10 January 2019

The Saints listed below here, are those celebrated on the Roman Calendar, beneath them are those celebrated by the Celtic Church

St. Agatho
Bl. Anna of the Angels Monteagudo
St. Dermot
St. Marcian
St. Nicanor

St. Peter Urseolus
St. Petronius
St. Saethryth
St. Thomian
St. William of Bourges






The source for the list above is

CatholicSaints.Info. 2019. CatholicSaints.Info . [ONLINE] Available at: https://catholicsaints.info/. [Accessed10 January 2019].

St. Dermot of Innis-Clotran

St. Thomian of Armagh

The Celtic Saints are found at Celtic and Old English Saints – 2019 . 2019. Celtic and Old English Saints – 2019 . [ONLINE] Available at: http://celticsaints.org/2019/. [Accessed 10 January 2019]

St. Peter Orseolo
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For this post I am going to concentrate on St. Peter Orseolo, using a source from the Catholic Encyclopedia.

He was born at Rivo Alto, a Province of Udina, in 928; he died at Cuxa, 10 January, 987 (997 is less probable). 

His origin, the wealthy and noble Venetian family the orseoli, from his youth Peter led an earnest, Christian life . In service of the republic, he distinguished himself in naval battles against pirates.

In 946 he married a nobleVenetian lady, Felicitas; one of their sons, also Peter, also became Doge of Venice (991-1009).

On 11 Aug., 976, the Doge Pietro Candiano fell a victim to a conspiracy, whose members, in their anxiety to obtain possession of him, set fire to his palace, thereby destroying both palace and, the churches of San Marco, San Teodoro, and Santa Maria di Zobenigo, including about three hundred houses.

On the following day Pietro Orseolo was chosen doge in San Pietro di Castello, but it was only out of regard for his obligations towards his native land that he let himself be prevailed upon to accept the office.

The tradition recorded by Peter Damian (Vita s. Romualdi, V, in P.L., CXLIV, 960), (Paraphrased) go to –New Advent 11776a for the remainder of his story.

CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Saint Peter Urseolus. 2019. CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Saint Peter Urseolus. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11776a.htm. [Accessed 10 January 2019]

Now for one of our Celtic Saints,


Diarmaid the Just (also known as Diermit, Dhiarmuit, Dermod, Diermedus, Diermetus, Diermitius, Diermitius) was a Catholic abbot of Inis Clothrann (Inchcleraun), Lough Ree, County Longford and of Faughalstown, County Westmeath and a famous Irish confessor of the late-sixth century.

He was of princely origin as he was seventh in descent from Nath Í, King of Ireland, who died 428 and a member of the Hy-Fiachrach family from Connacht. His father was Lugna, son of Lugad, son of Finbarr, son of Fraic, son of Cathchuon, son of Aengus Becchuoun, son of Nath Íson of Fiachrae son of Eochaid Mugmedon. His mother was Dediva (also called Editua or Dedi or Deidi or Deighe or Deidiu or Deaga or Mediva), daughter of Tren, son of Dubhthach moccu Lughair, who was a Chief Ollam of Ireland and royal poet of King Lóegaire mac Néill. Dediva’s other children were Saint Senan of Laraghabrine, son of Fintan, Saint Caillin of Fenagh, son of Niata, St.Mainchín of Corann, son of Collan of Corann, Saint Felim of Kilmore son of Carill, Saint Daigh of Inniskeen son of Carill, Saint Femia daughter of Carill and Senchán Torpéist, a later Chief Ollam of Ireland. Saint Diarmaid was the youngest of Dediva’s famous children.

About the year 530, he founded the great monastery of Inchcleraun on Lough Ree, in the Diocese of Ardagh. Wishing to found an oratory far from the day-to-day distractions of civilization, he selected the isolated island associated with the memory of Queen Medbh, Inchcleraun.

Here his fame soon attracted disciples. He was a good teacher and also a distinguished writer and poet. On the island seven churches are traditionally said to have been erected, and the traces of six are still in evidence, including Teampul Diarmada, or the church of St. Diarmiad. This oratory, eight feet by seven feet, is said to have been Diarmaid’s own church. The monastic school he founded kept up its reputation for fully six centuries after his death, and the island itself was famous for pilgrimages in pre-Reformation days. An ivory statue of the saint was removed from the island during the Reformation to avoid destruction. He also founded the monastery of Caille-Fochladha, Lough Derryvaragh, Co Westmeath, where there is a holy well dedicated to him.

St. Diarmaid’s nickname was ‘Diarmaid the Just’; he is sometimes confused with an earlier St. Justus who was both baptizer and teacher of St.Kieran of Clonmacnoise. He was a friend of St. Senan, Abbot of Iniscathy and he composed metrical psalters, among which is “Cealtair Dichill”.

He died on January 10 at Inchcleraun and his feast is celebrated on that date.

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). “St. Diarmaid“. Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.