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Dabius (Davius) July 22
? A priest from Ireland who preached in Scotland, where churches are dedicated to him.

Dafrosa (Affrosa) Jan 4
? Dafrosa, the mother of St Bibiana, was martyred in Rome under Julian the Apostate.

Dagobert II Dec 23
+ 679. The King of Austrasia in the east of France, he was exiled to a monastery in 656, recalled in 675 and martyred by the tyrant Ebroin

Daig Maccairill (Dagaeus, Daganus) Aug 18
+ 586. A disciple of St Finian, he founded a monastery at Inis Cain Dega (Iniskeen) in Ireland. He was both abbot and bishop.

Dallan Forgaill (of Cluain Dallain) Jan 29
+ 598. A relative of St Aidan of Ferns, he was born in Connaught in Ireland. He was martyred at Inis-coel by pirates.

Dalmatius Nov 13
+ 580. Bishop of Rodez in France from 524 to 580. He suffered greatly at the hands of the Arian King Amalric.

Dalmatius Dec 5
+ 304. Born in Monza of pagan parents he became a Christian and preached in France and Italy until he became Bishop of Pavia. He was martyred under Maximian Herculeus a year later.

Damasus Nov 13
+ 384. Born in Spain, he served as deacon in the Spanish church of St Laurence in Rome. He became Pope of Rome in 366, opposed Arianism and Apollinarianism, developed the liturgy and restored many churches and tombs of the martyrs.

Damhnade June 13
? A holy virgin in Ireland who was greatly venerated in Cavan in Fermanagh.

Damian Feb 12
? A martyr in Rome whose relics were found in the catacombs of St Callistus and sent to Salamanca in Spain.

Damian Apr 12
+ 710. Bishop of Pavia in Lombardy in Italy, he vigorously opposed Monothelitism.

Daniel Jan 3
+ 168. A deacon who helped St Prosdocimus, the first Bishop of Padua in Italy. He was martyred in 168.

Daniel Apr 29
9th cent. Born in Asia Minor, he became a hermit and was martyred in Spain.

Darerca March 22
? 5th cent. The sister of St Patrick of Ireland. Her name means constant and firm love. She is reputed to have had fifteen sons, some ten of whom became bishops.

Darlugdach (Dardulacha, Derlugdach) Feb 1
+ c 524. Successor of St Brigid as second Abbess of Kildare in Ireland.

Dathus (Datus) July 3
+ 190. Bishop of Ravenna in Italy. His election was due to the miraculous appearance of a dove hovering over his head.

Datius Jan 14
+ 552. Bishop of Milan in Italy. His diocese was overrun by Arian Ostrogoths and he had to flee to Constantinople where he spent the rest of his life.

Datius, Reatrus (Restius) and Companions, and Datius (Dativus), Julian, Vincent and 27 Companions Jan 27
c. 500? Two groups of martyrs in North Africa; the second group suffered under the Arian Vandals.

David March 1
+ c 600. Born in south Wales, he founded a monastery in Mynyw (Menevia) in the far west and is honoured as the first bishop of what is now called St Davids. The monks lived a very ascetic life and their monastery became a seedbed of saints. He attended the Council of Brefi in c 545. The foundation of a dozen monasteries and many miracles are attributed to him. His relics survive and are enshrined in the Cathedral and he is the patron-saint of Wales.

Davinus June 3
+ 1051. Born in Annenia, he went on a pilgrimage to Rome and Compostella. On his way he stopped in Lucca, where he reposed and was venerated as a saint.

Declan July 24
5th cent. A disciple of St Colman who became bishop in the area of Ardmore in Ireland.

Decorosus Feb 15
+ 695. For thirty years Bishop of Capua in Italy.

Decuman (Dagan) Aug 27
+ 706. Born in Wales, he lived as a hermit at what is now St Decumans in Somerset in England, where he was martyred.

Deicola (Deicolus, Desle, Dichul, Deel, Delle, Deille) Jan 18
+ c 625. A monk at Bangor in Ireland, he followed St Columbanus to Burgundy in France, where he helped found the monastery of Luxeuil. Later he founded a second monastery in Lure in the Vosges.

Deicola (Dicul) April 18
Late 7th cent. Born in Ireland, he preached Christ in England in Norfolk and in Sussex. Dickleburgh in Norfolk may be named after him.

Deifer March 7
6th cent. Founder of Bodfari in Clwyd in Wales.

Deiniol (Daniel) Sept 11
+ 584. First Bishop of Bangor in Wales, where the Cathedral is dedicated to him.

