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June 19
St. Romuald (1027).
He was a Benedictine monk, and later an abbot. He was the founder of the Camaldolese Order of the Benedictines in 1024. This saint’s life was written by another holy man, Saint Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church.

St. Juliana Falconieri (1340).
She is the niece of Saint Alexis Falconieri, one of the seven founders of the Servites of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her spiritual father was Saint Philip Benizi, a member of the Servite Order. She became the foundress of the Third Order of the Servites. And tooka vow of virginity and began to dress and live like a nun when she was only fifteen. Her great devotion was to the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady led her, because of this devotion, to a most ecstatic love of the Blessed Sacrament. St. Juliana Falconieri is called “the saint of the Holy Eucharist.” She died at the age of 70 after many years of great sickness. She was so ill in her stomach that she could not receive Our Lord in the Eurcharist by way of Viaticum. She asked the priest as a favor that the Sacred Host be placed on a corporal, and laid on her heart. At the moment Juliana died, the Sacred Host disappeared and the form of the Host was found stamped on her heart in the exact place where the Blessed Sacrament had been laid when she was dying.

Sts. Gervase and Protase (165).
These are two heroic brothers who shed their blood for the Catholic Faith in the city of Milan, Italy during the second cen­tury. They are known as the protomartyrs of Milan. The relics of these saintly brothers were discovered by St. Ambrose in the fourth century, and their bodies now repose in the Church of Saint Ambrose in Milan. Gervase and Protase are always mentioned in the Litany of the Saints, and are two of the 11 holy martyrs especially remembered in this sacred litany. The other nine are: Sts. Stephen, Laurence, Vincent, Fabian, Sebastian, John, Paul, Cosmas and Damian.

June 20
St. Silverius
(538).
This 60th Pope of the Catholic Church suf­fered great persecution for defending the dogmatic truths of the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ. He was exiled by the Empress Theodora to an island off Naples after only two years on the papal throne. He died on this island, a martyr.

St. Florence (Florentina) (636).
St. Florentina lived in Spain and was the sister of three brothers who are saints—Sts. Leander, Fulgentius and Isi­dore, Doctor of the Church. She became a nun and an abbess and died in the same year as her great brother, St. Isidore.

June 21
St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1591).
He was born on March 9, 1568, and is the model of the virtue of holy purity for all young Catholic boys. The first words Saint Aloysius spoke as a little child were the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. So rich was his wisdom as a young boy that at the age of nine he made a vow of perpetual virginity. God arranged it that a saint should give Aloysius his first Holy Communion, St. Charles Borromeo, whose feast day is Nov. 4, and who died in 1584. In 1585, when Aloysius Gonzaga was 17, he joined the newly-founded Order of the Society of Jesus. St. Aloysius died speaking the Holy Name of Jesus, on the octave of Corpus Christi on June 21, 1591, when he was only 23 years old. The name of St. Aloysius in Italian is Luigi, and count­less Italian boys have been called by that name after him. His name in French is Louis. He himself was named for St. Louis of Toulouse, who in turn was named for the great King, St. Louis of France. St. Robert Bellarmine wrote, by way of eulogy, the life of St. Aloysius.

St. Terence (First Century).
He was the first Bishop of Iconium, in Lycaonia, in Asia Minor. He was one of the 72 disciples of Our Lord. At St. Paul’s dictation, it was he who wrote down the Epistle to the Romans. His name is men­tioned in this Epistle as Tertius, in Chapter 16, verse 22. He is, at least by way of name, one of the favorite saints of the Irish people. Many thousands of Irish boys have been named Terence in honor of this holy man.

June 22
St. Paulinus of Nola
(431).
Paulinus was born at Bordeaux, France, of one of its noblest and wealthiest families. He was appointed by the Roman Emperor, Prefect of all France. He was an orator and a poet. In rank, he finally became a Roman senator, and then Prefect of Rome. He married a Catholic Spanish girl named Therasia, who brought him into the Catholic Church. Paulinus was baptized when he was 31 years old. The only child of Paulinus and Therasia died in infancy. After this, they both consecrated themselves to God. Therasia sold all her possessions, gave the money to the poor and became a nun. And Paulinus, under the direction of St. Ambrose of Milan, and under the inspiration of St. Felix, the martyred Bishop of Nola, was raised to Holy Orders and elected the Bishop of Nola. He was renowned through all Italy, France and Spain for his sanctity. He said he was “glad to sell earth so as to buy Heaven.” Sts. Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome and Gre­gory, the four Great Western Doctors of the Church, were all ardent admirers of St. Paulinus, and each of them wrote much in his praise.

