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Saint of the Day – 21 March – Saint John of Valence (Died 1146)

Saint of the Day – 21 March – Saint John of Valence (Died 1146) Bishop, Founder of the Abbey of Bonnevaux, Monk, Abbot, Apostle of the poor, Social Reformer. Born at Lyons, France and died on 21 March 1146 of natural causes. Additional Memorial – 26 April on some calendars.

The Roman Martyrology reads: “In Valence in the territory of Vienne in France, St John, Bishop, who, at first Abbot of Bonnevaux, suffered many adversities for the defence of justice and with charity took care of the peasants, the poor and the merchants ruined by debts.

Nothing is known of his early life until he became a Priest and a Canon of the Lyons Cathedral.

After a pilgrimage to Compostela, Spain John had a dream in which Christ complained: “He ought to be Mine, not as a pilgrim but as a dweller in My house.” John immediately entered Clairvaux Abbey to become a Monk under Saint Bernard. In 1117, he founded the Cistercian Abbey at Bonnevaux, became its Abbot and from which he established four daughter-houses.

In 1141 John was elected Bishop of Valence. John felt so unworthy of the position that he had to be physically carried to the Altar to be Consecrated. As Bishop, John fought zealously for his flock not just in matters spiritual but for farmers, merchants and the impoverished who were all ruined by debt during a regional financial crisis.

During his five years as the Bishop, John maintained the rigoroys life of a Monk, keeping fasts and penances. He actively alleviated the sufferings of widows, orphans and the poor and in other ways, promoted social justice.

John died on 21 March 1146 . Pope Pius X confirmed his cultus in on 3 December 1903.

Valence Cathedral

Monday of the Third Week of Lent, Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Bruges / Our Lady of Bruges, Flanders (1150) and Memorials of the Saints – 21 March

Monday of the Third Week of Lent +2022

Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Bruges / Our Lady of Bruges, Flanders (1150), where a lock of Our Lady’s hair is preserved – 21 March:

St Benedict OSB (c 480-547) Abbot, Patron of Europe and Founder of Western Monasticism.
His Feast Day was moved in 1969.

Alfonso de Rojas
St Augustine Tchao

St Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello (1791 – 1858) Wife, Religious and Foundress of the Benedictine Sisters of Providence.

St Birillus of Catania
St Christian of Cologne
St Domninus of Rome

St Enda of Aran (c 450 – c 530) Monk, Abbot of Aran “Father of Irish Monasticism” and Aran is known as “Aran of the Saints.”
About St Enda:

St Isenger of Verdun
St James the Confessor
St John of Valence (Died 1146) Bishop
Bl Lucia of Verona
St Lupicinus of Condat
Bl Mark Gjani
Bl Matthew Flathers

St Nicholas of Flue (1417-1487) Swiss Hermit and Ascetic who is the Patron Saint of Switzerland. He is sometimes invoked as Brother Klaus. A husband and father, a Mystic, a Writer, farmer, military leader, Member of the assembly, Councillor, Judge, he was respected as a man of complete moral integrity.
About St Nicholas:

St Serapion the Scolastic (Died c 354-370) Bishop of Thmuis, near Diospolis in the Nile delta of Egypt, Monk and Hermit, Confessor, brilliant Scholar of great learning, Theologian, Writer, a companion to St Anthony, the Desert and a close friend of St Athanasius and gave support to him against the heretic Arians in Egypt, for which action he was exiled.
St Serapion’s Life:

St Philemon of Rome
Bl Santuccia Terrebotti

Bl Thomas Pilcher
Bl William Pike

Martyrs of Alexandria: A large but unknown number of Catholics massacred in several Churches during Good Friday services in Alexandria, Egypt by Arian heretics during the persecutions of Constantius and Philagrio. They were Martyred on Good Friday in 342 in Alexandria, Egypt.