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Saint of the Day – 10 October – Saint John of Bridlington OSA (1319-1379)

Saint of the Day – 10 October – Saint John of Bridlington OSA (1319-1379) Priest, Prior, miracle-worker. In his lifetime he enjoyed a reputation for great holiness and for miraculous powers. John was commended for the integrity of his life, his scholarship , his humility and his quiet generosity. Born in 1319 at Thwing (near Bridlington), Yorkshire, England and died on 10 October 1379 of natural causes. Also known as – John Thwing, John of Thwing, John Twenge, John Thwing of Bridlington. Additional Memorial – 9 October among the Augustinian Canons Regular, 21 October on some calendars.

The Roman Martyrology states: “In Bridlington in England, St John, a Priest, who, Prior of the Monastery of the Canons Regular of St Augustine, shone with prayer, austerity and meekness.

Born in 1320 in the village of Thwing on the Yorkshire Wolds, about nine miles west of Bridlington, he was of the Yorkshire family Twenge, which during the English Reformation would supply two Roman Catholic Priest-martyrs and was also instrumental in establishing the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Bar Convent, York.

John was educated at a school in the village from the age of five, completing his studies at Oxford University. He then entered the Augustinian Canons Regular community of Bridlington Priory. He carried out his duties with humility and diligence, and was in turn Novice Master, almsgiver, preacher and sub-prior. He became Canon of the Priory in 1346 and was eventually elected Prior in 1356. John initially declined out of humility but after being re-elected, probably in 1361, he took on the duties of Prior in January 1362. He served as Prior for 17 years before his death on 10 October 1379.

In his lifetime he enjoyed a reputation for great holiness and for miraculous powers. On one occasion he changed water into wine. On another, five seamen from Hartlepool in danger of shipwreck called upon God in the name of His servant, John of Bridlington, whereupon the Prior himself appeared to them in his Canonical habit and brought them safely to shore. The men left their vessel at the harbour and walked to the Monastery where they thanked John in person for saving their lives.

“The Vision of William Staunton,” recounts William’s visit to St Patrick’s Purgatory where he sees both purgatory and the earthly paradise and is conducted through the otherworld by St John of Bridlington and St Ive.

After his death from natural causes, the fame of the miracles brought by his intercession, spread rapidly through the land. Alexander Neville, Archbishop of York, charged his suffragans and others, to take evidence with a view to his Canonisation. Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York, assisted by the Bishops of Durham and Carlisle, officiated at a solemn translation of his body on 11 March 1401. Pope, Boniface IX, shortly afterwards Canonised him. The Canonisation had been lost but the original Bull was unearthed in the Vatican archives by T A Twemlow, who was engaged in research work there for the British government.

At the English Reformation, Henry VIII was asked to spare the magnificent Shrine of the Saint but it was destroyed in 1537. The nave of the Church, restored in 1857, is all that now remains of Bridlington Priory.

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, La Naval de Manila / The Grand Lady of the Philippines (1593) and Memorials of the Saints – 10 October

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

La Naval de Manila / Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary , Quezon City, Philippines (1593) – Second Sunday of October:
Also known as Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario / The Grand Lady of the Philippines.

In 1593, the Governor General of the Philippines commissioned a Statue of Our Lady of the Rosary for the Dominican Church in Manila. A un-named Chinese sculptor carved the hardwood body and ivory hands and face, which has Asian features. About 4’8″ tall, the image is dressed in cloth of gold, with a crown and a halo of 24 stars and adorned with precious donated jewels. Our Lady holds the Child Jesus with her left hand and a Rosary with her right.
The title “La Naval” refers to Our Lady’s help in the naval battles of Lepanto in 1571 and Manila in 1646, when a small Catholic fleet repeatedly repelled Dutch invaders. The Catholic Church in Manila first celebrated the feast of “La Naval” on 8 October 1646. Pope Pius X’s Apostolic Delegate crowned the Statue on 5 October 1907.
Pope Pius XII also sent an Apostolic Letter on the occasion of the tricentenary of the Battle of La Naval de Manila on 31 July 1946.
The Japanese bombing of 27 December 1941 destroyed the Church of Santo Domingo in Manila’s old walled city. Hidden for safekeeping, the holy Statue moved in 1954 to its present location in the Santo Domingo Shrine in Quezon City.

