Venerated in Franche-Comté, France, but his story has been lost over time.
relics enshrined at Saint-Amour in Burgundy, France
Priest in the archdiocese of Madrid, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.
Fifth-century bishop of Metz, France.
Bishop of Soissons, France in 540. Founded at monastery at Crépin, France. Exiled from his see, he worked as a gardener for seven years without revealing his identity, but was eventually found out and recalled.
Foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of Saint Joseph.
Oldest of seven children born to Juan Miguel Cipitria and María Jesús Barriola. The family were weavers, and Juana learned the craft as a child. At age 18 she left home to work as a maid to a family in Burgos, Spain. Juana early felt a call to religious life, and on 8 December 1871 she founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus to work for a Christian upbringing of children, and to improve the condition of woman in Salamanca, Spain. She took the name Mother Candida Maria de Jesus, and the Congregation received papal approval from Pope Leo XIII on 30 July 1901. Mother Candida based her spirituality on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
Fourth-century bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne, France
Hermit in the Abruzzi region of Italy.
Martyrs. Saint Zeno of Verona, also from North Africa, brought their relics to his diocese; some locals revised the story of the martyrdom to indicate that the two were Italian nobles, but this seems unlikely.
Born to a poor but devout family. Ordained on 1 June 1901 in Valladolid, Spain. Graduated as a doctor of theology from the Pontifical University of Valladolid, and then taught there. Priest at the metropolitan cathedral of Valladolid; many of his homilies have survived. Spiritual director and confessor to several religious congregations. Bishop and apostolic administrator of Barbastro, Spain on 26 January 1936. His five months as bishop were noted for his charity to the poor and sick. However, this was a period of hostility to the Church by the state. Bishop Florentino was put under house arrest, then imprisoned, then on 1 August 1936 was moved to solitary confinement. He was tortured and mutilated and finally murdered. One of the martyrs of the Spanish Civil War.
Born to Rosalia Huber and Franz Bachmeier, servants too poor to get married. His father died in World War I when the boy was less than ten years old; his mother then married local famer Heinrich Jägerstätter who adopted Franz. Franz had little formal education, but his adoptive father was serious about the boy being able to read so that he could educate himself. At age 20 he began three years of work in the iron ore industry. He led a rather wild and dissolute life in his early 20's, but by his late 20's had settled down to life as a peasant farmer, became serious about his faith, married, and became the father of three daughters. He worked as sacristan for his parish, arranging funeral and prayer services, attended Mass daily, and developed a special ministry to the bereaved.
He became known as a vocal critic of the Nazis; he was the only one in his village to vote against Austrian unification with Germany in 1938, when greeted with "Heil Hitler" would respond "Pfui Hitler", and basically had no social life in the town because of his beliefs. When drafted into the army of the Third Reich, Franz could not reconcile such service with his faith; after a brief period served behind the lines, he refused to report for further service, was arrested, imprisoned in Linz, Austria, and Berlin, Germay, given a military trial, and finally executed. He spent time in prison praying, supporting other prisoners, and writing a series of letters and essays.
