Lesser Known Saints

Theodore the Studite (759–826)
Theodore was a Byzantine Greek Monk and an Abbot of the Stoudios monastery. A cool thing about Theodore is that we have a letter where he writes taking a stand against slavery, this is the first time in history it ever happened. It seems throughout his life Theodore battled against many things from the emperor to Iconoclasm. Theodore played a very influential role in the development of Eastern Monasticism.

Andrew (Andrea) Avellino (1521 – 10 November 1608)
His baptismal name was Lancelotto. Andrew was a big fan of chasity and even though he was a handsome youth and he was often had many female admirers  and according to what I’ve read to escape their lustfulness Andrew wore a tonsure. Andrew eventually became a priest and was a canon lawyer. Once Andrew was sent by the Archbishop of Naples to reform a convent, which had become lazy and was causing great scandal. Andrew was successful eventually but he ran into a big problem as the nuns were conducting some secret business with some men. These men beat up Andrew after he went poking around in their affairs. Andrew was brought to a Theatines monastery to recooperate it was soon there after that Andrew joined the Theatines.

Brice of Tours (Latin: Brictius) (c. 370 – 444)
He was the fourth bishop of Tours following fellow saint of the week Martin of Tours. According to legends Brice was an orphan that Martin rescued and raised. There is another legend that says that while Brice was Bishop of Tours a nun in his household bore a child and it was rumored that it was Brice’s. To prove his innocence Brice took a hot coal in his coat to the grave of Martin of Tours, showing that his coat was unburned as proof. The people didn’t believe this and Brice was forced to leave. He eventually made his way to Rome where the Pope absolved Brice of his sins. After seven years the administor left in charge of Tours died so Brice returned and he was a changed bishop.

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