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6th cent. Born either in Wales or else in Cornwall, he preached Christ with St Teilo.
+ c 489. A disciple of Mel who became Bishop of Croghan in Offaly in Ireland.
+ 514. By tradition he was baptised as an infant by St Patrick, who later consecrated him bishop. He also founded a monastery, probably in Kells.
Macarius, Rufinus, Justus and Theophilus
+ c 250. Potters by trade, they were martyred under Decius, perhaps in Rome, and were venerated in Bari and Bologna in Italy.
Macarius of Antioch
+ 1012. Born in Antioch, he was a bishop who travelled westwards as a pilgrim and was received by monks at the monastery of St Bavo in Ghent in Belgium.
Macartan (Macartin, Maccarthen)
+ c 505. An early disciple and companion of St Patrick of Ireland, who consecrated him Bishop of Clogher.
+ 978. Born in Ireland, he went to St Fursey's shrine in Péronne in France and entered the monastery of Gorze. Later he became a hermit and then Abbot of St Michael's monastery at Thiérache and Waulsort near Dinant in Belgium.
Maccallin (Macallan, Macculin Dus)
+ c 497. Bishop of Lusk in Ireland, he is also venerated in Scotland.
5th cent. A disciple of St Patrick who founded a monastery on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
? Born in Scotland, he became a monk in Ireland.
Machar (Macharius, Mochumna)
6th cent. Born in Ireland, he was baptised by St Colman and became a disciple of St Columba at Iona in Scotland. Later he went with twelve disciples to convert the Picts near Aberdeen.
7th cent. Founder of the monastery of Llanfechell in Anglesey in Wales.
+ 287. A holy virgin from Rheims in France, she was martyred in Fismes in Champagne before the persecution under Diocletian began.
+ 706. Daughter of Sts Vincent Madelgarus and Waldetrudis. She was educated by her aunt, St Aldegund, the foundress of Maubeuge, where she became a nun. About the year 697 she succeeded her sister St Aldetrudis as abbess.
+ c 655. Born in Ireland, he was disciple of St Fursey. After some years of monastic life at St Riquier in France, he went to live as a hermit with St Pulgan near Monstrelet.
Maden (Madern, Madron)
+ c 545. A hermit born in Cornwall, he later lived in Brittany. Many churches are dedicated to him, the most noted being at St Madern's Well in Cornwall, the reputed site of his hermitage and still a place of pilgrimage.
? A saint who has left his name to a place in the Carse of Gowrie in Scotland.
5th cent. A saint from Wales or Cornwall to whom some Welsh churches are dedicated.
Maedhog (Aedhan, Mogue)
6th cent. An abbot whose main monastery was Clonmore in Ireland.
6th cent. A disciple of St Cadfan with whom he crossed from Brittany to Wales. He lived as a hermit on the Isle of Bardsey.
6th cent. A saint of the Isle of Bardsey in Wales, probably born in Brittany.
+ c 724. A monk at St Comgall's monastery at Bangor, who went to Iona. He afterwards founded a church at Applecross on the north-west coast of Scotland.
Magdalveus (Madalveus, Mauvé)
+ c 776. Born in Verdun in France, he became a monk at St Vannes and later (c 736) Bishop of Verdun.
+ c 304. Born in Tarragona in Spain, he enlightened the people near his native town and was finally beheaded under Diocletian.
+ c 575. Maglorius was born in south Wales but went to Brittany with St Samson. Here they became abbots of two monasteries, St Samson at Dol and St Maglorius at Lammeur. St Samson became Bishop of Dol and on his repose was succeeded by St Maglorius, who finally crossed to the Channel Islands and built a monastery on Sark where he reposed.
+ 596. Bishop of Trier in Germany (c 566). He was a close friend of St Gregory of Tours and one of the most illustrious bishops of his time.
+ c 670. Bishop of Angers in France.
+ 660. Born in Avignon in France, he was appointed governor of the town. After his wife's death he joined the monks of Lérins, where his son St Agricola had preceded him and where he became bishop.
Magnus (Magnoaldus, Maginold, Mang)
+ c 666. Born in Ireland, he preached with Sts Columbanus and Gall. He founded the monastery of Füssen in Bavaria in Germany.
+ c 660. Born in Venice in Italy, he became Bishop of Oderzo on the Adriatic and later of Heraclea.
+ 525. Archbishop of Milan in Italy from 520 to 525.
6th cent. A sixth century bishop. Llanmadog in Wales was named after him.
5th cent. Abbot of Fiddown in Kilkenny in Ireland.
+ 673. Born in Ireland, he went to England and founded the monastery of Malmesbury, where St Aldhelm was among his disciples.
+ c 880. Born in Ireland, he was martyred by pagans while preaching to peasants near Kaltenbrunn in Alsace, now in France.
