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Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious (United States)

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Also known as

• Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
• Mother Seton

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Born into a wealthy and influential Episcopalian family, the daughter of a Dr Richard Bayley; Elizabeth was raised in the New York high society of the late 18th century. Her mother died when Elizabeth was three years old, her baby sister a year later. In 1794 at age 19 she married the wealthy businessman William Magee Seton, and was the mother of five.

About ten years into the marriage, William's business failed, and soon after he died of tuberculosis, leaving Elizabeth an impoverished widow with five small children. For years Elizabeth had felt drawn to Catholicism, believing in the Real Presence in the Eucharist and in the lineage of the Church going back to Christ and the Apostles. She converted to Catholicism, entering the Church on 14 March 1805, alienating many of her strict Episcopalian family in the process.

To support her family, and insure the proper education of her children, she opened a school in Boston. Though a private and secular institution, from the beginning she ran it along the lines of a religious community. At the invitation of the archbishop, she established a Catholic girl's school in Baltimore, Maryland which initiated the parochial school system in America. To run the system she founded the Sisters of Charity in 1809, the first native American religious community for women.

Born

28 August 1774 in New York City, New York, USA as Elizabeth Ann Bayley

Died

4 January 1821 in Emmitsburg, Maryland of natural causes

Canonized

14 September 1975 by Pope Paul VI

Patronage

• against in-law problems
• against the death of children
• against the death of parents
• Apostleship of the Sea (two of her sons worked on the sea)
• opposition of Church authorities
• people ridiculed for their piety
• Shreveport, Louisiana, diocese of
• widows

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

We must pray without ceasing, in every occurrence and employment of our lives - that prayer which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him. - Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills it; and thirdly to do it because it is his will. - Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

What was the first rule of our dear Savior's life? You know if was to do his Father's will. Well, then, the first purpose of our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will. We know certainly that our God calls us to a holy life. We know that he gives us every grace, every abundant grace; and though we are so weak of ourselves, this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty. - from the writings of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-elizabeth-ann-seton/


Saint Angela of Foligno

Also known as

Mistress of Theologians

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Born to a wealthy non-Christian family. She married young, and was the mother of several children. Angela lived a wild, adulterous, and sacrilegious life for a while, but following a vision received in 1285, she had a conversion. After the death of her mother, husband, and children, she turned to God and penance. Franciscan tertiary, and led a group of other tertiaries. Noted for her charity, patience and humility. Visionary, mystic, and mystical writer.

Born

1248 at Foligno, Umbria, Italy

Died

• 4 January 1309 at Foligno, Italy of natural causes
• buried in the Church of Saint Francis in Foligno, Italy

Beatified

• 1693 by Pope Innocent XII (cult confirmed)
• 3 April 1701 by Pope Clement XI (concession of indult for Mass and Office)

Canonized

9 October 2013 by Pope Francis

Patronage

• against sexual temptation
• against temptations
• against the death of children
• people ridiculed for their piety
• widows

Representation

• being invited by Our Lord to receive Holy Communion
• chaining the devil

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Readings

God presents himself in the inmost depths of my soul. I understand not only that he is present, but also how he is present in every creature and in everything that has being, in a devil and a good angel, in heaven and hell, in good deeds and in adultery or homicide, in all things, finally, which exist or have some degree of being, whether beautiful or ugly. I also understand that he is no less present in a devil than a good angel. Therefore, while I am in this truth, I take no less delight in seeing or understanding his presence in a devil or in an act of adultery than I do in a good angel or in a good deed. This mode of divine presence in my soul has become almost habitual. Moreover, this mode of God's presence illuminates my soul with such great truth and bestows on it such divine graces that when my soul is in this mode it cannot commit any offense, and it receives an abundance of divine gifts. Because of this understanding of God's presence my soul is greatly humiliated and ashamed of its sins. It is also granted deep wisdom, great divine consolation, and joy. - Blessed Angela

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-angela-of-foligno/


Saint Pharaildis of Ghent

Also known as

Farahilde, Farailde, Pharaild, Pharailde, Pherailde, Vareide, Varelde, Veerhilde, Veerle, Verylde

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Sister of Saint Gudule. Niece of Saint Gertrude of Nivelles. After making a private vow of virginity, Pharaildis was forced into marriage with a wealthy nobleman. Her husband insisted that she was married to him, and her sexual fidelity was owed to him, not God. Physically abused for her refusal to submit to him, and for her late night visits to churches. When widowed, she was still a virgin. Legend says that Pharaildis caused a well to spring up whose waters cured sick children.

