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Saint John Before the Latin Gate

About the Feast

Commemorates the attempted martyrdom of Saint John the Apostle in 95. John was bound and brought to Rome, Italy from Ephesus by the order of Domitian; the Senate condemned him to be taken to the Latin Gate and thrown in a cauldron of boiling oil. John stepped out of the cauldron without injury, and instead was exiled to Patmos.

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https://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-before-the-latin-gate/


Blessed Anna Rosa Gattorno

Also known as

Rose Maria Benedetta

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One of six children born to the wealthy, pious family of Francesco Benedetta and Adelaide Campanella Benedetta. Baptized the day after her birth, and confirmed at age 12. Educated at home, she was familiar with the politics and anti-clerical arguments of her day.

Married to Gerolamo Custo on 5 November 1852. The couple first moved to Marseilles, France, but financial difficulties forced them to return to Genoa, Italy. Their oldest child was rendered deaf and mute by illness. Gerolamo died of natural causes on 9 March 1858, leaving Rose Maria a widow with three children; the youngest died a few months later of natural causes.

While these miseries may have caused some to become angry with God, Rose Maria instead took them as a lesson, and an indication of vocation - she knew pain, poverty and trial, and was thus qualified to work with others experiencing them. Though she continued to provide for her children, she took private vows of chastity and obedience in 1858, a vow of poverty in 1861, and became a Franciscan tertiary. In 1862 she received the hidden stigmata.

Though she preferred silence and solitude, Catholic associations in Genoa began soliciting her help. President of the Pious Union of the New Ursuline Daughters of Holy Mary Immaculate, and revised its Rule. While working on it, she received a call to form her own congregation. Though she was encouraged by everyone, including the archbishop of Genoa, but she hesitated, fearing it would take her away from her children. She approached Pope Pius IX about it on 3 January 1866, hoping he would discourage the idea; he told her to begin work on it immediately.

With Father Giovannio Battista Tornatore, she co-founded the Institute of the Daughters of Saint Anne, Mother of Mary Immaculate in Piacenza, Italy on 8 December 1866 with a mandate to work with the poor and sick. She took the habit of the Institute on 26 July 1867, and on 8 April 1870 she and twelve sisters made their solemn profession, during which she took the name Anna Rosa. The Institute received official approval in 1879, and its rule was approved in 1892. She worked with Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini. By Anna Rosa's death there were 368 houses in Italy, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Eritrea, they had built hostels, schools and kindergartens, had 3,500 sisters, and worked in a ministry to the deaf and mute. Today they are associated with the Movement of Hope, the Contemplative Order of the Daughters of Saint Anne, and the Sons of Saint Anne.

Born

14 October 1831 at Genoa, Italy as Rose Maria Benedetta

Died

9am on 6 May 1900 at Rome, Italy of influenza

Beatified

9 April 2000 by Pope John Paul II

Readings

My love, what can I do to make the whole world love you? Make use once again of this wretched instrument to renew the faith and conversion of sinners. - Blessed Anna

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-anna-rosa-gattorno/


Saint Francis de Montmorency Laval

Also known as

François de Montmorency Laval

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Third son of Hughes de Laval, an aristocrat soldier, and Michelle de Péricard. His was an old, distinguished and religious family, and Francis early felt a call to the priesthood. Educated by Jesuits at La Fleche from ages eight to fourteen. His father died when the boy was thirteen, and as clerical positions were often as much politics as religion, Francis was made a parish canon so that his salary could help support the family. Studied for the priesthood at the Jesuit Clermont College in Paris, France at age nineteen, but withdrew for a while in 1645 when his two older brothers died and he was forced to manage the family estates. Ordained on 1 May 1647. Archdeacon of Evreux. Member of the Paris Foreign Mission Society at age thirty. Vicar apostolic of Tongkin, Indochina (modern Vietnam) in 1653, but family obligations and the turmoil of the region prevented him moving there. Resigned his position in 1654 to spend four years in a hermitage in Caen. Titular bishop of Petraea.

Appointed vicar apostolic of New France (modern Canada) by Pope Alexander VII in 1658. Consecrated as bishop on 8 December 1658. Arrived in Quebec City, population 500, to take up his new duties on 16 June 1659. His territory covered all of Canada and the central section of what would become the United States. It was an enormous frontier diocese in need of administration, stability, and evangelization, and Francis approached it as spiritual work. He promoted missionary work, and supported missionaries from the Jesuits and Recollect Franciscans. Restored the shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupré, and built the cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Founded the seminary of Quebec in 1663, and started the Catholic school system throughout Canada. Quebec was established as a diocese in 1674, and Laval consecrated its first bishop. Fought the alcohol trade to the Indian tribes, had it outlawed within his territory, and excommunicated those who dealt in it. His work slowed the trade and improved the lives of the natives, but made him many enemies within the liquor trade.

