At Paris, in 576, St. Germanus. He lived a quasi-monastic life for about fifteen years, then was ordained. He was made abbot of St. Symphronien in Autun, then bishop of Paris. He took care of the poor, worked for peace, and promoted the veneration of the saints. He was buried at Saint-Germain-des-Pres.
In 812, at Gellone, St. William. William was the son of the count of Toulouse, and served at Charlemagne’s court. He led successful campaigns against the Moors, and was appointed duke of Aquitaine. He founded monasteries for men and women at Gellone, with the help of Benedict of Aniane. Later he abandoned his weapons at the church of St. Julian at Brioude and entered his monastery at Gellone.
In 1117, St. Gizur of Iceland. He was the grandson of Gizur the White, one of the first Icelandic rulers to embrace Christianity.
In 1541, in London, Blessed Margaret Pole. When Henry VIII became king, she was a widow with five children. He made her a countess and governess of Princess Mary. When she disapproved of his marriage to Anne Boleyn. she was excluded from court. Later, the government tried unsuccessfully to implicate her in a plot against Henry. She was kept in the Tower, and finally beheaded at the age of seventy.
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.