|Optional Memorial of Saint John of God, Religious|
• Giovanni di Dio
• Juan de Dios
• Juan Ciudad
Juan grew up working as a shepherd in the Castile region of Spain. He led a wild and misspent youth, and travelled over much of Europe and north Africa as a soldier in the army of Charles V, and as a mercenary. Fought through a brief period of insanity. Peddled religious books and pictures in Gibraltar, though without any religious conviction himself. In his 40's he received a vision of the Infant Jesus who called him John of God. To make up for the misery he had caused as a soldier, he left the military, rented a house in Granada, Spain, and began caring for the sick, poor, homeless and unwanted. He gave what he had, begged for those who couldn't, carried those who could not move on their own, and converted both his patients and those who saw him work with them. Friend of Saint John of Avila, on whom he tried to model his life. John founded the Order of Charity and the Order of Hospitallers of Saint John of God.
8 March 1495 at Montemoro Novo, Evora, Portugal
• 8 March 1550 at Granada, Spain while praying before a crucifix from a illness he had contracted while saving a drowning man
• relics at Granada
16 October 1690 by Pope Alexander VIII
• against alcoholism
• against bodily ills
• against sickness
• dying people
• heart patients
• hospitals (proclaimed on 22 June 1886 by Pope Leo XIII)
• hospital workers
• nurses (proclaimed in 1930 by Pope Pius XI)
• sick people
• Tultepec, Mexico
• alms box around his neck
• crown of thorns
Labour without stopping; do all the good works you can while you still have the time. - Saint John of God
If we look forward to receiving God's mercy, we can never fail to do good so long as we have the strength. For if we share with the poor, out of love for God, whatever he has given to us, we shall receive according to his promise a hundredfold in eternal happiness. What a fine profit, what a blessed reward! With outstretched arms he begs us to turn toward him, to weep for our sins, and to become the servants of love, first for ourselves, then for our neighbors. Just as water extinguishes a fire, so love wipes away sin.
So many poor people come here that I very often wonder how we can care for them all, but Jesus Christ provides all things and nourishes everyone. Many of them come to the house of God, because the city of Granada is large and very cold, especially now in winter. More than a hundred and ten are now living here, sick and healthy, servants and pilgrims. Since this house is open to everyone, it receives the sick of every type and condition: the crippled, the disabled, lepers, mutes, the insane, paralytics, those suffering from scurvy and those bearing the afflictions of old age, many children, and above all countless pilgrims and travelers, who come here, and for whom we furnish the fire, water, and salt, as well as the utensils to cook their food. And for all of this no payment is requested, yet Christ provides.
I work here on borrowed money, a prisoner for the sake of Jesus Christ. And often my debts are so pressing that I dare not go out of the house for fear of being seized by my creditors. Whenever I see so many poor brothers and neighbours of mine suffering beyond their strength and overwhelmed with so many physical or mental ills which I cannot alleviate, then I become exceedingly sorrowful; but I trust in Christ, who knows my heart. And so I say, "Woe to the man who trusts in men rather than in Christ." - from a letter written by Saint John of God
• Senan of Inis Cathaigh
6 January as one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland
Apparently born to a Christian farm family. Educated by Saint Naul and a saintly monk named Cassidan. Monk at Kilmanagh (Kilkenny), Ireland. Founded a monastery at Enniscorthy, Ireland. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy and to Tours, France, a center of monasticism at the time. Founded several churches and monasteries including houses at Iniscarra, Ireland. Spiritual teacher of Saint Aiden of Lindesfarne. Aquaintance of Saint David of Wales, and friend of Saint Cannera of Inis Cathaig. In later life he retired to Inish Cathaig (Scattery Island) on the river Shannon; the river is believed to have been named for him. Bishop. Legend says that he chased away the Cathach, a type of monstrous sea serpent, from the island by ordering it, in the name of the Trinity, to depart.
• c.488 at Corca Bhaisin, County Clare, Ireland
• tradition says that Saint Patrick predicted his birth
8 March 544 on Inish Cathaig, Ireland of natural causes
• Vincent Kadlubo
• Vincent Kadlubko
• Vincent of Cracow
• Wincenty Kadlubek
Born wealthy. Studied in France and Italy. Provost of the cathedral of Sandomir, Poland. May have been the principal of the cathedral school of Cracow, Poland. Bishop of Cracow from 28 March 1208. Worked to reform the clergy and invigorate the laity in his diocese. Supported monasteries in Sulejow, Koprzywnica, and Jedrzejow. Peacemaker between Hungary and Poland over the area of Galicia. Vincent resigned his see in 1218, and became the first Polish Cistercian monk, entering the house at Jedrzejow. Noted writer, author of the Chronicles of the Kings and Princes of Poland.
1160 at Karnow, Duchy of Sandomir, Poland
• 8 March 1223 at Jedrzejow, Poland of natural causes
• buried before the high altar in the abbey church
• 18 February 1764 by Pope Clement XIII (cultus confirmed)
• in Poland he is referred to as Saint Vincent
• Apostle of East Anglia
• Apostle to the East Angles
• Felix of Dunwich
• Felix of East Anglia
Monk. Priest. Met, befriended, converted and baptised King Sigebert who was in exile from East Anglia. When Sigebert returned to East Anglia in 630, he invited Felix to bring Christianity to his people. Felix was ordained bishop by Saint Honoratus of Canterbury, and then sailed up the River Kent, apparently starting his work in the area now known as Felixstowe. Evangelized throughout East Anglia, building a cathedral and school at Dunwich, stone churches throughout the region, and the college that became the University of Cambridge. With Saint Sigebert he founded the Bury Saint Edmunds abbey c.637. Worked with Saint Fursey. Spiritual teacher of Saint Audrey.
late 6th century in Burgundy, France
8 March 647 of natural causes
diocese of East Anglia, England
bishop with three rings on his right hand
• Stephen of Aubazine
• Stephen of Vielzot
Pious youth. Priest. Hermit with another priest named Pierre. The pair's reputation for holiness drew so many spiritual students that c.1134, with the approval of the bishop of Tulle, France, they founded a monastery composed of many small huts in the forest. The monks were noted for their severe austerity, and spent most of their time in prayer and study. Nearby at Coyroux they founded a convent for 150 nuns along similar lines.
