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Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Also known as

• Antonio Maria Zaccaria
• Antony Zaccaria

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Born to a patrician family. His father Lazzaro died when Anthony was two, and his mother, Antonia Pescorali, widowed at age 18, devoted herself to her son. He studied medicine at Padua, Italy, receiving his doctorate at age 22. Work as a physicians to the poor in Cremona, Italy, he felt called to the religious life. He bequeathed his inheritance to his mother, worked as a catechist, and was ordained at age 26; legend says that angels were seen around the altar at his first Mass.

Noted preacher and an excellent administrator. In Milan, Italy he established the congregations, the Society of Clerics of Saint Paul (the Barnabites) for men religious, and the Angelics of Saint Paul for un-cloistered nuns. Helped introduce the Forty Hours' Devotion. These groups helped reform the morals of the faithful, encouraged laymen to work together with the apostolate, and frequent reception of Communion. While on a peace mission, Anthony became ill and died at his mother's house; tradition says that in his last moments he had a vision of Saint Paul the Apostle.

Born

1502 at Cremona, Lombardy, Italy

Died

• 5 July 1539 of natural causes at Cremona, Lombardy, Italy
• buried at Saint Paul's Convent of the Angelics at Milan, Italy
• body found incorrupt in 1566

Canonized

27 May 1897 by Pope Leo XIII

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Readings

That which God commands seems difficult and a burden. The way is rough; you draw back; you have no desire to follow it. Yet do so and you will attain glory. - Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anthony-mary-zaccaria/


Saint Athanasius the Athonite

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Studied at Constantinople. Monk at Saint Michael's monastery, Kymina, Bithynia, taking the name Athanasius. Fearing that the was going to be chosen abbot, Athanasius fled to Karyes, changed his name, claimed to be illiterate, and hid in his cell. Hermit in a cave at Mount Athos, Greece in 958.

Athananius helped his old friend from Constantinople, Nicephorus Phocas, prepare an expedition against the Saracens in 961, serving as almoner to the fleet. Phocas gave Athanasius part of the money raised, and the hermit used it to found a monastery on Athos in 963. This was to be an idiorhythmic house where anchorites, hermits, and monks could live in community, but without the requirements for group activity common to other monasteries.

At the same time the monastery was being dedicated, his old friend Phocas became emperor. Fearing he would be called to serve at the imperial court, Athanasius fled to Cyprus. Phocas found him, assured the monk that he would be allowed to continue his religious life in peace, and helped finish work on the monastery. Though he faced opposition in the founding of this house, which ended only by imperial decree, the monastery flourished. Athanasius insisted on Bible study, founded a school and large library, and he personally planted hundreds of trees on the grounds. Eventually there were 58 communities on the mountain, and thousands of holy men still live there today.

Born

c.920 at Trebizond as Abraham

Died

c.1003 when the arch of a church under construction fell on him and five of his monks

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-athanasius-the-athonite/


Blessed George Nichols

Additional Memorials

• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

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Raised Protestant, he graduated from Brasenose College in Oxford, England in 1573. Taught at Saint Paul's School, London, England. Convert to Catholicism. Began studies at Douai College, Rheims, France in 1581 Ordained a priest of the apostolic vicariate of England in September 1583. He returned to England in late 1584 to minister to covert Catholics during a period of official persecution. Martyred for the crime of priesthood.

Born

1550 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 5 July 1589 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-george-nichols/


Saint Marthe

Also known as

Martha

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Married to a man named John from Edessa; she had previously made a private vow of virginity but received a revelation that she should agree to the arranged marriage. Mother of Saint Simeon Stylites the Younger. Widowed when Simeon was very young, she devoted herself to his Christian education. Visionary who received apparitions of Saint John the Baptist and of angels.

Born

early 6th century in Antioch, Syria

Died

• 551 at Mont Admirable, Syria of natural causes
• buried in the village of Daphne outside Antioch, Syria
• re-interred at the church of the Holy Trinity at the monastery near the pillar of Saint Simeon Stylites the Younger
• re-interred in a chapel built nearby in her honour
• miracles reported in the chapel

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


Blessed Thomas Belson

Additional Memorials

• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

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Young layman of the apostolic vicariate of England. Educated of Exeter College, Oxford, England, and Douai College, Rheims, France. Arrested for "conveying intelligence" for a Catholic priest, he was imprisoned in the Tower of London and released on condition of banishment. He later returned, was arrested again, and martyred in the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I.

Born

c.1564 in Brill, Buckinghamshire, England

Died

hanged on 5 July 1589 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

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


Saint Zoe of Rome

Also known as

Zoa of Rome

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Married to Nicostratus, a high court official in imperial Rome. She had a great devotion to Saint Peter the Apostle. One day while praying at the tomb of Saint Peter, she was arrested for her faith. Martyr.

