Daily Martyrology for January 24

In Lyons, in 1622, St Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the church. He studied rhetoric, philosophy and theology in Paris for six years, then, after a brief stay with his family near Annecy, studied law in Padua. He became a priest and was assigned the task of reconverting from Calvinism a mountainous district of Savoy. He became bishop in 1602 and devoted himself tirelessly to renewal of his diocese according to the reform decrees of the Council of Trent. He was a many writer of letters, pamphlets and books. In 1604 he met a widowed mother of four, Jeanne Frances de Chantal, who became his lifelong friend and the founder of the Visitation Order. He wrote in the Introduction to the Devout Life that all Christians could serve God in holiness no matter what their state in life.

In 1874, Blessed Vincent Lewoniuk and Companions. They were murdered by Russian soldiers when they refused to turn their church over to a government-imposed Orthodox priest.

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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.