St. Thomas More (1535).
He was the wonderful English martyr, Chancellor of the Realm, who was beheaded on Tower Hill, just outside London, for not giving in to the heretical Henry VIII. Thomas More stood against this king who denied the supremacy of our Holy Father the Pope over the whole Catholic and Christian world. Henry VIII, the founder of the Episcopal Church, was an English king who married six wives, and murdered two of them. St, Thomas More would not submit to him as head of the Church that Christ founded. Because the king set up bishops in place of the Pope (which accounts for the name Episcopalian, taken from episcopi, the Latin word for bishops), other groups were induced by various influences to set up other churches as well: ministers for the Presbyterians; congregations for the Congregationalists; liturgies for the Baptists; ideas for the Methodists; or ideas with some sort of hierarchical setup for the Methodist Episcopals. St. Thomas More was only 57 years old when he was martyred.

St. John Fisher (1535).
St. John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester in England, and Chancellor of the University of Cambridge at the time when the adulterous Henry VIII was seceding from the Catholic Church and founding a religion of his own, was the most notable Catholic bishop who opposed him. John Fisher was a brave sup­porter of the Catholic queen, Catherine of Aragon. He refused to take an oath of supremacy to the heretical Henry VIII and was therefore He seized thrown into the Tower of London. While there, the Holy Father, Pope Paul III, made him a cardinal. Henry VIII, when he heard this, in furious anger swore that Cardinal Fisher would not have a head on which to put the red hat that the Pope would give him. John Fisher was beheaded. Anne Boleyn, the illegitimate wife of Henry VIII, whom he later murdered, asked for the head of St. John Fisher, and, like Herodias with the head of John the Baptist, struck it with her hand. One of his teeth made a wound in her hand, which never healed. There were, from 1535 to 1681, only 600 candidates for heroic sanctity among all the English Catholic people. Fifty-four of these were beatified by Pope Leo XIII, on December 29, 1886, and nine others on May 13, 1895. One hundred and thirty-four more were beatified by Pope Pius XI in 1929. St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher were both canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 19, 1935, and 40 martyrs of Eng­land and Wales were canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970. The fewness of the English martyrs shows us that Henry VIII did not completely lose the Faith for England. The English people lost it for themselves.

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LIVES OF THE SAINTS

JUNE 1
ST. JUSTIN, MARTYR (165).
He lived in Palestine. He was converted to the Catholic Faith by the reading of Holy Scripture.

JUNE 2
STS. MARCELLINUS AND PETER (304).
Marcellinus was a priest and Peter an exorcist (one of the minor orders), who both lived in Rome and labored there under the cruel Emperor Diocletian.

JUNE 3
ST. CHARLES LWANGA AND COMPANIONS (1886-1887).
These were 22 young men and boys, from 13 to 30 years old, who were mar­tyred for the Catholic Faith in Uganda in Africa after undergoing cruel torments.

JUNE 3
ST. CLOTILDE (545)
St. Clotilde was a queen, the wife of King Clovis of the Franks. Her husband brought the French people as a nation into the Catholic Church in 496, when he was baptized at Rheims by St. Remigius. Her husband died in 511, and St. Clotilde was left a widow for 34 years.

JUNE 4
ST. FRANCIS CARACCIOLO (1608).

He was born of a royal family in the King - dom of Naples. As a little boy he started reciting the rosary daily. Very early in his life he contracted leprosy, and was miraculously cured of it. Francis spent every possible moment of his life in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

JUNE 5
ST. BONIFACE (755).

Saint Boniface was born in England, in 680. His name in English was Winfrid, which in Latin is translated to Boniface, and means "he who does good.

JUNE 6
ST. NORBERT (1134).

He was born near Cologne, in Germany, and was educated at the court of the emperor. After a somewhat worldly life, he was struck down one day by lightning while riding on a horse.

JUNE 6
ST.PHILIP THE DEACON (FIRST CENTURY).

He was one of the Seven Deacons ordained by the Apostles, as we are told in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 6.

JUNE 7
ST. ROBERT OF NEWMINISTER (1159).

He was an English priest from York - shire, England, who became a Cistercian monk.

JUNE 7
ST. WILLIBALD

St. Willibald was a bishop and missionary. A native of Wessex, England, he was the brother of Sts. Winebald and Walburga and was related through his mother to the great St. Boniface.

JUNE 8
ST.MEDARD AND GILDARD (558).

These two French saints were twin brothers, as we are told in the Roman Martyrology.

JUNE 9
ST. EPHREM (373).

St. Ephrem the Syrian is both a Father and a Doctor of the Church. He was born in Mesopotamia, not far from the place where Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden.

