The Flight into Egypt (year 1)- 17 February:
It was on the seventeenth of February, fifty five days after the Nativity of Jesus, when King Herod’s soldiers — sent to slaughter all little boys in Bethlehem and its neighbourhood who were two years old or under, in order to destroy a rival King, Jesus — were getting perilously near the cave at Bethlehem, where at first they little expected Our Lord to be. Saint Joseph received a message from God through an Angel, whereupon he took Our Lady and the Divine Infant and set off leaving the land of the Jews to travel to a land of the Gentiles. They took no-one with them, by way of servants or friends, as Saint Peter Chrysologus tells us.
The Town to which the Holy Family fled was called Fostat. It was three hundred miles from Bethlehem. A Church has been erected there, on the site of the house where the Holy Family lived during their exile. The little Town where the Holy Family lived in Egypt was not far from Heliopolis, a City in which — when Jesus, Mary and Joseph passed through it — statues of pagan gods crashed to the ground. Both Fostat and Heliopolis are not far from Cairo in Egypt.
Our Lady of Constantinople, Bari, Turkey (566) – 17 February:
St Alexis Falconieri OSM (Died 1310) – One of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servites.
St Antoni Leszczewicz
St Bartholomew degli Amidei – One of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servites.
St Benedict dell’Antella – One of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servites.
St Benedict of Cagliari
St Buonfiglio Monaldi – One of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servites.
St Bonosus of Trier
St Constabilis of Cava OSB (c 1070-1124) Abbot
St Donatus the Martyr
Bl Elisabetta Sanna
St Evermod of Ratzeburg
St Faustinus the Martyr
St Finan of Iona
St Fintan of Clonenagh (c 524 – 603) Abbot, “Father of the Irish Monks,” disciple of St Columba of Iona. Fintan was granted the gifts of prophecy and miracles.
St Fintan’s Life:
St Flavian of Constantinople
St Fortchern of Trim
St Gherardino Sostegni – One of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servites.
St Hugh dei Lippi-Uguccioni – One of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servites.
St John Buonagiunta Monetti – One of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servites.
St Julian of Caesarea
St Loman of Trim
Blessed Luke Belludi OFM (c 1200- c 1285) Friar of the Order of Friars Minor, companion of St Anthony of Padua on his travels, miracle-woker, founder of convents.
Bl Martí Tarrés Puigpelat
St Mesrop the Teacher
St Petrus Yu Chong-nyul
St Polychronius of Babylon
St Romulus the Martyr
St Secundian the Martyr
St Silvinus of Auchy
St Theodulus of Caesarea
Bl William Richardson