St. Martin of Tours

Today is the feast day of St. Martin of Tours. St. Martin was born in Pannonia of pagan parents around the year 316. He gave up military life and was baptized. Soon after, he founded a monastery at Liguge in France where he led a monastic life under the direction of St. Hillary. He was ordained a priest and chosen bishop of Tours. He provided an example of the ideal good pastor, founding other monasteries, educating the clergy, and preaching the Gospel to the poor. He died in 397.
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