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On May 1, we members of the Catholic Church family commemorate St. Joseph the Worker of Nazareth.

We also honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     Sts. Acius and Aceolus (French, deacon and subdeacon, martyred by beheading c. 303)

     St. Aldebrando of Sorrivoli (Italian, bishop of Fossombrone, died at about age 100 in 1219)

     St. Amator of Auxerre (French, bishop, d. 418)

     St. Andeolus of Smyrna (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], subdeacon, martyred by beheading in 208)

     Sts. Augustine Schöffler of Mittelbronn [Augustin] and John Louis Bonnard of Saint-Christo-en-Jarez [Jean-Louis] (French, missionary priests in Vietnam, both martyred by beheading at about age 28 in 1851 or 1852 [beatified 1900, canonized 1988])

     St. Bertha of Avenay (French, Benedictine  abbess, martyred c. 680)

     St. Brioc of Cardiganshire (Welsh, abbot in France, died at about age 90 c. 510)

     St. Ceallach of Killala (Irish, bishop, hermit, possibly martyred, 6th Century)

     St. Evermarus of Tongres (pilgrim, martyred in Belgium c. 700)

     St. Grata of Bergamo (Italian, duke's daughter, widow)

     St. Isidora (Egyptian, nun, hermitess, c. 365)

     St. Jeremiah (Israelite, Old Testament prophet, may have been stoned to death in Egypt at about age 55 c. 595 B.C.)

     St. Kevoca of Kyle (Scottish, virgin, 7th Century)

     St. Marculf of Bayeux (French, nobleman, missionary in France, hermit, abbot, d. 558)

     Sts. Orentius and Patientia of Loret (Spanish, married couple, martyred c. 240)

     St. Orentius of Auch (French, bishop for over 40 years, c. 439)

     Bl. Panacea of Quarona (Italian, five-year-old girl killed while praying [by stepmother] in 1383 [beatified 1867])

     St. Peregrine Laziosi of Forli [Pellegrino] (Italian, Servite  priest, penitent and tireless worker [never sitting for 30 years], cured of cancer, died at about age 79 in 1345 [beatified 1702, canonized 1726] [incorruptible])

     St. Richard Pampuri of Trivolzio [Riccardo] [baptized Erminio Filippo] (Italian, orphan, Franciscan  tertiary, World War I sergeant, medical doctor dedicated to the poor, member of Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, died at age 32 in 1930 [beatified 1981, canonized 1989])

     King St. Sigismund of Burgundy (French, monarch, repentant murderer of his son, martyred in 523)

     St. Theodard of Narbonne (French, Benedictine  monk, archbishop, d. 893)

     St. Thorette (sheperdess, hermitess)

[In 1955, Pope Pius XII inaugurated the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1 to counterbalance the May Day celebrations of the Communists. Here is a prayer for the intercession of Saint Joseph, patron saint of workers:]

 

     O glorious patriarch, Saint Joseph, humble and just craftsman of Nazareth, you gave to all Christians an example of a perfect life of assiduous work and of admirable unity with Mary and Jesus. Help us in our daily work so that we might find in it an effective means of glorifying our Lord, of sanctifying ourselves and of being useful to the society in which we live. Obtain for us from our Lord, o beloved protector, humility and simplicity of heart, attachment to work, benevolence towards those who work with us, compliance with the divine will in the difficulties of this life and joy in bearing them, consciousness of our specific social mission and the sense of our social responsibility, a spirit of discipline and prayer, docility and respect for our superiors, fraternity towards our equals, support in times of stress, charity and indulgence for our dependents. Help us to follow your example and to keep our sight fixed on Mary, our Mother, your gentle wife, who wove silently in a corner of your humble shop, smiling sweetly. May we never avert our eyes from Jesus, who worked with you at your carpenter's bench, so that we may in like manner lead peaceful and holy lives on earth, the prelude to the eternally happy one which awaits us in heaven for ever more. Amen.

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On May 2, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     St. Athanasius of Alexandria (Egyptian, bishop, foremost opponent of Arian heresy, repeatedly exiled, Doctor of the Church, died at about age 77 in 373)


     St. Bertinus the Younger
of Sithin (French, Benedictine  monk, c. 699)

     Bl. Conrad of Seldenbüren (Swiss, Benedictine  brother, martyred in 1126)

     Sts. Exsuperius, Zoë, Cyriacus, and Theodulus, of Attalia (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], family of slaves [father, mother, sons], tortured and martyred by roasting c. 140)

     St. Felix of Seville (Spanish, deacon, early martyr)

     St. Gennys (British)

     St. Germanus of Normandy (Irish?, missionary, bishop in France, martyred c. 460)

     St. Gluvias of Cornwall (Welsh, monk, 6th Century)

     St. Joseph Nguyen Van Luu of Cai-nhum (Vietnamese, catechist, tortured and martryed at about age 64 in 1854 [beatified 1900, canonized 1988])

     St. Joseph Mary Rubio y Peralta of Dalias [Jose Maria] (Spanish, Jesuit  priest, died at age 64 in 1929 [beatified 1985, canonized 2003])

     Bl. Mafalda of Arouca (Portuguese, Cistercian  nun, died at about age 73 in 1257 [beatified 1792] [incorruptible])

     St. Neachtain (Irish, relative of St. Patrick, 5th Century)

     Sts. Saturninus, Neopolus, Germanus, and Celestine (martyred in 304)

     St. Ultan of Péronne (Irish, Benedictine  abbot in France and Belgium, c. 686)

     St. Valentine of Genoa (Italian, bishop, c. 307)

     Sts. Vindemialis, Eugene, and Longinus (African, bishops, tortured and martyred by Arian heretics c. 485)

     St. Waldebert of Luxeuil (French, knight, Benedictine  abbot for forty years, c. 668)

     St. Wiborada of Saint Gall (Swiss, noblewoman, Benedictine  nun, bookbinder, prophetess, martyred [axed] in 926 [canonized 1047 - first woman formally canonized by a pope])

     Bl. William Strzelecki of Poniemon [Boleslaw] (Polish, diocesan priest, martyred by Nazis at Auschwitz [Poland] at age 44 in 1941 [beatified 1999])

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On May 3, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     Sts. Philip and James the Less (Israelite, apostles of Jesus ... one a missionary bishop, the other bishop of Jerusalem and author of New Testament epistle ... martyred [one crucified in Phrygia (Turkey), one stoned and beaten in Israel] in 1st Century)


     St. Adalsindis
of Beze (French, abbess, c. 680)

     Sts. Alexander and Antonina of Constantinople (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], soldier and virgin, tortured and martyred by burning in 313)

     Pope St. Alexander I and Sts. Eventius and Theodulus (Roman?, pontiff [elected to papacy in 105] and priests, martyred c. 115)

     Bl. Alexander of Foigny (Scottish, Cistercian  brother in France, died at about age 49 in 1229)

     Bl. Alexander Vincioli of Perugia [Alessandro] (Italian, Franciscan  friar, pope's confessor, bishop of Nocera, d. 1363)

     Sts. Diodorus and Rhodopianus of Caria (from Asia Minor, deacons, martyred in 4th Century)

     Bl. Edward Joseph Rosaz of Susa [Edoardo Giuseppe] (Italian, bishop, founded Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of Susa, died at age 73 in 1903 [beatified 1991])

     St. Ethelwin of Lindsey (British, monk, bishop, 8th Century)

     St. Gluvias of Cornwall (Welsh, monk)

     St. Juvenal of Narni (Italian, bishop, d. 369)

     St. Philip of Zell (German, Benedictine  hermit, c. 770)

     St. Scannal (Irish, missionary, c. 563)

     St. Stanislaus Soltys of Kazimierza [Stanislaw ... Kazimierczyk] (Polish, priest, Canon Regular of the Lateran of Corpus Christi, died at about age 55 in 1489 [beatified 1992, canonized 2010])

     Bl. Thomas Acerbis of Olera [Tommaso] (Italian, Capuchin Franciscan  brother in Austria, advisor to Austrian and Bavarian nobility, died at age 67 in 1631 [beatified 2013])

     Sts. Timothy and Maura of Antinoë (Egyptian, newlyweds, lector/copyist and wife, tortured and martyred [nailed to a wall (mock crucifixion) for nine days] in 298)

     Bl. Ventura Spellucci of Spello (Italian, Benedictine  abbot, 12th Century)

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On May 4, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     St. Anthony du Rocher (Italian, Benedictine  abbot in France, 6th Century)

     Sts. Augustine Webster of Axholme, John Houghton of Essex, Robert Lawrence of Beauvale, and Richard Reynolds of Devonshire (English, three Carthusian  priors and a Brigittine  priest, tortured and martyred [drawn, hanged, quartered] under Henry VIII in 1535 [beatified 1886, canonized 1970]) [Houghton died at about age 47.]

     Bl. Catherine of Parc-aux-Dames [baptized Rachel] (French, convert from Judaism at age 12, Cistercian  nun, 13th Century)

     St. Conleth of Kildare (Irish, metalworker, illuminator, bishop, c. 519) [On Irish "particular calendar"]

     St. Curcodomus of Auxerre (Roman, deacon in France, 3rd Century)

     Blessed English Martyrs [also known as "Bl. George Haydock and companions"] (English [80], Scottish [1], Welsh [3], Irish [1] ... 85 men [63 priests (5 Franciscan, 2 Jesuit, 1 Dominican, 55 diocesan) and 22 laymen] ... martyred [some hanged, many drawn, hanged, and quartered] between 1584 and 1679 [beatified 1987]) [On English "particular calendar"] [Each of the following is commemorated individually or as part of a small group on another day during the year.]

[Click here to see the martyrs' names and other facts about them.]

     King St. Ethelred of Bardney (British, monarch who abdicated, Benedictine  abbot, d. 716)

     St. Florian of Rome (Italian, military officer in Austria, tortured and martyred by drowning in 304)

     St. Godehard of Reichersdorf (Bavarian, bishop of Hildesheim, died at about age 77 in 1038 [canonized 1131])

     Bl. Gregory Celli of Verucchio [Gregorio] (Italian, Augustinian  monk, then Franciscan  friar, d. 1343 [beatified 1769])

     St. Hilsindis of Lorraine (French, widow, Benedictine  abbess, d. 1028)

     St. Judas Cyriacus of Ancona (bishop, martyred in Jerusalem c. 133)

     St. Kunigunde of Niedermunster (German, Benedictine  nun, d. 1052)

     Bl. Mary Leona Paradis of L'Acadie [Marie-Léonie] [baptized Alodie-Virginie (but usually spelled Elodie)] (Canadian [Québécois], virgin, religious sister of the Holy Cross, founded Little Sisters of the Holy Family, died at age 71 in 1912 [beatified 1984]) [On Canadian "particular calendar"]

     Bl. Michael Gedroye of Vilnius (Lithuanian, crippled dwarf, prophet, miracle worker, d. 1485)

     St. Nepotian of Altino (Italian, priest, d. 395)

     St. Paulinus of Sinigaglia (Italian, bishop, d. 826)

     St. Paulinus of Cologne (German, early martyr)

     St. Pelagia of Tarsus (Cilician [from part of what is now Turkey], virgin, martyred [roasted in a bronze bull] c. 300)

     St. Porphyrius of Camerino (Italian, priest or physician, martyred by beheading in 250)

     St. Sacerdos of Perigord (French, Benedictine  abbot, bishop of Limoges, died at about age 50 c. 720)

     St. Silvanus of Gaza and 40 companions (Egyptian and Palestinian, bishop and flock, martyred by beheading c. 311)

     St. Venerius of Milan (Italian, bishop, d. 409)

 

 

     Blessed English Martyrs -- CONTINUED

[also known as "Bl. George Haydock and companions"] (English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish ... 85 men [63 priests (5 Franciscan, 2 Jesuit, 1 Dominican, 55 diocesan) and 22 laymen] ... martyred [some hanged, many drawn, hanged, and quartered] between 1584 and 1679 [beatified 1987]) [Each of the following is commemorated individually or as part of a small group on another day during the year.]

