Posts tagged ‘Saints who were Soldiers’

Blessed Ubaldo Adimari

detail of an illustration of Blessed Ubaldo Adimari, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Ubaldo da Borgo San Sepolcro

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Born to the Florentine nobility, his relics indicate that he was a pretty tall individual. After a mis-spent youth, he became involved in the political and martial conflicts between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, the Pope and the emperor of Germany. Soldier. He became a spiritual student of Saint Philip Benizi c.1280, had a conversion, and became a Servite friar. Priest, ordained c.1283. Assistant to Saint Philip, and was at his death bed. Prior of the Servite convent of Todi, Italy in 1285. Miracle worker; once, having broken the water jug he was using to carry water, he used the cloth of his habit as a bowel to bring water back to the convent for his brothers. Late in life he returned to the Servite convent on Monte Senario to spent his last days in prayer and penance.
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  • “Blessed Ubaldo Adimari“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 April 2017. Web. 19 August 2017. <>

Saint Gorgonio of Nicomedia

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  • Gorgonius

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Army officer and member of the staff in the house of emperor Diocletian. He was exposed as a Christian when he objected to the torture of fellow servant and Catholic, Saint Peter of Nicomedia. This led to his own arrest, torture and execution. Martyr.

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  • “Saint Gorgonio of Nicomedia“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 March 2017. Web. 19 August 2017. <>

Blessed Henry of Austria

detail of an antique Italian holy card of Blessed Henry of Austria by Bertoni, date unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial

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Mercedarian lay knight. Noted for his openness, charity and deep prayer life. In Tunis, while working to free Christians held as slaves by Muslims, he was scourged for expressing his Christianity publicly, but survived to return to Spain.

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  • “Blessed Henry of Austria“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 March 2017. Web. 19 August 2017. <>

Saint Aetios of Amorium

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Member of the Byzantine patrician class. General of the Anatolian division of the imperial army. One of the 42 Martyrs of Amorium who were captured by invading Muslims, imprisoned for seven years, and then murdered when they refused to convert to Islam. Martyr.

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  • one of a large group of men (the head count varies) dressed as imperial Byzantine courtiers
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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Aetios of Amorium“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 March 2017. Web. 19 August 2017. <>

Saint Kallistos of Amorium

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Member of the Byzantine patrician class and imperial courtiers. Military commander. One of the 42 Martyrs of Amorium who were captured by invading Muslims, imprisoned for seven years, and then murdered when they refused to convert to Islam. Martyr.

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  • one of a large group of men (the head count varies) dressed as imperial Byzantine courtiers
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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Kallistos of Amorium“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 March 2017. Web. 19 August 2017. <>

Saint Paul Ho Hyob

Martyrs of KoreaAlso known as

  • Heo Hyeob
  • Baolo
  • Paulus

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Layman soldier in the apostolic vicariate of Korea. When he admitted to being a Christian, he was imprisoned, tortured, and repeatedly dragged before a judge who ordered Paul to renounce his faith; he repeatedly refused. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Paul Ho Hyob“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 January 2017. Web. 19 August 2017. <>

Saint Theophilus the Younger

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  • Teófilo
  • Teofil

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Commander of the imperial Byzantine military outpost in Cyprus in the late 8th century reign of Constantine IV. During a naval attack by Muslim forces, he was captured, taken to the Saracen Caliph Harun ar-Rashid, imprisoned for four years in hopes of his being ransomed, and regularly ordered to renouce Christ and convert to Islam; he refused. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Theophilus the Younger“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 January 2017. Web. 19 August 2017. <>

Blessed Giuseppe Giaccardo

detail of a photograph of Blessed Giuseppe Giaccardo, date, photographer and location unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Father Timoteo

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Oldest of five children born to farm workers Stefano and Maria Cagna; his mother was devoted to Our Lady of the Rosary. When financial troubles hit, his father worked as a butcher and sacristan, and Giuseppe spent his early years in a house adjacent to his parish church; at one point he served as an altar boy for Blessed Giacomo Alberione, his future superior. Giuseppe early felt a call to the priesthood, and began his studies in October 1908; he was known as an exceptional student in seminary, but would not talk about it. Drafted into the army on 22 January 1915, he worked in a medical unit and later said that the locations of his military assignments put a severe test to his vows of chastity. He was released from service on 7 January 1916 due to chronic anemia, and returned to seminary where he spent his spare time tutoring other students.

