Daily Martyrology for January 19

At Worcester, in 1095, St. Wulfstan, bishop and monk. He was a young priest when he joined the small cathedral priory at Worcester. He became bishop in 1062, and abolished the slave trade in Bristol. He was a humble, self-disciplined and generous man and a zealous pastor.

About 390, in Egypt, St. Macarius the Elder, who was a revered elder at the monastic settlement of Skete. Many of his sayings are preserved in collections of the Sayings of the Desert Fathers.

In 1906, Blessed Marcellus Spinola y Maestre, bishop successively of Coria, Málaga and Seville. He was a champion of social justice, one of the first to take to heart the teaching of Rerum novarum, the first of the papal encyclicals on social justice and the rights of workers.

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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.