April 6 -- today's saints

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Jmj

Today, April 6, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- saints whose souls are now in heaven:

St. Amandus of Bergamo (Italian, count, d. 515)
St. Berthanc "Fer-da-Leithe" of Kirkwall (Scottish, monk, bishop, died in Ireland c. 840)
Bl. Catherine of Pallanza (Italian, hermitess, Augustinian superior, d. 1478)
Pope St. Celestine I (Italian, elected to papacy in 422, reigned until death in 432)
St. Elstan of Winchester (English, Benedictine monk, cook, abbot, bishop, d. 981)
St. Eutychius (Constantinopolitan [Turkish], patriarch, d. 582)
St. Gennard of Flay (French, Benedictine abbot, hermit, d. 720)
St. Marcellinus (Roman?, secretary to emperor, martyred in Carthage in 413)
St. Notker Balbulus (Swiss, Benedictine brother, musician and composer, d. 912)
Bl. Paul Tinh (Vietnamese, priest, martyred by beheading in 1857)
Bl. Pierina Morosini (Italian, poor seamstress, factory worker, catechist, martyred in preserving her virginity at age 26 in 1957 [beatified 1987])
St. Platonides and companions (Mesopotamian [Iraqi], foundress of convent and followers, possibly martyred c. 308)
St. Prudentius of Troyes [baptized Galindo] (Spanish, lawyer, bishop, writer of hymns [e.g., Of the Father's Love Begotten], died in France in 861)
Holy Martyrs of Hadiab (Persian [Iranian], 120 virgins/priests/deacons, martyred by beheading in 345)
Sts. Timothy and Diogenes (Macedonian, martyred probably by Arians c. 345)
St. Ulched (English or Welsh)
St. Urban of PeŮalba (Spanish, Benedictine abbot, c. 940)
St. William of EskilsoŽ (French, Augustinian abbot in Denmark, d. 1203)
St. Winebald of Troyes (French, Benedictine abbot, c. 650)
Bl. Zefirino Agostini (Italian, parish priest, founder of Ursuline Daughters of Mary Immaculate, d. 1896 [beatified 1998])

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), April 06, 2002

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Jmj

On April 6, 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:

St. Amandus of Bergamo (Italian, count, d. 515)
St. Berthanc of Kirkwall ["Fer-da-Leithe" (man of two countries)] (Scottish, monk, bishop, died in Ireland c. 840)
Bl. Catherine of Pallanza [Caterina] (Italian, hermitess, Augustinian superior, d. 1478)
Pope St. Celestine I of Campania (Italian, elected to papacy in 422, reigned until death in 432)
St. Elstan of Winchester (English, Benedictine monk, cook, abbot, bishop, d. 981)
St. Eutychius of Constantinople (from Asia Minor [Turkish], patriarch, d. 582)
St. Gennard of Flay (French, Benedictine abbot, hermit, d. 720)
Holy Martyrs of Hadiab (Persian [Iranian], 120 virgins/priests/deacons, martyred by beheading in 345)
St. Marcellinus (Roman? secretary to emperor, martyred in Carthage in 413)
St. Notker Balbulus of Heiligau (Swiss, Benedictine brother, musician and composer, d. 912)
St. Paul LÍ Bao Tinh of Trinh-ha (Vietnamese, priest, martyred by beheading in 1857 [canonized 1988])
Bl. Pierina Morosini of Fiobbio di Albino (Italian, poor seamstress, factory worker, catechist, martyred in preserving her virginity at age 26 in 1957 [beatified 1987])
St. Platonides and companions, of Nisibis (Mesopotamian [Iraqi], foundress of convent and followers, possibly martyred c. 308)
St. Prudentius of Troyes [baptized Galindo] (Spanish, lawyer, bishop, writer of hymns [e.g., Of the Father's Love Begotten], died in France in 861)
Sts. Timothy and Diogenes (Macedonian, martyred probably by Arians c. 345)
St. Ulched (English or Welsh)
St. Urban of PeŮalba (Spanish, Benedictine abbot, c. 940)
St. William of EskilsoŽ [Guillaume] (French, Augustinian abbot in Denmark, d. 1203)
St. Winebald of Troyes (French, Benedictine abbot, c. 650)
Bl. Zephyrinus Agostini of Verona [Zefirino] (Italian, parish priest, founder of Ursuline Daughters of Mary Immaculate, d. 1896 [beatified 1998])

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


[A special tribute to Blessed Pierina Morosini, a martyr of our times, who is pictured here ...]

"Born on Janury 7, 1931, Pierina was one of eight children in a poor family in the diocese of Bergamo, Italy. Trained as a seamstress, she began to work in a fabric factory at age 15. A pious girl and a catechist, she had made a private vow of chastity to God, and considered religious life, but continued to live at home to help her mother take care of the remaining children. On April 6, 1957, as she returned home from work, she was attacked by a would-be rapist, and died at the age of 26, a martyr for virginity and chastity.
She was beatified on October 4, 1987, at Vatican City."

-- J. F. Gecik (jfgecik@hotmail.com), April 06, 2003.


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