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St. BasilidesFeastday: June 30

Died: 205

Saint Basilides was a soldier of the guard of Egypt. When involved in the execution of St. Potomiana, he defended her against a mob. Receiving the faith, Basilides was also martyred.

Potamiana, , is venerated as a Christian saint and martyr. According to her legend, she, along with her mother Marcella, had been condemned to be sunk by degrees in a cauldron of boiling pitch at Alexandria, Egypt. She was also threatened with being handed over to gladiators to be raped. After Potamiana had been sentenced to death, Basilides, an officer of the court, led her to execution. On the way, he protected her against the insults of the mob. In return for his kindness Potamiana promised him not to forget him with her Lord when she reached her destination.

Soon after Potamiana’s death Basilides was asked by his fellow-soldiers to take a certain oath; on answering that he could not do it, as he was a Christian, at first they thought he was jesting, but seeing he was in earnest they denounced him and he was condemned to be beheaded.

In Italy, on September 2, 1948, Saint Basilides was declared patron saint of the Prison Guards.

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St. PaulFeastday: June 29

St. Paul, has an interesting story leading up to his conversion of faith. Saint Paul also known as Saul in his earlier days was a Hebrew. It is believed that he was converted from Judaism to Chirstinaity on the road to Damascus where he reported to have experienced a vision of the resurrected Jesus. The account in Acts 9 says that both Paul and the men that were with him heard the voice asking, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” Paul asked, “Who are you, lord?”, to which the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do”. From that experience he was blinded for three days and had to be led into Damascus by the hand. His sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus. This extraordinary life-changing experience and revelation convinced Paul that God indeed had chosen Jesus to be the promised messiah.

He remained some days in Damascus after his Baptism, and then went to Arabia, possibly for a year or two to prepare himself for his future missionary activity. Having returned to Damascus, he stayed there for a time, preaching in the synagogues that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. For this he incurred the hatred of the Jews and had to flee from the city. He then went to Jerusalem to see Peter and pay his homage to the head of the Church.

Later he went back to his native Tarsus, where he began to evangelize his own province until called by Barnabus to Antioch. After one year, on the occasion of a famine, both Barnabus and Paul were sent with alms to the poor Christian community at Jerusalem. Having fulfilled their mission they returned to Antioch.

Soon after this, Paul and Barnabus made the first missionary journey, visiting the island of Cypress, then Pamphylia, Pisidia, and Lycaonia, all in Asia Minor, and establishing churches at Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe.

The Acts of the Apostles gives us no further information on the life of the Apostle. We gather, however, from the Pastoral Epistles and from tradition that at the end of the two years St. Paul was released from his Roman imprisonment, and then traveled to Spain, later to the East again, and then back to Rome, where he was imprisoned a second time and in the year 67, was beheaded.

His feast day is June 29th.

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St. Thomas GarnetFrom catholic.org

Feastday: June 23
1575 – 1608

Saint Thomas Garnet was a English Jesuit martyr. He was born in Southwark, England, and studied for the priesthood at St. Omer, France, and Valladolid, Spain. He is the nephew of the Jesuit Henry Garnet.

Initially ordained as a secular priest, he joined the Jesuits in 1604 and worked to advance the Catholic cause in Warwick until his arrest in 1606.

He was exiled after months of torture but returned in 1607 and was soon arrested. He was hanged at Tyburn.

Beatified in 1929, he was canonized in 1970 and is included among the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

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St. Thomas MoreFrom catholic.org

Feastday: June 22
Patron of Lawyers
Died: 1535

St. Thomas More was born at London in 1478. After a thorough grounding in religion and the classics, he entered Oxford to study law. Upon leaving the university he pursued a legal career which took him to Parliament.

In 1505, he married his beloved Jane Colt who bore him four children, and when she died at a young age, he married a widow named Alice Middleton, to be a mother for his young children.

By 1516 wrote his world-famous book “Utopia”. He attracted the attention of Henry VIII who appointed him to a succession of high posts and missions, and finally made him Lord Chancellor in 1529. However, he resigned in 1532, at the height of his career and reputation, when Henry persisted in holding his own opinions regarding marriage and the supremacy of the Pope.

The rest of his life was spent in writing mostly in defense of the Church. In 1534, with his close friend, St. John Fisher, he refused to render allegiance to the King as the Head of the Church of England and was confined to the Tower. Fifteen months later, and nine days after St. John Fisher’s execution, he was tried and convicted of treason. He told the court that he could not go against his conscience and wished his judges that “we may yet hereafter in heaven merrily all meet together to everlasting salvation.” And on the scaffold, he told the crowd of spectators that he was dying as “the King’s good servant-but God’s first.”

He was beheaded on July 6, 1535. His feast day is June 22nd. He is known as the patron of lawyers.

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St. LutgardisFeastday: June 16

1182 – 1246

Saint Lutgardis was born in 1182 at Tangares, Netherlands. At the age of twelve she was placed in the Benedictine convent of St. Catherine. Originally she felt no inclination towards the religious life, but one day she had a vision of Christ that changed her outlook.

At the age of twenty, Lutgardis entered the Benedictines. For more than a decade she experienced ecstacies during which she had visions of our Lord and our Blessed Mother. Lutgardis later went to a Cistercian convent at Aywieres, where she spent the final thirty years of her life and became reknowned as a mystic with the gifts of healing and prophesy.

She died on June 16, 1246, having suffered blindness the last eleven years of her life.

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St. AliceFeastday: June 15

Saint Alice was born at Shaerbeck, Brussels. At the age of seven, she entered a Cistercian convent named Camera Sanctae Mariae, and she remained there for the rest of her life.

The Cistercian community was inspired by her spirit of humility. However, at an early age, she contracted leprosy and had to be isolated. The disease caused Aleydis intense suffering, and eventually she became paralyzed and was afflicted with blindness.

Alice’s greatest consolation came from reception of the Holy Eucharist, although she was not allowed to drink from the cup because of the danger of contagion.

Known for visions and ecstasies, she died in 1250. Devotion to her was approved in 1907 by Pope Pius X.

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St. ColumbaFeastday: June 9

Patron of Derry, floods, bookbinders, poets, Ireland, Scotland
521 – 597

St. Columba was an Irish abbot and missionary born in Donegal Ireland of royal descent. He studied at Moville under St. Finnian, then in Leinster at the monastery of Clonard under another St. Finnian. He was ordained before he was twenty-five and spent the next fifteen years preaching and setting up foundations at Derry, Durrow, and Kells.

Possibly because of a family feud which resulted in the death of 3000 and for which he considered himself partly responsible he left Ireland at 42 and landed on the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland. There he founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries.

With SS Canice and Comgall he spread the gospel to the Picts. He also developed a monastic rule which many followed until the introduction of St. Benedicts.

He died on Iona and is also known as Colm, Colum and Columcille. His feast is celebrated on June 9. He is remembered today as a Christian saint and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.

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