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Gabinus Feb 19
+ c 295. A martyr in Rome who was related to the Emperor Diocletian, but was also the brother of Pope Gaius and father of the martyr St Susanna.

Gabinus and Crispulus May 30
+ c 130. The Protomartyrs of Sardinia. They suffered in Torres where they had preached the Gospel under Hadrian.

Gaius Apr 22 (In the East Aug 11)
+ 296. Born in Dalmatia, he became Pope of Rome and was martyred with members of his family.

Gaius and Leo June 30
? Martyrs either in North Africa or in Rome, Gaius was a priest and Leo a subdeacon.

Gaius of Milan Sept 27
1st cent. By tradition he was the first Bishop of Milan in Italy. Bishop for twenty-four years, he baptised the future martyr St Vitalis and his sons Sts Gervase and Protase.

Gall July 1
c 489-554. Born in Auvergne in France, he became a monk and was ordained deacon by St Quintian, Bishop of Clermont. He was the uncle and teacher of St Gregory of Tours.

Gall Oct 16
c 550-645. A monk at Bangor in Ireland, he accompanied St Columbanus to France where he helped found Luxeuil. He was exiled and settled in Switzerland where the monastery and town of Saint Gall later grew up. He is venerated as one of the Apostles of Switzerland.

Galla Oct 5
+ c 550. A lady in Rome who, as a widow, led the life of an anchoress on the Vatican Hill, where she died of breast cancer.

Gallgo Nov 27
6th cent. Founder of Llanallgo in Anglesey in Wales.

Gallicanus June 25
+ c 362. An officer in the army of Constantine and a consul in Rome, he went to live in Ostia where he founded a hospital and ministered to the sick.

Gallicanus June 25
+ c 541. The fifth Bishop of Embrun in France.

Gamelbert Jan 27
720-800. The son of rich parents in Bavaria, Gamelbert went to Rome on pilgrimage, was ordained priest and was parish priest of Michaelsbuch in Germany for over fifty years.

Gamo May 30
8th cent. Monk and then Abbot of Brétigny near Noyon in France.

Gangulf May 11
+ 760. Born in Burgundy, he led the life of a hermit and was murdered.

Garbhan March 26
7th cent. A saint who left his name to Dungarvan in Ireland.

Garibaldus Jan 8
+ 762. First Bishop of Regensburg in Germany. He was consecrated by St Boniface in c 740. He had probably been Abbot of St Emmeran in Regensburg before this.

Gatian Dec 18
+? c 337. He was venerated as a disciple of St Dionysius of Paris and the first Bishop of Tours in France.

Gaudentia and Companions Aug 30
? Gaudentia, a holy virgin in Rome, where by tradition she was martyred with three others.

Gaudentius of Gnesen Jan 5
+ c 1004. Younger brother of St Adalbert of Prague and also a monk at the monastery of Sant' Alessio on the Aventine in Rome. He escaped the massacre in which his brother was martyred by the pagan Prussians and in 1000 became first Archbishop of Gnesen in Poland.

Gaudentius of Novara Jan 22
+ 417. A priest in Ivrea near Turin in Italy. He succeeded St Laurence as Bishop of Novara, where he was bishop for twenty years.

Gaudentius of Verona Feb 12
+ c 465. Bishop of Verona in Italy. His relics are enshrined in the ancient basilica of St Stephen in Verona.

Gaudentius of Ossero June 1
+ 1044. Bishop of Ossero in Istria from 1030 to 1032. In 1042 he left to live as a simple monk in Italy.

Gaudentius, Culmatius and Companions June 19
+ 364. Gaudentius, a bishop, and Culmatius, his deacon, were martyred in Tuscany in Italy under Valentinian I. With them suffered Andrew, a layman, with his wife and children and a group of fifty-three companions.

Gaudentius of Rimini Oct 14
+ 360. Born in Asia Minor, he became Bishop of Rimini in Italy in 346. He suffered much at the hands of the Arians who dominated the Council of 357 and he was martyred by them.

Gaudentius of Brescia Oct 25
4th-5th cent. Born in Brescia in Italy, he became a monk in Caesarea in Cappadocia. He was recalled to Brescia to succeed St Philastrius as bishop and was consecrated by St Ambrose (c 387). In 405 he was sent to defend St John Chrysostom and was imprisoned near Thrace. He reposed shortly afterwards.

