Daily Martyrology for March 1

Around 589, St. David, bishop, patron of Wales. According to the life of St. David written around 1090, he was ordained a priest and studied for several years with the Welsh St. Paulinus. David founded twelve monasteries, and finally settled at Menevia. The community there lived a very austere life, modeled on that of the Desert Fathers. His last words are supposed to have been, “Be joyful, brothers and sisters. Keep the faith and do the little things you have heard and seen me do.”

In Ireland in the sixth century, St. Senan, abbot, who founded several monasteries, most notably on Scattery Island in the estuary of the Shannon.

In 1670, in the Benedictine convent of St. Jerome in Bassano, Blessed Giovanna (Jane) Maria Bonomo, abbess. She was a mystic and stigmatic. As novice-mistress and later abbess she had a gift for discernment. Although she met with great opposition within and without her community, she proved to be an exemplary abbess.

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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.