January 12, 2001
volume 12, no. 12
This Day in Church History

  • 230 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Tatiana, deaconess and martyr who died for her faith under the Roman emperor Severus.

  • 267 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Satyrus, Arabian-born martyr who died for his faith in Antioch after an idol had been destroyed when he made the sign of the cross over it.

  • 302 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Arcadius of Mauretania who offered himself in exchange for other Christians who had refused to worship Roman idols. He was brutally beaten and his legs and arms chopped off. Rather than crying out in pain he looked fondly on his severed limbs, "You are happy, my members. Now you really belong to God. You have all been sacrificed to Him" and then exclaimed to his persecutors just before he died, "Learn from my torments. Your gods are nothing. The only true God is the One for Whom I suffer and will die for. To die for Him is to live."

  • 494 A.D.
  • Death of Saint John of Ravenna, Bishop of Ravenna for 42 years who, before Pope Saint Leo the Great turned Atilla the Hun away from the gates of Rome, John had interceded with the "Scourge of God" to save the people of Ravenna.

  • 530 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Caesaria of Arles, French abbess of the Benedictine convent in Arles which was founded by her brother Saint Caesarius of Arles.

  • 560 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Victorian. This Italian-born Benedictine abbot migrated to France and then to the Pyranee region of Aragon where he founded the Monastery at Asan.

  • 591 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Probus of Verona, holy Benedictine Bishop of Verona, Italy.

  • 625 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Salvius of Amiens, bishop who was renowned for his miraculous healings and conversions and is remembered for founding the remains of Saint Firmin.

  • 690 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Biscop, Anglo-Saxon bishop who did much in evangelizing the faith in England and made numerous trips to Rome consulting with three Popes and several saints of his day. He died at Wearmouth, England on this date at around the age of 70.

  • 750 A.D.
  • Thirty-eight Irish monks are slaughtered in Iona, Ireland by pagan attackers.

  • 752 A.D.
  • Forty-two Benedictine monks are murdered at Ephesus by Iconoclast radicals retaliating against the those religious who continued to maintain icons and statues.

  • 1203 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Martin of Leon, Augustinian priest who was a prolific writer on aesthetics and theology. He died at Saint Isidore abbey in Leon, Spain.

  • 1737 A.D.
  • Death of four Jesuit missionary martyrs in in the village of Tonkin, Vietnam. Fathers Emmanuel d'Abreu, Bartholomew Alvarez, Vincent da Cunha and Blessed Joh Gaspard Cratz were all beheaded by a pagan court from a Vietnamese tribe.

  • 1777 A.D.
  • Blessed Father Junipero Serra founds the mission of Santa Clara of Assisi in northern California.

  • 1819 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Antony Mary Pucci, Servite Friar who devoted his life to parish work through his holy pastoral care for his parishioners, especially the sick and those afflicted with the plague. He worked closely with Pope Pius IX in advancing the curial office of the Propagation of the Faith and upgraded accommodations for nursing homes, especially for children. After his death many miracles at his tomb were documented and in 1962 Pope John XXIII canonized him.

January 12, 2001
volume 12, no. 12

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