St. Tatwin

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. [The photo is of the nave of the parish church at Breedon-on-the-Hill. Breedon was formerly Briudun, where St. Tatwin was a monk.] From Catholic Encyclopedia. Archbishop of Canterbury; died 30 July 734. A Mercian by birth, he became a monk at Briudun in…

Hassocks and Pries-Dieu

The image is of a prie-dieu cushion at St. George’s (Episcopal) Cathedral, Jerusalem. Hood-doff to Fr. Steve Lambert Rice, Obl.S.B., for providing the photo. I confess to having taken these seemingly humble works of art for granted in my Episcopalian days. But I recognize in retrospect how they fostered devotion and reflection on mysteries of…

Saint Martha – 29 July

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Martha, Patron of Gregory Martha Herr, Obl.S.B.  Name-day blessings to you, Greg! [The following is adapted from what is posted here.] Though Saints Mary, Martha, and Lazarus are represented by St. John as living at Bethany, St. Luke would seem to…

Blessed Irmgard of Chiemsee

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. From Wikipedia: Blessed Irmgard of Chiemsee (German: Selige Irmgard, also Irmengard; c. 831/833 – 16 July 866), a member of the Carolingian dynasty, was the second daughter of King Louis the German and his wife Hemma. She was the first Abbess of Frauenchiemsee from…

St. David av Munktorp

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. Saint David av Munktorp From Wikipedia: Saint David of Munktorp (David av Munktorp) was an Anglo-Saxon Cluniac monk of the 11th century. David was sent as a missionary to Sweden by Saint Sigfrid of Växjö along with Saint Botvid and Saint Eskil. The…

St. Swithin

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. From the Catholic Encyclopedia: Bishop of Winchester; died 2 July, 862. Very little is known of this saint’s life, for his biographers constructed their “Lives” long after his death, and there is hardly any mention of him in contemporary documents. Swithin was one…

St. Mildred

Continuing Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s, series on monastic saints. From Regina Magazine: Saint Mildred or Mildthryth (694–716 or 733), also Mildrith, Mildryth was an Anglo-Saxon abbess. She was the daughter of King Merewalh of Magonsaete, a sub-kingdom of Mercia, and Eormenburh (Saint Eormenburga), herself the daughter of King Æthelberht of Kent, and as such appearing…

Mention from Mount Calvary

[Fr. Albert Scharbach, the pastor of Mount Calvary, Baltimore, has the following in this week’s parish newsletter. At the end, he provides a link to my revised article on monasticism and the Anglican patrimony. –Br. John-Bede Pauley, O.S.B.] SAINT BENEDICT AND THE ORDINARIATE We celebrated the feast of St. Benedict yesterday, the father of important…

St. Benedict of Nursia

St. Benedict of Nursia Continuing Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s, series on monastic saints. From Catholic Encyclopedia: Founder of western monasticism, born at Nursia, c. 480; died at Monte Cassino, 543. The only authentic life of Benedict of Nursia is that contained in the second book of St. Gregory’s “Dialogues”. It is rather a character sketch…

Blessed Eugene III

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. From Catholic Encyclopedia: Bernardo Pignatelli, born in the neighbourhood of Pisa, elected 15 Feb., 1145; d. at Tivoli, 8 July, 1153. On the very day that Pope Lucius II succumbed, either to illness or wounds, the Sacred College, foreseeing that the Roman populace…