Friday, January 18, 2008

Today's Saints

ABACHUM

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Nobility. Son of Saint Maris and Saint Martha, brother of Saint Audifax. Convert. Martyred with his whole family in the persecutions of Aurelian.
Born
Persia
Died
beheaded in 270 at Saint Ninfa 13 miles from Rome; relics discovered in Rome in 1590
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

Agrecius of Trier

Also known as
Agricius; Agritius of Trèves
Memorial
19 January
Profile
Nothing reliable is recorded about his life before his service to the Church. Patriarch of Antioch. Friend and advisor to empress Saint Helena. Named bishop of Treves (modern Trier), Germany by Pope Sylvester I; served for 20 years. Attended the Council of Arles in 314. Built many churches in the diocese, and made provision for the Relics of Trier, which were collected by Saint Helena during her travels through the Holy Lands. Saint Maximus and Saint Paulinus taught in Agrecius's schools, and he was acquainted with Saint Athanasius. Because of his association with several saints and with the relics of others, he became the subject of pious fiction in later years.
Died
335 of natural causes
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

Albert of Cashel

Memorial
19 January; formerly 8 January
Profile
Evangelist in Ireland, especially around the city of Cashel, and may have been a bishop. Noted as an excellent preacher being "by race an Angle, in speech an angel." Evangelized in Bavaria with Saint Erhard. Pilgrim to Jerusalem, dying on the journey home. Some accounts list him as archbishop of Cashel, but that diocese did not exist in his day, and this is apparently an inference by later writers.
Born
English
Died
800 at Regensburg, Germany of natural causes
Canonized
Pre-Congregation
Patronage
Cashel Ireland

Andrew of Peschiera

Also known as
Andrew Grego; Apostle of the Valtelline
Memorial
19 January
Profile
Grew up on the shore of Lake Garda, Italy, and was known as a pious child. He early felt a desire to become a hermit, and tried living in monastic style at his father's home. When his father died, the 15 year old Andrew joined the Dominicans at the priory at Brescia, Italy. Studied at the San Marco monastery in Florence, Italy with Saint Antoninus of Florence, Blessed Lawrence of Riprafratta, Blessed Constantius, and Blessed Antony della Chiesa. Worked 45 years as a travelling preacher in the Valtellina region of the Italian Alps, travelling the mountains on foot, living with the poor, staying where he could, hiding from bandits and heretics. Founded churches, hospitals, schools, and orphanages. Miracle worker. Legend says that once when he was preaching some heretics gave him a book of their teachings to learn from; he told them to open it themselves and learn; a snake emerged from the book.
Born
1400 in Peschiara, Italy as Andrew Grego
Died
18 January 1485 at the piory at Morbegno, Valtellina, Italy of natural causes; miracles reported at his tomb; the number of pilgrims who came to it caused the friars to relocate his relics twice, each time to a place with easier access
Beatified
1820 (cultus confirmed)
Canonized
pending

Antony Fatati

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Priest. Archpriest of Ancona, Italy. Vicar-general of Siena, Italy. Canon of the Vatican in Rome, Italy. Bishop of Teramo, Italy. Bishop of Ancona.
Born
c.1410 in Ancona, Italy
Died
9 January 1484 of natural causes
Beatified
by Pope Pius VI (cultus confirmed)
Canonized
pending

ARCONTIUS

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Bishop of Viviers, France. Martyred by a mob for having defending the rights of the Church in a local matter.
Died
martyred c.900 in Viviers, France
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

ARSENIUS

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Convert from Judaism. First bishop of Corfu, Greece.
Born
Constantinople
Died
959 of natural causes
Canonized
Pre-Congregation
Patronage
Corfu, Greece

AUDIFAX

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Nobility. Son of Saint Maris and Saint Martha, brother of Saint Abachum. Convert. Martyred with his whole family in the persecutions of Aurelian.
Born
Persia
Died
beheaded in 270 at Saint Ninfa 13 miles from Rome; relics discovered in Rome in 1590
Canonized
Pre-Congregation


