March 2 is the feast of St. Chad of Mercia, Bishop of Lichfield, whose shrine was in that city’s cathedral until Henry VIII’s commissioners destroyed it. Fortunately, some of his relics were saved and are enshrined in the Catholic Cathedral in Birmingham. That city is also blessed to have the Oratory founded by Bl. John Henry Newman, where J.R. Tolkien was raised. There are also a thriving Ordinariate community there, as well as a Monastery of Ordinariate nuns. All of these are without doubt gifts of St. Chad.
Another important patrimonial anniversary on this day is the founding of the College of Arms in London by King Richard III. Given the prevalence of Heraldry in the English-speaking world, this is also an event worth marking (though I would be remiss if I ignored the Heraldic authorities in Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and South Africa)!