SEVEN FRIAR MINORS, MARTYRS
FIVE Franciscan missionaries having glorified God
by martyrdom in Morocco in 1220, on the 16th of January, as has been
related on that day; seven other zealous priests of the same order
sailed to Africa the year following, with the same view of announcing
Christ to the Mahometans. Their names were Daniel the provincial of
Calabria, Samuel, Angelus, Donulus, Leo, Nicholas, and Hugolin.
Arriving at Ceuta, they preached three days in the suburb of the
city, which was inhabited by Christians; after which they went into
the town, and preached Christ also to the infidels. The populace
hearing them, immediately took fire, covered them with mire and
filth, and carried them before their king, whose name was Mahomet.
From their rough habits and shorn heads he took them for madmen, but
sent them to the governor of the town. By him, after a long
examination, they were remanded to the king, who condemned them to be
beheaded. They suffered with great joy in the year 1221, on the 10th
of October; but are commemorated in the Roman Martyrology on the
13th. See F. Wadding’s Annals of the order, St. Antoninus, and
Chalippe, Vie de St. François,1. 4, t. 1. p. 326.