Descendant of the Old Testament patriarch, Aaron. Wife of Zachary, temple priest. Relative of Mary. Mother of Saint John the Baptist, becoming pregnant very late in life. She was the Elizabeth that Mary visited soon after the Annunciation. Described in the Gospel of Luke as "righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly."
1st century BC
1st century AD of natural causes
• expectant mothers, pregnant women
• diocese of Fulda, Germany
• elderly woman holding the infant John the Baptist
• pregnant woman with the Virgin Mary
• in company of Saint Zachary
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Zaccaria, Zacharias, Zachary, Zakariya
Jewish priest in Jerusalem. Married to Saint Elizabeth; father of Saint John the Baptist. In his later years he was visited in the temple by the angel Gabriel who explained that Zechariah and Elizabeth would have a son. When he replied that they were too old for such a thing he was struck mute for his doubts; his speech was restored after John's birth, and a canticle he spoke is recorded in the Gospel of Luke.
one tradition says he was murdered in the Temple when he refused to tell Herod where his son John could be found
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In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years.
Once when he was serving as priest in his division's turn before God, according to the practice of the priestly service, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense. Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside at the hour of the incense offering, the angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right of the altar of incense. Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him. But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of [the] Lord. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the holy Spirit even from his mother's womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of fathers toward children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for the Lord."
Then Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years."
And the angel said to him in reply, "I am Gabriel, who stand before God. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news. But now you will be speechless and unable to talk until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time."
Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah and were amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary. But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He was gesturing to them but remained mute. Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home.
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, "No. He will be called John."
But they answered her, "There is no one among your relatives who has this name."
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, "John is his name," and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.
Then Zechariah his father, filled with the holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:
"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
for he has visited and brought redemption to his people.
He has raised up a horn for our salvation
within the house of David his servant,
even as he promised through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old:
salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us,
to show mercy to our fathers
and to be mindful of his holy covenant,
and of the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
and to grant us that,
rescued from the hand of enemies,
without fear we might worship him
in holiness and righteousness
before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our Gods
by which the daybreak from on high will visit us
to shine on those who sit in darkness and death's shadow,
to guide our feet into the path of peace."
- Luke 1:5-23; 57-64; 67-79
As a child he used to have conversations in his parish church with Christ crucified. Entered the seminary in Parma, Italy at age 17. Ordained on 22 September 1888. Professor at the seminary. Vice-rector of the seminary. Vicar of Clergy in the diocese of Parma. Founded the Xaverian Missionaries on 3 December 1895; they were assigned by Rome to evangelize China. Archbishop of Ravenna, Italy on 9 June 1902. Resigned as archbishop due to poor health in October 1904. Coadjutor bishop of Parma, Italy and titular archbishop of Stauropolis on 14 November 1904. Archbishop of Parma, Italy on 12 December 1907. He visited his parishes regularly, worked for religious formation, supported religious education for the laity and lay involvement with youth. In 1928 he travelled to China to visit the Xaverians working there.
30 March 1865 at Ravadese, Parma, Italy
5 November 1931 in Parma, Italy of natural causes
• 17 March 1996 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy
• the beatification miracle involved the cure of 12 year old Sabina Kamariza's pancreatic cancer in Burundi, Africa in 1965
23 October 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI
Christ is all things. - Saint Guido's personal motto
Born to the nobility, the son of Count Ballachi. His family had a close association with the Church clergy; two of his uncles became archbishops of Rimini, Italy, and a younger brother was a priest. Trained as a soldier and in administration, he was expected to take over the family estates. Against his family wishes, he joined the Dominicans as a lay-brother at age 27.
Assigned to work in the garden of his friary, something he knew nothing about but which he loved instantly. He saw God in everything, and prayed constantly as he worked. Noted for his simple life, his strict adherence to the Dominican Rule, and his excellent work as a catechist to children. A visionary, Simon was visited by the devil, by Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Saint Dominic de Guzman, Saint Peter Martyr, and the Blessed Virgin Mary; other brothers saw his cell glowing, and heard angelic voices. Blinded at age 57, he was nearly helpless during the last years of his life; he never despaired, and used the extra free time for prayer.
c.1240 at Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy
5 November 1319 in Rimini, Italy of natural causes
• cultus confirmed by Pope Pius VII on 14 March 1820
Gregor, Gregory, Hryhorij, Hryhory
27 June as one of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe
Greek Catholic. Studied theology at Lviv, Ukraine. Ordained in 1908 at Przemysl (in modern Poland). Doctor of theology at Vienna, Austria in 1911. Professor at the Ukrainian seminary at Przemysl in 1913. Rector of the seminary. Auxiliary bishop of Przemysl, Poland on 16 May 1926. Arrested for his faith on 9 June 1946; sentenced to ten years at Vorkuta, Russia. Died in prison. One of the Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe.
