Translation of St. Cuthbert’s Relics

In addition to the 20 March feast day of St. Cuthbert (observed in the Extraordinary Form—I believe—and the Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church and by the Church of England), 4 September celebrates the arrival of the relics of St. Cuthbert at their eventual resting place, Durham.  The 4 September date…

Holy Historiography and the Anglican Patrimony

[The photo is of Bd. John Henry Cardinal Newman in his study at the Birmingham Oratory.] How often do we think of the study of history as an aspect of our spirituality, as an ascetical practice that fosters growth in virtue? Dr. Adam DeVille has published an excellent piece on the need for “ascetic” reading…

St. Aethelwold – 1 August

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Aethelwold, Patron of Stephen Aethelwold Hilgendorf, Obl.S.B.  Name-day blessings to you, Stephen! [The following is adapted from what is posted here.] St. Aethelwold was born in Winchester, England in the early years of the tenth century.  He died 1…

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…