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Saint Prisca VM
(Regional Memorial)
January 18



Archelais, Thecla & Susanna VV MM (AC)
Died 293. Three Christian maidens of Romagna who fled to Nola in the Campagna to escape persecution. Nevertheless, they were charged with their faith, tortured, and beheaded in Salerno (Benedictines).


Blessed Beatrix II of Este (AC)
Died 1262; cultus confirmed in 1774. There are two beatae named Beatrix of Este. This one is the niece of the first whose feast is celebrated on May 10. Beatrix II lost her husband (or possibly her financÚ) at an early age and thereafter founded the Benedictine convent of Saint Antony at Ferrara, Italy, in the face of much opposition (Attwater2, Benedictines).


Blessed Christina Ciccarelli, OSA V (AC)
(also known as Christina of Aquila)

Born in Lucco, Abruzzi, Italy, in 1481; died in Aquila, Italy, 1543; cultus confirmed 1841. Blessed Christina, prioress of the Augustinian hermits at Aquila, was known for her extraordinary humility and love of the poor (Attwater2, Benedictines).


Day (Dye), Abbot (RM)
Date unknown. A Cornish church is dedicated to Saint Day, otherwise, nothing is known. He may possibly be identical to Abbot Saint Deicola below (Benedictines).


Deicolus, Abbot (RM)
(also known as Deel, Deicola, Deicuil, Delle, Desle, Dichul, Dicuil)

Born in Leinster, Ireland, c. 530; died in Lure (diocese of Besanšon), France, c. 625. Deicolus, the elder brother of Saint Gall, was one of the 12 disciples of Saint Columbanus who accompanied him to France in 576 and helped to found the great abbey of Luxeuil. Deicolus worked with Columbanus in Austrasia and Burgundy. Though life was not easy, Deicolus was known for the peace and joy that radiated from his soul and could be seen on his face. Columbanus once asked him, "Why are you always smiling?" He simply answered, "Because no one can take God from me."

When Columbanus was expelled by Thierry in 610, Deicolus succumbed to fatigue just a few miles from Luxeuil. Columbanus blessed the monk who was unable to accompany him into exile because of his age. Deicolus wandered a bit in the forest region. When he became thirsty with no water in sight, he knelt down in prayer. Miraculously, a spring gushed forth under his walking sticke. He settled where the water arose at Lure (Lutra) in the Vosges.

But the spring is not the only miracle attributed to Deicolus. The pastor of the nearby chapel of Saint Martin objected to the saint coming there each night to pray. He was troubled by the stranger for whom "doors opened without keys." Soon, however, a community gathered around the ancient monk. King Clothaire provided funds for the monastery he founded on the site. There Deicolus retired to live as a hermit until his death.

His lonely mountain cell was the beginning of the city of Lure in northeastern France. The abbots of Lure were made princes of the Holy Roman Empire more than 1,000 years later. Deicolus's cultus is still strong around Lure, where even at the end of the 19th century children's clothes were washed in the spring because it was reputed to cure childhood illnesses. Deicolus teaches us that joyful souls delight the Lord and others (Attwater2, Benedictines, Coulson, D'Arcy, Daniel-Rops, Delaney, Dubois, Encyclopedia, Gougaud, McCarthy, Montague, Tommasini, Walsh).

Saint Deicolus is pictured as a hermit. A wild boar hunted by King Clothair takes refuge at his feet. Sometimes there is a ray of light on him (Roeder).


Diarmis, Abbot (AC)
(also known as Diermit, Dermot)

6th century. Saint Diarmis was the spiritual director and teacher of Saint Kieran of Clonmacnois and later abbot-founder of a monastery on Innis-Clotran Island (Benedictines).


Faustina and Liberata VV (AC)
Born in Como, Italy; died 580. Saint Faustina and Liberata were sisters who together founded the convent of Santa Margarita in Como and who both died the same year. Their relics repose in Como Cathedral (Benedictines).


