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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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ST. SILVERIUS – POPE AND MARTYR: JUNE 20

In 536 after the death of Pope St. Agapetus, St. Silverius, a sub deacon, was chosen Pope.  When the general of the Emperor Justian arrived at the gates, the senate admitted him at the persuasion of the Pope.  The Empress Theodora, endeavored to have him  connive with her party favoring the sect of Acephali or Read More →

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ST. ROMUALD – ABBOT: JUNE 19

Born at Ravenna around the year 956.  He wasted his early life in worldly pleasures, despite his desire for virtue and sanctity.  His father, Sergius, made him be present when he fought a duel.  When he saw him slay his adversary, he determined to expiate it for forty days as though it was his sin.  Read More →

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ST. EPHRAEM OF SYRIA – DEACON – DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH: JUNE 18

He was born in 306 in Mesopotamia.  Though he was thought to be a pagan, it is now believed his parents were Christians.  He was baptized at eighteen.  He was head of the school of St. James of Nisibis and probably went with him to the Council of Nicaea in 325.  When Nisibis was ceded Read More →

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ST. GREGORY BARBARIGO – BISHOP: JUNE 17

Born in 1625 of an old and distinguished Venetian family.  He was a brilliant man and had a diplomatic career.  He became a priest around 1648 and was soon after consecrated the first Bishop of Bergamo by Pope Alexander VII.   He was made a Cardinal later and was given authority over the diocese of Padua. Read More →

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