How Fabian was discovered
That is what he was doing, completely unnoticed and minding his own business in a large public room, when a bird flew in the window and perched on his head.
Everyone suddenly turned, looked at Fabian and saw the white dove sitting on him.
It's a sign! they said. The Holy Spirit has chosen this man to be the next Pope!
Despite his rustic background and the unusual way he was chosen, Fabian turned out to be a fairly good Bishop of Rome: ministering to the people, improving Church administration, sending out missionaries, and dealing with heresies - all in a time of relative peace for the Church.
That peace would end too soon and St. Fabian was martyred in the year 250 A.D. His memory is celebrated on this day.
(from an earlier post)