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Saint Thaïs the Penitent

Also known as

Thaisis, Thaisia

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Following a long life of sin, Thais converted to Christianity, brought to the faith by Saint Paphnutius of Heracleopolis in Egypt. To avoid temptation and spend the next three years in prayer, she moved into a closed cell and would only communicate with her spiritual advisors Saint Anthony the Abbot, Saint Paul the Simple and Saint Paphnutius. After that she moved into a convent, but lived only two more weeks.

Modern scholarship leans to this being a re-telling of the story of Saint Pelagia the Penitent.

Died

c.348 in Egypt of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-thais-the-penitent/


Blessed John Adams

Additional Memorials

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

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Protestant minister. Described as being of average height with dark eyes and a dark beard. Convert to Catholicism. Studied at Rheims, France. Ordained in 1579. Returned to England in March 1581 to minister to covert Catholics. He worked in Winchester and Hampshire, working primarily with the poor. Arrested for the crime of priesthood in 1584, he was exiled in 1585. He returned soon after to resume his ministry. Arrested and executed for the crime of priesthood.

Born

c.1545 in England

Died

8 October 1586 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-adams/


Saint Pelagia the Penitent

Also known as

• Pelagia of Antioch
• The Beardless Hermit
• Marina

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Professional dancer. Attended a sermon by Saint Nonnus of Edessa during which he spoke of a stripper who worked to make herself beautiful and her dance perfect, but did nothing for the work of God. Pelagia immediately converted, confessed, was baptized, turned away from her former life, moved to Jerusalem, and lived as a hermit the rest of her days, possibly wearing men's clothes so people would leave her alone.

Patronage

actresses

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-pelagia-the-penitent/


Saint Reparata

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Baptized very young. Arrested and tortured for her faith at age 11 during the persecution of Decius. Thrown into a furnace to die, she sat for a while in the flames, then emerged unharmed. Rather than see this as divine intervention, the authorities simply offered her another chance to apostacize; when she refused, she was beheaded.

Born

3rd century Caesarea, Palestine

Died

• beheaded in the 3rd century
• relics translated to the Nice Cathedral in 1690

Patronage

• Florence, Italy
• Nice, France, city of
• Nice, France, diocese of
• Teano, Italy

Representation

• banner with red cross on a white background
• dove
• holding a crown and palm of martyrdom
• sitting in fire
• standing near the Blessed Virgin Mary
• with Saint Ansanus

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


Saint Amor of Aquitaine

Also known as

Amour of Aquitaine

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Ninth century hermit in Maastricht, Netherlands. Founded the convent of Münsterbilsen near Liège, Belgium.

Born

Aquitaine (part of modern France)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-amor-of-aquitaine/


Saint Artemon of Laodicia

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Priest. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

burned to death in 305 in Laodicea, Phrygia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-artemon-of-laodicia/


Saint Badilo

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Monk at Vezelay, France, leading the work to re-found the abbey after Moorish and Norman raids in the 8th century. Abbot of Leuze-en-Hainaut, Belgium.

Died

c.870 of natural causes

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


Saint Benedicta of Laon

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Virgin-martyr in Laon, France.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-benedicta-of-laon/


Saint Benedicta of Origny-sur-Oise

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Third-century Christian daughter of Mathoclus, a pagan imperial Roman senator. Missionary in Origny-sur-Oise, France. Captured, she was tortured by her father to make her abandon her faith; when that did not work, he killed her. Martyr.

Died

beheaded with an axe by her father Malthoclus in 262

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-benedicta-of-origny-sur-oise/


Saint Evodius of Rouen

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Fifth century bishop of Rouen, France.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-evodius-of-rouen/


Saint Felix of Como

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Friend of Saint Ambrose of Milan. Worked with Saint Probinus of Como. First bishop of Como, Italy.

Died

c.390 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-felix-of-como/


Saint Gratus of Chalons

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Bishop of Chalons-sur-Saone, France.

Died

c.652 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gratus-of-chalons/


Blessed Hugh Canefro

Also known as

• Hugh of Genoa
• Hugh of Canefri
• Hugo....
• Ugo....

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Born to the Italian nobility. Fought in the Third Crusade. Member of the Knights of Malta. Assigned to the Saint John Commandery hospital in Genoa, Italy. There he sold his armour to buy clothes for nurses, and served the sick poor for 50 years.

Born

1148 at Castellazzo Bormida

Died

8 October 1233 in Genoa, Italy of natural causes

Representation

• bringing water from a rock in order to wash the clothes of the sick poor
• turning water to wine
• saving a ship in danger of sinking

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-hugh-canefro/


Blessed John Lowe

Additional Memorials

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

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Priest for the apostolic vicariate of England. Martyr.

