Daily Martyrology for July 2

At Winchester, in 862, St. Swithin, bishop and advisor to Aethelwulf, King of Wessex. Swithin was an exemplary bishop who was known for his humility and charity to the poor.

In 1139, St. Otto, bishop of Bamberg. He sought to mediate between the Pope and the German emperors during the investiture conflict. He founded a number of monasteries and organized the evangelization of Pomerania.

On 1616, St. Bernardino Realino. He trained in both medicine and law, but then entered the Society of Jesus. He was ordained in 1567 and served his order in many capacities. He was particularly dedicated to ministering to prisoners and slaves.

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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.