Saturday, May 15, 2004

The Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer
is today. There is information on him here. Prayers for all farmers would be appropriate. St. Isidore is also notable in that he was canonized at the same ceremony as some saints who are more well-known: St.Ignatius Loyola, S.J., Priest and Founder, St. Francis Xavier, S.J., Priest, St. Teresa of Avila, O.C.D, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, and, of course, St. Philip Neri, C.O., Priest and Founder..
It is also the feast of St. Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr and her friend St. Gerebernus, Priest and Martyr, so prayers for the mentally ill and those who care for them would be welcome as well. Finally,it is the feast of St. Pachomius, Abbot, one of the earliest monastics.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Romans at the time said that they canonised 4 Spaniards and a saint!

There's also a Newman connection to St. Isidore the Farmer. The church of St.Isidore the Farmer in Rome is run by the Irish Franciscans, and as Deacon (or perhaps Subdeacon) Newman preached his first sermon as a Catholic there. He was invited to preach at the funeral of a young Englishwoman (I don't recall her name) who died on her wedding day in Rome and whose funeral monument protrays her in her bridal gown. Newman's own correspondence reports the sermon not to have been a success.

- A Roman Seminarian

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