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Saint of the Day – 1 June – Blessed Teobaldo Roggeri (c 1100-1150)

Saint of the Day – 1 June – Blessed Teobaldo Roggeri (c 1100-1150) Layman, Shoemaker, Porter, Apostle of the poor and needy, Penitent, Pilgrim Born in c 1100 in Vico, Liguria, Piedmont, Italy and died in 1150 of natural causes. Patronages – the Diocese of Alba, against fever, against sterility, Church cleaners, Cobblers, Porters, Shoemakers, Tradespeople. Also known as Theobald of Vico, Theobald of Alba, Teobaldo of Alba, Theobald Roggeris. The liturgical feast commonly occurs on 1 June but is also celebrated on 1 February with the “Feast of Remembrance” which opens with the nocturnal sound of the bells with which we remember the miracle of the bells which rang alone, without aid, when the tomb of our saint was re-discovered late at night on 31 January 1429.

The Roman Martyrology states of him today: “In Alba in Piedmont, Blessed Teobaldo, who, driven by love for poverty, gave all his possessions to a widow and became a porter out of a spirit of humility, to carry the burdens of others on himself.”

Teobaldo Roggeri was born in the Ligurian region to nobles from Piedmont. The careful reading and attentiveness to the Gospel caused him to abandon his noble status in favour of a simple and austere life. He was orphaned of both his parents during his childhood, so he set off for Alba in 1112 where he became an apprentice to a shoemaker.

Teobaldo worked as a cobbler and proved to be quite skilled in his trade which prompted the master, to hope in vain, that Teobaldo would wed his daughter, Virida and continue the business after his death. However, the apprentice instead made a private vow to remain chaste.

Teobaldo also worked as a porter and spent time transporting sacks of grain from place to place as part of his job. His master died in 1122 after a decade of working with Teobaldo. This prompted him to embark on a solemn pilgrimage – with a bundle and a staff – to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Spain and he later returned to Alba to resume his work. He used his meager income to help the poor of his region and he often slept outside the local Church, until it would be opened to admit him to spend further time before Our Lord in the Tabernacle.

On one occasion the owner of the shoe store where he worked, asked that he take a sack of wheat to the mill to be ground into flour. He agreed but gave handful after handful to the poor people that he encountered along the path, to the point, where no more wheat remained. He lacked the courage to face the woman back at the store and refused to go back without something to return, so he filled the bag with sand and left it on the woman’s doorstep before running off. The woman found flour in the bag though later learned of what had happened. This began the tale of the “Miracle of the Flour” and happened not long before his death.

Repenting of having reacted with an indignant jerk to an offense received, he wanted to atone for all his remaining life and began to sleep on the bare stone of the steps of the Church of St Lorenzo, where he also began to serve as a Sacristan in the hours free from deliveries.

Teobado died in 1150 after contracting a serious illness while visiting the widow of his cobbler master, where he died under her roof. At his request ,he was buried in an unmarked patch of ground between the two Churches of San Lorenzo and San Silvestro. His grave became a place of pilgrimage and miracles. After several decades, his grave grew obscure and was overgrown and lost. His remains were rediscovered late in the evening of 21 January 1429, almost by inspiration, by the Bishop of Alba, Alerino Rambaudi;. The Church bells rang out on their own during the night pf 31 January 1429 in celebration of the discovery. This miracle is remembered by the marble plaque inserted on the wall. by the Bishop himself in the Chapel dedicated to the saint, in the Alba Cathedral, where the remains were later transferred. This discovery reignited the memory of this humble and holy man, servant of all and the miracles began again at his tomb. Blessed Teobald was Beatified in 1841 by Pope Gregory XVI (cultus confirmation).

Bl Teobaldo’s Statue on Alba Cathedral

Madonna delle Grazie / Our Lady of Grace, Leini, Torino, Piedmont, Italy (1630) and Memorials of the Saints – 1 June

Month of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Madonna delle Grazie / Our Lady of Grace, Leini, Torino, Piedmont, Italy (1630) – 1 June:

13 km from Turin, a short distance from the highway to Ivrea, stands a famous Sanctuary. From impeccable evidence and documents, the Madonna appeared to a humble deaf-mute, placing the Rosary around his neck.

