February 18: saint of the day, name day

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The Saint of the day February 18 is Santa Geltrude Comensoli, which name day is celebrated and other saints who are celebrated on this date.


Santa Geltrude Comensoli

Born in Bienno, in Val Camonica, on 18 January 1847 and died in Bergamo on 18 February 1903, Geltrude Comensoli, known as Caterina, had ten brothers of whom only Bartolomea, Cristina and Caterina survived.

His father Carlo was an iron forger at the local industry, his mother Anna Maria Milesi was a seamstress instead.


After receiving First Communion at six years of age, in 1867 he entered the Compagnia di Sant’Angela Merici.

On 15 December 1882 he founded, together with Francesco Spinelli, the congregation of the Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, from which the Sacramentine Sisters also originated, taking the name of Sister Geltrude.

On 1 November 1894 he started a nun's house in Castelnuovo Bocca d’Adda and Lavagna in the province of Lodi.


On February 18, 1903 she died and was proclaimed blessed by Pope John Paul II on October 1, 1989.

On February 26, 2009 she was made a saint by Pope Benedict XVI with a solemn ceremony held on April 26, 2009.

The miraculous recovery of Vasco Ricchini in 2001, a child suffering from a severe form of meningitis, was decisive for the canonization of Blessed Geltrude Comensoli.


Vasco, who lived in Agnosine in the province of Brescia, on the evening of September 29, 2001, when he was only four years old, began to have symptoms of a worrying meningeal syndrome.

Having lost consciousness, he was taken to the emergency room at night and hospitalized in the intensive care unit, where he was intubated and subjected to mechanical ventilation.

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On October 2 he also had a multi-organ failure syndrome with polysierositis and imminent danger of life, also due to the compromised brain stem.

The community of Agnosine, on the initiative of the Sacramentine Sisters who led the school attended by Vasco, mobilized, starting incessant personal and group prayers, with the launch on 3 October of a novena dedicated to Blessed Geltrude, whose image with the relics, together with that of Padre Pio, were deposited under the child's head.

On the night between 3 and 4 October there was a clear improvement in Vasco's conditions, in fact the boy opened his eyes and on 5 October he was extubated.

On 11 October he left intensive care and on 17 October 2001 he was discharged without bringing any consequences.

This case, after the diocesan process, was examined by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints who promulgated the decree on the miracle, recognizing that it was a cure that could not be explained according to science, which took place quickly and completely and lastingly.

Other saints and celebrations on February 18

  • Sant’Angilberto di Centula
  • Abbot of Saint-Riquier

  • Santa Costanza di Vercelli
  • Sant ’Elladio of Toledo
  • Bishop


  • St. Francis Regis Clet
  • Martyr in China

  • Blessed George (Jerzy) Kaszyra
  • Priest and martyr

  • Blessed Giovanni da Fiesole (called Beato Angelico or Fra Angelico)
  • Dominican

  • Blessed John Pibush
  • Priest and martyr

  • Saints John Peter Neel, Martin Wu Xuesheng, John Zhang Tianshen and John Chen Xianheng
  • Martyrs

  • Blessed William Harrington
  • Martyr


  • Saints Massimo, Claudio, Prepedigna, Alessandro and Cuzia
  • Martyrs of Ostia

  • Saints Sadoth and one hundred and twenty-eight companions
  • Martyrs

  • San Tarasio
  • Patriarch of Constantinople

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