Maine (Mevenus, Mewan, Meen)
+ 617. Born in Cornwall or Wales, he was a disciple of St Samson, whom he accompanied to Brittany. There he founded the monastery known as Saint-Méon.
c 906-994. Born in Avignon in France, became a priest and then a monk at Cluny in order to avoid becoming a bishop. Later he became Abbot of Cluny, advising Popes and Emperors.
+ 484. Son of St Dionysia, who encouraged him to suffer martyrdom and buried him in her own house. The martyrdom took place in North Africa under the Arian Hunneric the Vandal.
+ c 650. A Bishop of Chartres in France, present at the Council of Châlon-sur-Saône (650).
Malo (Machutis, Maclou)
+ c 640. Born in Wales, he moved to Brittany and settled at a place called Aleth, now St Malo, where he was the first bishop.
+ c 1040. An hermit in Merns in Kincardineshire in Scotland, martyred by Norwegian invaders.
+ c 462. A monk and then Abbot of Sts Cosmas and Damian in Auxerre in France.
+ 475. Archbishop of Vienne in France and a man of great piety and faith.
? A martyr in Rome.
+ 460. Bishop of Palermo in Sicily, he was exiled to Tuscany by the Arian King Genseric. His relics were eventually returned to Palermo.
6th cent. Abbot of Holyhead in Wales, he was connected with St Cuby. He appears to have reposed in Cornwall and Manaccan (Minster) near Falmouth is said to owe its name to him.
5th (or 6th?) cent. Born in Rome, he was bought as a slave by Jewish traders and taken to Evora in Portugal where he was martyred by his masters.
+ c 490. Born in Perthois in France, she was the youngest of seven sisters, all of whom are honoured as saints in various parts of Champagne. She is the patroness of Sainte-Ménéhould.
? One of the Apostles of the north of Scotland.
+ c 690. Born in Rome, he became Bishop of Milan in Italy (c 672) and showed both vigour and wisdom. He wrote a treatise against Monothelitism.
+ c 350. Bishop of Toul in France (c 338-350).
+ 792. Founder of the monastery of Tallaght in Ireland and compiler of the martyrology of that name.
Mappalicus and Companions
+ 250. Martyrs in Carthage in North Africa under Decius.
325-410. A noblewoman of Rome, as a widow she turned her home into a house-church and she devoted herself to prayer and almsgiving. When Alaric sacked Rome, Marcella was cruelly scourged as the Goths thought that she had hidden her wealth. In reality she had already distributed it to the poor. She died shortly after from the effects of this treatment.
c 330-398. Born in Rome, she was the elder sister of St Ambrose of Milan and St Satyrus. She became a nun in 353. Her remains are enshrined in Milan.
Marcellinus of Ancona
+ c 566. Born in Ancona in Italy, he became bishop there in c 550.
+ 413. Marcellinus was the imperial representative in North Africa at the time of the Donatist heresy. He and his brother, the judge Agrarius, tried to enforce the decisions of a conference in Carthage against Donatism, but the Donatists resorted to false accusation and the two brothers were martyred.
Marcellinus, Vincent and Domninus
+ c 374. Born in North Africa, they went to France and preached in the Dauphiné. St Marcellinus was consecrated first Bishop of Embrun by St Eusebius of Vercelli. The relics of the three saints are venerated in Digne in the Alps.
Apr 26 (In the East June 7)
+ 304. A Pope of Rome, who may have been martyred in repentance for his previous errors.
Marcellinus and Peter
+ 304. Martyred in Rome, Marcellinus was a priest and Peter probably an exorcist.
Marcellinus (Marchelm, Marculf)
+ c 762. Born in England, he followed St Willibrord to Holland. Together with St Liafwine he preached the Gospel to the people of Over-Yssel. He reposed at Oldenzeel, but his relics were later taken to Deventer.
Marcellinus of Ravenna
3rd cent. The second or third Bishop of Ravenna in Italy.
Jan 16 (June 7 in the East)
+ 309. Pope of Rome from 308 to 309 and suffered for confessing the faith.
+ 474. Born in Avignon in France, he succeeded his own brother St Petronius as Bishop of Die. He suffered much from the Arians.
Marcellus and Anastasius
+ 274. Martyred in Bourges in France. Marcellus was beheaded and Anastasius scourged.
+ c 178. A priest in Lyons in France who escaped from prison but was arrested again. He was buried up to his waist on the banks of the Saône, where he survived for three days before he died.
? Either Bishop of Trier in Germany or else of Tongres in Belgium.
+ c 869. Born in Ireland, he became a monk at St Gall in Switzerland.
Marcellus and Apuleius
? Martyrs in Capua in Italy.
+ 298. A Roman centurion in Tangier in North Africa. During a festival in honour of the Emperor, he refused to join in the pagan celebrations and declared himself to be Orthodox. The notary who refused to write the official report was also martyred with St Cassian.
+ c 430. Bishop of Paris in France, he was buried in the old Christian cemetery outside the walls of the city, which is now the suburb of Saint-Marceau.