I can say from my own experience how painful life often is when one lives as a halfway Christian; it is more like vegetating than living. - Blessed Franz in a letter to a god-child
Since the death of Christ, almost every century has seen the persecution of Christians; there have always been heroes and martyrs who gave their lives - often in horrible ways - for Christ and their faith. If we hope to reach our goal some day, then we, too, must became heroes of the faith. - Blessed Franz in a letter to a god-child
Everyone tells me, of course, that I should not do what I am doing because of the danger of death. I believe it is better to sacrifice one's life right away than to place oneself in the grave danger of committing sin and then dying. - Blessed Franz in a letter describing his moral dilemma over being drafted
Just as the man who thinks only of this world does everything possible to make life here easier and better, so must we, too, who believe in the eternal Kingdom, risk everything in order to receive a great reward there. Just as those who believe in National Socialism tell themselves that their struggle is for survival, so must we, too, convince ourselves that our struggle is for the eternal Kingdom. But with this difference: we need no rifles or pistols for our battle, but instead, spiritual weapons - and the foremost among these is prayer. Through prayer, we continually implore new grace from God, since without God's help and grace it would be impossible for us to preserve the Faith and be true to His commandments. Let us love our enemies, bless those who curse us, pray for Those who persecute us. For love will conquer and will endure for all eternity. And happy are they who live and die in God's love. - Blessed Franz, writing from prison
I can say with certainty that this simple man is the only saint I have ever met in my lifetime. - Father Jochmann, who ministered to Venerable Franz in prison
Related to Norman princes. Educated at Bologna, Italy. Physically small, he was noted by all for his leadership and organizational skills. Dominican friar, receiving the habit from Saint Dominic in 1219 while still in university. With twelve brother Dominicans, he founded a friary near Florence, Italy in 1220. The men in this house caused a great evangelical stirring in Florence, and they were given the monastery of Santa Maria Novella; under the Dominican's direction, it became a noted center for art and education.
God of truth, for the spread of the faith you made Blessed John a renowned preacher of your word. By the help of his prayers may we confess with our mouths unto salvation what we believe with our hearts unto justice. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. - General Calendar of the Order of Preachers
Redemptorist priest in the diocese of Cuenca, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.
Born to a poor working class family, one of eight children. Came to the United States when her parents emigrated in 1840, and she grew up in the Utica, New York area. Left school after the eight grade to work in a factory for nine years and help raise her younger siblings. Joined the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York in 1862, taking the name Sister Marianne, and making her vows in 1863. Teacher. Superior of a convent. Member of the council that governed her community. Supervisor of Saint Joseph's Hospital in 1870; it was the only hospital in Syracuse, and cared for the sick regardless of race or religion, a rarity in the day. Directress of novices. Provincial Superior of her community in 1877. In November 1883 she and six of her sister Franciscans went to Honolulu, Hawaii to care for lepers. Mother Marianne had planned to stay a few weeks, help establish the facilities, and then return to Syracuse; she spent 35 years there and only returned when her remains were moved in 2005 as part of her beatification preparations. They completely revamped the conditions of the patients, vastly improving their housing and care. In 1885 she founded a home for the daughters of patients who lived in the colony. In November 1888 she and two sisters founded a home and school for girls on Molokai. In 1895 she took over the boy's home that had been founded by Blessed Damien de Veuster. In her later years she was confined to a wheelchair due to chronic kidney disease.
I now turn to Marianne Cope, born in eighteen thirty-eight in Heppenheim, Germany. Only one year old when taken to the United States, in eighteen sixty-two she entered the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis at Syracuse, New York. Later, as Superior General of her congregation, Mother Marianne willingly embraced a call to care for the lepers of Hawaii after many others had refused. She personally went, with six of her fellow sisters, to manage a hospital on Oahu, later founding Malulani Hospital on Maui and opening a home for girls whose parents were lepers. Five years after that she accepted the invitation to open a home for women and girls on the island of Molokai itself, bravely going there herself and effectively ending her contact with the outside world. There she looked after Father Damien, already famous for his heroic work among the lepers, nursed him as he died and took over his work among male lepers. At a time when little could be done for those suffering from this terrible disease, Marianne Cope showed the highest love, courage and enthusiasm. She is a shining and energetic example of the best of the tradition of Catholic nursing sisters and of the spirit of her beloved Saint Francis. - Pope Benedict XVI's canonization homily for Saint Marianne
Priest. Member of the Sons of the Holy Family. Novice master and general counsel of Saint Jose Manyanet and the Sons. Teacher and spiritual advisor, noted for his ascetic lifestyle, personal piety, ability as a preacher and devotion to the Holy Family. Poet. Martyred in the anti-Catholic excesses of the Spanish Civil War.
Nothing reliable is known about his early life. Spiritual student of Saint Finnian of Clonnard. Priest. Founded a church and monastery at Achonry, Ireland. The monastery became a noted center for learning and piety. Spiritual teacher of Saint Fechin of Fobar. May have been a bishop, but records are scant and varied. Known for his personal sanctity, he spent a very long life spreading the faith.
