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Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Madonna del Giorno di Montalto / Our Lady of Montalto,Messina, Italy, 1294 and Memorials of the Saints – 12 June

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – Celebrated on the Saturday following the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus:

https://anastpaul.com/2017/06/24/the-feast-of-the-immaculate-heart-of-mary-24-june-2017-the-saturday-following-the-feast-of-the-sacred-heart/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/06/09/feast-of-the-immaculate-heart-of-mary-8-june/

Madonna del Giorno di Montalto / Our Lady of Montalto, Messina, Italy, 1294 – 12 June:

One night a humble Friar named Nicholas dreamt of the Virgin Mary who told him to go the next day, by the Senate of Messina and inform them, that Our Lady wanted a temple on that hill, dedicated as the Lady of the High Mountain.
In the morning, the Friar thought it was all his imagination and not believing that the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ would go to a poor Friar and thought no more of it.
The next night, the Virgin appeared again in a dream to Nicholas, scolding him for disobedience. The monk then asked him how he could get himself heard by the Senate. Our Lady told him not to despair and the next day, at noon, a white dove on the hill site was outlined at the area where the Church was to be built.
So it was, 12 June 1294, the hill was full of people and notables of Messina and a white dove appeared and marked out the spot for the Church (this miracle is represented by Statues in motion in the bell tower of the Cathedral).
Fra Nicholas then went to the nearby Matagrifone castle to find the Queen Constance. He explained the facts, in the presence of a Court handmaiden who advised the Queen to drive the Monk away. The evil courtesan was suddenly seized with paralysis of her arm and excruciating pain throughout her body. The Monk advised her to apologise to the Madonna, she did so, and the pain was relieved.
Queen Constance, remained shaken from the occurrence and she promised her help, indeed it was she who laid the first stone. By 1295 the Church was already built.

The Santuario della Madonna di Montalto was severely damaged during the 1908 earthquake and rebuilt in 1930.
This view of the bell tower gives you a hint of the beauty of this Gothic and Romanesque structure.

St Amphion of Nicomedia
Bl Antonia Maria Verna
Bl Antonio de Pietra
St Arsenius of Konev
St Christian O’Morgair of Clogher
St Chrodobald of Marchiennes
St Cominus
Bl Conrad of Maleville
St Cunera
St Cuniald
St Cyrinus of Antwerp
St Eskil
St Galen of Armenia

St Gaspar Bertoni CSS (1777-1853) – Priest and Founder of the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata of Our Lord Jesus Christ C.S.S., commonly known as the Stigmatines, Teacher, Apostolic Missionary, Spiritual advisor.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/06/12/saint-of-the-day-12-june-st-gaspar-bertoni-c-s-s-1777-1853/

St Gerebald of Châlons-sur-Seine
St Geslar
Bl Guy Vignotelli of Cortona

St Juan de Sahagun OESA (1419-1479) Priest and Friar of the Order of the Augustinians, Preacher, Social Reformer, Defender of workers.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2017/06/12/saint-of-the-day-12-june-st-john-of-sahagun-o-e-s-a/

St Pope Leo III (c 750-816) Bishop of Rome and Ruler of the Papal States from 26 December 795 to his death. Know as “Charlemagne’s Pope”
St Lochinia of Ireland

Blessed Lorenzo Maria of Saint Francis Xavier Salvi CP Priest of the Passionist Congregation
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/06/12/saint-of-the-day-12-june-blessed-lorenzo-maria-of-saint-francis-xavier-salvi-cp-1782-1856/

Bl Mercedes Maria of Jesus
St Odulf of Utrecht
St Olympius of AEnos
St Onuphrius of Egypt
Bl Pelagia Leonti of Milazzo
St Peter of Mount Athos
St Placid of Val d’Ocre
Bl Stanislaw Kubista
Bl Stefan Grelewski
Bl Stefan Kielman
St Ternan of Culross
St Valerius of Armenia

Martyrs of Bologna: Three Christians who were martyred at different times and places, but whose relics have been collected and enshrined together – Celsus, Dionysius, and Marcellinus. Their relics were enshrined in churches in Bologna and Rome in Italy.

Martyrs of Rome: Four members of the Imperial Roman nobility. They were all soldiers, one or more may have been officers, and all were martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian – Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor and Nazarius.
They were martyred in 304 outside Rome, Italy and buried along the Aurelian Way.

Three Holy Exiles: Three Christian men who became Benedictine monks at the Saint James Abbey in Regensburg, Germany, then hermits at Griestatten and whose lives and piety are celebrated together. – Marinus, Vimius and Zimius.

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Saint of the Day – 12 June – Blessed Lorenzo Maria of Saint Francis Xavier Salvi CP (1782-1856)

Saint of the Day – 12 June – Blessed Lorenzo Maria of Saint Francis Xavier Salvi CP (1782-1856) (also known as Lorenzo Salvi), Priest of the Passionist Congregation – born as Lorenzo Gaetano Maria Salvi on 30 October 1782 in Rome, Italy and died on 12 June 1856 in Capranica, Viterbo, Italy of natural causes.

