• Mother Teresa
• Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
• Saint of the Gutters
19 October (Mother Teresa public holiday in Albania)
Daughter of an Albanian businessman who died when Agnes was nine years old. Nun, missionary and teacher in Calcutta, India in 1928. In 1948 she left the convent to work alone with the poor, and became an Indian citizen. She founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. In 1957 the Missionaries of Charity started their work with lepers and in disaster areas. She received the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1972, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, and the Missionaries today work in 30 countries.
26 August 1910 in Skopje, Albania (modern Macedonia)
5 September 1997 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India of natural causes
• 4 September 2016 by Pope Francis
• the canonization miracle involved the healing of brain abscesses of a comatose 42 year old mechanical engineer in Santos, Brazil in 2008
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. - Mother Teresa
God speaks in the silence of the heart, and we listen. And then we speak to God from the fullness of our heart, and God listens. And this listening and this speaking is what prayer is meant to be. - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
A clean heart is a free heart. A free heart can love Christ with an undivided love in chastity, convinced that nothing and nobody will separate it from his love. Purity, chastity, and virginity created a special beauty in Mary that attracted God's attention. He showed his great love for the world by giving Jesus to her. - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus' thirst. "Repent and believe," Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor - He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you. - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God... to be alone with Him - not with our books, thoughts, and memories but completely stripped of everything - to dwell lovingly in His presence, silent, empty, expectant, and motionless. We cannot find God in noise or agitation. - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
• Maria Luigia of the Blessed Sacrament
• Mariella (childhood nickname)
Born to Francesco Velotti and Teresa Napoletano, Maria was baptised on the day she was born, but was orphaned before the age of three. She was raised by an aunt named Caterina who was virulently opposed to Maria’s piety and call to religious life. Maria became a Franciscan tertiary, taking the name Maria Luigia of the Blessed Sacrament. With Eletta Albini, she founded the Franciscan Sisters Adorers of the Holy Cross.
16 November 1826 in Soccavo, Naples, Italy
• at 9am on 3 September 1886 at the Franciscan Sisters Adorers of the Holy Cross at Via Nuova Padre Ludovico 28, Casoria, Naples, Italy of natural causes after a long and debilitating illness
• buried in the local cemetery in Casoria
• re-interred in a chapel at the mother-house of the Franciscan Sisters Adorers of the Holy Cross in Casoria on 26 December 1926
• 26 September 2020 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition celebrated in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Naples, Italy, with Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe as chief celebrant
Educated at the Abbey of Luxeuil, France known for its strict adherence to the Rule of Saint Columban, a Rule known for its austerity. Though he was not a novice, Bertin felt called to follow the Rule with the monks at the abbey; when grown, he took the cowl. In 639, Bertin and two other monks, Mommelinus and Ebertram, joined Saint Omer in evangelizing the people in Pas-de-Calais, a region renowned for idolatry and immorality. The evangelists had no great success, but they built a monastery in honor of Saint Mommolin. Bertin served as its first abbot, a calling that lasted the remaining 60 years of his life. He sent monks to found other monasteries in both France and England, and he travelled constantly to teach and evangelize. His monastery served as an example to the locals, and brought many to the faith; 22 of its monks have been canonized. During a life that spanned nearly a century, Bertin was known for holiness and severe self-imposed austerities. On his death, the monastery was re-dedicated to him.
early 7th century at Constance (in modern Germany)
c.709 of natural causes
Alberto di Butrio
Born to a regionally important family. Hermit in Butrio (modern Palazzuolo) near the Borrione River Valley in the diocese of Tortona, Italy in 1030. When he miraculously mute son of the Marquis of Casaco, the Marquis built a Romanesque church where Albert and his brother hermits could assemble for the Divine Office. Albert became a Benedictine monk, and the church served as the core of the Benedictine Cluniac monastery he formed at Butrio; he served the rest of his life as as its first abbot.
1073 in Tortuna, Liguria, Italy of natural causes
Fiorenzo Dumontet de Cardaillac
Priest in the diocese of Castres, France. Imprisoned for his faith on a prison ship during the persecutions of the French Revolution, he ministered to other prisoners and cared for the sick until his own health broke. Martyr.