31 January 1883 at Holodivka, Lviv District, Ukraine
12 November 1950 at Abez, Vorkuta, Russia
27 June 2001 by Pope John Paul II in Ukraine
Priest in the diocese of Berlin, Germany. He served in the Berlin Cathedral, and was well known in civic circles. An out-spoken critic of the Nazis and their anti-Semitism, Father Berhard organized protests outside the concentration camps, led public prayers for the Jews after the terrors of Krystallnacht, and filed formal complaints against the racist policies of the party. For these works he was imprisoned for two years. Upon his release he immediately resumed his ministry, both pastoral and social. He was arrested again, sentenced to the Dachau concentration camp, but died en route. Martyr.
3 December 1875 at Ohlau, Germany
martyred on 5 November 1943 in a cattle car at Hof, Germany while en route to the Dachau concentration camp
23 June 1996 by Pope John Paul II at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany
French noble in the reign of King Dagobert I. Friend and spiritual student of Saint Ouen of Rouen. Bertille wanted to enter religious life, but delayed and worried, thinking her parents would oppose her choice; they did not. Benedictine nun at the convent at Jouarre, Brie, France, an abbey founded by Saint Owen's brother Ado under the strict rule of Saint Columbanus. Infirmarian. Convent school headmistress. Prioress. Abbess of the abbey at Chelles from 646, when it was restored by Saint Bathildis, until her death. During this time the convent attracted nuns that included a queen, several Merovingian princesses, and many Anglo-Saxon noble women.
at Soissons, France
Saint Galation was a Christian married to Epistemis, and brought her to the faith. They both then retired to monasteries and were later martyred in the persecutions of Decius. It's possible they were fictional, the story of their lives being written as fiction but misunderstood as fact; however, married couples agreeing to enter religious life was not unusual at the time.
251 at Emessa, Pheonicia
• Gomida Keumurgian
• Cosma de Carboniano
Married at age 20. Priest in the Armenian church. In 1696 he and his family made complete submission to the authority of Rome. This angered Armenian officials who took this as an insult. Some of them falsely accused Gomidas of being a spy for Rome, which led to his arrest and execution by Turkish authorities. Considered a martyr as his death was the result of his faith.
c.1656 at Constantinople
beheaded 1707 at Parmark-Kapu, Constantinople
23 June 1929 by Pope Pius XI
Lay woman in the archdiocese of Valencia, Spain. Baptized at the age of two days, and made her First Communion on 24 April 1904 in her home parish of Saint Peter the Apostle. Worked as a seamstress. Studied sociology; she worked with working young people, and brought the Salesian Sisters to the region in 1931 to help with the religious education of young people. She was devoted to Eucharistic adoration, regular Communion, and prayed the rosary every day. Member of Catholic Action. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.
27 November 1893 in Sueca, Valencia, Spain
5 November 1936 in El Saler, Valencia, Spain
11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II
• Society of Jesus
• Company of Jesus
1534 by Saint Ignatius Loyola at Montmartre, Paris, France
A body of clerics regular organized for Apostolic work, following a religious rule and relying on alms for their support. It was the chief instrument of the Catholic Reformation. Pope Paul III approved the new rule in 1540, and Ignatius was elected the first general of the order in 1541. The constitutions, drafted by him and based on his Spiritual Exercies were adopted in 1558. It was the first order which enjoined by its constitutions devotion to the cause of education. The ministry of the Society consists chiefly in preaching; teaching catechism; administering the sacraments; conducting missions in parishes; taking care of parishes; organizing pious confraternities; teaching in schools of every grade; writing books, pamphlets, periodical articles; going on foreign missions, and special missions when ordered by the pope. The general resides at Rome, Italy and has a council of assistants. The motto of the Society is Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (For the greater glory of God).