BASSIAN

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Bishop of Lodi, Lombardy, Italy. Attended the Council of Aquilcia in 381. Friend of Saint Ambrose of Milan, and was at his deathbed.
Born
Sicilian
Died
413 of natural causes
Canonized
Pre-Congregation


Beatrix of Lens

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Founded the Benedictine Cistercian monastery of Epinklieu near Mons, and lived the rest of her life as a nun there.
Born
Lens, diocese of Arras, France
Died
after 1216 of natural causes
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

BRANWALLADER

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Bishop of Jersey, England.
Died
6th century of natural causes; some of his relics were translated by King Athelstan in 935
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

CATELLUS

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Friend of Saint Antoninus of Sorrento. Bishop of Castellammare, Italy.
Died
9th century
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

CONTENTIUS

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Bishop of Bayeux, Normandy, France, from 480 until his death.
Died
510 of natural causes
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

FIRMINUS

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Third bishop of Gabales, France.
Canonized
Pre-Congregation



GERMANICUS

Also known as
Germanico
Memorial
19 January
Profile
Martyr. The manner of his death gained him the admiration of the locals. His story is told in a letter by Saint Polycarp of Smyrna.
Born
at Smyrna
Died
torn apart by animals in 156 during public games in Smyrna; at first the animals ignored him, but Germanicus provoked them, just to get it over with
Canonized
Pre-Congregation


Gerontius

Memorial
18 January
Profile
Second century martyr. No other information has survived.
Died
martyred in Numidia
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

GUDULE

Also known as
Ergoule; Goedele; Goule; Gudula of Brussels; Gudula
Memorial
8 January; 19 January in the diocese of Ham and Moorzeele
Profile
Daughter of Count Witger and Saint Amalburga, great-niece of Emperor Pepin, sister of Saint Pharaildis. Sister of Saint Reinelda and Saint Emebertus. Niece and student of Saint Gertrude of Nivelle, who trained her in the religious life. Pious and devoted, she lived for her prayers and time in church.

During her early morning visits to the church in Moorsel, the devil extinguished her candle, which would miraculously re-ignite. The flower called tremella deliquescens, bears fruit in the beginning of January; it's known as "Sinte Goulds lampken" (Saint Gudula's lantern) because not even the winter can extinguish it.
Born
7th century at Brabant, Belgium
Died
712 at Hamme, Brabant, Belgium of natural causes; buried in front of the church door in her hometown of Hamme; relics translated to Moorsel, then in 978 to Saint Gery's in Brussels, in 1047 to the large collegiate church of Saint Michel (later Sainte Gudule); on 6 June 1579 the Calvinists destroyed her shrine, and scattered the relics
Canonized
Pre-Congregation
Patronage
Brussels, Belgium; single laywomen
Representation
woman with lantern which the devil tries to blow out, sometimes with a bellows; holding a torch; holding a candle in her right hand, a lamp in her left, which a demon is trying to extinguish

Henry of Uppsalla

Also known as
Heikki; Henrik of Finland; Henrik of Uppsala; Henry of Finland; Henry of Sweden
Memorial
19 January; 18 June (translation of his relics)
Profile
While working in Rome, he was sent to evangelize Scandinavia, travelling with papal legate Cardinal Nicholas Breakspear, the future Pope Adrian IV. Bishop of Uppsalla in 1148. Evangelized Sweden and Norway. Friend of King Saint Eric of Sweden, and accompanied him into battle with Finnish pirates in 1154. Eric offered friendship and Christianity to the Finns; they chose war, but lost to the Swedes. Henry then evangelized in Finland. Built a church at Nousis, which became his headquarters. Martyred by a Finnish soldier named Lalli whom he had just excommunicated for murdering a Swedish soldier. Legend says that Lalli had a long life - continually tormented by mice as a penance for his attack.
Born
English
Died
struck with an axe c.1156 at Nousis; buried at Nousis; miracles reported at his tomb; relics translated to Torku on 18 June 1300; relics stolen by Russian troops in 1720
Canonized
1158
Patronage
against storms; Finland
Representation
bishop being murdered at Mass with young King Saint Eric; bishop being murdered by a man weilding an axe; trampling on Lalli

Januarius

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Second century martyr. No other information has survived.
Died
martyred in Numidia
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

Joseph Sebastian Pelczar

Also known as
Jozef Sebastian Pelczar
Memorial
19 January
Profile
Raised in a pious family. Studied in Rzeszów, and entered the seminary at Przemysl in 1860. Ordained on 17 July 1864. Parish priest at Sambor.

