In the first century, St. Mark, evangelist. He has been venerated as a martyr especially at Alexandria, Venice and Reichenau.
In 1218, at the Benedictine abbey of St. Syrus in Piacenza, St. Franca Visalta of Piacenza. She was placed in the monastery as a child oblate. When she was elected abbess, the nuns had her deposed because she was too strict. She found refuge in a Cistercian abbey, where she became abbess also.
In 1667, in Guatemala City, St. Peter of St. Joseph Betancur. Born in the Canary Islands, he decided to go to South America to help the poor people there. He stayed for the rest of his life. Around him a group of like-minded individuals gathered, who evolved into the Bethlehemite Congregation. He is credited with starting the procession held on Christmas Eve known as posadas, which means “lodgings".
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.