Above: Blessed Bartholomew Buonpedoni
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BLESSED BARTHOLOMEW BUONPEDONI (DIED IN 300)
Roman Catholic Priest
BLESSED VIVALDUS (DIED IN 300)
Assistant of Blessed Bartholomew Buonpedoni
Also known as Blessed Ubaldo or Gualdo
His feast transferred from May 11
Blessed Bartholomew Buonpedoni, a native of San Gemainino, Italy, worked as a lay servant to the Benedictines at Pisa before becoming a priest at the age of 30 years. He served at a parish in Peccioli. There Buonpedoni converted Blessed Vivaldus and took him into his home. Eventually Buonpedoni contracted leprosy. He, assisted by Vivaldus, ministered to lepers for 20 years. Vivaldus also tended to his friend and mentor in particular.
The love of Christ was evident in the actions of these two saints.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
OCTOBER 25, 2016 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF HERBERT STANLEY OAKELEY, COMPOSER
THE FEAST OF SAINT PROCLUS, ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE; AND SAINT RUSTICUS, BISHOP OF NARBONNE
Almighty God, you have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses:
Grant that we, encouraged by the good example of your servants
Blessed Bartholomew Buonpedoni and Blessed Vivaldus,
may persevere in running the race that is set before us,
until at last we may with them attain to your eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 724