Daily Martyrology for April 9

In 1140, at Aureil in France, St. Gaucherius, abbot. After receiving a good education, he decided to become a hermit. Gradually people flocked around him and he founded monasteries for men and women under the Rule of St. Augustine. St. Lambert of Angoulême, St. Faucherus, and St. Stephen of Muret (February 8), founder of Grandmont, were among his disciples.

In 1315, at Monte Senario, Blessed Ubald, a worldly young man, who was converted by the preaching of St Philip Benizi (August 22). He joined the Servites and became a priest.

In 1321, in India, Blessed Thomas of Tolentino, martyr. After joining the Franciscan order, he became a follower of Angelo Clareno and the Spiritual Franciscans. For that he spent some time in prison. When he was released he became a missionary to Armenia. After returning to see the pope at Avignon, he was made archbishop and departed for India and China. He was shipwrecked at Bombay, scourged, tortured and beheaded by the Muslim authorities there.

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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.