February 1, 2001
volume 12, no. 32

Events throughout Church History that occurred on February 1st

  • 251 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Pionius and his fifteen companions who were burned at the stake during the persecution of Roman emperor Decius after his soldiers discovered Pionius, a priest, celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the companions and praying for the recently martyred Saint Polycarp.

  • 348 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Severus, Bishop of Ravenna who accompanied the papal legate to the Synod of Sardica in 344 after he had been chosen bishop by the people because of a white dove which kept alighting on his shoulder despite his efforts to shoo it away. The people realized it was truly a sign from the Holy Spirit. He was married before becoming a bishop and therefore allowed to remain wed. His wife and daughter died before him and on this date in 348, after having said Holy Mass retired to their grave and died next to them. He was a weaver by trade and is considered the patron saint of weavers and hatters.

  • 405 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Paul of Troix, Bishop of Trois-Chateaux. Having been born in Rheims, he was able to escape his barbarian captors and fled to Arles where he became a hermit before being selected bishop.

  • 525 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Brigid of Kildare, eccentric saint who is said to have "bridged the gap between Christian and pagan cultures." She could be considered the first charismatic saint. There are many legends of her evangelization efforts with the people and her great love of animals, beasts that could have devoured her, but, because of her gentle manner, they were tame in her presence.

  • 656 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Sigebert, king of Austrasia in eastern France who was christened by Saint Amand at Orleans and tutored by Saint Cunibert. He founded several monasteries , churches and hospitals in the region.

  • 772 A.D.
  • Election of Pope Hadrian I, 95th successor of Peter whose pontifcate would last 23 years during which he would restore the walls of Rome and the ancient aqueducts as well as build the golden statue at the tomb of St. Peter and the silver pavement in front of the altar of the Confession. He would also convene the landmark Seventh Ecumenical Council at Nicaea which would condemn Iconoclasm.

  • 1645 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Henry Morse, Jesuit priest who was martyred by hanging at the hands of the English Protestants after celebrating Mass. He, himself a convert, was responsible for the conversions of many both during his life and after his death.

February 1, 2001
volume 12, no. 32
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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