The impression...which his works produced on the minds of his contemporaries has been handed down in the tribute which the successive writers that mention the name of Nathy never fail to pay to his extraordinary sanctity. Other Irish saints are noted for characteristic virtues: Columbkille, for love of churches; Finnian of Clonard, for zeal in teaching; Brendan for pious voyages; Columbanus and others, for missionary activity; but the patron of Achonry shines chiefly by preeminent sanctity. It is a great distinction. - Archdeacon Terence O'Rorke, writing on Saint Nathy
Seminarian. One of a group of Christians killed in the persecutions of Decius. Just before Numidicus died, Saint Cyprian of Carthage dragged him out of the fire and ordained him so that he died a priest.
Sixth century spiritual student of Saint Columba. Hermit. His reputation for holiness attracted would-be students who founded the city of Kilmore, Ireland around his cell. First bishop of Kilmore.
Nephew of Richard Bere, abbot of Glastonbury. Educated at the Glastonbury abbey school and then Oxford. He refused an arranged marriage, and studied law at the Chancery in London. He then abandoned the law and in 1523 became a Carthusian choir monk at the London Charterhouse. Imprisoned and martyred with several of his brothers for refusing to take the Oath of Supremacy acknowledging King Henry VIII as head of the Church.
Soldier. Converted to Christianity by the example of Saint Lawrence of Rome, by whom he was baptized. Church ostiarius in Rome, Italy. Martyr. Figured in early fiction about the martyrs.
Bishop of Marseilles, France.
Youngest of seven children in a Jewish family. Edith lost interest and faith in Judaism by age 13. Brilliant student and philospher with an interest in phenomenology. Studied at the University of Göttingen, Germany and in Breisgau, Germany. Earned her doctorate in philosophy in 1916 at age 25. Witnessing the strength of faith of Catholic friends led her to an interest in Catholicism, which led to studying a catechism on her own, which led to "reading herself into" the Faith. Converted to Catholicism in Cologne, Germany; baptized in Saint Martin's church, Bad Bergzabern, Germany on 1 January 1922.
Carmelite nun in 1934, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Teacher in the Dominican school in Speyer, Germany and lecturer at the Educational Institute in Munich, Germany. However, anti-Jewish pressure from the Nazis forced her to resign both positions. Profound spiritual writer.
Both Jewish and Catholic, she was smuggled out of Germany, and assigned to Echt, Netherlands in 1938. When the Nazis invaded the Netherlands, she and her sister Rose, also a convert to Catholicism, were captured and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz where they died in the ovens like so many others.
Whatever did not fit in with my plan did lie within the plan of God. I have an ever deeper and firmer belief that nothing is merely an accident when seen in the light of God, that my whole life down to the smallest details has been marked out for me in the plan of Divine Providence and has a completely coherent meaning in God's all-seeing eyes. And so I am beginning to rejoice in the light of glory wherein this meaning will be unveiled to me. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
God is there in these moments of rest and can give us in a single instant exactly what we need. Then the rest of the day can take its course, under the same effort and strain, perhaps, but in peace. And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the rasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God's hands and leave it with Him. Then you will be able to rest in Him - really rest - and start the next day as a new life. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Learn from Saint Thérèse to depend on God alone and serve Him with a wholly pure and detached heart. Then, like her, you will be able to say 'I do not regret that I have given myself up to Love'. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve You. Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me. I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will prospect will open before me, and I shall meet it with peace. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Seminarian at Rheims, France, and at Valladolid, Spain. Ordained in 1596. Returned to England to minister to covert Catholics in the north. Arrested almost immediately, but managed to escape. Arrested again, he was condemned for the crime of priesthood. Marytr.
Three Christians (Marcellian, Secundian and Verian) martyred together in the persecutions of Decius.
A group of ten Christians who were arrested, tortured and executed for defending an icon of Christ in defiance of orders from Emperor Leo the Isaurian.
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