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Saint Januarius

Also known as Gennaro

Memorial 19 September 16 December

Profile Fourth century bishop of Benevento, Italy during Diocletian's persecution. Arrested while visiting imprisoned deacons, and later martyred with them. His blood was preserved, and dried. Since at least 1389, on his feast day, and on the Satuday before the first Sunday in May, the blood liquefies.

Born Benevento or Naples, Italy (records vary)

Died martyred c.304 at Naples or Pozzuoli (sources vary) first thrown to wild beasts when the animals would not attack him, he was beheaded Patronage against volcanic eruptions blood banks Naples, Italy

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