January 19, 2001
volume 12, no. 19
This Day in Church History

  • 156 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Germanicus, martyr from Smyrna who was tossed to the lions in the amphitheater as sport for the Romans.

  • 413 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Bassian, Bishop of Lodi, Italy and close confidant of Saint Ambrose.

  • 593 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Lomer, priest, hermit and founder of the Benedictine monastery of Corbion outside of Chartres, France.

  • 678 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Nathalan, Bishop of Aberdeen and founder of several churches throughout Scotland, especially in and around Aberdeen.

  • 772 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Remigius, son of Charles Martel. Remigius was the Archbishop of Rouen who promoted the Latin rite and chant throughout Gaul to the Franks.

  • 973 A.D.
  • Election of Pope Benedict VI as 134th successor of Peter. This Roman born pontiff's rule would only be six months as the Antigerman faction would break loose after the death of Otto I and the insurgents would besiege Castel Sant'Angelo, imprisoning Benedict and looking the other way when his killers entered the prison. He would play a large role in the Hungarian peoples' conversion to Christianity.

  • 1040 A.D.
  • Birth of Saint Canute who would go on to become King of Denmark and be martyred for his faith along with seventeen other faithful subjects. He would be stabbed to death at the foot of the altar after Holy Mass by his jealous brother.

  • 1095 A.D.
  • Birth of Saint Wulfstan, Anglo-Saxon bishop of Worcester, England who would defend the faith against Norman invasion and end Bristol's slave trade.

  • 1156 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Henry of Finland, Bishop of Uppsala, Sweden. He was martyred by an angry convert who would not adhere to the penance Henry had imposed in the confessional. He is considered the patron saint of Finland.

  • 1700 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, foundress of the Religious Order of the Sisters of Notre Dame, a teaching order that would prosper throughout North America. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1982.

January 19, 2001
volume 12, no. 19

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