Daily Martyrology for May 6

In Numidia, in North Africa, in 259, during the persecution of Valerian, Saints Marian, a reader, and James, a deacon, martyrs. When taken prisoner, they confessed their faith and were tortured on the rack and imprisoned. In prison they experienced various visions, which were shared with the Christian community. They and some companions were executed by the sword.

At Lindisfarne, in 698, St. Edbert, bishop. He was the successor to St. Cuthbert, and like Cuthbert used to spend times in solitude on an island. He was buried with St. Cuthbert, and his bones were moved to Durham with Cuthbert’s.

In 1708, Blessed Francois Montmorency-Laval, first bishop of Quebec. He came from a noble family, was ordained, and was a zealous priest. He was appointed vicar apostolic of Tongking, in Vietnam, but was unable to take up that post. He was then made vicar apostolic of New France. He spent thirty years in tireless ministry, founding parishes, defending the First People, and opposing Gallicanism. He founded a seminary in Quebec, and in his old age, retired to it, dying there at the age of 85.

In 1887, Blessed Mary-Catherine Trioiani, founder of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Cairo.

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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.