Daily Martyrology for May 22

In Corsica, in the sixth century, St. Julia, martyr. She was put to death by Saracen raiders.

In 990, St. John of Parma, abbot. He was a contemporary and helper of St. Majolus of Cluny and abbot of the Abbey of St. John in Parma.

In 1310, St. Umiltà of Florence. She was a wife and mother, and then joined the monastery of St. Perpetua near Bologna with her husband. She became a anchoress for twelve years, before being called to found a female branch of the Vaollombrosian Benedictines.

In 1457, St. Rita of Cascia. She was born into a peasant family, who married her to a violent and unfaithful man. When he was killed in a vendetta after they had been married for 18 years, she became a nun. She cared for the sick nuns, counseled visitors, and experienced extraordinary spiritual events.

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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.