Daily Martyrology for June 28

In 202, St. Irenaeus of Lyons, bishop. Irenaeus was a Greek, born in Asia Minor, where he knew St. Polycarp. He was well educated in Greek philosophy and literature and studied in Rome under St. Justin Martyr. He was a priest in Lyons during the persecution of Marcus Aurelius, and traveled to Rome to argue against the Montanist heresy, a rigorist sect which claimed special prophetic gifts. He returned to Gaul to become bishop of Lyons. He wrote a large and effective work Against the Heresies of the Gnostics.

Before the fifteenth century, on the island of Valaam, in Lake Ladoga, in Finland, Sts. Sergius and Germanus, founders of the monastery of Valaam.

In Lovere, Italy, St. Vincenza Gerosa. She was the confounder with Bartolomea Capitanio (July 26) of a congregation of Sisters of Charity. The two women met through charitable work. Their community is now known as the Sisters of the Child Mary.

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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.