In 1684 he went into retirement, becoming a hermit at the seminary in Quebec, hoping to live out his life in prayer. However, disastrous fires in November 1701 and October 1705 brought him out of retirement to oversee needed re-construction, he was ever involved in charitable work for the poor, and available to consult with his successor. Laval University in Quebec is named for him.

Born

30 April 1623 in Montigny-sur-Avre, Normandy, France

Died

6 May 1708 in Quebec, Canada of natural causes

Canonized

3 April 2014 by Pope Francis (equipollent canonization)

Patronage

patrons of the bishops of Canada

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-francis-de-montmorency-laval/


Blessed Maria Catalina Troiani

Also known as

Maria Caterina of Saint Rose

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Third of four children born to Tommaso Troiani and Teresa Panici, her mother died when the Maria was six. Franciscan tertiary, dedicated to the teachings of Saint Francis, and to the care and education of girls. Franciscan nun, taking the habit on 8 December 1829, and taking the name Sister Maria Teresa of Saint Rose in honour of Saint Rose of Viterbo. Missionary to north Africa. In 1852 the Apostolic Vicar of Egypt requested a Franciscan school for poor girls be established in Cairo; Maria and four other sisters met with Pope Pius IX on 4 September 1859 to offer their service, and he gave them his blessing. The sisters and Father Giuseppe Moden arrived in Cairo on 14 September 1859 to begin their work. On 5 July 1868, the group received approval as a formal congregation under the name Third Order Franciscan Sisters of Cairo; they were later renamed the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Egypt, and in 1950 were renamed the Franciscan Missionaries of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. From the day of their founding until the day of her death, Sister Maria served as Mother Superior to the group. Pope Leo XIII always held her in high regard.

Born

19 January 1813 in Giuliano di Roma, Italy

Died

• 6 May 1887 in Cairo, Egypt of natural causes
• buried in the Latin cemetery in Cairo
• re-interred in the chapel of Clot-Bey, church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Franciscan Missionaries of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rome, Italy on 3 November 1967

Beatified

14 April 1985 by Pope John Paul II

Patronage

Franciscan Missionaries of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-maria-catalina-troiani/


Blessed Pierre I of Tarantasia

Also known as

• Pierre l'Ancien
• Pierre the Elder
• Pierre Ier de Tarentaise

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Pietro was one of the first Cistercian monks. Friend of Saint Stephen Harding, Saint Robert of Molesme and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Pietro was one of the founders of the Abbey of La Ferté in Saint-Ambreuil, France in 1113, serving as its abbot from 1123 to 1132. Founded Cistercian houses in Tiglieto, diocese of Acqui, Italy in 1120, and in Lucedio, diocese of Vercelli, Italy in 1124. Archbishop of Tarentaise, France from 1124 until his death in 1140, becoming the first Cistercian to be consecrated a bishop; he also led the adjacent suffragan dioceses of Aosta, Italy and Sion, Switzerland. Participated in the council of Etampes in 1130, affirming his fidelity to Pope Innocent II instead of antipope Anacleto. Founded the Abbey of Tamié, and appointed Saint Pierre II of Tarantasia as its first abbot. Help bring the Canons Regular to his dioceses. As archbishop, Pierre maintained his simple Cistercian life with periods of fasts and prayer vigils.

Born

latter 11th century

Died

• 1140 of natural causes
• interred in the cathedral of Moûtiers, France
• relics surveyed and re-enshrined by Bishop Benedetto Teofilo in 1636
• relics dispersed and destroyed by the anti–Christian forces of the French Revolution

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-pierre-i-of-tarantasia/


Blessed Bartolomeo Pucci-Franceschi

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Born to the wealthy Tuscan nobility. Married and the father of four. Noted for his charity to the poor, especially in times of famine. In 1290, when his children were grown, Bartolomeo left his wealth and family to become a Franciscan friar at the convent of San Francisco in Montepulciano, Italy. Many of the locals considered him insane to give up the one social position for the other, but he was a model of religious devotion. Priest. Received visions of Mary and the angels, and was known as a miracle worker.

Born

latter 13th century in Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy

Died

• 6 May 1330 in Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy of natural causes
• buried in the church of his monastery
• relics later enshrined in two urns in the church
• relics transferred to the church of San Agostino in 1930

Beatified

24 June 1880 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmation)

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-bartolomeo-pucci-franceschi/


Blessed Kazimierz Gostynski

Also known as

Casimir Gostynski

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War Two

Profile

Parish priest known as a zealous pastor and teacher. He was arrested in January 1940 during the Nazi persecutions, he kept his faith and ministered to other prisoners in the Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps where he was sentenced to forced labour. After over two years of starvation, torture and overwork, he was no longer of any use to his captors, and was thrown into the gas chambers. Martyr.

