February 7 -- today's saints and blessedsgreenspun.com : LUSENET : Catholic : One Thread
On February 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:
Bl. Adalbert Nierychlewski of Dobrowice [Wojciech] (Polish, Michaelite priest, martyred by Nazis at Auschwitz [Poland] at age 39 in 1942 [beatified 1999])
St. Adaucus of Antandro (Italian, courtier in Phrygia [part of what is now Turkey], martyred in 304)
St. Amulwinus of Lobbes (Belgian, Benedictine abbot, bishop, c. 750)
St. Anatolius of Cahors (French, bishop)
Bl. Anselm Polanco Fontecha of Buenavista de Valdavia [Anselmo] and Bl. Philip Ripoll Morata of Teruel [Felipe] (Spanish ... Augustinian friar/bishop and diocesan priest ... martyred [at ages 57 and 60] during Civil War in 1939 [beatified 1995])
Bl. Anthony of Stroncone [Antonio] (Italian, Franciscan brother, died at about age 70 in 1461 [beatified 1687])
St. Augulus (French, bishop, martyred c. 303)
St. Chrysolius (Armenian, missionary in France, bishop, martyred in Belgium in 4th century)
St. Fidelis of Mérida (Spanish, bishop, c 570)
St. Giles Mary of Saint Joseph Pontillo of Taranto [Egidio Maria di San Giuseppe] [baptized Francesco (Francis)] (Italian, rope maker, Franciscan brother, porter, cared for outcasts, died at age 82 in 1812 [beatified 1888, canonized 1996])
Bl. James Salès of Lezoux [Jacques] and Bl. William Saultemouche of Saint-Germain-l'Herm [Guillaume] (French ... Jesuit priest and brother ... preached against Huguenot heresies, martyred [one shot at about age 37, one stabbed at about age 36] in 1593 [beatified 1926])
St. Juliana of Bologna (Italian, mother of four, widow, d. 435)
St. Laurence Majoranus of Siponto (Italian, bishop for more than fifty years, c. 546)
St. Luke Thaumaturgus of Thessaly ["thaumaturgus" means "wonder-worker"] (Greek, hermit, mystic, miracle-worker, c. 946)
Bl. Mary of Providence Smet of Lille [Marie de la Providence] [baptized Eugénie] (French, founded Society of Helpers of the Holy Souls [in Purgatory], died at age 45 in 1871 [beatified 1957])
St. Meldon of Peronne (Irish, hermit in France, 6th century)
St. Moses (Arabian, hermit, bishop in Egypt, c. 372)
Bl. Nivard of Vaucelles (French, Cistercian novice-master, brother of St. Bernard, died at about age 50 c. 1000)
Bl. Pope Pius IX Mastai Ferretti of Senigallia [Pio] [baptized Giovanni Maria (John Mary] (Italian, archbiship of Spoleto, cardinal archbishop of Imola, elected to papacy in 1846, last pope to hold temporal power [Papal States], presided over Vatican I [ecumenical council], reigned until death at age 85 in 1878 [beatified 2000])
St. Richard of Saxony (British, possibly a king, father of three saints, died in Italy in 722)
Bl. Rizzerio of Muccia (Italian, Franciscan priest and provincial, d. 1236 [beatified 1838])
St. Ronan of Kilmaronen (Scottish, bishop)
Bl. Rosalie Rendu of Confort [baptized Jeanne-Marie (Joan Mary)] (French, virgin, religious sister and superior of the Society of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, served the poorest people of Paris, died at age 69 in 1856 [beatified 2003])
St. Theodore Stratelates of Rome [“statelates” is Greek for general] (Italian, military officer in Asia Minor [now called Turkey], tortured and martyred by burning in 319)
Bl. Thomas Sherwood of London (English, draper's assistant, about to become seminarian when arrested, tortured [racked] and martyred [drawn, hanged, quartered] at about age 26 under Elizabeth I in 1578 [beatified 1886])
St. Tressan of Mareuil (Irish, swineherd, parish priest in France, d. 550)
If you have anything to share about these holy people, please reply now -- biographical episodes, prayers through their intercession, the fact that one is your patron -- whatever moves you. If you are interested in one of these saints or blesseds and want to find out more about him/her, please ask. Additional information is sometimes available on the Internet.
All you holy men and women, saints of God, pray for us.
God bless you.
-- J. F. Gecik ("firstname.lastname@example.org), February 07, 2005
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