Gaudiosus of Brescia March 7
+ 445 ? Bishop of Brescia in Italy, where his relics were venerated.

Gaudiosus of Salerno Oct 26
7th cent. Bishop of Salerno in Italy, his relics were venerated in Naples.

Gaudiosus of Naples Oct 27
+ c 455. Bishop of Abitina in North Africa and exiled by the Arian Vandal King Genseric (440), he took refuge at Naples where he founded a monastery.

Gaudiosus of Tarazona Nov 3
+ c 585. A monk in Asan in the Pyrenees in Spain under St Victorian. Later he became Bishop of Tarazona..

Gaugericus (Gau, Géry) Aug 11
+ c 625. Gaugericus was born near Trier in Germany, ordained priest and later became Bishop of Cambrai and Arras in France for over thirty-nine years.

Gausmarus June 3
+ 984 Abbot of St Martin of Savigny in France (954-984).

Gebetrude (Gertrude) Nov 7
+ c 675. Third Abbess of Remiremont in France.

Gebhard Aug 27
+ 995. Bishop of Constance in Germany (979-995). In 983 he founded the monastery of Petershausen near Constance where he was buried.

Gedeon Aug 8
+ 796. The thirteenth Bishop of Besançon in France (790-796).

Gelasius I Nov 21
+ 496. Born in Africa, he became Pope of Rome in 492. He was one of the most energetic bishops of his time.

Geminian of Modena Jan 31
+ 348. Deacon and later successor of the Bishop of Modena. He gave refuge to St Athanasius the Great when he came through Italy on his way to exile in Gaul. Geminian bravely opposed Jovinianism.

Geminus Oct 9
+ ? 815. A monk at Sanpaterniano de Fano in Umbria in Italy. He is the patron-saint of San Gemini.

Gemma (Hemma, Emma) June 29
+ 1045. Left a widow, she founded the monastery of Gurk in Carinthia in Austria and became a nun there.

Gemus March 19
? A monk, probably at Moyenmoutier in Alsace, now in France. His relics were enshrined at Hürbach.

Genebald of Laon Sept 5
+ c 555. Bishop of Laon in France and a relative of St Remigius. He did seven years' penance for a sin he had committed.

Generosus July 16
+ c 682. Abbot of Saint-Jouin-de-Marnes in Poitou in France.

Generosus July 17
? Venerated in Tivoli in Italy, where his relics are enshrined in the Cathedral.

Genesius June 3
+ 662. Bishop of Clermont in Auvergne in France. He is described as learned, benevolent, surpassingly good, loved by old and young, rich and poor.

Genesius the Actor Aug 25
+ c 300. An actor in Rome who, while taking part in a satire on Orthodox baptism, was suddenly converted and at once martyred.

Genesius (Genès) of Arles Aug 25
+ c 303. A notary in Arles in France who refused to put on record an imperial decree against Orthodox Christians and declared that he himself believed in Christ. He was martyred under Maximian Herculeus.

Genesius Nov 1
+ c 679. A monk at Fontenelle in France, he became chaplain at the palace of Queen Bathild and in 658 Bishop of Lyons. He reposed at the convent of Chelles near Paris.

Geneviève Jan 3
c 422-500. Born in Nanterre near Paris in France, aged seven she became known to St Germanus of Auxerre. Aged fifteen, she became a nun. When Paris was occupied by the pagan Franks and afterwards threatened by Attila and the Huns, St Geneviève encouraged the people to defend the city. She has always been considered the special protectress and patroness of Paris, which she protected again in 1914.

Gennadius May 25
+ c 936. A monk at Argeo near Astorga in Spain, he restored the monastery of San Pedro de Montes. About the year 895 he became Bishop of Astorga, but five years before his repose he returned to his beloved San Pedro to live as a hermit.

Gennard Apr 6
+ 720. A monk at Fontenelle in France and eventually Abbot of Flay.

Genuinus (Ingenuinus) and Albinus Feb 5
7th cent. A Bishop of Sabion near Brixen in the Tyrol in Austria. He is commemorated with St Albinus, Bishop of Brixen in the 11th century.

Genulfus (Genou) and Genitus Jan 17
? 3rd cent. Two monks who lived in Celle-sur-Naton in France.

