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Feb 17 – Seven Servite Founders (1233-1310) friars

Summary of Seven Founders of the Order of Servites, Religious. In 1233 these prominent businessmen from Florence (Italy) withdrew to a life of solitude, prayer, and penance. They developed into an order of mendicant friars (Servants of Mary). Noted for their radical response to the demands of the gospel.


Feb 16 – Onesimus-A special favoured servant according to St Paul

Onesimus became a Christian and, stranger still, Paul sent him back to Philemon.


Feb 15 – St Claude de la Colombière (1641-82)

Claude lived a strictly ascetical life, giving his surplus income to the sick, the poor and needy converts.


Feb 14 – St Valentine (d. 269)

Roman Emperor Claudius cancelled all marriages in Rome. But Valentine, a priest would secretly marry couples who came to him.


Feb 14 – Ss Cyril and Methodius (2) – Patrons of Europe

Summaries of Ss Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries. Cyril: A monk who was born about 826 in Thessalonica (Greece); died at Rome in 869. Methodius (his brother) : Born about 815; died in Velehrad (Czech Republic) in 885. With papal approval they preached the gospel in [...]


Feb 14 – Saints Cyril (1) (d 869) and Methodius (d. 885)

Summary of Cyril and Methodius: These were two brothers from Thessalonica in Greece who became apostles of the Slavs, translated the Scriptures and indigenised the liturgy for the Slav people. In 1980 they were named by Pope John Paul II along with St Benedict as co-patrons [...]


Feb 13 – St Modhomhnóg, Irish Saint of bees

Modhomhnoc went to study at the monastery of St David at Menevia in Wales, where he cultivated the flowers in the garden and kept the bees.


Feb 12 – St Meletius (d.381)

Meletius became bishop of Antioch when the Church was in the throes of the Arian heresy.


Feb 11 – Our Lady of Lourdes (1858)

On 11th February 1858 Our Lady first appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous. In 1992 Pope John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick to be held this date.


Feb 11 – St Gobnait (6th century)

Among the miracles of Gobnait's prayer was the stopping of a pestilence in her parish. She is also famed for her cultivation of bees at Ballyvourney, Co Cork .


Feb 10 – St Scholastica (480-543)

Scholastica, the sister of St Benedict, consecrated herself to God from her earliest years.


Feb 9 – St Miguel Febres Cordero (1854-1910)

Francisco, crippled in both legs from birth, joined the De la Salle Brothers and became a great teacher and holy man. He is Ecuador's first canonised saint.


Feb 8 – St Jerome Emiliani (1481-1537)

Jerome devoted himself at this time to service of the poor and suffering, Because of his work with abandoned children he is the patron saint of orphans.


Feb 7 – St Mel, bishop (d. 487)

Mel, a Briton, a disciple and relative of St Patrick travelled with him from Britain. It was Mel and not Patrick who "gave Brigid the veil".


Feb 6 – St Paul Miki and companions d 1597

In 1597, twenty-seven men were arrested, brought to Nagasaki, crucified, then pierced with lances on a hill near the city. One of them was , the Jesuit Paul Miki


Feb 5 – St Agatha (d. c. 250)

St Agatha is one of the best-loved saints and martyrs in Christian devotion. After she refused the advances of a suitor, she died for her virginity.


Feb 4 – St Andrew Corsini (1302-73)

Although rather wild in his youth, Andrew joined the Carmelites and became bishop of Fiesole. In later life was noted for his penance and his love of the poor.


Feb 3 – St Blaise, bishop, martyr (d. c. 316)

Blaise, is best known as the patron saint of people with sore throats. On this day in many places people gather in churches for the blessing of throats.


Feb 2 – St Théophane Vénard (1829-61)

Théophane, a French missionary, was beheaded for his faith. His letters inspired St Thérèse of Lisieux who later become patroness of the missions.


Feb 1 – St Brigid of Ireland (1)-A woman for our times: St Brigid of Ireland

Summary of St Brigid: The image here is of Brigid with lepers. It is taken from a mosaic in Armagh Cathedral. Brigid of Kildare is also patroness of those who have a care for the earth, for justice, equality and peace. 

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Feb 1 – St Brigid (2) 452-524 AD – miracle worker

"From the time I first directed my mind on God," said Brigid (Mary of the Gael',"I have never taken it away from him."


Jan 31 – St John Bosco (1815-1888)

John priest, educator and founder of the Salesian Order spent most of his life rehabilitating boys from lives of poverty and crime to become productive and virtuous men.


Jan 30 – Bl Margaret Ball (d. 1584) and Bl Francis Taylor (d. 1621)

Margaret Ball and Francis Taylor, were among a group of seventeen Irish martyrs beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1992.


Jan 30 – St Aidan (Maedhog) c 550-626AD

In 580, Aidan returned to Ireland and the coast of Wexford. Here, well known for generosity and kindness, he served in the area around Ferns.


Jan 29 – St Gildas (500-570) itinerant monk

Gildas is best known for his historical work ‘De excidio Britanniae’, (“On the Ruin of Britain”) and for a Penitential, both of which were widely used in Ireland, [...]


Jan 28 – St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274 AD)

The Council of Trent placed Thomas' Summa Theologica, his summary of theology, on the altar beside the Bible as a mark of reverence..


Jan 27 – St Angela Merici (1470-1540)

If feminism means promoting the dignity of women, Angela Merici, can certainly claim to be among the first. She founded the Ursuline community


Jan 26 – Ss Timothy and Titus (1st century AD)

Timothy and Titus were two of Paul's most loyal companions, disciples and helpers.


Jan 25 – The Conversion of St Paul (4 BC – 64 AD)

Most of what we know about Paul, the 'apostles of the Gentiles' comes from the Acts of the Apostles and from his letters.


Jan 24 – St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) bishop and doctor

Francis was an influential bishop, spiritual director, author and preacher. "To be an angel in prayer and a beast in one's relations with people is to go lame on both legs."

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