-- [Religious order priests:]
----- Bl. Arthur
Bell of Temple Broughton (English, Franciscan, died at age 53 in 1643)
----- Bl. Thomas
Bullaker of Chichester (English, Franciscan, died at about age 40 in 1642)
----- Bl. Roger
Filcock of Sandwich (English, Jesuit, died at about age 30 in 1600)
----- Bl. Henry
Heath of Peterborough (English, Franciscan, died at about age 44 in 1643)
----- Bl. Charles
Meehan (Irish, Franciscan, shipwrecked on Welsh coast, died at about age 39 in 1679)
----- Bl. Robert
Middleton of Yorkshire (English, Jesuit, died at about age 31 in 1601)
----- Bl. Robert
Nutter of Burnley Lanes (English, Dominican, d. 1600)
----- Bl. John
Woodcock of Leyland (English, Franciscan, died at age 43 in 1646)
-- [Diocesan priests:]
----- Bl. John
Adams of Martinstavn (English, died at about age 43 in 1586)
----- Bl. Thomas
Atkinson of East Riding (English, d. 1616)
----- Bl. Edward
Bamber of The Moor (English, died at age 46 in 1646)
----- Bl. George
Beesley of Goosnarck Hill (English, died at about age 28 in 1591)
----- Bl. Edward
Burden of Durham (English, died at about age 48 in 1588)
----- Bl. Roger
Cadwallador of Stretton Sugwas [alias Rogers] (English, died at about age 44 in 1610)
----- Bl. Alexander
Crow of South Douffield (English, died at age 36)
----- Bl. William
Davies of Caernavonshire (Welsh, d. 1593)
----- Bl. Robert
Dibdale of Worcestershire (English, died at about age 28 in 1586)
----- Bl. George
Douglas (Scottish, d. 1587)
----- Bl. Robert
Drury of Egerley (English, died at about age 39 in 1607)
----- Bl. Edmund
Duke of Kent (English, d. 1590)
----- Bl. John
Fingley of Barnley [alias Finglow] (English, d. 1586)
----- Bl. Matthew
Flathers of Weston (English, died at about age 48 in 1608)
----- Bl. Nicholas
Garlick (English, died at about age 33 in 1588)
----- Bl. John
Hambley of Oxford (English, died at about age 27 in 1587)
----- Bl. George
Haydock of Cottam Hall (English, died at about age 27 in 1584)
----- Bl. Richard
Hill of Yorkshire (English, d. 1590)
----- Bl. John
Hogg of Ugthorphe (English, d. 1590)
----- Bl. Richard
Holiday of Yorkshire (English, d. 1590)
----- Bl. Thomas
Hunt of Norfolk [alias Benstead] (English, died at about age 26 in 1600)
----- Bl. Thurstan
Hunt of Carlton Hall (English, died at about age 46 in 1601)
----- Bl. Francis
Ingleby (English, d. 1586)
----- Bl. Joseph
Lambton of Yorkshire (English, died at about age 24 in 1592)
----- Bl. John
Lowe of London (English, died at about age 33 in 1586)
----- Bl. Robert
Ludlam of Radborne (English, died at about age 37 in 1588)
----- Bl. George
Nichols of Oxford (English, died at about age 39 in 1589)
----- Bl. Edward
Osbaldeston of Lancashire (English, d. 1594)
----- Bl. Anthony
Page of Harrow (English, died at about age 28 in 1593)
----- Bl. Thomas
Palaser of Elerton [also known as Palasor and Pallicer] (English, died at about age 30 in 1600)
----- Bl. Thomas
Pilcher of Battle [also known as Pilchard] (English, died at about age 30 in 1587)
----- Bl. Thomas
Pormont (English, died at about age 22 [seminarian?] in 1592)
----- Bl. Nicholas
Postgate of Egton (English, died at about age 79 in 1679)
----- Bl. Christopher
Robinson of Woodside (English, d. 1598)
----- Bl. Stephen
Rowsham of Oxfordshire (English, died at about age 35 in 1587)
----- Bl. John
Sandys of Chester (English, d. 1586)
----- Bl. Montford
Scott of Suffolk (English, died at about age 41 in 1591)
----- Bl. Richard
Sergeant of Gloucester [alias Lee or Long] (English, d. 1586)
----- Bl. Richard
Simpson of Wells (English, died at about age 35 in 1588)
----- Bl. Peter
Snow of Ripon (English, d. 1598)
----- Bl. William
Southerne of Ketton (English, died at about age 39 in 1618)
----- Bl. William
Spenser of Gisburn (English, died at about age 34 in 1589)
----- Bl. Thomas
Sprott of Skelsmergh (English, died at about age 29 in 1600)
----- Bl. John
Sugar of Wambourne (English, died at about age 46 in 1604)
----- Bl. Robert
Sutton of Burton (English, died at about age 43 in 1588)
----- Bl. Edmund
Sykes of Leeds (English, d. 1587)
----- Bl. Hugh
Taylor of Durham (English, died at about age 25 in 1585)
----- Bl. William
Thomson of Blackburn (English, died at about age 26 in 1586)
----- Bl. Robert
Thorpe of Yorkshire (English, d. 1591)
----- Bl. John
Thules of Upholland (English, died at about age 48 in 1616)
----- Bl. Edward
Thwing of Hurst (English, died at about age 35 in 1600)
----- Bl. Christopher
Wharton of Middleton (English, died at age 60 in 1600)
----- Bl. Nicholas
Wheeler of Leominster [alias Woodfen] (English, died at about age 36 in 1586)
----- Bl. Thomas
Whitaker of Burnley (English, died at about age 35 in 1646)
----- Bl. Richard
Yaxley of Boston (English, died at about age 19 [seminarian?] in 1589)
-- [Laymen:]
----- Bl. Thomas
Belson of Brill (English, died at about age 24 in 1589)
----- Bl. Robert
Bickerdike of Lowhale (English, d. 1586)
----- Bl. Alexander
Blake (English, d. 1590)
----- Bl. Marmaduke
Bowes of Angram (English, d. 1585)
----- Bl. John
Bretton of Bretton (English, died at about age 69 in 1598)
----- Bl. William
Carter (English, d. 1584)
----- Bl. George
Errington of Herst (English, died at about age 42 in 1596)
----- Bl. Richard
Flower of Anglesey (Welsh, d. 1588)
----- Bl. William
Gibson of Ripon (English, d. 1596)
----- Bl. Ralph
Grimston of Yorkshire (English, d. 1598)
----- Bl. Robert
Grissold of Rowington (English, d. 1604)
----- Bl. Robert
Hardesty (English, d. 1589)
----- Bl. Nicholas
Horner of Grantley (English, d. 1590)
----- Bl. William
Knight of South Douffield (English, died at about age 24 in 1596)
----- Bl. William
Lampley (English, d. 1588)
----- Bl. John
Norton of Yorkshire (English, d. 1600)
----- Bl. William
Pike of Dorsetshire (English, d. 1591)
----- Bl. Humphrey
Pritchard of Galles [alias Humphrey Richard] (Welsh, d. 1589)
----- Bl. John
Talbot of Thornton-le-Street (English, d. 1600)
----- Bl. Thomas
Watkinson of Yorkshire (English, d. 1591)
----- Bl. Henry
Webley of Gloucester (English, died at about age 30 in 1588)
----- Bl. Roger
Wrenno of Chorley [alias Roger Warren] (English, died at about age 40 in 1616)
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On May 5, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     St. Angel of Jerusalem (Palestinian, Jewish, Carmelite  hermit, martyred by stabbing in Sicily at about age 75 in 1220)

     St. Asaph of Llanelwy (Welsh, bishop of Kentigern, c. 600) [On Welsh "particular calendar"]

     St. Avertinus of Vinzai (English, deacon, companion of St. Thomas Becket in France, d. 1189)

     St. Brito of Trier (German, bishop, opponent of Priscillian heresy, d. 386)

     Bl. Catherine Cittadini of Bergamo [Caterina] [nee Lanzani] (Italian, orphan, married laywoman, schoolteacher, founded Ursuline Sisters of Somasca, died at age 55 in 1857 [beatified 2001])

     St. Crescentiana (martyred in 5th Century)

     St. Diuma of Mercia (Scottish, bishop in England, 7th Century)

     St. Echa of Crayk (British, Benedictine  priest, hermit, d. 767)

     Bl. Edmund Ignatius Rice of Callan (Irish, farmer, widower, founder of the Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers, died at age 82 in 1844 [beatified 1996]) [On Irish "particular calendar"]

     St. Eulogius of Edessa (Greek, bishop, opponent of Arian heresy, c. 382)

     St. Euthymius of Alexandria (Egyptian, deacon, early martyr)

     St. Geruntius of Milan (Italian, bishop, c. 470)

     Bl. Gregory Frackowiak of Lowenice [Grzegorz] [baptized Boleslaw (William)] (Polish, Divine Word Missionaries  priest, martyred by Nazis [guillotined] at Dresden [Germany] at age 31 in 1943 [beatified 1999])

     St. Hilary of Lorraine (French, monk, archbishop of Arles, died at about age 49 in 449)

     St. Hydroc (British? hermit, 5th Century)

     Sts. Irenaeus, Peregrinus, and Irene, of Thessalonica (Greek, martyred by burning c. 300)

     Bl. John Haile of Isleworth (English, parish priest, martyred [drawn, hanged, quartered] under Henry VIII in 1535)

     St. Jovinian of Auxerre (French, missionary, bishop, martyred c. 300)

     St. Judith of Kulmsee [Jutta] (German, noblewoman, mother, widow of crusader, hermit, d. 1260)

     St. Maurontius of Douai (French, nobleman, Benedictine  abbot, died at about age 66 c. 701)

     St. Maximus of Jerusalem (Palestinian?, bishop, c. 350)

     St. Nectarius of Vienne [also known as Nicetus] (French, bishop, c. 445)

     Bl. Nunzio Sulprizio of Pescara (Italian, apprentice blacksmith, virgin, died at age 19 in 1836 [beatified 1963])

     St. Sacerdos of Saguntum (Spanish, bishop, c. 450)

     St. Silvanus of Rome (Italian, early martyr)

     St. Theodore of Bologna (Italian, bishop, c. 550)

     St. Waldrada of Metz (French, abbess, c. 620)

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On May 6, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     Bl. Ann Rose Custo of Genoa [Anna Rosa] [baptized Rosa Maria Benedetta (Rosemary Benedicta)] [nee Gattorno] (Italian, mother of three, widow after six years of marriage, Franciscan  tertiary, co-founded the Institute of the Daughters of Saint Anne, Mother of Mary Immaculate, died at age 68 in 1900 [beatified 2000])

     Bl. Anthony Middleton of Middleton Tyas and Bl. Edward Jones of St. Asaph (English and Welsh, priests, martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] under Elizabeth I in 1590 [beatified 1929])

     St. Benedicta of Rome (Italian, nun, 6th Century)

     Bl. Bonizella Piccolomini of Siena (Italian, widow, served the poor, d. 1300)

     Bl. Casimir Gostynski of Warsaw [Kazimierz] and Bl. Henry Kaczorowski of Bierzwienna [Henryk] (Polish, diocesan priest and seminary rector [also a priest], martyred by Nazis at Dachau [Germany] at ages 58 and 53 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     St. Colman Mac Ui Cluasigh of Cork (Irish, professor, 7th Century)

     St. Edbert of Lindisfarne (British, Benedictine  monk, bishop, d. 698)

     St. Evodius of Antioch (Israelite, disciple of Jesus, bishop in Syria [succeeding St. Peter], martyred c. 69)

