February 1

St. Brigid of Ireland

Brigid was born daughter to a chieftain and a slave woman, and brought up by a druid. Her life was marked by miracles from an early age which impressed the king of Leinster, who granted her her freedom…

St Ignatius of Antioch

St. Ignatius of Antioch

A disciple of John the Baptist, Ignatius was appointed by St. Peter as the second bishop of Antioch, Syria at 17 years old. In 57 AD, Emperor Trajan personally condemned him to martyrdom in the colosseum of Rome…

February 3

St Ansgar of Scandinavia

St. Ansgar of Scandinavia

He was born to a noble family near Amiens, France. As a Benedictine monk, he went to Denmark and Sweden as a missionary. He was nominated abbot of New Corbie, the first Archbishop of Hamburg…

February 3

St Blaise

St. Blaise of Turkey

Born to rich nobility, he became a bishop in Armenia. He retired during the reign of Diocletian, and hid away as a hermit in the forests of Argeus. His peace and solitude attracted the local animals…

February 5

St Agatha of Sicily

St. Agatha of Sicily

Agatha was born rich and noble, and still consecrated her virginity and self to Christ from a young age. Enraged that she refused his advances, a prefect organized for her to be sent to a brothel…

February 6

St Dorothea of Caesaria

St. Dorothea of Caesarea

Little is known of this consecrated virgin in Caesarea, Cappadocia, except that she was captured, tortured and executed during Emperor Diocletian’s persecution. …

February 9

St. Maroun of Syria

St. Maroun of Syria

The Father of the Maronite Church, Maroun was deeply monastic with emphasis on the spiritual and ascetic aspects of life. He cultivated a wide following of disciples, and earned the love and repect of St. John Chrysostom…

February 10

St. Scholastica

St. Scholastica of Nursia

One of twins born in 480 AD, she remained close in soul and education to her brother, Benedict. She chose to spend her life in contemplation with her community in Plombariola, the first ‘Benedictine’ convent. …

February 14

St Valentine of Rome

St. Valentine of Rome

In a time when marriage was outlawed by imperial decree, a bishop named Valentine was imprisoned for assisting martyrs during the Christian persecution, and encouraging marriages…

February 19

Conrad of Piacenza

St. Conrad of Piacenza

Born into a northern Italian noble family, he married Euphrosyne – also a noble. During one of his hunting trips, a servant’s fire accidentally flared up and burned fields and villages…

February 25

St. Caesarius of Nazianzus

St. Caesarius Nazianzus

A young and competent medical physician, Caesarius was the younger brother of Gregory of Nazianzus, and served various emperors in Constantinople, including Julian the Apostate. …

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