Daily Martyrology for January 28

At the Cistercian monastery of Fossanova, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dominican priest and doctor of the church. He was born near Aquino, between Naples and Rome. He was educated at Monte Cassino for eight years, then at the University of Naples, where he became acquainted with the works of Aristotle. He joined the Dominican Order there in 1224, against the wishes of his family. He studied at Paris and Cologne under St. Albert the Great. Thomas lectured on the Bible and the Sentences of Peter Lombard, and in 1256 was appointed a master of theology. He began the Summa contra Gentiles at that time and then taught for ten years in Italy. In 1269, he returned to teach in Paris for three years. He was an exemplary religious, whose theology was nourished by his own spiritual reading and experience. He composed much of the liturgy for Corpus Christi.

In 1683, in the diocese of Quimper, in Brittany, the death of Blessed Julian Maunoir, a Jesuit who spent his life evangelizing Brittany, using teaching tools in the Breton language devised by the priest Michael le Nobletz.

In China, in 1908, St. Joseph Freinademetz. He was born in the south Tyrol, in Austria, ordained in 1875, and then joined the Divine Word Missionaries. He spent the rest of his life working as a missionary in China.

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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.