+ 120. By tradition he was a disciple of St Barnabas and the first Bishop of Tortona in Piedmont in Italy, where he was martyred under Hadrian after an episcopate of forty-five years.
Marcian of Auxerre
+ c 470. Born in Bourges in France, he became a monk at the monastery of Sts Cosmas and Damian in Auxerre.
Marcian of Ravenna
+ c 127. Fourth Bishop of Ravenna in Italy, where he is known as San Mariano.
Marcian of Syracuse
+ c 255? According to Sicilian tradition he was the first 'Bishop of the West', sent to Syracuse in Sicily by the Apostle Peter. It is more likely that Marcian was sent to Sicily in the third century. He was martyred by Jews who threw him from a tower.
+ c 757. Bishop of Pampeluna in Spain. He was present at the sixth Council of Toledo in 737.
Marcian of Saignon
+ 485. Born in Saignon in the Vaucluse in the south of France, he founded the monastery of St Eusebius in Apt.
+ c 303. A virgin-martyr in Mauritania in North Africa. Accused of breaking a statue of a goddess, she was thrown to the wild beasts and gored to death by a bull.
+ c 303. A virgin-martyr venerated in Toledo in Spain.
Marcius (Mark, Martin)
+ c 679. A hermit at Montecassino in Italy. He lived in a cave on Mount Massicus (Mondragone) where he reposed.
+ 558. The founder of a monastery of hermits on the Egyptian model in Nanteuil in France.
Marianus, James and Companions
+ 259. Martyrs in Lambesa, an ancient town in Numidia in North Africa. Marianus was a reader and James a deacon.
+ c 515. A hermit in the forest of Entreaigues in Berry in France. His life was written by St Gregory of Tours.
? A martyr in Orense in Spain.
c 800. A bishop at the monastery of St Peter in Besalu in Catalonia in Spain.
4th cent. He was born on an island off the coast of Dalmatia and became a stonemason. Ordained deacon by Gaudentius, Bishop of Rimini, he reposed as a hermit in the region now called after him, (the Republic of) San Marino.
+ 731. Born in Italy, he became a monk at Maurienne in Savoy, now in France, and afterwards a hermit near the monastery of Chandor where he was martyred by the Saracens.
+ 283. The son of a senator in Rome, he was martyred by beheading under Numerian.
Marius (Maris), Martha, Audifax and Abachum
+ c 270. Marius, a Persian nobleman, his wife Martha, and their two sons, Audifax and Abachum, travelled to Rome to venerate the tombs of the Apostles. While there, they also buried the bodies of those being martyred in the persecution of Claudius II. They too were arrested, the three men beheaded and St Martha drowned.
Mark and Timothy
+ c 150. Two martyrs in Rome.
Mark of Galilee
+ 92. By tradition, a Galilean and the first bishop, and also martyr, of the Abruzzi in Italy.
Mark of Lucera
+ c 328 A bishop venerated locally in the south of Italy.
Mark and Marcellian
+ c 287. Twin brothers and deacons who suffered in Rome under Maximian Herculeus.
+ 336. Born in Rome, he was chosen Pope in 336.
Marnock (Marnanus, Marnan, Marnoc)
+ c 625. Born in Ireland, he was with St Columba at Iona and later became a bishop, who reposed in Annandale and was much venerated on the Scottish border. He gave his name to Kilmarnock in Scotland.
Maro, Eutyches and Victorinus
+ c 99. They belonged to the circle of Flavia Domitilla, whom they accompanied in exile to the island of Ponza. Eventually they returned to Rome and were martyred under Trajan.
+ 423. A Syrian by origin, he became Bishop of Milan in Italy in 408.
+ c 650. A monk at Bobbio and founder of the monastery of Precipiano near Tortona in Italy.
+ 880. A monk at New Corbey in Saxony, he was Bishop of Hildesheim from 874 to 880 and was martyred with others at Ebsdorf in Germany.
+ 251. A virgin-martyr beheaded in Astorga in Spain under Decius. Her relics are enshrined at Ribas de Sil and Ters.
Martha, Saula and Companions
? Martyrs in Cologne in Germany.
Martial of Limoges, Alpinian and Austriclinian
+ c 250. First Bishop of Limoges in France and Apostle of the Limousin, together with two of his priests.
Martial, Saturninus, Epictetus, Maprilis, Felix and Companions
+ c 300. ? Martyrs with St Aurea honoured in Ostia in Italy.
Martial, Laurence and Companions
? A group of twenty-two martyrs in North Africa.
Martin of Braga
520-580. Born in Pannonia, he became a monk in Palestine, but later went to Galicia in Spain where he preached to the pagan Suevi. He was Bishop of Mondoñedo and then of Braga. He introduced monasticism throughout north-western Spain and Portugal. Several of his writings still exist.
