Blessed Paula Gambara Costa

detail of an illustrated of Blessed Paula distributing alms, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Countess Costa

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Born to the nobility, the eldest of seven children born to Giampaolo Gambara and Taddea Caterina Martinengo. In her youth, Paula showed an affinity to a quiet and devout life, felt a call to religious orders, and spent her spare time spent in prayer and spiritual reading. However, in the autumn of 1485 she was given in an arranged marriage to the Lodovico Antonio Costa, Count of Benasco, Piedmont in modern Italy. Mother of Giovanni Francesco in 1488; she celebrated by distributing large amounts of food to the poor. Lodovico was a philaderer who enjoyed the worldly life, the party life, hunting, feasting, and was abusive and contempuous with Paula for her pious life and her devotion to the poor; his mistress moved into the castle to live with them both in 1494, and soon after Paula began suffering severe migraines. She discussed the matter with her confessor and spiritual director, Blessed Angelo of Chiavasso, and decided to make the conversion of Lodovico the focus of her spiritual life, joining the Franciscan tertiaries in 1491, suffering the abuse of both her husband and their servants, and putting the needs of the poor and the sick above her own. Miracles are reported where bread given to the poor would multiply, and barrels of drink that her husband emptied would suddenly refil. Her prayers were finally answered in 1504 when Lodovico had a conversion, received a miraculous healing at the grave of Blessed Angelo Carletti, and became a penitent man; Paula began wearing her Franciscan habit in public instead of under her gowns as she had done until then. Widowed in late 1504, Paula devoted her remaining years to God and charity, which included financing the re-building of some area convents and monasteries.

Born

Died

Beatified

Patronage

Representation

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Paula Gambara Costa“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 January 2017. Web. 23 January 2017. <>

Blessed Juan Infante

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Mercedarian priest. With Blessed Juan Solorzano and Venerable Jorge of Seville, Blessed Juan accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the Americas, and was the first celebrate Mass in South America.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Juan Infante“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 January 2017. Web. 23 January 2017. <>

Diocese of Foligno, Italy

Diocese of
Founded

Elevated

Suffragan of

Profiled Bishops

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MLA Citation

  • “Diocese of Foligno, Italy“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 January 2017. Web. 23 January 2017. <>

Blessed Antonio della Chiesa

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Dominican bishop who restored monastic life and discipline in the region of Como, Italy.

Died

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Antonio della Chiesa“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 January 2017. Web. 23 January 2017. <>

Blessed Maria Mancini

detail of a painting of Blessed Maria Mancini, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial

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By age 25, Maria had been married twice, to Baccio Mancini and them Guillermo Spezzalaste, widowed twice, and saw all seven of her children die in childhood. She became a spiritual student Saint Catherine of Siena and took the veil of the Dominican Third Order at the Holy Cross monastery in Pisa, Tuscany, Italy. Discipline there was lax, and many of the sisters were more meddlesome than holy. Maria was soon the leader of a small group of young, pious but timid sisters, all of whom moved to the new monastery of Saint Dominic in Pisa. Maria assisted its founder, Blessed Chiara Gambacorta, to make the house an example of the Domincan religious life. Prioress of the house for ten years. Received visions of the wounded Jesus.

Died

Beatified

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Maria Mancini“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 January 2017. Web. 23 January 2017. <>

Saint Zacharias the Angelic

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Hermit and monk on Mount Mercury, Lucania, Italy.

Died

  • c.950 of natural causes

Canonized

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Zacharias the Angelic“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 January 2017. Web. 23 January 2017. <>

Blessed Isidre Costa Hons

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Member of the Claretians Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

Died

Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Isidre Costa Hons“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 January 2017. Web. 23 January 2017. <>

Blessed Ciril Montaner Fabré

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Claretian priest. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

Died

Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Ciril Montaner Fabré“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 January 2017. Web. 23 January 2017. <>

Blessed Miguel Facerías Garcés

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Member of the Claretians. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

Died

Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Miguel Facerías Garcés“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 January 2017. Web. 23 January 2017. <>

Saint Macarius of Alexandria

Also known as

  • Macarius the Alexandrian

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Monk. Priest. Bishop. Abbot of a community in the mountains of Scete, Egypt.

Died

Canonized

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Macarius of Alexandria“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 January 2017. Web. 23 January 2017. <>