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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
24th January -  

Saint Francis of Sales
24th January - 

Saint Francis of Sales

Bishop of Geneva. Patron saint of writers and journalists. St Francis was born in Savoy in 1567. A delicate child, he was educated at home first and then studied rhetoric, philosophy and theology at the University of Paris. In 1591 he became a Doctor of Law at Padua. Although he could have had a brilliant career in the world, he refused many opportunities because he wanted more than anything else to become a priest - much to his father's disappointment.

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 23rd  January - Venerable 

Mary Ward
23rd January - Venerable 

Mary Ward

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of of Mary Ward, whose cause for Beatification is underway at the Vatican. She was born in 1585, into a family of Yorkshire recusants, outlaw Catholics refusing to conform to the state religion. Condemned to death in London for her work among underground Catholics, she fled to the continent with a group of companions in 1609, believing herself called to start a religious order for women

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22nd  January
  - Saint Vincent Pallotti
22nd January
 - Saint Vincent Pallotti

Priest and founder of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate. The son of a Roman grocer, St Vincent was ordained priest in 1817. He taught theology at Sapienza, but was much more interested in pastoral work and resigned to become confessor to several Roman colleges including the English, Scottish and Irish.

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21st  January  - 

Saint Agnes

21st January - 

Saint Agnes

Virgin, martyr of Rome. St Agnes is one of the most famous of early Christian saints. Her death in 305 was recorded in the Deposito Martyrum just forty years later. Around that time a basilica was built over her grave in the Via Nomentana. Many early writers, including Ambrose, Jerome, Damasus and Prudentias praised her.

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20th  January

 -  Saint Sebastian
20th January

 - Saint Sebastian

Martyr. Patron of soldiers, archers, in time of plague. St Sebastian died during the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian. He was buried on the Appian Way close to the basilica which was named after him. Little is known about him, but according to legend, he was a soldier from Gaul who enlisted in the Roman army in 283. He was soon made a captain in the Pretorian guard and visited the Christian martyrs Mark and Marcellian in prison.

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19th January  - Saint Wulfstan
19th January - Saint Wulfstan

Benedictine monk and bishop of Worcester. St Wulfstan was born of Anglo Saxon parents in 1008 at Itchington in Warwickshire. Educated at the abbeys of Evesham and Peterborough, he excelled in piety and sport. After he was ordained priest he was offered a richly endowed church but refused it. Instead he became a Benedictine monk at Worcester cathedral priory. He soon became master of the boys, cantor and sacristan.

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18 January  - Saint Prisca

18 January - Saint Prisca

Martyr. Not a great deal is known about this early Roman saint, but a 4th century church on the Aventine hill is named after her. Legends sometimes identify her as the same Priscilla named in the Acts of the Apostles as the wife of Aquila. She is sometimes represented by two lions, who are said to have refused to attack her at the Coliseum in Rome.

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 17th  January  

- Saint Anthony of Egypt
17th January 

- Saint Anthony of Egypt

Abbot. St Anthony was born in 251 in Upper Egypt. When he was 20, his parents died, leaving him a large estate. After much prayer Antony decided to sell his possessions and give the money to the poor. His younger sister joined a community of religious women while Anthony went to live in a deserted fort in complete solitude from 286 to 306. During this time he is said to have withstood many temptations. At the end of this time he gathered a group of disciples around him. He visited Alexandria to encourage the Christians there who were being persecuted by Maximinus.

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