December 19 -- today's saints

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Jmj

Today, December 19, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- saints whose souls are now in heaven:

Pope St. Anastasius I (Roman, elected to papacy in 399, reigned until death in 402)
St. Avitus of Micy [also called Adjutus] (abbot)
St. Bernard Paleara (Italian, Benedictine monk, bishop, d. 1122)
Bl. Cecilia of Ferrara (Italian, married woman, Dominican nun, d. 1511)
St. Cyriacus, Paulillus, Secundus, Anastasius, Syndimius, and companions (from Asia Minor [Turkish], martyred in 303)
Sts. Darius, Zosimus, Paul, and Secundus (from Asia Minor [Turkish], early martyrs)
St. Fausta of Sirmium ([modern Croatian], mother of St. Anastasia, widow, 3rd century)
St. Gregory of Auxerre (French, bishop, c. 540)
Bl. Macarius of Wrzburg (Scottish or Irish, Benedictine abbot in Germany, d. 1153)
St. Manirus (Scottish, early missionary)
Sts. Meuris and Thea (Palestinian, virgins, martyred c. 307)
St. Nemesius of Alexandria (Egyptian, martyred by burning in 250)
St. Ribert of Saint-Oyend (French, Benedictine abbot, c. 790)
St. Samthana of Meath (Irish, abbess, 6th century)
Sts. Thomas De, Dominic Uy Van Bui, Francis Xavier Mau, Stephen Vinh, and one companion (Vietnamese ... tailor and catechists [Dominican tertiaries], and peasants ... martyred by strangling in 1839 [canonized 1988])
St. Timothy (African, deacon, marytred by burning c. 250)
Pope Bl. Urban V [Guillaume de Grimoard] (French, university teacher, Benedictine abbot, papal legate, elected to papacy in 1362, reigned until death in Avignon, France in 1370)
Bl. William of Fenoli (Italian, Carthusian brother, c. 1205)

If you have anything to share about these holy people, please reply now -- biographical episodes, prayers through their intercession, the fact that one is your patron saint -- whatever moves you. If you are interested in one of these saints and want to find out more about him/her, please ask. Information is sometimes available on the Internet.

All you holy men and women, saints of God, pray for us.
God bless you.
John


-- J. F. Gecik (jfgecik@hotmail.com), December 19, 2001

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Jmj

On December 19, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- saints and blesseds whose souls are now in heaven:

Pope St. Anastasius I of Rome (Italian, elected to papacy in 399, reigned until death in 402)
St. Avitus of Micy [also called Adjutus] (abbot)
St. Bernard Paleara of Teramo [Bernardo] (Italian, Benedictine monk, bishop, d. 1122)
Bl. Cecilia of Ferrara (Italian, married woman, Dominican nun, d. 1511)
St. Cyriacus, Paulillus, Secundus, Anastasius, Syndimius, and companions, of Nicomedia (from Asia Minor [Turkish], martyred in 303)
Sts. Darius, Zosimus, Paul, and Secundus, of Nicaea (from Asia Minor [Turkish], early martyrs)
St. Dominic Bui Van Uy of Tin Mn [aminh Bi Van y] (Vietnamese, catechist, Dominican Tertiary, strangled at about age 38 in 1839 [canonized 1988])
St. Fausta of Sirmium ([modern Croatian], mother of St. Anastasia, widow, 3rd century)
St. Francis Xavier Ha Trong Mau of Ke Rieng [Phanxic Xavi H Trong Mau] (Vietnamese, Dominican tertiary, catechist, strangled at about age 49 in 1839 [canonized 1988])
St. Gregory of Auxerre (French, bishop, c. 540)
Bl. Macarius of Wrzburg (Scottish or Irish, Benedictine abbot in Germany, d. 1153)
St. Manirus (Scottish, early missionary)
Bl. Mary Catherine of St. Rose Troiani of Giuliano di Roma [Maria Caterina di Santa Rosa] [baptized Constanza (Constance)] (Italian, virgin, founded Institute of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died in Egypt in 1887 [beatified 1985])
Sts. Meuris and Thea of Gaza (Palestinian, virgins, martyred c. 307)
St. Nemesius of Alexandria (Egyptian, martyred by burning in 250)
St. Ribert of Saint-Oyend (French, Benedictine abbot, c. 790)
St. Samthana of Meath (Irish, abbess, 6th century)
St. Stephen Nguyen Van Vinh of Ph Trang [Stphan Nguyen Van Vinh] (Vietnamese, catechist, Dominican tertiary, strangled at about age 25 in 1839 [canonized 1988])
St. Thomas Nguyen Van De of Bo Trang [Tma Nguyen Van e] (Vietnamese, tailor, Dominican tertiary, strangled at about age 29 in 1839 [canonized 1988])
St. Timothy (African, deacon, marytred by burning c. 250)
Pope Bl. Urban V de Grimoard of Grisac [baptized Guillaume] (French, university teacher, Benedictine abbot, papal legate, elected to papacy in 1362, reigned until death in Avignon, France in 1370)
Bl. William of Fenoli [Guglielmo] (Italian, Carthusian brother, c. 1205)

If you have anything to share about these holy people, please reply now -- biographical episodes, prayers through their intercession, the fact that one is your patron -- whatever moves you. If you are interested in one of these saints or blesseds and want to find out more about him/her, please ask. Information is sometimes available on the Internet.

All you holy men and women, saints of God, pray for us.
God bless you.
John

-- J. F. Gecik (jfgecik@hotmail.com), December 19, 2003.


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