The deacon Vincent's fearless manner so angered the governor that he was tortured and killed at Valencia. He was the earliest of the Spanish martyrs.
Antony lived at first in total solitude but later allowed a monastic community to be formed around him. He was famous for his insights into the spiritual life.
Kentigern's (or Mungo's) chief association is with Strathclyde and the city of Glasgow, where the cathedral popularly known as St Mungo's commemorates him as the city's first bishop.
Paul is traditionally regarded as the first Christian hermit and is called Paul of Thebes from the Theban desert in Egypt. He is associated with St Antony.
Raymond's gift was as an organiser and codifier. He is the patron saint of canon lawyers. He was also influential in the evangelisation of Muslims and Jews.
In the magi, representatives of the neighbouring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation.
St John Neumann. Young John, called after his Bohemian compatriot St John of Nepomuk, sailed as a deacon to New York, where he was ordained a priest. Four years later, he joined the Redemptorists. He subsequently became the fourth bishop of Philadelphia. In 1977 he became the first [...]
Elizabeth Ann Bayley-Seton was the first native-born American to be canonised a saint. After her conversion to Catholicism she became a religious sister and did great work as an educator and social worker.
St Munchin, Bishop, Abbot. Munchin is the patron saint of the diocese of Limerick. He is known only from Dalcassian genealogies and seems to have been born in Dal Cais, where a parish and old graveyard Cell Mainchin (Kilmanaheen) existed. In the seventh century he was granted Inis [...]