Saint of the Day

June 22: Saint Alban of Britain

Saint Bede, a great English saint and Doctor of the Church, wrote the best and only history of the early days of Catholicism in England. In his Ecclesiastical History, he wrote about today’s saint, Alban.

Saint Alban was a soldier living in Britain during the late third or early fourth century, when it was ruled by the Roman Empire. He sheltered a Catholic priest from the authorities, and in time, he converted to the faith. Alban was arrested for being a Christian—and was perhaps mistaken for the Catholic priest—when he was executed. Saint Bede said he died during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian, but later scholars say this may have happened a few decades earlier, under the Roman emperor Decius.

Saint Alban, help me to be open to the truth, even if it may cost me.