Daily Martyrology for December 15

In Asia Minor, in 956, St. Paul of Latros. He sought solitude, but disciples came and he organized a laura for them at Latros. He then retreated further into solitude, but at the urging of his monks, he finally returned to Latros.

In 1617, in Genoa, Blessed Victoria Fronari-Strata. She was born into a well-off family and married happily, but her husband died young. Victoria devoted herself to prayer, helping the poor, and raising their six children. When she was forty-two she founded a religious order, the Order of the Annunciation.

In 1651, also in Genoa, Blessed Virginia Centurione-Bracelli. From an aristocratic family, she was widowed when she was twenty. She raised her two young daughters while devoting herself to the poor. She founded schools for abandoned children and two religious institutes.

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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.