Apr 13 (In the East Apr 14)
+ 655. Born in Umbria, he was elected Pope of Rome in 649. He called a Council at once and condemned Monothelitism. Imperial wrath fell on him and in 653 he was deported to Naxos in the Aegean. The following year he was condemned to death at a mock trial and finally taken as a prisoner to the Chersonese where he died of starvation.
Martin of Tongres
+ c 350. Seventh Bishop of Tongres in Belgium, he is venerated as the Apostle of the Hesbaye region in Brabant.
Martin of Vienne
+ c 132. Third Bishop of Vienne in France.
Martin of Trier
+ c 210. Tenth Bishop of Trier in Germany and possibly a martyr.
Martin of Vertou
+ 601. Founder of the monastery of Vertou near Nantes in France, also of Saint-Jouin-de-Marnes and other monasteries.
Martin of Tours
Nov 11 (In the East Oct 12)
c 316-397. Born in Upper Pannonia (now Hungary), he was the son of a Roman officer. At the age of fifteen he enrolled in the imperial cavalry. In Amiens in France, where he was posted, he cut his cloak in half and gave his own half to a beggar. This beggar turned out to be Christ. This led to his baptism. He left the army and placed himself in the hands of St Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, living for ten years as a hermit and founding a monastery in Ligugé. In 372 he was made Bishop of Tours, but he accepted the office with great reluctance. Founding another monastic centre in Marmoutier, he continued to live as a monk, while publicly he devoted himself to his episcopal duties. He opposed Arianism and Priscillianism, but befriended Priscillianists when they were persecuted by the civil authorities. He was the greatest monk in the West of the age and hundreds of churches were dedicated to him. His shrine in Tours was and still is a resort of Orthodox pilgrims.
Martin of Arades
+ 726. A monk at Corbie in France.
Martin of Saujon
+ c 400. A disciple of St Martin of Tours, he founded the monastery of Saujon in France.
+ 228. A martyr in Rome under Alexander Severus.
+ c 435. Bishop of Milan in Italy (423-c 435). He took part in the Third Oecumenical Council at Ephesus and wrote against Nestorianism.
Martinian, Saturian and Companions
+ 458. Four brothers, reduced to slavery in the house of an Arian Vandal in Mauretania in North Africa. The four brothers were martyred under Genseric by being dragged by horses.
+ c 530. Born in Auvergne in France, he lived an ascetic life on a mountainside and later built a monastery for his disciples.
6th cent. A hermit in the Abruzzi in Italy.
Mary (Mileda, Mlada)
+ 994. Daughter of Boleslav, Duke of Czechia. She founded the convent of St George in Prague.
Mary the Consoler
8th cent. The sister of St Anno, Bishop of Verona in Italy.
Mary the Slave
+ c 300. A slave-girl in the household of a patrician in Rome, she was venerated as a martyr on account of her sufferings during the persecution of Diocletian.
+ c 307. Bishop of Milan in Italy, chosen by popular acclamation in 295. He suffered a great deal during the persecution of Diocletian, but survived and reposed in peace.
+ c 325. The first recorded Bishop of Cologne in Germany.
? Born near Sens in France, he was converted and ordained by Polycarp, bishop of that city. In his turn he converted his own parents and successfully enlightened his native region.
Matilda (Mathildis, Maud)
+ 968. Wife of the German king Henry the Fowler, she was very generous and founded, among others, the monasteries of Nordhausen, Pöhlde, Engern and Quedlinburg in Germany. She was a widow for thirty years and suffered greatly at the hands of her sons, by whom she was despoiled of most of her possessions.
? Born in Milan in Italy, he became a hermit. His relics were enshrined by St Ambrose.
+ c 488. A former brigand in Ireland, he was converted by St Patrick and sent to the Isle of Man, where his episcopate was very fruitful.
+ 850. A holy virgin in Troyes in France, she reposed at the age of twenty-three after a life of prayer and good works.
Maura and Britta
? 4th cent. Two holy virgins in France.
+ 580. Bishop of Cahors in France. It is recorded that he knew the whole Bible by heart.
+ c 430. Born in Milan in Italy, he moved to France where he became a disciple of St Martin of Tours. About the year 407 he was consecrated Bishop of Angers.
? Probably Abbot of St Pantaleon in Cologne in Germany, where he was martyred.
Maurontus (Maurontius, Mauruntius)
+ c 700. Founder of the monastery of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil on the Loire in France.
+ 701. Eldest son of Sts Adalbald and Rictrudis, he became a monk at Marchiennes in France. Eventually he founded a monastery at Breuil-sur-lys near Douai, of which he is the patron-saint.
+ c 804. Abbot of St Victor at Marseilles, he became bishop of the same city in c 767.
Maurus and Placid
? Maurus and Placid were early disciples of St Benedict, details of whose lives are related in the second book of The Dialogues of St Gregory the Great.
+ 946. He became monk and Abbot of Classe in Ravenna in Italy (926), and finally Bishop of Cesena. He built for himself a cell on a hill near the city, where he spent part of his time in prayer. After his repose the cell grew into the monastery of Santa Maria del Monte.
