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Nov 11 – St Martin of Tours (2) and Clovis-Founders of the Church in France: :

Summary: Like St Ambrose of Milan, Martin of Tours was an army man who picked up the Christian ethos that had crept into the army through Constantine. Clovis, a century later, became a Christian through his wife Clothilde. Through them the story of France and the Franks is intertwined with that of the Church. On


Nov 11 – St Martin of Tours (1) 316-397: patron of France

Martin by his request, he was buried in the Cemetery of the Poor on 11th November. He .is the first non-martyr to be honoured as a saint and he is regarded as the patron saint of France.


Nov 10 – St Leo the Great (2) died 461, pope

Leo knew how to make himself close to the people with his pastoral action and his preaching at a time when Rome was tried by famines, an influx of refugees, injustice and poverty.


Nov 10 – St Leo the Great, (1) pope and doctor of the Church (400-461)

  Summary: Pope Leo the great was a layman when chosen for the office; he was able to keep the invaders from the north – the Huns and the Vandals – at bay; he was a focus for unity in the Church; and he gave powerful expression to the dignity of all Christians who believe in


Nov 9 – Dedication of the Lateran Basilica of St John

The Lateran Bassilica became the cathedral of the Church of Rome and the seat of the popes for a thousand years..


Nov 9 – Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity 1880-1906

Summary: Elizabeth of the Trinity spent six years as a Carmelite nun, but like St Thérèse of Lisieux she advanced in holiness in a very short time. As a child Elizabeth had a wicked temper. Once she experienced the sacrament of Penance and her First Communion, her ‘conversion’ began. The image shows Elizabeth as a young


Nov 8 – Bl John Duns Scotus (1265-1308)

John is traditionally regarded as the thologian who put the argument from reason in defence of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary..


Nov 7 – St Willibrord (658-739) bishop, missionary and patron of Benelux countries

Willibrord's missionary methods show his conviction of the power of the Christian religion..


Nov 6 – All the Saints of Ireland

Saints Patrick, Brigid, and Colmcille, are saints, as it were, by acclamation of the local Church, before the official papal canonisation process was established.


Nov 5 – Saints Zekeriah and Elizabeth (1st cent) parents of John the Baptist

Zachariah and Elizabeth are willing cooperators with God in his design of "tender mercy".


Nov 4 – St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) zealous archbishop of Milan

Charles' care for the poor was unflinching and his reforms antagonised the higher levels of the corrupt Church


Nov 3 – St Martin de Porres (1579- 1639) Dominican lay brother

Martin himself suffered discrimination as he was "illegitimate" and of mixed race. He is now regarded as the patron saint of those who suffer discrimination, and people of mixed race,


Nov 3 – St Malachy (Maol M’Aedhóg Ua Morgair) 1094-1148 patron of Down and Connor diocese

Summary: St Malachy, Bishop Malachy was born near Armagh in 1094 . He became vicar of Ceallach, the reforming bishop of Armagh, and he continued this work of reform as bishop of Connor and as abbot and, later, bishop of Armagh. He introduced the Cistercians and the Canons Regular into Ireland. Returning to Ireland from


Nov 2 – The Commemoration of All Souls

Christian ritual expresses what Christians believe about death, after life, the resurrection of the body and what we call "life everlasting".


Nov 1 – The Solemnity of All Saints

Pope Boniface IV (608-615AD) dedicated the Pantheon in Rome, as a church to St Mary and all the martyrs was the beginnnings of All saint's Day.


Oct 31 – Blessed Dominic Collins (1) 1566-1602 Irish martyr, Jesuit brother

Dominic joined the Jesuits in Santiago de Compostela and was sent back to Ireland in 1601. But he was captured and put to death i n Youghal for his faith.


Oct 31 – Bl Dominic Collins (2) Decisions, decisions

Senan Timoney SJ describes how in the life of Dominic Collins, from boyhood to soldier to religious life to death, each decision seemed to lead on to the next inexorably. A curt summary of the life of Dominic Collins would say: Born in Youghal, Co. Cork in the year 1566. Left Youghal for France in


Oct 31 – Bl. Dominic Collins (3) Irish martyr, Jesuit brother: 1566-1602

Dominic Collins was a big man in every way. A soldier of fortune in the Catholic armies of Europe, he joined the Jesuits in Santiago de Compostela. Sent back to Ireland in 1601 with army of Spaniards going to Kinsale, he was eventually captured and put to death for his faith. Desmond Forristal tells his


Oct 30 – St Winifred of Holywell in North Wales (died c. 650)

It seems her father wanted her to marry, but when she refused the intended, fled but was beheaded by Carodoc. She was healed by Beune and dedicated her life to God in a convent.


Oct 30 – St Alphonsus Rodriquez (1533-1617) Jesuit lay brother

Summary of today’s saint Alphonsus Rodriquez overcame many tragedies in his early life, was born in Spain in 1531, the third of eleven children and became a Jesuit lay brother at forty and had an enormous influence on all he came in contact with. Alphonsus  was the son of a wool merchant of Segovia. He first had


Oct 29 – St Colman of Kilmacduagh (560-632)

Colman had a pet rooster who woke him for the night office, a pet mouse he trained to prevent him going to sleep again and a pet fly he trained to mark the place in the manuscript service book where the service left off.


Oct 29 – St Hilda (614-680) abbess of Whitby

St Hilda was of the royal house of King Edwin of Northumbria and became abbess of the double monastery of men and women at Whitby. Because of the school she founded there she is honoured as a patroness of women’s education. Even though she favoured the Celtic model of the Church, she accepted the decision


Oct 28 – Saints Simon and Jude (1st century) apostles

Some modern writers have associated Simon with the name the' Zealot . as a basis for recognising him. Jude is often, in popular usage, known as the patron of desperate causes- the "saint of last resort"


Oct 27 – St Odhran / Otteran (d. 548) monk / patron of Waterford

Summary of St Otteran, Monk, a descendant of Conall Gulban, is usually identified with Odhran who preceded Colum CiJle in Iona. His death is recorded in 548 and his grave was greatly revered in Iona. He was chosen by the Vikings as patron of the city of Waterford in 1096 and later patron of the


Oct 26 – St Cedd (d. 664) bishop of the East Saxons

Cedd demanded personal commitment and was not afraid to confront the powerful


Oct 25 – St Anne Line d.1601

Summary: St Anne Line was one of the Forty Martyrs of Englsnd and Wales. She was martyred for sheltering priests. Anne’s date of birth is unknown, but she was the second daughter of Willam Heigham of Essex, a strict Calvinist, and was, together with her brother William, disinherited for converting to Catholicism. Some time before


Oct 25 – The Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

Summary: These forty men and women of England and Wales, martyred between 1535 and 1679, were canonised in Rome by Pope Paul VI on 25th October 1970. Each has their feast day but they are remembered as a group on 25th October. Patrick Duffy tells their story. Introduction When King Henry VIII, after his break with


Oct 25 – Blessed Thaddeus MacCarthy (1455-92) bishop of Ross, Cork and Cloyne

Appointed bishop of Ross, Thaddeus arrived to find another bishop already in possession of his diocese. And things get a lot worse before they get better.


Oct 24 – St Anthony Mary Claret (1807-70) archbishop of Santiago, Cuba

The patience of St. Anthony Claret was tested in the political upheavals of the nineteenth century. His efforts at reform stirred up a great deal of hostility..


Oct 23 – St John of Capistrano (1386-1456) reforming Franciscan

John married the daughter of a Perugian nobleman but as his marriage had not yet been consummated he had it anulled so that he could enter the Franciscans of the Strict Observance at Perugia..

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