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Saint of the Day – 7 July – St Pantænus, Father of the Church (Died c 216)

Saint of the Day – 7 July – St Pantænus, Father of the Church (Died c 216) Theologian, Philosopher, Teacher, Confessor and Defender of the Faith, Writer and interpreter of the Bible, the Trinity, and Christology, pantaenus snip.JPG

This learned father and apostolic man, flourished in the second century.   He was by birth a Sicilian, by profession a Stoic philosopher.   His esteem for virtue led him into an acquaintance with the Christians and being charmed with the innocence and sanctity of their conversation, he opened his eyes to the truth.   He studied the Holy Scriptures under the disciples of the apostles and his thirst after sacred learning, brought him to Alexandria, in Egypt, where the disciples of St Mark had instituted a school of the Christian doctrine.

Pantænus sought not to display his talents in that great mart of literature and commerce but this great progress in sacred learning, was after some time discovered and he was drawn out of that obscurity, in which his humility sought to bury itself.   Being placed at the head of the Christian school some time before the year 179, by his learning and excellent manner of teaching, he raised its reputation above all the schools of the philosophers and the lessons which he taught and which were gathered from the flowers of the prophets and apostles, conveyed light and knowledge into the minds of all his hearers.  This school was the earliest catechetical school and became influential in the development of Christian theology.   A famous pupil was St Clement of Alexandria.Saint_Pantaenus

The Indians who traded at Alexandria entreated him to pay their country a visit, whereupon he forsook his school and went to preach the Gospel to the Eastern nations. St Pantænus found some seeds of the faith already sown in the Indies and a book of the Gospel of St Matthew in Hebrew, which St Bartholomew had carried thither.   He brought it back with him to Alexandria, where he returned, after he had zealously employed some years in instructing the Indians in the faith.

St Pantænus continued to teach in private, till about the year 216, when he closed a noble and excellent life by a happy death.

Although no writings by Pantaenus are extant, his legacy is known by the influence of the Catechetical School on the development of Christian theology, in particular in the early debates on the interpretation of the Bible, the Trinity, and Christology.    He was the main supporter of St Serapion, Bishop of Antioch (191–211) for acting against the influence of pantaenus.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 7 July

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

St Alexander
St Angelelmus of Auxerre
St Antonino Fantosati
St Apollonius of Brescia
Bl Pope Benedict XI
Bl Bodard of Poitiers
St Bonitus of Monte Cassino
St Carissima of Rauzeille
St Eoaldus of Vienne
St Ethelburga of Faremoutier
Bl Francisco Polvorinos Gómez
St Hedda of Wessex
Bl Joseph Juge de Saint-Martin
Bl Juan Antonio Pérez Mayo
Bl Juan Pedro del Cotillo Fernández
Bl Justo González Lorente
St Maelruan
Bl Manuel Gutiérrez Martín
St Marcus Ji Tianxiang
Bl María del Consuelo Ramiñán Carracedo
Bl Maria Romero Meneses FMA (1902-1977)

Bl Marie-Gabrielle-Françoise-Suzanne de Gaillard de Lavaldène
St Medran
St Merryn
Bl Oddino Barrotti
St Odo of Urgell
St Odran
St Palladius of Ireland
St Pantaenus of Alexandria
St Pantænus, Father of the Church (Died c 216)
Bl Pascual Aláez Medina
Bl Peter To Rot (1912-1945) Martyr
About Bl Peter:

St Prosper of Aquitaine
St Syrus of Genoa
St They
St Willibald of Eichstatt

Martyrs of Durres – 7 saints: Also known as – Martyrs of Dyrrachium/ Martyrs of Durazzo. A group of seven Italian Christians who fled Italy to escape the persecutions of emperor Hadrian. Arrived in Dyrrachium, Macedonia to find Saint Astius tied to a cross, covered in honey, laid in the sun and left to be tortured by biting and stinging insects. When they expressed sympathy for Astius, they were accused of being Christians, arrested, chained, weighted down, taken off shore and drowned. We know little more about each of them than their names – Germaus, Hesychius, Lucian, Papius, Peregrinus, Pompeius and Saturninus. T hey were born in Italy and were martyred at sea c117 off the coast of Dyrrachium (Durazzo), Macedonia (modern Durres, Albania).