Archive for November, 2013

St. AndrewFeastday: November 30

Patron of Fisherman

Early Life:
Saint Andrew is the brother of the apostle Simon Peter, and like him he was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the St. John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Andrew understood that Jesus was greater and left John to follow Jesus Christ.

Following Jesus:
Andrew had been only a little time with Jesus when he realized that this was truly the Messiah. From then on, he chose to follow Jesus. Andrew was thus the first disciple of Christ. Next, Andrew brought his brother Simon (St. Peter) to Jesus and Jesus received him, too, as His disciple.

At first the two brothers continued to carry on their fishing trade and family affairs, but later, the Lord called them to stay with Him all the time. He promised to make them fishers of men.

After Jesus:
It is believed that after Our Lord ascended into Heaven, St. Andrew went to Greece to preach the gospel. He is said to have been put to death on a cross, to which he was tied, not nailed. He lived two days in that state of suffering, still preaching to the people who gathered around their beloved Apostle.

Patron Saint:
St. Andrew is the patron saint of two countries – Russia and Scotland.


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St. Colman of CloyneFeastday: November 24

Patron of Patron Saint of the Diocese of Cloyne and of its cathedral in Cóbh.
522 – 600

St. Colman of Cloyne was born in Munster, Ireland. He was the son of Lenin. He became a poet and later, royal bard at Cashel.

He was baptized by St. Brendan when he was fifty years old with the name Colman. He was ordained, and was reputed to be St. Columban’s teacher who feast was yesterday.

He became the first bishop of Cloyne, of which he is patron, in eastern Cork, Ireland.

He died on 24 November in 600, and his probable place of burial is Cloyne.

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St. TrudoFeastday: November 23

Died: 695

St. Trudo was a Benedictine abbot, also called Trond or Tron. He was the son of Blessed Adela of the family of the dukes of Austrasia

He was a Frank who entered the Benedictines and was ordained by St. Clodulphus of Metz. Trudo founded an abbey circa 660 which was later called St. Trond. It was located near Louvain on an estate which had belonged to his own family.

He is called an apostle to the pagans of Hasbaye, his home region.

After death he was buried in the church erected by himself.

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St. HildaFeastday: November 17

614 – 680

Early Life:
Saint Hilda was the daughter of a king of Northumbria, England, and is considered one of England’s greatest women. She was born in Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland. She was baptized by St. Paulinus along the king and all his court.

At age thirty three Hilda entered Chelles Monastery in France, where her sister was a nun. At the request of St. Aidan, she returned to Northumbria and became abbess of Hartlepool.

In time she became the head of the double monastery of Streaneschalch, at Whitby. She trained five bishops, convened the Council of Whitby, and encouraged the poet Caedmon.

Hilda suffered from a fever for the last six years of her life, but she continued to work until her death on November 17th, 680AD.

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St. GertrudeFeastday: November 16

Patron of the West Indies
1256 – 1302

Early Life:
St. Gertrude, Patroness of the West Indies was born at Eisleben in Saxony. At the age of five, she was placed in the care of the Benedictine nuns at Rodalsdorf and later became a nun in the same monastery.

She was elected Abbess of the monastery in 1251. The following year she was obliged to take charge of the monastery at Helfta, to which she moved with her nuns.

St. Gertrude had enjoyed a good education. She wrote and composed in Latin, and was versed in Sacred Literature. She was characterized by great devotion to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord in His Passion and in the Blessed Eucharist, and by a tender love for the Blessed Virgin.

She died in 1302.

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St. Andrew AvellinoFeastday: November 10

Patron of Naples, Sicily; invoked against sudden death
1521 – 1608

Early Life:
St. Andrew Avellino was born in 1521 at Castonuevo, Sicily. He took the name of Andrew as a Theatine monk. A devoted young man who was also very handsome, Andrew studied in Venice and in Naples, being ordained and receiving a Doctorate of Laws at the age of twenty-six.

He served in the ecclesiastical court in Naples until he realized that he was capable of lying in order to win a legal argument. His remorse led to his retirement from the court, and he was commissioned by the archbishop of Naples to reform a lax convent in the city.

Andrew entered the Order of Theatines, which had been founded just a few years before by St. Cajetan. After completing his novitiate, Andrew visited the shrines of Rome, returning to Naples to become the director of novices for the Theatines.
He also founded several new Theatine monasteries, serving as superior in some.

Association with St. Charles Borromeo:
St. Charles Borromeo learned to depend on Andrew’s wisdom in affairs of the Church. He also wrote treatises and preached.

Andrew died on November 10, 1608. He is a patron of Sicily and is invoked against sudden death. He is buried in Naples.

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St. BenignusFeastday: November 9

Died: 467

Saint Benignus was the son of Sechnaa, the psalm singer of St. Patrick. His father Sechnan was a chief in Meath, Ireland converted by St. Patrick.

Saint Benignus became a disciple of St. Patrick and succeeded him as the chief bishop of Ireland.

He converted the Irish in Clare, Kerry, and Connaught. Saint Benignus served as the superior of an abbey at Drumlease, erected by St. Patrick.

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