Norbertine Abbot (d. 1240)
+ Konrad was born into the noble family of the count of Lichtenau, Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany.
+ Following his ordination, he became a canon of the cathedral of Konstanz. He later joined the Norbertine Order as a canon of the order’s monastery at Ursberg near Augsburg, Germany.
+ In 1226, Konrad was elected abbot of Ursberg and helped to endow the community’s library and worked to make the abbey a center of learning, devoting his time to biblical scholarship.
+ Honored as prolific author—who is credited with a 12-volume account of the history of the world and lives of the saints—Konrad died in 1240. He is honored as a saint among the Norbertines.
For prayer and reflection
O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.
On this day, the Dominicans honor the memory of Blessed Cecelia of Ferrara. After eight years of marriage to a pious young man, each decided to become Dominicans. Cecilia entered the monastery of St. Catherine the Martyr in Ferrara and would go on to serve the community as prioress for three terms of office. Blessed Catherine died in late December 1511 and is remembered for her piety and devotion to the ideals of Dominican life.
O God, who through the child-bearing of the holy Virgin
graciously revealed the radiance of your glory to the world,
grant, we pray,
that we may venerate with integrity of faith
the mystery of so wondrous an Incarnation
and always celebrate it with due reverence.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal—Collect for December 19)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.