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Jul 28 – St Samson of Dol (d. 565)

Samson is revered as one of the seven founding saints of Brittany


Jul 27 – St Simon Stylites (390-459) ascetic

As a young man, Simon had a dream in which he was told to dig deeper foundations to his house - penance and mortification were to be these foundations.


Jul 27 – Pope St Celestine I (422-432 AD): who sent St Patrick to Ireland?

Summary: St Celestine  was born and became a deacon at Rome around the time of Pope Innocent I (401-417). Later he himself became Pope 422-432 AD and continued the fight against the Pelagian heresy, which was now waning. He had the satisfaction of seeing it die away in [...]


Jul 26 – Ss Joachim and Anne – Parents of Mary

The Roman Church has had some hesitancy in giving official recognition to a feast of St Joachim (authorised by Julius II, suppressed by Pius V , restored by Gregory XV) but .......


Jul 25 – St James (1st century) son of Zebedee, Martyr

James is numbered with Peter and John as present at raising the daughter of Jairus to life (Mk 5:35-43); the transfiguration (Mk 9:2-8); and during his agony in the garden(Mk 14:32-42).


Jul 24 – St Declan, Bishop of Ardmore (5th Century)

SsPatrick, Declan and Ailbe met up at Cashel where their respective areas of influence (bisoprics) seem to have been sorted.


Jul 24 – St Charbel (or Sharbel) Makhluf (1828-98) Lebanese priest and monk

Summary: St Sarbel Makhluf, Priest, Born on 8 May 1828 at Beka’Kafra (Lebanon); died on Christmas Eve 1898 at Annaya. Maronite monk for 16 years, whose religious name is Sarbel or Charbel, received a good education and was ordained priest. Spent his last 23 years as a hermit. [...]


Jul 23 – St Bridget of Sweden (1303-73) co-patroness of Europe

In 1999 Pope John Paul II made her, along with St Catherine of Siena and Sister Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein), one of three co-patronesses of Europe.


Jul 22 – St Mary Magdalene (1) (1st century) disciple

Mary was among the women who were present at the crucifixion of Jesus whenhis male disciples, save for John, abandoned him.


Jul 22 – St Mary Magdalene, (2)The first evangelist

Summary: St Mary Magdalene, Apostle: A faithful disciple of Christ, Mary ministered to his needs after having seven devils cast out from her. Witnessed his crucifixion, was present at his burial, and was the first to see the risen Lord. Commissioned by Christ to proclaim the good news [...]


Jul 21 – St Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-1619)

Lawrence was a brave Capuchin priest played an important part in promoting the Catholic faith in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.


Jul 20 – St Apollinaris (1st or 2nd century) bishop

'Blessed Apollinaris spilled his blood many times and with his wounds and the faith of his soul bore witness to his Lord'


Jul 19 – St Macrina the younger (330-379)

Macrina, after a lifetime of service to others, was so poor when she died that Gregory had to provide a shroud in which to bury her.


Jul 18 – St Hedwig (1374-1399) Polish queen

Summary of St Hedwig: Born in 1374, Hedwig was betroth to the heir of Austria at the age of one and married to Jagiello when she was only twelve. She was later falsely denounced as an adulteress and a bigamist. She faced these slanders bravely and with faith. [...]


Jul 18 – St Philastrius (AD. 397)

After his ordination he travelled over nearly the whole Roman world, preaching against pagans, Jews, and heretics, and especially the Arians


Jul 17 – Bl Pavel Peter Gojdic (1888-1960) martyr

Pavel, a Byzantine Rite Catholic priest, prisoner no. 681, suffered mistreatment and humiliation which brought about his death.


July 16 Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Carmelite spirituality is like falling in love and the pearl of great price. If your love is real, it will be all-consuming. All lesser loves fall away.


Jul 15 – St Bonaventure (1221-74) Franciscan priest and theologian

Bonaventure is called "the Seraphic Doctor" because of his insightful wisdom


Jul 14 – St Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) (2)

Summary: St Kateri. Many Catholics outside of the USA will not have heard of this young Native American girl, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (Teck-ak-with-a), who lived in the 17th Century. Her memorial is July 14th. She was born in 1656, at Fonda, upstate New York. Her mother [...]


Jul 14 – Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-80): (1)T’lily of the Mohawks:

Kateri Tekakwitha was the daughter of a Mohawk chief and Kahenta, a woman of the Alonquin tribe who had found Christ through the evangelisation done by the Jesuit priests in what is now upstate New York. She is the first native North American to be beatified.


Jul 14 – St Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614)

Camillus saw the foolishness of his ways, repented and began to live a life of penance.


Jul 13 – St Henry the Good (972-1024): Holy Roman Emperor

Summary: Henry, born of royalty, was educated at the cathedral school of Hildesheim. He was wise, prudent and never grasping. He built monasteries and endowed dioceses. He threw his weight behind many Church reforms in Germany especially priestly reform. Pope Benedict VIII crowned him and his wife Holy [...]


Jul 13 – St Teresa of the Andes (1900-1920)

Juanita was too young she to receive her first communion learned how to make communions of desire.


Jul 12 – St Veronica’s Towel

No reference is made to Veronica or the towel in the canonical Gospels. Even so....


Jul 11 – St Benedict (480-547), abbot, Patron of Europe

St Benedict was founder of Western monasticism and author of the Rule which gave monasticism its constitution


Jul 10 – St Canute of Denmark (1043-86)

St Canute IV, was the illegitimate son of Swein Estrithson, nephew of King Canute the Great. Both were great in diferent ways.


Jul 10 – St John of Dukla (1414-84) Polish Franciscan friar

Summary of Saint John of Dukla: a Polish Franciscan who worked among Catholics in the Ukraine is one of 339 saints canonised by Pope John Paul II.


Jul 9 – The Chinese Martyrs (2) (1648-1930)

Summary and Homily for the Chinese Martyrs: This is a slightly abbreviated version of a homily delivered by Father Li on October 29th. 2000 in the Cathedral [...]


Jul 9 – St Augustine Zhao Rong (d. 1815) & many other Chinese martyrs (1)

Many clerical, religious and lay people were killed in China but the Christian presence remained.


Jul 8 – St Kilian of Kilmore (640-689) martyr

Kilian, an Irish monk, like Columbanus, Fiacra, Fursey and Feargal went on an adventure to Europe spreading the good news.

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