As there was no written Rule for the community, c.1142 Stephen joined the Cistercians, and the monks and nuns in the forest followed suit. He affiliated his house with the Cistercians in 1147, and served as abbot.
The monastery was suppressed in the repressions of the French Revolution, and its property seized in 1791. The abbey church survives, and serves as a parish church.
c.1085 at Limousin, France
8 March 1159 at the monastery of Obazine, France
1701 by Pope Clement XI (cultus confirmed)
• Theophylact of Constantinople
• Theophilus of...
Immigrant to Constantinople. Studied under Saint Tarasius, Patriach of Constantinople. Sent by Tarasius to a monastery on the Bosphorus with Saint Michael the Confessor. Monk. Established hospices for travellers, and worked with the poor, widows, orphans, the mentally ill, the blind, lame, and sick. Bishop of Nicomedia (part of modern Turkey). Opposed the Iconoclasm of Emperor Leo V of Armenia; banished by Leo to the fortress of Coria, and imprisoned for the last 35 years of his life.
8th century Asian
• 845 in prison in Coria, Asia Minor, of natural causes
• buried in Nicomedia c.846
• Chief Confessor of Ireland and Scotland
• Dothow, Dubhthach, Dubtach, Dubthach, Duthac, Duthacus, Duthak
Educated in Ireland. Bishop of Ross, Scotland.
c.1000 in Tain, Scotland
• 8 March 1065 in Ireland of natural causes
• interred in the original Saint Duthus Chapel at Tain, Scotland
• body found to be incorrupt after 7 years, 6 months and 9 days
• relics translated to the Saint Duthus Collegiate Church in the 14th century
• relics destroy in 1560 as part of the Protestant Reformation
11 July 1898 by Pope Leo XIII
Spiritual student of Saint Ambrose of Milan. Co-adjutor to Saint Felix, bishop of Como, Italy whom he succeeded as bishop in 391.
in Gaul (modern France)
• c.420 of natural causes
• some relics enshrined in the collegiate church of San Giovanni Battista in Agno, Ticino, Switzerland since 1096
• remaining relics enshrined in the church of San Provino in Como, Italy in 1118
Bermudo, Bermundo, Veremondo, Veremundo, Vermundo
Monk. Abbot of Irache Abbey in Ayegui, Spain. Counselor to King Sancho Garcés IV of Navarre and King Sancho Ramírez of Navarre.
• late 11th century of natural causes
• relics translated to a new church at his abbey in Ayegui, Spain in 1583
• over the centuries many of his relics have been distributed to assorted churches in Navarre, Spain
• Apostle to Iceland
Spiritual student of Isleifur, bishop of Skalholt, Iceland. First bishop of Holar, Iceland in 1106. Great evangelist of the island.
1121 of natural causes
1201 by Pope Innocent III
Actor and musician. Convert. Ordered to sacrifice to idols during the persecutions of Diocletian, he confessed that he was a Christian. Tortured and executed. Marytr.
• bound hand and foot, then drowned c.305
• when his body washed up, it was hung in a tree and used by archers for target practice
Christian ordered to sacrifice to pagan idols during the persecutions of Diocletian. Thinking that Saint Philemon of Antinoë was a pagan, he asked him to switch clothes and offer the sacrifice in his place. Philemon announced in front of the pagans that he was a Christian, too. Shamed, Apollonius confessed his faith, was tortured and executed. Martyr.
Third-century governor of Thebes, Egypt. Having witnessed the courage of Christian martyrs, he became interested in the faint, and became a convert. Martyr.
• drowned at sea
• legend says that dolphins brought his body back to land so it might be given proper burial
Benedictine monk at Prüm, Germany. Bishop of Thérouanne, France. Abbot of Saint Bertin Abbey. Cared for and supported his flock during Norman invasion. He had a special devotion to the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.
on the banks of the Meuse River
Layman. Having witnessed the courage of Christian martyrs, he became interested in the faint, and became a convert. Martyr.
• drowned at sea
• legend says that dolphins brought his body back to land so it might be given proper burial
Bishop of Pavia, Italy from 864 until his death.
• 874 of natural causes
• relics in the capella del Sacro Cuore of the cathedral in Pavia, Italy
• Beoadh of Roscommon
• Aeodh, Aidus, Beatus
Sixth-century bishop of Ardcarne, Roscommon, Ireland.
c.518 of natural causes
Deacon in Carthage, North Africa. Companion in exile, biographer of, and witness at the trial and execution Saint Cyprian of Carthage.
c.262 of natural causes
Ranus, Rheanus, Rian
Monk. Abbot. Llanhrian, Wales is named for him.
Martryed at Nicomedia, date unknown.
A bishop and some of his flock who were martyred together in North Africa. The only details that have survived are nine of the names -
• Bernardo Montagudo
• Charles Catalan
• Faustino Miguez
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