Saints of the Day Saints and biographies from the Catholic calendar. This site is copyright © 2020 Universalis Publishing Limited. Universalis Publishing Ltd 2020-04-07T19:00:00Z 2020-04-04T19:00:00Z 2020-04-07T14:54:48Z The Donkey
Celebrated: 5 Apr (worldwide)
When fishes flew and forests walked
 And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
 Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
 And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
 On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
 Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
 I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
 One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
 And palms before my feet.

G.K. Chesterton 2020-04-04T19:00:00Z 2020-04-07T14:54:48Z In other years: St Vincent Ferrer (1350 - 1419)
Celebrated: 5 Apr (worldwide)
He was born in Valencia and joined the Dominicans at the age of 17. In 1399, with the approval of the Pope, he set out on his mission as a preacher. For twenty years he travelled through western Europe, with thousands flocking to hear him wherever he was. From 1408 he worked mostly south of the Pyrenees. Among others, he preached to the Jews, of whom some 25,000 were converted to Christianity; and in the Kingdom of Granada he converted thousands of Moors. In 1417 he moved on to Brittany and continued his work there: he died in Vannes in Brittany on 5 April 1419. See the articles in Wikipedia and the Catholic Encyclopaedia. 2020-04-06T19:00:00Z 2020-04-07T14:54:48Z In other years: St John Baptist de la Salle (1651 - 1719)
Celebrated: 7 Apr (worldwide)
He was born in Rheims in France in 1651. He became a priest and devoted himself wholeheartedly to the education of children, founding schools for the poor. He and his colleagues formed a congregation called the Brothers of the Christian Schools, in whose cause he suffered many tribulations. He died in Rouen in 1719. See the articles in the Catholic Encyclopaedia and Wikipedia. 2020-04-06T19:00:00Z 2020-04-07T14:54:48Z St Henry Walpole (1558-1595)
Celebrated: 7 Apr (East Anglia)
Henry Walpole was born at Docking (Norfolk) in 1558, the eldest son of Christopher and Margery Walpole. He was educated at Norwich Grammar School, at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and at Gray’s Inn. He is said to have become a Catholic as a consequence of the martyrdom of Edmund Campion. In 1582 he went abroad to study, first to Reims and then to the English College, Rome. Shortly afterwards he joined the Society of Jesus. In spite of poor health he was ordained priest at Paris in 1588, served as chaplain to the Spanish army in the Netherlands, and then taught in the English seminaries of Seville and Valladolid. In 1593 he returned to England, landing at Bridlington on 6 December, but was arrested the very next day on suspicion of being a priest. He was interrogated at York, transferred to the Tower of London where he was frequently tortured. He was indicted on a charge of high treason because he was ordained abroad to minister in England; he was condemned to death. He was executed at York on 7 April 1595, by being hanged, drawn and quartered.