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Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

Saint Charles Borromeo

Also known as

• Apostle to the Council of Trent
• Carlo Borromeo
• Father of the Clergy

Profile

Born to a wealthy, noble family, the third of six children, son of Count Giberto II Borromeo and Margherita de' Medici. Nephew of Pope Pius IV. Suffered with a speech impediment. Studied in Milan, and at the University of Pavia, studying at one point under the future Pope Gregory XIII. Civil and canon lawyer at age 21. Cleric at Milan, taking the habit on 13 October 1547. Abbot commendatario of San Felino e San Graziano abbey in Arona, Italy, on 20 November 1547. Abbot commendatario of San Silano di Romagnano abbey on 10 May 1558. Prior commendatario of San Maria di Calvenzano abbey on 8 December 1558. Protonotary apostolic participantium and referendary of the papal court to Pope Pius IV on 13 January 1560. Member of the counsulta for the administration of the Papal States on 22 January 1560. Appointed abbot commendatario of Nonatola, San Gallo di Moggio, Serravalle della Follina, San Stefano del Corno, an abbey in Portugal, and an abbey in Flanders, Belgium on 27 January 1560. Created cardinal on 31 January 1560 at age 22.

Apostolic administrator of Milan, Italy on 8 February 1560. Papal legate to Bologna and Romandiola for two years beginning on 26 April 1560. Deacon on 21 December 1560. Vatican Secretary of State. Governor of Civita Castellana,Italy in 1561. Governor of Ancona on 1 June 1561. Made an honorary citizen of Rome, Italy on 1 July 1561. Founded the Accademia Vaticana in 1562. Governor of Spoleto, Italy on 1 December 1562. Ordained on 4 September 1563. Helped re-open the Council of Trent, and participated in its sessions during 1562 and 1563. Named prince of Orta in 1563. Member of the Congregation of the Holy Office. Bishop of Milan on 7 December 1563. President of the commission of theologians charged by the pope to elaborate the Catechismus Romanus. Worked on the revision of the Missal and Breviary. Member of a commission to reform church music. Archbishop of Milan on 12 May 1564. Governor of Terracina, Italy on 3 June 1564. Archpriest of the patriarchal Liberian basilica in Rome in October 1564. Count of the Palatine in 1564. Prefect of the Tridentine Council from 1564 until September 1565. Papal legate in Bologna, Romandiola, legate a latere, and vicar general in spiritualibus of all Italy on 17 August 1565. Grand penitentiary on 7 November 1565. Participated in the conclave of cardinals in 1565 to 1566 that chose Pope Pius V; he asked the new pope to take the name. Protector of the Swiss Catholic cantons; he visited them all several times worked for the spiritual reform of both clergy and laymen. Due to his enforcement of strict ecclesiastical discipline, some disgruntled monks in the Order of the Humiliati hired a lay brother to murder him on the evening of 26 October 1569; he was shot at, but was not hit. Participated in the conclave in 1572 that chose Pope Gregory XIII. Member of the Apostolic Penitentiary in May 1572. Worked with the sick, and helped bury the dead during the plague outbreak in Milan in 1576. Established the Oblates of Saint Ambrose on 26 April 1578. Teacher, confessor and parish priest to Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, giving him his first communion on 22 July 1580. To help the Swiss Catholics he founded the Collegium Helveticum.

Saint Charles spent his life and fortune in the service of the people of his diocese. He directed and fervently enforced the decrees of the Council of Trent, fought tirelessly for peace in the wake of the storm caused by Martin Luther, founded schools for the poor, seminaries for clerics, hospitals for the sick, conducted synods, instituted children's Sunday school, did great public and private penance, and worked among the sick and dying, leading his people by example.

