|As indicated in our Church's stained glass
window, our patron saint is Pope St. Eugene I
- Feast Day (Memorial) on June 2nd.
Eugene, a Roman from the Aventine, was
gentle and a holy man who had been a cleric from his youth. He was noted
for his great charity to the poor. He was consecrated Pope on August
10, 645 with consent of Pope Martin who had been tortured and exiled by
imperial officials representing Emperor Constantine at Constantinople.
Because he would not submit to Byzantine dictation in the matter of Monothelitism,
St. Martin I was forcibly carried off from Rome (18 June, 653) and kept
in exile till his death (September, 655).
Did you know that the Roman Catholic Church
has at least seven other Eugenes who have been canonized as saints and
one Eugene who has been beatified and is awaiting canonization.
These other eight Eugenes are:
- Feast Day (Memorial) on November 15th
St. Eugene was a Bishop, martyr and a companion
of St. Dionysius [note: St. Dionysius was converted by Saint Paul (Acts
17:34) and early writers say he became the first bishop of Athens and was
martyred (c. 95).] St. Eugene was supposedly martyred near Paris,
France. He was originally listed as a bishop of Toledo, Spain. His relics
were reportedly translated to Toledo.
- Feast Day (Memorial) on January 24th
St. Eugene was martyred (c. 305) in Asia
Minor (Turkish) at Neocaesarea in Mauritania, along with three other holy
martyrs: Mardonius, Musonius, and Metellus. All were burned at the
stake and their relics were scattered in a river.
- Feast Day (Memorial) on November 17th
St. Eugene was a disciple of St. Ambrose
of Milan and deacon at Florence, Italy, under St. Zenobius. He died
- Feast Day (Memorial) on January 4th
St. Eugene was martyred (c. 484) by the
Arian Hunneric, king of the Vandals, along with six other holy martyrs:
Saint Aquilinus, Saint Geminus, Saint Marcian, Saint Quintus, Saint Theodotus,
and Saint Tryphon. Blessed Bede had access to records about them,
and wrote of their heroic deaths, but his sources have not survived.
St. Eugene of
Milan - Feast Day (Memorial) on December 30th
St. Eugene was the Bishop of Milan (specific
dates are unknown).
- Feast Day (Memorial) on August 23rd
St. Eugene was an Irish missionary to England
who became the first bishop of Ardstraw, in Tyrone, Ireland, now Derry.
He is also listed as Eoghan, Enny, and Owen. He was born in Leinster,
Ireland, and was a relative of St. Kevin of Glendalough. Kidnapped
as a child, he spent years as a slave before returning to Ireland.
There he helped St. Tigernach found Clones Monastery in 576 .
Eugene de Mazenod - Feast Day (Memorial) on May 21st
de Mazenod (1782-1861) was the bishop of the diocese of Marseilles in France.
In 1815, he founded the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate
to evangelize the poorest populations of Provence that were being neglected.
In a little more than forty years, the priests of his diocese increased
in number from around a hundred and fifty to over four hundred. In
equivalent numbers, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate were sent as missionaries
to four continents. Pope John Paul II named him a Saint of the Church
at the official canonization ceremony on December 3, 1995 in Rome.
Pope Eugene III - Memorial on July 8th
Also known as Peter dei
Paganelli di Montemagno; Bernard of Pisa; Bernardo Pignatelli; he was Pope
Eugene III from February 15, 1145 to July 8, 1151. He was a prominent
Cistercian, a friend of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and was the Abbot of
the monastery of Tre Fontaine. He was chosen unanimously at the college
of cardinals that met the day of his predecessor's funeral; the cardinals
wanted a quick election to prevent the interference of secular authorities.
Promoted the disastrous Second Crusade. In 1146, the agitation of Arnold
of Brescia and the republicans drove the pope from Rome. In exile in 1146-1149
and 1150-1152, Eugene worked to reform clerical discipline. He was
beatified on December 28, 1872 by Pope Pius IX.
John Baptist de la Salle (1651-1719) said:
makes us forgetful of our eternal interests.
It causes us to neglect
totally the care of our soul."