Reliquaries at Mission Santa Bárbara

A reliquary is a container for relics. Relics can be many things:

  • First Class: Actual bones or things closely associated with holy people.
  • Second Class: Garments or things holy people wore or used.
  • Third Class: Anything touched to by a first or second class relic.

Relics are like statues; they are items that are designed to remind you of holy people. When praying, remember that Saints do not perform miracles; only God can do that. Prayers to Saints are asking them to intercede on your behalf with God. It’s rather like asking your neighbor to pray for you if you are sick or in need; your neighbor is interceding for you by praying to God on your behalf.

The reliquaries at Mission Santa Bárbara are in a back room that is not generally available to the public. Please enjoy the photos I was able to take in February of 2013. Where I found additional information, you will see a summary and then a link to an associated page. The reliquaries here are in order left to right and top to bottom in the display case. [Remember, click on an image if you want to see it larger.]

— Row 1 —

Youville Identified as “Youville.” Probably St. Marguerite d’Youville, foundress of the Sisters of Charity, the Grey Nuns of Canada. […more…]

Saint Catherine of Siena Saint Catherine of Siena. Dominican Tertiary, b. at Siena, March 25, 1347; d. at Rome, April 29, 1380 […more…]

Martyrs of Uganda Martyrs of Uganda. The Uganda Martyrs are a group of 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic converts to Christianity in the historical kingdom of Buganda, now part of Uganda, who were executed between November 1885 and January 1887. […more…]

Saint John of the Cross Saint John of the Cross. Co-founder of the Discalced Carmelites, Doctor of the Church (1542-1591) […more…]

Sophia Barat Madeleine Sophie Barat, Venerable. Foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart (1779-1865). […more…]

Saint Francis of Assisi Saint Francis of Assisi. Founder of the Franciscan Order, b. at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181 or 1182–the exact year is uncertain; d. there, October 3, 1226. […more…]

Saint Kateri Tekawitha Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, given the name Tekakwitha, baptized as Catherine and informally known as Lily of the Mohawks (1656 – April 17, 1680), is a Roman Catholic saint who was an Algonquin–Mohawk virgin and laywoman. […more…]

Holy Cross Holy Cross. The Cross to which Christ had been nailed, and on which He had died, became for Christians, quite naturally and logically, the object of a special respect and worship. […more…]

Saint John Nepomucene Neumann Saint John Nepomucene Neumann. Fourth Bishop of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., b. at Prachatitz, Bohemia, March 28, 1811, erroneously set down as Good Friday by his biographers; d. at Philadelphia, January 5, 1860. […more…]

Saint Dominic Savio Saint Dominic Savio. Dominic Savio (April 2, 1842 – March 9, 1857) was an Italian adolescent student of Saint John Bosco. He was studying to be a priest when he became ill and died at the age of 14, possibly from pleurisy. […more…]

Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Saint Gabriel. There are several saints with the name Gabriel. A title under the reliquary was not clear as to which is referred. I would put a high probability on Gabriel Possenti, known as Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. […more…]

Saint Teresa of Avila Saint Teresa of Avila. B. March 28, 1515; d. Oct. 4, 1582. […more…]

Theodore the Martyr Saint Theodore the Martyr. Theodore the Martyr was the name of a number of Christian saints. Two of the best known, Theodore of Amasea and Theodore Stratelates, were probably the same person. […more…]

Saint William Saint William. This entry is unclear on the exact Saint William referred to. The “Abb” in the reliquary would imply an abbot. With this in mind it could be William of St-Thierry (theologian and mystic, and so called from the monastery of which he was abbot, b. at Liege about 1085; d. at Signy about 1148). […more…]

— Row 2 —

Saint Bonaventure Saint Bonaventure. Franciscan theologian, Doctor of the Church (1221-1274). […more…]

Saint King Edward Saint King Edward. There are two Saint King Edwards that this reliquary might refer to: Edward the Confessor (King of England, b. in 1003; d. January 5, 1066) […more…] or Edward the Martyr (King of England, martyred by assassin, b. about 962; d. March 18, 979) […more…].

