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+ c 500. Bishop of Luna in Tuscany in Italy, a city now in ruins. He was probably martyred by the Arian Vandals.
+ c 690. Born in Gascony in France, he followed St Remaclus to Solignac, Maastricht and Stavelot and founded the monastery of Chelles, also in Belgium. He lived as a hermit near Dinant on the Meuse.
+ c 910. A monk and Abbot of Saint-Calais and then Bishop of Séez in France from c 884 on.
+ c 662. Bishop of Le Mans in France, he founded several monasteries including Notre-Dame-d'Evron.
+ c 728. Bishop of Arras-Cambrai in the north of France.
+ c 1043. Of the royal family of Norway, he met his death while defending a woman who had appealed to him for help. He is the patron-saint of Oslo.
7th cent. Bishop of St Pol-de-Léon in Brittany.
+ 811. Born near Rouen he became a monk at Fontenelle in France (749). After a time he went to live as a hermit nearby and copied writings of the Fathers.
7th cent. A hermit at Breedon in Leicestershire in England where the church is dedicated to him.
+ 1023. Twenty-first Archbishop of Salzburg in Austria (991-1023).
+ c 830. Bishop near Werden in Germany
+ 985. Born of a noble Swabian family, he left all his property to the monastery of Ottobeuren in Germany and became a monk there.
Hedda and Companions
+ c 869. Hedda was the Abbot of Peterborough in England. He and eighty-four monks of his monastery were martyred by the Danes.
+ 705. A monk and abbot in England who in 676 became Bishop of Wessex. He lived in Dorchester-on-Thames and then in Winchester where his relics are preserved. He was a great benefactor of the monastery of Malmesbury. He was bishop for about forty years and was greatly esteemed for his wisdom.
+ c 887. A niece of Warinus of Corvey. She became a nun and then Abbess of Herford in Westphalia in Germany.
+ c 180. A Jew born in Jerusalem, he spent twenty years of his life in Rome. He is considered to be the father of Church History but only a few chapters of his work remain.
+ 1019. A priest at Baden in Germany who after many pilgrimages lived as a monk at Hersfeld and then as a hermit at Hasungen in Westphalia.
+ 842. Born in Provence in France, he spent his fortune on good works and went to Rome as a pilgrim. Then he became a monk at the monastery of Novalese in Italy and was abbot there for thirty years.
6th cent. Born in Ireland, he went to France with nine other members of his family, six brothers and three sisters, and settled near Rheims. He became a priest and ministered there.
+ c 418. A holy woman in Auxerre in France.
+ c 750. Abbess of the convent of Oehren in Trier in Germany.
6th cent. Born in Tongres in Belgium, he lived as a hermit on Jersey in the Channel Islands and was martyred by heathen whom he was trying to convert.
Heliodorus, Venustus and Companions
3rd cent. A group of seventy-seven martyrs who suffered under Diocletian. Heliodorus and seven others were martyred in North Africa, the others in Milan.
c 332-390. Born in Dalmatia, he helped translate the Vulgate. Later he settled in Aquileia in Italy and became Bishop of Altinum (Altino), a small town since destroyed, near Venice. He was a brave opponent of Arianism.
Helladius of Toledo
+ 632. Born in Toledo in Spain, he served at the court of the Visigothic Kings. He loved to visit the monastery of Agali (Agallia) near Toledo on the banks of the Tagus. Eventually he became a monk there and then abbot (605). In 615 he became Archbishop of Toledo.
Helladius of Auxerre
+ 387. Bishop of Auxerre in France for thirty years. He converted his successor, St Amator.
Hemiterius and Cheledonius
? 4th cent. Two martyrs in Spain, believed to have been soldiers. They suffered in Calahorra in Old Castile.
+ c 880. Born in Hery in Yonne in France, he became a monk at Saint-Germain d'Auxerre.
Heraclius and Zosimus
+ c 263. Martyrs in North Africa who suffered in Carthage under Valerian and Gallienus.
Heraclius of Sens
+ c 515. The fourteenth Bishop of Sens in France. He was present in the Cathedral in Rheims at the baptism of Clovis and built the monastery of St John the Evangelist in Sens.
Heradius, Paul, Aquilinus and Companions
+ 303 Five martyrs at Nyon in Switzerland under Diocletian.
+ 687. A priest and friend of St Cuthbert, who lived as a hermit on the island named after him on Lake Derwentwater in England. The two saints were granted their prayer to repose on the same day.
Herbert (Haberne, Herbern)
? Abbot of Marmoutier and later Archbishop of Tours in France.