Born

8 April 1884 in Warsaw, Poland

Died

gassed on 6 May 1942 in the concentration camp at Dachau, Bavaria, Germany

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II at Warsaw, Poland

Readings

If Christ suffered, we too, following his example, should accept sufferings. - Blessed Kazimierz

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-kazimierz-gostynski/


Blessed Anthony Middleton

Additional Memorial

29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Son of Ambrose Middleton of Barnard Castle, Durham, England, and Cecil, daughter of Anthony Crackenthorpe of Howgill Castle, Westmoreland, England. Entered the English College at Rheims, France on 9 January 1582. Ordained on 30 May 1586. Returned to England to minister to covert Catholics in the area of London. Arrested for the crime of priesthood; captured in a residence in Clerkenwell, London by a priest-catcher who claimed to be a Catholic who needed a priest. Martyr.

Born

Middleton Tyas, North Yorkshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 6 May 1590 in London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

Readings

I call God to witness I die merely for the Catholic Faith, and for being a priest of the true Religion. - Blessed Anthony's last words, spoken from the scaffold as he was about to be hanged

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-anthony-middleton/


Blessed Edward Jones

Additional Memorial

29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Raised as an Anglican, he converted to Catholicism and was received into the Church at the English College in Rheims, France in 1587. Ordained in 1588. Returned to England to minister to covert Catholics. Arrested in 1590 in a grocer's in Fleet Street in London, England by a priest-catcher who pretended to be a Catholic in need of a priest. Imprisoned and tortured in the Tower of London, he admitted to being a priest. At his trial for the crime of priesthood, he argued that his confession was obtained by torture and thus not legally sufficient to condemn him. The court complimented him on his arguments and his court-room demeanor, then condemned to death and had him immediately executed. Martyr.

Born

Diocese of Saint Asaph, Wales

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 6 May 1590 on Fleet Street in London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-edward-jones/


Saint Edbert of Lindisfarne

Also known as

Eadbert, Eadbeorht, Eadberht

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Monk of Lindisfarne Abbey. Noted for his personal sanctity, his extensive Bible knowledge, and his charity to the poor; he annually gave away a tenth of his goods and property. Bishop of Lindisfarne, England for eleven years; successor to Saint Cuthbert. Even as bishop he would make two 40-day retreats each year to live as a hermit in meditation. Built several churches in the region, and improved the structures at Lindisfarne. Bede wrote about him.

Born

7th century England

Died

• 6 May 698 of natural causes
• buried in the grave that had held Cuthbert's remains before they were translated to chapel
• Edbert's relics were translated to Durham, England in 875

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-edbert-of-lindisfarne/


Saint Protogenes of Syria

Also known as

• Protogenes of Harran
Protogene of...

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Priest in Edessa. During the Arian persecutions of the Roman emperor Valens c.370, the Catholic bishop of Edessa, Barsete, was sent into exile, and Protogene and a priest named Eulogius took over leadership of the Christian community; the two were soon exiled to the Thebaid region of Egypt. There Protogene started a school and converted many of the local pagans to Christianity, some being brought to the faith by Protogene’s healing miracles.

In 378, emperor Valens died, and Protogene was able to return to Edessa, being recalled by emperor Theodosius. Bishop of Harran, Osroena, Mesopotamia (Carrhae, Syria) c.381.

Born

4th century Edessa, Syria

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-protogenes-of-syria/


Blessed Ponzio of Barellis

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Ponzio received a doctorate in civil law before joining the Mercedarians. Appointed Master-General of the Mercedarians by Pope Clement VI in 1348. He was an active leader and administrator, rebuilding the Order following the losses members and houses caused by plague. He led to the redeeming of 1,600 Christians who had been enslaved by Muslims. Known by those close to him for his piety, and as a miracle worker.

Born

Toulouse, France

Died

• 17 October 1364 in Toulouse, France
• buried at the convent of Perpignan, France

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ponzio-of-barellis/


Saint Petronax of Monte Cassino

Also known as

• Petronax of Brescia
• Second Founder of Monte Cassino

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Benedictine monk at Brescia, Italy. Abbot. On assignment from Pope Gregory II in 717, he re-built, re-staffed and re-invigorated the monastery at Monte Cassino, Italy following the Lombard invasions that had left the place damaged and deserted. He served as abbot there, and by the time of his death, the abandoned structure was a center for learning and holiness again. Spiritual teacher of Saint Willibald and Saint Sturmius of Fulda.

