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Modern-day St Omer

St Omer, September 9, patron of the blind

A town named after St Omer, in the Pas-de-Calais, played a crucial role in educating English Catholics

St Edmund’s remains were displayed on Lancaster Castle

St Edmund Arrowsmith (August 28) was hanged, drawn and quartered and his head set upon a pike

A portrait of St John Kemble

St John Kemble (August 22), a much-loved Catholic priest whose execution was horribly botched

St Stephen of Hungary (August 16) was humble, and worked for the poor – yet did not always turn the other cheek

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (August 9)

Edith Stein, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, was killed in Auschwitz

The Benedictine monk who unified Britain’s monasteries

Aethelwold (c 904-984) was a great scholar and a ruthless propagator of monasticism in Britain

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

St James the Great (July 25) was beheaded on the orders of Herod Agrippa at about 44 AD

St John Plessington was born in Garstang, near Preston

St John Plessington (July 19), a Catholic priest, was hanged, drawn and quartered in 1679

A statue of St Camillus at St Peter’s Basilica

St Camillus (July 14)

Camillus de Lellis founded the Order of the Ministers of the Sick, an organisation which still flourishes around the world

St Priscilla – July 8

Priscilla has become something of a feminist theological icon, on the rather slender grounds afforded in Acts 18 and St Paul’s Epistles