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Feastday: February 16

From catholic.org
Elias and four companions, Daniel, Isaias, Jeremy, and Samuel were Egyptians who visited Christians condemned to work in the mines of Cilicia during Maximus’s persecution, to comfort them. Apprehended at the gates of Caesarea, Palestine, they were brought before the governor Firmilian, and accused of being Christians. They were all tortured and then beheaded.

When Porphyry, a servant of St. Pamphilus, demanded that the bodies be buried, he was tortured and then burned to death when it was found that he was a Christian. Seleucus witnessed his death and applauded his constancy in the face of this terrible death; whereupon he was arrested by the soldiers involved in the execution, brought before the governor, and was beheaded at Firmilian’s order. Feast day is February 16.

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St JordanFeastday: February 15

Died: 1237

Saint Jordan also known as Gordanus or Giordanus was born in Saxon. He received his bachelor of divinity degree at Paris. He met St. Dominic there and in 1220, became a Dominican.

He was elected prior provincial of Lombardy the next year, and in 1222, on the death of Dominic, was elected second master general of the Dominicans. He expanded the Order, establishing many new foundations in Germany and Switzerland. He sent missionaries to Denmark, and frequently preached at universities to young students.

He was on his way to the Holy Land in 1237 when his ship was wrecked on the coast of Syria and all aboard perished. He is the author of a life of St. Dominic that is one of the main sources of information about the founder of the Dominicans.

His feast day is February 15th.

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Feastday: February 2

Died: 619

Very little is known about him. St. Lawrence was the Archbishop of Canterbury, England, sent there by Pope St. Gregory I the Great.

A Benedictine, St. Lawrence accompanied St. Augustine to Canterbury in 597 and succeeded him as archbishop in 604. When the Britons lapsed into pagan customs, he planned to return to France, but in a dream he was rebuked by St. Peter for abandoning his flock. H

e remained in his see and converted the local ruler King Edbald to the faith.

He died in Canterbury on February 2.

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St. Brigid of IrelandFeastday: February 1

From catholic.org

Saint Brigid was born in Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick, with whom she developed a close friendship.

According to legend, her father was Dubhthach, an Irish chieftain of Lienster, and her mother, Brocca, was a slave at his court. Even as a young girl she evinced an interest for a religious life and took the veil in her youth from St. Macaille at Croghan and probably was professed by St. Mel of Armagh, who is believed to have conferred abbatial authority on her.

She settled with seven of her virgins at the foot of Croghan Hill for a time and about the year 468, followed Mel to Meath. About the year 470 she founded a double monastery at Cill-Dara (Kildare) and was Abbess of the convent, the first in Ireland.

The foundation developed into a center of learning and spirituality, and around it grew up the Cathedral city of Kildare. She founded a school of art at Kildare and its illuminated manuscripts became famous, notably the Book of Kildare, which was praised as one of the finest of all illuminated Irish manuscripts before its disappearance three centuries ago.

She died at Kildare on February 1. She is buried with St. Columba and St. Patrick, with whom she is the patron of Ireland. Her feast day is February 1.

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