Born

c.650 in Ghent, Belgium

Died

c.740 of natural causes

Patronage

• against childhood diseases
• difficult marriages
• poultry
• victims of abuse
• widows
• Ghent, Belgium
• Smetlede, Belgium
• Bruay, France

Representation

• loaves of bread (refers to a legend where a rich woman, who would not share her bread with a beggar, said in front of PHaraildis that if there was any bread in the house, she hoped it would turn to stone; from then on, all the bread brought into that house turned to stones)
• goose

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pharaildis-of-ghent/


Blessed Manuel González García

Also known as

• Bishop of the Abandoned Tabernacle
• Emmanuel González García

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Ordained on 21 September 1901. Auxiliary bishop of Málaga, Spain and titular bishop of Olympus on 6 December 1915. Bishop of Málaga, Spain on 22 April 1920. Bishop of Palencia, Spain on 5 August 1935. Founder of the Congregation of the Eucharistic Missionaries of Nazareth, the Disciples of Saint John, and the Children of Reparation.

Born

25 February 1877 at Seville, Spain

Died

4 January 1940 in Palencia, Spain of natural causes

Beatified

• 29 April 2001 by Pope John Paul II
• the beatification miracle involved the healing of Sara Ruiz Ortega, then 18 years old, of tuberculosis peritonitis which had left her paralyzed

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-manuel-gonzalez-garcia/


Blessed Thomas Plumtree

Also known as

Pastor Rebel

Additional Memorial

1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

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Began studies at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, England in 1543. Priest. Rector of Stubton, Lincolnshire, England in 1546. He resigned his prebend and became chaplain to northern insurgents in the Catholic Rising of the North against the repressions of Queen Elizabeth I, refusing to take the oath acknowledging her supremacy over the Church in England. Captured when the revolt failed, he was arrested at the altar, and charged with celebrating Mass. Offered his freedom if he would denouce Catholicism; he declined. Martyr.

Born

in Lincolnshire, England

Died

• hanged, drawn and quartered on 4 January 1570 in the market place at Durham Castle, Durham, England
• left to hang as a warning to other Catholics, he was finally buried on 14 January 1570

Beatified

9 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-thomas-plumtree/


Saint Oringa of the Cross

Also known as

Christiana of the Cross

Memorials

• 4 January as Oringa
• 10 January as Christiana

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Pious farm girl who fled her home to escape an arranged marriage. Worked as a servant in Lucca, Italy then became an itinerant miracle worker in the region. Eventually returned to her birthplace, to found and lead an Augustinian convent. Known for her dedication to her prayer life.

Born

at Castello di Santa Croce, Arno valley, Tuscany, Italy

Died

1310 at Castello di Santa Croce, Tuscany, Italy of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-oringa-of-the-cross/


Saint Abruncolo of Langres

Also known as

Abruncolo of Clermont

Additional Memorial

14 May (French dioceses of Langres, Dijon and Clermont-Ferrand)

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Bishop of Langres, France in the latter 5th century, he operated from the city of Dijon, France. Exiled from the diocese by the Arian Burgundian king Gundobald, he became bishop of Clermont-Ferrand, France as the previous bishop, a friend and frequent correspondent of Abruncolo, had recently died. Friend of Saint Ruricius.

Died

• c.488 of natural causes
• buried in the church of Saint Stephen outside Clermonnt, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-abruncolo-of-langres/


Saint Gregory of Langres

Additional Memorial

13 May (translation of relics)

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Governor and leading citizen in the area of Autun, France. Married, and the father of Saint Tertricus of Langres. Great-uncle of Saint Gregory of Tours. Widower; after his wife's death, he devoted himself to God. Priest. Reluctant bishop of Langres, France at age 57. Though he was known as a strict and severe civil authority, he was a gentle, understanding and charitable minister.

Died

539 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gregory-of-langres/


Saint Libentius of Hamburg

Also known as

• Libentius of Bremen
• Liawizo, Libenzio

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Benedictine monk. Exiled to Hamburg, Germany with Pope Benedict V. Developed a ministery to the poor and sick of Bremen, Germany. Chamberlain to Archbishop Adaldago of Hamburg. Archbishop of Hamburg in 988.

Born

in southern Swabia (modern Germany)

Died

• 4 January 1013 in Bremen, Germany of natural causes
• buried in the cathedral of Bremen

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-libentius-of-hamburg/


Saint Rigobert of Rheims

Also known as

Gobert, Rigobertus, Robert

Additional Memorial

14 June (translation of relics)

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Benedictine monk. Abbot of Orbais. Archbishop of Rheims, France. Persecuted and exiled by Charles Martel. While he was away, another was appointed bishop. He eventually returned to his see, but to prevent scandal and dissention among the faithful, he did not try to recover his bishopric, and spent the rest of his days as a hermit. Noted for his patience, and as a miracle worker.

