February 17, 2001
volume 12, no. 48

Events throughout Church History that occurred on February 17th

  • 308 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Theodulus and Saint Julian, Caesarean Christians in Palestine who were crucified after being discovered visiting prisons where many Christians had been incarcerated.

  • 500 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Habet-Deus, Bishop of Luna in the Tuscany region of Italy who was met martyrdom at the hands of the Arian Vandals.

  • 661 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Finan, an Irish monk who was a missionary in Southern England and is known for converting numerous Saxon monarchs.

  • 1310 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Alessio Falconieri, one of the founders of the Seven Servites whose feast is normally observed on this date.

  • 1826 A.D.
  • The Missionary Order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, founded by the Bishop of Marseilles Saint Eugene de Mazenod receives Papal approval of the Order by Pope Leo XII. Within a short time it would become one of the fastest growing religious orders of priests with today numbering over 5,000 worldwide. He was beatified by Pope Paul VI on Mission Sunday in 1975 and canonized by Pope John Paul II on December 3, 1995 and his feast day set for May 21st in the Church Liturgy. Saint Eugene was much like Saint Francis of Assisi in that he was born wealthy but gave it all up to minister to the poor and downtrodden and bring the Gospel to all God's children.

February 17, 2001
volume 12, no. 48
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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