Herculanus of Brescia
+ c 550. Bishop of Brescia in Italy.
+ ? c 180. A martyr in Porto near Rome, probably under Marcus Aurelius.
2nd cent. A soldier martyred in Rome.
Nov 7 and March 1
+ 549. Bishop of Perugia in Italy, beheaded by soldiers of Totila of the Ostrogoths.
8th cent. Born in Britain, he lived as a hermit in Brittany where a church is dedicated to him.
+ 869? The relics of this Bishop of Lindsey, probably martyred by the Danes, were venerated at Thorney in Cambridgeshire in England.
+ c 690. A princess from Northumbria in England and sister of St Hild, she ended her life as a nun at Chelles in France.
+ c 857. Monk and abbot of the monastery of St Germanus in Auxerre in France and later bishop of the same city.
+ 1022. Born in Worms in Germany and a monk at Gorze in France, he became Archbishop of Cologne. He was an outstanding churchman, learned, zealous and enterprising. He built the monastery of Deutz on the Rhine, where he was buried.
Herlindis and Relindis
+ c 745 and 750. Daughters of Count Adelard who built the convent of Maaseyk on the Meuse in Belgium for them. Here they became respectively first and second abbesses.
Hermagoras and Fortunatus
+ c 66. According to tradition, St Hermagoras was a disciple of the Apostle Mark and was consecrated first Bishop of Aquileia in Italy. After a fruitful apostolate he and his deacon Fortunatus were beheaded under Nero.
Hermas, Serapion and Polyaenus
? Martyrs in Rome who were dragged by their feet over rough ground until they died.
+ 586. Son of the Visigothic King of Spain, Leovigild, he was brought up as an Arian in Seville. He became Orthodox on his marriage to the daughter of Sigebert of Austrasia, at which his father disinherited him. Hermenegild rose up in arms, was defeated, captured and refusing to give up his Faith, was martyred at the instigation of his stepmother.
+ 586. A monk at Salcedo in Galicia in Spain.
+ 1035. Bishop of Urgell in Spain from 1010 till 1035. He built the Cathedral there.
Hermenland (Hermeland, Herbland, Erblon)
+ c 720. Born near Noyon in France, he became a monk at Fontenelle. He was ordained priest and sent with twelve monks to establish a new monastery on the island of Aindre in the estuary of the Loire.
Hermes, Adrian and Companions
+ c 290. Martyrs in Numidia in North Africa under Maximian Herculeus.
Hermes and Companions
+ c 120. Martyrs in Rome under the judge Aurelian.
+ c 942. Born in Tuy in Spain, he founded the monastery of Labrugia in Galicia in 915. He was taken prisoner by the Moors and taken to Cordoba, but was later freed. His nephew, St Pelagius, was kept as a hostage.
6th cent. Born in Britain, he took refuge in Brittany and lived as a hermit at a place called Loc-Harn after him. He is the patron-saint of the village.
+ 785. He became a monk at St Gall in Switzerland, then founded the monastery of Ellwangen (764) near Augsberg in Germany. Later he became Bishop of Langres in France.
Herveus (Hervé) of Tours
+ 1021. Born in Touraine in France, he became a monk at the monastery of St Martin of Tours and lived as a hermit.
+ c 575. Blind from childhood, he was born in Wales but was taken when very young to Brittany. Though blind, he became Abbot of Plouvien, from where he moved with some of his monks to Lanhouarneau.
+ c 690. An abbot in Lincolnshire in England to whom several churches are dedicated, notably at Hibaldstow.
+ c 707. Count of Hainault in Belgium, he married St Aye, but by mutual consent they entered monasteries. Hidulf became a monk at Lobbes which he had helped to found.
+ 707. Born in Regensburg in Germany, he became a monk at the monastery of Maximinus in Trier. Later he was consecrated bishop, but about the year 676 he founded the monastery of Moyenmoutier in the east of France and lived there. When he reposed he was Abbot both of Moyenmoutier and Bonmoutier (Galilaea, afterwards called Saint-Dié).
+ 885. Born in Ireland, he preached in Holland where he was martyred.
+ c 657. She became a nun and then Abbess of Tadcaster in Yorkshire in England.
Hilaria, Digna, Euprepia, Eunomia, Quiriacus, Largio, Crescentian, Nimmia, Juliana and Companions
+ c 304. Hilaria was by tradition the mother of St Afra of Augsburg in Germany. She and her three maids were seized while visiting the tomb of St Afra and burnt alive. The others (Quiriacus etc, twenty-five in all) were martyrs in Rome buried on the Ostian Way.
