Saint Theodore II, Bishop of Sion, October 27

October 27, 2009


Saint Theodore II, Bishop of Sion
October 27

The figure of St. Teodulo Bishop of Sion, has many similarities to its namesake saint, bishop of Octodurum, but he lived in the fourth century; their stories are often confused, especially in the story of miracles, both are in the Valais (canton of Switzerland south-west).

S. Teodulo or Theodore II, was the first bishop of the new diocese of Sion in the canton of Valais, after s. King Sigismund of Burgundy († 524) had transferred the seat of the diocese of Martigny to the new capital of the Valais, Sion.

S. Teodulo suggested to King Sigismund, along with neighboring bishops gathered in council to Agaune April 30 515, to found the famous Abbey of St. Mauritius, in honor of the martyrs of the Theban Legion, killed in those places.

He died sometime in the sixth century, and her oldest images are those of the reliquary in the Cathedral of Sion, while other paintings are in museums in Geneva and Zurich. A legendary story says that one year the vineyards of Valais had suffered severely for the frost, then s. Teodulo the eve of harvest, he urged the tenants to prepare the barrels as if it were an abundant harvest.

Then he piled up throughout the grape that was still good in the same place, he blessed and made to press the grapes in all the barrels, which were filled to overflowing with wine. For this he became the protector of vineyards and winemakers in some paintings is shown with a bunch of grapes in his hand. His feast day is October 27.

Author: Antonio Borrelli

Source: Santi e Beati

St. Symmachus, October 22

October 22, 2009

St. Symmachus

St. Symmachus Bishop of Capua
October 22
Capua (Santa Maria Capua Vetere), † 449 approx.

In 430 Symmachus was bishop of Capua, the ancient city founded in the sixth century BC by the Etruscans, then dominated by Samnites, who absorbed the culture Etruscan and Hellenistic Greek. Symmachus was the founder of the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, survived the destruction of the Saracens and became the initial core of the new city, the future Santa Maria Capua Vetere, becoming the cathedral. Symmachus would have died in 449, after 19 years of episcopacy in Capua and his worship was always kept alive. From 1313 appeared the first calendars bearing his name was added, and were also present in the territory Capuano, many churches named after him, even in popular forms, Simo, Simm, Simbrico. And he’s patron of Santa Maria Capua Vetere. Read the rest of this entry »

Saint Adalgiso Bishop of Novara, October 7

October 7, 2009

Saint Adalgiso Bishop of Novara

Saint Adalgiso Bishop of Novara
October 7

Was the thirty-second of the series, as you can read in the diptychs of the church of Novara, the one preserved in the Basilica of St. Gaudenzio (1070) And the other in the Cathedral (1123 ca.). More sober the first, the second largest, attest, however, agreed that Adalgiso. was bishop of Novara for eighteen years, from 830 (or 831) 849 (or 850) according to some, to 834 or 852-3 (?) according to others.

The talk of Bascape A. in its Novara, after describing the era in which the saint lived, that of Charlemagne’s victories over the Lombards, followed by the constitution from coronation of the emperor and the Holy Roman Empire, which gives rise to the Carolingian rule in Italy.

Adalgisa is constantly felt by the tradition of Lombard origin, perhaps from the same family last king Desiderius, indeed, even his niece. But no one knows exactly of his youthful years. Thought to be a canon of the church of Saint Gaudenzio, having later proved very wide of its assets to the chapter of this church. Even if it has been named bishop for his virtues rather than for high society. By 854 he was no longer among the living, as stated in the diploma of Emperor Louis II, directed to the successor of Adalgisa, Dodona or Brass and precisely dated June 7 of that year.

In addition to “holy bishop” (these words, written in red as a sign of honor, are the more calories you read in the diptychs of the Cathedral), he is also credited with rare praise of “gem of the priests,” while alludes to his “specchiatissime works.”

It may be safely said that historic news of his generous donations to the canons of the Cathedral, Episcopal, and now preserved in the Archive already lost. Donations also covered the canons of Saints Julius and Gozzano, as well as those of the Cathedral of St. Gaudenzio. There are three separate documents, probably all of February 19, 840, obtained from the emperor at the request of Adalgisa.

From the same letter that Adalgisa put at the service of the church of Santa Maria forty clergy for the celebration of divine offices, giving them a reasonable benefit. He also enriched the Cathedral with the wonderful mosaic that still be seen before the high altar. In another outstanding document, preserved in the library chapter of Saint Gaudenzio, which bears the date of January 30, 848, it is noted that Adalgiso gave to the canons of St. Gaudenzio the possession of the basket and other lands of the Lower Novarese, providing them even “the clothing and footwear.