Delphinus Dec 24
+ 404. Bishop of Bordeaux in France. He is helped convert St Paulinus of Nola and was an untiring opponent of Priscillianism.

Demetria June 21
+ 363. A virgin-martyr in Rome, sister of St Bibiana and daughter of Sts Flavian and Dafrosa.

Demetrius and Honorius Nov 21
? Martyrs in Ostia in Italy.

Demetrius, Honoratus and Florus Dec 22
? Martyrs in Ostia in Italy.

Denis, Rusticus and Eleutherius Oct 9
+ c 250. According to St Gregory of Tours, Denis, or Dionysius, was born in Italy and sent with five other bishops to Gaul: he became the first Bishop of Paris. He and his two companions were beheaded under Decius and the monastery of St Denis was built over their tomb.

Dentlin (Dentelin, Denain) March 16
7th cent. The son of St Vincent Madelgarus and St Waldetrudis. He was only seven years old when he reposed, confessing the Faith.

Deochar (Theutger or Gottlieb) June 7
+ 847. A hermit in Franconia in Germany, he became the first abbot of the monastery of Herriedon.

Deodatus Feb 3
8th cent. A monk at Lagny in France.

Deodatus (Dié) Apr 24
+ c 525. A hermit near Blois in France. Later the town of Saint-Dié grew up around his cell.

Deodatus (Dié, Didier, Dieu-Donné, Adéodat) June 19
+ c 680. A bishop who founded and was abbot of the monastery of Val-de-Galilée - Jointures in France.

Deodatus June 19
+ 679. Bishop of Nevers in France in 655, he later lived as a hermit in the Vosges. Later he founded a monastery at Ebersheimmünster near Strasbourg.

Deodatus June 27
+ 473. Deacon of St Paulinus of Nola in Italy and later his successor.

Deodatus Sept 27
? A martyr in Sora in central Italy.

Deogratius March 22
+ 457. He became Bishop of Carthage in North Africa in 456, fourteen years after the repose of his predecessor, St Quodvultdeus, who had been driven into exile by the Arian Vandals. He sold all that he or his church possessed in order to ransom prisoners of the Arian King.

Derfel-Gadarn Apr 5
6th cent. A soldier and afterwards a hermit in Llanderfel in Gwynedd in Wales.

Dermot (Diarmis, Diarmaid) Jan 10
6th cent. The spiritual father of St Kieran of Clonmacnois and later founder of a monastery on Innis-Clotran Island in Ireland.

Desideratus (Désiré) Feb 10 and 11
6th cent. Successor of St Avitus as Bishop of Clermont in Auvergne in France

Desideratus Apr 30
+ c 569. A hermit who lived in Gourdon near Châlon-sur-Saône in France.

Desideratus May 8
6th cent. Successor of St Arcadius as Bishop of Bourges in France.

Desideratus Dec 18
+ c 700. Son of St Waningus, the founder of the monastery of Fécamp, he became a monk at Fontenelle in the north of France. His relics were enshrined in Ghent in Belgium.

Desiderius Feb 11
+ 608. Born in Autun he became Bishop of Vienne in France. He defended Orthodox values and was murdered for this at the place now called Saint-Didier-sur-Chalaronne.

Desiderius May 23
407 ? Born in Genoa, he became Bishop of Langres in France. He was killed at the time of a Vandal invasion while interceding for his people.

Desiderius Oct 19
+ c 705. A monk at Lonrey and a disciple of St Sigiranus, he became a hermit in La Brenne near Bourges in France.

Desiderius Oct 27
+ c 625. The successor of St Anacharius (Aunaire) as Bishop of Auxerre in France.

Desiderius Nov 15
+ 655. He succeeded his own brother, St Rusticus, as Bishop of Cahors in France (630-655).

Deusdedit Jan 14
+ 664. Born in England and baptised Frithona, he was the first Englishman to become Archbishop of Canterbury, succeeding St Honorius in 655.

Deusdedit Aug 10
6th cent. A poor shoemaker in Rome and a contemporary of St Gregory the Great, who relates that he gave away to the poor every Saturday all that he had earned at his trade during the week.

Deusdedit Oct 9
+ 836. A monk at Montecassino in Italy, he was chosen abbot about the year 830 and was noted for his almsgiving. To extort money from him, a tyrant ill-treated and imprisoned him. He died in prison of hunger and misery and was venerated as a martyr.

Deusdedit (Adeodatus I) Nov 8
+ 618. Born in Rome, he became Pope in 615. During an outbreak of the plague he worked untiringly for the sick.