     Bl. Francis de Montmorency Laval of Montigny-sur-Avre [François] (French, missionary priest in Vietnam, hermit in France, bishop in Canada, died at age 85 in 1708 [beatified 1980])

     Sts. Heliodorus, Venustus, and 75 companions (African and Italian, martyred in 3rd Century)

     St. Justus of Vienne (French, bishop)

     St. Lucius of Cyrene (Syrian, teacher, bishop in North Africa, 1st Century)

     Bl. Mary Catherine of St. Rose Troiani of Giuliano di Roma [Maria Caterina di Santa Rosa] [baptized Costanza Domenica Antonia (Constance ...)] (Italian, virgin, founded Institute of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died in Egypt at age 74 in 1887 [beatified 1985])

     St. Petronax of Monte Cassino (Italian, Benedictine  abbot, died at about age 77 c. 747)

     St. Protogenes of Carrhae (Syrian, bishop, 4th Century)

     Bl. Prudence Castori of Como [Prudenzia] (Italian, Augustinian  abbess, d. 1492)

     St. Theodotus of Cyrenia (Cypriot, bishop, c. 325)

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On May 7, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     St. Augustine Roscelli of Casarza Ligure [Agostino] (Italian, shepherd, diocesan priest, chaplain of orphanage and prison, founded Congregation of Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Genoa, died at age 83 in 1902 [beatified 1995, canonized 2001])

     Bl. Albert of Bergamo [Alberto] (Italian, peasant farmer, widower, Dominican  tertiary, miracle worker, died at about age 64 in 1279 [beatified 1748]) [commemorated by some on the 11th]

     St. Domitian of Huy (French, bishop of Maestricht, fervent opponent of heresies, d. 560)

     Sts. Flavia Domitilla, Euphrosyna, and Theodora, of Rome (Italian, grandniece of emperors and her foster sisters, virgins, martyred in 2nd Century) [commemorated by some on the 12th]

     Sts. Flavius, Augustus, and Augustine, of Nicomedia (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], bishop and two brothers, martyred c. 300)

     Bl. Frederick of Hirschau [Friedrich] (German, Benedictine  abbot in Switzerland, c. 1070)

     Bl. Gisella of Passau (German, wife of King St. Stephen of Hungary, widow, died at about age 80 c. 1065)

     St. John of Harpham (British, Benedictine  monk, bishop of Hexham, archbishop of York, d. 721 [canonized 1037])

     St. Juvenal of Beneventum (Italian, martyred c. 132)

     St. Liudhard of Canterbury (French, died in England c. 600)

     St. Michael Ulumbijski (Georgian, 6th Century)

     Bl. Notkar Balbulus of Elgg (Swiss, Benedictine  priest, poet, musician, teacher, historian, died at about age 72 in 912 [beatified 1512])

     Bl. Peter Francis Jamet of Fresnes [Pierre-François] (French, priest, superior of Institute of the Sisters of the Good Savior, died at age 67 in 1845 [beatified 1987])

     St. Peter of Pavia (Italian, bishop, c. 735)

     St. Placid of Autun (French, Benedictine  abbot, c. 675)

     St. Quadratus of Herbipolis (from Asia Minor, martyred c. 257)

     St. Rose Venerini of Viterbo [Rosa] (Italian, virgin, teacher, founded sodality of women [later known as Venerini Sisters], died at age 72 in 1728 [beatified 1952, canonized 2006])

     Sts. Serenicus and Serenus of Spoleto (Italian, Benedictine  abbot and hermit, c. 669)

     St. Villano of Gubbio (Italian, Benedictine  monk, bishop, d. 1237)

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On May 8, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     St. Acacius of Byzantium (Cappadocian [from part of what is now Turkey], centurion, tortured and martyred by beheading c. 303)

     Bl. Amato Ronconi of Rimini (Italian, Benedictine  brother, d. 1292 [beatified 1776])

     Bl. Angel of Masaccio [Angelo] (Italian, Camaldolese  monk, martyred by heretics in 1458 [beatified 1842])

     Bl. Antoninus Bajewski of Vilnius [Antonin] [baptized Jan Eugeniusz (John Eugene)] (Polish born in Lithuania, Franciscan  priest, martyred by Nazis at Auschwitz [Poland] at age 26 in 1941 [beatified 1999])

     Pope St. Benedict II of Rome (Italian, priest, elected to papacy in 684, reigned until death in 685)

     Pope St. Boniface IV of Valeria (Italian, Benedictine  monk, elected to papacy in 608, reigned until death at about age 65 in 615)

     St. Desideratus of Bourges (French, bishop, 6th Century)

     St. Dionysius of Vienne (Italian?, missionary and bishop in France, c. 194)

     St. Gibrian of Brittany (Irish, hermit in France, brother of eight saints, c. 515)

     St. Helladius of Auxerre (French, bishop d. 387)

     Bl. Ida of Nivelles (French, widow, Benedictine  nun, d. 652)

     Bl. Jeremiah Kostistik of Valachia [Geremia] [baptized Ioan (John)] (Romanian, Capuchin  friar in Italy, died at age 68 in 1625 [beatified 1983])

     St. Madeleine Gabrielle of Verona [also known as Madeleine of Canossa] [Maddalena Gabriella] (Italian, noblewoman, founded the Daughters of Charity [Canossians], died at age 61 in 1835 [beatified 1941, canonized 1988])

     Bl. Mary Catherine of St. Augustine de Longpré of Saint-Saveur-le-Vicomte [Marie-Catherine de Saint-Augustin] (French, member of Religious of the Hospitallers of Mercy of St. Augustine, died in Canada at age 36 in 1668 [beatified 1989]) [On Canadian "particular calendar"]

     St. Odrian of Waterford (Irish, early bishop)

     St. Peter of Saint-Maurice [also known as Peter of Tarentaise] [Pierre] (French, Cistercian  abbot, archbishop of Tarentaise, died at about age 71 in 1174 [canonized 1191])

     Bl. Ulrike Nisch of Mittelbiberach-Oberdorf [baptized Franziska (Frances)] (German, virgin, religious of Sisters of Charity of the Holy Cross of Ingenbohl, died at age 31 in 1913 [beatified 1987])

     St. Victor the Moor (Mauretanian, soldier in Rome, tortured and martyred by beheading c. 303)

     Sts. Wiro, Plechelm, and Otger, of Northumbria (British, Benedictine  monks, missionaries in Netherlands, martyred c. 753)

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On May 9, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     St. Beatus of Beatenberg (Swiss, hermit)

     St. Brynoth of Scara (Sweden, bishop for 38 years, d. 1317 [canonized 1498])

     St. Gerontius of Cervia (Italian, bishop, martyred c. 501)

     St. Gofor of Llanover (Welsh)

     St. Gregory of Ostia [Gregorio] (Italian, Benedictine  monk, cardinal bishop, papal legate, died in Spain c. 1044)

     St. Hermas of Rome (Italian, bishop of Philippi in Greece, mentioned by St. Paul [Romans 16], martyred in 1st Century)

     St. Isaiah ben Amoz [also called Isaias] (Judean, Old Testament prophet, c. 681 B.C.)

     St. John of Chalon-sur-Saône (French, bishop, c. 475)

     Bl. Nicholas Albergati of Bologna [Niccola] (Italian, Carthusian  monk, cardinal archbishop, died at about age 73 in 1448 [beatified 1744]) [commemorated by his order on October 13]

     St. Pachomius of Tabenna (Egyptian, soldier, desert hermit, abbot, wrote earliest known communal rule for monks [at least 3,000 in nine monasteries], had true gift of tongues, opposed Arian heresy, died at about age 57 c. 348) [commemorated by some on the 15th]

     St. Sanctan of Kill-da-Les (British, bishop in Ireland, 6th Century)

     Bl. Teresa of Jesus Gerhardinger of Regensburg [Theresia] [baptized Karoline (Caroline)] (German, founded School Sisters of Notre Dame, died at age 81 in 1879 [beatified 1985])

     Bl. Thomas Pickering of Westmoreland (English, Benedictine  brother, martyred by hanging under Charles II in 1679 [beatified 1929])

     St. Tudy of Landevennec (French, hermit, missionary, 5th or 6th Century)

     St. Vincent of Montes (Spanish, Benedictine  abbot, bishop, c. 950)

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On May 10, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     St. Damien de Veuster of Tremelo [Damiaan] [baptized Jozef (Joseph)] ["The Leper Priest," "Fr. Damien of Molokai"] (Belgian, priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, missionary in Hawaiian islands, served abandoned lepers of Molokai for final 12 years, died of leprosy at age 49 in 1885 [beatified 1995, canonized 2009]) [On U.S. “particular calendar”]


     Sts. Alphius, Cyrinus, and Philadelphus (Sicilian, three biological brothers, martyred in 251)

     St. Antoninus Pierozzi of Florence [Antonino] (Italian, Dominican  vicar general, archbishop, died at age 70 in 1459 [canonized 1523])

     St. Aurelian of Limoges (French, bishop, before 4th Century)

     Bl. Beatrice d'Este (Italian, noblewoman, Benedictine  nun, died before age 27 in 1226 [beatified 1763])

     Sts. Calepodius, Palmatius, Simplicius, Felix, Blanda, and companions, of Rome (Italian ... priest, aristocrat, senator, husband, wife, and more than 100 others ... martyred by drowning in 222)

     St. Cataldus of Munster (Irish, headmaster, bishop of Taranto in Italy, 7th Century)

     St. Comgall of Ulster [also known as Comgall of Bangor] (Ireland, soldier, hermit, abbot, died at about age 91 in 603 [canonized 1903]) [On Irish "particular calendar"]

     St. Dioscorides of Smyrna (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], early martyr)

     Sts. Gordian and Epimachus (Egyptian, martyred c. 362 and c. 250 [relics buried together])

     Bl. Henry Rebuschini of Gravedona [Enrico] (Italian, accountant, priest, superior of Camillian Servants of the Sick,  died at age 78 in 1938 [beatified 1998])

     Bl. Ivan Merz of Banja Luka (Bosnian, layman, philosopher, member of Catholic Action, died in Croatia at age 31 in 1928 [beatified 2003])

     St. Job (Israelite, patriarch [though some consider him a fictional character], c. 1500 B.C.)

