The Saints of the Day for October 21 are Saint Ursula and companions.
When the pagan Saxons started to invade England in the fourth century, with the intention of destroying the Catholic Faith and the purity of all young English virgins, a great group of English girls, numbering ten friends of Saint Ursula, and each having a thousand companions, - which made their number in all, 11,011 - fled from England to the Continent. In the year 383, Saint Ursula and her 11,010 companions were all slaughtered for their purity and their Faith.
This great martyrdom occurred in Cologne, at Germany. A shrine has been erected to them there, containing as may of their bones as could be rescued. A Religious Order of nuns in the Catholic Church in honor of Saint Ursula was established by Saint Angela Merici in the year 1535. They are known as the Ursulines.
The Order of Ursulines, founded in 1535 by St. Angela de Merici, and especially devoted to the education of young girls, has also helped to spread throughout the world the name and the cult of St. Ursula.