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St. Eulogius, Patriarch of Alexandria

SEPTEMBER 13 is the traditional memorial of ST. EULOGIUS, PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA (+c. 607). Eulogius was born in Antioch, Syria and became a priest and monk. Well-educated, Eulogius studied the literature and science of the day. He was a Biblical scholar and studied well the writings of the ancient fathers. He became the abbot of Mother of God ...

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Pope Adeodatus, the Papacy in Trouble Again

Unlike the stable environment of today, most popes of the first millennium only lasted a few years. Between politics, plague and poisoning, the life of a pope was not an easy one. Deodatus (or Deusdedit), whose name means God has given, was born in Rome, the son of a subdeacon named Stephen, right around 570 AD. As mentioned earlier in this ...

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St. Raymond Nonnatus

AUGUST 31 is the traditional memorial of ST. RAYMOND CARDINAL NONNATUS (+1240). He was from Catalonia, Spain. Now, Nonnatus is not a Spanish surname. It actually means “not born”. Raymond was born by cesarean section as his mother died. The horrible event stayed with him. As an adult, he joined the Mercedarian order, which was established to ...

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St. Rose of Lima

AUGUST 30 is the traditional memorial of ST. ROSE OF LIMA (+1617). Rose was the first native-born person of the western hemisphere ever canonized. Rose was the daughter of a Spanish cavalry officer and a native Indian woman. She was born Isabella Flores de Oliva. “Rose” was a nickname from childhood and the name she took at her confirmation....

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St. Philip Benizi

AUGUST 23 is the traditional memorial of ST. PHILIP BENIZI (+1285). Philip was a precocious genius and his education moved to the University of Paris at 13. Later, he attended the University of Padua, where he studied medicine. After completing his course, he practiced as a doctor in Florence for a year, working among the poor. His heart was ide...

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St. Bernard of Clairvaux

AUGUST 20 is the traditional memorial of ST. BERNARD (+1153). Bernard is known as one of the preeminent Doctors of the Church. In the early Middle Ages, Christianity was almost exclusively the sacraments. Bernard, as a young student, studied literature and grew to see Jesus, and His mother Mary, as people who led model lives that should be i...

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St. Stephen of Hungary

AUGUST 16 is the traditional memorial of St. Stephen of Hungary (+1038). Stephen was of the new generation of Magyars who were baptized as children. The Magyars were rather newly arrived from the Urals of middle Russia. His father, a duke of an area around the Danube, converted to Christianity along with his ten-year old son. Stephen married ...

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St Clare

August 12 is the traditional memorial of St. Clare (+1253). It was changed to August 11, the day of her death, in 1970. Clare was the daughter of Favorino Sciffi, the Count of Sasso-Rosso and his wife, Ortolana. Ortolana was a very devout woman who went on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Spain and Rome. Clare was brought up to be a devout c...

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St. Peter Faber (Favre)

Peter Favre was a born into a small farming community in the Duchy of Savoy, the French Alps. He was a shepherd from a young age, and had no early formal education but he had a remarkable memory, being able to repeat verbatim what he heard, hours later. Eventually, he was entrusted to a priest in a nearby village for his primary education a...

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Pope Boniface IV, Admirer of Discipline

Boniface was born around 550 AD. He was the son of a man named Johannes, a physician, from the area of Maria and town of Valeria. It is assumed that he was a student of Pope Gregory I. Around 591, Boniface was ordained a Cardinal-deacon. Under that office, he served Gregory as treasurer or dispenator. In other words, he was the first official in...

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