CALENDAR OF SAINTS FOR THE WEEK

May 25: St. Gregory VII, pope
Hildebrand was born in Tuscany about the year 1028. He was educated at Rome and entered the monastic life. He helped the popes of his time through many missions on behalf of Church reform, and in 1073 ascended to the chair of St. Peter
under the name of Gregory VII. Besieged by King Henry IV, he died a refugee at Salerno in 1085.

May 25: Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin
St. Mary Magdalene was born at Florence in 1566 and after a religious upbringing she entered the Carmelites. She led a solitary life of prayer and self-denial, praying fervently for Church reform and directed her fellow sisters on the road to perfection. She was blessed by many gifts from God and died in 1607.

May 26: Philip Neri, priest
St. Philip Neri was born at Florence in 1515. He went to Rome and began to work with young men among whom he fostered Christian life and formed an association for the poor and the sick. Ordained to the priesthood in 1551, he founded the Oratory where spiritual reading, singing and works of charity were practiced. He excelled in his love of neighbor and in evangelical simplicity along with a joyous service to God. St. Philip died in 1595.

May 27: Augustine of Canterbury, bishop
St. Augustine was sent in 597 from St. Andrew’s monastery in Rome by St. Gregory the Great to preach the Gospel in England. He was aided there by King Ethelbert and chosen bishop of Canterbury. He converted many to the faith and established many dioceses, especially in the kingdom of Kent. He died on May 26 about the year 605.

Reference: Christian Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours. Published and distributed by Paulines Publishing House, Daughters of St. Paul, 2650 F.B. Harrison St., 1300 Pasay City, Phil. 13th printing 2010. ISBN 971-590-357-6.

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Calendar of Saints for the Week of June 1

June 1
Justin, martyr
St. Justin, philosopher and martyr, was born of pagan parents at FlaviaNeapolis in Samaria at the beginning of the second century. Following his conversion to the Faith he wrote many works in the defense of religion, of which we have only two: the Apology and the Dialogue with Trypho. He also opened a school at Rome in which public debates were held. Justin was martyred along with several companions during the reign of Marcus Aurelius around the year 165.

June 2
Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs
Pope Damasus is our authority for the martyrdom of SaintsMarcellinus and Peter during the Diocletian persecution. He received this information from the executioner himself. They were beheaded in a grove, but their bodies were moved and buried in the cemetery Ad duasLauros on the Via Labicana. Once peace had been restored, the church built a basilica over their tombs.

June 3
Charles Lwanga and companions, martyrs
Owing to religious hatred, many faithful Christians were killed in Uganda by King Mwanga during the years 1885-87. Some of them had enjoyed the good graces of the king at his court, and some were even related to him. Among them, Charles Lwanga and his 21 companions, adhering steadfastly to the Catholic faith, were put to death, some by sword, others by burning, because they would not accede to the king’s unreasonable demands.

June 5
Boniface, bishop and martyr
St. Boniface was born in England about the year 673. He was first professed to the monastic life at Exeter but in 719 went to Germany to preach the Gospel. He made many converts there and was consecrated bishop, ruling over the church at Mainz. He attracted many companions by whose help he founded or restored dioceses in Bavaria, Thuringia and Franconia. He also convened councils and promulgated laws. While preaching the Gospel to the Frisians, St. Boniface was killed by pagans in 754. His body is buried in the monastery of Fulda.

Reference: The liturgy of the hours, vol. III, Catholic Book Publ.Co., NY, 1975.

Calendar of Saints for the week

May 26
Philip Neri, priest
St. Philip was born at Florence in 1515. He went to Rome and began to work with young men among whom he fostered Christian life and formed an association for the poor and the sick. Ordained to the priesthood in 1551, he founded the Oratory where spiritual reading, singing and works of charity were practiced. He excelled in his love of neighbor and in evangelical simplicity along with a joyous service to God. He died in 1595.

May 27
Augustine of Canterbury, bishop
St. Augustine was sent in 597 from St. Andrew’s monastery in Rome by St. Gregory the Great to preach the Gospel in England. He was aided there by King Ethelbert and chosen bishop of Canterbury. He converted many to the faith and established many dioceses, especially in the kingdom of Kent. He died on May 26, about the year 605.

May 31
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reference: The liturgy of the hours, vol. III, Catholic Book Publ.Co., NY, 1975.