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June 7
St. Robert of Newminster (1159).
He was an English priest from York­shire, England, who became a Cistercian monk. St. Robert was the first abbot of the famous Newminster Abbey, founded in 1137. He was a great friend of St. Bernard of Clairvaux and of St. Norbert. He made many prophecies and worked many miracles.

June 7
St. Willibald
St. Willibald was a bishop and missionary. A native of Wessex, England, he was the brother of Sts. Winebald and Walburga and was related through his mother to the great St. Boniface. After studying in a monastery in Waitham, in Hampshire, he went on a pilgrimage to Rome (c. 722) with his father, who died on the way at Lucca, Italy. Willibald continued on to Rome and then to Jerusalem. Captured by Saracens who thought him a spy, he was eventually released and continued on to all of the holy places and then to Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey), where he visited numerous lauras, monasteries, and hermitages. Upon his return to Italy, he went to Monte Cassino where he stayed for ten years, serving as sacrist, dean, and porter. While on a visit to Rome, he met Pope St. Gregory III (r. 731-741), who sent him to Germany to assist his cousin St. Boniface in his important missionary endeavors. Boniface ordained him in 741 and soon appointed him bishop of Eichstatt, in Franconia. the Site of Willibald's most successful efforts as a missionary. With his brother Winebald, he founded a double monastery at Heidenheim, naming Winebald abbot and his sister Walburga abbess. Willibald served as bishop for some four decades. His Vita is included in the Hodoeporicon (the earliest known English travel book). An account of his journeys in the Holy Land was written by a relative of Willibald and a nun of Heidenheim.

June 8
Sts. Medard and Gildard (558).
These two French saints were twin brothers, as we are told in the Roman Martyrology. They were not only born on the same day, but also were consecrated bishops and died on the same day. Medard was Bishop of Noyon; Gildard was Bishop of Rouen. Their memories are loving ones in northern France. St. Medard began the custom of crowning the most virtuous and holy young Catholic girl of his diocese as the each year as the Rose Queen. If it rains on his feast day, the loving Catholic peasants of northern France take it as a sign that it will rain for 40 days more. This same custom prevails in England with regard to St. Swithin, whose feast day is July 2.

June 9
St. Ephrem (373).
St. Ephrem the Syrian is both a Father and a Doctor of the Church. He was born in Mesopotamia, not far from the place where Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. He became a monk when he was only a young boy. Through humility, he refused to become a priest, and stayed a deacon all his life. He was one of the great defenders of the Divinity of Jesus Christ at the Council of Nicea, in 325. He lived in solitude in his later years, and died when he was 67. His death occurred in the same year as that of St. Athanasius, another glorious Doctor of the Church. St. Ephrem wrote the life of St. Abraham the Hermit. His own life was written by St. Gregory of Nyssa. Saint Ephrem was a great hymn maker, and is called, “the harp of the Holy Ghost.” He wrote countless hymns and prayers in love and praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God. St. Ephrem greeted her: “Hail, Reconciler of the whole world!”

June 9
St. Columbkille (597).
St. Columbkille, also known as Columba, was born in Donegal, Ireland, on the feast of St. Ambrose, on December 7. Columbkille founded many monasteries and churches not only in Ireland, but in Scotland as well. He landed in Scotland, on the Island of Jona, on the eve of Pentecost, 563, with 12 companions. He erected on this island the greatest and most famous of his monasteries. Many of the people of northern England were converted to the Catholic Faith by St. Columbkille. He was called “loving to all,” and was said to have the face of an angel. He died an abbot, kneeling before the altar, and is buried in the same tomb as St. Patrick and St. Bridget.

June 10
Blessed Diana
(1236).
She was a Dominican nun, a native of Bologna, Italy. Despite opposition from her noble born family, Diana gave up the world to follow Jesus and became a nun.

 

 


June 10
St. Getulius
St. Getulius was martyred with Amantius, Caerealis, and Primitivus. He was the husband of St. Symphorosa. An officer in the Roman army, he resigned when he became a Christian and returned to his estates near Tivoli, Italy. There he converted Caerealis, an imperial legate sent to arrest him. With his brother Amantius and with Caerealis and Primitivus, Getulius was tortured and martyred at Tivoli.




June 11
St. Barnabas (60).
St. Barnabas was the cousin of St. Mark the Evan­gelist. He is given the honorary title of apostle, even though he was not one of the Twelve. He was the disciple and companion of St. Paul, and labored with him in various cities and places. St. Barnabas was stoned to death by the Jews on the Island of Cyprus, the island of his birth and where he preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ with great power. When his tomb was opened several hundred years after his death, he was found holding the Gospel of St. Matthew in his hand. Barnabas is beautifully associated with St. Mat­thew, whose Gospel he loved; with St. Mark, whose cousin he was; and with St. Paul, of whom he was a disciple. St. Barnabas’ name was originally Joseph. He was called Barnabas, which means son of consolation. St. Charles Borromeo calls him the apostle of Milan. The name of St. Barnabas is mentioned in the Roman Canon of the Mass, and always in the Litany of the Saints.

