Day

January 19, 2012

St. Siricius

St. Siricius, born circa 334 in Rome, was elected the 38th pope in 384. Siricius extended the authority of the pope, and he said papal documents must be widely distributed. In a synod in 386, he reaffirmed canon laws. The importance of celibate life for the religious and clergy was reaffirmed in another synod, 390-392....
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St. Eligius

St. Eligius, a metalworker born in France circa 590, was the “master of mint” under King Clotaire II. As Eligius became famous for his work, he also became rich. He generously helped the poor, and he built churches and a monastery. Eligius was ordained a priest circa 640 and later became a bishop. He converted...
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St. Francis Xavier

St. Francis Xavier was born in Spanish Navarre in 1506. St. Ignatius of Loyola convinced his friend Francis Xavier to help spread the Gospel. Francis was one of the founding Jesuits and the first Jesuit missionary. Also a priest, he preached, helped the sick and taught the catechism to children in Goa. He served as...
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St. Giovanni Calabria

St. Giovanni Calabria was born Oct. 8, 1873, in Verona, Italy. This priest started homes for abandoned teens throughout his home country. He also founded the Congregation of the Poor Servants of Divine Providence. He died Dec. 4, 1954, in Italy. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1999.
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St. Sabbas

St. Sabbas was born in Cappadocia in 439. An anchorite as of age 30, he renounced the world in order to devote his life to prayer and work. He wove baskets, which he took to a monastery led by St. Euthymius to trade for food and materials to make more baskets. When St. Euthymius died,...
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St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas was a priest, abbot and bishop of Myra (located in present-day Turkey) who was very generous to those who were in need. He also protected the innocent. He is known by many as Santa Claus. There are many stories about St. Nicholas. Once he heard of a poor man who was going to...
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St. Eulalia of Merida

St. Eulalia of Merida was born circa 290. This consecrated virgin wanted to be a martyr. During the persecutions of Christians by Emperor Diocletian, Eulalia confessed her faith. She was tortured and burned alive for her faith circa 304. St. Eulalia is patron saint of torture victims and Merida, Spain.
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St. Lucy

St. Lucy of Syracuse was born in Sicily circa 283. She promised to live her life for Christ, but Lucy’s mother arranged her marriage. After Lucy prayed at St. Agatha’s tomb and her mother’s illness was cured, Lucy’s mother agreed that Lucy did not have to marry. However, Lucy’s would-be groom told the governor that...
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St. Olympias

St. Olympias was born to a noble family in Constantinople but was orphaned when she was young. After she was married and widowed, she decided to devote her life to the church. She built a hospital and an orphanage, and she performed other charitable works. In 404 she was exiled because she supported St. John...
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Blessed Urban V

Blessed Urban V was born with the name Guillaume Grimoard in 1310. He was elected pope Sept. 28, 1362. He lived in Avignon at the beginning of his papacy, but he later moved the papacy back to Rome. He restored discipline of the clergy. Urban V worked for peace in Europe. He died Dec. 19,...
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St. Peter Canisius

St. Peter Canisius was born in Holland in 1521. He became a Jesuit and worked with St. Ignatius of Loyola. He had a vision of the Sacred Heart while he was praying. He was a leader of the German Counter-Reformation. He was ordained in 1546, and his catechism was translated into multiple languages. He also...
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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born in Italy in 1850. In 1877 she took religious vows and worked in an orphanage. When the orphanage closed, Frances founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to take care of poor children; she did this at her bishop’s request. The pope had her move to the United...
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