George of Lodève Feb 19
+ c 884. Born near Rodez in France, he became a monk at Saint-Foi-de-Conques in Rouergue but later moved to Vabres. He became Bishop of Lodève at an advanced age.

George, Aurelius and Natalia, Felix and Liliosa July 27
+ 852. Martyrs in Cordoba in Spain under the Caliph Abderrahman II. Aurelius and Felix, with their wives, Natalia and Liliosa, were Spaniards; but the deacon George was a monk from Palestine, who, though offered pardon as a foreigner, chose martyrdom for Christ with the others.

George of Vienne Nov 2
+ c 699? Bishop of Vienne in France.

Georgia Feb 15
+ c 500. A holy virgin and later anchoress near Clermont in Auvergne in France.

Gerald March 13
+ 732. Born in England, he followed St Colman from Lindisfarne to Ireland and became his successor in the English monastery in Mayo.

Gerald May 29
+ 927. A monk at Brou in France, he became Bishop of Mâcon but after some forty years as bishop he returned to his monastery and reposed there.

Gerald of Aurillac Oct 13
855-909. Gerald, Count of Aurillac in France, led virtuous life as a layman. He founded a monastery on his estate and endowed it. He is the patron-saint of Upper Auvergne.

Gerard of Toul Apr 23
+ 994. Born in Cologne in Germany, he became Bishop of Toul in France in 963. He rebuilt the Cathedral and established monasteries with both Greek and Irish monks for the furtherance of the Orthodox Faith.

Gerard Apr 28
639? By tradition he was one of four pilgrims from England - the other three were Ardwine, Bernard and Hugh - they all reposed in Galinaro in the south of Italy.

Gerard Sagredo Sept 24
+ 1046. Apostle of Hungary, where he is venerated as St Collert. Born in Venice, he was a monk and Abbot of San Giorgio Maggiore. On a pilgrimage to Palestine he was stopped while travelling through Hungary by King Stephen and persuaded to stay. He became the first Bishop of Csanad. Gerard worked zealously, but during the pagan reaction after St Stephen he was martyred in Buda and his body was thrown into the Danube.

Gerard of Brogne Oct 3
+ 959. Born near Namur in Belgium, he went to France where he became a monk at St Denis. After some years he was ordained priest and left for Belgium in order to found a new monastery on his own estate at Brogne. He was Abbot here for twenty-two years and revived monastic life in Flanders, Lorraine and Champagne.

Gerbald, Reginhard, Winebald and Worad May 25
+ 862. The first two were monks, the latter two deacons, of the monastery of St Bertin in France. They were all martyred by the Danes.

Gerbold Dec 5
+ c 690. A monk at Ebriciacum in France, he later founded the monastery of Livray. Eventually he became Bishop of Bayeux.

Gerebald June 12
+ 885. Bishop of Châlons-sur-Seine in France (864-885).

Gerebern (Gerebrand) May 17
7th cent. A priest from Ireland, he accompanied St Dympna to Belgium and shared in her martyrdom. He is patron-saint of a village in the Rhineland in Germany, where his relics are enshrined.

Geremarus (Germer) Sept 24
+ c 658. Born in Beauvais in the north of France, with the consent of his saintly wife he became a monk at the monastery of Pentale, where he later became abbot. He later lived as a hermit in a cave nearby. In 655 he founded the monastery of Flay, between Beauvais and Rouen, which became known as Saint-Germer.

Gereon Oct 10
3rd cent.? A soldier martyred in Germany, either in Xanten or else in Bonn.

Gerinus (Garinus, Werinus) Oct 2
+ 676. Brother of St Leodegarius (Leger) and like him persecuted by the tyrant Ebroin. He was stoned to death near Arras in the north of France.

Germanus and Randoald Feb 21
+ c 677. Born in Trier in Germany, he became a monk at Remiremont in the east of France. From there he went to Luxeuil and later he became Abbot of Granfield in the Val Moutier in Switzerland. Together with another monk, Randoald, he was martyred by the local magnate while interceding on behalf of the poor.

Germanus May 2
+ c 460. Probably born in Ireland, he was converted by St Germanus of Auxerre whose name he took. He was martyred in France.