In 1646, naval forces of the Dutch Republic made several repeated attempts to conquer the Philippines in a bid to control trade in Asia. The combined Spanish and Filipino forces who fought, requested the intercession of the Virgin through the Statue prior to battle. They were urged to place themselves under the protection of Our Lady of the Rosary and to pray the Rosary repeatedly. They went on to rebuff the continued attacks by the superior Dutch fleet, engaging in five major battles at sea and losing only fifteen members of the Spanish Navy. After the Dutch retreat, in fulfillment of their vow, the survivors walked barefoot to the Shrine in gratitude to the Virgin.
Later, on 9 April 1662, the Cathedral chapter of the Archdiocese of Manila declared the naval victory a miraculous event owed to the intercession of the Virgin Mary, declaring:

Granted by the Sovereign Lord through the intercession of the Most Holy Virgin and devotion to her Rosary, that the miracles be celebrated, preached and held in festivities and to be recounted amongst the miracles wrought by the Lady of the Rosary, for the greater devotion of the faithful to Our Most Blessed Virgin Mary and Her Holy Rosary.

St Francis Borgia SJ (1510-1572) Priest of the Society of Jesus, Advisor, Missionary, Evangelist, Administrator par excelleance. Francisco de Borja y Aragon was the 4th Duke of Gandía, was a Grandee of Spain, a Spanish Jesuit and third Superior General of the Society of Jesus
Biography here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/saint-of-the-day-10-october-st-francis-borgia-s-j-1510-1572/

St Daniel Comboni (1831-1881) (Optional Memorial) Vicar Apostolic of Central Africa , Bishop, Missionary, Founder of both the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus and the Comboni Missionary Sisters (both Orders are very active in many countries of Africa), Theologian, polyglot
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/10/saint-of-the-day-st-daniel-comboni-1831-1881-vicar-apostolic-of-central-africa/

St Aldericus

Blessed Angela Truszkowska (1825-1899) Nun, Foundress of the Sisters of Saint Felix of Cantalice, commonly known as the Felician Sisters, Franciscan tertiary.
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/10/saint-of-the-day-blessed-maria-angela-truszkowska-1825-1899/

St Cassius
St Cerbonius of Populonia
St Cerbonius of Verona
St Clarus of Nantes
Bl Demestrius of Albania
Bl Edward Detkens
St Eulampia
St Eulampius
St Florentius the Martyr
St Fulk of Fontenelle
St Gereon
St Gundisalvus
Bl Hugh of Macon
St John of Bridlington OSA (1319-1379) Priest, Prior of the Monastery of the Canons Regular of St Augustine.
Bl Leon Wetmanski
St Maharsapor the Persian
St Malo the Martyr
St Patrician
St Paulinus of Capua

St Paulinus of York (c 584-644) First Bishop of York, Missionary – Paulinus was a member of the Gregorian mission sent in 601 by Pope Gregory I.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/10/10/saint-of-the-day-10-october-st-paulinus-of-york-c-584-644/

Bl Pedro de Alcantara de Forton de Cascajares
St Pinytus of Crete
Bl Pontius de Barellis
St Tanca
St Teodechilde
St Victor of Xanten

Martyrs of Ceuta – 7 beati: A group of seven Franciscan Friars Minor missionaries to Muslims in the Ceuta area of modern Morocco. Initially treated as madmen, within three weeks they were ordered to convert to Islam and when they would not they were first abused in the streets, then arrested, tortured and executed.
• Angelo
• Daniele di Calabria
• Donnolo
• Hugolinus
• Leone
• Nicola
• Samuele
They were beheaded in 1227 in Mauritania Tingitana (Ceuta, Morocco). Local Christians secreted the bodies away and gave them proper burial in Ceuta. They were Beatified in 1516 by Pope Leo X.