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St. Catherine of BolognaFeastday: March 9

Patron of Artists
Died: 1463

St. Catherine of Bologna was born in 1413. She was the daughter of a diplomatic agent of the Marquis of Ferrara. She was appointed as the maid of honor to the daughter of Marquis when she was eleven. This helped her gain training and education along with the princess. When the daughter eventually married, she wanted Catherine to remain in her service, but Catherine left the court and became a Franciscan Tertiary at the age of fourteen.

Catherine had determined to live a life of perfection, and was admired by her companions for her holiness. Eventually her Community became part of the Poor Clares. She soon began to experience visions of Christ and Satan, and wrote of her experiences, one of which occurred on Christmas.

She became the Superioress of the Poor Clare convent at Ferrara through her efforts. The reputation of the Community for its holiness and austerity became widespread. She then was appointed Superioress of a new convent in Bologna.

In Lent of 1463, Catherine became seriously ill, and died on March 9th. Buried without a coffin, her body was exhumed eighteen days later because of cures attributed to her and also because of the sweet scent coming from her grave. Her body was found to be incorrupt and remains so today in the Church of the Poor Clare convent in Bologna. She was canonized in 1712.


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St. AnysiaFeastday: December 30

284 – 304

Saint Anysia was a Virgin and Martyr. She was born in Greece to a wealthy family of Salonika, in Thessaly. She dedicated herself to vows of chastity and poverty, praying and helping the poor. She used her personal funds to aid the poor.

According to ancient legend – a soldier accosted her in the street and tried to drag her to a pagan sacrifice. Anysia resisted and was killed when the soldier attacked her with his sword.

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St. VictoriaFeastday: December 23

Died: 304

A lot of female saints in the early days were tortured and killed because they refused to get married and wanted to be a virgin. St Victoria is one of them.

It is known that she along with her sister Anatolia refused to seek suitors. As a result both of them were imprisoned and starved by their suitors but persisted in refusing marriage.

Anatolia was converted to Christianity and converted many in Picenum before being denounced for her faith, for which she was tortured and executed at Thora on Lake Velino in Italy.

When Victoria refused to sacrifice to pagan gods, she too was executed, perhaps at Tribulano. The guard was converted by their example and was also martyred.

Feast day is December 23rd.

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St. BibianaFeastday: December 2

St. Bibiana was a virgin and a martyr. There is not much known about this saint. Legend says that she suffered in the persecution started by Apronianus Governor of Rome.

She was the daughter of Christians, Flavian, a Roman knight, and Dafrosa, his wife. Flavian was tortured and sent into exile, where he died of his wounds. Dafrosa was beheaded, and their two daughters, Bibiana and Demetria, were stripped of their possessions and left to suffer poverty. However, they remained in their house, spending their time in fasting and prayer.

Apronianus, seeing that hunger and want had no effect upon them, summoned them. Demetria, after confessing her Faith, fell dead at the feet of the tyrant. St. Bibiana was reserved for greater sufferings. She was placed in the hands of a wicked woman called Rufina, who in vain endeavored to seduce her. She used blows as well as persuasion, but the Christian virgin remained faithful.

Enraged at the constancy of this saintly virgin, Apronianus ordered her to be tied to a pillar and beaten with scourges, laden with lead plummets, until she died. The saint endured the torments with joy, and died under the blows inflicted by the hands of the executioner.

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Feastday: October 21

Ursula was the daughter of the king of Britian. There are several legands about her. One where she was able to postpone her marriage that she didn’t wish to do with a price. After which she went on a voyage with thousands of maindens across the North Sea up till Switzerland and then to Rome. However they were all massacred by pagans at Cologne when Ursula refused to marry.

Another legand says that her ship was shipwrecked and all the women were either enslaved or murdered.

However years later, Clematius, a senator, rebuilt a basilica in Cologne that had originally been built, around the 4th century to honor a group of virgins who had been martyred at Cologne. They were evidently venerated enough to have had a church built in their honor, but who they were and how many of them there were, are unknown. From these meager facts, the legend of Ursula grew and developed.

Her feast day October 21.

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Feastday: October 6

Saint Faith (Latin Sancta Fides, French Sainte Foy, Spanish Santa Fe) was a young women in Agen, France. Legend says that she was haled before Dacian, a procurator during persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperor and was tortured when she refused to make pagan sacrifices.

She was then tortured to death for her Christianity on a red-hot brazier. Also executed with her was St. Alberta (March 11th); It is also known that when some of the spectators objected to it, Dacian had them beheaded too.

Her death is sometimes said to have occurred in the year 287 or 290, sometimes in the large-scale persecution under Diocletian beginning in 303. She is listed as Sainte Foy, “Virgin and Martyr”, in the martyrologies.

Her feast day is October 6th.




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Feastday: September 23

I had heard about St Thecla a lot of times in my childhood but i always picturized her as a man. Turns out it’s the opposite. She was a native of Iconium and belonged to the family of nobles. According to popular belief she was inspired by the preaching of St Paul, so much that she wanted to follow him. She wanted to be a virgin and as a result broke off her engagement so that she can live a life of virginity.

St Paul was prisoned beacuse of his teaching by the governer based on the reports by her family members and St Thecla was ordered to be burned to death so that she will be an example to other nobles to not follow St Paul.

However she did not die, a storm extinguished the flames, and she escaped with Paul and went with him to Antioch. There she was faced with the same troubles and the governer ordered her to be condemned to wild beasts in the arena. But again she escaped when the beasts did no harm to her.

She then rejoined Paul at Myra in Lycia, dressed as a boy, and was commissioned by him to preach the Gospel. She preached for sometime in Iconium and then went back to her home town and converted her her father to Christinity.

She then became a recluse in a cave at Meriamlik near Seleucia. She lived as a hermitess there for the next seventy-two years and died there.

Her feast day is September 23.




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