Died

burned to death after being hung in a tree by her hair and a fire lit under her feet c.286

Representation

woman hanging by her hair in a tree

Storefront

medals and pendants

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


Blessed Richard Yaxley

Memorial

• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
• 1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

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Studied at the University of Oxford, England, and then the Douai College in Rheims, France. Priest of the apostolic vicariate of England, ordained in 1586. He then returned to England to minister to covert Catholics. Martyred in the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I.

Born

c.1560 in Boston, Lincolnshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 5 July 1589 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-richard-yaxley/


Blessed Elias of Bourdeilles

Also known as

Elie, Hélie

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Born to the French nobility. Franciscan at age ten. Priest. Bishop of Périgord, France in 1437. In 1452 he authored a report vindicating Saint Joan of Arc. Archbishop of Tours, France in 1468. Cardinal in 1483. Confessor to King Louis XI. Defended the rights of the Church against the power of the king.

Born

1407 at Périgord, France

Died

1484 of natural causes

Beatified

process begun in 1526, never completed, but he has been referred to as "Blessed" for centuries

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-elias-of-bourdeilles/


Blessed Joseph Boissel

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Member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Priest. Missionary to Laos where he won the admiration of the locals by hard work and care for the sick. Martyr.

Born

20 December 1909 in Le Loroux, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Died

shot on 5 July 1969 on the road near Hat I-Et, Bolikhamxay, Laos

Beatified

• 11 December 2016 by Pope Francis
• recognition celebrated in Laos, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-joseph-boissel/


Blessed Humphrey Pritchard

Additional Memorials

• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales
• 1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University

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Layman. Studied at the University of Oxford, England. Worked at the Catherine Wheel Inn, Saint Giles', Oxford for twelve years. Martyred in the persecutions of Queen Elizabeth I.

Born

Wales

Died

hanged on 5 July 1589 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-humphrey-pritchard/


Blessed Patrick Cavanagh

Also known as

Pádraigh Caomhánach

Additional Memorials

• 5 July as one of the Martyrs of Wexford
• 20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs

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Lifelong layman in the diocese of Ferns, Ireland; worked as a sailor. Martyr.

Born

in Wexford, Ireland

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 5 July 1581 in Wexford, Ireland

Beatified

27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-patrick-cavanagh/


Saint Rosa Chen Aijieh

Also known as

• Luosa
• Rosa Chen Aixie
• Rose Tch'enn-Kai-Tsie

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Lay woman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1878 in Feng, Jizhou, Hebei, China

Died

stabbed with spears on 5 July 1900 in Cao, Ningjing, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rosa-chen-aijieh/


Saint Teresia Chen Qingjieh

Also known as

• Delan
• Teresa Chen Jinxie

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Lay woman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1875 in Feng, Jizhou, Hebei, China

Died

stabbed with spears on 5 July 1900 in Cao, Ningjing, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-teresia-chen-qingjieh/


Blessed Matthew Lambert

Also known as

Maitiú Laimpeart

Additional Memorials

• 5 July as one of the Martyrs of Wexford
• 20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs

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Lifelong layman in the diocese of Ferns, Ireland; worked as a baker. Martyr.

Born

in Wexford, Ireland

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 5 July 1581 in Wexford, Ireland

Beatified

27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-matthew-lambert/


Blessed Edward Cheevers

Also known as

éadbhard Cheevers

Memorials

• 5 July as one of the Martyrs of Wexford
• 20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs

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Lifelong layman in the diocese of Ferns, Ireland; worked as a sailor. Martyr.

Born

in Wexford, Ireland

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 5 July 1581 in Wexford, Ireland

Beatified

27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-edward-cheevers/


Blessed Robert Meyler

Also known as

Roibeard Meyler

Additional Memorials

• 5 July as one of the Martyrs of Wexford
• 20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs

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Lifelong layman in the diocese of Ferns, Ireland; worked as a sailor. Martyr.

Born

in Wexford, Ireland

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 5 July 1581 in Wexford, Ireland

Beatified

27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-robert-meyler/


Saint Thomas of Terreti

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Monk. Abbot of the Mother of God monastery in Terrti, a hilly district outside Reggio Calabria, Italy. Known for his personal piety, his adherence to this monastic rule, and his ascetic lifestyle.

Born

early 10th century in Reggio Calabria, Italy

Died

5 July 1000 near Reggio Calabria, Italy of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-thomas-of-terreti/


Saint Numerian of Treves

Also known as

Memorian, Memoriae

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Son of a rich senator. Benedictine monk at Remiremont Abbey, at Treves (Trier, Germany) and at Luxeuil, France. Spiritual student of Saint Arnulf and Saint Waldebert. Bishop of Trier.

Born

Treves (modern Trier, Germany)

Died

c.666 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-numerian-of-treves/


Saint Triphina of Brittany

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Mother of Saint Tremorus. Widowed, she re-married, becoming the wife of Count Conmore of Brittany. After the martyrdom of Tremorus by the count, Triphina retired to a convent in Brittany.

