Daily Martyrology for April 3

In 824, St. Nicetas, abbot. While he was head of the monastery of Medikon on Mount Olympus, he was summoned to Constantinople by Emperor Leo the Armenian. He first resisted, then gave in to the emperor’s iconoclasm; he recanted and was imprisoned. Released after the emperor’s death, he became a hermit, saying the scandal he had caused made him unworthy to return to his monastery.

In 1253, St. Richard of Chichester. He studied at Oxford and Paris, and became chancellor of Oxford. St. Edmund of Abingdon (November 16), archbishop of Canterbury, appointed him his diocesan chancellor. He went into exile with St. Edmund to Pontigny and was ordained there in 1243. Over the opposition of King Henry III he was appointed Bishop of Chichester. When he was finally allowed to take up his duties, he proved himself a model bishop.

In 1884, St. Aloysius Scrosoppi. Like his two brothers before him, he became a priest. From his care for poor girls there arose a group of Sisters of Providence, who are today active in Italy, Brazil and Paraguay. He joined the Oratorians at the age of 42. He was provincial of the Oratorians in 1866, when the government suppressed them. Aloysius continued to work on behalf of the Sisters of Providence.

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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.