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Ia (Hia, Ives)
+ 450. Born in Ireland and the sister of St Ercus, she went to Cornwall with Sts Fingar, Piala and others and was martyred at the mouth of the River Hayle. The town of St Ives is called after her.
Ibar (Iberius, Ivor)
5th cent. One of those who like Sts Kiaran, Ailbe and Declan enlightened Ireland. He mainly preached in Leinster and Meath.
Ida (Ita, Iduberga) of Nivelles
+ 652. A widow, she became a nun at Nivelles in Belgium under her daughter, St Gertrude.
Ida of Herzfeld
+ c 813. Happily married, she was widowed when she was still very young. She founded the convent of Herzfeld in Westphalia in Germany and devoted herself to good works.
5th cent. Baptised by St Patrick, he became Bishop of Alt-Fadha in Leinster in Ireland.
Ignatius of Antioch
+ c 107. Called 'the God-bearer'. Bishop of Antioch for forty years, he was taken to Rome by order of Trajan and was thrown to the wild beasts in the amphitheatre. On his way to Rome he wrote seven letters which survive. His relics are in St Peter's in Rome.
607-667. Nephew of St Eugene of Toledo in Spain. He knew St Isidore of Seville and became a monk and Abbot of Agli on the Tagus near Toledo. He became Archbishop there in 657. He excelled as a writer, especially on the Mother of God.
Illadan (Illathan, Iolladhan)
6th cent. Bishop of Rathlihen in Offaly in Ireland.
+ 385. Fourth Bishop of Clermont in France. St Gregory of Tours revered him greatly
+ c 505. One of the most famous saints in Wales. He became a monk with St Cadoc and later founded the monastery of Lian-IlItut or Llantwit, from where came most of the Welsh saints of that period. By tradition he reposed in Brittany.
+ c 320. A virgin in Todi in Italy.
+ c 1000. A monk at the Monastery of San Mariano in his native town of San Severino near Ancona in Italy.
c 700-752. Born in Würzburg, she became abbess of a convent in Karlburg in Germany.
Ina (Ine) and Ethelburgh
+ 727. Ina was King of Wessex in England from 688 till 726, and is remembered as the restorer of Glastonbury. In about 726 he abdicated and went to Rome with his wife Ethelburgh, where he ended his days as a monk.
+ c 710. Born in Ireland, on his return from a pilgrimage to Rome he was murdered by heathen with his sister St Dominica (Drusa) and others near Glastonbury in England. Their relics were enshrined there.
Injuriosus and Scholastica
+ c 550. A married couple in the Auvergne in France who lived in virginity and holiness.
Innocent of Tortona
+ c 350. A confessor under Diocletian, he was scourged and just escaped death. He was later ordained priest and became Bishop of Tortona in Italy (c 326).
+ 559. Bishop of Le Mans in France for over forty years.
+ 417. Born in Albano near Rome, St Innocent was Pope from 402 till 417. The outstanding event of his life was the sack of Rome by the Goths under Alaric in 410. He also led the condemnation of Pelagianism.
Irenaeus of Sirmium
+ 304. Bishop in Pannonia (Hungary), he was martyred under Diocletian at Sirmium (Mitrovica).
Irenaeus of Lyons
c 130-200. Born in Asia Minor, he was a disciple of St Polycarp, who was a disciple of the Apostle John the Divine. He went to France and became Bishop of Lyons (c 177), where he was later martyred. His writings against Gnosticism are a witness to Apostolic Tradition.
Irenaeus and Mustiola
+ 273. Irenaeus, a deacon, and Mustiola, a noble lady, were martyred in Chiusi in Tuscany in Italy under Aurelian for ministering to other martyrs and burying their relics.
Irenaeus and Abundius
+ c 258. Martyrs in Rome drowned in the public sewers during the persecution of Valerian.
+ c 653. A nun in Portugal, honoured especially in Santarem.
+ 866. Abbess of Buchau and then of Chiemsee in Germany.
+ 708. Given in marriage at the age of fifteen. Her betrothed died on her wedding day,. She then persuaded her father, Dagobert II, to build for her the convent of Oehren near Trier in Germany. She also built the monastery of Echternach for St Willibrord (698). She reposed at the monastery of Weissenburg.
+ c 550. A Syrian monk who fled from the Monophysite persecution and founded a monastery in Monteluco near Spoleto. He was one of the restorers of ascetic life in 6th century Italy.
+ 851. Born in Cordoba in Spain, he became proficient in Arabic and a notary under the Moorish government. He resigned in order to become a monk at Tabanos, a few miles from Cordoba. During a public debate in Cordoba he denounced Mohammed and was martyred.
Isarnus (Ysarn) of Toulouse
+ 1048. Born in Marseilles in France, he became a monk and an abbot. He was famous for his charity, especially towards criminals.
+ c 800. A nun at Aire in France where she is venerated as the patroness of Artois.
Isidore of Seville
c 560-636. Born in Cartagena in Spain, he was the brother of Sts Leander, Fulgentius and Florentina. He succeeded St Leander as Bishop of Seville in 600. He presided over several Councils, reorganised the Spanish Church, encouraged monastic life, completed the Mozarabic rite, was an encyclopedic writer and was also responsible for the Council of Toledo in 633.
6th cent. A disciple of St Teilo in Wales, he was consecrated bishop by him.
Ita (Ytha, Meda)
+ c 570. She is second only to St Bridget in popular veneration in Ireland. She was born in Drum in Co. Waterford and founded the convent of Hy Conaill in Co. Limerick, attracting many to the monastic life.
+ c 656. Born in Kent, he was the first English bishop and succeeded St Paulinus as Bishop of Rochester in England.
9th cent. He renounced a brilliant position at the court of Czechia to become a hermit. He was buried by St Ludmilla.
? According to tradition he was a Persian bishop who became a hermit in Huntingdonshire in England. St Ives in Huntingdonshire is called after him.