July 16, 2013

Saint Donald of Ogilvy and His Nine Virgin Daughters

St. Donald of Ogilvy and his Nine Holy Virgin Daughters ( Feast Day - July 15)

Our Venerable and God-bearing Father Donald of Ogilvy, lived in in Olgivy, in Forfarshire, Scotland, in the early part of the 8th century. Upon the death of his wife, he and his nine daughters began to live a monastic lifestyle at home under his direction, cultivating the land by hand, and eating barley bread and water once a day. After Saint Donald's repose at around 716, his daughters all entered a monastery in Abernethy, founded by Saints Darlugdach and Brigid, where they became known as the Nine Maidens, or the Nine Holy Virgins.