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Sep 10 – St Nicholas of Tolentino (1245-1305) Augustinian friar, patron of the souls in purgatory

Summary: St Nicholas of Tolentino was born in 1245 0r 6,  gaining a reputation for working miracles and making peace. Tolentino had a name as a trouble town, but Nicholas brought it peace.  He was known as the Patron of Holy Souls, was an Italian saint and mystic.

2012.09.10.

Sep 10 – St Peter Claver died.1654) Saint of the slaves

Summary: St Peter Claver SJ, a Catalan Jesuit missionary, who worked in Colombia, South America. At the height of the slave trade, he befriended and baptized some 300,000 African slaves over a 40-year period. He died on 8th September 1654. 

Paul Hurley tells his extraordinaory story.

2012.09.10.

Sep 9 – St Ciaran of Clonmacnoise (6th century) abbot

Summary: St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise’s life, supposedly born Ciarán mac an tSaeir, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland and the first abbot of Clonmacnoise. He is sometimes called Ciarán the Younger to distinguish him from the 5th-century Saint Ciarán the Elder who was bishop of Osraig

2012.09.09.

Sep 8 – The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Summary: The Catholic Church observes the actual birthday/date of only two saints: Saint John the Baptist (June 24), and Mary, Mother of Jesus (8th September). In the case of all other saints, especially martyrs, they are venerated on the day of their death, which is called their ‘dies [...]

2012.09.08.

Sep 7 – St Finian of Movilla (495-579) abbot-bishop

Summary: There are many St Finians and at least two Movilles. The Movilla of this saint is not – as many people may think – the village of Moville in Co Donegal, but Movilla in Co Down,  just outside Newtownards. A graveyard and the ruin of a church [...]

2012.09.07.

Sep 7 – St Magnus of Füssen (died c. 722) monk and missionary

St Magnus of was both a monk and a missionary. An interesting story involves him bringing reconciliation between St Gall and his master St Columban. He is also venerated as one of the Holy Helpers invoked in time of plague such as the Black Death.

Patrick Duffy [...]

2012.09.07.

Sep 6 – St Ultan of Ardbraccan (d. 657) abbot-bishop carer of sick infants

Summary St Ultan was abbot-bishop at Ardbraccan in Co Meath, an important ecclesiastical centre in the middle ages. The image shown here is of the now de-consecrated Church of Ireland church at Ardbraccan.  Today the catholic parish is centred at Bohermeen, Co Meath. Ultan is also associated with the care of sick [...]

2012.09.06.

Sep 5 – St Mother Teresa of Calcutta 1910-97

Summary:  Mother Teresa during her lifetime was widely held to be a living saint as she ministered to the sick and  dying in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the world. Although some people criticized her for not also challenging the wider causes of injustices that kept so [...]

2012.09.05.

Sep 4 – St Mac Nissi (died c. 514) monk and bishop

Summary: St Mac Nissi, Bishop. Oengus Mac Nissi took his name from his mother Cnes or Ness. It is claimed that Patrick baptised him and taught him the psalms. He seems to be one of the early converts. He chose the district of Connor for his hermitage, but [...]

2012.09.04.

Sep 3 – St Gregory the Great (540-604) monk and pope

Gregory composed presidential prayers (the Gregorian Sacramentary) and oversaw musical development (Gregorian chant.)

2012.09.03.

Sep 2 – Bl Frederick Ozanam (1813-53) founder

On the return journey Frederick after collectin a prestigious award for his work on Dante.collapsed and died at Marseilles on 8th September 1853.

2012.09.02.

Sep 1 – St Giles or Aegidius (640-710) hermit

Aegidius became so famous for giving alms and working miracles of healing

2012.09.01.

Aug 31 – St Aidan of Lindisfarne (7th century) monk and missionary

Aidan encouraged women in the religious life. This was a monastery in the Celtic style, with men and women living separately in small houses, but worshipping together in church.

2012.08.31.

