Monday, January 11, 2010

St. Leucius of Brindisi (? to 180)

"Sis, you can wear the same clothes four days in a row. No one will notice," my cousin Freddie insisted as we maneuvered through the streets of Venice, Italy carrying backpacks filled with clothing, food, souvenirs, and anything else we could fit. On top of that, we hadn't showered in several days and I'm the type of person who needs at least one a day.
I also change my clothes two or three times, so this jaunt across Europe was literally foreign to me. The shower at the pensione was a disaster. Seven people to a room didn't help. By the time it was my turn, the drain in the middle of the bathroom floor was clogged.
Three days later in Brindisi (the heel of the boot), I had had enough. My cousin informed me that we wouldn't be getting a hotel there. Instead, we would take the overnight ferry to Greece. My options were to wait another day or use the public shower.
I picked door number two. When I walked out of the stall, I was dirtier than when I went in.
"I think I want to be alone for a while," I said to my cousin and our friends. "I'll be back in time for the ferry."
Now I could wander the streets and check out shops, restaurants, and cathedrals. One of the city's most prominent saints was St. Leucius of Brindisi. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt in the early 2nd century. After his mother passed away, he decided to live a monastic life and help convert the pagans in southern Italy.
He founded the Diocese of Brindisi and became its first bishop in 165. He was responsible for building two churches there: St. Mary and St. John the Baptist.
In legend, it is said that St. Leucius slew a dragon that tortured the people of Brindisi.
He was martyred in 180. His remains are in Benevento and a relic of his arm is in the Basilica Cathedral in Brindisi. St. Leucius' feast day is Jan. 11.


smurfred1 said...

Have you thought about publishing this as a book - e-book or even a written book? Where did you get all this material? Love it! Thank you!

Marilyn said...

Thank you for kind words. If you don't mind my asking, how did you find the blog? Have a good day.