8 February 1749 in Saint-Médard, Haute-Vienne, France
5 September 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France
1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II
• Joseph Canh
• Joseph Canh Luang Hoang
24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam
Lifelong layman in the apostolic vicariate of East Tonkin. Physician. Catechist and Dominican tertiary. One of the Martyrs of Vietnam.
c.1763 in Làng Van, Bac Giang, Vietnam
beheaded on 5 September 1838 in Bac Ninh Tai, Vietnam
19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II
Layman servant in the house of nobleman Thomas Darcy. Known for his love of the Faith and the Church, he refused to acknowledge the king as head of Christianity in England, refused to attend Protestant services, and continued to encourage people to join and support Catholicism. For this he was imprisoned, tortured, prosecuted to treason, and executed. Martyr.
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
hanged, drawn and quartered on 5 September 1605 at Ripon, North Yorkshire, England
15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI
Premonstratensian monk. Canon of the Premonstratensian monastery in Dokkum, Friesland (in the modern Netherlands. Chosen 4th abbot of the house. Friend of and correspondent with King Louis IX of France. Championed and preached support and participation in the Crusades in Friesland. Died while attending the Premonstratensian general chapter.
early 13th century in area of the modern Netherlands
11 October 1267 at the Premontres mother-house in Laon, France of natural causes
Born to the Italian nobility. Franciscan Friar Minor. Missionary to the Muslims in Egypt, Persia and Armenia. Martyr.
at Matelica, Italy
• beheaded on 1340 at Toringa (Tauris), Persia
• relics enshrined in the Church of the Frati, Venice, Italy
2 February 1795 by Pope Pius VI
24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam
Dominican priest. Martyr.
c.1796 in Ninh Cuong, Nam Ðinh, Vietnam
5 September 1838 in Bac Ninh Tai, Vietnam
19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II
Raised in a pious Christian family. Bishop of Soissons (in modern France) in the mid-7th century. Attended the Council of Rheims. Built the church that houses the relics of Saint Crispin and Saint Crispian.
Espagny, Soissons, Gaul (in modern France)
12th century monk. Spiritual student of Blessed John of Matera, and of Blessed Jordan of Pulsano. Founded the monastery of San Michele on the island of Mont Gargano at Mljet dálmata, Dalmatia (in modern Croatia), and served as its first abbot.
Benedictine monk at Pulsano, Italy. Spiritual student of Saint John of Pulsano. Abbot-general of Pulsano from 1139 to 1152.
1152 of natural causes
Member of the imperial Roman court of Emperor Trajan. During a period of persecution of Christians, Romulus spoke out against the abuse; he was immediately arrested and executed. Martyr.
112 in Rome, Italy
Related to Saint Rudesind. Benedictine monk at Sahagun, Spain. Bishop of León, Spain in 1057. Transferred the relics of Saint Isidore from Seville, Spain to León.
Relative of Saint Remigius of Rheims. Bishop of Laon, France. For some unnamed fault he committed, he sentenced himself to seven years of continuous penance.
c.555 of natural causes
Sixth-century bishop of Amiterme, Italy (outskirts of Rome). Martyr.
hanged upside down near Rome, Italy; he lasted three days
Monk. Abbot of the monastery of Anchin.
• c.1088 of natural causes
• miraculous healings reported at his tomb
Bishop of Como, Italy. Fought Arianism.
644 of natural causes
Nun. Her story has been lost.
relics venerated at Toledo, Spain
Martyred in the persecutions of Trajan.
A group of up to 1,000 Christian soldiers in the 2nd century imperial Roman army of Trajan, stationed in Gaul. Ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods, they refused and were transferred to Armenia. Ordered again to sacrifice to pagan gods, they refused again. Martyrs. We know the names of three of them, but nothing else - Eudoxius, Macarius and Zeno.
Three Christians who were martyred together. Long venerated in Capua, Italy. We know their names, but little else - Arcontius, Donatus and Quintius.
A group of 80 Christians, lay and clergy, martyred together in the persecutions of Valens. We know little more than the names of three of them - Menedemo, Teodoro and Urbano.
locked on a boat which was then set on fire on the shore of Nicomedia, Bithynia (in modern Turkey) c.370
A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius. We know little more than their names - Aconto, Herculanus, Nonno and Taurino.
c.180 at Porto Romano, Italy
• Deceased Friends and Benefactors of the Dominicans
• Marchese of Altessano
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