315-368. Born in Poitiers in France of pagan patrician parents, he married early in life. Shortly after he became Orthodox and in 353 he became Bishop of Poitiers. At once he began a campaign against Arianism and for this reason was exiled to Phrygia by the Arian Emperor Constantius. But in Phrygia he was even more objectionable to the Arians, who clamoured for his recall. He returned to Poiters in 360.
+ 468. Born in Sardinia, he became Pope of Rome in 461 and worked energetically against Nestorianism and Eutychianism and also consolidated the Church.
Hilary, Tatian, Felix, Largus and Denis
+ c 284. Hilary was Bishop of Aquileia, Tatian his deacon, and the others laymen. All were beheaded under Numerian.
c 400-449. Born in Lorraine in France, he gained high office. His relative and friend, St Honoratus, invited him to the monastery founded in Lérins. Hilary received baptism and became a monk there. When St Honoratus became Bishop of Arles, he took Hilary as his secretary. St Hilary succeeded him and was famed for his zeal.
+ 558. A hermit near the River Ronco in Italy. Joined by others, he built the monastery called Galeata, later known as Sant'Ilaro.
+ 376. Bishop of Pavia. One of the bishops in the north of Italy who fought against Arianism.
4th cent. Bishop of Toulouse in France
? 4th cent. Bishop of Carcassonne in France.
Hilary of Mende
+ 535. Born in Mende in the south of France, he received baptism, became a hermit on the banks of the Tarn, a monk at Lérins, and finally Bishop of Mende.
+ c 1045. Born in Matera in the south of Italy, he became Abbot of San Vincenzo in Volturno (1011-1045) and revived monastic life there.
614-680. Born in Northumbria, she was a relative of King Edwin. Baptised as a child by St Paulinus in 631, at the age of thirty-three she joined the nuns of Hartlepool in Northumberland where soon after she became abbess. Later she became Abbess of Whitby. Her influence was one of the most decisive factors in uniting the Church in seventh century England. Five of her monks became bishops.
+ 752. Abbot of St Peter in Ghent in Belgium. He was martyred by fanatics for defending the veneration of icons.
+ c 827. Younger brother of St Ludger, whom he helped in enlightening the Saxons. He became Bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne in France and then Abbot of Werden in Germany.
+ c 712. A princess from England who became a nun either at Chelles or at Faremoutiers-en-Brie in France. She was recalled to England by St Erconwald of London to Barking, where she later became abbess, admired for her wisdom and culture.
+ c 844. A monk at Corbie who became Bishop of Beauvais in France in 821.
+ c 670. A nun at the convent of St Eulalia in Bordeaux, who became Abbess of Fécamp in the north of France.
Hilduard (Hilward, Garibald)
+ c 750. He founded the monastery of St Peter in Dickelvenne on the Schelde in Belgium.
+ 1028. A widowed noblewoman who founded the convent of Thorn on the Marne in France.
+ c 790. A hermit near the monastery of Liessies in France.
+ c 750. Probably born in Ireland, he was a priest who reposed at Vissenaeken near Tirlemont in Belgium on his return from a pilgrimage to Rome.
+ c 560. Born in Calabria in Italy, he became a monk and then Bishop of Ameila in Umbria. He is described as a great ascetic. In 995 his relics were translated to Cremona where he is one of the main patron-saints.
+ c 610. A hermit in the Jura in Switzerland, now called after him Immertal, Val-Saint-Imier.
Hippolytus, Concordia and Companions
+ c 235. Hippolytus was born in Rome where he became a priest, known for his excessive strictness. He was exiled to Sardinia but was reconciled to the Church before his martyrdom. He is one of the most important Church writers of his time.
Hippolytus of Porto
+ c 236. Bishop of Porto in Italy, martyred by drowning under Alexander.
+ c 775. Bishop of Saint-Claude in France.
+ 270. Born in Nimes in France, he was ordained priest and sent to Spain by St Saturninus to preach the Gospel, which he did with success. He was martyred in Pampeluna.
+ c 500. The sister of St Epiphanius, Bishop of Pavia in Italy. She was a nun at Pavia when Odoacer, King of the Heruli, captured her. She was ransomed by her brother and returned to Pavia.
Honoratus of Arles
c 350-429. Probably born in Lorraine of a Roman consular family, he renounced paganism in his youth and went to the East to learn from monasticism. Returning to France, he founded a monastery on the Mediterranean island of Lérins. In 426 he was forced to become Archbishop of Arles, but reposed three years later.
