Daily Martyrology for January 22

At Zaragoza, in 304 under the Emperor Diocletian, St. Vincent, deacon and martyr, who died of multiple wounds inflicted upon him. In art, he is depicted with a gridiron, a dalmatic and a raven, which is said to have kept birds of prey from his body.

At Rome, in 1850, St. Vincent Pallotti. He was educated in Rome, and after ordination became a professor for ten years, and then devoted himself to pastoral work. He established a “Pious Union of the Catholic Apostolate", which included clergy and laity, men and women. Out of this movement arose the Pallottine Orders for men and women. He was closely associated with the work of the Oratorians in England. He was a prophetic witness to the apostolic mission of the laity.

In 1850, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, a priest, who after ministering in secret during the French Revolution, took refuge at Zaragoza, the location of the shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar. He returned to France in 1800 with a deep devotion to Mary, and promoted a very successful lay sodality of Mary in Bordeaux. Later he founded orders for both men and women.

In 1931, in Vienna, Blessed Ladislaus Battyany-Strattmann. From a wealthy noble family, he studied agriculture and medicine at the University of Vienna. He married and he and his wife, who were daily communicants, had thirteen children. He became a specialist in ophthalmology, and when he inherited a castle, he turned a wing of it into a free eye clinic.

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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.