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ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH – BISHOP – MARTYR – OCTOBER 17

St. Ignatius was a convert to the Faith and a disciple of St. John the Evangelist.  St. Peter appointed him Bishop of Antioch according to St. Chrysostom.  Ignatius governed the See of Antioch for forty years.  During the persecution under Domitian, he longed to shed his blood for Christ, but it was not to be.  Read More →

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ST HEDWIG – RELIGIOUS – OCTOBER 16

St. Hedwig was the daughter of the Duke of Croatia.  She was born in 1174 in Bavaria.  She was married to Henry I of Silesia and Poland.  She gave him seven children.  After the birth of her last child, they vowed to live in continency.  Her great zeal for religion and her penitential mortifications led Read More →

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ST. TERESA OF AVILA – VIRGIN – DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH: OCTOBER 15

Born in Avila, Spain, in 1515.  Her mother died when Teresa was twelve and her father placed her in a convent.  She returned home, determined to become a nun.  She joined the Carmelite Convent of the Incarnation and made her profession in 1534.  She made great progress in the way of perfection and enjoyed mystical Read More →

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ST. CALLISTUS I – POPE – MARTYR: OCTOBER 14

St. Callistus, a Roman by birth, was a slave of a Christian master early in life.  He panicked and fled after inadvertently losing some of his master’s money.  He was captured and cast into a dungeon.  His master freed him and hoped that his honest and intelligent slave would be able to make some money Read More →

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ST. GERALD OF AURILLAC: OCTOBER 13

St. Gerald was born into a noble family.  He was born in 855, and succeeded his father as Count of Avergne when he died.  He inherited a considerable estate and gave much of his revenue away to the poor.  He avoided all extravagance and worldly pomp.   He was filled with love of God and lived Read More →

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ST. WILFRID – BISHOP OF YORK: OCTOBER 12

Born in 634 in Northumberland, he was educated at Lindisfarne.  He spent some time in Lyons and Rome.  He returned to England and was elected Abbot of Ripon in 658.  There he introduced the Roman rules and practices in opposition to the Celtic ways of Northern England.  The definitive victory of the Roman party at Read More →

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ST. FIRMINUS – BISHOP: OCTOBER 11

Although the dates of the birth and death of St. Firminus are not known, we know that he was the third Bishop of Uzes, Gaul.  He took part in the Council of Orleans in 541.  In 552 he attended the Council of Paris.  He was a disciple of St. Caesarius of Arles and he and Read More →

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ST. GHISLAIN (GISLENUS) – ABBOT: OCTOBER 10

Originally, St. Ghislain lived his life as a hermit in a forest of Hainault, Belgium in a forest.  He realized that others were desirous of serving God in this way.  He founded a monastery in honor of Sts. Peter and Paul.  He spent the rest of his life directing those who came to live this Read More →

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ST. LOUIS BERTRAND – PRIEST: OCTOBER 9

Born in Valencia in 1526.  When he was eighteen he joined the Dominicans and was ordained in 1547.  For thirty years he served as master of novices.  He became an outstanding preacher.  He met St. Teresa of Avila in 1557 and encouraged her in her proposed reform of the Carmelites.  He did heroic work in Read More →

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ST. PELAGIA – VIRGIN – MARTYR: OCTOBER 8

Many legendary tales are connected to this saint.  History says St. Pelagia was a devout Christian.  She lived in Antioch at the end of the 3rd and at the beginning of the 4th century.  When she was fifteen, about the year 305, the local persecutor of the Church learned of her Christianity.  He sent a Read More →

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