Archive for the ‘Saints Beati and Venerables’ Category.

Saint Cyril of Caesarea

Pictorial Lives of the Saints illustration for Saint Cyril, MartyrAlso known as

  • Cyril of Kayseri

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Raised in a wealthy pagan family, in his youth Cyril was baptized in secret. When his family learned of his conversion, his father banished him from the family estate. Cyril was imprisoned for his faith, and ordered by local officials to renounce Christianity and sacrifice to idols; he refused. Martyr.

Died

Canonized

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Cyril of Caesarea“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 June 2017. Web. 22 August 2017. <>

Saint Vulfura of Cordoba

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Vulfura had a dream in which he was told that in Cordoba, Spain he would meet a young woman with whom he would be martyred for his faith. Arriving in Cordoba, he met, was imprisoned with, and executed with Saint Argentea. Martyr.

Born

Died

Canonized

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Vulfura of Cordoba“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 May 2017. Web. 22 August 2017. <>

Blessed Gautier di Esterp

Also known as

  • Gautier de Limousin
  • Gualterio…
  • Gualtiero…
  • Walter…

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Born to the French nobility. Educated by the Augustinians at Dorat, France. Joined the Augustinians in Dorat. Priest. Abbot of the monastery of l’Esterp, Limousin, France where he served for 38 years. Known for love and support of his brother canons, and his charity to the poor.

Born

  • 990 at Conflans Castle, Aquitaine (in modern France)

Died

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Gautier di Esterp“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 May 2017. Web. 22 August 2017. <>

Saint Matthêô Lê Van Gam

statue of Saint Matthêô Lê Van Gam, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial

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Eldest son in a pious Christian family. Matthew briefly studied at the seminary at Lai Thieu in the apostolic vicariate of Cochinchina (modern Vietnam), but being the first-born, family obligations caused him to return home. He married to a local girl, and was the father of four, two of whom were later murdered for being Christians. At one point he cheated on his wife; he repented, she forgave him, and he used the incident to re-examine his approach to his life and faith. He decided that the best thing would be become closer to the Church, to serve in his diocese, and to help the missionaries.

During the persecutions of emperor Thiêu Tri in 1846, Mattheo, a skilled sailor, smuggled a group of threatened seminarians out of the county to Malaysia. The authorities suspected him of smuggling contraband into the country, and increased their surveillance of him when he was at sea. Stopped on another run in July to saved some diocesan clergy, he managed to bribe some of the soldiers, but was arrested, beaten, whipped, and ordered to desecrate a cross to prove his renunciation of Christianity. When he refused, he was imprisoned for 10 months, regularly tortured, and eventually executed for the crime of helping the missionaries. Martyr.

Born

Died

Venerated

Beatified

Canonized

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Matthêô Lê Van Gam“. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 May 2017. Web. 22 August 2017. <>

Blessed Enrico Rebuschini

detail of the beatification portrait of Blessed Enrico Rebuschini, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial

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Second of five children born to an upper class family in the Lombard region of modern Italy. A pious young man and good student, he had a mystical outlook on things, and was subject to bouts of depression. At age 18 Enrico felt a call to the priesthood, but his family, especially his father strongly objected. However, they finally relented, and at 24 Enrico began his studies at the seminary in Como, Italy. He studied at the Lombard College and Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, and proved an able student, but a crushing bout of depression sent him back to his family home and finally to a nursing home for recovery.

When he was back on his feet and ready to return to his studies, Enrico re-examined his call to religious life, and, with the help of his confessor, decided to work with the Camillians, a congregation dedicated to the sick; he began his novitiate at age 27. With special dispensation from his bishop, the future Pope Saint Pius X, he was ordained a priest on 14 April 1889. He ministered to the sick in Verona, Italy from 1889 to 1899, making his solemn Camillian vows in 1891, and then served at the San Camillo di Cremona nursing home the rest of his life – almost 40 years. He served as treasurer of his community for 34 years, and superior for 11. Father Enrico’s life was one of prayer and service in the day to day needs of other people.

Born

Died

Venerated

Beatified

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Enrico Rebuschini“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 May 2017. Web. 22 August 2017. <>

Blessed Antonio Arribas Hortigüela

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Student at the minor seminary of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Canet de Mar, Spain, and then joined the congregation on 30 September 1928. Ordained a priest on 6 April 1935. Taught Latin and served as treasurer of the Missionaries‘s school. Known for his exceptional physical strength, he was a father figure to many of the boys in his school. He was captured by Communist militia on 21 July 1936 when the militia men took over the school. He and several brother Missionary priests escaped on the night of 3 August 1936, and tried to make it to France, but were re-captured in the mountains on 28 September 1936, taken by bus to the Pont de Ser, and executed for the crime of being a priest. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

Died

Venerated

Beatified

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Antonio Arribas Hortigüela“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 May 2017. Web. 22 August 2017. <>

Blessed Maria Catalina Troiani

Blessed Maria Catalina TroianiAlso known as

  • Maria Caterina of Saint Rose

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Third of four children born to Tommaso Troiani and Teresa Panici, her mother died when the Maria was six. Franciscan tertiary, dedicated to the teachings of Saint Francis, and to the care and education of girls. Franciscan nun, taking the habit on 8 December 1829, and taking the name Sister Maria Teresa of Saint Rose in honour of Saint Rose of Viterbo. Missionary to north Africa. In 1852 the Apostolic Vicar of Egypt requested a Franciscan school for poor girls be established in Cairo; Maria and four other sisters met with Pope Pius IX on 4 September 1859 to offer their service, and he gave them his blessing. The sisters and Father Giuseppe Moden arrived in Cairo on 14 September 1859 to begin their work. On 5 July 1868, the group received approval as a formal congregation under the name Third Order Franciscan Sisters of Cairo; they were later renamed the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Egypt, and in 1950 were renamed the Franciscan Missionaries of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. From the day of their founding until the day of her death, Sister Maria served as Mother Superior to the group. Pope Leo XIII always held her in high regard.

Born

Died

Venerated

Beatified

Patronage

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Maria Catalina Troiani“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 May 2017. Web. 22 August 2017. <>

Blessed Bartolomeo Pucci-Franceschi

detail of a painting of Blessed Bartolomeo Pucci-Franceschi, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial

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Born to the wealthy Tuscan nobility. Married and the father of four. Noted for his charity to the poor, especially in times of famine. In 1290, when his children were grown, Bartolomeo left his wealth and family to become a Franciscan friar at the convent of San Francisco in Montepulciano, Italy. Many of the locals considered him insane to give up the one social position for the other, but he was a model of religious devotion. Priest. Received visions of Mary and the angels, and was known as a miracle worker.

Born

Died

Beatified

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Bartolomeo Pucci-Franceschi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 May 2017. Web. 22 August 2017. <>

Saint Acindynus

Also known as

  • Acindinus

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There is an old Eastern tradition that he converted after watching the martyrdom of Saint George, but all we know for sure is that this is the name of yet another early Christianity murdered for his faith. Martyr.

Canonized

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Acindynus“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 May 2017. Web. 22 August 2017. <>

Saint Antony

Also known as

  • Antoninus

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There is an old Eastern tradition that he converted after watching the martyrdom of Saint George, but all we know for sure is that this is the name of yet another early Christianity murdered for his faith. Martyr.

Canonized

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Antony“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 May 2017. Web. 22 August 2017. <>