Daily Martyrology for September 19

About 305, in the region of Naples and Benevento, St. Januarius, bishop and martyr. Little is known of him except that he was a bishop who died for his faith. A relic of his blood is kept at Naples, and it mysteriously liquefies three days each year.

In 690, St. Theodore, bishop of Canterbury. He was born at Tarsus and educated in Athens. He was a sixty-five-year-old monk when Pope Vitalian appointed him to be bishop of Canterbury. He traveled to England with Adrian and Benet Biscop, and arrived in England in 669. He was a very effective church leader and usually managed to bring harmony to the church. He transformed a missionary church into a well-organized institution. He founded a fine school at Canterbury,

In 1591, St. Alphonsus de Orozco, an Augustinian friar who served all classes of people with equal zeal. He was an effective preacher at the royal court of Madrid. He wrote many devotional and mystical books.

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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.