Today in the Extraordinary Form, Ordinary Form and traditional Benedictine Office we celebrate the famous conversion of St Paul:
"The conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, which occurred in the second year after the Ascension of our Lord."
|Bamberg, Church of SS Peter and George|
The martyrology also mentions, however, St Poppo, an eleventh century monastic reformer:
"At Marchiennes in France, St. Poppo, priest and abbot, renowned for his miracles."
St Poppo had a colourful life, as the Catholic Encyclopedia chronicles:
"Abbot, born 977; died at Marchiennes, 25 January, 1048. He belonged to a noble family of Flanders; his parents were Tizekinus and Adalwif. About the year 1000 he made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with two others of his countrymen. Soon after this he also went on a pilgrimage to Rome. He was about to marry a lady of noble family, when an impressive experience led him to seek another mode of life. As he was journeying late at night a flame burst forth over his head and his lance radiated a brilliant light. He believed this to be an illumination of the Holy Spirit, and soon after, 1005, he entered the monastery of St. Thierry at Reims."
He was appointed to head a number of monasteries to aid their reform in the spirit of Cluny, working under the guidance of St Richard of Saint-Vannes.