Transferred to Rome in 1866, he studied at the Collegium Romanum (Gregorian University) and the Institute of Saint Apollinaris (Lateran University). Doctor of theology and a canon lawyer. Professor at the seminary at Przemysl from 1869 to 1877, and at the University of Krakow from 1877 to 1899, he was known as a great educator who was always available to students. Dean of the Theology Department. Rector of the University of Krakow from 1882 to 1883.

All the while he was teaching Joseph was still involved at the parish level. He worked with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and was president of the Society for the Education of the People for 16 years. He started hundreds of libraries, delivered free lectures, published over a thousand books, wrote several books of history, theology and canon law himself, and started a school for servants. He founded the Fraternity of Our Lady, Queen of the Polish Crown in 1891; the Fraternity cared for the poor, orphans, apprentices, servants, the sick and unemployed. Founded the Congregation of Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on 15 April 1894 in Krakow to work with the sick and spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Bishop of Przemysl in 1900 until his death in 1924. He made frequent visits to the parishes, supported the religious orders, conducted three synods, and worked for the education and religious formation of his priests. He encouraged devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, Eucharistic devotions, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Virgin Mary. He built and restored churches, built nurseries, kitchens, homeless shelters, schools for the poor, and gave tuition assistance to poor seminarians. He worked for the implentation of the social doctrine described in the writings of Pope Leo XIII. He left behind a large body of work including books, pastoral letters, sermons, addresses, prayers and other writings.
Born
17 January 1842 at Korczyn bei Krosno, Poland
Died
28 March 1924 at Przemysl, Poland; relics in Przemysl Cathedral
Name Meaning
whom the Lord adds (Joseph)
Venerated
18 February 1989 by Pope John Paul II
Beatified
2 June 1991 by Pope John Paul II at Rzeszów, Poland
Canonized
18 May 2003 by Pope John Paul II at the Vatican Basilica

Readings
Earthly ideals are fading away. I see the ideal of life in sacrifice, and the ideal of sacrifice in priesthood.

- Saint Joseph as a young man The late Bishop of Przemysl personified the most beautiful qualities and talents of the episcopate. Witness his tireless pastoral zeal, his spirit of initiative combined with energy manifested in action; witness the splendor of his scholarship, or, even more noteworthy, the sanctity of his virtues; witness above all the shining example of his exceptional work combined with a truly youthful enthusiasm.

KNUD

Also known as
Canute; Canute IV; Cnut; Knud IV; Knute
Memorial
19 January
Profile
Illegimate son of King Sweyn Estrithson of Denmark. Nephew of King Knud of England. King of Denmark as Knud IV c.1080. Married to Adela, sister of Count Roberts of Flanders. Spread the gospel through his kingdom, supported missionaries, and built churches. Tried and failed to conquer England to press his claim to the throne which he saw as his through his kinship to his uncle, King Knud. Following his defeat, he fled to the island of Fünen. Murdered with his brother and 17 followers while kneeling at an altar immediately following confession. Miracles reported at his tomb.
Died
murdered in 1086 in the church of Saint Alban on the island of Fünen
Canonized
1101 by Pope Paschal II
Patronage
Denmark
Representation
Nordic king with royal insignia, dagger, lance or arrow; barefoot king with his hair in a fillet; with Saint Charles Borromeo; being murdered at the altar

Prayer to Saint Canute

Model Catholic King, like Wenceslaus Duke of Bohemia you spread belief in the Savior, and also like him you were slain for those hostile to the Christian religion while you were praying before an altar. We desperately need civil rules who are both just and charitable like Christ the King of Kings. Inspire, o saint, all presidents, kings, rulers and leaders. Amen.