Honoratus of Fondi
6th cent. Founder of the monastery of Fondi in Italy.
Honoratus of Milan
+ 570. Appointed Bishop of Milan in Italy in 567, at a time when much trouble was caused by Arianism and the Lombard invasion. He was driven out of Milan by barbarians
Honoratus of Amiens
+ c 600. Born in Ponthieu in France, he became Bishop of Amiens. The church and Boulevard Saint-Honoré in Paris are called after him.
Honoratus of Vercelli
c 330-415. Born in Vercelli in Italy, he was trained in the monastic life by St Eusebius. He accompanied his master into exile in Scythopolis and in his wanderings through Cappadocia, Egypt and Illyria. In 396 he was chosen bishop of Vercelli on the recommendation of St Ambrose, whom he anointed on his deathbed.
Honoratus of Toulouse
+ 3rd cent. Born in Spain, he succeeded St Saturninus as Bishop of Toulouse in France.
? An early martyr in the north of France. Her relics are still venerated in Conflans Ste Honorine near Paris.
Honorius of Brescia
+ c 586. A hermit near Brescia in Italy who was chosen bishop of that city (c 577).
Honorius of Canterbury
+ 653. Born in Rome, he succeeded St Justus as fifth Archbishop of Canterbury in England (627). He was consecrated bishop at Lincoln by St Paulinus and himself consecrated St Felix for East Anglia and St Ithamar, the first English bishop, for Rochester.
Honorius, Eutychius and Stephen
+ c 300. Martyrs in Asta in Andalusia in Spain under Diocletian.
+ 523. Born in Frosinone in Latium in Italy, he succeeded St Symmachus as Pope of Rome in 514. He is best remembered for the confession of Faith called the Formula of Hormisdas, which helped end Monophysitism. His son, St Silverius, became Pope of Rome in 536.
+ c 580. A hermit at the place now called after him, Cap-Saint-Hospice, between Villefrance and Banlieu in France. His relics were translated to Lérins.
+ 727. A widowed courtier who devoted his life to the Faith. By tradition he was converted while hunting. He probably became a monk at Stavelot in Belgium. Eventually he succeeded St Lambert as Bishop of Maastricht in Holland (c 706).
Hubert (Hugbert) of Bretigny
+ c 714. Aged twelve he became a monk at Brétigny near Noyon in France.
Hugh of Rouen
+ 730. He became a monk at a very early age, either at Fontenelle or at Jumièges in the north of France. He became Bishop of Rouen and then of Paris and was also Abbot of Fontenelle and Jumièges. He reposed at Jumièges as a simple monk.
Hugh of Anzy-le-Duc
+ c 930. Born in Poitiers in France, he became a monk at Saint Savin. Later he restored monastic life in several monasteries. He reposed at Anzy-le-Duc.
Hugh of Ambronay
9th-l0th cent. Third Abbot of Ambronay near Belley in France.
+ c 680. A disciple of St Amandus who helped found the monastery of Marolles in Belgium.
+ 7th or 8th cent. A monk at Fritzlar and Buraburg in Germany.
+ 871. A monk at the monastery of Prüm in Germany, he became Bishop of Therouanne in France and was Abbot of St Bertin. He was a source of strength and comfort to the people during the Norman invasion. He kept the feast of the Dormition with special splendour.
+ c 690. A monk-priest in Ely in England under St Audrey (Etheldred) whom he helped in her last moments. He ended his life as a hermit in the fens near Chatteris, at a place now called Honey Farm after him.
+ c 690. Forced to marry against her will, she persuaded her bridegroom to accompany her to Rome, where she became a nun. They returned to France and Hunegund entered the convent of Homblières, while her betrothed became a priest.
+ 866. Bishop of Utrecht in Holland from 856. During the Norman invasion he fled to Prüm in Germany where he died.
+ 679. The self-sacrificing wife of a nobleman in Alsace, now in France.
Hyacinth, Alexander and Tiburtius
? Martyrs in the Sabine country in Italy, about thirty miles from Rome.
Hyacinth, Quintus, Felician and Lucius
? Martyrs at Lucania in the south of Italy.
5th cent. The patron saint of Lanhydroc in Cornwall.
+ c 140. Pope of Rome from c 138 to 140, he may also have been a martyr.
+ 516. Probably a companion of St Cadfan on his return journey from Brittany to Cornwall and Wales. By tradition he founded Aberdaron in Gwynedd.