A saint of the Day for Feb.09

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APOLLONIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR;
MIGUEL FEBRES CORDERO, RELIGIOUS BROTHER

By Richard Mc Brien


Apollonia (d. ca. 249) was an aged deaconess of Alexandria the form of whose martyrdom has ensured her place in the history of saints. The bishop of Alexandria reported that, during an anti-Chris tian riot, all of her teeth were broken with blows to the jaw and then she was burned to death. She became known as the patron saint of dentists and of those with toothaches. In Boston there is a dentists’ quarterly named after her, The Apollonian. Her feast was dropped from the General Roman Calendar in 1969.

Miguel Febres Cordero (1854–1910) was Ecuador’s first canonized saint. He joined the Chris tian Brothers at age fourteen, and before he was twenty he published a Spanish grammar book that was eventually prescribed for all schools in Ecuador. Other books followed as he devoted himself to the religious education of children. He was canonized in 1984. His feast is not on the General Roman Calendar.

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