Saints of the Day Saints and biographies from the Catholic calendar. This site is copyright © 2018 Universalis Publishing Limited. Universalis Publishing Ltd 2018-03-21T14:33:23Z 2018-03-17T19:00:00Z 2018-03-21T14:33:23Z In other years: St Cyril of Jerusalem (315 - 386)
Celebrated: 18 Mar (worldwide)
He was born in 315 of Christian parents and succeeded Maximus as bishop of Jerusalem in 348. He was active in the Arian controversy and was exiled more than once as a result. His pastoral zeal is especially shown in his Catecheses, in which he expounded orthodox doctrine, holy Scripture and the traditions of the faith. They are still read today, and some of the Second Readings of the Office of Readings are taken from them. He died in 386. He is held in high esteem by both the Catholics and the Orthodox, and he was declared a Doctor of the Church by the Pope in 1883. See the articles in the Catholic Encyclopaedia and Wikipedia. 2018-03-17T19:00:00Z 2018-03-21T14:33:23Z St Edward the Martyr (962 - 978)
Celebrated: 18 Mar (Hallam)
23 Jun (Plymouth)

He was the eldest son of King Edgar of the English, and on Edgar’s death in 975 the kingship was contested, with some supporting Edward’s claim and others supporting his much younger half-brother Æthelred (known to history as ‘Ethelred the Unready’). Edward was chosen as king and was crowned by his main clerical supporters, Archbishops Dunstan and Oswald of Worcester.
The great nobles of the kingdom quarrelled, and civil war almost broke out. The nobles took advantage of Edward’s weakness to dispossess the Benedictine reformed monasteries of lands and other properties which King Edgar had granted to them. Edward was murdered at Corfe Castle on 18 March 978 in circumstances which are not altogether clear.
His body was reburied with great ceremony at Shaftesbury Abbey early in 980. In 1001 his remains were moved to a more prominent place in the abbey, probably with the blessing of his half-brother King Æthelred. Edward was already reckoned a saint by this time. 2018-03-18T19:00:00Z 2018-03-21T14:33:23Z St Joseph
Celebrated: 19 Mar (worldwide)
Nothing is known of St Joseph except what is said of him in the Gospels. He was a carpenter; he accepted the will of God; and he supported Mary and brought up Jesus. From the human character of his son we can see that he was a good and responsible father. He is widely venerated as a patron of artisans who honourably do good work with the gifts God has given them, and of workers in general. To those who exercise the role of an adoptive parent, whether formally or informally, whether over one child or as the support of a whole family, he is a source of inspiration. See the articles in the Catholic Encyclopaedia and Wikipedia. 2018-03-20T19:00:00Z 2018-03-21T14:33:23Z Saint Enda (- 530)
Celebrated: 21 Mar (Ireland)
He founded a monastery on the pagan island of Aran Mor in Galway Bay, which remained a centre for sanctity and learning for the next 300 years. See the article in the Catholic Encyclopaedia.