Left behind a collection of manuscripts of journal entries, random thoughts, simple illustrations, and musings on things spiritual that are remarkable for their simplicity, sound and correct doctine, and spiritual understanding; they were published as Spiritual Works of Blessed Alonso Rodriguez in Barcelona in 1885.
25 July 1532 at Segovia, Spain
• 31 October 1617 at Palma, Mallorca, Spain of natural causes
• relics enshrined at Majorca
6 September 1887 by Pope Leo XIII
• Majorca, Spain, city of
• Majorca, Spain, island of
an old Jesuit with two hearts on his breast connected by rays of light to Christ and the Virgin
Honour is flashed off exploit, so we say;
And those strokes once that gashed flesh or galled shield
Should tongue that time now, trumpet now that field,
And, on the fighter, forge his glorious day.
On Christ they do and on the martyr may;
But be the war within, the brand we wield
Unseen, the heroic breast not outward-steeled,
Earth hears no hurtle then from fiercest fray.
Yet God (that hews mountain and continent,
Earth, all, out; who, with trickling increment,
Veins violets and tall trees makes more and more)
Could crowd career with conquest while there went
Those years and years by of world without event
That in Majorca Alfonso watched the door.
- Gerard Manley Hopkins, in honour of Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez, lay-brother of the Society of Jesus
Youngest of seven daughters. She refused to play any childhood games that smacked of worldliness or vanity; by age twelve she was voluntarily wearing hair shirts and a rope belt. As she grew, the rope began to cut into her; it had to be removed, but was too embedded to be untied. She prayed over it, and it fell to her feet.
Dominican tertiary as a very young woman. Lived her entire life at home, practicing extreme austerities. Confined to her bed for five years with a serious illness, she had to be carried to daily Mass. During a Mass on the eve of the feast of Saint Dominic de Guzman, the saint appeared to her, and later in the liturgy, she was miraculously healed.
Visionary who had visits from both angels and demons; she could banish the demons by mentioning the name of Our Lady. However, hard life or no, sickness or no, visions and demonic oppression or no, she was known to be always cheerful and confident in God.
4 May 1254 at Cividale del Friuli, Italy
30 October 1292 at Cividale del Friuli, Italy of natural causes
6 February 1763 by Pope Clement XIV (cultus confirmed)
holding a length of rope
Lord, you gave Blessed Benvenuta the gifts of penance, prayer and humility. Through self-denial and contemplation on heavenly things may we too live in the Spirit and find rest and glory in you, the one God. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. - General Calendar of the Order of Preachers
• Oleksa Zaritskiy
• Oleksa Zaryckyj
• Oleksa Zaryts'kyi
• Aleksey, Alessio, Alexis
Greek Catholic. Entered the seminary in Lviv in 1931. Ordained in 1936. Pastor of the Archeparchy of Lviv for the Ukrainians. Imprisoned for his faith in 1948, he was sentenced to ten years in the forced labour camps, and sent to Karahanda. Released in 1957, he was soon arrested again for his faith, and senteneced to three more years. Died in prison; martyr.
17 October 1912 at Bilche, Lviv District, Ukraine
30 October 1963 of gastritis and complications from high blood pressure at the forced labour camp at Qaraghandy (Karaganda), Kazakhstan
27 June 2001 by Pope John Paul II in Ukraine
• Angelo of Acri
• Luca Antonio Falcone
Twice refused admission to the Capuchins, but was finally accepted in 1690. Priest. His first sermons were miserable but he overcame that, too, and became a famous and sought after preacher. Sought after home missioner in the Italian regions of Calabria and Naples, performing miraculous healings and converting thousands. Had the gifts of prophecy, bi-location, visions, and the ability to see into men's souls in Confession.
19 October 1669 at Acri, Cosenza, Italy
30 October 1739 at the friary of Acri, Consenza, Italy
18 December 1825 by Pope Leo XII
Toirdhealbhach Albert Ó Briain
20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs
Joined the Dominicans in 1622. Priest. Dominican prior provincial of Ireland. Bishop of Emly, Ireland. He was ordered to acknowledge the English king as head of the Church; he declined. Martyr.
