Daily Martyrology for February 9

St. Apollonia, an elderly deaconess of the church of Alexandria, who was burned to death around 249 AD. Before she was burned, all her teeth were knocked out, so she became the patron of dentists and sufferers from toothache.

At Regensburg about 1080, Blessed Marianus Scotus, a Irish pilgrim who became a Benedictine monk in Regensburg. He began the monastery of Weih-Sankt-Peter on the edge of the city. He was a noted copyist and wrote books and poetry of his own. Disciples were drawn to him from Ireland, and after his death they founded the monastery of St. James in 1111. It became the head of a congregation of eight Irish Benedictine communities in German lands.

In Spain, in 1910, St. Miguel Febres Cordero, a Christian Brother, who was a brilliant educator in his native Ecuador, and spent his life in service to others.

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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.