Saint John Capistran Saint John Capistran. Franciscan priest, preacher (1385-1456). […more…]

Saint Engelbert of Cologne Saint Engelbert of Cologne. Archbishop, martyr, b. about 1185; d. November 7, 1225. […more…]

Saint Pascal Baylon Saint Paschal Baylon. B. at Torre-Hermosa, in the Kingdom of Aragon, May 24, 1540, on the Feast of Pentecost, called in Spain ‘the Pasch of the Holy Ghost’, whence the name of Paschal; d. at Villa Reale, May 15, 1592, on Whitsunday. […more…]

Saint John Gabriel Perboyre Saint John Gabriel Perboyre. A French priest, who served as a missionary in China, where he became a martyr. […more…]

Saint Stephan (Protomartyr) Saint Stephen (Protomartyr). One of the first deacons and the first Christian martyr; feast on December 26. […more…]

Saint James of Marches Saint James of The Marches. Franciscan priest (1391-1476). […more…]

Saint Peter Saint Peter. Prince of the Apostles. […more…]

Saint Barbara Saint Barbara. Virgin and Martyr. […more…]

Saint Paul Saint Paul. The Apostle. […more…]

Mary Assumpta Mary Assumpta. This reliquary is something of a mystery. The only Mary Assumpta I find relates to the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist; a Roman Catholic Religious Institute of Diocesan Right founded in 1997. It’s difficult to see where this would apply as they were formed in 1997.

Saint Bernardin of Siena Saint Bernardine of Siena. Franciscan missionary and reformer (1380-1444). […more…]

Belt of Blessed Virgin Mary Belt of Blessed Virgin Mary. The name of the mother of Jesus Christ, the mother of God. […more…]

Saint Oliver Plunket Saint Oliver Plunket. Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, b. at Lougherew near Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland, 1629; d. July 11, 1681. […more…]

Saint Pacificus of Ceredano Saint Pacificus of Ceredano. Franciscan; b. 1420 at Cerano, in the Diocese of Novara in Lombardy, supposedly of the much respected family of Ramati; June 14, 1482. […more…]

Saint Junípero Serra Saint Junípero Serra. Franciscan, preacher of missions, b. at Petra, Island of Majorca, Nov. 24, 1713; d. at Monterey, California, Aug. 28, 1784. […more…]

— Row 3 —

Saint Colette Saint Colette. Founder of the Colettine Poor Clares (1381-1447). […more…]

Saint Cornelius Saint Cornelius. Pope and Martyr, Reigned (251 to 253). […more…] (Note: There are multiple possible entries for Cornelius but the P.M. that follows the name in the reliquary would strongly imply Pope and Martyr.)

Saint Ambrose Saint Ambrose. Bishop of Milan (340-397). […more…] (Note: There are a number of listings for Ambrose but this is the most famous of them so I am using it. If you know otherwise, please use the contact form to say why.)

Saint Wigbert Saint Wigbert. Companion of St. Boniface, b. in England about 675; d. at Hersfeld about 746. […more…]

John Duns Scotus John Duns Scotus. Franciscan, scholastic philosopher, founder and leader of the famous Scotist School d. Nov. 8, 1308. […more…]

Saint Francis of Assisi Saint Francis of Assisi. Founder of the Franciscan Order, b. at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181 or 1182–the exact year is uncertain; d. there, October 3, 1226. […more…]

Saint Benedict of Nursia Saint Benedict of Nursia. Founder of Western monasticism (ca. 480-543). […more…]

Saint Anthony Mary Claret Saint Anthony Mary Claret. (December 23, 1807 – October 24, 1870) was a Catalan Spanish Roman Catholic archbishop and missionary, and was confessor of Isabella II of Spain. He founded the congregation of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, commonly called the Claretians. […more…]

Saint Agnes of Assisi Saint Agnes of Assisi. Younger sister of St. Clare and Abbess of the Poor Ladies, b. at Assisi, 1197, or 1198; d. 1253. […more…]

Saint Blaise Saint Blaise. Bishop and martyr (fourth century). […more…]

Saint Clare of Assisi Saint Clare of Assisi. Cofoundress of the Order of Poor Ladies, or Clares, and first Abbess of San Damiano (1194-1253). […more…]