Marcelo Spínola y Maestre

Also known as
Marcelo Rafael José María de los Dolores Hilario
Memorial
19 January
Profile
Son of Juan Spínola y Osorno, marquis of Spínola, and Antonia Maestre y Osorno. Educated at the University of Granada, University of Valencia, and University of Seville. Received degrees in civil and canon law on 29 June 1856. Lawyer in Helva, Spain, working for the poor for free. Lawyer in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Sub-deacon on 20 September 1863. Ordained on 2 May 1864 in Seville. Chaplain of the church de la Merced, Sanlúcar de Barrameda from 1864 to 1869. Canon of the cathedral chapter of Cádiz from 1869 to 1871. Parish priest of San Lorenzo from 17 March 1871 to 28 May 1879. Penitentiary canon of the cathedral chapter of Seville from 1879 to 1880. Titular bishop of Milos and auxiliary bishop of Seville on 16 December 1880. Bishop of Coria on 10 November 1884. Founded the Order of Slaves of the Divine Heart in 1885. Bishop of Málaga, Spain on 10 June 1886. Senator of the Spanish kingdom from 1891 to 1894. Archbishop of Seville on 2 December 1895. Senator of Spanish the kingdom again, this time from 1898 until his death. Created cardinal priest on 11 December 1905 but died before his formal installation.
Born
14 January 1835 on the Isle of San Fernando, diocese of Cadiz, Spain as Marcelo Rafael José María de los Dolores Hilario
Died
20 January 1906 at Seville, Spain of natural causes; buried in the metropolian cathedral in Seville
Beatified
29 March 1987 by Pope John Paul II at Vatican City
Canonized
pending

MARIS

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Nobility. Husband of Saint Martha, father of Saint Audifax and Saint Abachum. Convert who gave his fortune to the poor. Martyred with his whole family in the persecutions of Aurelian.
Born
Persia
Died
beheaded in 270 at Saint Ninfa 13 miles from Rome; relics discovered in Rome in 1590
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

MARTHA

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Nobility. Wife of Saint Maris, mother of Saint Audifax and Saint Abachum. Convert. Martyred with her whole family in the persecutions of Aurelian.
Born
Persia
Died
drowned in 270 at Saint Ninfa 13 miles from Rome; relics discovered in Rome in 1590
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

MESSALINA

Memorial
19 January
Profile
Spiritual student of Saint Felician, bishop of Foligno, Italy. Nun, receiving the veil from Saint Felician. She was suspected of being a Christian when she visited Felician in prison. Denounced and tried for her faith, Messalina was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods; she refused. Martyr.
Died
beaten to death in 251
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

PONTIAN

Also known as
Pontianus
Memorial
19 January
Profile
Martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
Died
martyred in 169 at Spoleto, Italy
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

REMIGIUS

Also known as
Remigius of Rouen
Memorial
19 January
Profile
Son of Charles Martel. Bishop of Rouen, France in 755. Worked for the use of the Roman rite in the Gallic Church.
Died
772
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

TOMMASO da Cori
Also known as
Francesco Antonio Placidi
Memorial
19 January
Profile
Franciscan priest of the Order of Friars Minor. His preaching, confessions and spiritual retreats, incarnated the evangelical counsel of the total gift of self to God and his fellow men.
Born
1655 as Francesco Antonio Placidi
Died
1729 of natural causes
Beatified
29 April 1990 by Pope John Paul II
Canonized
21 November 1999 by Pope John Paul II

WULSTAN

Also known as
Wolstan; Wulfstan
Memorial
19 January
Profile
Son of Athelstan and Wulfgeva, he was known as a pius youth. Studied at the monasteries of Evesham and Petersborough. When Wulstan was grown, but still a young man, his parents joined separate monasteries in Worcester. Priest who led his flock by good example. Monk at Worcester. Taught catechism to children, and served as church treasurer. Bishop of Worcester in 1062. Known for inspirational preaching, great humility, and asceticism. One of the first bishops in England to make pastoral visits to the parishes of his diocese. Influential in ending the sale of Irish prisoners as slaves in England.
Born
c.1009 at Icentum, Warwickshire, England
Died
1095
Canonized
14 May 1203 by Pope Innocent III

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