January 16, 2001
volume 12, no. 16
This Day in Church History

  • 98 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Priscilla, who is best known as providing quarters for Saint Peter to set up headquarters for the early Church in her home along the Via Salaria. In effect, her home was the first seat of Peter.

  • 309 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint Marcellus I, 30th successor of Peter. His pontificate began on May 27th, 308 after the throne had been vacant for four years. Because of this He had to deal with the difficult problem of pardoning those who had adjured during the persecutions. He decreed that a Council could not be held without the authorization of the Pope.

  • 429 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Honoratius of Arles, Archbishop of Arles in France and founder of numerous monasteries, most prominently on the Isle of Lerins.

  • 430 A.D.
  • Death of Saint James of Tarentaise, first bishop of Tarentaise who is considered the "Apostle of Savoy." He was a disciple of Saint Honoratus.

  • 453 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Valerius, a hermit saint who was chosen Bishop of Sorrento on the scenic bluffs overlooking the Mediterranean in southern Italy.

  • 648 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Fursa of Perrone, an early Irish monk and founder of numerous monasteries throughout the emerald isle. Also known as St. Fursey.

  • 656 A.D.
  • Saint Ultan, brother of Saint Foillan, sadly recovers the body of his brother, also known as Saint Feuillan, and two of the latter's his companions outside Seneffe in what is today Belgium. St. Foillan and his martyred companions had been beheaded on All Hallow's Eve at Le Roeulx near Seneffe. St. Ultan, also known as Saint Ultain, found Foillan's head still in pretty good condition considering the amount of time he had been decapitated. He brought the remains back to Nivelles and later the body of St Foillan was tranfered to Fosses-la-Ville while the bodies of his companion marytrs remained presumably in Nivelles. St. Foillan and St. Ultan had another brother saint as well, Saint Fursei, who founded monasteries in Galway and France. He preceded his brothers in crossing the channel to France and he died prior to his other brothers.

  • 1127 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Henry of Coquet, Danish saint who fled to the Coquet Island to escape marriage so he could devote his life to God as a hermit.

  • 1220 A.D.
  • Martyrdom of the first Franciscan martyrs dispatched by Saint Francis of Assisi to the preach the faith to the Moors in Morocco. Franciscan missionaries Accursio, Adjutus, Berard, Otto and Peter were murdered by the sultan after being beaten to a pulp by the pagan saladin.

  • 1259 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed Gonzalez of Amarante, a holy Portuguese Dominican, also known as Gonsalvo,who prophesied his death. He is said to have received many messages from the Blessed Virgin Mary and there have been miraculous accounts after his death where people have mysteriously seen him.

  • 1581 A.D.
  • Queen Elizabeth I instructs English parliament to pass laws against Catholicism which in retaliation for Pope Saint Pius V's excommunication of the English queen. Her actions caused a wider chasm between England and Holy Mother Church.

January 16, 2001
volume 12, no. 16

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