Fazzio of Verona (AC)
(also known as Fatius, Fazius, Facius)

Born in Verona, Italy, 1190; died 1272. Saint Fazzio was a goldsmith who founded a charitable society in Cremona called the Order of the Holy Spirit. He made several pilgrimages on foot to Rome and to Compostella (Spain) (Benedictines).


Leobard of Tours, Hermit (RM)
(also known as Liberd)

Died 593. Saint Leobard was an anchorite in a cell near Marmoutier in Tours, France, where he lived for 22 years under the spiritual direction of Saint Gregory of Tours (Benedictines).


Moseus and Ammonius MM (RM)
Died 250. Former soldiers, this pair suffered forced labor in the mines before being burned alive at Astas (Asracus) in Bithynia (Benedictines).


Paul & 36 Christian Soldiers MM (RM)
Dates unknown. A band of 36 other Christian noblemen decided to evangelize Egypt. They divided themselves in four groups headed by Paul, Recombus, Theonas, and Papias to go to each corner of the country. They labored zealously to extend the kingdom of Christ-- planting the faith, instructing the docile, and purifying the souls of penitents who confessed their sins. But, as is generally the case in this world, most people preferred the darkness rather than light. The evangelists suffered many types of injuries before they were apprehended and put in irons. The governor had them brought before him and attempted to compel them to sacrifice. Answering in the name of his fellows, Paul said that it was better for them to die than to sacrifice. The judge condemned them all to death: those who went to the east and south, to be burned; those from the north, to be beheaded; and those from the west to be crucified. But he was affrighted and surprised beyond expression to see with what joy and courage this brave army marched out, and bowed their heads to death. They suffered on January 18, but the year is not mentioned in their acts (Gill, Husenbeth).


Prisca of Rome VM (RM)
(also known as Priscilla)

Died 1st century or c. 270 (?). Saint Prisca seems to have had a very early cultus in Rome, who has not been satisfactorily identified. From the 9th century, the martyr buried on the Aventine was identified with the Priscilla, wife of Aquila, of the Acts of the Apostles.

But according to her acta, which were not written until the 10th century, Prisca was a 13-year-old girl who was exposed in the amphitheatre and, to the amazement of all, the fierce lion was loosed upon her, licked her feet. She was therefore returned to prison and beheaded. An eagle watched over her body until it was buried in the catacomb of Priscilla, where a church has been dedicated as titulus Aquilae et Priscae on the Aventine hill since at least the 4th century. Her existence has lately been subject to scrutiny; she may be identical to Saint Tatiana and/or Saint Martina (Attwater, Attwater2, Benedictines, Coulson, Delaney, Encyclopedia, Farmer, Gill, Tabor).

Saint Prisca is pictured as an early Christian maiden martyr with a lion (or two lions), sword, and eagle near her (Farmer, Roeder, Tabor). The tamed lion signified a conquered paganism, in addition to an element in the story (Appleton). She is venerated in Rome, where her relics remain on the Aventine (Roeder) and on the calendars of 16 English monasteries (Farmer).


Ulfrid M (AC)
(also known as Wolfred, Wilfrid, Wulfrid)

Born in England; died 1029. Saint Ulfrid, like Saint Sigfrid, was an Englishman of great learning and virtue, who quit his homeland to preach the Gospel in Germany and Sweden during the reign of the pious Olav II, the first king of Sweden. His mission was effective until he was martyred for destroying a tree (or statue) dedicated to the Norse god Thor with an axe. He was lynched by the crowd who had gathered to see him destroyed by the angry gods, and his body was thrown into the marsh (Attwater2, Benedictines, Farmer, Husenbeth).


Volusian of Tours BM (RM)
Died in Toulouse, France, 496. Saint Volusian was a senator of Tours, France, who suffered the trials of a very bad-tempered wife. He was chosen as bishop of Tours and shortly thereafter driven from his see by the Arian Visigoths. The temper of the bishop's wife was so evil that Bishop Ruricius of Limoges advised Volusian to fear her more than the Goths. He died in exile--perhaps a martyr's death (Attwater2, Benedictines, Coulson).



About Saints of the Day
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