Ordinary Time: June 7th
Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Other Commemorations: St. Robert of Newminster, priest (RM)
Gospel Verse, Mt 5:16:
Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
Today the Roman Martyrology commemorates St. Robert of Newminster. He was born at Gargrave in Yorkshire. He spent the early years of his priesthood as rector of his hometown but later joined the Benedictine community at Whitby. In 1132 he helped to establish Fountains Abbey which embraced the Cistercian rule of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Fountains was to have a daughter abbey at Newminster near Morpeth and Robert became the first abbot in 1138/9. He died on June 7, 1159.
St. Robert of Newminster
St. Robert was born at Gargrave, England, at the beginning of the 12th century. He studied at the University of Paris, was ordained priest and served as a parish priest at Gargrave. In 1132 Robert was a monk at Whitby England. News arrived that thirteen religious had been violently expelled from the Abbey of Saint Mary in York, for having proposed to restore the Benedictine/Cistercian rule. In the middle of winter, he left Whitmy to join them, living on the banks of the Skeld near Ripon., in a hut made of woven branches and roofed with turf. In the spring they went to Clairvaux, and for two years struggled in extreme poverty.
- Newminster Abbey was dissolved, and the abbey is now a ruin, used a source of stone for building. These sites have some current photos of the ruins: The Cistercians in Yorkshire and Keys to the Past Archive.
- See Catholic Saints Info for more details and links on St. Robert.
Tuesday after Pentecost
Station at St. Anastasia al Palatino (Santa Anastasia):
Today's stational church is St. Anastasia in Rome, the resurrection church (anastasia means resurrection). The first church was built in the late 3rd or early 4th century, and was one of the first parish churches of ancient Rome. It was given by a woman called Anastasia and called titulus Anastasiae after her. Later, it was dedicated to the early 4th century martyr St. Anastasia of Sirmium, who is included in the Roman Canon. Pope Francis granted the church to the Syro Malabar Church in July 2020.