June 12 .
St. John of St. Facundo (1479).
He was born in northern Spain, in the town of St. Facundo. He was a brilliant and attractive young boy, educated in the household of a bishop, and became one of the Hermits of St. Augustine. His devotion to the Blessed Sacrament was so great that he spent every night, from the hour of Matins at midnight, to the hour of Mass in the morning, in adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Eucharist. He was often privileged in the saying of Mass to see Our Lord visibly in the Blessed Eucharist. St. John, who died at the age of 60, is the patron saint of Salamanca, Spain.

June 12 .
St. Leo III
St. Leo III is remembered as Charlemagne's pope. The cardinal priest of Santa Susanna, Leo was unanimously elected to the papal see in 795. Four years later, a mob led by relatives of his predecessor, Pope Adrian I, tried to blind Leo and cut out his tongue; such mutilations would have rendered him unfit to rule. Having escaped physical danger, he was imprisoned in a monastery during an attempt to depose him. He escaped to Charlemagne's retreat at Paderborn, where Alcuin defended him against charges of adultery and purjury on the grounds that no earthly power can judge the successor to St. Peter. Leo returned to Rome in 800, and on Christmas day, he crowned Charlemagne Holy Roman Emperor. Leo fought adoptionism in Spain and was circumspect in his judgement of the filioque, the use of which he allowed but which he considered omittable. When Charlemagne died in 814, Leo began to assert his power more directly and personally prosecuted conspirators against him. Still despised by the upper class because of his plebian origin, Leo died in 816.

June 13
St. Anthony of Padua (1231).
There is no more loved and admired saint of the Catholic Church than Anthony of Padua. Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal. He first joined the Augustiian Order and then left it in 1221 to join the Franciscan Order, at the age of 26. The reason he became a Franciscan was because of the death of the five Franciscan protomartyrs—Sts. Berard, Peter, Otho, Accursius and Adjutus. These saints shed their blood for the Catholic Faith in the year 1220, in Morocco. The headless and mutilated bodies of these holy martyrs had been brought to Anthony’s monastery on their way back for burial. St. Anthony became a Franciscan in the hope of shedding his own blood and becoming a martyr. He lived only 10 years after joining the Franciscan Order. So simple and resounding was his teaching of the Catholic Faith, even the most unlettered and innocent might understand it. His simple and profound teaching led him to be named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946. St. Anthony was only 36 when he died and is often referred to as “the Hammer of Heretics.” His great protection against their lies and deceits in the matter of Christian doctrine was to utter, simply and innocently, the Holy Name of Mary. When Anthony of Padua found he was preaching the true gospel of the Catholic Church to heretics who would not listen to him, he then went out and preached it to the fishes. This was not, as the liberals and naturalists are trying to say, for the instruction of the fishes, but rather for the glory of God, the delight of the angels and the easing of his own heart. St. Anthony wanted to profess the Catholic Faith with his mind, mouth and heart, at every moment of his life.

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LIVES OF THE SAINTS

DECEMBER 1
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker. 

DECEMBER 2
ST. BIBIANA
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times. 

DECEMBER 3
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.

DECEMBER 4
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE

St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family

DECEMBER 5
ST. SABAS

St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.

DECEMBER 6
ST. NICHOLAS

St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.

DECEMBER 7
ST. AMBROSE

St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.

DECEMBER 8
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY

Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.

DECEMBER 9
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO

St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.

DECEMBER 10
ST. JOHN ROBERTS

St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.

DECEMBER 11
ST. DAMASUS I

ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.

DECEMBER 12
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.

DECEMBER 13
ST. LUCY

St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.

DECEMBER 14
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS

St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.

DECEMBER 15
ST. NINO

St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.

DECEMBER 16
ST. ADELAIDE

St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.

DECEMBER 17
ST. OLYMPIAS

St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.

DECEMBER 18
ST. FLANNAN

St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.

DECEMBER 19
BLESSED URBAN V

Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.

DECEMBER 20
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS

St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.

DECEMBER 21
ST. PETER CANISIUS

ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.

DECEMBER 22
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS

The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.

DECEMBER 23
ST. JOHN OF KANTY

St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.

DECEMBER 23
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE

St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.

DECEMBER 24
ST. CHARBEL

St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.

DECEMBER 25
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS

The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.

DECEMBER 26
ST. STEPHEN

St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.

DECEMBER 27
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE

St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.

DECEMBER 28
THE HOLY INNOCENTS

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.

DECEMBER 29
ST. THOMAS BECKET

St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.

DECEMBER 30
CST. ANYSIA

St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.

DECEMBER 31
ST. SYLVESTER

St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.

 
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