Posts tagged ‘Saints who were Soldiers’

Venerable Bernardo Maria Clausi

Venerable Bernardo Maria ClausiProfile

Born to the Italian nobility, Bernard joined the Order of Minims at age 15, but the monastery was soon closed by the antiCatholic forces of the French Revolution. He was drafted into the military but continued to live his faith as well as he could. Back in civilian life, he finished his studies and was ordained a priest. With the return to religious life to France after the Revolution, Bernard return to the Minims. Worked in Rome and Naples in Italy. Friend of Saint Vincent Pallotti. Known as a miracle worker.

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Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Bernardo Maria Clausi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 March 2018. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Blessed Christian de Chergé

Blessed Christian de ChergéAlso known as

  • Charles-Marie Christian de Chergé
  • one of the Monks of Tibhirine

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Born to an aristocratic French family with a military tradition; his father, a general, was the commander of the 67th Artillery Regiment of Africa, and Charles spent part of his childhood in Algeria before the family returned to France. He studied at the Carmelite Sainte-Marie de Manceau School outside Paris, France, from 1947 to 1954, was an exceptional student – and a Boy Scout.

Having felt the call to religious life from his childhood, Charles entered the Carmes Seminary in Paris in 1956, but left to return to Algeria in 1959 to serve for 27 months as an officer during the Algerian War. At one point he was saved from an ambush by an Algerian Muslim named Mohamed, a father of ten. Charles told Mohamed that he would pray for him in thanks. Mohamed said that he knew that Charles would pray for him, but said that, “Christians don’t know how to pray.” Mohamed was murdered that night, and Charles saw the whole event as a calling for him to follow Christ by working in Algeria where his friend had given him the greatest gift of life and love by risking himself for another.

Following his military service, he returned to France, continued his studies, and was ordained a priest in the church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris in 1965. Chaplain of the Sacré Cocur Basilica of Montmartre, France from 1964 to 1969. Father Charles joined the Trappist Cistercians, beginning his novitiate at the Aiguebelle Abbey in Algeria in 1971.

Monk at the Abbey of Our Lady of Atlas at Tibhirine near Médéa, Algeria. He studied Arabic language and culture at the Pontifical Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in Rome, Italy under the direction of the Missionaries of Africa from 1972 to 1974, and back in Algeria he worked for and encourage dialogue between Christians and Muslims. With the White Father missionary, Claude Rault, Father Charles founded the group Ribât-al-Salam (The Place of Peace) in the spring of 1979; the group had the mission of discussion of Muslim tradition and spirituality, and in 1980 were joined by a group of Sufi Muslims. The group became a place for inter-faith dialogue, education and prayer. Chosen prior the Atlas Abbey in 1984.

Father Charles was one of seven monks kidnapped over the night of 26–27 March 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. They were held captive for two months, then murdered for being Christian. Martyr.

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Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Christian de Chergé“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2018. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Blessed Paul Favre-Miville

Blessed Paul Favre-MivilleAlso known as

  • one of the Monks of Tibhirine

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Paul worked as a plumber, then joined the army and served as a paratrooper officer in Algeria. In his 40’s, Paul followed a call to religious life and joined the Trappists in 1984. He moved to the Atlas Abbey of Tibhirine near Médéa, Algeria in 1989 and set up an irrigation system for their gardens. He had just returned from a family visit in France, bringing a supply of spades and young beech trees to be planted when he and six other monks kidnapped over the night of 26–27 March 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. They were held captive for two months, then murdered for being Christian. Martyr.

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Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Paul Favre-Miville“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2018. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Saint Sebastian of Agaunum

The Theban LegionMemorial

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Soldier. Member of the Theban Legion. To escape the persecution of Emperor Maximian, he fled from his unit to the Piedmont region of Italy, but was caught, convicted of being a Christian, and executed. Martyr.

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Canonized

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Sebastian of Agaunum“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 December 2017. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Saint Alverius of Agaunum

The Theban LegionMemorial

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Soldier. Member of the Theban Legion. To escape the persecution of Emperor Maximian, he fled from his unit to the Piedmont region of Italy, but was caught, convicted of being a Christian, and executed. Martyr.

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Canonized

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Alverius of Agaunum“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 December 2017. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

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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Beatified

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Ubaldo Adimari“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 April 2017. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Saint Gorgonio of Nicomedia

Also known as

  • 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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Canonized

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Gorgonio of Nicomedia“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 March 2017. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

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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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Henry of Austria“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 March 2017. Web. 26 May 2018. <>

Saint Aetios of Amorium

Martyrs of AmoriumMemorial

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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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Canonized

Representation

  • 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. 26 May 2018. <>

Saint Kallistos of Amorium

Martyrs of AmoriumMemorial

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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.

Died

Canonized

Representation

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

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Kallistos of Amorium“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 March 2017. Web. 26 May 2018. <>