Saint Maria Crescentia Höss Saint Maria Crescentia Höss. (1682–1744) Was a contemplative nun of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis. In 1900, she was beatified by Pope Leo XIII and was canonized in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. […more…]

Saint Boniface Saint Boniface. Apostle of Germany (d. ca. 754). […more…]

Saint Teresa of Jesus (Avila) Saint Teresa of Jesus (Avila). B. March 28, 1515; d. Oct. 4, 1582. […more…]

— Row 4 —

Saint Stephan & Saint Zeno Saint Stephen & Saint Zeno. Saint Stephen (Protomartyr) was one of the first deacons and the first Christian martyr; feast on December 26. […more…] Saint Zeno entered in the Roman Martyrology on April 12 as a Bishop of Verona martyred under Gallienus. Probably, however, he was a confessor who governed the Church of Verona from 362-371. […more…] (Note: I’m not certain about Saint Stephen in this case as there are several but none fit the “ab” designation which I’m assuming means Abbot.)

Saint Felix of Cantalice & Saint Lawrence & Saint Veronica Saint Felix of Cantalice & Saint Lawrence & Saint Veronica. Saint Felix of Cantalice was a Capuchin friar, b. at Cantalice, on the north-western border of the Abruzzi; d. at Rome, May 18, 1587. […more…] Saint Lawrence was Deacon and martyr; d. August 10, 258. […more…] Saint Veronica, in several regions of Christendom, is honored under this name as a pious matron of Jerusalem who, during the Passion of Christ, as one of the holy women who accompanied Him to Calvary, offered Him a towel on which he left the imprint of His face. […more…] (Note: Once again there is some uncertainty about Saint Lawrence and, possibly, Saint Veronica. I picked the more prominent of the listings available.)

Saint Victor & Saint Benignus & Saint Leberatus & Saint Clare of Assisi & Saint Francis de Sales Saint Victor & Saint Benignus & Saint Liberatus & Saint Clare of Assisi & Saint Francis de Sales. Pope Victor I (died 199) was a bishop of Rome, and hence a pope, in the late second century. The dates of his tenure are uncertain, but one source states he became pope in 189 and gives the year of his death as 199. […more…] Saint Benignus was Archbishop of Milan from 465 to 472. He is honoured as a Saint in the Catholic Church and his feast day is September 20. […more…] Saint Liberatus was abbot of an African monastery near Capsa, Byzeceke. He and the others were martyred by the Arian ruler of the Vandals, Hunneric, in Carthage. […more…] Saint Clare of Assisi was cofoundress of the Order of Poor Ladies, or Clares, and first Abbess of San Damiano (1194-1253). […more…] Saint Francis de Sales was Bishop of Geneva, Doctor of the Universal Church; b. at Thorens, in the Duchy of Savoy, August 21, 1567; d. at Lyons, December 28, 1622. […more…] (Note: Victor and Benignus have multiple entries so I selected what I thought was the correct one.)

Bone and Habit of Saint Anthony of Padua Bone and Habit of Saint Anthony of Padua. Franciscan Thaumaturgist (1195-1231). […more…]

Saint Bartholomew Saint Bartholomew. Led a group of Dominican missionaries to Armenia, known as the Apostle of Armenia. […more…]

All the Holy Apostles All the Holy Apostles. An apostle, from Classical Greek, meaning “one who is sent away,” is a messenger and ambassador. […more…]

Saint Simon & Saint Jude Saint Simon & Saint Jude. The name of Simon occurs in all the passages of the Gospel and Acts, in which a list of the Apostles is given. To distinguish him from St. Peter he is called Kananaiosor, and Zelotes. […more…] Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is generally identified with Thaddeus, and is also variously called Jude of James, Jude Thaddaeus, Judas Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. […more…]

Saint Mary Joseph Rosello Saint Mary Joseph Rosello. One of nine children, her father was a potter. Born in poverty, she suffered from poor health all her life. […more…]

