Anniversaries we observe in 2009

My friend Fr. Nicholas Schofield of Roman Miscellany has posted very useful information anniversaries we observe this year of salvation 2009.

As usual Roman Miscellany begins the new year by noting some important anniversaries in 2009 that may be of interest to readers:

  • 9 January – 1300th Anniversary of the death of St Adrian, the only African Archbishop of Canterbury (so far), and Centenary of the birth of Fr Patrick Peyton, the ‘Rosary Priest.’
  • 15 January – Centenary of the death of St Arnold Janssen, founder of Divine Word Missionaries
  • 20 January – 300th Anniversary of the death of François de la Chaise SJ, confessor to Louis XIV
  • 3 February – 100th birthday of Simone Weil, philosopher and religious writer
  • 21 April – 900th Anniversary of the death of St Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury and Doctor of the Church
  • 24 April – 1300th Anniversary of the death of St Wilfrid, bishop of York
  • 17 March – 200th birthday of Ambrose Phillipps de Lisle, convert and patron of Pugin
  • 31 May – 200th Anniversary of the death of Josef Haydn, composer – for many the anniversary of 2009. Expect some interesting CD releases
  • 11 June – 500th Anniversary of the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon
  • 22 June – possibly the 1800th Anniversary of the martyrdom of England’s proto-martyr, St Alban (different scholars give different dates)
  • 29 June – 500th Anniversary of the death of Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, patron of the arts and learning and spiritual client of St John Fisher
  • 4 August – 150th Anniversary of the death of St John Mary Vianney, patron of parish priests – a jubilee in Ars! Fifty years ago Blessed John XXIII issued Sacredotii Nostri Primordii for the Centenary.
  • 18 August – 450th Anniversary of the death of Pope Paul IV (Carafa), who had earlier been first General of the Theatines
  • 1 September – 850th Anniversary of the death of Pope Adrian IV (Breakspear), the first (and only) English Pope
  • 18 October – Millennium of the destruction of the church of the Holy Sepulchre by Caliph al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, an event which contributed to the mounting of the Crusades later in the century
  • 25 November – 400th birthday of Henrietta Maria, Catholic consort of Charles I
  • 25 December – 450th Anniversary of the election of Pope Pius IV (Medici), uncle of St Charles Borromeo
  • I’m sure there are many more. Happy New Year!

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  1. Patrick Rothwell says:

    A very interesting set of annivesaries, indeed. How particularly interesting that the anniversaries of the putative martyrdom date of St. Alban and the marriage of Henry and Catherine of Aragon would coincide.

    Re: Simone Weil. Someone once claimed that Simone Weil was baptized on her deathbed by a nurse after having been refused baptism and the last sacraments by a priest because she would not accept a rigorist interpretation of “extra ecclesia nulla salus.” Can anyone confirm whether this story is true?

  2. Dave says:

    2009 will also be my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary. I believe they are a great example of a Christian marriage. They raised four kids, and all of us are still practicing Catholics! Quite an achievement these days.

  3. “31 May – 200th Anniversary of the death of Josef Haydn, composer – for many the anniversary of 2009. Expect some interesting CD releases”

    Haydn, You really could have only that as an anniversary and be set for the year!! Maybe, a Handel or Bach Anniversary to trump it :)

  4. Limbo says:

    Good Grief !! September 14th – 2nd anniversary of Summorum Pontificum !!!!!

  5. QC says:

    In regards to Weil, the issue was not the possible salvation of those who professed religious error, but rather her position that each religion was true in and of itself–she did to profess teh universality of the Catholic faith. Interesting enough, she rejected syncretism, desiring to keep each religion distinct.

  6. Fr. Paul says:

    January 10 is the 800 anniversary of the death of St. William the Confessor, also known as St. William of Bourges. He was a Benedictine Monk and Abbot, later appointed Apb. of Bourges in France. He is the Patron Saint of our Parish here in Greenville, TX. He was known for his virtue and learning, most especially for his love of prayer before the Most Blessed Sacrament. As he lived, so did he die…he died while at prayer.

  7. PMcGrath says:

    Let’s not 12 February — Bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

    To be commemorated (we hope) on the actual day, not smashed together with Washington on “President’s Day.”

  8. pelerin says:

    Regarding the writer and philosopher Simone Weil (not to be confused with Simone Weil the French political minister) in her book ‘La Pesanteur et la grace’ published in 1948 some 5 years after her death the forward states the following:

    ‘Simone Weil a d’abord tente de se faire catholique. Elle n’est pas baptisee. Elle hesite un instant. Elle refuse pourtant, tout compte fait, d’appartenir a l’Eglise… Elle ne veut pas franchir seule la porte et n’entend trahir rien ni personne…. Elle est la sur le parvis en attente de Dieu.’

    From this one can deduce that she was unable to make the final step although as the first commenter says, some do say that she was finally baptised.

  9. Andrew, UK and sometimes Canada says:

    Forget 2009, I’m slowly gearing up for 2015…the 800th anniversary of the Fourth Lateran Council under Innocent III, who comes close to being the greatest pope of all time. This year is 794.

  10. Sid says:

    Would our Jewish friends be pleased with any affirmative commemoration of Paul IV?

  11. Son of Trypho says:


    As a (technical) Jew I’ll have a go at responding to your question.

    Both yes and no.

    Understood in modern times and standards, most of the policies were extremely negative, however taking into account the context of the time they were implemented there were some positives to them.

  12. Semyon says:

    Technically, St Adrian never was Archbishop of Canterbury since, having declined the Pope Vitalian’s appointment twice, he accompanied the Monk Theodore to the See to be his chief advisor instead. Whilst in Canterbury he became Abbot of St. Peter’s.

    So who was the first black Archbishop in England? Surely not John Sentamu?

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