Born

morning of Wednesday 2 October 1538 in the castle at Aron, diocese of Novara, Italy

Died

• 8:30pm on 3 November 1584 of a fever at Milan, Italy
• his will named the Hospital Maggiore of Milan as his heir
• buried in the metropolitan cathedral of Milan
• relics transferred to a chapel built by Count Renato Borromeo in piazza San Maria Podone, Milan on 21 September 1751

Beatified

1602 by Pope Clement VIII

Canonized

1 November 1610 by Pope Paul V

Patronage

• against abdominal pain
• against colic
• against intestinal disorders
• against stomach diseases
• against ulcers
• apple orchards
• bishops
• catechists
• catechumens
• seminarians
• spiritual directors
• spiritual leaders
• starch makers
• 3 dioceses
• 3 Italian cities

Representation

• cardinal wearing a cord around his neck; it symbolizes the cord or halter worn around his neck during the plague of Milan, Italy in 1575
• bishop wearing a cord around his neck
• cleric curing the sick
• Holy Communion
• coat of arms bearing the word Humilitas

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Readings

If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor. - Saint Charles Borromeo

I admit that we are all weak, but if we want help, the Lord God has given us the means to find it easily. Would you like me to teach you how to grow from virtue to virtue and how, if you are already recollected at prayer, you can be even more attentive next time, and so give God more pleasing worship? Listen, and I will tell you. If a tiny spark of God's love already burns within you, do not expose it to the wind, for it may get blown out. Keep the stove tightly shut so that it will not lose its heat and grow cold. In other words, avoid distractions as well as you can. Stay quiet with God. Do not spend your time in useless chatter. If teaching and preaching is your job, then study diligently and apply yourself to whatever is necessary for doing the job well. Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head. We must meditate before, during and after everything we do. The prophet says: "I will pray, and then I will understand." This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work. In meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in other men. - Saint Charles Borromeo

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-charles-borromeo/


Saint Joannicus of Mount Olympus

Also known as

• Joannicius the Great
• Joannicus of Olympus
• Joannicus of Uludag
• Ioannikios, Ioannikos, Ioninicus

Profile

A swineherd in his youth, and a lazy one at that. Professional soldier in the Byzantine army for 20 years, and a dissolute one at that. Fought in wars against the Bulgars.

A friend who had become a monk led him to the faith. At age 40, Joannicus retired from the military and the world, becoming a hermit on Mount Olympus, Bithynia (modern Uludag, Turkey). He developed a reputation for holiness, and had to move several times to escape would-be spiritual students. Monk at Eraste.

A one-time supporter of iconoclasm, he fought it and defended orthodox teachings in the iconoclast movement of 818. He tried to be a peacemaker, arguing that the orthodox should try to understand and reunite with iconoclast priests.

Advisor to Saint Theodore the Studite and Saint Methodius of Constantinople. Prophet and miracle worker. His prophesied the restoration of images to churches, a prophesy fulfilled by Theodora, wife of emporer Theophilus. Friend of Saint Peter of Atroa; at the time of Saint Peter's death, he had a vision of Peter being lifted up a mountain into heaven. Highly venerated by the Greeks.

Born

c.754 at Bithynia (in modern Turkey)

Died

4 November 846 at Antidium of natural causes

Readings

My hope is the Father, my refuge is the Son, my shelter is the Holy Spirit, O Holy Trinity, Glory to You. - Prayer of Saint Joannicus

With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile. Through sighs of sorrow from deep within you, your labors have borne fruit a hundred-fold. By your miracles you have become a light, shining upon the world. O Ioninicus, our Holy Father, pray to Christ our God, to save our souls. - Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone

We the faithful on this day all come together, righteous Joannicius, to keep thy sacred memory; and we beseech thee to intercede that we may all find great mercy with Christ our Lord. - Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-joannicus-of-mount-olympus/


Blessed Frances d'Amboise

Also known as

• Francisca de Amboise
• Françoise d'Amboise

Profile

Daughter of Louis d'Amboise, Viscount de Thouars, she grew up in the courts of Brittany. Duchess of Brittany, being married to Peter II, Duke of Britanny at age 15; she was betrothed to him at age four. It was not a happy marriage, and Peter sometimes abused her, but Frances softened Peter over the years, and he assisted in her charitable work. She established a Poor Clare convent at Nantes, France, and worked for the canonization of Saint Vincent Ferrer. Supported the Dominican convent at Nantes. Widowed in 1457, she devoted herself to religious life. Joined the Carmelite nuns at Bondon on 25 March 1468, making her final vows in 1469. Spiritual student of Blessed John Soreth. Worked in the infirmary for a while, and was elected prioress for life in 1473. Considered the foundress of the Carmelite nuns in France.