Saint Paul of the Cross & Saint Vincent Strambi & Saint Gabriel & Saint Gemma Galgani & Saint Maria Goretti Saint Paul of the Cross & Saint Vincent Strambi & Saint Gabriel & Saint Gemma Galgani & Saint Maria Goretti. Saint Paul of the Cross was B. at Ovada, Genoa, Italy, Jan. 3, 1694; d. in Rome, 18Oct., 1775. […more…] Saint Vincent Strambi born Vincenzo Domenico Salvatore Strambi (January 1, 1745 in Civitavecchia, Italy – January 1, 1824 in Rome, Italy), was a Catholic bishop who was a member of the Passionist Congregation. He was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950. […more…] There are several Saint Gabriels but none I found seem to fit this reliquary. Saint Gemma Galgani (March 12, 1878 – April 11, 1903) was an Italian mystic, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church since 1940. She has been called the “Daughter of Passion” because of her profound imitation of the Passion of Christ. […more…] Saint Maria Goretti (October 16, 1890 – July 6, 1902) is an Italian virgin-martyr of the Roman Catholic Church, and she is one of the youngest canonized saints. […more…]

Saints Cosmas & Damian Saints Cosmas & Damian. Twins, physicians, and martyrs (~287). […more…]

— Row 5 —

Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Saint Gertrude of Nivelles. Benedictine abbess; b. 626; d. 659. […more…]

Saint Leopold Bogdan Mandić Saint Leopold Mandić. Born on 12 May 1866 and died on 30 July 1942. He was an ethnic Croat born in Castelnuovo di Cattaro (today Herceg Novi), in Bocche di Cattaro (Boka Kotorska), then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today in Montenegro, and died in Padua, Italy. […more…] (Again, this is an educated guess. The reliquary indicates blessed but this Leopold was made a saint in 1983.)

Saint John Vianney Saint John Vianney. (8 May 1786 – 4 August 1859), a French parish priest who is venerated in the Catholic Church as a saint and as the patron saint of all priests. […more…]

Saint Ann Lobera & Pope Saint Zephyrinus & Saint Joseph of Cupertino & Saint Clare of Assisi & Saint Cecilia & Tunic of Saint Joseph and John the Evangelist Saint Ann Lobera & Pope Saint Zephyrinus & Saint Joseph of Cupertino & Saint Clare of Assisi & Saint Cecilia & Tunic of Saint Joseph and John the Evangelist. Known as Ann Lobera, Carmelite nun, companion of St. Teresa; b. at Medina del Campo (Old Castile), November 25, 1545; d. at Brussels, March 4, 1621 […more…] Zephyrinus (died 20 December 217) was bishop of Rome or pope from 199 to his death in 217. He was born in Rome. His predecessor was Pope Victor I. Upon his death on 20 December 217, he was succeeded by his principal advisor, Pope Callixtus I. […more…] Joseph of Cupertino was a mystic (1603-1663). […more…] Clare was Cofoundress of the Order of Poor Ladies, or Clares, and first Abbess of San Damiano (1194-1253). […more…] Cecilia was a virgin and martyr, patroness of church music, d. at Rome. […more…] Joseph was husband of the Virgin Mary, foster-father of Jesus Christ. […more…] John was an Apostle, brother of James the Greater. […more…]

Blessed Ramon Llull Blessed Ramon Llull. (c.1232 – c.1315) a Majorcan writer and philosopher, logician and a Franciscan tertiary. […more…]

Saint Francis of Assisi & Saint Elizabeth of Hungary & Saint Boniface Saint Francis of Assisi & Saint Elizabeth of Hungary & Saint Boniface. Francis was founder of the Franciscan Order, b. at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181 or 1182–the exact year is uncertain; d. there, October 3, 1226. […more…] Elizabeth cared for sick and poor, abbess of the convent of Aldenburg near Wetzlar, b. 1207; d. November 17, 1231. […more…] Boniface was known as the Apostle of Germany (d. ca. 755). […more…]

Saint Cecilia Saint Cecilia. Virgin and martyr, patroness of church music, d. at Rome. […more…]