Sixth century Benedictine monk. Dispatched by Saint Benedict of Nursia to found a monastery in Terracina, Italy.
Daughter of a prince of Constantinople. Hermitess in the desert of Jordan.
• 3rd century Rome, Italy
• buried in the catacombs of Saint Agnes, Nomentana, Rome
• relics enshrined in Martina Franca, Italy in 1646 by Cardinal Sacrati with the approval of Pope Innocent X
• rain is reported to have followed the procession that delivered her relics, which led to her patronage against drought
• against drought
• Martina Franca, Italy
24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam
Dominican. Priest. Promoted the use of the Rosary to strengthen the faith of Christians. Imprisoned in the persecutions of emperor Tu-Duc, he ministered to other prisoners until he was executed. Martyr.
c.1794 in Phú Nhai, Nam Ðinh, Vietnam
beheaded 5 November 1858 by the river in Hung Yên, Vietnam
19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II
Bishop of Brescia, Italy.
Physician condemned to work the mines during the persecutions of Maximian. Martyr.
burned to death in 310 in Palestine
1st century in Terracina, Italy
1st century in Terracina, Italy
Abbot of a monastery in Trier, Germany. Bishop of Trier.
• Gerald of Puissalicon
• Guiraud, Geraud, Geraldo
Augustinian canon regular. Deacon in 1094; ordained to the priesthood in 1101. Abbot of Cassan Abbey near Roujan, France in 1105. Bishop of Beziers, France in 1121. Spent all his diocese's revenues to care for the poor.
c.1070 at Puissalicon, France
• 5 November 1123 in Beziers, France of natural causes
• buried near Saint Aphrodise, first bishop of Beziers
• relics transferred to a nearby, but now defunct, Poor Clare convent in Beziers on 11 November 1259
• relics enshrined at the church of Saint Aphrodise in 1355
• relics destroyed in 1793 during the anti-Christianity excesses of the French Revolution
• a silver and amethyst ring that belonged to Gerald has survived, but was stolen in 1980
bishop distributing alms
Brother monk of Saint Winwallus and Saint Giacuto at Landevennec monastery in Brittany, France. Abbot.
Benedictine monk at Salcedo, diocese of Tui, Spanish Galatia. Helped Saint Rudesind spread the Benedictine Rule throughout northwest Spain.
Born to the southern German nobility, Idda spent as much of her time in prayer as possible. Married. Widowed, she spent her final days at the Benedictine abbey of Fischingen, Germany.
12th century of natural causes
Founder of Llanganten abbey, Powys, Wales.
Kay, Ke, Kenan, Quay
Born to the nobility. Ministered in Devon and Cornwall, where Landkey is named for him, and in Brittany where he was known as Quay.
at Glastonbury, England
with a stag
Lie, Lié, Lyé, Laetus
Monk from age 12. Priest. Spiritual advisor to Saint Leonard of Noblac.
region of Berry, France
• 533 in the forest of Orléans, France of natural causes
• relics enshrined in Saint-Lié-la-Forêt, France
25 September as one of the Holy Bishops of Milan
Archbishop of Milan, Italy from c.520 to 525.
525 of natural causes
17 August in the diocese of Saint-Flour, France
Priest. Evangelist in the region of Saint-Flour, France, assigned by Saint Astremonius of Clermont, France. The town of Saint-Mamet-la-Salvetat, France is named for him.
4th century Auvergne, France of natural causes
Bishop of Troia, Italy.
Monk at Moyenmoutier, France. Friend of Saint Hidulf. Founded the monastery of Bégon-Celle (now known as Saint-Blasien) in France.
Bishop condemned to work the mines during the persecutions of Maximian. Martyr.
Four young Christian men who were martyred together in the persecutions of Maximian - Aussenzius, Philotheus, Timothy and Theotimus.
in the arena at Caesarea Maritima, Palestine
Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. I have pages on each of them, but in most cases I have only found very minimal information. They are available on the CatholicSaints.Info site through these links:
• Blessed Juan Antoni Burró Mas
• Blessed Juan Duarte Martín
• Blessed María del Carmen Viel Ferrando
• Holy Relics
• Beatrice of Swabia
• Tigrino of Rome
• Trofimena of Sicily
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