Daily Martyrology for May 21

In England, in 1170, St. Godric of Finchale. He was born of an Anglo-Saxon peasant family and became first a peddler, then a maritime trader. He made pilgrimages to Rome, Jerusalem and Compostela. After much soul-searching he became a hermit at Finchale. He became associated with the Benedictine Priory at Durham, but was also esteemed by the Cistercians. He wrote hymns. He died at a very advanced age, nursed by monks from Durham, after spending 60 years at Finchale.

In 1861, Blessed Charles de Mazenod, bishop. He became a diocesan priest and then bishop of Marseilles. He founded the Oblates of Mary Immaculate who played a prominent role in the growth of the Catholic Church in Canada and the United States.

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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.