Saint Aurelia of Strasbourg & Saint Berisiums & Saint Liberatus of Carthage & Saint Theodore the Martyr & Saint Francis Xavier Saint Aurelia of Strasbourg & Saint Berisiums & Saint Liberatus of Carthage & Saint Theodore the Martyr & Saint Francis Xavier. Aurelia was a 4th-century saint, whose tomb in Strasbourg became the center of a popular cult in the Middle Ages. […more…] No information found about Saint Berisiums or other variations on spelling. Liberatus was a sixth-century archdeacon, author of an important history of the Nestorian and Monophysite troubles. […more…] There are two martyrs connected with the name Saint Theodore: St. Theodore of Amasea or St. Theodore Tyron (“Theodore the Recruit”), 4th-century military saint and St. Theodore of Heraclea or St. Theodore Stratelates (“Theodore the General”), 4th-century military saint. Finally, Francis Xavier was a Jesuit; b. in the Castle of Xavier near Sanguesa, in Navarre, April 7, 1506; d. on the Island of Sancian near the coast of China, December 2, 1552. […more…]

Saint Peregrine Laziosi Saint Peregrine Laziosi. 1260–1345, an Italian saint of the Servite Order, […more…]

Saint Ansovinus Saint Ansovinus. (died March 13, 840 AD) was a bishop of Camerino. […more…]

— Row 6 —

Martyrs of Gorkum & Leonard of Port Maurice Martyrs of Gorkum & Leonard of Port Maurice. The Martyrs of Gorkum were a group of 19 Dutch Catholic clerics and friars who were hanged on 9 July 1572 in the town of Brielle (or Den Briel) during the 16th century religious wars in the Low Countries by the Calvinists. […more…] Leonard was a preacher and ascetic writer, b. Dec. 20, 1676, d. at the monastery of S. Bonaventura, Rome, Nov. 26, 1751. […more…]

Saint Conrad of Piacenza Saint Conrad of Piacenza. Hermit of the Third Order of St. Francis (d. 1351). […more…]

Saint John of God Saint John of God. De facto founder of the Brothers Hospitallers (1495-1550). […more…]

Saint Raymond of Penafort & Saint William Saint Raymond of Penafort & Saint William. Raymond was b. at Villafranca de Benadis, near Barcelona, in 1175; d. at Barcelona, Jan. 6, 1275. […more…] There are many Saints William and no clear indication here which to select.

Saint Felix Saint Felix. There are many martyrs named Felix and no data on the reliquary to determine which might be represented.

Saint Calcedonus Saint Calcedonus. I found no references to a martyr and saint of this name.

Saint Margaret of Cortona & Saint Veronica Saint Margaret of Cortona & Saint Veronica. Margaret was a penitent of the Third Order of St. Francis, b. 1247; d. February 22, 1297. […more…] Saint Veronica, in several regions of Christendom, is honored under this name as a pious matron of Jerusalem who, during the Passion of Christ, as one of the holy women who accompanied Him to Calvary, offered Him a towel on which he left the imprint of His face. […more…]

Blessed Sebastian de Aparicio & Saint Seraphin of Montegranaro Blessed Sebastian de Aparicio & Saint Seraphin of Montegranaro. Sebastian de Aparicio y del Pardo, O.F.M., was a Spanish colonist in Mexico shortly after its conquest by Spain, who after a lifetime as a rancher and road builder entered the Order of Friars Minor as a lay brother. […more…] Seraphin was gifted with reading the secrets of hearts, and with that of miracles and prophecy, b. at Montegranaro, 1540; d. at Ascoli, Oct. 12, 1604. […more…]

Saint Dominic Saint Dominic. Founder of the Order of Preachers, commonly known as the Dominican Order; b. at Calaroga, in Old Castile, c. 1170; d. August 6, 1221. […more…]

— Row 7 —

Saint Leonard of Port Maurice Saint Leonard of Port Maurice. Preacher and ascetic writer, b. Dec. 20, 1676, d. at the monastery of S. Bonaventura, Rome, Nov. 26, 1751. […more…]

Saint John of God Saint John of God. De facto founder of the Brothers Hospitallers (1495-1550). […more…]

