DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     June 3, 1998     vol. 9, no. 107

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME: TIME CAPSULES

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THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY

Historical Events in Church Annals for June 3:

  • 545 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Clotilda, daughter of King Chilperic of Burgundy. Royalty ran in her family as she married King Clovis, king of the Franks whom she converted to Catholicism. After Clovis' death, Clotilda raised their three sons and then retired to an active convent where she served the poor and needy before dying of old age.

  • 618 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Kevin, the seventh century hermit who founded monasteries in Ireland and traveled to Rome to bring back many precious relics for the monasteries. A close friend of Saint Kieran from Clonmacnois, St. Kevin was believed to have performed many miracles and lived to the ripe old age of 120.

  • 1098 A.D.
  • On this day Stephen of Blois and his army of crusaders reached Nicea, capturing Antioch on their way to also regaining Jerusalem and Tripoli. The quick victories would come back to haunt the Crusades for Europe came down with a bad case of overconfidence because of the ease in which they had marched through the Turks and Moslems. Over the next 200 years and eight crusades later they would realize how much they had overestimated the strength and resolve of the infidels. This lack of foresight would carry over to many of the succeeding crusades including the ill-fated so-called "Children's Crusade" where thousands of innocents were slaughtered. After two centuries of fighting the Crusades were declared a failure since the Arabs still held the Holy Land.

  • 1115 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Morand who is regarded as the patron saint of wine growers since he is said to have fasted only on grapes during Lent. He studied under Saint Hugh at Cluny and became a monk in the Cluniac monasteries, being known for his great holiness and purported miraculous healings.

  • 1121 A.D.
  • The famous French theologian Pere Peter Abelard was excommunicated for heresy on this day for his writings. Twenty years later he would return to the Church and be reconciled with Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Father Abelard retired to a monastery as a monk and died in 1142 in the good graces of the Church.


June 3, 1998       volume 9, no. 107
TIME CAPSULES

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