Daily Martyrology for September 15

The memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows.

In 178, St. Valerian, one of the martyrs of Lyons and Vienne.

About 687, at Jumièges, St. Aichardus, abbot. He was educated at a monastery school at Poitiers, refused to live at court, and became a monk.

In 1510, St. Catherine of Genoa. She was born into a prominent family and received a good education. Her family forced her into a political marriage before she was 16. She was beautiful and intense; her husband, Giuliano, was undisciplined and unfaithful. Ten years into the marriage, her husband had a conversion, and the couple went to live and work in a hospital. She worked tirelessly to help those in need. She was also a mystic whose thoughts are contained in two works, a treatise on purgatory and a Dialogue between the soul and the body.

In 1929, Blessed Anton Schwartz. He received his early education at the Cistercian abbey of Heiligenkreuz and with the Benedictines at the Schottenstift in Vienna. After his ordination, he worked with poor apprentices and workers and championed their cause even before the publication of Rerum novarum. He founded an order dedicated to helping the working poor.

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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.