PATRICK, MISSIONARY, died 461AD
Patrick (389 – 461AD) was born in Britain but was captured during a raid and made a slave of the Irish at age 16. After six years, he escaped returning home but God called him to go back to Ireland. In 432, Patrick returned founding churches and preaching the good news of Jesus to the Irish people. Patrick’s Confessionis his testimony revealing God’s call to him to share the faith. Patrick is considered the apostle to the Irish.
JOSEPH, THE GUARDIAN OF OUR LORD
The husband of the Virgin Mary was a carpenter who is portrayed in Scripture as a faithful man, a protector and provider for his wife and the Christ Child. Joseph is not mentioned in the adult life of Jesus and is believed to have died before the public ministry began.
THOMAS CRANMER, BISHOP AND MARTYR
Cranmer’s lasting achievement is contributing to and overseeing the creation of the Book of Common Prayer, which remains (in revised form) the worship book of the Anglican Communion. He was burned at the stake under Queen Mary for his support of the Protestant Reformation.
JONATHAN EDWARDS, TEACHER AND MISSIONARY, died 1757
After a powerful conversion experience to the way of Christ, Edwards (1703 – 1757), became an influential preacher, leading to widespread religious revival in the American northeast, mission work to Native Americans in Massachusetts, and serving as president of Princeton University.
OSCAR ROMERO, BISHOP AND MARTYR
Romero was deeply concerned with injustices evident toward the poor and powerless in El Salvador, and worked forthrightly against political repression. He was assassinated while presiding at the Eucharist in a chapel near the cathedral in San Salvador.