Lesser known Saints

Othmar, O.S.B., (c. 689 – c. 759)
Othmar was a Benedictine monk and was the first abbot of the Abbey of Saint Gall, which is built upon Gall’s hermitage. Othmar built a school and library at the site as well as building many things for the community like an almshouse and a leper colony. Othmar died while he was in exile on the island Werd, his body was moved back to the monastery 10 years after his death. At the time his body was moved it was completely intact and according to legend while they were moving his body it was very hot and there was only a barrel of wine on the boat and throughout the trip the barrel never became empty.

Mabyn, also known as Mabena (c. 5th century)
Mabyn was a medieval Cornish saint, according to legend she was one of the many children of the King Brychan of Brycheiniog in Wales in the 5th century. The earliest mention of Mabyn in literature comes in a 12th century manuscript about the life of Saint Nectan. The king had many children and some lists contain as few as 12 to as many as 63, and there are many saints included in the list. This list is widely debated as later on many people added themselves to the list to claim a place in one of the Holy Families of Britain. Later sources claim include Mabyn but there is not much know about her and in a couple she is identified as a male. Mabyn is one of the many saints that have really been lost to time.

Raphael of St. Joseph Kalinowski, O.C.D., (1 September 1835 – 15 November 1907)
That is correct an Discalced Carmelite friar, this is something that I find weird as most of the time we hear about the Discalced Carmelites it is the nuns. Raphel of St. Joseph is a really interesting saint that you should actually read some more about. Born Jozef Kalinowski to a noble family in the Russian partition (Poland, modern day Lithuania) in 1835, his mother died a few weeks after he was born.  His father remarried and after his next wife died in 1845 he married for a third time. All together there were nine children in the family.  In 1853, Jozef enlisted in the Russian army since there were really no other option for him. He would eventually become a Captain but he sympathized with the Polish people and in 1863 he resigned his commission and joined the rebels as the minister of War for the January Uprising. Jozef was arrested and sent to Siberia for ten years. After these year in prison the Russians exiled him from Lithuania. Jozef would evenutally end up in Warsaw tutoring Prince August Czartoryski. In 1877 Jozef finally joined the Carmelites and took the name Raphael of St. Joseph and was ordained a priest in 1882. He founded an monastery in Wadowice, Poland where he died of TB. Raphael was a very big influence on the life of Karol Wojtyla.

Edmund the Martyr or Edmund of East Anglia, (d. 20 November 869)
Edmund was king of East Anglia from about 855 until his death and this is about all that we really know about the life of Edmund. Writers have made Edmund out to be an ideal King. According to legend he was killed by the Great Heathen Army (Danes) for not renouncing Christ, Edmund was beaten and shot with arrows and beheaded. He was a popular saint and many kings visited his grave until it was destroyed, yet like Mabyn much about Edmund has been lost to history.


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