Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Sunday 18 April |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Maria Anna Blondin
Daily Prayer
And today we celebrate...Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day: Bl. Engelbert Beets

Martyred by Militant Protestants

Geralt - Pixabay

Norbertine Priest and Martyr (ca. 1539-1579)

His life

+ Engelbert was born in Hoeleden, Brabant (in what is modern-day Belgium). He entered the Norbertine Order in 1561 at Averbode Abbey.

+ Ordained a priest in 1561, he was appointed to serve the parish in Rumen in 1570.

+ When Protestant soldiers invaded the city, he fled to Sint-Truiden and served Catholics in the area. However, when that city was taken by the Protestant forces, Engelbert was captured.

+ Blessed Engelbert was died as a martyr in 1579 and his memory is celebrated among the Norbertines.

For prayer and reflection

This holy man fought to the death for the law of his God and did not fear the words of the godless, for he was built on solid rock.”—Entrance Antiphon for the Mass “For One Martyr”

Spiritual bonus

On this day, we also celebrate the memory of the Dominican priest Saint Raymond of Peñafort. Renowned for his writings and legal expertise, he died 1275 and was canonized in 1601. He is honored as the patron saint of canon lawyers.


Almighty and merciful God, who brought your Martyr blessed Engelbert to overcome the torments of his passion, grant that we, who celebrate the day of his triumph, may remain invincible under your protection against the snares of the enemy. 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: Common of Martyrs—For One Martyr)

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

Access our archives of daily saint biographies here
Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
Philip Kosloski
5 Essential things used at Mass and their symbolism
Cerith Gardiner
7 Joys to be had from a lengthy marriage
Annalisa Teggi
Amputee from the waist down is thankful every day to be alive
Brett Salkeld
How to vaccinate like a Catholic
Lucandrea Massaro
This 3D “carbon copy” of Jesus was created using the ...
See More