Germanus of Paris May 28
c 496-576. Born near Autun in France, he became an abbot and later Bishop of Paris. He healed King Childebert I and converted him from an evil life. The King built the monastery of St Vincent for him, which is now known as Saint-Germain-des-Prés. St Germanus was given the title of 'father of the poor'.

Germanus July 3
+ c 474. By tradition a nephew of St Patrick and a monk in Ireland, Wales and Brittany. Eventually he went to the Isle of Man as a bishop. His memory is still kept here in several place-names in the forms 'Germain' and 'Jarman'.

Germanus of Auxerre July 31
c 378-448. Born in Auxerre in France, he governed part of Gaul. In 418 he became Bishop of Auxerre. He came to Britain twice (in 429 and 447), where he succeeded in stamping out Pelagianism. He reposed in Ravenna in Italy.

Germanus of Besançon Oct 11
+ c 390. He followed St Desideratus as Bishop of Besançon in France and by tradition was martyred by Arians.

Germanus of Capua Oct 30
+ c 545. Bishop of Capua and a friend of St Benedict. He went to Constantinople to heal the Acacian schism but met with ill-treatment at the hands of the Acacians. St Benedict saw his soul being carried to heaven.

Germanus of Montfort Nov 1
c 906-1000. Born in Montfort in France, he became a monk at the monastery of Savigny. He reposed as a hermit.

Germerius May 16
+ ? 560. Bishop of Toulouse in France for fifty years.

Germoc June 24
6th cent. Born in Ireland, he was the brother of St Breaca and settled near Mount's Bay in Cornwall.

Gerold Apr 19
+ 978. Of the family of the Counts of Saxony in Germany, he donated his land to the monastery of Einsiedeln in Swizerland where his two sons, Cuno and Ulric, were monks. He went to live as a hermit at a village near Mitternach.

Gerold June 14
+ 806. A monk of Fontenelle and from 787 Bishop of Evreux in France.

Gerontius May 9
c 501. Bishop of Cervia near Ravenna in Italy, he was murdered in Cagli on the Flaminian Way, which led to him being honoured as a martyr.

Gerontius (Geraint) Aug 10
+ ? 508. A Briton who was King of Damnonia (Devon), now in England. He fell in battle against the pagan Saxons.

Gertrude of Nivelles March 17
626-659. Daughter of Pepin of Landen and of St Ida. Ida founded the convent of Nivelles for herself and her daughter but insisted on Gertrude being the first abbess. Though only twenty years of age, Gertrude accepted this obedience. At the age of thirty she resigned in favour of her niece Wilfetrudis.

Gertrude of Remiremont Nov 7
+ c 690. Granddaughter of St Romaricus. She became a nun and was abbess after her aunt at the convent of Saint-Mont near Remiremont in France.

Gertrude the Elder Dec 6
+ 649. A widow who founded and was the first Abbess of Hamaye (Hamay, Hamage) near Douai in the north of France.

Gerulph Sept 21
+ c 746. Born in Flanders in Belgium, he was heir to a vast estate, but was treacherously murdered by a relative who hoped to succeed to his inheritance. He died with words of forgiveness on his lips.

Geruntius of Milan May 5
+ c 470. Successor of St Eusebius as Bishop of Milan in Italy (c 465-470).

Geruntius of Italica Aug 25
+ c 100. A missionary in Spain in the Apostolic age, Bishop of Talco (Italica, near Seville) and martyr.

Gervadius (Gernard, Garnet) Nov 8
10th cent. Born in Ireland, he went to Moray and became a hermit near Elgin in Scotland.

Gervase and Protase June 19
? 2nd cent. In 386, during the episcopate of St Ambrose, the relics of Sts Gervase and Protase, the protomartyrs of the city, were discovered in Milan in Italy.

Getulius, Caerealis, Amantius and Primitivus June 10
+ c 120. By tradition Getulius was the husband of St Symphorosa. He, his brother Amantius, and the two officers sent to capture him and converted by him, were clubbed to death in Tivoli in Italy under Hadrian.

Gezelin (Ghislain, Gisle, Joscelin) Aug 6
? A hermit honoured in Slebusrode near Cologne in Germany.

Gibardus Apr 7
+ c 888. Abbot of Luxeuil in France during the invasion of the Huns. He and his monks fled from the monastery but the barbarians found them and martyred them.

Gibitrudis Oct 26
+ c 655. A nun at Faremoutiers-en-Brie in France.