     St. John of Almodovar del Campo [also known as John of Avila] [Juan] (Spanish, lawyer, priest, travelling preacher, Doctor of the Church ... spiritual director of  Sts. Teresa of Avila, Francis Borgia, John of God, and Louis of Granada ... died at age 70 in 1569 [beatified 1894, canonized 1970])

     Sts. Quartus and Quintus of Capua (Italian, early martyrs)

     St. Solangia of Bourges (French, shepherdess, martyred [stabbed] defending her virginity c. 880)

     St. William of Pontoise (English, hermit in France, d. 1192)

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On May 11, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     Bl. Aloysius Rabata of Randazzo [Aluigi] (Sicilian, Carmelite  friar, died at about age 60 in 1490 [beatified 1841])

     St. Anastasius and companions (Italian, military officer and household, martyred by beheading in 251)

     St. Anastasius of Lérida (Spanish, early martyr)

     St. Ansfrid of Brabant (Dutch, knight, archbishop of Utrecht, Benedictine  monk in Germany, d. 1010)

     St. Anthimus of Rome (Italian, priest, martyred by beheading in 303)

     Bl. Basil Hopko of Hrabske [Vasiľ] (Slovak, Byzantine Catholic peasant, auxiliary bishop of Presov, imprisoned/tortured/poisoned by Communists, died at age 72 in 1976 [beatified 2003])

     Bl. Benincasa of Florence (Italian, Servite  hermit, died at about age 50 in 1426 [beatified 1829])

 

     Bl. Ceferino Namuncurá of Chimpay (Argentinean, seminarian in Italy, died [tuberculosis] at age 18 in 1905 [beatified 2007])

     St. Credan of Cornwall (British, hogherd)

     St. Evellius of Pisa (Italian, counselor to Nero, martyred c. 66)

     St. Francis of Jerome of Grottaglie [Francesco di Girolamo] (Italian, parish priest, later a Jesuit, rural missionary, died at age 73 in 1716 [beatified 1806, canonized 1839])

     St. Fremund of Dunstable (British, hermit, martyred in 866)

     St. Gangulphus of Burgundy (French, knight, hermit, martyred by spear in 760)

     St. Ignatius of Laconi [Ignazio] (Sardinian [Italian], poor farmer, Capuchin  brother, weaver, beggar for forty years, died at age 79 in 1781 [beatified 1940, canonized 1951])

     St. Illuminato of San Severino (Italian, Benedictine  monk, c. 1000)

     St. Illuminato of Assisi (Italian, disciple of St. Francis, c. 1230)

     Bl. James Walworth and Bl. John Rochester of Terling (English, Carthusian  monks, martyred [hanged in chains] under Henry VIII in 1537 [beatified 1886])

     Bl. Julian Cesarello of Valle (Istrian [Croatian], Franciscan, c. 1349 [beatified 1910])

     St. Lua of Killaloe (Irish, nobleman, abbot, 7th Century)

     St. Majolus of Avignon (French, Benedictine  abbot, died at about age 88 in 994)

     St. Mamertus of Vienne (French, bishop, d. 475)

     St. Matthew Le Van Gam of Tonkin (Vietnamese, boatman, tortured and martyred by beheading at about age 34 in 1847 [beatified 1900, canonized 1988])

     Sts. Maximus, Bassus, and Fabius, of Rome (Italian, martyred in 304)

     St. Possessor of Verdun (French, magistrate, bishop, c. 485)

     St. Principia of Rome (Italian, virgin, c. 420)

     Sts. Sisinius, Diocletius, and Florentius, of Osimo (Italian, martyred by stoning in 304)

     Bl. Vivaldo (Italian, Franciscan  tertiary, d. 1300 [beatified 1909])

     St. Walbert of Hainault (Belgian, count, c. 678)

     St. Walter of l'Esterp [Gautier] (French, Augustinian  abbot for 38 years, d. 1070)

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On May 12, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     Sts. Nereus and Achilleus of Rome (Italian, soldiers, martyred by beheading c. 100)

     St. Pancras (Syrian?, orphan, martyred at age 14 by beheading in 304)


     St. Candida Mary of Jesus
Cipitria y Barriola of Berrospe [Cándida María de Jesus] [baptized Juana Josefa (Jane Josepha)] (Spanish, virgin, founded Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus, died at age 67 in 1912 [beatified 1996, canonized 2010])

     St. Diomma of Kildimo (Irish, 5th Century)

     St. Dionysius (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], uncle and guardian of St. Pancras, martyred in 304)

     St. Dominic of the Causeway [Domingo] (Spanish, hermit, c. 1109)

     St. Epiphanius of Besanduk (Palestinian, Jewish convert, monastic superior in Egypt, bishop of Salamis on Cyprus, opponent of eighty heresies, authority on Marian devotion, Doctor of the Church, died at about age 88 in 403)

     St. Ethelhard of Canterbury (British, archbishop, c. 805)

     Bl. Francis Patrizi of Siena [Francesco] (Italian, Servite  friar, died at about age 61 in 1328 [beatified 1743])

     St. Gemma of Goriano (Italian, shepherdess, virgin, hermitess, d. 1249 [beatified 1890])

     St. Germanus (from Asia Minor, senator, bishop of Cyzicus, patriarch (bishop) of Constantinople, opposed iconoclast heresy, died at about age 98 c. 732)

     Bl. Imelda Lambertini of Bologna (Italian, miraculously received First Communion and immediately died at age 11 in 1333 [beatified 1826]) [commemorated by some on the 13th]

     Bl. Jane of Lisbon [Joana] (Portuguese, princess, Dominican  nun, died at about age 38 in 1490 [beatified 1693])

     St. Modoald of Trier (French, bishop in Germany, d. 640)

     St. Philip of Agirone (Italian, missionary in Sicily)

     St. Rictrudis of Marchiennes (French, mother of four saints, widow, Benedictine  abbess, d. 688)

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On May 13, we members of the Catholic Church family celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. 

We also honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     St. Abban of Abingdon (Irish, monk in England, 2nd Century)

     St. Agnes of Poitiers (French, abbess, d. 588)

     Holy Alexandrian Martyrs (Egyptian, martyred in 372)

     St. Andrew Hubert Fournet of Maillé [Andre] (French, parish priest, co-founder of Daughters of the Cross of St. Andrew, died at age 81 in 1834 [beatified 1926, canonized 1933])

     St. Anno of Verona (Italian, bishop, d. 780)

     St. Erconwald of East Anglia (British, Benedictine  monk, bishop of London, c. 686)

     St. Euthymius the Illuminator of Iberia (Georgian, abbot, translator, d. 1028)

     Bl. Fortis Gabrielli of Gubbio (Italian, Benedictine  hermit, d. 1040 [beatified 1756])

     Bl. Gerard of Villamagna [Gerardo] (Italian, crusader, Franciscan  tertiary, hermit, died at about age 68 in 1242 [beatified 1833])

     St. Glyceria of Trajanopolis (Roman, virgin in Greece, martyred c. 177)

     St. John the Silent of Nicopolis (Armenian, monk, hermit, exorcist, healer, bishop of Colonia, died in Palestine at about age 104 in 558)

     St. Mael of Bardsey (French, hermit in Wales, 6th Century)

     Bl. Mary Magdalen Albrizzi of Como [Maria Maddalena] (Italian, Augustinian  prioress, died at about age 64 in 1465 [beatified 1907]) [commemorated by some on the 15th]

     St. Merewenna of Rumsey (British, Benedictine  abbess, c. 970)

     St. Mucius of Byzantium (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], priest, martyred in 304)

     St. Natalis of Milan (Italian, bishop, c. 740)

     St. Onesimus of Soissons (French, bishop, c. 361)

     St. Servatus of Tongres (Armenian, bishop in Netherlands, d. 384)

     St. Valerian of Auxerre (French, bishop, opposed Arian heresy, c. 351)

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On May 14, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     St. Matthias of Jerusalem (Israelite, successor of apostle Judas Iscariot [Acts 1], martyred by stoning c. 120)


     St. Boniface
of Tarsus (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], martyred by beheading in 306)

     St. Boniface of Ferentino (Italian, bishop, 6th Century)

     St. Carthage the Younger of Castlemaine (Irish, swineherd, hermit, abbot, bishop, died at about age 82 c. 637 [canonized 1903]) [Commemorated in Ireland on May 15]

     St. Dyfan (missionary to Britons, martyred in 2nd Century)

     St. Erembert of Wocourt (French, Benedictine  monk, bishop of Toulouse, c. 672)

     Bl. Giles of Vaozela [Gil] (Portuguese, medical student, Dominican provincial, died at about age 80 in 1265 [beatified 1748])

     Sts. Justa, Justina, and Henedina (Italian, martyred c. 130)

     St. Mary Dominic Mazzarello of Mornese [Maria Domenica] (Italian, field worker, dressmaker, catechist, co-founder of Daughters of Mary Auxiliatrix, superior of Salesian Sisters, died at age 44 in 1881 [beatified 1938, canonized 1951])

     St. Michael Garicoits of Bayonne [Miguel] (Spanish [Basque], shepherd, parish priest, opposed Jansenist heresy, founder of Priests of the Sacred Heart of Betharram, died on Ascension Thursday at age 66 in 1863 [beatified 1923, canonized 1947])

     Bl. Petronilla of Moncel (French, Poor Clare  abbess, d. 1355)

     St. Pontius of Cimiez (French, martyred c. 258)

     St. Tuto of Ratisbon (German, Benedictine  abbot, bishop, emperor's secretary, d. 930)

     Sts. Victor and Corona (Syrian?, husband and wife, martyred c. 176)

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On May 15, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     St. Isidore of Madrid [Isidro] (Spanish, farmer, husband of St. Maria de la Cabeza, died at about age 59 in 1130 [beatified 1619, canonized 1622] [incorruptible]) [On U.S. “particular calendar”]


     St. Achilles
of Thessaly (Greek, metropolitan (archbishop), c. 330)

     Bl. Andrew Abellon of Saint-Maximin [Andre] (French, Dominican  priest, died at about age 74 in 1450 [beatified 1902])

     Sts. Bertha and Rupert (French, mother and son, hermits in Germany, 9th Century)

     St. Britwin of Beverley (British, Benedictine  abbot, c. 733)

     St. Caesarea (Italian, hermitess)

     Sts. Cassius, Victorinus, Maximus, and companions (French, martyred by barbarians in 260)

     St. Colman McO'Laoighse of Oughaval (Irish, abbot, 6th Century)

     St. Dymphna of Gheel [also called Davnet] (Irish, virgin, martyred [beheaded] by her incest-minded father in Belgium c. 650) [Commemorated in Ireland on June 14]

     St. Gerebernus of Gheel (Irish, priest, baptizer and companion of the fleeing St. Dymphna, martyred by beheading c. 650)

     St. Halward of Oslo (Norwegian, nobleman, martyred by arrows at about age 23 c. 1043)

     St. Hilary of Galeata (Italian, hermit, abbot, d. 558)

     St. Isidore of Chios (Greek, layman, martyred c. 250)

     Bl. Leonard of Camaldoli [Leonardo] (Italian, Camaldolese  hermit, c. 1250)

     St. Nicholas the Mystic of Constantinople (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], patriarch (bishop), d. 925)

     Sts. Peter of Lampsacus, Paul, Andrew, Dionysia, and Decius (from Asia Minor, tortured and martyred in 251)

     St. Silvanus of Tabennisi (Egyptian, actor, hermit, 4th Century)

     St. Simplicius of Sardinia (Italian, martyred [buried alive] in 304)

     Sts. Torquatus of Guadix, Caecilius of Granada, Ctesiphon of Verga, Euphrasius of Andujar, Hesychius of Gibraltar, Indaletius of Urci, and Secundius of Avila (missionaries sent by apostles to Spain, martyred in 1st Century)

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On May 16, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     St. Adam of Fermo [Adamo] (Italian, hermit, Benedictine  abbot, c. 1213)

     St. Andrew Bobola of Sandomir [Andrzej] ["Duszochwat" or "Thief of Souls"] (Polish, aristocrat, parish priest, Jesuit  superior, missionary [converted whole villages of Eastern Orthodox], tortured [partially flayed] and martyred by sword in Lithuania at age 65 in 1657 [beatified 1853, canonized 1938] [incorrupt]) [commemorated by some on the 21st]

     St. Annobert of Séez (French, Benedictine  monk, bishop, c. 690)

     Sts. Aquilinus and Victorian of Isauria (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], early martyrs)

     St. Audas [also known as Abdas] and 28 companions (Persian [Iranian] ... bishop, seven priests, nine deacons, seven virgins ... martyred in 420)

     St. Brendan the Navigator (Irish, priest, missionary [possibly sea-going], abbot, died in his 90s c. 580) [On Irish "particular calendar"]

     St. Carantoc (Welsh, prince, abbot, 5th Century)

     St. Carannog of Cernach (Welsh, abbot, 6th Century)

     St. Domnolus of Le Mans (French, bishop, d. 581)

     Sts. Felix and Gennadius (African?, early martyrs)

     St. Fidolus of Aumont (French, abbot, c. 540)

     St. Fort of Bordeaux (French?, bishop, early martyr)

     St. Francoveus (French, monk, hermit, 7th Century)