When he died, his remains were first raised in the church of Saint Gaudenzio outside the walls, then taken to the city in 1533, after the destruction of the church and outside of houses by Charles V. Since 1927 they rest, along with the relics of other bishops of Novara, in Saint. Gaudenzio, in an artistic urn under the altar dedicated to his name. His feast occurs according to the Acta Sanctorum October 7, while today the Church celebrates the Novara 5 of the same month.

Author: Vincenzo Gilla Gremigni

Source: Santi e Beati

St. Magnus, October 6

October 6, 2009

St. Magnus

St. Magnus, Bishop of Oderzo and Eraclea
October 6

Roman Martyrology: In Veneto, the commemoration of St. Magnus, bishop, said to have gone away from the city of Oderzo with much of his flock because the Lombard invasion, founding the new city of Heraclea, and has built eight churches in Venice.

Even if his legend was, as the Martyr Comm. Roma, “a tissue of clichés” and though the earliest evidence of him are of later centuries, but it would be unwise to abandon the position of discrete acceptance of the Venetian tradition, which was already the Bollandist J. Guese quiere. According to this tradition was born in Great Altino noble family, probably in ‘the last quarter century. VI. Experience at home the humanistic education, he retired to life as a hermit on an island in the nearby lagoon, where he prepared for the priesthood, who received and exercised in the city of Oderzo, fighting the last layers of paganism and the Aryan infiltration coming from the part of diocese (Ceneda), occupied by the Lombards.

In 630 approx. succeeded s. Titian in the episcopal see of Oderzo. The city and the diocese were still subject to the Byzantines, which provide the final spur on the mainland, a wedge driven into the Lombard kingdom of resistance. It is no wonder that Rotari, taking advantage of the fact that the Byzantine forces were engaged in the East, the 638-39 has attacked and occupied the town. Most of the inhabitants, under the guidance of its political leaders and especially the bishop, took refuge in the neighboring islands of the Venetian lagoon, which were part of the Diocese of Oderzo, the most in that arose when “Civitas Nova Heraclian que dicitur.” Magno obtained from the Pope Severinus (May 28 to August 2 640) and primitive, patriarch of Grado, to move the bishop’s seat, while retaining the name of Oderzo. Built the cathedral dedicated to the apostle St. Peter, indeed, the tradition makes the founder, by divine inspiration, eight other churches in the area where it will rise Rialto Venice. A new influx of Opitergino at Heraclea and nearby islands took place when, in 665-667, Oderzo was reoccupied by the Lombards and destroyed the foundations. The holy survived a few years to the sad event: ninety died around 670 and was buried in his cathedral.

When for the burial of the surrounding lagoon, Eraclea was abandoned by its inhabitants, the Doge Pietro Ziani (1205-29), 6 October 1206, he carried the remains of the Great in Venice, in S. Jeremiah. On December 21, 1459, the Venetian Senate decreed that the day was a holiday for the whole city at that festival, the Doges were pilgrims with their court in S. Jeremiah, until, on 28 September 1563, a new decree of the senate that allowed an arm of the saint was brought to the basilica of S. Marco and there every year, October 6, exposed to the veneration of the doge and the faithful within a rich silver reliquary.

Magnus continues to be venerated in the Diocese of Venice as a secondary patron, even after April 22, 1956 his remains returned to Heraclea be retained in the new parish church of St. Mary Immaculate. The most beautiful depiction of the saint is unbelief S. Thomas, Academy of Fine Arts in Venice: Cima da Conegliano shows him standing with bushy white beard, wrapped in rich cope, the pastoral staff in his left, along with s. Thomas, because as he was the protector of the art of the builders.

Author: Daniel Irenaeus

Source: Santi e Beati

St. Cassian, August 5

August 5, 2009

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St. Cassian, Bishop

Roman Martyrology: At lugdunense Autun in Gaul, now France, St. Cassian, Bishop.

Source: Santi e Beati

Saint Arbogast, July 21

July 21, 2009

St. Arbogast

Saint Arbogast, Bishop
July 21
m. About 600

Roman Martyrology: In Strasbourg in Burgundy, Saint Arbogast, Bishop.

Ireland and Scotland compete for being designated as the birthplace of this saint who lived in the sixth century, even if the name Arbogast suggests rather an origin Aquilana or French. The rest of his life has come down to us through his “Life” largely legendary, done by his successor on the Episcopal chair, which seems to have some historical basis. But its existence and the reputation of the manufacturer of churches that are spread about him are attested by the detection of some bricks bearing an engraving of the name of Arbogast.

