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A devotional calendar of saints, festivals and memorials for Radicals

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August 24th – Sophie Lancaster

Sophie Lancaster

26th November 1986 – 24th August 2007


Sophie Lancaster was a young English woman who was murdered for belonging to the goth/alternative subculture. Continue reading “August 24th – Sophie Lancaster”

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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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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”

March 24th – Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero

15th August 1917 – 24th March 1980

“The ones who have a voice must speak for those who are voiceless”

Oscar Romero


Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez was a Roman Catholic archbishop in El Salvador who was assassinated whilst celebrating mass for speaking out in support of the poor and the oppressed. 

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March 7th – Perpetua and Felicity

Perpetua and Felicity 

7th march 203


 

Perpetua and Felicity were early Christian women, martyred in Carthage in the year 203. Their deaths are recorded in an account that allegedly includes pieces from Perpetua’s own diary along with other eyewitness accounts. At the time of their imprisonment Perpetura was a young married mother and Felicity was heavily pregnant. They were murdered for refusing to renounce their Christian faith and challenging societal pressures on the place of women in heteronormative family structures. As a result they are considered early heroes for the emancipation of Women and non-hetero families.

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February 26th – Travyon Martin & BLM Movement

Trayvon Martin & BLM

February 5th 1995 – February 26th 2012


Trayvon Martin was an African-American teenager, who’s shooting in 2012 sparked national protests in the US and lead to the creation of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Continue reading “February 26th – Travyon Martin & BLM Movement”

February 21st – Malcolm X

Malcolm X

19th May 1925 – 21st February 1965

 “If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Speech at Audubon Ballroom, 1964, Malcolm X


Malcolm X was a prominent leader in the American Civil rights movement. A controversial figure, Malcolm X spoke out against institutional racism and advocated the use of violence as a form of defence for Black People as well as race segregation. Continue reading “February 21st – Malcolm X”

January 30th – Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

2nd October 1869 – 30th January 1948

“The Weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”

All Men are Brothers, Mahatma Gandhi


Mahatma Gandhi was a political leader in India who fought a peaceful revolution of civic disobedience against the British colonial forces.

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January 20th – St Sebastian

St Sebastian 

20th January

Saint Sebastian was a third century christian martyr from Milan. The many famous depictions of his martyrdom have made him a popular icon in the gay and fetish scenes.

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December 31st – Brandon Teena

Brandon Teena

12th December 1972 – 31st December 1993

Brandon Teena was a transgender man whose murder on 31st December 1993 was the basis for the film Boys Don’t Cry.

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