     St. Germerius of Toulouse (French, bishop for fifty years, c. 560)

     St. Hilary of Pavia (Italian, bishop, opposed Arian heresy, d. 376)

     St. Honoratus of Port-le-Grand (French, bishop of Amiens, d. 653)

     St. John Woelflein of Nepomuk [better known as John Nepomucene] [Jan] ["Martyr of the Confessional"] (Czech, vicar general of Prague, confessor to queen of Bohemia, tortured and martyred [drowned] by the king for guarding the secrecy of the confessional at about age 52 in 1393 [beatified 1721, canonized 1729])

     St. Maxima of Fréjus (French, virgin)

     Bl. Michael Wozniak of Sokolowo [Michal] (Polish, diocesan priest, martyred by Nazis at Dachau [Poland] at age 66 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     St. Peregrine of Rome (Italian, bishop of Auxerre in France, martyred in 3rd or 4th Century)

     St. Peregrinus of Terni (Italian, bishop, c. 138)

     St. Possidius of Hippo (North African, bishop of Calama, died in Italy in 450)

     St. Primael of Quimper (British, hermit in France, c. 450)

     St. Simon Stock of Aylesford (English, hermit, itinerant preacher, Carmelite  prior general, received the brown scapular from Our Lady [private revelation], died in France at about age 99 in 1265)

     St. Ubaldo Baldassini of Gubbio (Italian, bishop, d. 1160 [canonized 1192])


     Bl. Vladimir Ghika of Constantinople (Romanian, aristocrat, convert from Orthodoxy to Catholicism at age 29, operated free clinic, ordained bi-ritual priest in France at age 50, papal legate around the world, tortured and martyred in Communist prison [starvation] at age 80 in 1954 [beatified 2013])

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On May 17, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     Sts. Adrio, Victor, and Basilla, of Alexandria (Egyptian, early martyrs)

     Sts. Andronicus and Junias (disciples of St. Paul [Romans 16], martyred in 1st Century)

     Bl. Antonia Messina of Orgosolo (Sardinian [Italian], martyred at age 15, defending her virginity, in 1935 [beatified 1987])

     St. Bruno of Würzburg (German, nobleman, nephew of pope, bishop, died in Austria at about age 39 in 1045) [commemorated by some on the 27th]

     St. Cathan (Irish or Scottish, bishop, 6th or 7th Century)

     Sts. Heradius, Paul, Aquilinus, and two companions, of Nyon (Swiss, martyred in 303)

     St. Julia Salzano of Santa Maria Capua Vetere [Giulia] (Italian, virgin, founded Congregation of Sisters Catechists of the Sacred Heart, died at age 82 in 1929 [beatified 2003, canonized 2010])

     St. Madron of Cornwall (French, hermit in England, c. 545)

     St. Maildulf of Malmesbury (Irish, hermit, teacher, abbot in England, d. 673)

     St. Maw (Irish, hermit in England, bishop)

     St. Paschal Baylon of Torre Hermosa [Pascual] (Spanish, shepherd, Franciscan  brother, cook, doorkeeper, defender of the Blessed Sacrament before heretics, died 9 days before his 52nd birthday in 1592 [beatified 1618, canonized 1690])

     Bl. Rasso of Grafrath (Bavarian, soldier, Benedictine  monk, d. 953)

     St. Restituta of Carthage (North African, virgin, martyred c. 304)

     St. Silaus of Lucca (Irish, abbot, bishop, died in Italy in 1100 [canonized 1183])

     St. Solochon and two companions (Egyptian, soldiers, martyred by clubs in Asia Minor [Turkey] in 305)

     St. Thethmar of Neumuenster (German, Norbertine  monk, missionary, d. 1152)

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On May 18, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     Pope St. John I of Tuscany (Italian, archdeacon, elected to papacy in 523, imprisoned by Arian Goth ruler, reigned until martyrdom [thirst and starvation] in 526)


     Bl. Blandina Merten
of Duppenweiler [baptized Maria Magdalena (Mary Magdalen)] (German, virgin, religious sister of the Order of St. Ursula, died at age 35 in 1918 [beatified 1987])

     Bl. Camilla Gentili (Italian, virgin, d. 1486 [beatified 1841])

     St. Conval of Strathclyde (Irish, priest, missionary in Scotland, archdeacon, c. 630)

     St. Dioscorus of Kynopolis (Egyptian, lector, martyred by hot irons c. 305)

     St. Elgiva of Shaftesbury (British, queen, widow, Benedictine  nun, d. 971)

     King St. Eric IX (Swedish, monarch, tortured and martyred by beheading in 1160)

     St. Felix of Cantalice [Felice] ["Brother Deo Gratias"] (Italian, farm laborer, shepherd, Capuchin  friar, beggar of alms for 42 years, died on his 72nd birthday in 1587 [beatified 1625, canonized 1712] [incorruptible])

     St. Felix of Umbria (Italian, bishop of Spoleto, martyred c. 304)

     St. Feredarius of Iona (Irish, abbot, d. 863)

     Bl. Martin Oprzadek of Koscielec [Marcin] [baptized Jan (John)] (Polish, Franciscan  priest, martyred by Nazis at Linz [Austria] at age 58 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     St. Merililaun (British, pilgrim, martyred in 8th Century)

     St. Potamon of Heraclea (Egyptian, bishop, opposed Arian heresy, tortured and martyred c. 340)

     Bl. Stanislaus Kubski of Ksiaz [Stanislaw] (Polish, diocesan priest, martyred by Nazis at Dachau [Germany] at age 66 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     Sts. Theodotus, Thecusa, Alexandra, Claudia, Faina, Euphrasia, Matrona, and Julitta, of Ancyra (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], innkeeper and seven nuns, martyred in 304)

     St. Venantius of Camerino (Italian, tortured and martyred by beheading at about age 17 c. 250)

     Bl. William of Toulouse [Guillaume] (French, Augustinian  friar, missionary priest, died at about age 71 in 1369 [beatified 1893])

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On May 19, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     Bl. Alcuin of York (British, schoolmaster, adviser to Charlemagne, died at about age 74 in 804)

     Bl. Augustine Novello of Taormina [Agostino] [baptized Matteo (Matthew)] (Sicilian, lawyer, king's chancellor, Augustinian  prior general, papal legate and confessor, hermit, d. 1309 [beatified 1759])

     Bl. Bellatanus and Savinus of Montacuto (Italian, Camaldolese  hermits)

     Sts. Calocerus and Parthenius of Rome (Italian, palace eunuchs, martyred by burning c. 304)

     Pope St. Celestine V del Morrone of Isernia [Celestino] [baptized Pietro (Peter)] (Italian, peasant, hermit, priest, Benedictine  monk, elected to papacy in 1294 at age 84, abdicated after five months, died at about age 85 in 1296 [canonized 1313])

     St. Crispin Fioretti of Viterbo [Crispino] [baptized Pietro (Peter)] (Italian, shoemaker's apprentice, Capuchin  brother, infirmarian, beggar for alms, catechist to peasants, died at age 81 in 1750 [beatified 1806, canonized 1982] [incorrupt]) [commemorated by some on the 21st]

     St. Cyriaca and five companions, of Nicomedia (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], virgins, martyred by burning in 307)

     St. Cyril of Trier (German, bishop, 5th Century)

     St. Dunstan of Baltonsborough (British, Benedictine  monk, goldsmith, harpist, prophet, king's advisor, bishop of Worcester, bishop of London, archbishop of Canterbury, died at about age 89 in 988) [On English "particular calendar"]

     St. Francis Coll Guitart of Gombreny [Francisco] (Spanish, Dominican  friar, parish priest, founder of Dominican Sisters of the Annunciation, died at age 62 in 1875 [beatified 1979, canonized 2009])

     St. Hadulph of Saint-Vaast (French, Benedictine  abbot, bishop of Arras-Cambrai, c. 728)

     St. Ives Hélory of Kermartin [Yves] (French, civil and ecclesiastical lawyer, judge, Franciscan  tertiary, parish priest, miracle worker, died at age 49 in 1303 [canonized 1347])

     St. Joaquina Vedruna de Mas of Barcelona (Spanish, widow, foundress of Institute of the Carmelite Sisters of Charity, died at age 70 in 1854 [beatified 1940, canonized 1959]) [commemorated by some on August 28]

     Bl. John of Duns [better known as John Duns Scotus] (Scottish, Franciscan  priest, theologian [noted for work concerning the Immaculate Conception], visionary, died at about age 43 in 1308 [beatified 1992]) [commemorated by some on November 8]

     Bl. Josephine Suriano of Partinico [Giuseppina, nicknamed Pina] (Sicilian, single laywoman, dedicated to "Catholic Action" and Marian devotion, died [heart attack] at age 35 in 1950 [beatified 2004])

     St. Mary Bernard Bütler of Auw [Maria Bernarda] [baptized Verena] (Swiss, virgin, founded Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Help of Christians, died in Spain 9 days before her 76th birthday in 1924 [beatified 1995, canonized 2008])

     Bl. Peter Wright of Slipton (English, Jesuit  priest, army chaplain, martyred by hanging at about age 47 in 1651 [beatified 1929])

     St. Philoterus of Nicomedia (from Asia Minor, nobleman, martyred in 303)

     Sts. Pudens and Pudentiana of Rome (Italian, senator and daughter, martyred c. 160)

     Bl. Rafael Louis Rafiringa of Antananarivo (Madagascaran, convert from paganism at age 13, missionary/catechist, member of Christian Brothers, died at age 63 in 1919 [beatified 2009])

     St. Theophilus Arrighi of Corte [Teofilo] [baptized Biagio (Blaise)] (Corsican [French], Franciscan  priest, teacher of theology in Italy, missionary, died at age 63 in 1740 [beatified 1895, canonized 1930]) [commemorated by some on the 21st]

     Bl. Umiliana Bonaguisi of Florence [nee de' Cerchi] (Italian, mother of two, widow at age 20, Franciscan  tertiary, died at about age 27 in 1246 [beatified 1694])

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On May 20, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     St. Bernardine of Massa Maritima [better known as Bernadine of Siena] [Bernardino] (Italian, Franciscan  priest, itinerant preacher, theological writer, died at about age 64 in 1444 [canonized 1450])


     Bl. Albert
of Bologna [Alberto] (Italian, Vallumbrosan  abbot, d. 1245)

     St. Anastasius of Brescia [Anastasio] (Italian, bishop, opposed Arian heresy, d. 610)

     Bl. Anastasius Pankiewicz of Nagorzany [Anastazy] [baptized Jakub (James)] (Polish, Franciscan  brother, founder of Congregation of the Antonian Sisters of Christ the King, martyred by Nazis at Dachau [Germany] at age 59 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     St. Aquila of Nimes (Egyptian, martyred [torn by iron combs] in 311)

     St. Archangel Tadini of Verolanuova [Arcangelo] (Italian, diocesan priest, founded Sisters of the Work of the House of Nazareth, died at age 65 in 1912 [beatified 1999, canonized 2009])

     St. Austregisilus of Bourges (French, courtier, abbot, bishop, d. 624)

     St. Basilla of Rome (Italian, virgin, martyred in 304)

     St. Baudelius of Nimes (French, married missionary, martyred in 2nd or 3rd Century)

     Bl. Columba Guardagnoli of Rieti [baptized Angelella] (Italian, Dominican  tertiary, virgin, visionary, died at age 34 in 1501 [beatified 1625])

     King St. Ethelbert of East Anglia (British, reigned for 44 years, d. 793)

     Bl. Guy de Gherardescha of Pisa [Guido] (Italian, hermit, d. 1099)

     St. Hilary of Toulouse (French, bishop, 4th Century)

 

     Bl. Josepha Stenmanns of Issum [baptized Hendrina] (German, cofounded Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit,  died 8 days before her 51st birthday in 1903 [beatified 2008])

     Bl. María Crescencia Pérez of San Martín [baptized María Angélica] (Argentinian, virgin, religious sister of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Garden, teacher, nurse in Chile, died [tuberculosis] at age 34 in 1932 [beatified 2012]) [incorruptible]


     Bl. Orlando (Italian, Vallumbrosan  brother, exorcist, hermit, d. 1242)

     St. Plautilla of Rome (Italian, widow, c. 67)

     Sts. Thalelaeus the Merciful of Anazarbus, Alexander, Asterius, and companions (Lebanese ... physician, soldiers?, and others ... died by beheading in Asia Minor [Turkey] c. 284)

     St. Theodore of Pavia (Italian, bishop, opposed Arian heresy, d. 778)

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On May 21, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     Holy Martyrs of Mexico [also known as "St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions"] (Mexican, 25 covert priests and persecuted laymen, martyred by anticlerical government between 1915 and 1937 [beatified 1992, canonized 2000])

[Click here to see the martyrs' names and other facts about them.]