Father Alberione wanted the young seminarian to work with him in his new Society of Saint Paul, but Giuseppe was informed that he could only remain a cleric if he stayed in seminary. He joined the Society on 7 April 1917, trained and supervised student printers, edited and proofread books and periodicals, all the while continuing his studies. Ordained on 19 October 1919, the first professed priest in the Society. He made his profession within the Society on 30 June 1920, taking the name Timoteo in honour of the disciple of Saint Paul the Apostle. He preached retreats, heard confessions, and each Sunday walked the 8 miles to Benevello, Italy to celebrate Mass for the parish there. He earned a degree in theology, with honours, from the College of Saint Thomas in Geona, Italy on 12 November 1920.

As the Society continued to grow, so did Father Timoteo’s work load. He was noted within the Society for spreading the word of the Faith and of the Church’s stance against the Facism that was coming to power in Italy; he was also known for his lack of administrative and financial skills, which often put him at odds with Father Alberione and dealing with overdue bills. Still, his devotion was so powerful that Father Alberione assigned Father Giuseppe to found the Society‘s first house in Rome, Italy; Pope Pius XI jumped for joy at the news. On 15 January 1926, Father Giuseppe and 14 students opened a small print shop in Rome, and began work on twelve diocesan weekly publications. Father Timoteo and his crew lived in a renovated warehouse with limited plumbing and no chapel. With no other priests to assist him, Father Timoteo served as house superior, father figure, spiritual director of both his house and the newly arrived group of Daughters of Saint Paul, house treasurer, and supervisor of the printing work they all did. They were perpetually short of money, and his work never ended, but visitors noted the serenity and dedication that pervaded the living and working areas.

In July 1927, Don Giaccardo managed to purchase a old vineyard from the Benedictines; the barn was transformed into a chapel, the winery to print shop, and the farm house into improved quarters for the Society; it became a central point for training, study and spiritual formation of new members of the Society. Father Giuseppe was made superior in Rome in 1932. On 10 June 1936, the old vineyard was designated the mother-house of the Society, and Don Giaccardo its superior; he laboured at task for the next decade, which were his most active years, and the period when the house was most know for its piety, observance and community. He worked with about 500 students and seminarians in Alba, Italy during this period, and kept his community together during the privations of World War II. Celebrated Mass every Friday at the mother house of the Pauline Sisters. He carried a small edition of the epistles of Saint Paul, and consulted them frequently for wisdom in dealing with his community; falsehoods saddened him, he would lose sleep to pray for Society members who had a conflict, he saw all history as being centered on Christ, and encouraged members of the Society to use all forms of media to spread the Faith.

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For me, the Gospel is the book of humility. Blessed Giuseppe

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Giuseppe Giaccardo“. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 January 2017. Web. 19 August 2017. <>

Saint Defendente the Theban

detail of an Italian holy card of Saint Defendente the Theban as patron of Romano di Lombardia, Italy; date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Defendente of Thebes
  • Defendens…

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Christian soldier in the Theban Legion of the imperial Roman army. Martyred by emperor Maximian for refusing to sacrifice to pagan gods prior to a battle.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Defendente the Theban“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 January 2017. Web. 19 August 2017. <>

Saint Laverius

statue of Saint Laverio, cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore in Teggiano, Italy, date and artist unknown; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Lavierio
  • Laverio

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Son of Achille, Laverius was raised in a pagan family. Served as a soldier in the imperial Roman army. A convert to Christianity, he began preaching in the streets of Teggiano, Italy. By order of the prefect Agrippa, Laverius was arrested, tortured, put on display for public abuse and ridicule, and ordered to make sacrifice to pagan gods; he refused. He was then thrown to wild animals in the amphitheatre, but instead of attacking him, they knelt in front of him. Laverius was thrown back into this cell, but an angel freed him during the night and ordered him to travel to Grumentum (modern Grumento Nova, Italy). He arrived on 15 August 312 and began immediately to preach and to baptize converts. Agrippa sent soldiers after him. Laverius was captured, flogged, and when he would not stop preaching Christ even while being beaten, he was executed. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Laverius“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 October 2016. Web. 19 August 2017. <>