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St. Achatius

St. AchatiusFeastday: March 31

Happy Easter everyone.

Not very many famous saints were born today. Here is a little something about Saint Achatius.

Very little is known about Saint Achatius, also known as Acacius. Some facts relate to him being the bishop of Antioch or of Militene. He was prominent in Christian circles in Antioch and when summoned to appear before the local Roman official, Martian.

He helped spread a dialogue on Christianity and it’s teachings as compared to other religions ensued, which has come down to us. Achatius refused to sacrifice to pagan gods, and when he would not supply the names of his fellow Christians, was sent to prison. S

upposedly when Emperor Decius received Martian’s report of the trial he was so impressed by both men that he promoted Martian and pardoned Achatius.

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St. Peter RegulatusFeastday: March 30

1390 – 1456

Saint Peter de Regalado (Spanish: San Pedro Regalado; Latin Regalatus) was a Franciscan reformer. He was born at Valladolid, Spain, to a noble family, and entered the Franciscan Order in his native city at the age of thirteen.

After several years, he transferred to a far more austere monastery at Tribulos, where he became known for his severe asceticism as well as his abilities to levitate and enter into ecstasies. A success as abbot, he gave himself over to bringing needed reforms to the monastery and to promoting reforms in other Franciscan houses. For his zeal in adhering to the rules of the community he was designated Regulatus.

In 1415 he became superior of the convent at Aguilera. He observed nine Lents, fasting on bread and water, and was endowed with the gift of miracles and prophecy and of every virtue.

When his body was exhumed thirty-six years after his death, at the insistence of Isabella the Catholic, it was found incorrupt and placed in a more precious tomb.

He was beatified by Innocent XI, 11 March 1684, and canonized by Benedict XIV, 29 June 1746.

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Feastday: March 24

Died: 6th century

Very little is known about Saint Cairlon. He was the archbishop of Cashel, Ireland and restored to life by St. Dageus. Cairlon, also called Caorlan, was an abbot when St. Dageus brought him back to life. When he was appointed to the see of Cashel, Dageus and his monks placed themselves under his rule.

 

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Feastday: March 23

Died: 1702

Saint Joseph Oriol was born in Barcelona, Spain.  He is also known as the Apostle of Barcelona who lived on bread and water for twenty-six years.

A priest and doctor of theology, he was a canon of Santa Maria del Pino. In 1686, he made a pilgrimage on foot to Rome.

A beloved figure in Barcelona, Saint Joseph was also a famed confessor, miracle worker, and prophet. Pope St. Pius X canonized him in 1909.

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St. Jan SarkanderFeastday: March 17

1576 – 1620

Saint John Sarkandar (also known as Jan Sarkander) was born on December 20 at Skotschau, in Austrian Silesia. He was educated at Prague. Sarkander studied since 1597 at the University of Olomouc and then since 1600 at the Charles University, where he became doctor of philosophy. Later, he studied theology at University of Graz.

He was ordained in 1607 and served in various parishes, defending the faith against the Hussites. In 1618, at the start of the Thirty Years War, the Protestants seized the local government. Two years later, Jan was taken prisoner at Olmutz and was tried by the Hussites.

He was racked and tortured and died on March 17. He was canonized in 1995 by Pope John Paul II.

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St. Julian of AntiochFeastday: March 16

Died: 305

Saint Julian (Julian of Cilicia, Julian of Anazarbus, Julian of Tarsus) was born in Anazarbus, Cilicia, in modern Turkey. He was arrested as a Christian of senatorial rank. For a year Julian was put on display in cities all over Cilicia. He was then sewn into a sack filled with vipers and scorpions and hurled into the sea. The sea carried his body to Alexandria, and was buried there before being moved to Antioch.

He is venerated as a martyr praised by St. John Chrysostom when his remains were enshrined in Antioch.

His feast day is June 21 in the Eastern Orthodox Church, March 16 in the Catholic Church.

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St. John OgilvieFeastday: March 10

1579 – 1615

Saint John Ogilvie was born in 1579 to Scottish nobility. Raised a Calvinist, he was educated about Catholic faith. Exposed to the religious controversies of his day and impressed with the faith of the martyrs, he decided to become a Catholic.

In 1596, at age seventeen he was received into the Church at Louvain. He later attended a variety of Catholic educational institutions, and eventually sought admission into the Jesuits.

He was ordained at Paris in 1610 and asked to be sent to Scotland, hoping some Catholic nobles there would aid him given his lineage. With no luck in Paris, he went to London, then back to Paris, and finally returned to Scotland.

Saint John’s work was quite successful in bringing back many people to the Faith. Some time later he was betrayed by one posing as a Catholic. After his arrest he was tortured in prison in an effort to get him to reveal the names of other Catholics, but he refused. After three trials, John was convicted of high treason because he converted Protestants to the Catholic Faith as well as denied the king’s spiritual jurisdiction by upholding the Pope’s spiritual primacy and condemning the oaths of supremacy and allegiance.

Sentenced to death, the courageous priest was hanged at Glasgow in 1615 at the age of thirty-six. His feast day is March 10.

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