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STS. DONATIAN AND ROGATIAN – MARTYRS: MAY 24

The brothers were born in Nantes, Brittany, to a notable Roman-Gallo family.  Donatian converted to Christianity, and his edifying life led his brother, Rogatian to desire the sacrament of Baptism.  Persecution was rampant at this time, and the Bishop was in hiding so there was no opportunity for his Baptism.  Donatian was accused of being Read More →

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ST. JOHN BAPTIST DEI ROSSI – PRIEST: MAY 23

Born at Voltaggio, Italy in 1698.  He was ordained in 1721, and shortly after he was diagnosed with epilepsy.  He labored for the next 40 years which would have taxed the strength of a robust man.  He ministered to the sick and poor in the night hospice for paupers and in the hospital of the Read More →

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ST. RITA OF CASCIA – WIDOW: MAY 22

St. Rita was born in Spoleto, Italy in 1381 the only child of elderly parents.  St. Rita wanted to enter the convent, but being an only child of elderly parents, they forced her to marry so she could take care of them.  Her husband was abusive.  After he was murdered, she joined the Augustinian order. Read More →

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ST. CRISTOBAL MAGALLANES & COMPANIONS: MAY 21

St. Cristobal and his twenty-four companions lived under a very anti-Catholic government in Mexico.  The government was determined to weaken the Catholic faith of the people of Mexico.  All the Catholic churches, schools, and seminaries were closed.  All foreign clergy were forced to leave Mexico.  St. Cristobal established a clandestine seminary at Totatiche, Jolisco.  During Read More →

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ST. BERNARDNO OF SIENA: MAY 20

He was born at Massa in the territory of the Republic of Siena in 1380.  He was orphaned at an early age.  A pious aunt educated him as if he were her own.  He became a member of the Confraternity of Our Lady.  He served the sick in hospital, and when the great pestilence broke Read More →

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ST. IVES – PRIEST AND LAWYER: MAY 19

He was born around 1253 at Kermartin in Brittany.  His father, a landowning farmer, sent him to Paris to receive a higher education.  He gained distinction in philosophy, theology, and canon and civil law.  He was appointed a diocesan judge on his return to Brittany, first to  the Bishop of Rennes and later to the Read More →

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ST. JOHN I – POPE AND MARTYR: MAY 18

St. John was elected Pope upon the death of Pope Hormisdas in 523 even though he was only an archdeacon.  Theodoric, the Goth, was the ruler of Italy at that time.  He favored the Arian brand of Christianity.  Theodoric tolerated and favored his Catholic subjects.  When John’s accession to the Papacy occurred, Theodoric’s policy under Read More →

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ST. PASCAL BAYLON – RELIGIOUS: MAY 17

He was born in the Kingdom of Aragon in 1540 where he spent his early childhood as a shepherd.  While tending his sheep, he carried a book with him and begged those who he met to teach him the alphabet.  In a short time he learned to read.  Leading a solitary life as a shepherd, Read More →

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ST. JOHN NEPOMUCENE – PRIEST AND MARTYR: MAY 16

He was consecrated to God after he was cured of a disease through the prayers of his parents.  After his ordination, he went to a parish in the city of Prague.  He was a great preacher and those who heard him changed their way of life.  He did many kind deeds for the needy people Read More →

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ST. ISADORE – THE FARMER: MAY 15

St. Isadore was born in Madrid, Spain, in the latter half of the twelfth century.  For most of his life, he labored at a farm outside the city.  During his lifelong work in the fields, many marvelous happenings occurred and continued long after his death.  It is said that he was favored with celestial visions Read More →

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