For 3 years, since 1627, a famine had ravaged the town of Leini and the surrounding areas followed by the Black Plague, reducing the town to a handful of families. On 1 June 1630, a farmworker, of the Regina family, deaf and dumb from birth, when returning from the fields stopped before the image of the Virgin and implored her:
“… save Leini, Mary, Holy Mother, hear our prayer, save us …”
She appeared to him with a smile in answer to his prayer and placed a Rosary around his neck. His tongue loosed and from his mouth came a Hymn of praise and thanksgiving to the Virgin. The first voice he ever heard was the Blessed Mother who told him:
“… Go, announce, that in my honour a Church should be built in this place and I will ask my Son to stop the plague … “

He began running through the desolate streets shouting the news of the miracle and announcing that the plague had ceased, that the Blessed Virgin prayed for Leini. The few survivors heard the wonders of the miracle and joined with him in the Rosary prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. From that day the plague stopped, the sick were healed,and the survivors were thankful for the wonderful grace that the Virgin had given them. She had asked that they build a Sanctuary and the townspeople fulfilled their solemn promises. An inscription has been affixed on the front facade: “Sacellum hoc BM Gratiarum Virgini Matri against pestiferam emu to majoribus dicatum year 1630.”

The Church has become a famous pilgrimage destination where it is possible to admire inside, a gallery where numerous ex-votos accumulated over the years are collected. The structure was built immediately after the plague of the seventeenth century, to obtain protection from the Blessed Virgin, thanks to the people of Leini.

The Apparition and the Consecration of the Sanctuary are celebrated each year on 1 June and 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption, respectively.

St Justin Martyr (c 100-165) Father of the Church (Memorial) Martyr, first Christian Philosopher, Apologist, Orator, Teacher, Writer, Missionary.

St Agapetus of Ruthenia
Bl Alfonso Navarrete Benito

Saint Annibale Maria di Francia (1851-1927) Priest, Founder of a series of orphanages and the Congregations of the Rogationist Fathers and the Daughters of Divine Zeal.
His Life Story:

Bl Arnald Arench
Bl Arnold of Geertruidenberg
St Atto of Oca
St Candida of Whitchurch
St Caprasius of Lérins
St Clarus of Aquitaine
St Claudius of Vienne
Bl Conrad of Hesse
St Conrad of Trier
St Crescentinus
St Cronan of Lismore
St Damian of Scotland
St Dionysius of Ruthenia
St Donatus of Lucania
St Felinus of Perugia
Bl Ferdinand Ayala
St Firmus
St Fortunatus of Spoleto
Bl Gaius Xeymon
St Gaudentius of Ossero
St Giuse Túc
St Gratian of Perugia
Bl Herculanus of Piegare
St Iñigo of Oña
St Ischryrion and Companions
Bl James of Strepar
St Jean-Baptiste-Ignace-Pierre Vernoy de Montjournal

Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini (1839-1905) “The Apostle of the Catechism” and “The Father of Migrants” Bishop, Prelate, Founder of both the Missionaries of St Charles and the Mission Sisters of Saint Charles.
His Life Story:

Bl John Pelingotto
Bl John Storey
St Juventius
Bl Leo Tanaka
St Melosa
St Pamphilus of Alexandria
St Peter of Pisa
St Porphyrius of Alexandria
St Proculus of Bologna
St Proculus the Soldier
St Ronan
St Secundus of Amelia
St Seleucus of Alexandria
St Simeon of Syracuse
St Telga of Denbighshire
St Thecla of Antioch
Blessed Teobaldo Roggeri (c 1100-1150) Layman
St Thespesius of Cappadocia
St Wistan of Evesham
St Zosimus of Antioch

Martyrs of Alexandria – 5 saints: A group five of imperial Roman soldiers assigned to guard a group of Egyptian Christians who were imprisoned for their faith in the persecutions of Decius. During their trial, they encouraged the prisoners not to apostatize. This exposed them as Christians, were promptly arrested and executed. Martyrs. Their names are – Ammon, Ingen, Ptolomy, Theophilis and Zeno. They were beheaded in 249 at Alexandria, Egypt.

Martyrs of Caesarea – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Galerius. We know little more about them than the name – Paul, Valens and Valerius. They diedf in 309 at Caesarea, Palestine.

Martyrs of Lycopolis – 6 saints: Five foot soldiers and their commander who were martyred for their faith by order of the imperial Roman prefect Arriano during the persecutions of Decius. In Lycopolis, Egypt.

Martyrs of Rome – 6 saints: A group of spiritual students of Saint Justin Martyr who died with him and about whom we know nothing else but their names – Carito, Caritone, Evelpisto, Ierace, Liberiano and Peone. In Rome, Italy.