Today, 1 June, is the feast of ...
* Pamphilus and companions, martyrs (309) - Was described by Eusebius as
'the most illustrious martyr of his day for philosophical learning and
for every virtue'.
* Wite, or Candida (?) - All that is known of this saint is the tomb
bearing her/his name which is found in the village of Whitchurch
Canonicorum in Dorset.
* Proculus 'the soldier, and Proculus bishop of Bologna, martyrs (c. 304
& 542) - When the Benedictines at the end of the fourteenth century
built a church upon the site of the subterranean chapel of St Sixtus,
their Abbot John had the relics of the two saints moved to the new
basilica, which received the name of St Proculus, or San Proclo.
* Caprasius or Caprais (430) - Spiritual master and guide of Honoratus
* Wistan (849) - Grandson of King Wiglaf of Mercia, was assassinated for
opposing the marriage between his godfather and his widowed mother on
account of their spiritual relationship. Others allege dynastic reasons
for his assassination. For centuries after Wistan's murder, on the first
day of June on the spot where he was murdered a crop of human hair -
just like the one that had been scalped from Wistan's head - grew. It
was visible for only an hour and then would disappear.
* Simeon of Syracuse, monk (1035) - Went on pilgramages and often lived
in solitude. Lived for a time in a monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai.
At one point in his life people believed that he was a magician and they
would often attack him with stones. However, long before his death he
was venerated as a saint and a wonder-worker.
* Eneco or Inigo, abbot (1057) - Lived as a hermit in the mountains of
Aragon. He was called from his hermitage by King Sancho the Great to
reform the abbey of San Juan de Pena.
* Theobald of Alba, shoemaker (1150) - Honoured througout Piedmont as
the parton of cobblers and porters. He always gave two-thirds of his
earnings to the poor.
* Giovanni Pelingotto, Franciscan tertiary (1304) - Came from a
prosperous merchant family of Urbino. During his life he tended to the
sick and to the poor.
* Ercolano da Piegaro, Franciscan (1451) - One of the foremost preachers
of the fifteenth century.
1 June is also the feast of Justin Martyr in the reckoning of the
Eastern Orthodox Church.
Dr Carolyn Muessig
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Bristol
Bristol BS8 1TB
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