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Jan 20 – Ss Fabian (d. 250) and Sebastian (d. 288)

Fabian, layman and pope, and Sebastian, soldier and martyr, are named together as martyrs and companions in the Litany of the Saints.


Jan 19 – St Branwalader (6th century) Cornwall,Dorset, Jersey

Branwalader, honoured in Cornwall, Dorset and Jersey, was a celtic monk of probably Welsh origin., and may have been a bishop,


Jan 18 – St Margaret of Hungary (1242-70)

Margaret, as a Dominican nun, spent many whole nights before the Blessed Sacrament and undertook many extravagant penances.


Jan 17 – St Antony of Egypt (1) 251-356 AD

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.


Jan 17 – St Anthony of Egypt, (2) Third Century)

Anthony retired into solitude to live a life of prayer and fasting and converted many back to the faith. He is called the 'Father of monasticism'.


Jan 16 – St Fursey (d. 650) abbot, missionary

Fursey (or Fursa), born in Ireland, was the ascetic leader of a group of monastic missionaries that went first to East Anglia and later to France.


Jan 15 – St Ita (d. c. 570)

Ita is the patroness of Munster, often called 'foster-mother of the saints of Ireland' and a natural organizer.


Jan 14 – St Kentigern or Mungo (d. 603)

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.


Jan 13 – St Hilary of Poitiers (315-368)

Hilary, orator, married man, bishop, monk, theologian, "the Athanasius of the West" was very much anti Arian heresy and pro the Trinity.


Jan 12 – St Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-67)

Aelred had a charism for chaste spiritual friendships. When he was abbot at Rievaulx There were over three hundred monks there.


Jan 11 – St Paulinus of Aquileia (730-802)

Paulinus was a grammarian from near Trieste who became a priest, an influential scholar at Charlemagne's court, missionary and Patriarch of Aquileia


Jan 10 – St Paul of Thebes – The first Christian hermit (230-342)

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.


Jan 9 – St Adrian of Canterbury (d. 710)

An African by birth, Adrian became a monk and an abbot in Italy, and finally supervised a flourishing school in Canterbury.


Jan 8 – St Nathalan of Tullicht near Aberdeen (died 678 AD)

Nathalan, a Scot by birth, a rich man by legend, he was a contemplative monk who earned his living by cultivating the soil.


Jan 7 – St Raymond of Peñafort (1175/80-1275)

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.


Jan 6 – The EPIPHANY of the LORD

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.


Jan 5 – St John Neumann (1811-1860) 1st US bishop to be canonised

Summary of John Neumann. Young John, called after his Bohemian compatriot St John of Nepomuk, John Neumann 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 bishop from the US


Jan 4 – St Elizabeth Ann Bayley-Seton (1774-1821)

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.


Jan 3 – St Munchin (Mainchin), c7th Century

Summary of 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 Sibtonn (Ibton) in the tidal waters


Jan 3 – St Geneviève of Paris (c.422-500)

Geneviève was proclaimed patron of French Security Forces. This was confirmed by Pope John XXIII in 1962.


Jan 5 – Saint Charles of St Andrew of Mount Argus (1821-93)

Saint Charles of Mount Argus, was renowned for his gifts of bodily and spiritual healing at Harold's Cross, Dublin.


Jan 2 – Ss Basil the Great (330-379) and Gregory Nazianzen (329-389)

Although Basil and Gregory of Nazianzen were friends, ecclesiastical politics put strains on their relationship.



In 431 the Council of Ephesus decreed that Mary is Theotokos (literally "God-bearer")


Jan 1 – St Odilo (962-1049) 5th abbot of Cluny

St Odilo of Cluny is famous for his reform of the Benedictine monastic tradition and the originator of the celebration of All Souls' Day.

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