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Biography of St. Ronald

Biography of St. Ronald

St. Ronald, our parish namesake, was born in Agdir Norway around the year 1118. He was a talented and venturesome son of wealthy parents. As a young boy, his parents sent him to visit the Orkney Island in Northern Scotland. St. Ronald had many close calls to losing his life including a pilgrimage to the Holy Land during the Crusades. In gratitude for his life being spared, he built the Cathedral of St. Magnus at Kirwall. He was martyred in the 1158 AD. and was buried at the Cathedral he had built. In 1192, Pope Celestine moved St. Ronald's remains to Rome after St. Ronald's canonization. His feast day is August 20th.