Maurus (Marius, May)
+ c 555. Founder of a monastery in Bodon in France.
Maurus, Pantaleimon and Sergius
+ c 117? Three martyrs venerated in Bisceglia on the Adriatic in Italy. Maurus is said to have been born in Bethlehem, sent by the Apostle Peter to be the first Bishop of Bisceglia. They were martyred under Trajan,
Maurus and Companions
+ c 260? A group of fifty martyrs in Rheims in France. Their leader, Maurus, was a priest.
+ 383. Second Bishop of Verdun in France (353-383).
+ c 600. Twelfth Bishop of Verona in Italy. Towards the end of his life he became a hermit.
? Born of Christian parents in North Africa, he went to Rome where he was martyred under Numerian.
+ 212. A martyr in Hadrumetum in North Africa, thrown to wild beasts at the time of Caracalla.
Mawes (Maudetus, Maudez)
? 6th cent. Born in Wales, he lived as a hermit near Falmouth in Cornwall, where a village is named after him. Later he went to Brittany where he is known as St Maudez and where many churches are dedicated to him.
+ c 670. She was stabbed to death in Caudry near Cambrai in the north of France because she wished to be a nun.
? Born in Ireland, she settled as an anchoress near Senlis in France, where she was put to death at the place now called Pont-Sainte-Maxence.
5th cent. A disciple of St Martin of Tours in France, he founded Our Lady of Cunault.
c 448-515. Born in Agde in the south of France, he became a monk at a monastery in Poitou, now called after him Saint-Maixent, where he later became abbot. He was highly esteemed by the local population whom he protected from the invading barbarians.
Maxentius, Constantius, Crescentius, Justin and Companions
+ c 287. Martyrs in Trier in Germany in the reign of Diocletian.
? A holy virgin revered around Fréjus in France, where several villages are named after her.
Maxima, Donatilla and Secunda
+ 304. Three holy virgins (Secunda was aged twelve), martyred in Tebourba in North Africa under Diocletian.
+ 304. A Roman slave who was scourged to death in Rome during the persecution of Diocletian. She was condemned to death together with St Ansanus.
Maximian of Ravenna
+ c 556. Consecrated Bishop of Ravenna in Italy in 546, he built the basilica of St Vitalis, which was dedicated in the presence of the Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora. Holding a jewelled cross, he is depicted in mosaics standing next to the Emperor.
Maximian of Syracuse
+ 594. Born in Sicily, he became a monk at St Andrew's on the Coelian Hill in Rome with St Gregory the Great. He served as papal ambassador in Constantinople. Recalled to Rome, he finally became Bishop of Syracuse.
+ 404. A convert from Donatism, he became Bishop of Bagaia in Numidia in North Africa. Having deprived the Donatists of the basilica of Calvianum, he was grievously wounded and thrown off a tower by them.
+ 295. A young martyr who refused to do military service and was therefore executed in Thebeste in Numidia in North Africa.
+ 284. Born in Noricum, between the Inn and the Danube, in Austria. As bishop, he founded the church of Lorsch near Passau and was martyred in Cilli in Styria under Numerian.
Maximinus of Trier
+ c 349. Born in Silly near Poitiers in France, he was a brother of St Maxentius of Poitiers. In 333 he became Bishop of Trier in Germany and was the valiant defender and host of St Athanasius of Alexandria and St Paul of Constantinople, exiled by the Arian Emperor. He was a prominent opponent of Arianism at the Councils of Milan, Sardica and Cologne and one of the most courageous bishops of his time.
Maximinus of Aix
1st cent. (?) Venerated as the first Bishop of Aix in Provence in France.
+ c 520. First Abbot of Micy near Orleans in France.
+ 511. Bishop of Pavia in Italy, he attended Councils in Rome under Pope Symmachus.
Maximus of Nola
+ c 250. Bishop of Nola in Italy. He ordained St Felix. During the persecution of Decius he fled to the mountains, where he nearly died of exposure and hunger. He reposed in Nola worn out by the hardships he had endured for the Faith.
Maximus, Claudius, Praepedigna, Alexander and Cutias
+ 295. Martyrs in Rome who suffered under Diocletian.
Maximus, Bassus and Fabius
+ 304. Martyrs in Rome under Diocletian.
Maximus and Victorinus
+ c 384. Two brothers martyred by barbarians near Evreux in France.
? 6th cent. Bishop of Verona in Italy.
4th cent. Tenth Bishop of Naples in Italy (359). He reposed in exile and is honoured as a martyr.
Maximus of Turin
+ c 470. Bishop of Turin during the barbarian invasions of the north of Italy. He is remembered for his homilies and other ascetic writings, which survive.
Maximus of Padua
2nd cent. Successor of St Prosdocimus as Bishop of Padua in Italy.
+ c 470. A disciple of St Martin and founder of the monastery of Chinon in France.
