Daily Martyrology for February 13

In 1237, in a shipwreck off the coast of Palestine, Blessed Jordan of Saxony. After studying at Paris and lecturing there on theology and perhaps mathematics as well, he joined the Dominicans. Two years later, in 1222, he succeeded St. Dominic as master general of the Dominicans. For the rest of his life he traveled extensively, promoting the spread of his order. He wrote extensively, including a series of letters to his friend Blessed Diana d’Andalo, who in Bologna founded a Dominican convent around which the first group of third order Dominicans gathered.

In 1469, Blessed Eustochium of Padua. She was the illegitimate daughter of a nun who was badly abused by her stepmother. She was educated at the convent where her mother had been a nun, and later joined it. She suffered demonic attacks or mental illness, but the abbess protected her from public outrage, and Eustochium died peacefully at the age of twenty-five.

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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.