Daily Martyrology for January 4

In 1821, in Emmitsburg, Maryland, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born American citizen to be canonized. As a young mother with five children, she organized a society in New York City devoted to the relief of poor widows with small children. After she was herself widowed, she became a Catholic. In 1809 she founded the congregation which became known as the Daughters of Charity, which pioneered the American Catholic school system.

In 1309, Blessed Angela of Foligno, visionary and Franciscan tertiary, whose religious experiences and teaching are recounted in The Book of Divine Consolation.

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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.