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Saint of the Day – 10 June – Blessed Henry of Treviso (1250-1315)

Saint of the Day – 10 June – Blessed Henry of Treviso (1250-1315) Layman, Widower and Father – born in c 1250 at Bolzano, Italy and died on 10 June 1315 in Treviso, Italy of natural causes.   He is also known as Henry of Bolzano or Blessed Rigo.   Patronage – Treviso.vl henry of treviso EnricoBozen-retouch

Henry was born in Bolzano, Italy.   He lived during the last part of the thirteenth and early part of the fourteenth centuries.  Henry’s family was very poor, so he had no opportunity to learn to read and write. When he was a teenager, he moved to Treviso to find work.   He became a day labourer.   Few people realised that he gave away most of his earnings to the poor.   He went to Mass daily and received Holy Communion as often as was permitted.   Henry loved the Sacrament of Confession, too and found this Sacrament, of the forgiving God very encouraging.

People began to notice the kind of Christian Henry was.   He made it his penance to be very diligent at his work.   And he allowed ample time every day for private prayer, usually in a Church.   Henry was known for his calm and gentle ways.   Sometimes people teased him because he seemed like such a simple person.   As he grew older, he began to look shabby and stooped.   Children would comment at times on his peculiar appearance.   But Henry didn’t mind.   He realised that they did not know they were hurting henry of treviso with mary

When Henry was too old and frail to work, a friend James Castagnolis, brought him into his own home.   Mr Castagnolis gave Henry a room and food when the old man would accept it.   Blessed Henry insisted that he live on the alms of the people of Treviso.   They were generous in their donations of food because they knew that he shared their gifts with many people, who were poor and homeless.   By the end of his life, Henry could barely walk.   People watched with awe as the old man dragged himself to morning Mass.   Often, he would visit other local Churches as well, painfully moving toward each destination.Blessed-Henry-of-Treviso

What a mystery this good man was.   When he died on 10 June 1315, people crowded into his little room.   They wanted a Relic, a keepsake. They found his treasures – a prickly hair-shirt, a log of wood that was his pillow, some straw that was the mattress for his bed.   They stripped the straw that served for his bed to keep as a Relic – there was not much else to take.

His body was moved to the Cathedral so that all the people could pay their tribute.    Over two hundred miracles were reported within a few days after his death.  A beautiful Altar was built in a side Chapel of the Cathedral in his honour, see below.Duomo_(Treviso)_-_interior_-_Altare_del_Beato_henry of treviso Enrico_da_Bolzano

A beautiful Oratory was built in Treviso in honour of Blessed Henry.1024px-Oratorio_bl Henry of Treviso

Henry of Treviso was declared “Blessed” by Pope Benedict XIV on 23 July 1750 (cultus confirmed).

A Trevisan Priest, Fr Rambaldo degli Azzoni Avogari, published a hagiography of him in 1760.


Feast of Our Lady of the Grotto, Mellieħa, Malta and Memorials of the Saints – 10 June

Our Lady of the Grotto, Mellieħa, Malta:
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieħa is a Marian shrine in the village of Mellieħa in Malta. It was originally constructed in the late 16th century and contains a Byzantine-style fresco, depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary with Christ on her right arm.   Tradition has it that the painting was made by St Luke when he was shipwrecked on the island with St Paul.   The church expanded several times to accommodate the growing population of the village and the roofed veranda is considered a classic example of 17th century Renaissance architecture.   The sanctuary was blessed by St Pope John Paul II during his visit to Malta in May 1990.

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Bl Amata of San Sisto
St Amantius of Tivoli
St Asterius of Petra
St Bardo of Mainz
Bl Bogumilus of Gniezno
St Caerealis of Tivoli
St Censurius of Auxerre
St Crispulus of Rome
Blessed Edward Johannes Maria Poppe (1890-1924)
Bl Elisabeth Hernden
Bl Elizabeth Guillen
St Evermund of Fontenay
St Faustina of Cyzicus
Bl Gerlac of Obermarchtal
St Getulius of Tivoli
Blessed Henry of Treviso (1250-1315)