Died

c.750 in Rheims, France of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rigobert-of-rheims/


Saint Ferreolus of Uzès

Also known as

Ferreol, Ferreolo

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Brother of Saint Tarsicia of Rodez. Sixth century bishop of Uzès, France. Devoted to converting Jews to Christianity. Exiled for three years by King Childebert I of Paris over a political dispute. Founded a monastery in his see, and wrote its Rule.

Born

at Narbonne, France

Died

4 January 581 in Uzès, France of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ferreolus-of-uzes/


Saint Dafrosa of Acquapendente

Also known as

• Dafrosa of Rome
• Aifrosa, Affrosa, Daphrosa

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Married to Saint Flavian; mother of Saint Bibiana and Saint Demetria. Martyred in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate. Her story is included in the Acts of Bibiana.

Died

beheaded c.362

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-dafrosa-of-acquapendente/


Blessed Roger of Ellant

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Cistercian monk at Lorroyen-Berry, France. Founding abbot of a monastery at Ellent, archdiocese of Rheims, France in 1156. Known for his dedication to the monastic life, and his care for the area sick.

Born

in England

Died

• 4 January 1160 at Ellent, France of natural causes
• relics enshrined in the chapel of the monastery he founded there

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-roger-of-ellant/


Saint Stephen du Bourg

Also known as

• Stephen Bourg-en-Bresse
• Etienne...

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Canon of Saint Rufus at Valence, France. Companion of Saint Bruno at the foundation of the Grande Chartreuse. Founded the charterhouse at Meyria in 1116.

Born

c.1030

Died

1118 at Meyriat, France of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-stephen-du-bourg/


Saint Neophytos

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One of a group of nine young women who were seized, ordered to renounce Christianity, offered bribes to do it, and were executed when they refused; Neophytos is the only name that has come down to us. Martyrs.

Died

• 7th century
• relics later translated to Limburg monastery

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


Blessed Louis de Halles

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Mercedarian friar. Imprisoned and tortured by Saracens for preaching Christianity while ransoming Christians enslaved by the Muslims.

Died

1271 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-louis-de-halles/


Saint Celsus of Trier

Additional Memorial

23 February (discovery of relics)

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Born to the nobility. Bishop of Trier, Germany, serving for 14 years, converting many in his diocese.

Died

• c.146
• relics re-discovered in 980

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-celsus-of-trier/


Saint Hermes of Moesia

Also known as

Ermete

Additional Memorial

28 January (Bologna, Italy)

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Martyr.

Died

c.300 in Moesia (in modern Bulgaria)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hermes-of-moesia-4-january/


Saint Aedh Dubh

Also known as

• Aedh of Kildare
• Aeduus...

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King of Leinster, Ireland. He abdicated in 592 to become a monk at Kildare, Ireland. Bishop of Kildare in 630.

Born

Irish

Died

639 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aedh-dubh/


Saint Gaius of Moesia

Also known as

Caius

Additional Memorial

28 January (Bologna, Italy)

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Martyr.

Died

c.300 in Moesia (in modern Bulgaria)

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


Saint Chroman

Also known as

Ghronan

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Lived in the Cunningham district of Ayrshire, Scotland where he was noted for his great personal piety.

Died

641 of natural causes

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


Blessed Chiara de Ugarte

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Mercedarian nun in the monastery of Jesus and Mary to Orozco, Spain.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-chiara-de-ugarte/


Saint Mavilus of Adrumetum

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Martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Caracalla for refusing to worship idols.

Died

thrown to wild animals in 212 at Adrumetum, North Africa

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-mavilus-of-adrumetum/


Blessed Palumbus of Subiaco

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Benedictine monk. Priest in the abbey of Subiaco, Italy. Lived several years as a hermit near the monastery.

Died

c.1070 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-palumbus-of-subiaco/


Saint Rigomero of Meaux

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Sixth-century bishop at Meaux, France. A man noted for his simplicity of life wound up exiled by Charles Martel more for political reasons than anything spiritual.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rigomero-of-meaux/


Saint Neopista of Rome

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Martyr.

Died

• Rome, Italy
• relics enshrined in the Church of San Martino al Monti by Pope Sergius II

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


Saint Aggaeus the Martyr

Additional Memorial

28 January (Bologna, Italy)

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Martyr.

Died

c.300

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


Saint Theoctistus

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Monk. Founded the Nicholas Abbey in Cucumo, Sicily, and served as its first abbot.

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


Martyrs of Africa

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A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of the Arian Vandal king Hunneric. Saint Bede wrote about them. - Aquilinus, Eugene, Geminus, Marcian, Quintus, Theodotus and Tryphon.

Died

in 484 in North Africa

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-africa-4-january/


Martyrs of Rome

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Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate for refusing to renounce Christianity as ordered. - Benedicta, Priscillianus and Priscus.

Died

in 362 in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-rome-4-january/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Agatho the Apostle
• Rumon of Audierne


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