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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, May 8

Torture and beheading of Victor of Milan, a soldier in the Roman army, because he had revealed his Christian faith by destroying pagan altars.
Counter-reformer Peter Canisius is admitted into the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Mainz on his twenty-second birthday. By living a blameless life, founding colleges, preparing a clear well-organized catechism, and writing and speaking without bitterness and ridicule, he will restore the dignity of the Catholic Church in Northern Europe where the Protestant Reformation is ascendant.
Death of John Hough, bishop of Worcester, known for great generosity and also for being the president of Magdalen College, Oxford, whom James II ejected in his effort to restore Roman Catholic influence in England.
Moravian missionary David Zeisberger establishes a mission at Oxford, Canada.
Thomas Middleton, the first Bishop of Calcutta is consecrated privately because the India company fears publicity.
At a three-day convention in Augusta, GA, the Southern Baptist Convention was formed by 300 representatives from Baptist churches in Georgia, Virginia and South Carolina.
Edward Thomas Demby is ordained a priest while in Texas and will serve churches in Tennessee, Missouri, and Florida. He will also become the second African-American bishop (a suffragen, or assistant bishop) of the Episcopal Church in the United States.
Death in Windsor, Ontario, of Henry McNeal Turner, a controversial bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He had served as the first African-American chaplain in the United States Colored Troops.
Vladyka Gurias, archbishop of Suzdal, is arrested - one of many arrests he has endured at the hands of the Soviets. He will be sentenced to three years in concentration camps for "participation in a branch of the counter-revolutionary church-monarchist organization, ‘ The True Orthodox Church'."
The executive committee of the World Communion of Reformed Churches meets for a week in Ghana, homeland of its global leader, theologian and pastor Setri Nyomi.

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