Blessed Stefan Grelewski

Blessed Stefan GrelewskiAlso known as

  • prisoner 10444 (Auschwitz)
  • prisoner 25581 (Dachau)

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Older brother of Blessed Kazimierz Grelewski. Studied at the Progimnazjum in Sandomierz and Lubartów in Poland. Ordained in October 1921 as a priest in the archdiocese of Radom, Poland. Graduated with a doctorate in canon law in Strasbourg, France in 1924. General secretary of the Christian Workers Union in Radom in 1925. Writer, journalist, and translated works from French and German to Polish. Founded the magazine Catholic Truth in 1930. Worked with the people of Catholic Action and the Association of Polish Intelligence. Helped organize the first diocesan Eucharistic Congress in Radom in 1933. Prefect of a boy‘s elementary school from 1928 through 1931; prefect of the Jan Kochanowski state boy‘s grammar school from 1932 until the outbreak of World War II in 1939. During the Nazi occupation of Poland, he covertly continued teaching religion. Arrested with his brother on 24 January 1941 as part of the Nazi persecutions, he was deported, imprisoned and tortured in the concentration camps of Auschwitz and then Dachau. Martyr.

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Beatified

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Stefan Grelewski“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 May 2016. Web. 6 May 2016. <>

Saint Banban the Wise

Also known as

  • Banban Sapiens
  • Banbanum
  • Banbanus
  • Banbhanus
  • Banuanus
  • Barbanum
  • Mabran Barbarus
  • Mauran
  • Mauranum cognomento Barbanum
  • Methbrain
  • Methbruin
  • Nia Brain
  • Niabrain
  • Nie Brain
  • Niethbrain
  • Seannan

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5th century priest who worked with Saint Patrick who installed him as pastor of the Domnach Mór church at Magh Slécht, Templeport, County Cavan, Ireland.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Banban the Wise“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 May 2016. Web. 6 May 2016. <>

20 Mercedarian Martyrs of Riscala

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20 Mercedarian friars who were murdered by Huguenot heretics for refusing to denounce their faith.

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MLA Citation

  • “20 Mercedarian Martyrs of Riscala“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 May 2016. Web. 6 May 2016. <>

Blessed Raymond of Toulouse

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Son of the Count de Montfort. Cousin of Blessed George of Lauria. While on pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Montserrat, Raymond decided to join the Mercedarians, and took the habit at the convent of Santa Eulalia in Barcelona, Spain. Zealous preacher. Created cardinal-priest in 1335 by Pope Benedict XII.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Raymond of Toulouse“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 May 2016. Web. 6 May 2016. <>

Blessed Ulrika Fransiska Nisch

Blessed Ulrika Fransiska NischAlso known as

  • Fransiska Dettenrieder

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Oldest of eleven children born to Ulrich Nisch, who cleaned stables, and Klothilde Dettenrieder, a servant in a village inn. The couple was so poor that their families and the local authorities refused to allow their marriage; they forced the issue with the birth of Fransiska. The baby was baptized at the age of one day. Only four Fransiska’s siblings reached adulthood.

Fransiska spent her early childhood in Oberdorf, Germany, raised by her grandmother and maternal aunt, Gertrud Dettenrieder. When she was returned to her parents at age seven, she had so much trouble fitting in that she eventually returned to Oberdorf to live with her aunt and finish school. Known as a pious child, Fransiska early felt a call to religious life, but beginning in 1894 she worked as a maid in serveral homes to support her family. She made her First Communion on 21 April 1895, and was confirmed later that year. In 1898 she worked at a general store and cheese factory in Sauggart, Germany. Worked at a combination bakery, brewer and tavern in Biberach, Germany in 1899. Servant in the house of a teacher in Rorschach, Switzerland in 1901.

In 1903 she began suffering from a severe form of erysipelas in 1903; in hospital she was treated by the Sisters of Charity of Holy Cross, and was so impressed by them that she followed her call to religious vocation by joining the Sisters on 17 October 1904 at the Hegne monastery in Konstanz, Germany, taking the name Ulrika in honour of her father. She spent her few remaining years working in the kitchens of several houses in her Order amd dealing with a series of deep mystical experiences.

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Beatified

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Ulrika Fransiska Nisch“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 May 2016. Web. 6 May 2016. <>

Blessed Angelo of Massaccio

Also known as

  • Angelo of Cupramontana
  • Angel…

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Camaldolese monk at the Santa Maria della Serra monastery near Cupramontana, Italy. Prior of his house. Priest. Martyr by Berlotani heretic wood cutters when he chastised them for ignoring the Sabbath.

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Patronage

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Angelo of Massaccio“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 May 2016. Web. 6 May 2016. <>

Venerable Mark Gjani

Dom Mark XhaniAlso known as

  • Mark Xhani

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Studied at the Shkodra Pontifical Seminary, and then theology in Bobion, Italy. Ordained on 21 March 1942 as a priest of the archdiocese of Shkodrë-Pult, Albania. Imprisoned and tortured in the antiChristian persecutions of the Albanian Communist government. His torturers repeatedly ordered him to curse Christ; he repeatedly answered “Long live Jesus Christ!” Martyr.

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Died

Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Mark Gjani“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 May 2016. Web. 6 May 2016. <>

Saint Maurelius of Voghenza-Ferrara

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Bishop of Voghenza, Italy, the modern titutal diocese of Vicohabentia; may have been the last bishop of that diocese before the area was joined to the diocese of Ferrara, Italy.

That’s what we’re relatively sure about. The legend writers, though, they invented all kinds of things – he was the king of Mesopotamia who abdicated to become a wandering priest, that he met the pope who saw his obvious holiness and consecrated him a bishop, that his first Mass as bishop was accompanied with choirs of angels, etc.

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Canonized

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Maurelius of Voghenza-Ferrara“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 May 2016. Web. 6 May 2016. <>

Saint Cerenico of Spoleto

Also known as

  • Cenerico
  • Cinereo

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7th century deacon in the area of Le Mans, France. Hermit at Séez, France. Benedictine monk who attracted 140 brother monks by his piety and wisdom.

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Canonized

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Cerenico of Spoleto“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 May 2016. Web. 6 May 2016. <>

Venerable Pjetër Çuni

Dom Pjeter CuniProfile

Studied at the Pontifical Seminary in Shkodrë, Albania, and theology at the Propaganda Fide Congregation in Rome, Italy. Ordained on 23 March 1940 as a priest of the archdiocese of Shkodrë-Pult, Albania. Served in several mountain village parishes. Imprisoned, tortured, and dumped into a sewage pit to die during the antiChristian persecutions of the Albanian Communist government. Martyr.

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Venerated

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MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Pjetër Çuni“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 May 2016. Web. 6 May 2016. <>