Born

28 September 1427 in Thouars, Deux-Sèvres, France

Died

• 4 November 1485 at Les Couêts, Nantes, France of natural causes while in a religious ecstasy
• miracles reported at her tomb
• her body had to be moved to save it during the Huguenot wars, and again in the French Revolution

Beatified

16 July 1863 by Pope Pius IX

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-frances-damboise/


Blessed Teresa Manganiello

Also known as

Maria Luisa Manganiello

Profile

Born to a farm family. Lifelong lay woman in the Diocese of Benevento, Italy. She was strongly drawn to the religious life, and became a Secular Franciscan Tertiary. Having received the blessing of Pope Blessed Pius IX for her project, Teresa was in the process of forming a new congregation when she died of a sudden illness. However, her work led to the creation of the Franciscan Immaculatine Sisters by Father Lodovico Acernese, and Teresa is considered the spiritual cornerstone of the congregation.

Born

1 January 1849 in Montefusco, Avellino, Italy

Died

4 November 1876 in Montefusco, Avellino, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

• 22 May 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI
• beatification recognition was celebrated at the Square of the Basilica of Madonna delle Grazie, Benevento, Italy, presided by Archbishop Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-teresa-manganiello/


Saint John Zedazneli

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Priest. Leader of a group of twelve 6th century Syrian monks who evangelized Georgia, and introduced the monastic life to the region. Said to have befriended the bears that lived near his hermitage, and to have found them friendlier than most of the natives!

His companions were Abibos Nekreseli, Anton Martmkofeli, David Garejeli, Zenon Ikaltoeli, Tadeoz of Stephantsminda, Ise of Tsilkani, Ioseb of Alaverdi, Isidore of Samtavno, Miqael of Ulompo, Piros of Breta, Stephane of Khirsa, and Shio of Mgvime, and the group was known as the Fathers of the Church in the region.

Born

at Mesopotamia near Antioch

Readings

My sons, why do you stand idle? Do you not know that the Lord Jesus Christ has sent and guided us here for the benefit of this country? For this is a virgin land. Now it is time for you to go away separately and strengthen our brethren to walk in Christ's ways. - Saint John to his disciples

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-zedazneli/


Saint Philologus

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A first century Christian in Rome greeted by name by Saint Paul the Apostle in the Epistle to the Romans.

Readings

Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brothers who are with them. Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. But I beg you, brothers, to take note of those who cause dissensions and offenses contrary to the doctrine that you have learned, and to turn away from them. For ones such as these do not serve Christ our Lord, but their inner selves, and, through pleasing words and skillful speaking, they seduce the hearts of the innocent. - Romans 16:14-18

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


Saint Patrobas

Profile

A first century Christian in Rome greeted by name by Saint Paul the Apostle in the Epistle to the Romans.

Readings

Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brothers who are with them. Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. But I beg you, brothers, to take note of those who cause dissensions and offenses contrary to the doctrine that you have learned, and to turn away from them. For ones such as these do not serve Christ our Lord, but their inner selves, and, through pleasing words and skillful speaking, they seduce the hearts of the innocent. - Romans 16:14-18

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


Saint Emeric of Hungary

Also known as

Americus, Emerick, Emmerich, Emmericus, Henricus

Profile

Born a prince, the son of Saint Stephen of Hungary. Spiritual student of Saint Gerard Sagredo. Married in 1022. Known for his personal piety and austerity.

Born

1007 in Veszprém, Hungary

Died

killed by a boar while hunting on 2 September 1031 in Hungary

Canonized

5 November 1083 by Pope Gregory VII

Representation

• knight in armour with crown and lily
• young man with a sword and a boar nearby

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-emeric-of-hungary/


Saint Birstan

Also known as

Beorstan, Birnstan, Birrstan, Brinstan, Brynstan

Profile

Spiritual student of Saint Grimbald. Benedictine monk. Bishop of Winchester, England from 931 to 934. Known for his work with the poor, and his mission of praying for the dead; at one point the dead are reported to have responded "Amen". Founded the Hospital of Saint John in Winchester, which still exists today. Memory of him was lost for years until he appeared with Saint Birinus and Saint Swithun in a vision to Saint Ethelwold who spread the word that Birstan was in heavenly glory.

Born

c.870

Died

1 November 934 of natural causes while praying for the dead

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


Blessed Helen Enselmini

Also known as

Elena Enselmini

Profile

Became a Poor Clare nun at age 12, receiving the veil from Saint Francis of Assisi himself at Arcella. Had the gift of inedia, living solely off the Eucharist for months. Her health suffered in adulthood, and she was both blind and mute by her death.

