Daily Martyrology for October 21

In 371, in Cyprus, St. Hilarion. He spent some time with St Antony (January 17) in Egypt, then lived as a hermit in his native Palestine. When too many people came to visit and live with him, he took up a wandering life, and moved successively to Egypt, Dalmatia and Cyprus. St. Jerome (September 30) wrote his life a few years after Hilarion died.

About 635, St. Fintan. He founded a monastery at Taghmon in Wexford. He was a staunch upholder of Celtic church customs.

In 1450, in Sicily, Blessed Matthew of Agrigento. He was born in Spain. As a young man he became an Observant Franciscan and a companion of St. Bernardino of Siena (May 20). He preached widely in his native Sicily and promoted devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. He also founded Observant Franciscan Houses in Spain, where he had strong support from King Alfonso V of Aragon.

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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.