Calendar of the Saints

June 2017

  • June 01

    52

    Justin

    Born around AD 100, St. Justin (also known sometimes as Justin Martyr) was a philosopher who converted to Christianity around AD 135. After his conversion, he turned his philosophical mind toward defending some of the "mysteries" of Christianity like baptism and the Eucharist. What made Justin different is that he made a special effort to explain Christianity to Pagans and Jews, rather than other Christians. This earned him renown as a defender of Christianity. - read more
  • June 05

    46

    Boniface

    Boniface (ca. 675-754) was born in England and educated at the Benedictine monastery in Exeter. He was a monk devoted to teaching, yet felt called to take the good news of Jesus to Germany, where earlier missionaries had little success. - read more
  • June 09

    48

    Columba

    Columba (521-297) was born in Donegal, Ireland to a royal clan. He received a monastic education, became an abbot, and founded monasteries at Derry, Durrow, and Kells. - read more
  • June 11

    139

    Barnabas

    Barnabas was "a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith" (Acts 11:24a). Although he was not one of the original twelve apostles, he was an integral part of Christianity's early growth. Barnabas, a Levite from Cyprus, was an early convert who sold a field and donated the proceeds to the apostles. They called him Barnabas because it meant "son of encouragement." He introduced Paul to the other leaders after Paul's conversion. - read more
  • June 13

    7

    Anthony of Padua

    Anthony of Padua was born in Portugal in 1195, but his life's work was in Italy. - read more
  • June 15

    50

    Evelyn Underhill

    Evelyn Underhill was born in 1875 and died in 1941. English lay theologian and writer, Evelyn Underhill awakened the spiritual hearts of her contemporaries and -- without realizing it -- pioneered a path for women in ministry. - read more
  • June 18

    49

    Ephrem

    Ephrem of Syria was born about 306 in Nisibis, Syria, and was baptized Christian in 324. After he was ordained a deacon he was the leader at a cathedral school. When the Persians captured Nisibis in 363, Ephrem and thousands of other refugees fled. He lived an acetic life as a monk in a cave, praying, fasting, and studying holy scripture. - read more
  • June 22

    45

    Thomas More

    Thomas More was born in 1478 and died in 1535). He was an English lawyer, philosopher, and author. After meeting Erasmus, More entered the humanist movement, which championed the equality of classes and castigated rulers who worked for selfish interests rather than the good of the people. - read more
  • June 23

    53

    Mary of Oignies

    Mary of Oignies was born to a wealthy Belgian family in 1167. Although she wished to become a nun her parents made her marry at the age of fourteen. Her husband was impressed with her piety and honored her wish for chastity. Together, they opened their home as a hospital for lepers, nursed the sick, and gave away most of their fortune. - read more
  • June 28

    51

    Irenaeus

    Irenaeus was lived approximately 130-200. He was bishop of Lyons. Growing up in Smyrna under Polycarp, Irenaeus studied in Rome in the school of Justin Martyr (ca. 100 - ca. 165). Sometime after 164 he moved to Lyons, where he was ordained a presbyter. - read more
  • June 29

    8

    Paul

    Saul was born in Tarsus (Asia Minor). He was a Roman citizen, educated in both Jewish and Greek traditions. He called himself a Pharisee and was a persecutor of the early church. About A.D. 35 Saul underwent a dramatic conversion where the resurrected Jesus spoke to him on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-20). The man who had been present at the stoning of Stephen was suddenly himself baptized as Paul, and after he proved his faithfulness to the disciples, became the premier missionary of the first century. - read more
  • June 29

    9

    Peter

    Peter was a simple fisherman in Galilee when Jesus said, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people" (Matthew 4:19). He walked close by Jesus' side throughout Christ's ministry and was a leader among the disciples. - read more
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