Veil of Blessed Virgin Mary & Tunic of Saint Joseph Veil of Blessed Virgin Mary & Tunic of Saint Joseph. The name of the mother of Jesus Christ, the mother of God. […more…] Joseph was husband of the Virgin Mary, foster-father of Jesus Christ. […more…]

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, M.S.C. (July 15, 1850 – December 22, 1917), also called Mother Cabrini, was an Italian religious sister, who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic religious institute that was a major support to the Italian immigrants to the United States. She was the first naturalized citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church, on July 7, 1946. […more…]

Saint Simon Stock Saint Simon Stock. Chief privilege and entire history of the Carmelite scapular is connected to him, b. in the County of Kent, England, about 1165; d. in the Carmelite monastery at Bordeaux, France, May 16, 1265. […more…]

Saint Pope Pius V Saint Pope Pius V. Reigned 1566-1572. […more…]

Saint Paschal Baylon Saint Paschal Baylon. B. at Torre-Hermosa, in the Kingdom of Aragon, May 24, 1540, on the Feast of Pentecost, called in Spain ‘the Pasch of the Holy Ghost’, whence the name of Paschal; d. at Villa Reale, May 15, 1592, on Whitsunday. […more…]

Tunic of Saint Joseph Tunic of Saint Joseph. Joseph was husband of the Virgin Mary, foster-father of Jesus Christ. […more…]

Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. (born Francesco Possenti March 1, 1838 – February 27, 1862) was an Italian Passionist clerical student. Born to a professional family, he gave up ambitions of a secular career to enter the Passionist Congregation. […more…] (Note: Based on the reliquary I judge this the best option for Saint Gabriel but it is not the only option and so may be wrong.)

Saint Pope Pius X  Saint Pope Pius X. Reigned 1903-1914. […more…]

Saint Thomas Aquinas Saint Thomas Aquinas. Philosopher, theologian, doctor of the Church, patron of Catholic universities, colleges, and schools, b. 1225 or 1227; d. March 7, 1274. […more…]

Saint Bibiana (Viviana, Vivian, or Vibiana) Saint Bibiana (Viviana, Vivian, or Vibiana). Roman martyr (ca. fourth century). […more…]

Saint Thomas of Cori Saint Thomas of Cori. (1655-1729) born into a poor family on 4 June 1655 in the town of Cori, now in the Province of Latina but then still part of the Province of Rome, part of the Papal States. […more…] (Note: The reliquary indicated “blessed”; Thomas was made a saint in 1999.)

Saint Joseph of Cupertino Saint Joseph of Cupertino. Mystic (1603-1663). […more…]

— Row 8 —

Saint Luke the Evangelist Saint Luke the Evangelist. One of the Four Evangelists—the four authors of canonical Gospels of Jesus Christ. Luke was a native of the Hellenistic city of Antioch in Syria. […more…]

Saint Timothy & Saint Irenaeus Saint Timothy & Saint Irenaeus. Timothy was the first first-century Christian bishop of Ephesus, whom tradition relates died around the year AD 97. […more…] Irenaeus was Bishop of Lyons, Father of the Church (second century). […more…]

Saint Francis Xavier Saint Francis Xavier. Jesuit; b. in the Castle of Xavier near Sanguesa, in Navarre, April 7, 1506; d. on the Island of Sancian near the coast of China, December 2, 1552. […more…]

Saint Lucy Saint Lucy. A virgin and martyr of Syracuse in Sicily. […more…]

Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer. Second founder of the Redemptorist Congregation (1751-1821). […more…]

Saint Bernardine of Siena & Blessed Thomas of Florence Saint Bernardine of Siena & Blessed Thomas of Florence. Bernardine was a Franciscan missionary and reformer (1380-1444). […more…] Thomas was the son of a butcher of Florence, named Bellaci. […more…]

Saint Paul of the Cross Saint Paul of the Cross. B. at Ovada, Genoa, Italy, Jan. 3, 1694; d. in Rome, 18Oct., 1775. […more…]

