Feast of Pope Saint Damasus I, Pope and Confessor. Pope from 366 to 384. He commissioned St. Jerome to translate the Scriptures into Latin and encouraged the veneration of martyrs. Patron of Archaeologists and other popes named Damasus.
Feast of St. Eulalia of Merida, Virgin and Martyr. Roman Christian martyred in Emerita, the capital of Lusitania (Merida, Spain). Patron of snow days (inclement weather), Merida, Spain Oviedo, Spain, runaways, torture victims, widows. Died in 304.
Feast of St. Romaric, monk and founder, Frankish nobleman, Count Palatine in the court of Merovingian king Theodebert II, Monk at Luxeuil. Romaric and his friend St. Amatus founded a monastery later given the name of Remiremont, Vosges, France.
Feast of St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan, one of the four original doctors of the Church. Born Aurelius Ambrosius, Roman governor of Liguria and Emilia. Patron of beekeepers, bishops, learning, livestock, Milan, police officers and students.
Feast of St. Nicholas, Bishop, model for Santa Claus. Patron of Children, sailors, fishermen, merchants, broadcasters, brewers, pharmacists.
Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Jesuit missionary, co-founder, the Society of Jesus. Patron of African missions, Apostleship of Prayer, Fathers of the Precious Blood, Green Bay, WI, Missioners of the Precious Blood, navigators, parish missions, Goa and the Propagation of the Faith.
Feast of St. Bibiana, Roman Virgin and Martyr. Patron of epileptics, epilepsy, hangovers, headaches, mental illness, single laywomen and torture victims.
Feast of St. Eligius, Bishop. Patron of metalworkers, goldsmiths, coin collectors, horses, jewelers, knife makers, laborers, locksmiths, miners, minters, tool makers, veterinarians. St. Eligius Hospital featured in 80’s television series St. Elsewhere.
Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, martyr, fisherman, disciple, older brother of Simon Peter. Patron of fishermen, Russia, Scotland, Ukraine, Sicily, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, textile workers, singers, miners, pregnant women, butchers, farm workers, protection against sore throats.
Feast of St. Francis Fasani, Franciscan mystic, friar of the Order of Conventual Friars Minor, Master of novices, guardian of the community of friars, pastor of the town. He was elected Minister Provincial of his province in the Order. Canonized in 1986. Patron of Lucera, Italy.