Maximus of Aquila
+ c 250. A zealous deacon of Aquila in the south of Italy, who was martyred by being thrown off an overhanging cliff near his native city during the persecution of Decius. He is venerated as the patron-saint of Aquila.
Maximus of Mainz
+ 378. The nineteenth Bishop of Mainz in Germany from 354 to 378. He suffered greatly at the hands of the Arians.
+ c 255. A martyr who suffered in Rome under Valerian.
Maximus of Riez
+ 460. Abbot of Lérins in France in 426, he became Bishop of Riez much against his will in 434, and was consecrated by St Hilary. He was one of the most prominent bishops in the Church of Gaul at that time.
? 8th cent. The leader of a group of nineteen holy virgins who went from Ireland to Scotland and founded a monastery at Abernethy on the Tay.
8th cent. A holy virgin from Ireland who went to Scotland and lived in Galloway.
c 470-c 558. Born in Picardy in the north of France, he was ordained at the age of thirty-three. In 530 he became Bishop of Vermand, later Noyon and then Tournai in Belgium.
+ c 700. Born in Autun in France, he became a monk at St Martin's in Autun, where he eventually became abbot. Later he lived as a hermit near Paris, where now stands the church of Saint-Merry.
Medrald (Mérald, Méraut)
+ c 850. A monk at Saint-Evroult (Ebrulfus) of Ouche in France. Later he became Abbot of Vendôme.
Medran and Odran
6th cent. Two brothers, disciples of St Kieran of Saghir in Ireland, one of whom remained with St Kieran, while the other founded a monastery in Muskerry.
Megingaud (Mengold, Megingoz)
+ 794. He became a monk at Fritzlar in Germany (738) and after some years abbot. Later he succeeded St Burchard as Bishop of Würzburg (c 754).
10th cent. A holy man, Meingold lived in Huy on the Meuse and was venerated in Belgium
+ 861. Of the noble family of Hohenzollern, he became a monk at the monastery of Reichenau on the Rhine in Germany. Later he became a hermit in Switzerland, and this later became the monastery of Einsiedeln, meaning in German 'the Hermitage'. He lived as a hermit for twenty-five years, was murdered by robbers and is venerated as a martyr.
+ c 859. He founded the monastery of Bödeken in Westphalia in Germany.
+ 1036. He became Bishop of Paderborn in Germany in 1009. On account of his building activities, he was called 'the bishop-builder'.
+ c 490. By tradition one of the four nephews of St Patrick ( Mel, Melchu, Munis and Rioch), sons of Conis and Darerca, St Patrick's sister. They accompanied St Patrick to Ireland, St Mel becoming the first Bishop of Ardagh.
+ c 549. Bishop of Viviers in France from 519 on.
+ c 590. A holy virgin who lived as an anchoress in Powys in Wales. Her shrine is in Pennant Melangell.
Melania the Elder
c 342-c 410. An aristocrat of Rome who visited the Holy Land, founding a monastery on the Mount of Olives.
Melania the Younger and Pinian
c 383-438. Melania was the granddaughter of St Melania the Elder. Born in Rome, she married a man called Pinian. They had two children who died young. About the year 410 they left Rome, the former entering a monastery and the latter a convent in Jerusalem.
+ c 535. Born in Brittany, he was Bishop of Rennes and succeeded in overcoming idolatry in his diocese.
6th cent. From Ireland, he became a hermit in France and reposed at Péronne.
+ c 780. Born in Connaught in Ireland, Mella was the mother of two saints, Cannech and Tigernach. After the death of her husband, she became a nun and Abbess of Doire-Melle.
+ 624. Abbot of St Andrew's on the Coelian Hill in Rome, he was sent by St Gregory the Great to England in 601. He spent three years in Kent, and then became Bishop of London. He was exiled to France for refusing to give communion to apostates. In 619 he was recalled to Kent to succeed St Laurence as third Archbishop of Canterbury.
+ 314. By tradition born near Cardiff in Wales, he became the first Bishop of Rouen in France.
? Born in Cornwall, he was venerated in Amesbury in Wiltshire in England and also in Quimper in Brittany.
Memmius (Menge, Meinge)
+ c 300. Founder and first Bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne in France and Apostle of the region.
Memorius (Nemorius, Mesmin) and Companions
+ 451. A deacon in Troyes in France with St Lupus, who sent him to the camp of Attila with five companions to ask for mercy. Attila had them all beheaded.
5th cent. Patron-saint of Tredresick in Cornwall.
5th cent. Patron-saint of the town in France which is named after her. Her five sisters were also honoured as saints.
Meneleus (Menele, Mauvier)
+ c 720. Born in Anjou, he became a monk at Carméry in Auvergne in France. After seven years he left to restore the monastery of Ménat near Clermont.
+ c 395. A holy virgin from Lorraine in France, related to Sts Eucherius and Elaptius.
+ 6th cent. A Greek from Asia Minor who became a hermit in the Abruzzi in Italy, probably in Santomena.
