Daily Martyrology for February 26

In Gaza, in 421, St. Porphyry, bishop. Porphyry left his native Thessalonika to become a monk in the Egyptian desert monastery of Skete. Then he spent time as a hermit along the Jordan River. He became crippled, so he went to Jerusalem. When his friend Mark sold off Porphyry’s estates and brought him the money to distribute to the poor, Porphyry was healed. He was ordained a priest, and was then pressured to become bishop of Gaza. During his years as bishop, he struggled against stubborn pagans and was renowned for his generosity to the poor.

At Tyburn, in 1607, the martyrdom of Blessed Robert Drury, priest. He was ordained at the English College in Valladolid and went to England as a missionary. He was housed in the home of St. Anne Line (February 27) until he was arrested, condemned, hanged, drawn and quartered.

In 1889, at Barcelona, St. Paula Montal Fornés. While teaching catechism when she was a teenager, she discovered a gift for teaching. Working with Piarist Fathers, she established schools and an order, The Sisters of Pious Schools, dedicated to the education of young women.

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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.