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.
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.