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Saint of the Day – 5 September – Saint Alvito de León OSB (Died 1063)

Saint of the Day – 5 September – Saint Alvito de León OSB (Died 1063) Bishop of León between 1057 and 1063, Monk and Abbot. Also known as Albito, Avitus.

He was the son of Aloito Fernández de Saavedra, who was a nobleman and senior butler to King Bermudo II of León and Urrace López of Lemos. His older brother, Arias Aloitiz, inherited his father’s estate, which included the castle of Arias and the territories of Parga, Villalba and Mondoñedo. He was a family relative of St Rudesind.

Alvito was the Confessor to King Fernando I of León, a Monk and the Benedictine Abbot of the Sahagún Monastery. Various documents from May 1057 list his presence at the Bishop of the Diocese after the resignation of his predecessor Cipriano.

In 1063 King Fernando organised an expedition against the muslims of the south peninsula and after his military successes he sent Alvito to Seville and to the Bishop of Astorga Ordoño, with the mission that they recover the body of Saint Justa. They did not successfully find these remains but they did find those of Saint Isidore, whose burial place was revealed to Alvito in a revelation, which also revealed his approaching death.

Indeed, the Bishop from León died a week after discovering the Isidore’s tomb and Bishop Ordoño returned to León with the bodies of both, St Isisdore and St Alvito.

In the presence of Abbot Silos Saint Domingo, St Isidore was buried in the Church of Santa Maria the Ruler.

According to tradition, before Alvito was buried, St Isidore appeared to King Fernando demanding that his body be present at the burial of Alvito, as was finally done.

Alvito death occurred pre-congregation and although he has never been formally Canonised, he has always been recognised as a Saint in the Church at León. In the Spanish calendar of Saints he appears today.

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Memorials of the Saints – 5 September

St Albert of Butrio
St Alvito de León (Died 1063) Bishop
Bl Anselm of Anchin
St Anseric of Soissons
St Bertin the Great (c 615-c 709)
St Charbel
Bl Florent Dumontet de Cardaillac
St Genebald of Laon
Bl Gendtilis
Bl Gerbrand of Dokkum
St Guise Hoang Luong Canh
Bl John the Good of Siponto
Bl Jordan of Pulsano
St Obdulia
St Phêrô Nguyen Van Tu
St Romulus of Rome
St Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)
Full Biography here:
And her story from the Vatican here:

St Victorinus of Amiterme
St Victorinus of Como
Bl William Browne

Martyrs of Armenia – 1,000 saints: A group of up to 1,000 Christian soldiers in the 2nd century imperial Roman army of Trajan, stationed in Gaul. Ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods, they refused and were transferred to Armenia. Ordered again to sacrifice to pagan gods, they refused again. Martyrs. We know the names of three of them, but nothing else – Eudoxius, Macarius and Zeno.

Martyrs of Capua – 3 saints: Three Christians who were martyred together. Long venerated in Capua, Italy. We know their names, but little else – Arcontius, Donatus and Quintius. They were martyred in Capua, Italy.

Martyrs of Nicomedia – 80 saints: A group of 80 Christians, lay and clergy, martyred together in the persecutions of Valens. We know little more than the names of three of them – Menedemo, Teodoro and Urbano. They were locked on a boat which was then set on fire on the shore of Nicomedia, Bithynia (in modern Turkey) c 370.

Martyrs of Porto Romano – 4+ saints: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius. We know little more than their names – Aconto, Herculanus, Nonno and Taurino. c180 at Porto Romano, Italy