Daily Martyrology for June 6

At Magdeburg, in 1134, St. Norbert, bishop and founder of the Premonstratensian Order. Born into a noble family, he underwent a radical conversion when he was thrown from his horse. He was ordained, gave away his possessions, and with papal permission, became a traveling preacher. He founded a very austere monastery for Canons Regular at Premontré in 1121, which became the head of a large order. He was made bishop of Magdeburg in 1126.

In the first century, St. Philip the Deacon. In art he is usually shown baptizing the eunuch of the Queen of Ethiopia.

In 1840, St. Marcellin Champagnat. While he was in the seminary, he and some of his fellow seminarians conceived the plan to found religious orders of priests, sisters and brothers dedicated to Mary. During the next twenty-five years Fr. Champagnat worked toward that end and was the founder of the Marist Brothers.

Tomorrow is the name day of our confrere Fr. Norbert Novak. He is recommended to our prayers.

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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.