Gibrian May 8
+ c 515. A hermit in Ireland, the eldest of five brothers and three sisters. All of them went to Brittany and became saints there. Their names are given as Tressan, Helan, Germanus, Abran (or Gibrian), Petran, Franca, Promptia and Possenna.

Gildard (Godard) June 8
+ 514. Bishop of Rouen in France for some fifteen years.

Gildas the Wise Jan 29
+ c 570. Born in the year the Britons defeated the Saxons at Bath, he was a disciple of St Illtyd. Towards the end of his life, he went to Brittany and lived as a hermit on the island of Rhuys. St Gildas is famous for a work on the sufferings of his homeland, De excidiis Britanniae.

Giles Sept 1
8th cent. Probably born in Provence in the south of France, he became abbot of a monastery on the Rhône, where the town of Saint-Gilles now stands. He is venerated as the patron-saint of cripples and beggars.

Giles and Arcanus Sept 1
+ c 1050. Giles was born in Spain and together with the Italian St Arcanus, founded a monastery to enshrine relics which they had brought from Palestine. This later grew into Borgo San Sepulcro in central Italy.

Girald (Girard, Giraud) Dec 29
+ 1031. A monk at Lagny in France and later Abbot of Saint-Arnoul, he became Abbot of Fontenelle where he was murdered.

Gislenus (Ghislain, Guislain) Oct 9
+ 680. A hermit who lived in the forest in Hainault in Belgium where several disciples gathered around him. He built the monastery of Sts Peter and Paul, now Saint-Ghislain near Mons, where he was abbot for thirty years.

Gistilian (Gistlian) March 2
5th-6th cent. The uncle of St David and a monk at Menevia, or St Davids, in Wales.

Gladys March 29
5th cent. A saint in Wales, she was married to St Gwynllyw and was the mother of St Cadoc.

Glastian Jan 28
+ 830. The patron saint of Kinglassie in Fife in Scotland. He made peace between the Picts and the Scots.

Glodesind July 25
+ c 608. She was betrothed to a courtier who was arrested on their wedding day and afterwards executed. She became a nun in Metz in France, where she later became abbess.

Glunshallaich June 3
7th cent. A repentant man in Ireland, converted by St Kevin and buried with him at Glendalough.

Gluvias (Glywys) May 3
6th cent. Brother of St Cadoc of Llancarfan in Wales, he went to Cornwall, where he founded a monastery. A church in Cornwall is dedicated to him.

Glycerius Sept 20
+ c 438. Archbishop of Milan in Italy.

Goar July 6
+ c 575. A priest from Aquitaine in France, who lived as a hermit near Oberwesel on the Rhine in Germany, now called St Goar.

Goban Gobhnena May 23
6th or 7th cent. Abbot of the monastery of Old Leighlin, from where he went to Tascaffin in Co. Limerick in Ireland.

Goban (Gobain) June 20
+ 670. Born in Ireland and a disciple of St Fursey, he became a monk with him at Burgh Castle in Suffolk. He followed his abbot to France and they lived as hermits in the forest near the Oise. He was murdered by barbarians at the place now called Saint Gobain.

Gobnata (Gobnet) Feb 11
? 6th cent. Abbess of a convent in Ballyvourney in Co. Cork in Ireland. A holy well named after her still exists there.

Gobrain Nov 16
+ 725. A monk who became Bishop of Vannes in Brittany and at the age of eighty-seven went to live as a hermit.

Godebertha Apr 11
+ c 700. Born near Amiens in France, in 657 she became a nun at Noyon and was the first abbess of the convent founded there.

Godehard (Godard, Gothard) May 4
+ Born in Bavaria, he became a monk at Niederaltaich in Germany. Later he restored monastic life elsewhere. The monasteries of Tegernsee, Hersfeld and Kremsmünster all received abbots from Niederaltaich. In 1022 he became Bishop of Hildesheim and did much to spread the Faith.

Godo (Gaon) July 24
+ c 690. Born in Verdun in France, he was a nephew of St Wandrille. He became a monk at Fontenelle and later founded the monastery of Oye near Sezanne-en-Brie.

Godwin Oct 28
+ c 690. Abbot of the monastery of Stavelot-Malmédy in Belgium.

