Daily Martyrology for June 17

In the fourth century, St. Bessarion, a monk of the Egyptian desert, renowned for his fasting and dispossession.

In the fifth century, St. Hypatius, founder and abbot of a monastery near Chalcedon. He was a defender of orthodox Christology against Nestorianism, a heresy which undercut the unity of Christ's two natures in a single divine person.

In Pisa, about 1161, St. Rainerius, the patron of the city. He was a merchant who converted, spent time in Palestine, and finally returned to Pisa where he lived in association with several monasteries, but never took vows.

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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.