Saints celebrated this week
S. Anthony of Padua – 13th June
S. Anthony of Padua was born in Lisbon in 1195. He first entered the Canons Regular of S. Augustine, but before his ordination joined the Friars Minor. He was an excellent preacher and was sent throughout Italy and France to preach against Catharist heresy. The first theologian of the Franciscan Order, he died in Padua in 1231. He is the Patron Saint of travellers, brush makers and lost things. His was also the second fastest canonisation in history, taking place 352 days after his death.
S Richard of Chichester – 16th June
Richard was born at ‘Wych’ – now Droitwich – in 1197. After studying at Oxford and Paris he became Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1235 and, a little later, Chancellor of Canterbury. In 1244 he was elected Bishop of Chichester, but on the refusal of Henry III who favoured a rival candidate, he was consecrated by Innocent IV in 1245. Richard was a man of deep spirituality and an excellent administrator of his diocese and did much to raise the standard of clerical life. He was canonised in 1262, but his shrine in Chichester Cathedral – where many cures are said to have been wrought – was destroyed on the orders of Henry VIII in 1538.
S. Romauld – 19th June
S. Romauld was born at Ravenna, to an aristocratic family, in about 950. He renounced the world and led the life of a hermit, roaming around in search of a place in which to live his life of solitude. He died about 1027 alone in his cell. Many miracles were wrought at his tomb and an altar was erected above it in 1032. In 1466 his body was found to be still incorrupt and it was translated to Fabiano in 1481.