Lorenzo was greatly impressed by the preaching and zeal of Saint Vincent Strambi (1745-1824) (here: https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/25/saint-of-the-day-25-september-st-vincent-strambi-c-p-1745-1824/) and soon followed him into the Passionist Congregation.   He became a novice at Monte Argentario in 1801, the first monastery of the Passionists.   He received the religious name Lorenzo Maria of Saint Francis Xavier and professed his vows on 20 November 1802.   He studied for the Priesthood at Jesuit-run the Collegio Romano in Rome, his classmates included the future Pope Gregory XVI and was Ordained a Priest on 29 December 1805.   He followed closely in the footsteps of the Founder of the Passionists, St Paul of the Cross.bl lorenzo maria of st francis xavier

The anti-clerical laws of Napoleon saw the Passionist house suppressed and its members dispersed.   When at last Lorenzo was able to return to Passionist life he preached missions and encouraged devotion to the Passion of Christ, these two things are the hallmarks of the Passionist life.   But he also gained the reputation of a most wise and admired Superior for his ability to ably lead communities.

He had great devotion to the Infant Jesus and was steadfast in promoting, in every circumstance, prayerful devotion to the holy childhood of Jesus, not only through his untiring work but also, through his constant example and his proliferation of writings.   He often wrote about and preached on the wonders of the Incarnation. Because of this great devotion, he is usually depicted in religious art with a picture of the Child Jesus.

Lorenzo was made Rector of the Passionist Motherhouse in Rome, Sts John and Paul but spent much of his time preaching missions, his Vice-Rector was Blessed Dominic Barberi (1792-1849) (here:  https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/27/saint-of-the-day-27-august-blessed-dominic-barberi-of-the-mother-of-god-c-p-1792-1849-apostle-to-england/ ) the great Passionist Saint who laboured in England.

Blessed Lorenzo died 12 June 1856 at Capranica, Viterbo, Italy.   He is buried in the Passionist Church of St Angelo, Vetralla (Viterbo).

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Passionist Saints

On 1 October 1989 Lorenzo Maria of St Francis Xavier was Beatified by St Pope John Paul II.

Blessed are Thou, O God our Father,
for Thy gift of Blessed Lorenzo Maria of St Francis Xavier,
for his life, his witness
and for the love Thou didst give him for the mystery of the Nativity and Infancy of Thy Son Jesus.
We ask Thee to reawaken in Thy Church,
the awareness of the great gift of the Incarnation
and the desire to imitate Jesus with simplicity of heart
and total trust in Thy Love and Thy Providence.
We thank Thee for the deep compassion
for the suffering Thou didst grant Blessed Lorenzo
and for the strength of his prayer to the Infant Jesus.
We believe that he still intercedes for us.
We confide to Thee our good desires,
for ourselves and for our neighbours,
secure to obtain Thy Grace
and the protection of Blessed Lorenzo.
Amen

The Passionists

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Feast of Our Lady of Montalto and Memorials of the Saints – 12 June

Our Lady of Montalto:
Shrine of Our Lady of Montalto in Messina, Italy
In 1282, the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream to a friar named Nicholas.   During the apparition she promised to send a white dove to the Caperrina hill where she wanted a church built in her name.   The cornerstone for the Shrine of Our Lady of Montalto was laid in 1295 by Queen Constance of Sicily.   It was a monastery for Cistercian nuns from 1389 until 1866.   The Santuario della Madonna di Montalto was severely damaged during the 1908 earthquake and rebuilt in 1930.  This view of the bell tower gives you a hint at the beauty of this Gothic and Romanesque structure.

St Amphion of Nicomedia
Bl Antonia Maria Verna
Bl Antonio de Pietra
St Arsenius of Konev
St Christian O’Morgair of Clogher
St Chrodobald of Marchiennes
St Cominus
Bl Conrad of Maleville
St Cunera
St Cuniald
St Cyrinus of Antwerp
St Eskil
St Galen of Armenia
St Gaspar Bertoni CSS (1777-1853) – Priest and Founder 
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/06/12/saint-of-the-day-12-june-st-gaspar-bertoni-c-s-s-1777-1853/
St Gerebald of Châlons-sur-Seine
St Geslar
Bl Guy Vignotelli of Cortona
St Juan de Sahagun OESA (1419-1479) BUT his Memorial has been moved to yesterday 11 June.
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/06/12/saint-of-the-day-12-june-st-john-of-sahagun-o-e-s-a/
St Pope Leo III
St Lochinia of Ireland
Blessed Lorenzo Maria of Saint Francis Xavier Salvi CP
Bl Mercedes Maria of Jesus
St Odulf of Utrecht
St Olympius of AEnos
St Onuphrius of Egypt
Bl Pelagia Leonti of Milazzo
St Peter of Mount Athos
St Placid of Val d’Ocre
Bl Stanislaw Kubista
Bl Stefan Grelewski
Bl Stefan Kielman
St Ternan of Culross
St Valerius of Armenia

Martyrs of Bologna:  Three Christians who were martyred at different times and places, but whose relics have been collected and enshrined together – Celsus, Dionysius, and Marcellinus. Their relics were enshrined in churches in Bologna and Rome in Italy.