JUNE 9
ST. COLUMKILLE (597).

St. Columbkille, also known as Columba, was born in Donegal, Ireland, on the feast of St. Ambrose, on December 7. Columbkille founded many monasteries and churches not only in Ireland, but in Scotland as well.

JUNE 10
BLESSED DIANA (1236).

She was a Dominican nun, a native of Bologna, Italy. Despite opposition from her noble born family, Diana gave up the world to follow Jesus and became a nun.

JUNE 10
ST.GETULIUS.

St. Getulius was martyred with Amantius, Caerealis, and Primitivus.

JUNE 11
ST. BARNABAS (60).

St. Barnabas was the cousin of St. Mark the Evan-gelist.

JUNE 12
ST. JOHN OF ST. FACUNDO (1479).

He was born in northern Spain, in the town of St. Facundo. He was a brilliant and attractive young boy, educated in the household of a bishop, and became one of the Hermits of St. Augustine.

JUNE 12
ST. LEO III.

St. Leo III is remembered as Charlemagne's pope. The cardinal priest of Santa Susanna, Leo was unanimously elected to the papal see in 795.

JUNE 13
ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA (1231).

There is no more loved and admired saint of the Catholic Church than Anthony of Padua. Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal.

JUNE 14
ST. ELISEUS (NINTH CENTURY B.C).

He was an Old Testament prophet, the disciple and companion of St. Elias.

JUNE 15
ST. VITUS (303).

Vitus, whose name can also be Guy, was a child saint, entrusted by his pagan parents to the care of a Catholic nurse, Crescentia, and her husband, Modestus.

JUNE 15
ST. GERMAINE COUSIN (1601).

She was the daughter of a poor farmer who lived near Toulouse in France.

JUNE 16
ST. JOHN FRANCIS REGIS (1640).

He was one of the greatest priests of the Society of Jesus.

JUNE 17
ST. BOTOLPH (680).

Botolph was a Benedictine, and an Englishman, with over 70 churches dedicated to him in England. An English town, origi­nally called Saint Botolphstown.

JUNE 18
STS. MARK AND MARCELLIAN (THIRD CENTURY).

They were twin brothers and deacons of the Church at Rome who were martyred under Diocletian.

JUNE 19
ST. ROMUALD (1027).

He was a Benedictine monk, and later an abbot. He was the founder of the Camaldolese Order of the Benedictines in 1024. This saint's life was written by another holy man, Saint Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church.

JUNE 20
ST. SILVERIUS (538).

This 60th Pope of the Catholic Church suffered great persecution for defending the dogmatic truths of the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ.

JUNE 21
ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA (1591).

He was born on March 9, 1568, and is the model of the virtue of holy purity for all young Catholic boys.

JUNE 22
ST. PAULINUS OF NOLA (431).

Paulinus was born at Bordeaux, France, of one of its noblest and wealthiest families. He was appointed by the Roman Emperor, Prefect of all France.

JUNE 22
ST. THOMAS MORE (1535).

He was the wonderful English martyr, Chancellor of the Realm, who was beheaded on Tower Hill, just outside London.

JUNE 23
ST.AUDREY (ETHELDREDA) (679).

St. Audrey was an East Anglian princess, and later a queen. Driven to do so by her parents, she first married a prince named Tonbert, who died three years after their marriage.

JUNE 24
THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST (1 B.C).

John the Baptist was the miraculous son of Sts. Zachary and Elizabeth, given to them when Elizabeth was well beyond the years of childbearing.

JUNE 25
ST. WILLIAM THE ABBOT (1142).

St. William the Abbot (1142). Of the many saints and holy people named William, none is better remembered than St. William of Monte Vergine, in Italy.

JUNE 26
ST. JOHN AND PAUL (362).

Sts. John and Paul (362). These two notable Roman soldiers were martyred under the rule of the cruel Julian the Apostate. They were executed for refusing to support Julian's defection from the dog­matic truths of the Catholic Church.

JUNE 27
ST. CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA (444).

A Doctor of the Church, St. Cyril was "the soul of the Council of Ephesus" in 431.

JUNE 28
ST. LRENAEUS (202).

This great saint was born to Christian parents in Asia Minor, and died when he was 72, the same age as Our Lady at her death. Irenaeus is one of the Fathers of the Church and is sometimes called "the father of Catholic theology.

JUNE 29
ST. PETER AND PAUL(67).

Peter the Apostle, the first Pope of the Catholic Church, was the son of a fisherman in Galilee, named Jona.

JUNE 30
ST.THE FIRST MARTYRS OF ROME(64).

On this day the Church lovingly remembers the first fruits of the martyrs of the Church at Rome.

 
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