In 311, St. Peter of Alexandria, bishop and martyr. He led the church of Alexandria through the persecution of Diocletian and was executed under Maximinus Daia.
In 1267, St. Silvester Gozzolini. He studied law for a while, then turned to theology. He became a diocesan priest, but at the age of fifty retired to live austerely at a country hermitage. He then founded at Benedictine monastery at Monte Fano. The monastery developed into a small congregation of communities that stressed poverty and were more centrally organized than most later Benedictine congregations.
In 1751, St. Leonard of Port Maurice. He joined a group of reformed Franciscans in Rome and became a preacher. He promoted the Stations of the Cross, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
In 1889, at Cassola, Blessed Gaetana Sterni. When she was fifteen she was married to a widower with three children. Her husband died before their first child was born, and the child died soon after birth. Her husband’s family demanded his three children. She entered a convent, but left to care for her younger siblings. At the age of twenty-six she went to live and work at a hospice for beggars in Bassano. There she spent thirty-six years serving the sick and destitute. With two friends, she formed the Congregation of the Daughters of Divine Will.
In 1971, in Rome, Blessed James Alberione. He was born into a farm family and entered the seminary as a teenager. He earned a doctorate in theology and worked in the seminary at Alba. He became editor of the diocesan paper and from that time on dedicated himself to the apostolate of communications. He founded the Paulines and the Daughters of St. Paul, which were dedicated to printing and selling Catholic literature, and later helped found several other congregations.
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.