Daily Martyrology for June 7

In Eichstätt, in 786, St. Willibald. He was the son of St. Richard (February 7), nephew of St. Boniface (June 5), and brother to St. Winnibald (December 18) and St. Walburga (February 25). His father died at Lucca while he was on a pilgrimage to Rome, and Willbald went on to the Holy Land. When he returned, he spent ten years at Monte Cassino, which had recently been restored by Pope Gregory II (February 11). About 740 the pope sent Willibald to help St. Boniface in Germany. Willibald became bishop of Eichstätt and founded the double monastery at Heidenheim, where he lived while he was bishop for forty-five years.

In Ireland, in the sixth century, St. Colman of Dromore, bishop and monk. He was a disciple of St. Ailbhe of Emly (September12). He built a monastery at Dromore and was the first bishop there. St. Finnian of Moville (September 10) was his disciple.

In Antwerp, in 1626, Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew. She was a peasant girl who became the first lay sister to be professed at St. Teresa of Avila’s (October 15) reformed monastery. She was St. Teresa’s traveling companion and was with Teresa when she died. Six years later Anne was sent with a group of sisters to found a convent at Paris. There she was yielded to the urging of her fellow sisters and made profession as a nun. She became superior at several convents before she founded one in Antwerp, where she was greatly venerated.

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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.