Born

at Padua, Italy

Died

1242 of natural causes

Beatified

29 October 1695 by Pope Leo X and Pope Innocent XII (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-helen-enselmini/


Saint Agricola of Bologna

Also known as

Aregle of Bologna

Profile

During the persecutions of Diocletian, Agricola witnessed the martyrdom of Saint Vitalis of Bologna; the courage of Vitalis led Agricola to stand up for his own faith. Martyr.

Died

• martyred (possibly crucified) c.304 in Bologna, Italy
• buried in the Jewish cemtery in Bologna

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agricola-of-bologna/


Blessed Joan Antoni Burró Mas

Additional Memorial

30 July as one of the Martyred Hospitallers of Spain

Profile

Joined the Hospitallers of Saint John of God at age 14. Belonged to the community in Ciempozuelos, Madrid, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

28 June 1914 in Barcelona, Spain

Died

4 November 1936 in Madrid, Spain

Beatified

25 October 1992 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-joan-antoni-burro-mas/


Saint Perpète

Also known as

Perpetuüs

Profile

Son of Count Ostierne. Bishop of Tongres, Belgium in 598.

Born

Dinant, Belgium

Died

• 4 November 617 of natural causes
• buried in the church of Saint Vincent
• relics later translated to the collegiate church of Notre Dame de Diant

Patronage

Dinant, Belgium

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


Saint Gregory of Burtscheid

Profile

Benedictine Basilian monk at Cerchiara, Calabria, Italy. Fled to Rome, Italy to escape invading Saracens. There he met and befriended Emperor Otto III who invited him to Germany and built for him a Benedictine abbey at Burtscheid near Aachen.

Died

999 at Burtscheid, Germany

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


Saint Vitalis of Bologna

Profile

Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian. His death led Saint Agricola to stand up for his faith, which led his martyrdom. The basilica in Ravenna, Italy is dedicated to Saint Vitalis.

Died

c.304 in Bologna, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vitalis-of-bologna/


Saint Clarus the Hermit

Also known as

Clair

Profile

Born to the English nobility. Priest. Hermit near Rouen, France. Martyr. The village where he was murdered is named for him.

Born

Rochester, England

Died

• murdered c.875 at Saint-Clair-sur-Epte, France
• relics in Saint-Clair-sur-Epte

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


Saint Pierius

Also known as

• Pierio
• The Younger Origen

Profile

Priest. Wrote a number of treatises on philosophy and theology. Director of the Catechetical School of Alexandria, Egypt. Noted preacher and teacher and scholar praised by Eusebius of Caesarea and Saint Jerome.

Died

309 - 310 in Rome, Italy of natural causes

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


Saint Amandus of Rodez

Also known as

Amand, Amantius, Amatius

Profile

Bishop of Rodez, France, an area that had begun to fall away from Christianity. His evangelism brought his parishioners back to the faith.

Died

c.440

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-amandus-of-rodez/


Saint Modesta of Trier

Also known as

Modesta of Ohren

Profile

Niece of Saint Modoald of Trier. Benedictine. First abbess of the convent of Oehren, Trier, Germany, appointed by Saint Modoald.

Died

c.680 of natural causes

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


Saint Clether

Also known as

Cleer, Clanis, Scledog, Clydog

Profile

Hermit on the banks of the river Never, then in the Inny valley in North Cornwall, England in an area now named for him.

Born

6th century Wales

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


Saint Nicander of Lycia

Profile

Bishop. Martyr.

Died

in Lycia, Asia Minor

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nicander-of-lycia/


Saint Hermas of Myra

Profile

Priest. Martyr.

Died

in Lycia, Asia Minor

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hermas-of-myra/


Blessed Henry of Zweifalten

Profile

Benedictine monk at Zwiefalten, Swabia (in modern Germany). Prior of Ochsenhausen, Swabia.

Died

c.1250

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-henry-of-zweifalten/


Saint Gerard de Bazonches

Profile

Benedictine monk at Saint Aubin Monastery, Angers, France. Priest.

Died

1123

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gerard-de-bazonches/


Saint Amandus of Avignon

Also known as

Amand, Amantius, Amatius

Profile

Bishop of Avignon, France.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-amandus-of-avignon/


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