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THE FIRST MARTYRS OF THE CHURCH OF ROME: JUNE 30

The names of the many ancient martyrs of the Church have been suppressed.  This feast has been inserted into the Calendar on the day following that of Sts. Peter and Paul to honor those first martyrs of the Church of Rome put to death during the persecution under Nero (in the year 64).  A great Read More →

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STS. PETER AND PAUL – APOSTLES: JUNE 29

St. Peter, whose name was Simon, was a fisherman.  His brother Andrew introduced him to Jesus and he became a disciple.  Peter is spoken of more than any of the apostles by the Church.  Christ stayed at his home, preached from his boat, sent him the first message of the Resurrection.  He began his work Read More →

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ST. IRENAEUS – BISHOP AND MARTYR: JUNE 28

St. Irenaeus is one of the most important theologians of the 2nd century.  Very little is known of him.  He was born in Asia Minor around 130.  He was placed in the care of the Bishop of Smyrna and St. Polycarp, the disciple of St. John the Apostle.  After studying in Rome, he became a Read More →

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ST. CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA – BISHOP AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH: JUNE 27

Born in Alexandria, Egypt around 374.  Bishop Nestorius of Constantinople maintained that Jesus Christ was a man only.  That he was born of Mary and that because of His great merits He acquired His Divinity.  Cyril strenuously defended the Divine maternity of Mary.  Nestorius and his doctrines were condemned at the General Council of Ephesus Read More →

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STS. JOHN AND PAUL: JUNE 26

John and Paul were brothers and probably martyred in Rome.  That is all that is known of them.  The rest is legend–as follows:  They were army officers assigned to Constantia, the daughter of Emperor Constantine.  On an expedition under Gallicanus, they told him that seemingly sure defeat by the Scythians could be won if he Read More →

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ST. WILLIAM OF VERCELLI – RELIGIOUS: JUNE 25

Born in 1085 of noble parents.  He was orphaned as an infant and relatives raised him.  At age 14 he went on a pilgrimage to Compostela.  Several years later he went to Monte Sclicoli as a hermit.  On a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, he was attacked by robbers.  As a hermit on Monte Virgliano he organized Read More →

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NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST – MARTYR: JUNE 24

This is one of the oldest feasts in the liturgy of the Church.  He was born six miles west of Jerusalem, near the village of Ain-Karim.  A Franciscan church called St. John in the Mountains, marks the site.  His feast day is the day of his birth as he was born without original sin.  Other Read More →

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ST. ETHELREDA (AUDRY) – VIRGIN: JUNE 23

She was born in Exning, a village in Suffolk, the third daughter of the King of East Anglia.  She married Prince Tonbert as arranged by her parents but remained a virgin.  They lived in perpetual continency.  Her husband died three years after their marriage.  She lived a life of contemplation for five years on the  Read More →

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ST. PAULINUS OF NOLA – BISHOP: JUNE 22

St. Paulinus was born in 353 in Bordeaux, Gaul.  His father was a senator.  He was well educated and became governor of the province of Campania.  He married Therasia, a Spanish Christian, and worked in honorable employment in Gaul, Italy and Spain.  He was baptized in 590 after conversations with St. Ambrose, St. Martin and Read More →

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ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA – RELIGIOUS: JUNE 21

Born of a princely family of Castiglione in 1568 in Lombardy, he was instructed in piety by his mother.  He legally delivered his share of the ancestral dominion to his brother.  He devoted his heart and soul to the service of his Creator.  After serving in the palace of Emperor Maximilian II, he returned to Read More →

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