Posts tagged ‘Died in Belgium’

Saint Rolende of Gerpinnes

detail of an image of Saint Rolende on a banner in the church of Saint-Michel-et-Sainte-Rolende in Gerpinnes, Belgium; date and artist unknown; photographed in May 2015 by Grentidez; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Rolendis

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Born a princess, the daughter of King Didier of the Lombards who was in exile after being defeated in battle by Blessed Charlemagne. Feeling a call to a life for God, she fled from an arranged marriage to Prince Oger of Scotland, and planned to enter the Sainte-Ursule convent in Cologne, Germany. However, she fell ill while en route, and died at Villers-Poterie. She was in the village long enough that the people learned her story and recognized her as a holy woman.

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  • “Saint Rolende of Gerpinnes“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 May 2020. Web. 13 August 2020. <>

Father William Stanihurst

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At Brussels, in Belgium, in the year 1663, Father William Stanihurst, a Belgian. He was a man of virginal innocence of life and purity of mind. It is said that in his youth an attempt was made upon his chastity similar to that of Saint Thomas of Aquin, and by his victory he obtained a similar reward, freedom from temptations of the flesh. His countenance breathed such an air of purity, telling of the brightness of his soul within, that the very heretics themselves held him in veneration. Amongst them was a countess very bigoted in her sect, who at the first sight of Father William was so changed, that she exclaimed, “Certainly if there is a Saint in the world this man is one.” She then received from him instruction in the Catholic Faith with good will, and without difficulty surrendered to the truths he taught, for nothing so clearly and powerfully recommends them as a holy life.

MLA Citation

  • “Father William Stanihurst”. Menology of the Society of Jesus. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 March 2020. Web. 13 August 2020. <>

Father John Francisci

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At Courtrai, in Belgium, in the year 1579, Father John Francisci died a holy death a man most solicitous for his perseverance in the Society. He often asked those with whom he lived, saying, “Pray for me that I may not lose my vocation.” This petition he fervently repeated in his agony; for he used to say, that when a Novice he heard a voice saying these words: “John, if you persevere in the Society you will be saved; if you are dismissed from it, by your own fault, you will be lost.” He went to confession every day. After the celebration of Mass he heard three other Masses most devoutly. He parted out his room into seven Stations of the Passion, and daily visited them with never failing devotion; and yet, with such fervent piety, he feared lest he should fall from his vocation.

MLA Citation

  • “Father John Francisci”. Menology of the Society of Jesus. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 March 2020. Web. 13 August 2020. <>

Pierre-Joseph van Beneden

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Catholic zoologist. Pioneer in the study of parasitic worms, first discovered that intestinal worms must pass through different animals before they reach full development, and did important research on litoral fauna, flora, and paleontology.

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  • “Pierre-Joseph van Beneden”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 January 2020. Web. 13 August 2020. <>

Baldwin Cuvillon

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In his childhood an anchorite, and in his youth a perfect Novice of the Society. When but nine years old, having heard of the Hermits of old, he retired with a companion of the same age to a mount near the city, to imitate the Fathers of the Desert. Later, he left a noble and rich inheritance to join the Society, and led a life worthy of such beginnings. He used to repeat those words of the Gospel: “Woe to you rich!” and, “It is difficult to pass from earthly pleasures to heavenly: it is well to whet our appetite here by poverty, fasting, and other austerities; there we shall feast without satiety, and enjoy pleasures that surpass man’s understanding.”

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  • “Baldwin Cuvillon”. Menology of the Society of Jesus. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 December 2019. Web. 13 August 2020. <>

Blessed Arnulf of Leuven

Also known as

  • Arnulf I
  • Arnulf of Louvain
  • Arnulf of Lovanium
  • Arnolf of Löwen
  • Arnulf of Villers
  • Arnulfus Lovaniensis
  • Arnolfo…
  • Arnoul…

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Cistercian monk. Abbot at Villers-la-Ville, Brabant (in modern Belgium) for 10 years. He expanded the abbey, made it a center of piety and mysticism, and compiled the first records of the abbey, covering the years 1146 to 1240. Noted poet. He opposed the scholasticism and formal education system being implemented at the time, and refused to help with the construction of the Saint-Bernard college in Paris, France as he thought the scholastic movement was destroying mystical life. Late in life, he retired from the abbacy to devote his remaining days to prayer and study.

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  • “Blessed Arnulf of Leuven“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 March 2019. Web. 13 August 2020. <>

Blessed Jacques Corbeau

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  • Jacob

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Premonstratensian canon at the Saint-Augustin monastery in Thérouanne, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. Chosen abbot of the house in 1603, where he served for his remaining 39 years, noted for his humility as a leader and charity to the poor. Near the end of his life, he and his brothers were forced to flee the monastery when the city came under seige, and he effectively died in exile.

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  • 1642 in Veurne, Flanders (in modern Belgium) of natural causes
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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Jacques Corbeau“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 January 2019. Web. 13 August 2020. <>

Father Louis of Blois

Dom Louis of BloisAlso known as

  • Louis de Blois-Châtillon
  • Ludovicus Blosius
  • François-Louis Blosius
  • Lodewijk…

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The son of Adrian and Katharina von Barbaçon, Louis was born to the nobility, one of nine children in family of the Counts of Blois. Louis was educated at the imperial court in Ghent, Belgium where he became friends with the future Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Louis joined the Benedictines at Liessies, Belgium at age 14. Louis studied at the University of Leuven, Belgium where he studied languages, Scripture, patristics, and became friends with the future Pope Adrian VI. Ordained a priest on 11 November 1530. His intelligence, wisdom, piety and devotion to the Benedictine Rule led to him being chosen 34th abbot of his house on 13 November 1530. He later declined the archbishopric of Cambrai, France. He declined the abbacy of the Saint Martin monastery in Tournai, Belgium. Wrote a number of works on prayer and the monastic life.

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  • early October 1506 in Don-Stienne Castle near Beaumont, Hainault, Belgium

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Venerated

  • he is sometimes described in Benedictine martyrologies as “Venerable”
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MLA Citation

  • “Father Louis of Blois“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 December 2018. Web. 13 August 2020. <>

Otto van Zyll

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  • Zylitjs

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Humanist. Upon the advice of Jansenius he entered the Society of Jesus in 1606, and became director of the colleges of Bois-le-Duc, Ghent, and Brussels successively. He wrote Latin poems and translated lives of the saints from Greek. Many conversions have been attributed to him.

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MLA Citation

  • “Otto van Zyll”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2018. Web. 13 August 2020. <>

Blessed Eugénie Joubert

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Fourth of eight children born to wine-makers Pietro Joubert and Antonia Celle; she was baptized on the day she was born. Educated at the Ursuline boarding school at Ministrel, France from 1881 till 1887, and then at the College of Saint Mary in Le Puy, France, run by the Sisters of Notre Dame, from 1889 to 1892. Made her First Communion on 29 May 1887. Taught catechism to local children. She joined the Sisters of the Holy Family of the Sacred Heart at Aubervilliers, France at age 19 on 6 October 1895, and made her profession on 8 December 1897. Assigned to be a catechist in Aubervilliers where she worked with poor children to prepare them for their First Communion. Sister Eugenie contracted tuberculosis in 1902. Assigned to Rome, Italy, then moved to Belgium in May 1904, but died soon after. She was known for a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and for boundless care for the children in her charge.

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“Jesus … Jesus … Jesus” – Blessed Eugénie’s dying words

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Eugénie Joubert“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 February 2019. Web. 13 August 2020. <>