Deusdedit of Brescia Dec 10
+ c 700. Bishop of Brescia in Italy, he played a leading part in the Councils against Monothelitism.

Devinicus (Denick, Teavneck) Nov 13
6th cent. Born in the north of Scotland, in old age he worked with Sts Columba and Machar and preached in Caithness, probably as a bishop.

Devota Jan 27
+ 303. A virgin-martyr in Corsica who expired on the rack in the persecution of Diocletian. Her relics are in Monaco. She is the patron-saint of both Corsica and Monaco.

Deyniolen (Deiniol, Daniel) Nov 22
+ 621. More commonly known as St Deiniol the Younger. He was Abbot of Bangor in Wales.

Diaconus March 14
6th cent. His real name lost, he was a deacon in the Marsi in central Italy. He was martyred together with two monks by the Lombards.

Dictinus Apr 29
5th cent. The first convert of St Patrick in Ulster in Ireland. He was originally a swineherd. After his conversion he continued to the end faithful to Christ.

Dictinus July 24
+ 420. An adherent of Priscillianism, he was converted by St Ambrose and renounced his errors at the Council of Toledo (400). Soon afterwards he became Bishop of Astorga in Spain.

Digain Nov 21
5th cent. A son of Constantine, a lord in Cornwall. Llangernw in Clwyd in Wales is named after him.

Digna Aug 11
4th cent. A holy virgin in Todi in Umbria in Italy, who lived as an anchoress in the mountains nearby during the persecution of Diodetian.

Digna and Emerita Sept 22
+ c 259. Virgin-martyrs in Rome under Valerian. They died while standing before their judges in prayer. Their relics are enshrined in the church of St Marcellus in Rome.

Diman (Dimas, Dima) Jan 6
+ 658. A monk with St Columba and afterwards Bishop of Connor in Ireland.

Dingad Nov 1
5th cent. A hermit in Llandingad, i.e. Llandovery in Dyfed in Wales.

Diodorus, Marianus and Companions Dec 1
+ 283. Martyrs in Rome under Numerian. A whole Christian church was martyred while gathered for prayer in the catacombs, the entrance of which had been blocked up.

Diomma May 12
5th cent. The teacher of St Declan of Ardmore and other saints. He is venerated as the patron- saint of Kildimo in Co. Limerick in Ireland.

Dionysia, Dativa, Leontia, Tertius, Emilian, Boniface and Companions Dec 6
+ 484. Martyrs in North Africa under the Arian Vandal Hunneric. Dionysia, a widow, died at the stake with her little child, Majoricus, and her sister Dativa. Emilian, a doctor, and Tertius, a monk, were flayed alive. The fanatics devised terrible deaths for the others also.

Dionysius of Augsburg Feb 26
+ c 303. Venerated as the first Bishop of Augsburg in Germany. By tradition he was baptised and later consecrated bishop by St Narcissus. He was martyred under Diocletian.

Dionysius May 8
+ c 193. The successor of St Justus as Bishop of Vienne in the Dauphiné in France.

Dionysius May 12
+ 304. Born in Asia Minor, he was the uncle of St Pancras, to whom he acted as guardian. They came together to Rome, became Orthodox and were martyred under Diocletian,

Dionysius of Milan May 25
+ 359. The successor of St Protasius as Bishop of Milan in Italy in 351. In 355 he was exiled to Cappadocia by the Arian Emperor Constantius for defending St Athanasius. He died in exile but St Ambrose had his relics translated to Milan.

Dionysius Dec 26
+ 268. A priest chosen as Pope of Rome in 259, he restored the Roman Church after the persecution of Valerian, opposed Sabellius and condemned Paul of Samosata.

Disibod (Disibode, Disen) Sept 8
+ c 700. Born in Ireland, he went to Germany with several companions and founded a monastery on a hill in the valley of the Nahe near Bingen. This became known as Disibodenberg or Disenberg.

Diuma Dec 7
+ 658. Born in Ireland, he helped convert Mercia in England as a missionary and bishop.

Dochow (Dochau, Dogwyn) Feb 15
? 473. He travelled from Wales to Cornwall and founded a monastery there and may have become a bishop.

Dodo Oct 1
+ 750. Born near Laon in France, he became a monk at Lobbes in Belgium and eventually became Abbot of Wallers-en-Faigne.

Dodolinus Apr 1
7th cent. Bishop of Vienne in the Dauphiné in France.

Dogfan (Doewan) July 13
5th cent. Martyred by heathen in Dyfed in Wales where a church was dedicated to him.