Born

c.670 at Brescia, Lombardy, northern Italy

Died

c.747 of natural causes

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-petronax-of-monte-cassino/


Blessed Henryk Kaczorowski

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War Two

Profile

Priest. Rector of the major seminary of Wloclawek, Poland. Arrested in 1939 during the Nazi persecutions, he kept his faith and ministered to other prisoners in the camps.

Born

10 July 1888 in Bierzwiennej, Wielkopolskie, Poland

Died

gassed on 6 May 1942 in the concentration camp at Dachau, Bavaria, Germany

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II at Warsaw, Poland

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-henryk-kaczorowski/


Saint James of Numidia

Also known as

• James of Lambesa
• James of Lambaesis
• James of Lambese

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Deacon in the same church as Saint Marianus, and imprisoned with him at Cirta (modern Constantine, Algeria) in the persecutions of Valerian. Tortured over several days to force him from his faith. During this torment he had a dream that showed him final triumph. Martyred with hundreds of others. His story was recorded by a fellow prisoner who was not killed.

Died

tortured and beheaded 6 May 259 at Lambesa, Numidia (Algeria)

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-james-of-numidia/


Saint Venerius of Milan

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Friend of Saint Paulinus of Nola, Saint Delphinus of Bordeaux, and Saint Chromatius of Aquileia. Ordained as a deacon by Saint Ambrose of Milan. Second bishop of Milan c.400. Supported the Council of Carthage in 401. Supported Saint John Chrysostom in his disputes.

Died

• 409 of natural causes
• relics translated to the cathedral of Milan, Italy in 1579 by Saint Charles Borromeo

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-venerius-of-milan/


Saint Evodius of Antioch

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Traditionally one of the 72 disciples commissioned by Jesus. Priest. Bishop of Antioch, probably ordained by Saint Peter the Apostle. The first person known to use the word Christian in his writings. Worked with Saint Ignatius of Antioch. Martyr.

Died

c.69

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-evodius-of-antioch/


Saint Colman Mac Ui Cluasigh of Cork

Profile

7th-century professor and prayerful poet in Cork, Ireland. Led his students on a pilgrimage to a small island to save them from plague that ravaged Ireland in 664.

Died

7th century

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-colman-mac-ui-cluasigh-of-cork/


Saint Benedicta of Rome

Also known as

Benedikta

Profile

Nun in 6th century Rome, Italy. Friend of Saint Galla who had founded their monastery. She received a vision of Saint Peter the Apostle warning her of her death.

Died

c.546 of natural causes

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-benedicta-of-rome/


Blessed Peter de Tornamira

Profile

Mercedarian friar at the convent of San Michele del Monte in Zaragoza, Spain. Worked with Blessed William Tani to free 212 Christians enslaved by Muslim invaders in Granada, Spain. Missionary preacher in Granada.

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-peter-de-tornamira/


Blessed William Tandi

Profile

Mercedarian friar at the convent of San Michele del Monte in Zaragoza, Spain. Worked with Blessed Peter de Tornamira to free 212 Christians enslaved by Muslim invaders in Granada, Spain. Missionary preacher in Granada.

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-william-tandi/


Blessed Prudence Castori

Profile

Augustinian nun in Milan, Italy. Founded an Augustinian convent in Como, Italy, and served as its abbess.

Born

Milan, Italy

Died

1492 of natural causes

https://catholicsaints.info/blessed-prudence-castori/


Saint Lucius of Cyrene

Also known as

• Lukius
• Lukios

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First bishop of Cyrene, Libya. He is mentioned by Saint Luke the Apostle in the Acts of the Apostles.

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-lucius-of-cyrene/


Saint Venustus of Africa

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Martyred with 75 other Christians in the perscutions of Diocletian.

Died

late 3rd century in Africa

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-venustus-of-africa-6-may/


Saint Theodotus of Kyrenia

Profile

Bishop of Kyrenia, Cyprus. Imprisoned, tortured and executed in the persecutions of Licinius. Martyr.

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-theodotus-of-kyrenia/


Saint Colman of Loch Echin

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Listed in the Martyrologies of Tallagh and Donegal, but no details of his life have survived.

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-colman-of-loch-echin/


Saint Heliodorus

Profile

Martyred with 75 other Christians in the perscutions of Diocletian.

Died

late 3rd century in Africa

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-heliodorus/


Saint Marianus of Lambesa

Profile

Lector. Martyr.

Died

beheaded in 259 at Lambesa, North Africa

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-marianus-of-lambesa/


Saint Justus of Vienne

Profile

Bishop of Vienne, France.

Died

168 of natural causes

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-justus-of-vienne/


Saint Venustus of Milan

Profile

Martyr in Milan, Italy in the persecutions of Diocletian.

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-venustus-of-milan/


Saint Acuta

Profile

Martyr.

Died

Milan, Italy

https://catholicsaints.info/saint-acuta-6-may/


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