Blessed Philip Powel, Martyr

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. Taken from The Catholic Encyclopedia (1913) and from Wikipedia. Philip Powel (or Powell) was the son of Roger and Catherine Powel and was brought up to the law by David Baker, afterwards Dom Augustine Baker, O.S.B. At the age of sixteen he became…

Venerable Notker Labeo

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. Copied from Catholic.org: Monk in St. Gall and author, b. about 950; d. 1022. He was descended from a noble family and nephew of Ekkehard I, the poet of Waltharius. “Labeo” means “the thick lipped.”  Later he was named “the German” ( Teutonicus )…

St. William of Montevergine

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. St. William of Montevergine (also known as St. William of Vercelli) St. William of Vercelli (also known as William of Monte Vergine) founded the Hermits of Monte Vergine, or Williamites.  He was born in 1085 and died 25 June 1142. He was the…

St. Heiric d’Auxerre

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. Copied from Wikipedia: Heiric of Auxerre (841–876) was a French Benedictine theologian and writer. He was an oblate of the monastery of St. Germanus of Auxerre from a young age. He studied with Servatus Lupus and Haymo of Auxerre. His own students included…

St. Etheldreda

(Also known as Audrey, Æthelthryth, Æðelþryð, or Æþelðryþe) c. 636 – 23 June 679 AD Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. See the original article here. Around 640, there was an English princess named Ethelreda, but she was known as Audrey. She married once, but was widowed after three years, and…

Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More

[The image is from Our Lady of Victories, Kensington, London] From the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher were Renaissance men. Talented and energetic, they contributed to the humanist scholarship of early modern England. More wrote theological and philosophical treatises, while making a career as a lawyer and…

St. Eberhard of Salzburg

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. From Wikipedia: Eberhard was Archbishop of Salzburg, Austria. Eberhard was born to a noble family of Nuremberg, Germany, he became a Benedictine in 1125 at Pruffening, Germany. Later he was made Abbot of Biburg near Regensburg. Eberhard was later appointed Archbishop of Salzburg…

St. Alban, Protomartyr of Britain

From Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.,’s series on English saints. The Feastday of St. Alban is tomorrow, 22 June. From the Ecclesiatical History of St Bede the Venerable: Saint Alban, ‘born in fertile Britain’s land’, suffered during the reign of Diocletian and Herculian. Whilst still a pagan, he gave shelter to a Christian priest who was…

St. Romuald, Founder of the Camaldolese Benedictines

St. Romuald, Founder of the Camaldolese Benedictines, Who Interpret the Rule for a Semi-Eremitic Manner of Life. From Catholic Online. St. Romuald was born at Ravenna about the year 956. In spite of an infinite desire for virtue and sanctity, his early life was wasted in the service of the world and its pleasures. Then one day,…

Shield of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America

The image explains the symbolism on the shield of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America.  (I’m being deliberately vague about the precise terminology of this ecclesial body, since that would be a topic in its own right.) One of the references in the shield is to the role the Scottish Episcopal Church…

St. Elizabeth of Schönau

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. [It is not surprising that there has been a centuries-old reluctance to acknowledge St. Elizabeth of Schönau’s sanctity in the full canonical sense.  The Rule of St. Benedict does not measure success in terms of ecstasies, visions, and apparitions but in quietly getting…