St. Erconwald

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Erconwald, patron of Michael Erconwald Andrews, Obl.S.B.  Happy Anniversary! St. Erconwald, pray for Michael and for the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates. [Image: St. Erconwald instructing monks. An illuminated initial from the Chertsey Breviary.] St. Bede’s History…

St. Robert de Molesme

From Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s continuing series on monastic saints. Copied from The Compass News: Robert, the son of Thierry and Ermengarde, was born near Troyes, Champagne, France. At age 15, he entered Montier-la-Celle Abbey, near Troyes, and was named prior after finishing his novitiate. He was later appointed abbot of St. Michel-de-Tonnerre, where he…

The Ritualists in 1898

Another in a series of thoughts, sources, and reflections that elucidate the characteristics of the Anglican patrimony. Hood-doff to Corey French for bringing the attached “Ritualism in the Church of England” map to my attention.  It seems this map was produced by anti-Ritualists, i.e., intended as a warning rather than as a celebration of the…

St. Paschasius Radbertus

From Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s continuing series on monastic saints. Copied from saintsandblesseds.wordpress.com: Born in 785, Radbertus was orphaned and abandoned on the steps of St Mary’s convent in Soissons (France), where he was raised by the nuns, developing a close bond with the Abbess Theodrara (a cousin of Charlemagne). Radbertus took the Benedictine habit,…

Anglicanism’s Golden Age?

Another in a series of thoughts and reflections on trying to identify what the Anglican patrimony is and what it is not. I am a bit befuddled by an observation Fr. Calvin Lane makes in his review of volume I of the Oxford History of Anglicanism, edited by Anthony Milton. It seems that this volume…

St. Ermin of Lobbes

From Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s continuing series on monastic saints. Copied from Wikipedia: Saint Ermin of Lobbes (died 737, in Lobbes, Hainaut, Belgium) was the second abbot of Lobbes Abbey. Originally from the region of Laon, he studied at the Cathedral School of Laon (France) and was ordained as a priest by the Bishops Madalgaire….

St. Mellitus

From Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s continuing series on monastic saints. Copied from CelticSaints.org: Died at Canterbury, England, on April 24, 624. Saint Mellitus was a Roman abbot, probably of Saint Andrew’s Monastery on the Coelian Hill. He is one of the second band of monks sent by Pope Saint Gregory the Great to England in…

St. Adalbert

From Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s continuing series on monastic saints. Apostle of Bohemia; Apostle of the Prussians; Apostle of the Slavs; main Patron of Poland. St. Adalbert was born Voytech c. 956 into a noble family. He was sent to Magdeburg to be educated and took the name of his catechist when he was baptized….

St. Antoinette d’Orléans

From Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s continuing series on monastic saints. Antoinette d’Orléans Longueville was born in 1572 in the castle of Trie, near Gisors, eighth of a family of nine children.  Her mother was first cousin of Eleonor of Bourbon, Abbesse de Fontevraud, and of Antoine de Bourbon, father of Henri IV. At 16 she…

Dazzling Diversity

Father Hunwicke has posted on his blog today the following anecdote as an Easter chuckle (“risus paschalis”).  (I hope he does not mind that I attach it below in its entirety.  An excerpt would not do it justice.)  It’s good that this story falls on Easter.  The revelation of the resurrection is so brilliant that…

St. Anselm

Easter greetings from Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B., compiler of our continuing series on monastic saints—and an important monastic saint in English spirituality on this day—and from me! The image is from a mural by Brother Clement Frischauf of the Beuronese school. It is in the monastic refectory at St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville. Copied from The…

St. Wolbodo

From Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s continuing series on monastic saints. [Photo: Liege Cathedral] Copied from Wikipedia: Wolbodo probably descended from a Flemish noble family related to that of the Counts of Flanders. After being educated at the cathedral school in Utrecht, he became a canon of Utrecht Cathedral, and in 1012 scholaster there. He later…