January 01, 2010

⛪ On January 1

πŸ“° Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. It is also the Church's yearly World Day of Peace.

πŸ“° Bl. Adalbero of LiΓ¨ge (French, bishop in Belgium, d. 1128)

πŸ“° St. Almachius [also known as Telemachus] (hermit, martyred c. 400)

πŸ“° Bl. Aloysius Grozde of Trzisce [Alojzij, nickname: Lojze] (Slovenian, layman involved in "Catholic Action," martyred [tortured to death by Communists] at age 19 in 1943 [beatified 2010])

πŸ“° St. Basil of Arles (French, bishop of Aix, d. 521)

πŸ“° St. Beoc of Donegal (Welsh, abbot in Ireland, c. 6th Century)

πŸ“° Bl. Bonanno of Abruzzi (Italian, Celestine  monk, c. 1320)

πŸ“° Bl. Clarus of Vienne (French, Benedictine  abbot, c. 660 [beatified 1907])

πŸ“° St. Concordius of Spoleto (Roman, subdeacon, tortured [racked] and martyred by beheading c. 175)

πŸ“° St. Connat of Kildare (Irish, abbess, c. 590)

πŸ“° St. Cuan (Irish, abbot, 6th Century)

πŸ“° Sts. Elvan and Mydwyn (British, 2nd Century)

πŸ“° St. Eugendus of Condat (Swiss, abbot, died at about age 60 c. 510)

πŸ“° St. Euphrosyne of Alexandria (Egyptian, virgin, martyred in 470)

πŸ“° St. Fanchea of Rossory (Irish, abbess, c. 585)

πŸ“° St. Felix of Bourges (French, bishop, c. 580)

πŸ“° St. Fulgentius of Ruspe [full Latin name: Fabius Claudius Gordianus Fulgentius] (Tunisian, town official, abbot, bishop, theologian, battled Arianism, died at about age 65 in 533)

πŸ“° St. Gregory the Elder of Nazianzos (Cappadocian [from what is now part of Turkey], official, convert at 49, father of three saints, bishop succeeded by his more famous son Gregory, died at about age 98 in 374)

πŸ“° Bl. Hugolinus of Gualdo Cattaneo [Hugolino] (Italian, hermit, Augustinian  prior, d. 1260 [beatified 1919])

πŸ“° St. Joseph Mary Tommasi of Alicata [Giuseppe Maria] (Sicilian, Theatine  priest, pope's confessor, cardinal, liturgical expert in eight languages, died at age 63 in 1713 [beatified 1803, canonized 1986])

πŸ“° St. Justin of Chieti (Italian, bishop, c. 540)

πŸ“° St. Maelrhys of Bardsey (French, lived on Welsh island, 6th Century)

πŸ“° St. Magnus (early martyr)

πŸ“° Bl. Marian Konopinski of Kluczewo (Polish, diocesan priest, martyred by Nazis at Dachau [Germany] at age 35 in 1943 [beatified 1999]) 

πŸ“° St. Odilo of Cluny ["Archangel of Monks"] (French, Benedictine  abbot for 54 years, instituted All Souls' Day [11/02], died at about age 86 c. 1049)

πŸ“° St. Peter of Atroa [baptized Theophylact] (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], hermit, abbot, died at age 59 in 837)

πŸ“° Holy Soldiers of Rome (thirty men, martyred c. 304)

πŸ“° Bl. Sigmund Gorazdowski of Sanok [Zygmunt] (Ukrainian, priest, died at age 74 in 1920 [beatified 2001])

πŸ“° Bl. Valentine Paquay of Tongres [Valentin] (Belgian, Franciscan  priest of the Order of Friars Minor, provincial superior, died at age 76 in 1905 [beatified 2003])

πŸ“° St. William of Dijon [Guglielmo] (Italian, nobleman, Benedictine  abbot in France, died at age 68 in 1031)

πŸ“° St. Zdislava Berka of Krizanov (Moravian [from part of what is now Czech Republic], noblewoman, mother of four, first Slavic Dominican  tertiary, great benefactor of poor, died at about age 32 in 1252 [beatified 1907, canonized 1995])

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