Feast of St. Pantaenus the Philosopher, Greek theologian and missionary stoic philosopher, head of the catechetical school in Alexandria, Egypt. Pantaenus influenced the development of Christian theology.
Feast of St. Maria Goretti, Italian virgin-martyr, one of the youngest canonized saints, canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950. Patron of chastity, rape victims, girls, youth, teenage girls, poverty, purity and forgiveness.
Feast of St. Antonio Maria Zaccharia, medical doctor, priest and cofounder, Clerics Regular of Saint Paul (the Barnabites) in 1530. Popularized the 40 Hours devotion. Patron, The Barnabite order.
Feast of St. Ulric of Augsburg, bishop. Defended Augsburg against attacks by Magyars. First recorded canonization by a Pope in 993. Patron of diocese of Augsburg, Germany, happy death, weavers, against birth complications, against faintness, against fever, against mice &…
Feast of St. Phocas the Gardener, martyr. Phocas was a gardener living at Sinope, on the Black Sea, who aided persecuted Christians during the Diocletianic persecutions. Patron of gardeners, hospitality, agricultural workers, farmers, sailors and mariners.
Feast of St. Otto of Bamberg, medieval German bishop, missionary, chaplain to the Polish court, emperor’s chancellor and papal legate. Supervised the construction of Speyer Cathedral and negotiated the peace treaty – the Concordat of Worms. Called the Apostle of…
Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles. Peter – patron of bakers, bridge builders, butchers, fishermen. Paul – patron of missionaries and theologians.
Feast of St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr. Greek cleric who guiding and expanding Christian communities in what is now the south of France. Bishop of Lugdunum (Lyon), his best-known work is On the Detection and Overthrow of the So-Called Gnosis,…
Feast of St. Hemma of Gurk, noblewoman and founder of churches and monasteries. Patron of the Diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt, the State of Carinthia, Austria, invoked during childbirth and against diseases of the eye and extreme hangovers.
Feast of St. Prosper of Aquitaine, writer, disciple of St. Augustine of Hippo, aggressive propagandist for the Augustinian doctrine of grace who chose the writings that became the decrees of the 529 Council of Orange.