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Today’s Readings – Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

St Boniface, Bishop and Martyr (memorial)

Boniface was born at Crediton in Devon, England, in 675 and baptised with the name Wynfrith (Winfred). The name means “Friend of Peace”, possibly because his father was a Saxon and his mother a Briton, to show that the two peoples had come together.
He entered a monastery at Nursling [near Southampton] and became a monk and a priest. He had a strong desire to become a missionary abroad. Finally his abbot let him go and in 716 he set out for the land of the Frisians (in the Netherlands). Another English missionary, Willibrord from Northumbria had already preached the Gospel there for several years. But wars and the hostility of non-Christians were big obstacles for the young Wynfrith. Some months later, having failed in … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saint Charles Lwanga

Saints Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs (memorial)*In Ireland, because of the feast of St Kevin, this memorial is celebrated on June 4.

Charles Lwanga at a very early age was sent to Buddu in the south west of Uganda to be brought up by Kaddu, whom some believe to … Continue

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