February 21 — Eustathius of Antioch; Pepin of Landen

Eustathius of Antioch (ca. 270–336 or 337 or 360 or 370), a well-beloved bishop to the Antiochians of Antioch, shone at the First Ecumenical Council (also called the Council of Nicea, especially by people from Nicea), where he deftly (albeit metaphorically) cut the Arians to ribbons with his razor-sharp arguments. After the council, he refused… Continue reading February 21 — Eustathius of Antioch; Pepin of Landen

February 20 — Leo of Catania; Eucherius of Orléans

Leo of Catania, the Wonderworker (708–789), was born in Ravenna, became a Benedictine, and lived a hermit’s life in Reggio while acting as archdeacon. When the bishop of Catania shuffled off the coil, the entire populace of that town had a vision telling them to find his successor living “in odour of sanctity” in a… Continue reading February 20 — Leo of Catania; Eucherius of Orléans

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