Daily Martyrology for February 4

In 1189, St. Gilbert of Sempringham, abbot. After studying in France, he opened a school for boys and girls. He was called to the household of the Bishop of Lincoln and ordained a priest. He helped a group of women form a community in a house next to his church, to which were added, first lay sisters and lay brothers, and then a group of canons regular. Although the beginnings of his order were troubled by conflicts, by the time of his death it had 1500 members in 13 houses in England.

In 856, St. Rabanus Maurus, abbot of Fulda and bishop of Mainz. He was educated at Fulda, and then under Alcuin at Tours. He wrote extensively on theology for monks, clergy and laity, and composed biblical commentaries.

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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.