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You will recall that the Sisters Adorers, at the invitation of the Bishop Campbell of Lancaster, set up a house in Preston toward the end of last year. In such a short period of time, there is much to report and you can read it all in a newsletter which can be downloaded here.

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Saint Prisca, Virgin and Martyr

She was a martyr of the Roman Church, whose dates are unknown. The name Prisca or Priscilla is often mentioned by early authorities of the history of the Church of Rome. The wife of Aquila, the pupil of St. Paul, bore this name. The grave of a martyr Prisca was venerated in the Roman Catacomb of Priscilla on the Via Salaria. The place of interment is explicitly mentioned in all the seventh-century itineraries to the graves of the Roman martyrs.

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St Marcellus I , Pope and Martyr

His date of birth unknown; elected pope in May or June, 308; died in 309. Marcellus of Rome was Pope from the reign of Constantius and Galerius to that of Maxentius. At his suggestion the Roman lady Lucina willed her property to God's Church. Because the number of the faithful in the city had increased, he set up new parishes and divided the City into various districts. This angered Maxentius and he threatened Marcellus with heavy punishments unless

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St Paul the First Hermit, Confessor

Paul, originator .and master of the eremitic life, was born in the lower Thebaid. When the Persecution of Decius and Valerian was raging, he withdrew to a cave in the desert. Here, with a palm tree providing him with both food and clothing; he lived a most holy life. He had reached the age of a hundred and thirteen years when Anthonv, then ninety years old came to visit him. Paul received him warmly. After they had spent the night in conversing about

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St Hilarius, Confessor and Doctor

Hilarius born of a noble family in Aquitaine, had few equals in teaching and eloquence. Made bishop of Poitiers, he exercised his ministry in such a way as to gain the highest praise from the faithful. His vigorous campaign for the Catholic faith led to a four year exile in Phrygia. There he raised a dead man to life and performed other miracles. He wrote twelve books on the Trinity against the Arians, and induced all Gaul to condemn the Arian blasphemy

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