Goeric (Abbo) Sept 19
+ 647. The successor of St Arnulf as Bishop of Metz in France.

Goeznoveus Oct 25
+ 675. Brother of St Maughan, he left Cornwall for Brittany and became Bishop of Léon.

Gorfor May 9
? Patron of Llanover in Gwent in Wales.

Gohardus June 25
+ 843. Bishop of Nantes in France, he was martyred by raiding Normans while celebrating the liturgy. Many monks and priests suffered with him.

Gollen (Collen, Colan) May 21
? 7th cent. A saint who has given his name to Llangollen in Wales.

Golvinus (Golwen) July 9
? 7th cent. Born in Britain, his holiness led to him becoming Bishop of St Pol-de-Léon in Brittany. He reposed in Rennes where his relics are enshrined.

Goneri July 18
6th cent. An exile from Britain to Brittany, where he lived as a hermit near Tréguier.

Gontram (Gunthrammus) March 28
+ 592. A repentant King of Burgundy in France. Having divorced his wife and ordered the execution of his doctor, he was overcome with remorse and lamented these sins for the rest of his life.

Goran (Woranus) Apr 7
6th cent. He lived at Bodmin before St Petroc and several churches are dedicated to him in Cornwall.

Gorman Aug 28
+ 965. A monk at Reichenau in Germany, he preached the Gospel and became Bishop of Schleswig in Denmark.

Gormcal Aug 5
+ 1016. Abbot of Ardoilen in Galway in Ireland.

Gosbert Feb 13
+ c 859. The fourth Bishop of Osnabruck in Germany and a disciple of St Ansgar.

Govan (Goven, Cofen) June 20
6th cent. A hermit who lived halfway down a cliff at St Govan's Head in Dyfed in Wales where his stone hut can still be seen. He is probably buried under the altar in the hut, which later became a small chapel. Govan was probably a disciple of St Ailbe.

Gracilian and Felicissima Aug 12
+ c 304. While in prison awaiting martyrdom, Gracilian, from Faleria in Tuscany in Italy, restored the sight of the blind girl Felicissima and converted her to Christ. They were beheaded on the same day.

Grata May 1
4th (or 8th) cent. A holy woman from Bergamo in Italy, zealous in securing Christian burial for the bodies of the martyrs.

Gratus Sept 7
+ c 470. Bishop of Aosta in Italy, of which he is patron-saint.

Gratus Oct 8
+ c 652. Bishop of Châlons-sur-Saône in France.

Gratus Oct 11
+ c 506. The first bishop of Oloron in the south of France.

Gredifael Nov 13
7th cent. A saint who accompanied St Paternus from Brittany to Wales. He was Abbot of Whitland in Dyfed.

Gregory of Langres Jan 4
+ 539. A governor of Autun in France. Later in life he lost his wife, was ordained priest and became Bishop of Langres, gaining a reputation for gentleness and understanding. He was the father of St Tetricus and the great-uncle of St Gregory of Tours.

Gregory II Feb 11
669-731. Born in Rome, he was librarian and archivist of the Roman Church, when he was chosen Pope in 715. He is famous for encouraging the spreading of the Gospel among the Germanic peoples, to whom he sent St Boniface and St Corbinian. He restored several Italian monasteries, notably Montecassino. He also opposed Iconoclasm and checked the advancing Lombards.

Gregory Makar March 16
+ c 1000. An Armenian who became a monk and was elected Bishop of Nicopolis in Armenia. He fled to France and settled as a hermit in Pithiviers near Orleans.

Gregory of Elvira Apr 24
+ c 394. Bishop of Elvira in the south of Spain. He was one of the champions of Orthodoxy against Arianism and one of the few bishops who at Rimini in 359 consistently refused to compromise with them.

Gregory of Ostia May 9
+ c 1044. Bishop of Ostia in Italy, he spent much time in Navarre and Old Castile in Spain. He reposed at Logroño.

Gregory, Demetrius and Calogerus June 18
+ 5th cent. Respectively a bishop, an archdeacon and an abbot in North Africa, from where they were driven out by Arian Vandals. They settled in Fragalata near Messina in Sicily and preached the Gospel there. They are honoured as the patron-saints of Fragalata.

Gregory of Nonantula Aug 3
+ 933. Abbot of Nonantula near Modena in Italy.