Dogmael June 14
5th-6th cent. A monk who lived in Dyfed and Anglesey in Wales and also in Brittany.

Domangard (Donard) March 24
+ c 500. The patron of Maghera in Co. Down in Ireland, who lived as a hermit on the mountain now called Slieve-Donard after him.

Dominator Nov 5
+ ? 495. The fourteenth Bishop of Brescia in Lombardy in Italy.

Dominic of Sora Jan 22
+ 1031. Born in Foligno in Italy, he became a monk and founded several monasteries - at Scandrilia, Sora, Sangro, and elsewhere near Naples. He died in Sora in Campania at the age of eighty.

Dominic of Comacchio June 21
+ c 820. A monk at Comacchio near Venice in Italy.

Dominic of Brescia Dec 20
+ c 612. The successor of St Anastasius as Bishop of Brescia in Italy.

Dominic, Victor, Primian, Lybosus, Saturninus, Crescentius, Secundus and Honoratus Dec 29
? Martyrs in North Africa.

Dominica July 6
? A martyr venerated in Campania who suffered under Diocletian.

Domitian May 7
+ c 560. Bishop of Maastricht in Holland and Apostle of the Meuse valley. His relics were venerated at Huy.

Domitian and Hadelin June 15
+ c 686. Two disciples of St Landelinus at Lobbes in Belgium.

Domitian July 1
c 347-440. Born in Rome and orphaned when young, he became a monk at Lérins in the south of France. Later he founded the monastery of Bebron, now St Rambert de Joux.

Domitian of Châlons Aug 9
4th cent. ? The third Bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne in France and successor of St Donatian.

Domitius Oct 23
8th cent. An hermit near Amiens in France.

Domnina and Companions Apr 14
269 ? A virgin martyred in Terni in Italy at the same time as Bishop Valentine.

Domninus (Donnino) Oct 9
+ 304. Born in Parma in Italy, while fleeing his persecutors, he was overtaken and beheaded on the Via Claudia or Aemilia. This was a few miles outside Parma at a place now called Borgo San Donnino after him, where his relics are venerated.

Domninus Nov 5
4th cent. The first Bishop of Grenoble in France.

Domnio and Companions Apr 11
? One of the first to enlighten Dalmatia, where he was martyred as first Bishop of Salona, probably during the persecution of Diocletian.

Domnio July 16
+ c 295. A martyr in Bergamo in Italy under Diocletian.

Domnio Dec 28
4th cent. A righteous priest in Rome.

Domnolus May 16
+ 581. Abbot of the monastery of St Laurence near Paris. In 543 he became Bishop of Le Mans, where he founded many monasteries, churches and hospitals.

Domnus of Vienne Nov 3
+ 657. Successor of St Desiderius the Martyr as Bishop of Vienne in France. He was zealous in ransoming captives.

Donald (Donivald) July 15
8th cent. A holy man who with his nine daughters, 'the Nine Maidens', lived as a hermit in Ogilvy in Scotland.

Donat (Dunwyd) Aug 7
? The patron saint of St Donat's or Llandunwyd in Glamorgan in Wales

Donata, Paulina, Rustica, Nominanda, Serotina, Hilaria and Companions Dec 31
? A group of Roman women martyred in one of the early persecutions. Their relics were enshrined in the catacombs of the Via Salaria.

Donatian and Rogatian May 24
+ 299. Two brothers of Nantes in Brittany martyred under Diocletian.

Donatian Aug 7
? 4th cent. Second Bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne in France.

Donatian, Praesidius, Mansuetus, Germanus, Fusculus and Laetus Sept 6
5th century. Orthodox driven out of Africa into exile by Hunneric the Arian King of the Vandals. At that time the number of exiles reached nearly five thousand in a single year.

Donatian (Donas) Oct 14
+ 390. Born in Rome, he became Bishop of Rheims in France from 360 to 390. His relics were translated to Bruges in Belgium in the ninth century and he has since been venerated as the patron-saint of Bruges.

Donatus, Secundian, Romulus and Companions Feb 17
+ 304. A group of eighty-nine martyrs who suffered under Diocletian. They were martyred in Porto Gruaro, not far from Venice in Italy.

Donatus, Justus, Herena and Companions Feb 25
3rd cent. A group of fifty martyrs who suffered in North Africa under Decius.

Donatus and Hilarinus Aug 7
4th cent. St Donatus was the second Bishop of Arezzo in Italy. St Hilarinus was a martyr in Ostia.

