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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

This Summary is taken from a mosaic in Armagh Cathedral. Brigid of Kildare, patroness of those who have a care for the earth, for justice, equality and peace. 

Brigidine Sister Rita Minehan profiles St Brigid here as a model for contemplative prayer.


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

St 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."


Jan 23 – St Ildephonsus of Toledo (607-670 AD)

Ildephonsus of Toledo, abbot and archbishop reflects the growth of Christianity in Toledo, Spain, at the beginning of the 7th century.


Jan 22 – St Vincent Pallotti (1795-1850)

Vincent Pallotti was a bubbly personality who endeared himself to the people of Rome inspiring others to become active apostles for Christ.


Jan 22 – St Vincent of Saragossa (d. 304) Deacon,Martyr

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.


Jan 21 – St Agnes (d. 305) martyr

Agnes aged 13, chose Christ as her spouse, refused to worship the Roman Gods, was denounced and condemned to death.


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 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 17 – St Anthony 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 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.

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