January 30, 2001
volume 12, no. 30

Events throughout Church History that occurred on January 30th

  • 180 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Agrippinus, ninth successor of Saint Mark as bishop of Alexandria, Egypt. Whether he was martyred or died a natural death is not documented.

  • 228 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Martina of Rome. Orphaned at an early age, she remained a virgin all her life. Though tempted and forced to give up her virginity to a Roman courter, she steadfastly refused. The spurned suitor became incensed and betrayed her by turning her into the Roman Emperor Alexander Severus who had her beheaded and thrown to the lions in the colisseum.

  • 311 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Savina of Milan, a virgin who tended to the imprisoned Christians and following through with burial of their bodies after they had been martyred. She was killed herself by Diocletian's soldiers while praying at the grave of Saint Felix.

  • 684 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Aldegund, who is the patron saint of breast cancer patients since she also died of this disease. She founded the abbey of Maubeuge in France and became its first abbess.

  • 680 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Bathildis, Saxon queen who married King Clovis and was privileged to have Saint Eligius to give her spiritual direction. Her early upbringing prompted her to lower taxation on the poor so the families could also raise families. She also ruled that no Christians or French citizen could be sold into slavery. Many believe she was the first crusader toward abolishing slavery. When Clovis died she gave up the castle in favor of life as a Benedictine nun where she lived out her life as a simple, humble religious at Chelles Abbey outside of Paris.

  • 1640 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Hyacinth Mariscotti, who strayed often but, in sickness, rediscovered the Church and her vocation as a Franciscan Tertiary. Learning from her mistakes she became an excellent novice mistress because she was able to relate with the temptations the novices were experiencing.

January 30, 2001
volume 12, no. 30
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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