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Blessed Michał Sopoćko – Feb. 15

February 2, 2016

Born: November 1, 1888 in Nowosady (near Vilnius), Lithuania Died: February 15, 1975 at Białystok, Poland Beatified: September 28, 2008 by Cardinal Angelo Amato at Białystok, Poland Attribute:1 Cassock The world might never have heard of Blessed Michał Sopoćko had it not been for a humble, uneducated Polish nun who we now know as St…. Read More ›

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St. Basil the Great

St. Basil the Great Born: 329 AD in Caesarea, Cappadocia (Modern Day Turkey) Died: January 1, 379 AD. Feast Day: January 2nd (In the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches, St. Basil’s Feast Day is often celebrated on January 1st) Patronage: The region of Cappadocia in Turkey, hospital administrators, Monastic reformers.     Among the many… Read More ›

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Saint Nicholas

Born: between AD 260 and 280 Died: 6 December AD 345 or 352 Feast Day: December 6th Patronage: Children, mariners, merchants, bakers, travellers, scholars, orphans, labourers, judges, paupers, marriageable maidens, students, and pawnbrokers, as well as Greece, Russia, many cities in Italy, Germany, Austria and Belgium   Even if you didn’t grow up in a… Read More ›

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St. Albert the Great

Born: 1205 or 1206 Died: 1280 Beatified: 1622 Canonized: 1931 Feast: 15 November Patron: Scientists I was privileged to be part of a group of pilgrims who attended World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, in 2005. It was a remarkable experience, primarily because it was the first WYD with the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI who… Read More ›

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Blessed Abbot Columba Marmion, O.S.B.

Born: April 1, 1858 in Dublin Ireland Died: January 30, 1923 (at the age of 65) Maredsous Abbey, Belgium Beatified: September 3, 2000 by  Pope John Paul II Feast Day: October 3 Here’s a thought to contemplate: “I owe more to Columba Marmion for initiating me into things spiritual than to any other spiritual writer.” – Pope St. John Paul II… Read More ›

St. Hildegard of BIngen is depicted on a gilded altarpiece inside the Rochuskapelle, a pilgrim church dedicated to St. Roch in the town of Bingen am Rhein, Germany. Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree May 10 that formalized her Sept. 17 feast and added her name to the church's catalogue of saints. The German Benedictine mystic, although venerated for centuries, had never been officially canonized. (CNS photo/courtesy of KNA) (May 11, 2012) See POPE-SAINTS May 10, 2012.

St. Hildegard of Bingen, O.S.B. – “A Feather on the Breath of God”

Born: 1098 at Bermersheim vor der Höhe, County Palatine of the Rhine, Holy Roman Empire Died: September 17, 1179 (at the age of 81) at Bingen am Rhein, County Palatine of the Rhine, Holy Roman Empire Canonized: May 10, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI Feast Day: September 17 Named Doctor of the Church1: October 7,… Read More ›

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St. Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Born: 1090, at Fontaines, near Dijon, France Died: August 21, 1153 at Clairvaux, France Canonized: January 18, 1174 Declared Doctor of the Church: 1830 Feast Day: August 20 Patron: Chandlers (candle-makers), beekeepers, bees, Gibraltar, Queens College, Cambridge, wax-melters, wax refiners.   Whenever the words “Catholic Pastoral Centre” appear on my iPhone, a… Read More ›

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St. Charbel the Wonderworker

St. Charbel Makhlouf of Bekaa-Kafra, Lebanon – “The Wonderworker” Born: May 8, 1828 Died: December 24, 1898 Beatified: December 6, 1965 by Pope Paul VI Canonized: October 9, 1977 by Pope Paul VI Feast Day: Third Sunday in July Venerated in Roman Catholic and Eastern Catholic Churches Just a few months ago, hardly a day… Read More ›

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St. Josemaría Escrivá

St. Josemaría Escrivá Born: 9 January 1902 Ordained: 28 March 1925 Died: 26 June 1975 Canonized 6 October 2002 Founder of the Personal Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei Since the day it was formed, Opus Dei has faced relentless attacks from every side. Yet, with 90,000 members around the world and a… Read More ›

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Saint Matthias

Born: 1st Century AD – Judea, Roman Empire Died: 80 AD – Judea, Jerusalem or in Colchis Canonized: Pre-Congregation Feast Day: May 14 Patronage: alcoholism; carpenters; Gary, Indiana; Great Falls-Billings, Montana; smallpox; tailors; hope; perseverance **********   A Thought to Contemplate It’s been said to those who believe themselves to be all that important and irreplaceable: “Get yourself a… Read More ›

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