Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, Spanish knight, hermit, priest, theologian & founder, the Society of Jesus, 1st Superior General of the Jesuits in 1541. Wrote the Spiritual Exercises in 1548. Patron of spiritual retreats, soldiers, Society of Jesus, the Diocese of Buenos Aires.
Feast of St. Peter Chrysologus (“golden-worded”), Bishop of Ravenna, Confessor and Doctor of the Church, the “Doctor of Homilies”, famous for short, inspiring homilies. Contemporary portrait is found in the mosaics of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista in Ravenna, Italy.
Feast of St. Alphonsa, sister of the Poor Clares, the first person of Indian origin to be canonized as a saint. Patron against illness.
Feast of St. Pantaleon, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, martyr of Nicomedia in Bithynia during the Diocletianic Persecution. Patron of Physicians, midwives, livestock, lottery, lottery winners, invoked against headaches, locusts, witchcraft, accidents and loneliness.
Feast of St. Liborius of Le Mans, Bishop. Second Bishop of Le Mans, died in the arms of his friend St. Martin of Tours. Patron of Paderborn, Germany (cathedral and archdiocese), invoked against calculi, colic, fever and gallstones.
Feast of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, O.F.M. priest, theologian, Doctor of the Church, vicar general of the Capuchins, imperial chaplain for the army of Rudolph II, Holy Roman Emperor, led the liberation of Székesfehérvár, Hungary armed only with a crucifix. Patron of Brindisi.
Feast of St. Margaret of Antioch, Martyr, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. Patron of childbirth, pregnant women, dying people, kidney disease, peasants, exiles, falsely accused people, Lowestoft, England, Queens’ College, Cambridge, nurses, Sannat and Bormla, Malta.
Feast of St. Justa and Rufina, Virgin Martyrs, potters. The two saints are highly honored in the medieval Mozarabic Liturgy. Patrons of Seville, Spain, guilds of alfareros (potters) and cacharreros (sellers of pottery), protectors of the Giralda and the Cathedral of Seville.
Feast of St. Camillus de Lellis, Priest and Founder, Order of Clerks Regular, Ministers of the Infirm (M.I.), better known as the Camillians. Director of St. Giacomo Hospital, Rome. Patron of the sick, hospitals, nurses and physicians.
Feast of St. Hedwig (Jadwiga) of Poland, the first queen regnant of the Kingdom of Poland, ascended the throne at age thirteen. Married Jagiello of Lithuania. Patron of Queens and United Europe. Canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1997.