7th cent. Born in Ireland, he became Bishop of Quimper in Brittany.
+ c 406. First Bishop of Forli in central Italy. He opposed paganism and Arianism.
Mercurius and Companions
+ c 300 (?) A group of soldiers told to escort Christian prisoners to their place of execution in Lentini in Sicily. The soldiers were so impressed by the prisoners that they too declared themselves believers in Christ and all of them were beheaded together.
+ c 970. Abbess of Romsey, a convent in Hampshire in the south of England.
? The local saint of Marhamchurch near Bude in Cornwall.
+ c 886 (?) Born in Wales, he became a hermit and later Bishop of Vannes in Brittany.
6th cent. A disciple of Dunawd at Bangor in Wales and venerated there and in Brittany.
Merinus (Merryn, Meadhran)
+ c 620. A disciple of St Comgall at Bangor in Ireland.
8th cent. A pilgrim who was murdered near Rheims and venerated as a martyr.
+ 251. A holy virgin in Foligno in Italy. She visited Bishop Felician of Foligno in prison, was denounced as a Christian and clubbed to death.
Meugant (Mawghan, Morgan)
6th cent. A disciple of St Illtyd who lived as a hermit and reposed on the Isle of Bardsey in Wales. Several churches in Wales and Cornwall are dedicated to him.
? A saint in Wales.
+ c 610. A saint on Anglesey in Wales.
Migdonius and Mardonius
+ 303. High officials at the imperial court in Rome. When persecution broke out under Diocletian in 303, they refused to renounce their Faith. Migdonius was burnt at the stake and Mardonius drowned in a well.
+ 715. The elder sister of St Mildred of Minster-in-Thanet in England and the second Abbess of Wenlock. Archbishop Theodore consecrated her as a nun. She had the gift of miracles and healing of the blind and lepers, as well as power over birds and the natural world.
+ c 676. The youngest of the three holy virgins of Minster-in-Thanet in England - Milburgh, Mildred and Mildgyth.
Mildred of Thanet
+ c 700 One of the three daughters of St Ermenburgh of Minster-in-Thanet in England. She succeeded her mother as Abbess of Thanet. Her relics were enshrined in Canterbury and part of them survive. Her life describes her as 'ever merciful, of easy temper and tranquil'.
+ c 740. Milo became a monk together with his father at Fontenelle in France and later a hermit.
+ 314. Although he had a Greek name, he may have been born in North Africa. He was Pope of Rome from 311 to 314, when the Emperor Constantine granted toleration to the Church. St Miltiades condemned Donatism and was venerated as a martyr on account of his many sufferings during the persecution of Maximian.
Minervius, Eleazar and Companions
3rd cent. Martyrs in Lyons in France. Eight children are included in their number.
+ c 250. A soldier in Florence in Italy, where he spread the Faith among his comrades and was martyred under Decius. A monastery in Florence was dedicated to him.
+ 986. Born in Ireland, he became Abbot of St Martin's in Cologne in Germany (974-986).
+ 318. Archbishop of Milan in Italy, he helped develop the Ambrosian liturgy and church singing.
Mitrius (Mitre, Metre, Merre)
+ 314. A Greek slave belonging to a tyrannical master in Aix in Provence in France. He was savagely abused by his master and his fellow-slaves and was finally beheaded.
Mochoemoc (Mochaemhog, Pulcherius, Vulcanius)
+ c 656. Born in Munster in Ireland, he was the nephew of St Ita. He became a monk at Bangor in Co. Down under St Comgall and later founded Liath-Mochoemoc.
Mochelloc (Cellog, Mottelog, Motalogus)
+ c 639. Patron saint of Kilmallock in Limerick in Ireland.
6th cent. Possibly born in Wales, he founded the monastery of Louth in Ireland.
? 6th cent. Born in Ireland, he preached at Stirling and along the Forth in Scotland and later lived as a hermit near Dumbarton.
8th cent. A bishop in Scotland.
Moderan (Moderamnus, Moran)
+ c 730. Born in Rennes in Brittany, he became bishop there in 703. About the year 720 he made a pilgrimage to Rome and ended his days as a hermit in Berceto in Italy.
+ c 680. Niece of St Modoald in France and first Abbess of Oehren in Trier in Germany.
+ c 722. A monk in Salzburg, he became Bishop of Carinthia in Austria and was largely responsible for its enlightenment.
2nd century? Modestus was martyred in Carthage in North Africa and venerated as the patron-saint of Cartagena in Spain.
+ c 304. A deacon, born in Sardinia and martyred under Diocletian. His relics were brought to Benevento in Italy in c 785.
+ 489. Bishop of Trier in Germany from 486 to 489. His relics are venerated in the church of St Matthias in Trier.
+ 640. Born in Gascony in France, he was related by blood and united by friendship with most of the saints of the Merovingian period. In 622 he became Bishop of Trier in Germany.
