Daily Martyrology for April 7

In 1719, in France, St. John Baptist de la Salle. He studied at St. Sulpice and at Rheims, was ordained, and earned a doctorate in theology. He became involved in opening a school for poor boys in Rheims. He invited the teachers to live in his home, so he could train them properly. Before long he dedicated himself and his considerable wealth to the creation and advancement of the Brothers of Christian Schools. The educational principles he and his collaborators fashioned on the basis of their experience had a profound effect on the way young people were educated.

About 180 AD, probably in Palestine, St. Hegesippus, a pioneering church historian.

In 1241, Blessed Herman Joseph. From a poor family, he was educated by the Premonstratensian canons and joined their monastery in Steinfeld. He eventually was ordained. He had many mystical experiences.

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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.