Donatus Aug 7
+ c 660. A monk at Luxeuil in France, he became Bishop of Besançon in 624. He did much to encourage monasticism and founded a monastery dedicated to St Paul in Besançon.

Donatus Aug 19
+ c 535. Born in Orleans in France, he lived as a hermit on Mt Jura near Sisteron in Provence.

Donatus of Fiesole Oct 22
+ 874. Born in Ireland, he went on pilgrimage to Rome and became Bishop of Fiesole near Florence in Italy.

Donnan (Dounan) and Companions Apr 17
+ 618. St Donnan was a monk at Iona with St Columba and founded a monastery on the Island of Eigg in the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland. He and his fifty-two monks were massacred by heathen raiders on Easter Sunday 618.

Dorbhene Oct 28
+ 713. Abbot of Iona, he was descended from a brother of St Columba. A copy of St Adamnan's Life of the latter, written by St Dorbhene, still exists.

Dotto Apr 9
? 6th cent. Abbot of a monastery in the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland.

Drausinus (Drausius) March 7
+ c 576. Bishop of Soissons in France, he did much to encourage monasticism.

Drithelm Aug 17
+ c 700. Terrified by a vision recorded by St Bede the Venerable, he became a monk at Melrose in Scotland. He lived a life of great asceticism there.

Droctoveus (Drotté) March 10
+ c 580. A disciple of St Germanus of Paris, he became Abbot of St Symphorian in Autun in France. Later he was called back to Paris to be the first Abbot of St Vincent and the Holy Cross - afterwards renamed Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Drogo Apr 2
10th cent. After a worldly life, Drogo became a monk at Fleury-sur-Loire in France and afterwards at Baume-les-Messieurs.

Drostan July 11
+ c 610. Born in Ireland, he became a monk with St Columba and the first Abbot of Deer in Aberdeenshire. He is venerated as one of the Apostles of Scotland. His holy well is near Aberdour.

Druthmar Feb 15
+ 1046. A monk at Lorsch, in 1014 he became Abbot of Corvey in Saxony in Germany

Dubricius (Dubric, Dyfrig) Nov 14
+ c 545. One of the founders of monastic life in Wales. His main monastic centres were at Henllan and Moccas. However, he founded many other monasteries in Gwent and in England in what is now Herefordshire and the Wye Valley. He had jurisdiction over Caldey Island where he appointed St Samson abbot and later consecrated him bishop. A late tradition makes him Archbishop of Caerleon. He reposed on the Isle of Bardsey.

Dubtach Oct 7
+ c 513. Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland from 497 to c 513.

Dulcardus Oct 25
+ 584. A monk at Micy (Saint-Mesmin) in Orleans in France and then a hermit near Bourges, where the village of Saint-Doulchard still exists.

Dulcidius (Dulcet, Doucis) Oct 16
+ c 450. Successor of St Phoebadius as Bishop of Agen in France.

Dulcissima Sept 16
? A virgin-martyr venerated from time immemorial in Sutri in Italy. She is the main patron- saint of the town.

Dunchadh May 25
+ 717. Abbot of Iona in Scotland.

Dunchaid O'Braoin Jan 16
+ 988. Born in Westmeath in Ireland, he lived as a hermit near the monastery of Clonmacnoise until the year 969, when he became abbot there.

Dunstan May 19
909-988. Born near Glastonbury, he became a monk and abbot there. He was called to court as a counsellor but was forced into exile. He then spent a year in Ghent, a centre of monastic revival, but then he was recalled to England by King Edgar and became his main advisor. He was consecrated Bishop of Worcester in 957 and Archbishop of Canterbury in 961. Together with Sts Ethelwold of Winchester and Oswald of York, he restored monastic life in England. He reposed peacefully at Canterbury.

Dwynwen Jan 25
+ c 460. Born in Wales, churches dedicated to her are to be found in Wales and Cornwall. Her holy well and shrine at Llanddwyn in Anglesey were once centres of pilgrimage.

Dyfan (Deruvianus, Damian) May 26
2nd cent. By tradition an early missionary in Britain. His church in Merthyr Dyfan shows the popular tradition that he ended his days as a martyr.

Dyfnan Apr 24
5th cent. Born in Wales, he founded a church in Anglesey.

Dyfnog Feb 13
7th cent. Born in Wales, he was much venerated in Clwyd.

Dympna (Dymphna) May 15
? Born in Ireland, she was forced to flee to Belgium accompanied by a priest, St Gerebern. Their relics were discovered at Gheel near Antwerp in the thirteenth century. Since then numberless cases of mental illness have been healed at their shrine.



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