Since its the holy country, he therefore moved to Alsace to devote himself to the hermitic life; according to tradition, he resurrected a young prince, the son of King Dagobert, who was killed during a hunt, which took place near his cell. The king, full of gratitude to the saint, then appointed him bishop of Strasbourg. Undertaking the construction of the first Cathedral of the city, Arbogast then devoted his whole life to the care of the portion of the People of God entrusted to become unparalleled example of humility. He was always traditionally given the will to be buried in a hillside intended only for criminals. His desire was fulfilled when he died around 660 and this was followed by the construction of a church.

Saint Arbogast is revered as the main patron of the diocese of Strasbourg, as well as Co-patron of some nearby cities. He is also called on for relief in moments of fatigue.

Source: Santi e Beati

Saint Apollinare, July 20

July 20, 2009

Saint Apollinaire July 20JPGSaint Apollinare of Ravenna, Bishop and Martyr
July 20
ca. II-III century

Saint Apollinare, a native of Antioch, became a Bishop in the imperial city of Ravenna, perhaps instructed by the apostle St. Peter, of whom we’re told he was a disciple. He devoted himself to the work of evangelization of the Emilia-Romagna, finally to die as a martyr. The Basilica of Saint Apollinare in Class and Saint Apollinare’s New Basilica have passed to memories. His cult spread quickly, however, beyond the city limits. The pontiffs Simmaco (498-514) and Honorius I (625-638) promoted its to Rome, while the ex-king Clovis dedicated a church to him at Dijon. In Germany,his cult was probably spread by the Benedictine monasteries, and Camaldolese Avellana. A church was also dedicated to him in Bologna in the Palazzo del Podestà, but since it was demolished in 1250, Cardinal Lambertini dedicated an altar in the cathedral town. Saint Apollinare is considered the patron saint of the city where he was the first pastor, and the region Emilia-Romagna. Read the rest of this entry »

Episcopal Church looking to Lead Through Inclusivity

July 19, 2009
The Episcopal church is trying to replace the conservative membership that bailed out, by becoming more inclusive and more liberal.  Their chief bishop is a woman, and they are now open to openly gay bishops.  Because Gene Robinson, the existing openly gay bishop is in a relationship, it appears that bishops may be in relationships, whether or not they’re married.
In contrast, the Catholic and Orthodox churches limit the Episcopacy to celibate men; while in the Orthodox Church and in some Eastern Catholic Churches, married men may be ordained, in none of those Churches may married men become Bishops, nor may priests get married.
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Pared-Down Episcopal Church looking to lead through ‘Inclusivity’
Published: July 18, 2009

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Episcopal Church is betting its future on the hope that there are more young people out there like Will Hay.

Mr. Hay, 17, was one of the youngest voting delegates at the church’s 10-day triennial convention, which ended Friday. He has stuck with his church, even when the priest and most of the parishioners in his conservative San Diego parish quit the Episcopal Church two years ago in protest of its liberal moves, particularly the approval in 2003 of an openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson. Mr. Hay has helped rebuild his parish, which was left with 48 people and has since drawn nearly 100 new members. Read the rest of this entry »

Blessed Pavol Gojdic, July 17

July 17, 2009

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Blessed Pavol Gojdic

July 17, 1888, Ruské Peklany near Prešov-July 17, 1960,  Leopoldov

Son of the Greek-Catholic priest Štefan Gojdic and Anna Gerberyová. Attended elementary school at Cigelka, Bardejov and Prešov, finishing in 1907. Studied theology at Prešov and then Budapest where he consecrated himself and his work to the Sacred Heart. Finishing his studies on 27 August 1911, he was ordained soon after. Worked briefly as assistant parish priest with his father. Prefect of the eparchial seminary, and taught religion in a higher secondary school. Supervised protocol and the archives in the diocesan curia. Assistant parish priest in Sabinov. Director of the episcopal office in 1919. Read the rest of this entry »

Blessed Bartholemew of Braga, July 16

July 16, 2009

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May 1514, Verdela, Portugal-Viana do Castelo, Portugal, July 16, 1590.