St Illadan of Rathlihen
St Ithamar of Rochester
Blessed John Dominici OP (c 1355-1419)
His Life:
Bl José Manuel Claramonte Agut
Bl Joseph Kugler
St Landericus of Novalese
St Landericus of Paris
Bl Mary Magdalene of Carpi
St Maurinus of Cologne
St Primitivus of Tivoli
St Restitutus of Rome
Bl Thomas Green
St Timothy of Prusa
Bl Walter Pierson
St Zachary of Nicomedia

Martyrs of North Africa – 17 saints: A group of seventeen Christians martyred together in North Africa; the only surviving details are two of their names – Aresius and Rogatius. Both the precise location in North Africa and the date are unknown.

Martyrs of the Aurelian Way – 23 saints: A group of 23 martyrs who died together in the persecutions of Aurelian. The only details that survive are three of their names – Basilides, Mandal and Tripos. c.270-275 on the Aurelian Way, Rome, Italy.

Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort/Martyrs of La Rochelle – 64 beati: In 1790 the French Revolutionary authorities passed a law requiring priests to swear allegience to the civil constitution, which would effectively remove them from the authority of and allegience to, Rome. Many refused and in 1791 the government began deporting them to French Guyana. 827 priests and religious were imprisoned on hulks (old ships no longer sea-worthy and used for storage, jails, hospitals, etc.) at Rochefort, France to await exile, most on the Deux-Associés and the Washington which had previously been used to house slaves or prisoners. There they were basically ignored to death as there was little provision for food and water, less for sanitation and none at all for medical help. 542 of the prisoners died there.
The survivors were freed on 12 February 1795 and allowed to return to their homes. Many of them wrote about their time on the hulks and many of them wrote about the faith and ministry of those who had died. 64 of them have been positively identified and confirmed to have died as martyrs, dying for their faith, they are:
• Antoine Auriel• Antoine Bannassat• Augustin-Joseph Desgardin• Barthélemy Jarrige de La Morelie de Biars• Charles-Antoine-Nicolas Ancel• Charles-Arnould Hanus• Charles-René Collas du Bignon• Claude Beguignot
• Claude Dumonet• Claude Laplace• Claude Richard• Claude-BarnabéLaurent de Mascloux• Claude-Joseph Jouffret de Bonnefont• élie Leymarie de Laroche• Florent Dumontet de Cardaillac• François d’Oudinot de la Boissière
• François François• François Hunot• François Mayaudon• Gabriel Pergaud
• Georges-Edme René• Gervais-Protais Brunel• Jacques Gagnot• Jacques Lombardie• Jacques Retouret• Jacques-Morelle Dupas• Jean Baptiste Guillaume• Jean Bourdon• Jean Hunot• Jean Mopinot• Jean-Baptiste de Bruxelles• Jean-Baptiste Duverneuil• Jean-Baptiste Laborie du Vivier
• Jean-Baptiste Menestrel• Jean-Baptiste Souzy• Jean-Baptiste-Ignace-Pierre Vernoy de Montjournal• Jean-Baptiste-Xavier Loir• Jean-François Jarrige de la Morelie de Breuil• Jean-Georges Rehm• Jean-Nicolas Cordier
• Joseph Imbert• Joseph Juge de Saint-Martin• Joseph Marchandon
• Lazare Tiersot• Louis-Armand-Joseph Adam• Louis-François Lebrun
• Louis-Wulphy Huppy• Marcel-Gaucher Labiche de Reignefort• Michel-Bernard Marchand• Michel-Louis Brulard• Nicolas Savouret• Nicolas Tabouillot• Noël-Hilaire Le Conte• Paul-Jean Charles• Philippe Papon• Pierre Gabilhaud• Pierre Jarrige de la Morelie de Puyredon• Pierre-Joseph le roing de la Romagère• Pierre-Michel Noël• Pierre-Sulpice-Christophe Faverge• Pierre-Yrieix Labrouhe de Laborderie• Raymond Petiniaud de Jourgnac• Scipion-Jérôme Brigeat Lambert• Sébastien-Loup Hunot.
They died between 19 May 1794 and 23 February 1795 aboard prison ships docked at Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France and were beatified on
1 October 1995 by St Pope John Paul II.