1601 in Tuogh (Tower Hill), Limerick, Ireland
30 October 1651 in Limerick, Ireland
27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy
Marcellus of Tangier
Roman centurion at Tangiers (in modern Morocco). During a celebration of the emperor's birthday, Marcellus refused to participate in the pagan offering ceremony. He threw away his arms and armour, openly declared himself a Christian, and was condemned to death. His condemnation led to the death of Saint Cassian.
martyred c.298 at Tangiers, Morocco
Teonesto, Teonisto, Tonisto
Bishop of Philippi in Macedonia. Exiled by Arians. Missionary to the area of modern Germany where he worked with Saint Alban of Mainz. Forced to flee ahead of invading Vandals. When the Vandals caught up to Theonestus, he was murdered for his fidelity to the faith. Martyr.
425 in Altino, Italy
Afrella, Abrelda, April
Nun in Gloucestershire, England. Died fighting off a rapist. A church at Oldbury-on-the-Hill is dedicated to her.
Studied law and rhetoric in his youth, and practiced law for a while, but gave it up for the priesthood. Bishop of Amasea, Pontus (in Asia Minor) during the persecutions of Julian the Apostate. A noted preacher, 21 of his sermons have survived.
c.410 of natural causes
Son of Saint Marcellus of Centurion; brother of Saint Lupercus of Léon and Saint Victorius of Léon. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.
c.300 in Léon, Spain
• Egelnoth of Canterbury
• Aethelnoth, Ethelnoth
Monk at Glastonbury Abbey. Archbishop of Canterbury, England in 1020. Advisor to King Cnut of England. Noted scholar.
29 October 1038 of natural causes
Ordered to deny Christ, he refused. Martyr.
Martyred in the persecutions of Valerian.
c.253 in North Africa
Priest at Potenza in southern Italy. Bishop of Potenza in his old age.
at Piancenza, Italy
1119 of natural causes
by Pope Callistus II
Friend of Saint Benedict of Nursia. Bishop of Capua, Italy. Papal legate to Constantinople to repair the damage caused by the Acacian schism, but met ill-treatment by the schismatics and made no progress to reunification. On his death, Saint Benedict had a vision of Germanus' soul being carried to heaven.
c.545 of natural causes
• Herbert of Marmoutier
• Haberne, Herbern
Monk. Abbot at Marmoutier Abbey. Archbishop of Tours, France.
Priest of the diocese of Angers, France. Martyred in the persecutions of the French Revolution.
28 September 1731 in Ingrandes, Maine-et-Loire, France
30 October 1793 at Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France
19 February 1984 by Pope John Paul II at Rome, Italy
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University
Studied at New College, Oxford, England. Schoolmaster. Refused to accept King Henry VIII's authority in spiritual matters. Martyred with Blessed John Bodey.
at Manston, Dorsetshire, England
hanged, drawn, and quartered on 2 November 1583 at Winchester, England
15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI
c.250 in Alexandria, Egypt
5th-century in Lagny, France where his relics are enshrined
Son of Saint Marcellus of Centurion; brother of Saint Claudius of Léon and Saint Victorius of Léon. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.
c.300 in Léon, Spain
c.250 in Alexandria, Egypt
• Maximus of Apamea
• Massimo of...
• late 3rd century in Cumae, Campania, Italy
• 15 years after his death he appeared in a vision to Saint Juliana of Nicomedia to request his relics be interred in the basilica of Cumae
• relics transferred to Naples, Italy in 1207 and re-interred under the main altar of the cathedral
Monk. Abbot of Saint-Mihiel Abbey in Lorraine, France.
Mercedarian friar. Commander of the San Martino convent in Perpignan, France. Noted for his personal piety.
Martyred by order of governor Barbarus for refusing to take part in the festival of Jupiter during the persecutions of Diocletian.
beheaded in 303 at Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Patriarch of Antioch in 190, serving for over 20 years. Theological writer.
211 of natural causes
Talarica, Talacrian, Tarkin, Talaric, Talaricanus
Sixth-century Pictish bishop of Sodor, Scotland where several churches were dedicated to him. Zealous evangelist and preacher, he celebrated Mass every day.
11 July 1898 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmation)
Son of Saint Marcellus of Centurion; brother of Saint Claudius of Léon and Saint Lupercus of Léon. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.
c.300 in Léon, Spain
Sister of Saint Zenobius of Aegae. Martyred in the persecutions of emperor Diocletian and governor Lysias.
late 3rd century
Brother of Saint Zenobia of Aegea. Physician in Aegea, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey). May have been a bishop; few clear records remain. Martyred in the persecutions of emperor Diocletian and governor Lysias.
• late 3rd century
• body thrown into the river Orontes
A group of 100 to 200 Christians murdered in the early persecutions, and about whom we know nothing except that they died for their faith.
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