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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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St. BlaiseFeastday: February 3

Patron of Throat Illnesses

Little is known about Saint Blaise. He was born in to a rich and noble family who raised him as a Christian. He is believed to be a bishop of Sebastea in Armenia who was martyred under the reign of Licinius in the early fourth century.

There are two legends associated with him. One in which a boy was brought to him who had a fishbone stuck in his throat. The boy was about to die when Saint Blaise healed him.

The second legend of his life that sprang up in the eighth century tell us that after becoming a bishop, a new persecution of Christians began. He received a message from God to go into the hills to escape persecution. Men hunting in the mountains discovered a cave surrounded by wild animals who were sick. Among them Blaise walked unafraid, curing them of their illnesses. Recognizing Blaise as a bishop, they captured him to take him back for trial. On the way back, he talked a wolf into releasing a pig that belonged to a poor woman. When Blaise was sentenced to be starved to death, the woman, in gratitude, sneaked into the prison with food and candles.

Blaise was finally Blaise was killed by the governor.

Many Catholics might remember Saint Blaise’s feast day because of the Blessing of the Throats that took place on this day. Two candles are blessed, held slightly open, and pressed against the throat as the blessing is said. Blaise is the patron saint of wild animals as well because of his care for them and of those with throat maladies.

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St. John NeumannFeastday: January 5

1811 – 1860

Saint John Neumann is an American saint. He was born in Bohemia in 1811 which is the present day Czech Republic. He wanted to become a priest right from his childhood. Although when it was time for him to be ordained, he was denied as there were already lot of priests in Bohemia. Disheartened, John approched various bishops in Europe but got the same reply everywhere.

He eventually got accepted by the bishop of New York. He was ordained in the Old St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. He was sent to work with the German immigrants in Niagara Falls and Philadelphia area which at that time was not developed well as a result of which he spent most of his time travelling across villages and countryside and preaching and celebrating mass.

John was appointed bishop of Philadelphia in 1852. As bishop, he was the first to organize a diocesan Catholic school system. A founder of Catholic education in this country, he increased the number of Catholic schools in his diocese from two to 100.

He had great interest in learning new languages which is one of the reason he came to America as he had learnt English during his young age. He also learnt Spanish, French, Italian, and Dutch while in America so he could hear confessions in at least six languages.

He was a very humble person and was known to own only one pair of boots throughout his life in the US.

On 5 January 1860, Neumann collapsed and died on a city street, due to a stroke. He was 48 years old. He was beatified by Pope Paul VI during the Second Vatican Council on 13 October 1963, and was canonized by that same pope on 19 June 1977. His feast days are 5 January, the date of his death, on the Roman calendar for the Church in the United States of America, and 5 March in the Czech Republic.

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Feastday: December 22

Died: 866

Very little is known about saints born today. I picked Saint Hunger because out of the saints celebrating their feast today, i could get some information only about him.

Saint Hunger also known as Hungerus was the Bishop of Utrech, Germany. He was appointed the Bishop when he was a Canon because the person who was offered the seat did not take it fearing being attached by the Vikings.

St Hunger had a peacful relation with the Vikings for the first few years after which problems began to emerge and he had to fled with his entire clergy to Saint-Odiliënberg.

Later in 858, King Lothair II made a monastery for them. He was known as a godly man.

Hunger died in Prüm in Germany. His feast day is 22 December

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St. Juan DiegoFeastday: December 9

1474 – 1548

Juan Diego was born in 1474 in a small city north of Mexico City. He lived a simple life as a weaver, farmer, and laborer. He used to walk 15 miles to attend daily Mass in Mexico City.

On December 9, 1531, while Juan was on his way for the Mass, as he passed Tepeyac Hill, he heard music and saw a glowing cloud encircled by a rainbow. A woman’s voice called him to the top of the hill. There he saw a beautiful young woman dressed like an Aztec princess. She said she was the Virgin Mary and asked Juan to tell the bishop to build a church on that site.

When Juan told the bishop about what had happened up the hill, he was skeptical and asked Juan to bring proof of the Lady’s identity. Before Juan could go back to the Lady, he found out his uncle was dying. Hurrying to get a priest, Juan missed his meeting with the Lady. The Lady, however, met him on his path and told him that his uncle had been cured.

She then told Juan to climb to the top of the hill where they first met and gather the flowers and take it to the Bishop. Juan was shocked to find flowers growing in the frozen soil. He gathered them in his cloak and took them at once to the bishop.

Juan told the bishop what had happened and opened his cloak. The flowers that fell to the ground were Castilian roses (which were not grown in Mexico). But the bishop’s eyes were on the glowing image of the Lady imprinted inside Juan’s cloak.

Soon after, a church was built on the site where our Lady appeared, and thousands converted to Christianity. Our Lady of Guadalupe was declared the patroness of the Americas.

He died on May 30, 1548, at the age of 74.

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Feastday: November 17

Patron of sick children, sick people, shoemakers, and swans

St Hugh of Lincoln was the son of William, Lord of Avalon. He was born at Avalon Castle in Burgundy and was raised and educated at a convent at Villard-Benoit after his mother died when he was eight.

He was professed at fifteen, ordained a deacon at nineteen, and was made prior of a monastery at Saint Maxim. While visiting the Grande Chartreuse with his prior in 1160. It was then he decided to become a Carthusian there and was ordained. After ten years, he was named procurator and in 1175 became Abbot of the first Carthusian monastery in England.

His reputation for holiness and sanctity spread all over England and attracted many to the monastery. He admonished Henry for keeping Sees vacant to enrich the royal coffers. Income from the vacant Sees went to the royal treasury. He was then named bishop of the eighteen year old vacant See of Lincoln in 1186 – a post he accepted only when ordered to do so by the prior of the Grande Chartreuse. Hugh quickly restored clerical discipline, labored to restore religion to the diocese, and became known for his wisdom and justice.

He was one of the leaders in denouncing the persecution of the Jews that swept England, 1190-91, repeatedly facing down armed mobs and making them release their victims.

While attending a national council in London, he was stricken with an unnamed illness and died two months later at the Old Temple in London on November 16. He was canonized twenty years later, in 1220, the first Carthusian to be so honored.

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Feastday: November 10

Died: 461

St. Leo the Great(400-461) was born in Tuscany, Italy. He was the Bishop of Rome and Pope from 440 till his death in 461. As deacon, he was dispatched to Gaul as a mediator by Emperor Valentinian III.

He persuaded Emperor Valentinian to recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome in an edict in 445. The doctrine of the Incarnation was formed by him in a letter to the Patriarch of Constantinople, who had already condemned Eutyches.

At the Council of Chalcedon this same letter was confirmed as the expression of Catholic Faith concerning the Person of Christ.

He is best remembered for his encounter with Attila the Hun, at the very gates of Rome persuading him to turn back. When the Vandals under Genseric occupied the city of Rome, he persuaded the invaders to desist from pillaging the city and harming its inhabitants.

He died in 461, leaving many letters and writings of great historical value. Leo’s letters and sermons reflect the many aspects of his career and personality, including his great personal influence for good, and are invaluable historical sources. His rhythmic prose style, called cursus leonicus, influenced ecclesiastical language for centuries.

His feast day is November 10th.

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