Saint of the Day

May 21: Blessed Hemming of Abo

Blessed Hemming of Abo was born in Sweden in the late thirteenth century and studied in Paris before becoming a priest. One of his fellow students was the man who became Pope Clement VI.

Hemming served as bishop of Abo for twenty-eight years, and he improved the training of his priests, served as a peacemaker, and was an effective administrator of his diocese. Saint Bridget of Sweden was a contemporary and friend.

He died in 1366, but so many miracles were reported at his tomb that it had become a place of pilgrimage by 1400.

Blessed Hemming, help me to find holy friends.