St. Senan

St. SenanFrom catholic.org

Feastday: March 8

Saint Senan was born of Christian parents at Munster, Ireland. He was a soldier for a time and then became a monk under Abbot Cassidus, who sent him to Abbot St. Natalis at Kilmanagh in Ossory.

Saint Senan became known for his holiness and miracles and attracted great crowds to his sermons. He made a journey to Rome, meeting St. David on the way back. He built several churches and monasteries, and then settled on Scattery Island, where he built a monastery that soon became famous.

He died at Killeochailli on the way back from a visit to St. Cassidus monastery. His feast day is March 8.


St. Jeremy

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.

Blessed Jordan

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.

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.

St. Brigid of Ireland

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.

St. Paula

St. ApolloFeastday: January 26

Patron of widows
347 – 404

Saint Paula was born in Rome of a noble family on May 5, 347. She married Toxotius, and the couple had five children – Toxotius, Blesilla, Paulina, Eustochium, and Rufina. They were regarded as an ideal married couple. After the death of her husband in 379, she renounced the world, lived in the greatest austerity, and devoted herself to helping the poor.

She met St. Jerome in 382 through St. Epiphanius and Paulinus of Antioch and was closely associated with Jerome in his work while he was in Rome. The death of her daughter Blesilla in 384 left her heartbroken, and in 385 she left Rome with Eustochium, traveled to the Holy Land with Jerome, and a year later settled in Bethlehem under his spiritual direction.

She and Eustochium built a hospice, a monastery, and a convent, which Paula governed. She became Jerome’s closest confidante and assistant, taking care of him and helping him in his biblical work, build numerous churches, which were to cause her financial difficulties in her old age, and died at Bethlehem on January 26.

She is the patroness of widows. Her feast day is January 26.

St. Apollo

St. ApolloFeastday: January 25

Died: 395

From catholic.org
Saint Apollo was an Egyptian hermit, founder, and miracle worker. He was born in Egypt and spent forty years in the desert region around Thebes.

He then established a community of monks in Hermopol, Egypt, ultimately numbering five hundred, and became their abbot.

Saint Apollo was eighty years old when he made this foundation. He was noted for his miracles.