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Sep 28 – St Wenceslaus (907-929) martyr

Boleslaus struck Wenceslaus on the head with a sword. They struggled, and then friends of Boleslaus finished off the assassination.


Sep 27 – St Vincent de Paul, priest (1581-1660)

Vincent 's gift was that he was able t to use his influence among the rich and fashionable to organise the resources needed for works of charity among the poor and oppressed.


Sep 26 – Ss Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (died 303)

Because they refused payment for their medical services, they were known as "the silverless ones". During the persecution of Diocletian (303), they were imprisoned, tortured and beheaded.


Sep 25 – St Sergius of Radonezh (1315-1392) hermit and abbot

St Sergius by his prayer prayer and self-discipline built up Russian spirituality and helped restore Russian society


Sep 25 – St Finbarr (560-610) bishop, patron of the diocese of Cork

"He shall be called Finn-barr, that is 'beautiful hair', from the beautiful head he offered in sacrifice to God."


Sep 24 – St Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury (602-690)

Theodore, a Greek monk living in Rome who was sent by Pope Vitalian (657-672) to be the archbishop of Canterbury.


Sep 23 – St Pius of Pietrelcina (1887-1968) Padre Pio

The stigmata on Padre Pio's hands and feet became visible and a wound in his side bled for the rest of his life.


Sep 23 – St Adomnán (Eunan) (624-704) 9th abbot of Iona

Eunan intervened to liberate war captives and to claim safety during war for women, children and clerics.


Sep 21 – St Matthew, apostle and evangelist

Matthew, a Jew, was a tax collector for the Romans and accused of being a traitor to his own people, went on to write his Gospel


Sep 20 – Fr Andrew Kim and the Korean Martyrs (19th century)

Kim Taegon was Korea’s first Roman Catholic priest. One year after his ordination, he was arrested, tortured and at the age of 25 was finally beheaded on 22nd September 1846 at the Han River near Seoul.


Sep 19 – St Januarius (4th century) marytr

Januarius was a 4th century bishop who with his companions suffered martyrdom in the persecution of Diocletian.


Sep 18 – St Joseph of Cupertino (1603-63) Franciscan and ecstatic

Joseph of Cupertino was worthy of sainthood because of his extraordinary humility, gentleness and patience.


Sept 17 – St Hildegard of Bingen (2) 1098-1179AD, abbess and mystic

Summary: Hildegard of Bingen, (1098–1179), a German writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, & polymath. “Who is this woman?” asked Cistercian Pope Eugenius III, when shown her writings. “She rises out of the wilderness like a column of smoke from burning spices.”


Sep 17 – St Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) Jesuit theologian and bishop

St Robert Bellarmine was a Jesuit theologian and then a bishop who was almost elected pope.


Sept 17 – St Hildegard of Bingen (1)-Visionary & Mystic –

Summary: St Hildegard of Bingen, a visionary and mystic in her medieval Germany, now she is very much admired as a saint. 

Fr. John Murray PP details her life


Sep 16 – Ss Cyprian, bishop, and Cornelius, pope (3rd century martyrs)

Cyprian was put to death on 14th September AD 258


Sep 15 – Our Lady of Sorrows

The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order in Florence are credited with starting devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows in A D 1239.


Sep 14 – The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Summary: The Cross is the sign of the Redemption, and in the Redemption is contained the pledge of resurrection and the beginning of new life: the lifting up of human hearts.


Sep 14 – St Helen: In search of the True Cross

Summary: Helen was the mother of the Emperor Constantine (285-337 AD). She is famous for her discovery of the Holy Cross which led to the great feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on 14th September.

John Murray profiles her life and influence.


Sep 13 – St John Chrysostom (350-407) bishop, doctor of the Church

John Chrysostom was a bishop and an eloquent preacher (His nickname Chrysostomos means “golden-mouthed”) . He became patriarch of Constantinople, fell foul of the empress there, Eudoxia, possibly for his denunciation of her wealth,  and she had him deposed and exiled. The Eastern Church [...]


Sep 12 – St Ailbe of Emly (d. 528) the Patrick of Munster

St Ailbe is regarded as the patron saint of Munster and his church at Emly and was for long the province’s chief ecclesiastical centre. He is the patron saint of the joint archdiocese of Cashel and Emly with the see at Thurles. The last bishop of Emly was [...]


Sep 11 – St Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510) wife and mystic

Summary: St Catherine of Genoa‘s life was very painful , she called her spiritual life is a ‘beautiful purgatory’. Her personality was both enigmatic and engaging.

Patrick Duffy tells her story.

Her Marriage


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 extraordinary [...]


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.


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


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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

Summary St Ultan, abbot-bishop at Ardbraccan in Co Meath, an important ecclesiastical centre in the middle ages. The image shown here is from 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 [...]


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 neighbourhoods in the world. Although some people criticized her for not also challenging the wider causes of injustices that kept so [...]

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