Daily Martyrology for March 27

At Salzburg, about 718, St. Rupert, bishop. He did missionary work in what is today Austria, choosing the ruined Roman town of Juvavum as his headquarters and naming it Salzburg, after its salt mines. He built a church and a monastery dedicated to St. Peter, and the monastery of Nonnberg for women. The monasteries followed the Rule of St. Benedict, and Rupert was both abbot and bishop.

At Turin, in 1888, Blessed Francis Faa di Bruno. He entered the army, then studied in Paris. Victor Emmanuel II asked him to tutor his sons. When that appointment was quashed by secularist officials because of Francis’ devout Catholicism, he returned to Paris and earned a doctorate in mathematics. He became a professor at the University of Turin. He devoted his life to scholarship and charitable causes on behalf of the poor. He was ordained at the age of 51, but continued as a professor.

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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.