Aug 30 – St Fiacre (7th century) patron of gardeners and taxi-drivers

St Fiacre is often invoked for healing of cancers and venereal diseases. He is also the patron saint of gardeners and taxi-drivers.

2012.08.30.

Aug 30 – Saint Alberto Hurtado SJ-Tireless in service

Summary : Fr Alberto Hurtado, a Chilean Jesuit, was canonised with four others at the closing Mass of the Synod on the Eucharist in October 2005.

Fergus O’Donoghue SJ wrote this account of his eventful and fruitful life.

2012.08.30.

Aug 29 – The Passion of St John the Baptist

Herod, hearing about Jesus and the miraculous powers at work in him, feared that this Jesus was John whom he had beheaded risen from the dead.

2012.08.29.

Aug 28 – St Augustine of Hippo (354-430) bishop

Augustine was influenced by reading the life of Saint Anthony of the Desert, who when he read "Go, sell all you have, and give to the poor, and come and follow me". Augustine did just that.

2012.08.28.

Aug 27 – St Monica (332-387) Mother of St Augustine

Monica went to see a certain holy bishop who consoled her with the now famous words: 'The child of those tears shall never perish'.

2012.08.27.

Aug 26 -St Ninian bishop born c. 360, died c. 432

St. Ninian, bishop, also (born c. 360, Britain—died c. 432, Britain; feast day September 16),  generally credited as the first Christian missionary to Scotland, responsible for widespread conversions among the Celts and possibly the Southern Picts.

2012.08.26.

Aug 25 – St Louis of France (1214-70) king

Louis IX is best understood if we see him as trying to fulfill the duty of France, which was seen as "the eldest daughter of the Church"

2012.08.25.

Aug 25 – St Joseph Calasanz (1557-1648) patron of Catholic schools

Joseph shared and defended his friend's Galileo's heliocentric view of the cosmos. Joseph himself was removed from his post as superior general. Eighty years after his death his name was cleared.

2012.08.25.

Aug 24 – St Bartholomew (1st century) apostle

In the Middle Ages there was a tradition that Bartholomew was flayed - that is, his skin was removed from his body before he was martyred.

2012.08.24.

Aug 23 – St Rose of Lima

Rose fasted, then became a vegetarian, mortifying her flesh with hard work and slf denial. She wanted to turn attention away from her own beauty and focus it on God.

2012.08.23.

Aug 23 – Saint Eoghan or Eugene of Ardstraw 6th century (Patron of Derry Diocese)

Summary of Eoghan or Eugene of Ardstraw became a monk after training at St Ninian’s monastery in Galloway, Scotland. His Irish foundations were at Kilnamanagh near Dublin and Ardstraw in west Tyrone.

Patrick Duffy fills in some details about Eoghan.

2012.08.23.

Aug 22 – The Queenship of Mary

"Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, because you believed in all the things which were told you by the Lord: you will reign for ever with Christ".

2012.08.22.

Aug 21 – St Pius X (1835-1914) Pope

Giuseppe Sarto, as Pope St Pius X, died with a reputation for sanctity. He wrote in his will: "I was born poor, I have lived poor and I wish to die poor."

2012.08.21.

Aug 20 – St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) monk and abbot

Bernard himself was sent with twelve monks to start a new foundation at Clairvaux and soon became its abbot. His father and all his brothers entered so as to pursue religious life.

2012.08.20.

Aug 19 – St John Eudes (1601-70) priest

John Eudes in 1643 and founded his own society, composed of secular priests, the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (CJM - the Eudists)

2012.08.19.

Aug 18 – St Helen (c. 250–330) mother of Constantine

The tradition is that while Helen was in Jerusalem ( in her eighties) in the years 327-8 she discovered the true cross.

2012.08.18.

Aug 17 Our Lady of Knock

Our Lady of Knock Shrine

Summary: Knock  Shrine onthe 21st August 1879 when Our Lady, St Joseph and St John, the Evangelist, and a lamb appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. Knock is an internationally recognised Marian Shrine [...]

2012.08.17.
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