Modomnock (Domnoc, Dominic)
+ c 550. A disciple of St David in Wales and later a hermit in Tibraghny in Ireland.
+ c 695. She succeeded St Hilda as Abbess of Whitby in England.
7th cent. An anchoress and later Abbess of Polesworth in Warwickshire in England.
+ c 493. Born in Ireland and baptised by St Patrick, he became Abbot of Nendrum.
+ c 655. Born in Ireland, he was a disciple of St David in Wales. He founded a monastery in Fulachmhin (Fermoy) in Ireland.
Molling (Moling, Myllin, Molignus, Dairchilla)
+ 697. Born in Wexford in Ireland, he became a monk at Glendalough and afterwards Abbot of Aghacainid (Teghmolin, St Mullins). Later he succeeded St Aidan as Bishop of Ferns.
Moloc (Molluog, Murlach, Lugaidh)
+ c 572. Born in Scotland, he went to Ireland and then returned to his native land as a missionary. His main work as a bishop was the enlightenment of the Hebrides. He died in Rossmarkie but his shrine was in Mortlach.
7th cent. A disciple of St Brendan, he became Bishop of Lismore in Argyle in Scotland.
+ 874. A saint from St Andrew's and a missionary in the Firth of Forth area in Scotland. He was killed by the Danes together with many companions.
+ 249. Bishop of Milan in Italy from 193 for fifty-six years. He lived through several persecutions.
+ 570. A woman in Chartres in France who became an anchoress after the death of her two daughters. She spent most of her life near Tours.
Monenna (or Darerca)
+ 518. An ascetic and Abbess of Sliabh Cuillin in Ireland.
+ 456. A holy woman converted by St Patrick in Ireland.
332-387. Born in Carthage in North Africa of Christian parents, she married a pagan and had three children. Through her patience and gentleness she converted her husband and through her prayers and tears her wayward son, who became Blessed Augustine.. She reposed in Ostia near Rome and her relics are preserved in Rome.
+ c 490. Twelfth Bishop of Orleans in France.
c 645. Born in Scotland, he lived as a hermit in the Ardennes. He was murdered by evildoers in Nassogne in Belgium.
Montanus, Lucius, Julian, Victoricus, Flavian and Companions
+ 259. A group of ten martyrs in North Africa, disciples of St Cyprian of Carthage, who suffered in that city under Valerian. The story of their imprisonment was told by themselves and that of their martyrdom by eyewitnesses.
Montanus and Maxima
+ 304. Montanus, a priest, and Maxima, his wife, were drowned in the River Sava in Sirmium in Dalmatia or in Singidunum in Pannonia.
+ c 300. A soldier who was taken to the island of Ponza in Italy and martyred by being thrown into the sea with a heavy stone tied round his neck. Christians recovered his body and enshrined it in Gaeta.
9th cent. Abbot of Dunkeld and afterwards Bishop of Dunblane in Scotland.
5th cent? Several places are named after her, notably Morwenstow in Cornwall, where her relics are probably buried under the church floor and where she has appeared.
+ 251. A priest in Rome, noted for his zeal in preaching the Gospel and his firm stand against Novatianism. He was martyred under Decius.
+ c 250. A martyr in North Africa who probably suffered under Decius.
? A disciple of St Patrick and Abbot of Inis-Coosery in Co. Down in Ireland. He also lived in Perthshire in Scotland where he reposed as a hermit.
7th cent. A holy man in Ireland who wrote Lives of St Brigid and St Patrick.
+ c 686. Born in Constance in Switzerland, he became a monk at Luxeuil in France and was eventually sent to St Omer and made Abbot of the Old Monastery (now Saint Mommolin). From there he became Abbot of Sithin, founded by his friend St Bertinus. Finally in 660 he was made Bishop of Noyon-Tournai in Belgium.
Mummolus (Mommolus, Mommolenus)
+ c 678. Second Abbot of Fleury in France. He had relics of Sts Benedict and Scholastica brought from Italy and so Fleury came to be known as Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire.
Mummolus (Mumbolus, Momleolus, Momble)
+ c 690. Born in Ireland, he was a companion of St Fursey whom he succeeded as Abbot of Lagny in France.
5th cent. A nephew of St Patrick who consecrated him bishop. He ended his days as a hermit on an island in Lough Ree in Ireland.
7th cent.? Probably the first Bishop and also patron-saint of Limerick in Ireland.
Mundus (Munde, Mund, Mond)
+ c 962. An abbot who founded several monasteries in Argyle in Scotland.
Mura McFeredach (Muran, Murames)
+ c 645. Born in Donegal in Ireland, he became Abbot of Fahan in Co. Derry. He is the patron-saint of Fahan where his cross still stands.
6th cent.? By tradition a disciple of St Patrick, who consecrated him first Bishop of Killala in Ireland. He ended his life as a hermit on the island of Innismurray.
+ 6th cent. A child in Rome who was granted visions. She was mentioned by her contemporary by St Gregory the Great.