February 19 — Dositheus of Gaza; Conrad of Piacenza

Dositheus of Gaza (d. ca. 530) (aka Dosithy) was something of a pampered brat, went to Jerusalem on a whim, and was struck (figuratively) by an icon of the Last Judgment. “What must I do to avoid these torments?” he asked a nearby woman, who told him to fast, become a vegetarian, and pray continually.… Continue reading February 19 — Dositheus of Gaza; Conrad of Piacenza

February 18 — Leo the Great; Colmán of Lindisfarne

Leo the Great, Pope of Rome (391 or 400–461) (aka Leo I) was born in Tuscany (or Rome), and gained fame as a helper and diplomat while still a deacon. When Pope Sixtus III (not to be confused with the sixty-third pope, who was Pelagius II) died, Leo was unanimously elected to replace him. He… Continue reading February 18 — Leo the Great; Colmán of Lindisfarne

February 17 — Finan of Lindisfarne; Silvinus

Finan of Lindisfarne* (d. 661) is also on the Western calendar, either on today or on the ninth; it’s hard to tell. Dang calendar reforms. Finan was an Irish monk at Iona*, who waded (swam, boated, flew, or something) ashore and became the successor of Aidan (Aug 31) as bishop of Lindisfarne. (Which is also… Continue reading February 17 — Finan of Lindisfarne; Silvinus

February 16 — Romanos the New Martyr; Juliana of Nicomedia

Romanus the New Martyr (d. 1694) was illiterate and from Karpenisi, although those facts are unrelated. We’re pretty sure. On a pilgrimage to Jerusalem he learned about martyrdom, and decided that was the life (well, death) for him. He hastened to Thessaloniki, where he told the judge that Islam was risible, and called Muhammad names.… Continue reading February 16 — Romanos the New Martyr; Juliana of Nicomedia

February 15 – Onesimus of the Seventy; Sigfrid of Sweden

Onesimus of the Seventy (d. ca. 109) is proof that even a slave, if he eats all his vegetables and washes behind his ears, can grow up to be a bishop. Onesimus, the subject of St. Paul’s Epistle to Philemon, was Philemon’s slave, and had run away to Rome after stealing something from him. There… Continue reading February 15 – Onesimus of the Seventy; Sigfrid of Sweden