In 764, at Constantinople, St. Stephen the Younger. He was born in Constantinople. He joined a monastery in Bithynia and was elected abbot. After a dozen years as abbot, at the age of forty-two, he retired to a hermitage. When he refused to endorse iconoclasm, Emperor Constantine V arrested and exiled him. Eventually he was clubbed to death.
In 1476, at Naples, St. James of the March. He was born into a large, poor family. He entered the Franciscans, studied under Bernardino of Siena (May 20) and after his ordination became a powerful preacher. He worked with James of Capistrano (October 23) as an inquisitor and after the latter’s death became papal legate to Hungary.
In 1811, in Rome, St. Joseph Pignatelli. He joined the Jesuits in his native Spain. When they were completely suppressed in 1773, Joseph lived and worked in Bologna. In the 1790s he was instrumental in restarting the Jesuits in Parma and elsewhere. Three years after his death, the Jesuits were completely restored.
In 1876, in Paris, St. Catherine Labouré. She joined the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and was sent to Paris. There she had the visions which depicted on the miraculous medal. The medal shows on one side Mary with shafts of light shining from her hands, and on the other an M with a cross above it, and below it two hearts, one with a crown, the other pierced by a sword. She lived quietly in her convent in Paris, avoiding all publicity.
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.