Died

6th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-triphina-of-brittany/


Saint Domitius of Phrygia

Also known as

Dometius

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Convert to Christianity. Hermit at Nisibis, Mesopotamia. Martyred for challenging Julian the Apostate.

Born

Persian

Died

stoned to death in 362

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-domitius-of-phrygia/


Saint Athanasius of Jerusalem

Also known as

Atanasio

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Deacon in Jerusalem. Denounced the heretic Theodosius who had deposed Saint Juvenal as bishop of Jerusalem. Arrested, scourged and martyred for his support of orthodoxy and the decrees of the Council of Chalcedon.

Died

beheaded in 462

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-athanasius-of-jerusalem/


Saint Probus of Cornwall

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Married to Saint Grace of Cornwall. During renovation of the church named for them, a male and a female skull were found interred near the site of the altar, and are believed to be relics of the couple.

Born

at Cornwall, England

Patronage

Probus, Cornwall, England

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-probus-of-cornwall/


Saint Grace of Cornwall

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Married to Saint Probus of Cornwall. During renovation of the church named for them, a male and a female skull were found interred near the site of the altar, and are believed to be relics of the couple.

Born

at Cornwall, England

Patronage

Probus, Cornwall, England

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-grace-of-cornwall/


Saint Fragan

Also known as

Fracon

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Married to Saint Gwen. Father of Saint Winwallus, Saint Jacut, and Saint Guithern. Forced to flee Britain in the 5th century when the imperial Roman troops pulled out, and life became hard and chancy as Anglo-Saxon pagans reclaimed their land. Travelled and help spread the faith in Brittany.

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


Saint Gwen

Also known as

Blanca, Blanche

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Married to Saint Fragan. Mother of Saint Winwallus, Saint Jacut, and Saint Guithern. Forced to flee Britain in the 5th century when imperial Roman troops pulled out, and life became hard and chancy as pagans reclaimed their land. Travelled and help spread the faith in Brittany.

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


Saint Stephen of Reggio

Also known as

Stephen of Nicaea

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First bishop of Reggio, Italy, ordained by Saint Paul the Apostle in the 1st century. Martyred in the persecutions of Nero.

Died

Reggio Calabria, Italy

Patronage

Reggio Emilia, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-stephen-of-reggio/


Saint Edana of West Ireland

Also known as

Edaene, Etaoin

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Holy virgin who lived near the rivers Boyle and Shannon. A holy well is named for her, as are some parishes in western Ireland. No details of her life have survived.

Born

Irish

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-edana-of-west-ireland/


Saint Modwenna

Also known as

Edna

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Princess who renounced her wealth and position to become a nun. Renowned for her sanctity and miracles.

Born

9th century Irish

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


Saint Cyrilla of Cyrene

Also known as

Ciprilla

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An elderly widow who was arrested, tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian for refusing to sacrifice to idols.

Died

tortured to death c.300

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cyrilla-of-cyrene/


Saint Mars of Nantes

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Sixth century bishop of Nantes, France.

Patronage

• Petit-Mars, France
• Saint-Mars-du-D├ęsert, France
• Saint-Mars-de-Coutais, France
• Saint-Mars-la-Jaille, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-mars-of-nantes/


Saint Erfyl

Also known as

Eurfyl, Euerfyl

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Holy virgin who founded the church of Llanerfyl, Montgomeryshire, Wales. No reliable information has survived.

Born

in the British Isles

Patronage

Llanerfyl, Wales

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


Saint Philomena of San Severino

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Virgin of San Severino, Italy. In writing and art she is often confused with the better known Philomena.

Died

c.500

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-philomena-of-san-severino/


Saint Cyprille of Libya

Also known as

Cypria

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Tortured and martyred in the Diocletian.

Died

torn apart in the early 4th century in Libya

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cyprille-of-libya/


Saint Cast

Also known as

Kast

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Monk in 6th-century Ireland.Spiritual student of Saint Jagut.

Born

c.522 in Ireland

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


Saint Theodotus of Tomi

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Martyr.

Died

Tomi, Scythia (in modern Romania)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodotus-of-tomi/


Saint Triphina of Sicily

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Martyr.

Born

Sicily

Died

306

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-triphina-of-sicily/


Saint Domèce

Also known as

Domitia the Doctor

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Fifth century hermit on Mount Qouros in Armenia.

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


Saint Sedolpha of Tomi

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Martyr.

Died

Tomi, Scythia (in modern Romania)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sedolpha-of-tomi/


Saint Agatho of Sicily

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Martyr.

Born

Sicilian

Died

306

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agatho-of-sicily/


Saint Marinus of Tomi

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Martyr.

Died

Tomi, Scythia (in modern Romania)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marinus-of-tomi/


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