     Sts. Ageranus
of Beze, Genesius, Berard, Rodron, Sifiard, Adalric, and Ansuinus (French ... five Benedictine  monks, a boy, and a priest ... martyred in 888)

     St. Barrfoin of Killbarron (Irish, hermit, 6th Century)

     Bl. Benvenuto of Recanati (Italian, Franciscan  brother, visionary, d. 1289)

     Bl. Catherine of Naples [Catalina] (Italian, virgin, noblewoman, Carmelite  hermitess in Spain, died at about age 50 in 1577)

 

     Bl. Emmanuel Gómez González of As Neves [Manuel] and Bl. Adilio Daronch of Dona Francisca (Spanish and Brazilian ... parish priest and his altar boy in Brazil ... martyred [shot] by anticlerical militiamen at ages 46 and 15 in 1924 [beatified 2007])

     St. Eugene de Mazenod of Aix-en-Provençe [baptized Charles-Joseph-Eugene] (French, priest, co-founder of Missionaries of Provence and Oblates of Mary Immaculate, bishop of Marseilles, died at age 78 in 1861 [beatified 1975, canonized 1995] [incorruptible]) [On Canadian "particular calendar"]

     St. Godric of Walpole (English, peddler, penitent hermit for 60 years, prophet, died at about age 100 c. 1170)

     St. Gollen of Denbighshire (Welsh, 7th Century)

     St. Hospitius of Cap-Saint-Hospice (French, hermit, 6th or 7th Century)

     St. Isberga of Aire (French, sister of Charlemagne, Benedictine  nun, c. 800)

     Sts. Nicostratus, Antiochus and companions (Italian?, soldiers, martyred in Palestine in 303)

     Sts. Polyeuctus, Victorius, and Donatus, of Caesarea (Cappadocian [from part of what is now Turkey], early martyrs)

     St. Secundinus of Cordova (Spanish, martyred c. 306)

     St. Secundus and companions, of Alexandria (Egyptian, clergy and laity sent into exile by Arian heretic patriarch, martyred c. 357)

     St. Serapion the Sindonite (Egyptian, desert monk, c. 356)

     St. Theobald of Vienne (French, archbishop for 31 years, died at about age 70 in 1001 [canonized 1903])

     Sts. Timothy, Polius and Eutychius (Mauritanian, deacons, early martyrs)

     St. Valens and three companions, of Auxerre (French, bishop and three boys, early martyrs)

     St. Vales (French, priest, 4th Century)

 

 

     Holy Martyrs of Mexico -- CONTINUED

[also known as "St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions"] (Mexican, 22 covert priests and 3 persecuted laymen, martyred by anticlerical government between 1915 and 1937 [beatified 1992, canonized 2000])

----- St. Augustine Caloca Cortes of San Juan Bautista del Teúl [Agustin] (priest, seminary prefect, shot to death at age 29 in 1927)
----- St. Attila
Cruz Alvarado of Ahuetita de Abajo [Atilano] (parish priest, shot to death at age 26 in 1928)
----- St. Christopher
Magallanes Jara of Totaltiche [Cristobal] (shepherd, parish priest, started secret seminaries, shot to death at age 57 in 1927)
----- St. David
Galvan Bermudez of Guadalajara (priest, seminary instructor, shot by firing squad at age 34 in 1915)
----- St. David
Roldan Lara of Chalchihuites (layman, officer of "Catholic Action" and a religious liberty league, shot to death at age 24 in 1926)
----- St. David
Uribe Velasco of Buenavista de Cuéllar (parish priest, shot to death at age 37 in 1927)
----- St. Emmanuel
Morales of Mesillas [Manuel] (layman, father of three, officer of "Catholic Action" and a religious liberty league, shot to death at age 28 in 1926)
----- St. Januarius
Sanchez Delgadillo of Zapopan [Jenaro] (parish priest, hanged from a tree at age 40 in 1927)
----- St. Jesus
Mendez Montoya of Tarímbaro (parish priest, shot to death at age 47 in 1928)
----- St. Joseph Elizabeth
Flores Varela of Santa María de la Paz [Jose Isabel] (parish priest, tortured, throat cut at age 60 in 1927)
----- St. Joseph Mary
Robles Hurtado of Mascota [Jose Maria] (parish priest, founded women's Congregation of Victims of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, hanged at age 39 in 1927)
----- St. Julius
Alvarez Mendoza of Guadalajara [Julio] (priest, shot to death at age 60 in 1927)
----- St. Justin
Orona Madrigal of Atoyac [Justino] (parish priest, founded Poor Clare Sisters of the Sacred Heart, shot to death at age 51 in 1928)
----- St. Louis
Batiz Sainz of San Miguel del Mezquital [Luis] (parish priest, seminary's spiritual director, shot by firing squad at age 55 in 1926)
----- St. Margarito
Flores Garcia of Taxco (parish priest, shot to death at age 28 in 1927)
----- St. Matthew
Correa Magallanes of Tepechitlán [Mateo] (parish priest, gave First Communion to Bl. Miguel Pro, shot to death at age 60 in 1927)
----- St. Michael
de la Mora de la Mora of Tecalitlán [Miguel] (priest, shot by firing squad at age 49 in 1927)
----- St. Peter
Esqueda Ramirez of San Juan de los Lagos [Pedro] (parish priest, catechist of children, shot to death at age 40 in 1927)
----- St. Peter of Jesus
Maldonado Lucero of Chihuahua [Pedro de Jesus] (parish priest, promoter of nocturnal adoration, blinded and beaten to death at age 44 in 1937)
----- St. Roderick
Aguilar Aleman of Sayula [Rodrigo] (parish priest, poet, hanged at age 52 in 1927)
----- St. Roman
Adame Rosales of Teocaltiche (parish priest, founded Daughters of Mary of Nocturnal Adoration, shot to death at age 68 in 1927)
----- St. Sabas
Reyes Salazar of Cocula (parish priest, tortured and shot to death at age 43 in 1927)
----- St. Salvador
Lara Puente of Berlín (layman, officer of "Catholic Action" and a religious liberty league, shot to death at age 21 in 1926)
----- St. Turibius
Romo Gonzalez of Santa Ana de Guadalupe [Toribio] (parish priest, shot to death at age 27 in 1928)
----- St. Tranquilino
Ubiarco of Zapotlán el Grande (parish priest, hanged at age 29 in 1928)

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On May 22, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     St. Rita Mancini of Roccaporena [better known as Rita of Cascia] [baptized Margarita, nee Lotti] (Italian, wife, mother of twins, widow, Augustinian  nun, stigmatist, died at about age 70 in 1457 [beatified 1627, canonized 1900])


     St. Aigulf
of Bourges (French, hermit, bishop, c. 836)

     St. Atto of Badajoz (Spanish, Vallumbrosan  abbot general, bishop of Pistoia in Italy, d. 1153)

     St. Ausonius of Angouleme (French, bishop, early martyr)

     St. Basiliscus of Comana (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], bishop, martyred by beheading in 312)

     St. Bobo of Provence (French, knight, hermit, died in Italy c. 985)

     St. Boethian of Pierrepont (Irish, Benedictine  monk, martyred in France in 7th Century)

     Sts. Castus and Aemilius (African, martyred by burning c. 250)

     St. Conall of Inniscoel (Irish, abbot, 7th Century)

     Sts. Faustinus, Timothy, and Venustus, of Rome (Italian, martyred c. 362)

     St. Fulk of Castrofurli (Italian, cared for those stricken by plague, c. 601 [canonized 1572])

     St. Helen of Auxerre (French, virgin, c. 419)

     St. Helen Luyddog of Carnarvon [Elen] (Welsh, princess, wife of emperor, mother of five, widow, 4th Century)

     St. Hemming of Balinge (Swedish, bishop of Abo in Finland, martyred at about age 76 in 1366)

     St. Humility of Faenza [Umilita] [baptized Rosanna] (Italian, widow, hermitess, Vallumbrosan  abbess, died at about age 83 in 1310 [canonized 1720])

     Bl. John Baptist Machado of Terceira [João Bautista] (from Azores [Portuguese islands], Jesuit  priest in Portugal, missionary in Japan, martyred by beheading in Nagasaki at about age 37 in 1617 [beatified 1867])

     Bl. John of Cetina [Juan] and Bl. Peter de Duenas of Palencia [Pedro] (Spanish, Franciscan  missionaries, martyred [beheaded] by Moslems in 1397) [Bl. Peter died at about age 19.]

     Bl. John Forest of Oxford (English, Franciscan  provincial, chaplain of Queen Catherine of Aragon [only true wife of Henry VIII], martyred [hanged and burned] at about age 66 in 1538 [beatified 1886])

     St. John of Parma (Italian, Benedictine  abbot, c. 982)

     St. Julia of Corsica (North African, noblewoman, kidnapped and sold into slavery, tortured and martyred [crucified] on Corsica c. 620)

     St. Marcian of Ravenna (Italian, bishop, c. 127)

     Bl. Margaret of Hulme (English, martyred in 1170)

     Bl. Mary Dominic Brun Barbantini of Lucca [Maria Domenica] (Italian, founded Congregation of the Sisters of the Least, died at age 79 in 1868 [beatified 1995])

     Bl. Matthias of Arima (Japanese, catechist, servant of Jesuit  provincial, martyred in 1622 [beatified 1867])

     St. Michael Ho Dinh Hy of Nhu-lam (Vietnamese, superintendent of silk mills, martyred by beheading at about age 48 in 1857 [beatified 1909, canonized 1988])

     Bl. Peter of the Assumption of Cuerva [Pedro Asuncion] (Spanish, missionary priest, Franciscan  guardian of friary in Japan, martyred by beheading at Nagasaki in 1617 [beatified 1867])

     St. Peter Parenzi of Rome [Pietro] (Italian, opposed Catharist heresy, martyred in 1199)

     St. Quiteria (Spanish, virgin, martyred by beheading in 5th Century)

     St. Romanus of Subiaco (Italian, monk, advisor to young St. Benedict, c. 560)

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On May 23, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     Bl. Bartholomew Pucci-Franceschi of Montepulciano [Bartolomeo] (Italian, Franciscan  friar, d. 1330 [beatified 1880])

     Holy Martyrs of Cappadocia (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], tortured and martyred in 303)

     St. Desiderius of Genoa (Italian, bishop of Langres in France, martyred by barbarians c. 407)

     St. Desiderius of Autun (French, bishop of Vienne, martyred in 608)

     Sts. Epitacius of Tuy and Basileus of Braga (bishops in Spain and Portugal, martyred in 1st Century)

     St. Euphebius of Naples (Italian, bishop)

     St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk [baptized Pradslava] (Belarusan, virgin, hermitess, copyist, died at about age 63 in 1173 [canonized 1984])