If you have information relevant to the canonization of Blessed Bartolomeu, contact:

Dominicanos – Casa Provincial

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1200-131 Lisboa, PORTUGAL

Blessed Bartholomew of Braga, later known as Bartolomeus a Martyribus (Bartolomeu dos Mártires in Portuguese), out of veneration for the church in which he was baptized, was a Portuguese Dominican theologian and Archbishop of Braga. Read the rest of this entry »

Saint Ignacio Delgado y Cebrian, July 12

July 12, 2009

Blessed Ignatius Delgado, Henares etc

Saint Ignatius Delgado

Villafeliche, Spain, 1761-July 12, 1838, Tonkin, Vietnam

Canonized together with 116 other Martyrs of Vietnam whose Memorial is November 24

“This stranger, who was introduced clandestinely into the kingdom, spends his life in the study of things of the heart and in meditation on what is incomprehensible…(From the death sentence of Bishop Ignatius Delgado.)”

Continuing the saga of the martyrs of Tonkin, nearly a hundred years after the death of Blessed Peter Martyrs Sanz and companions, two more Dominicans bishops died for the faith . They were Bishop Ignatius Delgado and Bishop Dominic Henares. With them a tertiary catechist died, Francis Chien, and the group (beautified in 1900 by Pope Leo XIII) also includes a Spanish priest, Joseph Fernandez, Father Augustine Schoeffler of the Paris Foreign Mission Society, who was a Dominican Tertiary, and twenty-one native confraternity members. Read the rest of this entry »

Blessed Pope Eugene III, July 8

July 8, 2009

Blessed Pope Eugene III

Blessed Pope Eugene III

Montemegano, Pisa, Italy-July 8, 1851, Tivoli, Italy

Prominent Cistercian monk. Friend of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Abbot of the monastery of Tre Fontaine. Elected pope unanimously on day of his predecessor’s funeral; the cardinals wanted a quick election to prevent the interference of secular authorities. Promoted the disastrous Second Crusade. In 1146, the agitation of Arnold of Brescia and the republicans drove the pope from Rome. While in exile from 1146 to 1149 and again from 1150 to 1152, Eugene worked to reform clerical discipline.

Beatified December 28, 1872 by Pope Pius IX

Source: Saints

Blessed Pope Benedict XI, July 7

July 7, 2009


Blessed Pope Benedict XI

1240, Treviso, Italy-July 7, 1304, Perugia

He entered the Dominican Order at the age of fourteen. After fourteen years of study, he became lector of theology, which office he filled for several years. In 1296 he was elected Master General of the Order. As at this time hostility to Boniface VIII was becoming more pronounced, the new general issued an ordinance forbidding his subjects to favour in any way the opponents of the reigningpontiff; he also enjoined on them to defend in their sermons, when opportune, the legitimacy of the election of Boniface. This loyalty of Boccasini, which remained unshaken to the end, was recognized by Boniface, who showed him many marks of favour and confidence. Thus with the two cardinal-legates, the Dominican General formed the important embassy, the purpose of which was the concluding of an armistice between Edward I of England and Philip IV of France, then at war with each other. In the year 1298 Boccasini was elevated to the cardinalate; he was afterwards appointed Bishop of Ostia and Dean of the Sacred College. As at that time Hungary was rent by civil war, the cardinal-bishop was sent thither by the Holy See as legate a latere to labour for the restoration of peace. At the time of the return of the legate to Rome, the famous contest of Boniface VIII with Philip the Fair had reached its height. When, in 1303, the enemies of the pope had made themselves masters of the sacred palace, of all the cardinals and prelates only the two Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia and Sabina remained at the side of the venerable Pontiff to defend him from the violence of William of Nogaret and Sciarra Colonna.

A month after this scene of violence, Boniface having died, Boccasini was unanimously elected Pope, 22 October, taking the name of Benedict XI. The principal event of his pontificate was the restoration of peace with the French court. Immediately after his election Philip sent three ambassadors to the pope bearing the royal letter of congratulation. The king, while professing his obedience and devotion, recommended to the benevolence of the pope the Kingdom and Church of France. Benedict, judging a policy of indulgence to be necessary for the restoration of peace with the French court, absolved Philip and his subjects from the censures they had incurred and restored the king and kingdom to the rights and privileges of which they had been deprived by Boniface. The Colonna cardinals were also absolved from their censures, but not reinstated in their former dignities. This policy of leniency Benedict carried out without compromising the dignity of the Holy See or the memory of Boniface VIII. Nogaret and Sciarra Colonna and those implicated in the outrage of Anagni were declared excommunicated and summoned to appear before the pontifical tribunal. After a brief pontificate of eight months, Benedict died suddenly at Perugia. It was suspected, not altogether without reason, that his sudden death was caused by poisoning through the agency of William of Nogaret. Benedict XI was beatified in the year 1773. His feast is celebrated at Rome and throughout the Dominican Order on the 7th of July. He is the author of a volume of sermons and commentaries on a part of the Gospel of St. Matthew, on the Psalms, the Book of Job, and the Apocalypse.

