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Radical Saints

A devotional calendar of saints, festivals and memorials for Radicals

August 4th – Mark Duggan

Mark Duggan

15th September 1981 – 4th August 2011


Mark Duggan’s death at the hands of armed police officers lead to riots lasting several days across the whole of the UK. Continue reading “August 4th – Mark Duggan”

July 26th – Jacques Hamel

Jacques Hamel

30th November 1930 – 26th July 2016


Jacques Hamel was a French Roman Catholic priest who was martyred whilst celebrating Mass in his parish church. He was a faithful priest dedicated to serving the Church he loved for over 60 years.

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July 22nd – Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

22nd July


Mary Magdalene was the first person to meet the Resurrected Christ and so has the honourable title of Apostle to the Apostles. Despite being marginalised and slandered by the Church throughout the years she remains one of the most important people of all time and a key person for the Christian faith.

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July 20th – St Wilgefortis

Wilgefortis

20th July


Saint Wilgefortis was crucified for miraculously growing a beard after a period of prayer and was a popular religious figure across Northern Europe during the Middle Ages. Continue reading “July 20th – St Wilgefortis”

July 19th – Seneca Falls Convention

Seneca Falls Convention

19th – 20th July 1848

 


The Seneca Falls Convention was the first convention on the rights of women in America. The convention discussed the civil, social and religious condition of women and provided a space for women to speak in public during a time when society frowned on such activities. Continue reading “July 19th – Seneca Falls Convention”

May 15th – Nakba Day

Nakba Day

15th May


Nakba Day is a Palestinian day of commemoration of Israel’s declaration of Independence and the mass displacement of Palestinians in 1948.

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May 3rd – Christine Jorgensen

Christine Jorgensen

30th May 1926 – 3rd May 1989

“I gave the sexual revolution a good swift kick in the pants”

-Christine Jorgensen


Christine Jorgensen was a transgender woman who is famous for being the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery and hormone replacement treatment.

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May 1st – International Workers Day

International Workers Day

1st May


International Workers Day is a day of celebration for the working classes around the world and often involves mass demonstrations and strikes in support of workers rights, pay issues and economic injustices. 

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April 26th – Tamar

Tamar

26th April


Tamar was a virgin princess in the Old Testament. She was raped by her half-brother.

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April 23rd – Hagar

Hagar

23rd of April 


Hagar was an Egyptian slave girl who gave birth to one of the patriarchs of Israel, her story is found in the book of Genesis.

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April 14th – Kenneth Weishuhn

Kenneth Weishuhn

May 27th 1997 – April 14th 2012


Kenneth Weishuhn was an American teenager who was driven to suicide by a homophobic bullying campaign at school.

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April 9th – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

4th February 1904 – 9th April 1945

“When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die”

– The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German protestant pastor and theologian who during his short life wrote several books and articles on the Christian faith, founded the Confessing Church and actively opposed the Nazi regime, for which he was later executed. Continue reading “April 9th – Dietrich Bonhoeffer”

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