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August 31
Saints Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus
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On this day in 1864, Father Emmeran Bliemel, O.S.B., a monk of the Archabbey and priest trained at Saint Vincent Seminary became the first Catholic chaplain to be killed in action in the United States. He was decapitated by a cannon ball as he knelt to say a prayer for a mortally wounded soldier during the battle of Jonesboro, Georgia.