     Sts. Eutychius and Florentius of Valcastoria (Italian, Benedictine  monks, 6th Century)

     St. Goban Gobhnena of Old-Leighlin (Irish, abbot in England, 6th or 7th Century)

     St. Guibert of Gembloux (Belgian, military officer, hermit, Benedictine  abbot, d. 962 [canonized 1211])

     St. Ives of Beauvais [Yves] (French, Augustinian  prior, bishop of Chartres, died at about age 76 in 1116)

     St. Joan Antide Thouret of Sancy [Jeanne-Antide] (French, foundress of Institute of the Daughters of Charity, died in Italy at age 60 in 1826 [beatified 1926, canonized 1934]) [commemorated by some on August 24]

     St. John Baptist de’ Rossi of Voltaggio [Giovanni Battista] (Italian, epileptic, priest, miracle worker, died at about age 65 in 1764 [beatified 1860, canonized 1881])

     Bl. Joseph Kurzawa of Swierczyn [Józef] and Bl. Vincent Matuszewski of Chruscienska Wola [Wincenty] (Polish, diocesan priests, martyred by Nazis at Witowo [Poland] at ages 30 and 71 in 1940 [beatified 1999])

     Bl. Maria Angela Astorch of Barcelona [“Mystic of the Breviary”] (Spanish, Poor Clare  abbess, died at age 72 in 1665 [beatified 1982])

     St. Merculialis of Forli (Italian, bishop, zealous opponent of paganism and Arian heresy, c. 406)

     Holy Martyrs of Mesopotamia ([Iraqi], martyred c. 307)

     St. Michael of Synnada (Phrygian [from part of what is now Turkey], bishop, opposed iconoclast heresy, c. 820)

     Sts. Quintian, Lucius, Julian, and 16 companions (North African, martyred by Arian Vandals c. 430)

     St. Syagrius of Lerins (French, Benedictine  abbot, bishop of Nice, c. 787)

     St. William of Perth (Scottish, baker, pilgrim, martyred in England in 1201 [canonized 1256])

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On May 24, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     St. Afra of Brescia (Italian, virgin, martyr)

     King St. David I (Scottish, son of St. Margaret, patron of monasticism, died at about age 67 in 1153)

     Sts. Donatian and Rogatian of Nantes (French, biological brothers, tortured [racked, pierced] and martyred by beheading c. 304)

     St. Gerard de Lunel (French, Franciscan  tertiary, pilgrim, died in Italy at about age 23 in 1298 [canonized 1742])

     St. Joanna (Israelite, wife of Herod Antipas's steward [Luke 8 and 24], widow, 1st Century)

     Bl. John del Prado of Morgobresio [Juan] (Spanish, Franciscan  priest, tortured and martyred [burned] by Moslems in Morocco at about age 67 in 1636 [beatified 1728])

     Bl. John of Montfort [Jean] (French, crusader knight, died on Cyprus c. 1178)

     Bl. Lanfranco of Pavia (Italian, laywer, Benedictine  prior in France, archbishop of Canterbury, defended dogma of transubstantiation vs. heretic Berengarius, advisor to William the Conqueror, died in England at about age 83 in 1089)

     Bl. Louis Zephyrinus Moreau of Bécancour [Louis-Zéphirin] (Canadian, bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe in Quebec, died at age 77 in 1901 [beatified 1987]) [On Canadian "particular calendar"]

     St. Manahen (Israelite? foster-brother of Herod Antipas, prophet [Acts 13], died in Syria? in 1st Century)

     St. Meletius (army general, early martyr in Galatia [Turkey])

     St. Patrick of Bayeux (French, bishop, c. 469)

     Bl. Philip Suzanni of Piacenza [Filippo] (Italian, Augustinian  friar, d. 1306 [beatified 1766])

     St. Robustian of Milan (Italian, early martyr)

     St. Simeon Stylites the Younger of Antioch (Syrian? hermit atop pillar for 69 years, priest, healer, died at about age 76 in 597)

     Sts. Susanna, Marciana, Palladia, and companions (wives and children of soldiers commanded by St. Meletius, early martyrs in Galatia [Turkey])

     St. Vincent of Porto (Italian, early martyr)

     St. Vincent of Lérins (French, soldier, monk-priest, theologian, c. 445)

     Bl. William of Dongelberg (Belgian, Cistercian  monk, c. 1250)

     Bl. William of Fenoli [Guglielmo] (Italian, Carthusian brother, c. 1205 [beatified 1860])

     Sts. Zoëllus, Servilius, Felix, Sylvanus, and Diocles (early martyrs)


     [On this day, in Australia and New Zealand, Catholics honor Mary as Our Lady, Help of Christians.]

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On May 25, we members of the Catholic Church family honor the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title, Our Lady of Consolation. 

We also honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     St. Bede the Venerable of Northumbria (British, Benedictine  priest, translator of scripture into Old English, ecclesiastical historian, Doctor of the Church, died at about age 62 in 735 [canonized 1899])

     Pope St. Gregory VII of Ravaco [Gregorio] [baptized Hildebrand] (Italian, Benedictine  monk, papal advisor, elected to papacy in 1073, exiled by emperor, reigned until death at about age 65 in 1085 [beatified 1584, canonized 1606])

     St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi of Florence [Maria Maddalena] [baptized Caterina (Catherine)] (Italian, Discalced Carmelite  nun, mystic, died at age 41 in 1607 [beatified 1626, canonized 1669])


     St. Aldhelm
of Wessex (British, hermit, Benedictine  abbot, poet, musician, bishop of Sherborne, died at about age 68 in 709)

     Bl. Claritus Voglia of Florence [Chiarito] (Italian, founder and manservant of a convent of Augustinian  nuns, d. 1348)

     St. Dennis of Milan [also known as Dionysius] (Italian, bishop, died in exile c. 359)

     St. Dunchadh of Iona (Irish, abbot in Scotland, d. 717)

     St. Egilhard of Cornelimunster (German, Benedictine  abbot, martyred in 881)

     Bl. Eleanor of Provence [Eleonore] (French, countess, married to English king from age 13 till widowhood at 49, mother of nine, Benedictine  nun, d. 1291)

     St. Gennadius of Argeo (Spanish, Benedictine  abbot, bishop of Astorga, hermit, c. 936)

     Bl. Gerbald (monk, martyred in 862)

     Sts. Injuriosus and Scholastica of Auvergne (French, husband and wife, c. 550)

     St. Leo of Troyes (French, abbot, c. 550)

     St. Madeleine Sophie Barat of Joigny (French, co-founder of Society of the Sacred Heart, teaching nun and superior general from age 23 to 85, founded 105 houses in many countries, died at age 85 in 1865 [beatified 1908, canonized 1925])

     Sts. Maximus and Victorinus of Brescia (Italian, biological brothers, bishop and deacon, missionaries in France, martyred by beheading c. 384)

     Sts. Pasicrates, Valentio, and two companions (soldiers, martyred in Bulgaria c. 302)

     St. Peter Doan Van of Son-Tay (Vietnamese, lay catechist, martyred by beheading at an advanced age in 1857 [beatified 1909, canonized 1988])

     Pope St. Urban I of Rome (Italian, elected to papacy c. 222, reigned until martyrdom by beheading in 230)

     St. Zenobius of Florence (Italian, adult convert from paganism, bishop, revived five people from death, c. 390)

[from St. Mary Magdalene
de' Pazzi:]

     "Come, Holy Spirit. Spirit of truth, you are the reward of the saints, the comforter of souls, light in the darkness, riches to the poor, treasure to lovers, food for the hungry, comfort to those who are wandering; to sum up, you are the one in whom all treasures are contained.

     Come! As you descended upon Mary that the Word might become flesh, work in us through grace as you worked in her through nature and grace.

     Come! Food of every chaste thought, fountain of all mercy, sum of all purity.

     Come! Consume in us whatever prevents us from being consumed in you."

 

     "A little drop of simple obedience is worth a million times more than a whole vase of the choicest contemplation."

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On May 26, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

    St. Philip Romulus Neri of Florence [Filippo Romolo] (Italian, priest, co-founder of Confraternity of the Most Holy Trinity, founder of Congregation of the Oratory, died at age 79 in 1595 [beatified 1615, canonized 1622])


     St. Alphaeus (Israelite, father of St. James the Less, may be same person as "Clopas/Cleophas," 1st Century)

     St. Becan of Cork (Irish, hermit, 6th Century)

     St. Berencardus of Saint Papoul (French, Benedictine  monk, d. 1293)

     Pope St. Eleutherius of Nicopolis (Greek, deacon in Rome, elected to papacy in 174, reigned until martyrdom in 189)

     Bl. Eva of Liége (Belgian, virgin, hermitess, c. 1266 [beatified 1902])

     Sts. Felicissimus, Heraclius, and Paulinus, of Todi (Italian, martyred in 303)

     Sts. Fugatius and Damian (Roman?, missionaries to Britain, 2nd Century)

     St. Guinizo of Monte Cassino (Spanish, Benedictine  monk in Italy, hermit, c. 1050)

     St. John Doan Trinh Hoan of Kim-Long (Vietnamese, priest, martyred by beheading in 1861 [beatified 1909, canonized 1988])

     St. Lambert Péloguin of Riez (French, Benedictine  monk, bishop of Vence for forty years, died at about age 74 in 1154)

     St. Mary Ann of Jesus de Paredes y Flores of Quito [Mariana de Jesus] ["Lily of Quito"] (Ecuadoran, Franciscan  tertiary, teacher of Indian children, died at age 26 in 1645 [beatified 1853, canonized 1950])

     St. Matthew Nguyen Van Phuong of Ke-Lay (Vietnamese, catechist, martyred by beheading at about age 59 in 1861 [beatified 1909, canonized 1988])

     St. Odulvald of Melrose (Scottish, provincial governor, abbot, d. 698)

     St. Peter Sanz y Jorda of Asco [Pedro] (Spanish, Dominican  friar, missionary to Philippines and China for over 30 years, bishop, tortured and martyred by beheading at age 67 in 1747 [beatified 1893, canonized 2000])

     St. Priscus and companions, of Rome (Italian ... military officer, soldiers, and civilians ... martyred in France c. 272)

     St. Quadratus the Apologist of Athens (Greek, bishop, c. 130)

     St. Quadratus of Africa (early martyr)

     Bl. Regintrudis of Nonnberg (Austrian, Benedictine  abbess, c. 750)

     St. Simitrius and 22 companions, of Rome (Italian, martyred by beheading c. 159)

     St. Ursula Ledóchowska of Loosdoor [Urszula] [baptized Julia] (Polish [born in Austria], noblewoman, founder of Ursuline Sisters of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus [Gray Ursulines], missionary to Russia and Scandinavia, died in Rome at age 74 in 1939 [beatified 1983, canonized 2003] [incorruptible])

     St. Zachary of Vienne (French, bishop, martyred c. 160)
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On May 27, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     St. Augustine of Canterbury (Roman, Benedictine  monk, missionary in England, archbishop, d. 605)


     Bl. Edmund
Duke of Kent (English, priest, martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] under Elizabeth I in 1590 [beatified 1987])

     St. Eutropius of Marseilles (French, bishop of Orange, c. 476)

     St. Frederick of Liège (Belgian, bishop, d. 1121)

     Bl. James of Nocera [Giacomo] (Italian, Benedictine  monk, d. 1300)

     Bl. John Hogg of Cleveland (English, priest, martyred under Elizabeth I in 1590 [beatified 1987])

     Sts. Julius of Dorostorum, Pasicrates, Valentio, Hesychius, and companions (soldiers, martyred by beheading in Bulgaria in 302) [St. Julius was about 47 years old.]