Born

c.1553 in London, England

Died

8 October 1586 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-john-lowe/


Saint Keyna

Also known as

Keyne, Ceinwan, Ceinwen

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Daughter of Saint Brychan of Brycheiniog. Fifth century anchoress in Cornwall, England where a church is dedicated to her. The town of Keynsham, Somerset, England may have been named for her.

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


Saint Laurentia

Also known as

Laurenzia, Lorenza

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Slave in Ancona, Italy. She brought her mistress, Saint Palatias, to Christianity. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

302 in Fermo, Italy

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


Saint Nestor of Thessalonica

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Young man martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian. There is a legend of him being involved in gladatorial matches as a way to prove something about his faith, but it's apparently a late addition.

Died

early 4th century Thessalonica

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nestor-of-thessalonica/


Saint Palatias

Also known as

Palazia, Palatia

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Lady of Ancona, Italy, Convert, brought to the faith by her slave, Saint Laurentia. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

302 in Fermo, Italy

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


Saint Peter of Seville

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Martyr. Venerated in Seville, Spain. Many legends and tall tales grew up around him to fill in the empty parts of his biography, but none are reliable.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-peter-of-seville/


Blessed Ragenfreda

Also known as

Ragenfrida

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Nun. With her own funds she built at convent at Denain, Hainault (in modern France) and served as its abbess.

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ragenfreda/


Blessed Robert Bickerdike

Additional Memorial

22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

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Layman in the apostolic vicariate of England during a period of official persecution. Martyr.

Born

Lowhale, Yorkshire, England

Died

23 July 1586 in York, North Yorkshire, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

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


Blessed Robert Dibdale

Addtional Memorial

• 4 May as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales
• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Priest for the apostolic vicariate of England. Martyr.

Born

c.1558 in Worcestershire, England

Died

8 October 1586 at Tyburn, London, England

Beatified

22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II

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


Saint Simeon Senex

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The man who, in Luke 2, picked up the Infant Jesus and gave the blessing known as the Nunc dimittis.

Readings

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

"Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel."

The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." – Luke 2:25-35, New American Bible

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-simeon-senex/


Saint Triduna

Also known as

Trallen, Tredwall, Triduana

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Eighth century consecrated virgin who worked with Saint Regulus in Scotland. Her shrine was a centre of devotion and pilgrimage until destroyed in 1560 during the Scottish Reformation.

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


Martyred in the Spanish Civil War

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 Ángel Roba Osorno
Blessed Anicet Falgueras Casellas
Blessed Antoni Badía Andale
Blessed Antoni Roig Alembau
Blessed Carles Brengaret Pujol
Blessed Casimir Riba Pi
Blessed Feliciano Ayúcar Eraso
Blessed Felipe Ruiz Peña
Blessed Félix Ayúcar Eraso
Blessed Fermín Latienda Azpilicueta
Blessed Ferran Suñer Estrach
Blessed Florentino Redondo Insausti
Blessed Fortunato Ruiz Peña
Blessed Gregorio Faci Molins
Blessed Isidro Serrano Fabón
Blessed Jaume Morella Bruguera
Blessed Jeroni Messegué Ribera
Blessed Jesús Menchón Franco
Blessed Joan Pelfort Planell
Blessed Joan Tubau Perelló
Blessed José María Ruano López
Blessed José Miguel Elola Arruti
Blessed Josep Ambrós Dejuán
Blessed Josep Blanch Roca
Blessed Josep Cesari Mercadal
Blessed Josep Mir Pons
Blessed Juan Núñez Casado
Blessed Julio García Galarza
Blessed Leocadio Rodríguez Nieto
Blessed Leoncio Pérez Gómez
Blessed Lucio Izquierdo López
Blessed Lucio Zudaire Armendía
Blessed Mariano Alonso Fuente
Blessed Néstor Vivar Valdivieso
Blessed Nicolás Pereda Revuelta
Blessed Nicolás Ran Goñi
Blessed Pedro Ciordia Hernández
Blessed Pere Sitges Puig
Blessed Ramon Mill Arán
Blessed Santiago Saiz Martínez
Blessed Santos Escudero Miguel
Blessed Segismundo Hidalgo Martínez
Blessed Serafín Zugaldía Lacruz
Blessed Trifón Lacunza Unzu
Blessed Victor Gutiérrez Gómez
Blessed Victoriano Gómez Gutiérrez
Blessed Victoriano Martínez Martín


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