Source: Catholic Encyclopedia

Presenting Bishop Lee Piché!

June 30, 2009

scan0001Bishop Lee Piché

It’s official. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has an auxiliary Bishop as of this afternoon. I was baptized in his childhood parish.

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Who was Buried in the Apostle Paul’s Tomb?

June 29, 2009

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The Vatican announced, at the close of the Pauline year, that analysis on bones buried in what is believed to be the tomb of the Apostle Paul, indicates the bones are from the proper time period.

You’ve got to love Catholicism; the Vatican finds all kinds of things located where tradition has put them.

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In addition, the Vatican announced the finding of a 4th century portrait of St. Paul, which is the oldest known image of the saint.

Grace from God in this Pauline year.

New Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

June 28, 2009

lee_picheWe will soon have a new Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis!

Since June of 2008, Father Piché has been the Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General for the Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The ordination is being planned for June 29, the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul, at the Saint Paul Cathedral.

“I am honored and humbled by the Holy Father’s confidence in me,” Piché said of his appointment. “This is a great Archdiocese, with many blessed and talented individuals, parishes, and institutions, and with some significant challenges, too. I am grateful to God for calling me to serve in this way. Since receiving this news, I have been praying that God will strengthen me to be faithful in the ministry of bishop.”

“It will be a privilege for me to offer another kind of assistance to Archbishop Nienstedt, whom I have come to admire and respect greatly during my time as Vicar General. He works hard and communicates well, often, and clearly. You always know where you stand with him. He will be a good mentor for me,” Piché stated.

And just so you know? His role isn’t limited to that of “confirmation machine” according to Fr. Erickson from the Office of Worship. Which is good because if that were the case, he wouldn’t have much to do in the off-season, would he?

Source: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

May 24: Blessed Blessed Louis-Zéphirin Moreau Of Canada

May 24, 2009

Blessed Louis-Zéphirin Moreau, 1824 – 1901

Blessed Bishop Wincenty Kadlubek, March 8

March 8, 2009


Blessed Bishop Wincenty Kadlubek, Cistercian Monk

Karnow, Poland, circa 1160 – Jedrzejow, Poland, March 8, 1223

Roman Martyrology: In the monastery of Jędrzejów in Poland, transit of Blessed Vincent Kadlubek, bishop of Krakow, who was deposed from his job, practiced in this place, the monastic life.

Wincenty Kadlubek was born of noble family about the year 1160 at Karnow, in the Duchy of Sandomir in Poland. He studied in France and Italy, he received priestly ordination, in1189 until potette sign as “Magister Vincentius”, since he apparently became canon and dean of School of the Cathedral of Krakow. A document dated 1212 bears his signature as “Praepositus Sandomirensis of the quondam”, namely the Provost of the Cathedral of Sandomir. On the death of Bishop Fulk of Krakow, September 11, 1207, the chapter voted in favor of the election of Vincent. Pope Innocent III approved the measure March 28 and following the new bishop was consecrated by Metropolitan Kielicz Henry, archbishop of Gnesen. Read the rest of this entry »

June 11: Blessed Choukrallah Maloyan, Armenian Catholic Martyr

June 11, 2008

Blessed Choukrallah Maloyan, 1869 – 1915 Read the rest of this entry »

Bishop James Augustine Healy, Second Bishop Of Portland, Maine

June 5, 2008

Bishop James Augustine Healy

James Augustine Healy was born in Georgia a slave. Due to his status, he and his siblings were forbidden from attending school. His parents wanted for them to be educated, and therefore sent se and his brother to the North to attend school. They later transfered to the Holy Cross College.
He and his brother Hugh were among the first graduation class, “Class of 1849”.

James then attended the Suplican Seminary in Paris. During this time, he felt he was called to e a pastor. In 1854, he was ordained at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Following his return to the US, he served as a priest and pastor in Boston for many years.

In 1875, he was named Bishop of Portland, Maine, being the fist African-American to be named bishop.

Within the 25 years he served as bishop, he established 60 new seminaries, 68 missions, 18 convents and schools throughout Maine, while overcoming the prejudices he faced.

Bishop Healy was a humble man, who wanted to served God and aid His people.


June 1: Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini

June 1, 2008

Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini, 1839 -1905 Read the rest of this entry »