     Bl. Mary Bartholomew Bagnesi of Florence [Maria Bartolomea] (Italian, Dominican  tertiary, mystic, died at age 62 in 1577 [beatified 1804]) [commemorated by some on the 28th]

     St. Melangell (Welsh, hermitess, abbess, c. 590)

     St. Ranulphus of Arras (French, martyred c. 700)

     St. Restituta of Sora and companions (Roman, virgin and others, martyred in 272)

     Bl. Richard Hill of Yorkshire (English, priest, martyred under Elizabeth I in 1590 [beatified 1987])

     Bl. Richard Holiday of Yorkshire (English, priest, martyred under Elizabeth I in 1590 [beatified 1987])

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On May 28, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     Bl. Anthony Julian Nowowiejski of Lubienie [Antoni Julian] (Polish, archbishop of Plock, refused to step on crucifix at Dzialdowo [Poland] concentration camp, martyred by Nazis at age 83 in 1941 [beatified 1999])

     St. Bernard of Montjoux [Bernardo] (Italian, nobleman, Augustinian  priest, diocesan vicar-general in Alps, namesake of St. Bernard dogs, died at about age 85 in 1008 [canonized 1681])

     St. Caraunus of Chartres (French, hermit, deacon, martyred in 5th Century)

     Sts. Crescens, Dioscorides, Paul, and Helladius, of Rome (Italian, martyred by burning c. 244)

     Sts. Emilius, Felix, Priamus, and Lucian (early martyrs)

     St. Germanus of Autun (French, abbot, archbishop of Paris, died at about age 80 in 576)

     St. Gizur (Icelandic, bishop, d. 1117)

     St. Heliconis of Thessalonica (Greek, virgin, martyred by beheading c. 250)

     Bl. John Shert of Shert Hall, Bl. Thomas Ford of Devon, and Bl. Robert Johnson of Shropshire (English, priests, martyred [drawn, hanged, quartered] under Elizabeth I in 1582 [beatified 1886])

     St. Justus of Urgell (Spanish, bishop, commentator on Song of Songs, c. 528)

     Bl. Ladislaus Demski of Sztum [Wladyslaw] (Polish, diocesan priest, martyred by Nazis at Sachsenhausen [Germany] at about age 56 in 1940 [beatified 1999])

     Bl. Margaret Pole of Bath [nee Plantagenet] (English, niece of two kings, mother of five children, widow, governess of Princess Mary [daughter of Henry VIII], martyred by beheading at age 69 in 1541 [beatified 1886])

     St. Paul Hanh of Cho Quan [Phaolo] (Vietnamese, repentant outlaw, tortured and martyred by beheading at about age 32 in 1859 [beatified 1909, canonized 1988])

     St. Podius of Florence (Italian, Augustinian canon, bishop, d. 1002)

     St. Senator of Milan (Italian, archbishop, d. 480)

     St. William of Gellone [Guillaume] (French, duke, knight opposing Moslem invaders, Benedictine  brother, d. 812 [canonized 1066])

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On May 29, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     St. Bona of Pisa (Italian, leader of pilgrimages to Compostela, died at about age 51 in 1207)

     Sts. Conon and Conon of Iconium (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], father and son, widower and deacon, tortured over fire and martyred by racking in 275)

     St. Cyril of Caesarea (Cappadocian [from part of what is now Turkey], child, martyred by the sword c. 251)

     St. Eleutherius of Rocca d'Arce (British, pilgrim, died in Italy)

     Bl. Elia of St. Clement Fracasso of Bari [baptized Teodora (Theodora)] (Italian, virgin, Discalced Carmelite  nun, died at age 26 [possibly meningitis or encephalitis] on Christmas Day in 1927 [beatified 2006])


     St. Gerald of Macon (French, Benedictine  monk, bishop for 40 years, d. 927)

     Bl. Gerardesca of Pisa (Italian, widow, died about age 57 c. 1260 [beatified 1856])

     St. Joachim (Italian, abbot)

     St. John of Atarés (Spanish, hermit, c. 750)

     Bl. Joseph Gerard of Bouxières-aux-Chênes (French, priest, religious of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of the Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary, missionary in Africa [modern Lesotho], died at age 83 in 1914 [beatified 1988])

     St. Maximinus of Silly (French, bishop of Trier in Germany, among the greatest opponents of Arian heresy, c. 349)

     St. Maximus of Verona (Italian, bishop, 6th Century)

     Bl. Peter Petroni of Siena [Pietro] (Italian, Carthusian  monk, d. 1361)

     St. Restitutus of Rome (Italian, martyred c. 299)

     Bl. Richard Thirkeld of Durham (English, priest, martyred [drawn, hanged, quartered] under Elizabeth I in 1583 [beatified 1886])

     Sts. Sisinnius, Martyrius, and Alexander, of Milan (Italian, martyred in 397)

     St. Theodosia of Constantinople (from Asia Minor, nun, opposed iconoclast heresy, tortured and martyred c. 745)

     Blessed Martyrs of Toulouse (French ... eleven travelling preachers [Dominican, Franciscan, Benedictine, lay], inquisitors, and companions ... martyred [some in a church sanctuary] by Albigensian heretics in 1242 [beatified 1866])
[In addition to a Benedictine  prior, whose name has been lost, they were:]
----- Bl. William
Arnaud [Guillaume] (Dominican  priest)
----- Bl. Bernard
of Rochefort (Dominican  priest)
----- Bl. Stephen
de Saint-Thibery of Narbonne [Etienne] (Franciscan  priest)
----- Bl. Raymond
of Carbonier (Franciscan  priest)
----- Bl. Bernard
Fontanier (diocesan priest)
----- Bl. Admer (diocesan priest)
----- Bl. Garcia
d'Aure (Dominican  brother)
----- Bl. Peter
Arnaud [Pierre] (layman)
----- Bl. Raymond
de Cortisan (priest)
----- Bl. Fortanerius (diocesan priest)

 

     Bl. Ulric of Einsiedeln (Swiss, Benedictine  monk, hermit, c. 979)

     Sts. Votus and Felix of Zaragoza (Spanish, biological brothers, hermits, c. 750)
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On May 30, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     St. Anastasius of Pavia (bishop in Italy, d. 680)

     Bl. Andrew Franchi of Pistoia (Italian, Dominican  prior, bishop, died at about age 66 in 1401 [beatified 1921])

     Sts. Basil the Elder and Emmelia of Caesarea (Cappadocian [from part of what is now Turkey], parents of four saints [including St. Basil the Great], c. 370)

     St. Exuperantius of Ravenna (Italian, bishop, d. 418)

     Pope St. Felix I of Rome (Italian, elected to papacy in 269, reigned until death [not martyred] in 274)

     Sts. Crispulus and Gabinus of Torres (Italian, first missionaries to Sardinia, martyred c. 130)

     King St. Ferdinand III [Fernando] (Spanish, monarch, father of thirteen, died at about age 53 in 1252 [beatified 1655, canonized 1671] [incorruptible])

     St. Gamo of Bretigny (French, abbot, 8th Century)

     St. Hubert of Bretigny (French, Benedictine  monk, c. 714)

     St. Isaac of Constantinople (abbot in Asia Minor [Turkey], opposed Arian heresy, c. 410)

     Bl. James Bertoni of Faenza [Giacomo] (Italian, Servite  priest and procurator, died at about age 39 in 1483 [beatified 1766])

     St. Joan of Domremy [better known as Joan of Arc] [Jeanne d'Arc] ["Maid of Orleans"] (French, virgin, illiterate shepherdess, mystic, led French troops at age 17, executed by burning at age 19 in 1431 [beatified 1905, canonized 1920])

     St. Joseph Marello of Turin [Giuseppe] (Italian, founder of Oblates of St. Joseph, bishop of Acqui, died at age 50 in 1895 [beatified 1993, canonized 2001])

     Bl. Laurence Richardson of Great Crosby [nee Johnson], Bl. Thomas Cottam of Dilworth, and Bl. William Filby of Oxfordshire (English, priests [Cottam a Jesuit], martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] under Elizabeth I in 1582 [beatified 1929])

     St. Luke Kirby of Bedale (English, priest, tortured and martyred [drawn, hanged, quartered] under Elizabeth I at about age 34 in 1582 [beatified 1929, canonized 1970])

     St. Madelgisilus of Monstrelet (Irish, Benedictine  monk, hermit, c. 655)

 

     Bl. Martha Wiecka of Nowy Wiec [Marta] (Polish, religious sister of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul,  hospital nurse, died [typhoid fever] at age 30 in 1904 [beatified 2008])

     Bl. Mary Celine of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Castang of Nojals [Marie-Céline de la Présentation] [baptized Jeanne-Germaine] (French, impoverished victim of polio, religious sister of Order of Poor Clares, died [tuberculosis] at age 19 in 1897 [beatified 2007])

 

     Bl. Maurus Scott of Chigwell [baptized William] and Bl. Richard Newport of Harringworth [alias Smith] (English, priests [Scott a Benedictine], martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] under James I in 1612 [beatified 1929])

     Bl. Otto Neururer of Piller (Austrian, peasant, parish priest, tortured and martyred [hanged upside down] in Buchenwald at age 58 in 1940 [first priest killed in a Nazi concentration camp] [beatified 1996])

     Sts. Sycus and Palatinus of Antioch (Syrian, early matryrs)

     St. Venantius of Lerins (French, island hermit, c. 400)

     St. Walstan of Norfolk (British, itinerant farm worker, d. 1016)

 

[from Bl. Marie Celine:  "I am determined to be a violet of humility, a rose of charity, and a lily of purity for Jesus."]

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On May 31, we members of the Catholic Church family celebrate the feast of the Visitation.

We also honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     St. Battista da Varano of Camerino [baptized Camilla (Camille)] (Italian, Poor Clare  abbess, died at about age 66 in 1524 [beatified 1843, canonized 2010])

     Sts. Cantius, Cantianius, Cantianella, and Protus, of Rome (Italian ... orphaned brothers, a sister, and their guardian ... martyred by beheading c. 304)

     St. Crescentian of Sassari (Sardinian [Italian], martyred c. 130)

     St. Hermias (soldier in Cappadocia [modern Turkey], martyred in 170)

     Bl. James Salomone of Venice [Giacomo] (Italian, nobleman, Dominican  friar for 66 years, spiritual director, healer, died at age 82 in 1314 [beatified 1526])

     St. Lupicinus of Verona (Italian, bishop, 5th Century)

     Bl. Mariano di Nicolantonio of Roccacasale [baptized Domenico (Dominic)] (Italian, Franciscan  friar, died at age 88 in 1866 [beatified 1999])

     St. Matilda of Andechs [Mechtilde] (Bavarian, Benedictine  abbess from age 28, mystic, healer, died at about age 34 in 1160) [commemorated by some on July 6]

     Bl. Nicholas Barre of Amiens [Nicolas] (French, priest, religious of the Order of the Minims of St. Francis of Padua, founded Congregation of the Sisters of the Infant Jesus, died at age 64 in 1686 [beatified 1999])

     Bl. Nicholas of Vaucelles [Nicolas] (French, Cistercian  abbot, c. 1163)

     St. Paschasius of Rome (Italian, deacon, c. 512)

     St. Petronilla of Rome (Italian, virgin, martyred in 1st Century)

     Bl. Robert Thorpe of Yorkshire (English, priest, martyred under Elizabeth I in 1591 [beatified 1987])

     St. Thomas Dinh Viet Du of Tonkin (Vietnamese, priest, Dominican  tertiary, tortured and martyred by beheading at about age 65 in 1839 [beatified 1900, canonized 1988])

     Bl. Thomas Watkinson of Hemingborough (English, layman, martyred in under Elizabeth I in 1591 [beatified 1987])

     St. Vitalis of Monte Subasio [Vitale] (Italian, Benedictine  hermit, d. 1370)

     Sts. Winnow, Mancus, and Myrbad, of Cornwall (Irish, died in England in 6th Century)

 



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