St. Patrick Catholic Church
Saint of the Day
 

March 28



Castor and Dorotheus MM (RM)
Date unknown. Castor and Dorotheus were martyred in one of the early persecutions at Tarsus in Cilicia (Benedictines).


Conon of Nesi, Abbot (AC)
Died 1236. A Basilian monk and abbot of the Greek monastery of Nesi in Sicily, Saint Conon was revered for his holiness demonstrated by the working of miracles (Attwater2, Benedictines).


Gundelindis of Niedermünster, OSB V (AC)
(also known as Guendelindis)

Died c. 750. Saint Gundelindis, daughter of the duke of Alsace and niece of Saint Ottilia, succeeded her aunt as abbess in the convent of Niedermünster (Benedictines).


Guntramnus, King (RM)
(also known as Contran, Gontran, Gontram, Gunthrammus)

Died March 28, 592. Saint Guntramnus, son of King Clotaire and Saint Clothildis, was crowned king of Orléans and Burgundy in 561, while his brothers Charibert reigned in Paris and Sigebert at Metz. In general, his life was that of a peacemaker. He protected his nephews against the wickedness of the dowager queens, Sigebert's Brunehault and Chilperic's Fredegonde.

But he had a period of intemperance. He divorced his wife, Mercatrude, and hastily ordered the execution of his physician. He was overcome with remorse and lamented these sins for the rest of his life, both for himself and for his nation. In atonement, he fasted, prayed, wept, and offered himself to the God he had offended.

Throughout the balance of his prosperous reign he gave examples of how the maxims of the Gospel could be rendered into effective policy. He was the protector of the oppressed, care-giver to the sick, and the tender parent to his subjects. He was open-handed with his wealth, especially in times of plague and famine. He strictly and justly enforced the law without respect to person, yet was ever ready to forgive offenses against himself, including two attempted assassins.

Guntramnus munificently built and endowed many churches and monasteries. Saint Gregory of Tours relates many miracles performed by the king, both before and after his death, some of which he witnessed himself. At the time of his death, Guntramnus had reigned for 31 years. Almost immediately he was proclaimed a saint by his subjects. He was buried in the church of Saint Marcellus, which he had founded. The Huguenots, who scattered his ashes in the 16th century, left only his skull untouched in their fury. It is now kept there in a silver case (Attwater2, Benedictines, Husenbeth)

In art, Saint Guntramnus is depicted as a king finding treasure and giving it to the poor. Sometimes there may be three treasure chests before him, a globe, and cross on one (Roeder).


Hesychius, Priest
Died 434. Saint Hesychius was a priest and a famous exegete of Jerusalem (Encyclopedia).


Kortyla B
Died after 830. Saint Kortyla was one of the ten or twelve Irish bishops of Verden (D'Arcy).


Priscus, Malchus & Alexander MM (RM)
Died 260. This trio of martyrs was thrown to the wild beasts during the public games at Caesarea, Palestine, under Valerian. During the height of the persecution they had secretly reproached themselves for their cowardice in hiding. Unable to suppress the emotions they felt, they said to one another, "While the secure gate of heaven is open, shall we shut it against ourselves? Shall we be so faint-hearted as not to suffer for the name of Christ, who died for us? Our brethren invite us by their example: their blood is a loud voice, which presses us to tread in their steps. Shall we be deaf to a cry calling us to the combat, and to a glorious victory?" Full of the Holy Spirit, they returned to Caesarea and presented themselves to the governor as Christians. Some were struck with admiration at this act of courage, but it incite the judge. They were tried, tortured, and exposed to wild beasts in the arena. (Benedictines).


Rogatus, Successus & Comp. MM (RM)
Date unknown. A band of 18 martyrs put to death in proconsular Africa (Benedictines).


Spes of Campi, Abbot (RM)
Died c. 513. Though totally blind for forty years, Saint Spes, abbot of Campi in central Italy, regained his eyesight 15 days before his death (Attwater2, Benedictines).


Tutilo of Saint-Gall, OSB (AC)
Died at Saint-Gall, Switzerland, c. 915. The handsome, eloquent, quick-witted Saint Tutilo was a giant in strength and stature and a friend of Saint Notker Balbulus, with whom he received musical training from Moengal. Tutilo, a monk of Saint-Gall, may have been Tuathal, a younger member of the party of the Irish Bishop Marcus and his nephew who stopped at the abbey on their return from Rome. Tutilo was a painter, musician and composer of music for harp and other strings, poet, orator, architect, metal worker, mechanic, head of the cloister school, and sculptor, but he is best known for his obedience, recollection, and aversion to publicity. Some of his paintings can be found in Constance, Metz, Saint-Gall, and Mainz. The chapel in which he was buried, dedicated to Saint Catherine, was later renamed for him (Attwater2, Benedictines, D'Arcy, Encyclopedia, Fitzpatrick2).



About Saints of the Day
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