Gregory of Utrecht Aug 25
c 703-776. Born in Trier in Germany, he met St Boniface when still a child and later became a monk. He became Abbot of St Martin's at Utrecht in Holland and then Bishop of the same city for twenty-two years. St Martin's was a seedbed of saints.

Gregory the Great (the Dialogist) Sept 3
c 540-604. Born in Rome of patrician parents, he became the prefect of the city. He soon resigned the office, turned his home on the Caelian Hill into a monastery and became a monk. Next he was sent to Constantinople as apocrisarius or ambassador. On his return he was chosen Pope (590). First in importance was his mission to England. This was important not only for the conversion of England, but also for the spreading of Orthodoxy among the other Germanic peoples of north-west Europe. He also encouraged the conversion of the Lombards in Italy and the Goths in Spain, embellished the liturgy, defended and befriended monasticism and cared for the poor. He was a prolific writer; his dialogues and his Regula Pastoralis are classics of Orthodox literature.

Gregory of Burtscheid Nov 4
+ 999. A Greek monk from Cerchiara in Calabria in Italy, he fled from the Saracens and met Emperor Otto III in Rome. The latter befriended him, invited him to Germany and built for him the monastery of Burtscheid near Aachen.

Gregory of Einsiedeln Nov 8
+ 996. On pilgrimage from England to Rome, he became a monk. On his way home he stopped at the monastery of Einsiedeln in Switzerland in 949. Eventually he became abbot there and the monastery flourished under him.

Gregory of Tours Nov 17
540-594. Born in Auvergne in France, he was baptised George Florentius, but took the name Gregory when he became Bishop of Tours in 573. He was a fine bishop and excelled as a historian.

Gregory of Girgenti Nov 23
+ c 638. Born in Sicily, after a long time spent in Constantinople, he became Bishop of Girgenti, his native town. His commentary on Ecclesiastes still exists.

Gregory III Dec 10
+ 741. Born in Syria, he became Pope of Rome from 731 to 741. He was much troubled by Iconoclasm and the raids of the Lombards.

Gregory of Terracina Dec 12
+ c 570. A disciple of St Benedict and with his brother St Speciosus, a monk at Terracina in Italy.

Gregory of Auxerre Dec 19
+ c 540. The twelfth bishop of Auxerre in France. He was bishop for thirteen years and reposed at the age of eighty-five.

Gregory of Spoleto Dec 24
? A priest martyred in Spoleto in Italy under Maximinian Herculeus.

Grimbald July 8
+ 901. A monk at Saint Bertin in the north of France. In 885 King Alfred invited him to England. He became Abbot of Winchester and he helped restore learning in England.

Grimonia (Germana) Sept 7
4th cent. A holy virgin from Ireland, she was martyred in Picardy in defence of her virtue.

Grwst Dec 1
7th cent. A saint whose memory is recalled by the place-name Llanrwst in Wales.

Guasacht Jan 24
5th cent. Son of Maelchu, the master under whom St Patrick worked as a slave in Ireland. Guasacht was converted by Patrick, whom he helped as Bishop of Granard in Ireland.

Gudula (Goule) Jan 8
+ 712. Daughter of St Amelberga, she spent much time with St Gertrude at Nivelles and afterwards lived a life of holiness. She is the patroness of Brussels in Belgium.

Gudwall (Curval) June 6
6th cent. A bishop from Wales who founded monasteries in Devon and Cornwall. By many he is said to be the Gurval who succeeded St Malo at Aleth in Brittany. His relics are venerated in Ghent in Belgium.

Guenhael Nov 3
+ c 550. Guenhael was born in Brittany and became a monk at Landevennec with St Winwalöe where he later became abbot.

Guenninus Aug 19
7th cent. Bishop of Vannes in Brittany. His relics are enshrined in the Cathedral there.

Guerembaldus Nov 10
+ 965. A monk at Hirschau in Germany, who out of humility refused to become Bishop of Spire.

Guesnoveus (Gouernou) Oct 25
+ 675. Bishop of Quimper in Brittany and founder of a monastery near Brest where he reposed.

Guevrock (Gueroc), Kerric) Feb 17
6th cent. A Briton who followed St Tudwal to Brittany and succeeded him as Abbot of Loc-Kirec. He also helped St Paul of Léon.

