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Feb 28 – St Oswald (912-992) English monk & bishop

Summary: St Oswald was a monk, of Danish origin, lived in the 10th century and became bishop of Worcester, and later archbishop of York. 

It is about the latter that Patrick Duffy writes here.

A  monk of Danish family  

2012.02.28.

Feb 27 – St Anne Line (d. 1601)

Anne Line ran a safe house in England for priests and Mass until she was arrested, tried, convicted and hung at Tyburn in 1601AD.

2012.02.27.

Feb 26 – St Paula Montal (1799-1889)

Paula had little or no education herself and this inspired her to devote herself to work for the education of women at home and abroad.

2012.02.26.

Feb 25 – St Walburga (d. 779)

Walburga belonged to an extraordinary English family, five of whom are saints. She herself became a missionary abbesss in Germany.

2012.02.25.

Feb 24 – St Ethelbert (560-616)

King Ethelbert of Kent gave monks a house and allowed them to preach freely. Many were converted, he himself accepted baptism in 601.

2012.02.24.

Feb 22 – The Chair of Peter

The Chair of St Peter is a metaphor for the service the Pope offers as an authoritative leader of the Church.

2012.02.22.

Feb 22 – St Margaret of Cortona (1247-97) penitent

Margaret of Cortona is said to have suffered from bi-polar symptoms, that is, sometimes manic and at other times abnormally depressed states in a way that interferes with functioning. Others have described her as a second Mary Magdalene.

Patrick Duffy tells her [...]

2012.02.22.

Feb 21 – St Peter Damian (11th cent.)

St Peter, a hermit and scholar, denounced clerical sex abuse and was an influential reforming bishop and cardinal.

2012.02.21.

Feb 20 – St Robert Southwell (1561-95)

Robert was only thirty-three, "the same age as Jesus", as he told his trial judge, when he was condemned to death in England.

2012.02.20.

Feb 19 – Bl Fra Angelico (1387-1455)

Fra Angelico is probably better known as an artist than as a holy man. Pope John Paul II beatified him in 1982.

2012.02.19.

Feb 18 – St Colman (605-676)

The Venerable Bede points to the example of Colman's frugality and simplicity of living and his devotion to imparting the Word of God.

2012.02.18.

Feb 17 – St Fintan of Clonenagh (6th century) monk

St Fintan of Clonenagh (6th century) monk

Summary:  Abbot Fintan was born in Leinster, received his religious formation in Terryglass, Co. Tipperary under the abbot Colum, and was deeply influenced by his penitential practices and the severity of the Rule. Fintan made his own foundation [...]

2012.02.17.

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

Summary: 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.

2012.02.17.

Feb 17 – St Fionán (d. 661)

Fionán, abbot of Lindisfarne, was well able to manage the tensions that emerged between the Celtic and Roman ritual expressions of Christianity.

2012.02.17.

Feb 16 – Onesimus-A favoured servant to St Paul

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

2012.02.16.

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.

2012.02.15.

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.

2012.02.14.

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

Summaries: 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 [...]

2012.02.14.

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

Summary : 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 [...]

2012.02.14.

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.

2012.02.13.

Feb 12 – St Meletius (d.381)

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

2012.02.12.

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 .

2012.02.11.

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.

2012.02.11.

Feb 10 – St Scholastica (480-543)

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

2012.02.10.

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.

2012.02.09.

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.

2012.02.08.

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".

2012.02.07.

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

2012.02.06.

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.

2012.02.05.

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.

2012.02.04.
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