Saint Tiburtius & Saint Celestine & Saint Christina of Bolsena Saint Tiburtius & Saint Celestine & Saint Christina of Bolsena. Tiburtius, the only son of Chromatius, was baptized through the persuasion of Sebastian, who was his godfather in baptism. […more…] Celestine could refer to Saint Pope Celestine I or Saint Pope Celestine V. Christina of Bolsena, also known as Christina of Tyre, or in the Eastern Orthodox Church as Christina the Great Martyr, is venerated as a Christian martyr of the 3rd century. […more…]

Saint Alphonsus Liguori Saint Alphonsus Liguori. Missionary, founder of Redemptorists (1696-1787). […more…]

Saint Gerard Majella Saint Gerard Majella. Italian Redemptorist, b. 1726: d. 1755. […more…]

Saint Augustine of Hippo & Saint Boniface Saint Augustine of Hippo & Saint Boniface. Augustine (13 November 354 – 28 August 430), also known as Saint Augustine or Saint Austin, was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. […more…] Boniface was known as the Apostle of Germany (d. ca. 755). […more…] (Note: Saint Augustine of Hippo is the best known but there are others by that name.)

Saint Philip Neri  Saint Philip Neri. Italian, Spanish, English, and other communities, which follow the rule of St. Philip Neri. […more…]

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Saint Agatha & Saint Emygdius Saint Agatha & Saint Emygdius. Agatha was a martyr who died during the Decian persecution (250-253). […more…] Emygdius (279 – c. 309 AD) was a Christian bishop who is venerated as a martyr. Tradition states that he was killed during the persecution of Diocletian. […more…]

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. (1568-1591). […more…]

Saint Adelaide Saint Adelaide. B. 931; d. 16 December, 999. […more…] (Note: There is a second possible Saint Adelaide but this on seems less likely.)

Saint Sebastian Saint Sebastian. According to Christian belief, Sebastian was killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians. He is commonly depicted in art and literature tied to a post or tree and shot with arrows. […more…]

Saint Perpetua & Saint Pope Sixtus I Saint Perpetua & Saint Pope Sixtus I. Perpetua was a married noblewoman, said to have been 22 years old at the time of her death, and mother of an infant she was nursing. […more…] Sixtus reigned 117-126, succeeded St. Alexander and was followed by St. Telesphorus. […more…]

Saint Benvenut Saint Benvenut. I could not find a definitive reference for this saint.

Saint Felix & Saint Crispin of Viterbo Saint Felix & Saint Crispin of Viterbo. There are many martyrs named Felix and no data on the reliquary to determine which might be represented. […more…] Crispin was Friar Minor Capuchin; b. at Viterbo in 1668; d. at Rome, May 19, 1750 […more…] (Note: The reliquary says blessed. Crispin was made a saint in 1982.)

Saint Thérèse Couderc Saint Thérèse Couderc. (1 February 1805 – 26 September 1885) was co-founder of the Sisters of the Cenacle, a Catholic religious order. […more…]

Saint Ubaldesca Saint Ubaldesca. Born in Calcinaia, near Pisa, in 1136 and joined the Order of St. John of Jerusalem at the age of fifteen. She worked for fifty-five years in the infirmary attached to the monastery at Pisa, caring for her neighbor out of love of God. […more…]

Saint Calista Saint Calista. I found no reference for this saint except one reference to an Orthodox Saint Callista.

Saint Josaphat Kuncevyc Saint Josaphat Kuncevyc. Lithuanian-born monk, Ruthenian archbishop, writer, martyr. […more…]

Saint Francis Xavier & Saint Cecilia & Saint Maurice & Saint Pope Victor I Saint Francis Xavier & Saint Cecilia & Saint Maurice & Saint Pope Victor I. Francis was a Jesuit; b. in the Castle of Xavier near Sanguesa, in Navarre, April 7, 1506; d. on the Island of Sancian near the coast of China, December 2, 1552. […more…] Cecelia was a virgin and martyr, patroness of church music, d. at Rome. […more…] Maurice was leader of the Theban Legion, massacred at Agaunum, about 287. […more…] Pope Victor reigned 189-198 or 199. […more…]

Note: One reliquary is missing from this collection (end of row 6). The reliquary for Saints Patrick, martyr and Modesta, martyr had fallen out of its holder and was upside down at the bottom of the display case making it impossible to get a photo.