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Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

UK MartyrsThey liturgical calendar has the Church recognizes the 16th and 17th century Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales. The 85 are commemorated together in their historic English, Scottish and Welsh Catholic milieu who were martyred during the persecutions by Protestants. The martyrs were Beatified on this date in 1987 by Pope John Paul II. The names need to be read and remembered:

Blessed Alexander Blake
Blessed Alexander Crow
Blessed Antony Page
Blessed Arthur Bell
Blessed Charles Meehan
Blessed Christopher Robinson
Blessed Christopher Wharton
Blessed Edmund Duke
Blessed Edmund Sykes
Blessed Edward Bamber
Blessed Edward Burden
Blessed Edward Osbaldeston
Blessed Edward Thwing
Blessed Francis Ingleby
Blessed George Beesley
Blessed George Douglas
Blessed George Errington
Blessed George Haydock
Blessed George Nichols
Blessed Henry Heath
Blessed Henry Webley
Blessed Hugh Taylor
Blessed Humphrey Pritchard
Blessed John Adams
Blessed John Bretton
Blessed John Fingley
Blessed John Hambley
Blessed John Hogg
Blessed John Lowe
Blessed John Norton
Blessed John Sandys
Blessed John Sugar
Blessed John Talbot
Blessed John Thules
Blessed John Woodcock
Blessed Joseph Lambton
Blessed Marmaduke Bowes
Blessed Matthew Flathers
Blessed Montfort Scott
Blessed Nicholas Garlick
Blessed Nicholas Horner
Blessed Nicholas Postgate
Blessed Nicholas Woodfen
Blessed Peter Snow
Blessed Ralph Grimston
Blessed Richard Flower
Blessed Richard Hill
Blessed Richard Holiday
Blessed Richard Sergeant
Blessed Richard Simpson
Blessed Richard Yaxley
Blessed Robert Bickerdike
Blessed Robert Dibdale
Blessed Robert Drury
Blessed Robert Grissold
Blessed Robert Hardesty
Blessed Robert Ludlam
Blessed Robert Middleton
Blessed Robert Nutter
Blessed Robert Sutton
Blessed Robert Sutton
Blessed Robert Thorpe
Blessed Roger Cadwallador
Blessed Roger Filcock
Blessed Roger Wrenno
Blessed Stephen Rowsham
Blessed Thomas Atkinson
Blessed Thomas Belson
Blessed Thomas Bullaker
Blessed Thomas Hunt
Blessed Thomas Palaser
Blessed Thomas Pilcher
Blessed Thomas Pormort
Blessed Thomas Sprott
Blessed Thomas Watkinson
Blessed Thomas Whitaker
Blessed Thurstan Hunt
Blessed William Carter
Blessed William Davies
Blessed William Gibson
Blessed William Knight
Blessed William Lampley
Blessed William Pike
Blessed William Southerne
Blessed William Spenser
Blessed William Thomson.

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne“We cultivate a very small field for Christ, but we love it, knowing that God does not require great achievements but a heart that holds back nothing for self.”

Duchesne was born on August 29, 1769, died on November 18, 1852, beatified on May 12, 1940, and canonized on July 3, 1988.

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, Pray for Us!

Saint Hugh of Lincoln

St Hugh of Lincoln“Saint Hugh’s primary emblem is a white swan, in reference to the story of the swan of Stowe which had a deep and lasting friendship with the saint, even guarding him while he slept. The swan would follow him about, and was his constant companion while he was at Lincoln. Hugh loved all the animals in the monastery gardens, especially a wild swan that would eat from his hand and follow him about and yet the swan would attack anyone else who came near Hugh.”

Hugh is a 12th century monk, priest and bishop of Lincoln. The monk-bishop is a reformer. One reform was that the priests needed to live at the parishes they were assigned and to minister to the sick and the needy. He is the patron saint of sick children, sick people, shoemakers, and swans. Hugh is the first Carthusian to be canonized.

Saint Joseph Moscati

MoscatiSaint Joseph Moscati is known as the first modern physician to be canonized.

Seventh of nine children. Joseph’s family moved to Naples, Italy when the boy was four years old; he made his First Communion at age eight, Confirmation at ten. Friend of Blessed Bartolo Longo and Blessed Caterina Volpicelli. Received his doctorate from the University of Naples in 1903. Worked at and served as administrator of a hospital for the incurable while continuing to study and do medical research. Assisted in the preparation for and recovery from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 8 April 1906, but refused any recognition for the work. Led the work to stop cholera in Naples. Member of the Royal Academy of Surgical Medicine in 1911, and received a doctorate in physiological chemistry. Directed several hospitals and medical societies, and was one of the first to experiment with the use of insulin for diabetes. Tried to enlist in the army in World War I, but was refused and instead ran a hospital for the wounded; personally treated almost 3,000 soldiers. He healed (sometimes miraculously), taught at numerous universities and hospitals, and supported the poor and outcast; could sometimes diagnose a patient‘s illness and prescribe for it without having seen the patient. Knew when and how to use a patient‘s faith and the sacraments to effect a cure.

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

FX Cabrini“In the face of the endless cares and anxieties of life, she never let anything turn her aside from striving and aiming to please God and to work for his glory for which nothing, aided by God’s grace, seemed too laborious, or difficult, or beyond human strength.” (Pope Pius XII)

From a family of 13 living in Lombardy, Italy, Frances was born of a pious family in 1850. Having tried her vocation in another congregation, she eventually founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1880. Pope Leo XIII gave his approval of the new group of sisters who hoped to go to the missions in China. Instead, Leo suggested to her that she go to the United States to help the Italian immigrants who were flooding to that nation in that era, mostly in great poverty. “Not to the East, but to the West” was his advice.

She said: “I will go anywhere and do anything in order to communicate the love of Jesus to those who do not know Him or have forgotten Him.”

The Blessed Mother appeared to her in a dream, tending the sick. “I am doing the work you refuse to do,” she told Frances. Columbus Hospital then was ‘ next effort. In twenty-eight years Frances founded 67 schools, orphanages, convents, and hosptials in the United States. Mother Frances died in 1917; Mother became a United States citizen and she was the first US citizen to be canonized.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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