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Saint of the Day: Bls Daudi Okelo and Jildo Irwa

Young Ugandan Catechists and Martyrs


Rachel Strohm CC

(d. 1918)

Their story

+ Daudi (born in 1902) and Jildo (born in 1906) were members of the Acholi people of northern Uganda and were born into pagan families.

+ Educated by the Comboni Missionaries in Kitgum, the young men were baptized in 1916.

+ In 1917, Daudi became a catechist in the village of Paimol and Jildo served as his assistant. They were especially dedicated to serving the village’s poor residents.

+ In October 1918, a decision by the district commission incited a group of raiders and Muslim extremists to attack the Christian catechists. Daudi and Jildo were brutally murdered during the weekend of October 18-20.

+ The place where they were killed came to be known as Wi-Polo, meaning “in heaven.” Blessed Daudi and Blessed Jildo were beatified in 2002.

For prayer and reflection

As gold in the furnace, the Lord put his chosen to the test; as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself; and in due time they will be honored, and grace and peace will be with the elect of God.”—Wisdom 3:6-7, 9

Spiritual bonus

On this day, the Church honors the memory of Saint Ariadne. An enslaved woman in Phrygia (a region in modern-day Turkey), she refused to take part in pagan celebrations celebrating hew “owner’s” birthday. She refused to take part, feeling from the household. According to legend, a large rock opened up allowing her to escape; she was never seen again. Although the details of her death are unknown, she has been honored as a martyr since the second century.


May the prayer of the blessed Martyrs Daudi and Jildo, being pleasing to you, O Lord, commend us, we pray, and confirm us in the profession of your truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal: Common of Martyrs—For Several Martyrs)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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