Who Was St. Malachy?


Saint Malachy was born in 1094 in Armagh, Ireland. He was a twelfth-century reformer of Christianity in Ireland. He worked zealously to restore ecclesiastical discipline, restored marriage, renewed the practice of confession and confirmation, and introduced Roman chants in the liturgy. He was also known for his care to the needy as a miracle worker and healer. Legend has it that he is known for his gift of prophecy. He became Archbishop of Armagh and a papal legate. In his lifetime, he planted apple trees throughout Ireland during time of famine. He died in 1148 suddenly while visiting his friend, St. Bernard in Clarivaux, France. He was canonized in 1190 and his feast day is November 3. Saint Malachy, pray for us!

 

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