Daily Martyrology for December 30

At Esztergom, in Hungary, in 1036, Blessed Sebastian, bishop. Sebastian became bishop in 1102, a year after St. Stephen was crowned king. The two of them worked together for the evangelization of Hungary and the organization of the church there.

In 1280, at Palestrina, Blessed Margaret Colonna. She was the daughter of a prince who died young and left her to be raised by her brothers. She did not want to marry, and devoted her short life to the poor and to establishing a Poor Clare convent.

In 1900, at Genoa, Blessed Eugenia Ravasco. When she was twenty-three she founded the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, dedicated to helping poor and abandoned girls. Their mission broadened to include care of the dying, prisoners, and those alienated from the church. They work in many countries now.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.