Martyrs of Rome:  Four members of the Imperial Roman nobility. They were all soldiers, one or more may have been officers, and all were martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian – Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor and Nazarius.
They were martyred in 304 outside Rome, Italy and buried along the Aurelian Way.

Three Holy Exiles:  Three Christian men who became Benedictine monks at the Saint James Abbey in Regensburg, Germany, then hermits at Griestatten, and whose lives and piety are celebrated together. – Marinus, Vimius and Zimius.

108 Martyrs of World War II:
Also known as
• Polish Martyrs
• 108 Polish Martyrs of the Nazis
• 108 Blessed Polish Martyrs
Among the millions murdered by Nazis in World War II, many were Poles killed for being Poles and many were Catholics killed for being Catholic. As emblematic of this group, 108 Polish Catholics who were murdered for their faith, and whose faithfulness was attested by by witnesses, were beatified as a group of by Pope John Paul II. They each have a separate memorial day on the calendar but they are celebrated as a group today.
• Adalbert Nierychlewski • Adam Bargielski • Aleksy Sobaszek • Alfons Maria Mazurek • Alicja Maria Jadwiga Kotowska • Alojzy Liguda • Anastazy Jakub Pankiewicz • Anicet Koplinski • Antoni Beszta-Borowski • Antoni Julian Nowowiejski • Antoni Leszczewicz • Antoni Rewera • Antoni Swiadek • Antoni Zawistowski • Bogumila Noiszewska • Boleslas Strzelecki • Boniface Zukowski • Bronislao Kostkowski • Bronislaw Komorowski • Bruno Zembol • Czeslaw Jozwiak • Dominik Jedrzejewski • Edward Detkens • Edward Grzymala • Edward Kazmierski • Edward Klinik • Emil Szramek • Fidelis Jerome Chojnacki • Florian Stepniak • Franciszek Dachtera • Franciszek Drzewiecki • Franciszek Kesy • Franciszek Rogaczewski • Franciszek Roslaniec • Franciszek Stryjas • Grzegorz Boleslaw Frackowiak • Henryk Hlebowicz • Henryk Kaczorowski • Henryk Krzysztofik • Hilary Pawel Januszewski • Jan Eugeniusz Bajewski • Jan Franciszek Czartoryski • Jan Nepomucen Chrzan • Jan Oprzadek • Jarogniew Wojciechowski • Jerzy Kaszyra • Jozef Achilles Puchala • Józef Cebula • Jozef Czempiel • Józef Jankowski • Jozef Kowalski • Józef Kurzawa • Jozef Kut • Józef Pawlowski • Jozef Stanek • Jozef Straszewski • Józef Wojciech Guz • Jozef Zaplata • Julia Rodzinska • Karol Herman Stepien • Katarzyna Faron • Kazimiera Wolowska • Kazimierz Gostynski • Kazimierz Grelewski • Kazimierz Tomasz Sykulski • Leon Nowakowski • Leon Wetmanski • Ludwik Mzyk • Ludwik Roch Gietyngier • Maksymilian Binkiewicz • Marcin Oprzadek • Maria Antonina Kratochwil • Maria Klemensa Staszewska • Marian Gorecki • Marian Konopinski • Marian Skrzypczak • Marianna Biernacka • Michal Ozieblowski • Michal Piaszczynski • Michal Wozniak • Mieczyslaw Bohatkiewicz • Mieczyslawa Kowalska • Narcyz Putz • Narcyz Turchan • Natalia Tulasiewicz • Piotr Edward Dankowski • Roman Archutowski • Roman Sitko • Stanislaw Antoni Trojanowski • Stanislaw Kostka Starowieyski • Stanislaw Kubista • Stanislaw Kubski • Stanislaw Mysakowski • Stanislaw Pyrtek • Stanislaw Starowieyski • Stefan Grelewski • Stefan Wincenty Frelichowski • Symforian Ducki • Tadeusz Dulny • Wincenty Matuszewski • Wladyslaw Bladzinski • Wladyslaw Demski • Wladyslaw Goral • Wladyslaw Maczkowski • Wladyslaw Miegon • Wlodzimierz Laskowski • Wojciech Gondek • Zygmunt Pisarski • Zygmunt Sajna
Died
between 5 October 1939 and April 1945 in Germany and Nazi-occupied Poland and were Beatified on 13 June 1999 by St Pope John Paul II in Warsaw, Poland.