Guibertus May 23
+ 962. A noble from Lorraine in France, who after a military career lived the life of a hermit on his own estate of Gembloux in Brabant in Belgium. Eventually he turned it into a monastery before retiring to the monastery of Gorze in the east of France.

Guier Apr 4
? A priest and hermit in Cornwall, where a church recalls his name.

Guinizo May 26
+ c 1050. Born in Spain, he became a monk at Montecassino in Italy and remained as a hermit on the holy mountain after one of the destructions of the monastery.

Guinoc Apr 13
+ c 838. A bishop in Scotland.

Guitmarus Dec 10
+ c 765. Fourth Abbot of Saint-Riquier in France.

Gulstan (Gustan, Constans) Nov 29
+ c 1010. A monk at St Gildas of Rhuys in Brittany.

Gummarus (Gomer) Oct 11
c 717-774. After long and patient endurance of worldly perversity, he reposed as a hermit. The present town of Lierre (Lier) in Belgium grew up around his hermitage.

Gundebert (Gumbert, Gondelbert) Feb 21
+ c 676. Bishop of Sens in France, he left and went to the Vosges, where he founded the monastery of Senones (c 660).

Gundebert Apr 20
8th cent. He married St Bertha and was the brother of St Nivard. He separated from his wife, became a monk, went to Ireland and was martyred there by heathen.

Gundelindis (Guendelindis) March 28
+ c 750. A daughter of the Duke of Alsace and niece of St Ottilia, whom she succeeded as Abbess of Niedermünster.

Gundenis July 18
+ 203. A virgin-martyred in Carthage in North Africa under Septimius Severus.

Gundulphus June 17
6th cent. A bishop in France who is said to have reposed in Bourges.

Gunifort Aug 22
? A pilgrim, perhaps from England, who was martyred in Pavia in Italy.

Gunther Oct 9
955-1045. A cousin of St Stephen of Hungary. He began life full of worldly ambition, but was brought to better ways by St Godehard of Hildesheim and became a monk at Niederaltaich in Bavaria. His ambitious nature asserted itself once more and he became Abbot of Göllingen but proved a failure. Made wise by experience, he went to live as a hermit for twenty-eight years in the mountains of Bakory in Hungary.

Gunthiern July 3
+ c 500. A prince in Wales who went to Brittany and lived as a hermit.

Gunthild Dec 8
+ c 748. A nun from Wimborne in England who went to Germany, where she became abbess of a convent in Thuringia.

Gusemindus and Servusdei Jan 13
+ 852. Two martyrs, one a parish-priest, the other a monk, who suffered in Cordoba in Spain under Abderrahman II.

Guthagon July 3
8th cent. Born in Ireland, he crossed to Belgium and became a hermit.

Guthlac Apr 11
673-714. From being a warrior in the army of Ethelred, King of Mercia, Guthlac became a monk at Repton in England. Afterwards he went to live as a hermit in the fens, where he spent the last fifteen years of his life like a desert-father. Later the monastery of Crowland grew up at the place where he had lived.

Guy (Guido) March 31
+ 1046. Born near Ravenna in Italy, Guy became a monk at the monastery of St Severus, where he became abbot. Later he went to the monastery of Pomposa near Ferrara.

Guy June 18
+ c 940 The successor of St Berno at Baume in France. About the year 940 he resigned and lived as a hermit near Fay-en-Bresse.

Guy Sept 12
+ c 1012. Called 'the Poor Man of Anderlecht'. He was born in Brabant in Belgium and was sacrist of Our Lady of Laken. Afterwards he lived for seven years in the Holy Land. He returned to Anderlecht near Brussels where he reposed.

Guy of Casauria Nov 23
+ 1045. A monk at Farfa who became Abbot of Casauria near Chieti in Italy.

Gwen Oct 18
5th cent. Sister of St Nonna and aunt of St David of Wales. She is also said to have been the mother of Sts Cyby and Cadfan.

Gwen Oct 18
+ c 492. A holy woman murdered by heathen in Talgarth in Wales.

Gwerir Apr 4
? A hermit near Liskeard in Cornwall, at whose grave King Alfred was healed of a serious illness. St Gwerir's cell was later occupied by St Neot.

Gwynllyw (Woollos) March 29
+ c 500. Husband of St Gladys, the father of St Cadoc, he ended his life as a hermit in Wales.



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