"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

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St. Agatha

February 1, 2019

St. Agatha Born: 231 AD in Palermo or Catania, Sicily Martyred: 251 AD in Catania Canonized: Pre-congregation by tradition confirmed by Gregory I Feast Day: February 5th Patronage: Bell-founders; breast cancer; breast disease; Sicily; Catania, Italy; against fire; earthquakes; eruptions of Mount Etna; fire; fire prevention; jewellers; martyrs; natural disasters; nurses; Palermo, Italy; rape victims; single laywomen;… Read More ›

St. Agnes

St. Agnes Born: 291 AD in Rome Martyred: 304 AD in Rome Canonized: 4th-5th Century AD Feast Day: January 21st  Patronage: Virgins, Chastity, Betrothed Couples, The Girl Guides, Gardeners Near the renowned Piazza Navona in the heart of ancient Rome is the magnificent Church of Sant’Angese in Agone (St. Agnes in Agony). The construction of… Read More ›

Blessed Charles de Foucauld: Little Brother of Jesus

  Born: 15 September 1858 in Strasbourg, France Died: 1 December 1916 (age 58) in Tamanrasset, French Algeria Beatified: 13 November 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI Feast: 1 December The thin, gaunt man knelt quietly on the ground, praying silently as a mass of armed men swept past him and into his hermitage. Although he… Read More ›

St. Albert the Great (by Fr. Cristino Bouvette)

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 was… Read More ›

Heart Speaks to Heart

Blessed John Henry Newman   Born: February 21, 1801 in London, England   Died:  August 11, 1890 in Birmingham, England   Beatified:  September 19, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI   Feast Day: October 9   Patronage: Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Word on Fire Institute[1]   Attributes: Cardinal’s attire   October’s colours and… Read More ›

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, 2012 “This great woman truly… Read More ›

St. Lawrence of Rome

St. Lawrence of Rome Born: December 31, 225 AD in Huesca, Spain. Martyred: August 10, 258 AD in Rome. Canonized: 4th Century AD Feast Day: August 10 Patronage: Comedians, Librarians, Chefs, Students, Tanners, Miners, Chefs, Roasters/Bbqers, The Poor, Fire Fighters and the Cities of Rome and Huesca. When one thinks of the saints that once walked… Read More ›

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Born: c. October 23,1491 at Azpeitia, Spain (Basque country) Died: July 31, 1556 in Rome, Italy Beatified: July 27, 1609 by Pope Paul V Canonized: March 12, 1622 by Pope Gregory XV Feast Day: July 31 Attributes: Eucharist, chasuble, book, cross Patronage: Society of Jesus, Dioceses of San Sebastián and Bilbao, Bisca and Gipuzkoa; Basque… Read More ›

St Thomas More

St Thomas More Born: February 7, 1477 in London to John and Agnes More Died: executed July 6, 1535, aged 57, London Beatified: 29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII Canonized: 19 May, 1935 by Pope Pius XI Feast Day: 22 June (date of St John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester’s execution 2 weeks before More)… Read More ›

St. Athanasius

Born: c. 296 Died: 2 May 373 Patriarch of Alexandria: 8 June 328 Patronage: Theologians       There is a classic phrase associated with one of the most important saints in the history of all the Church: Athanasius Contra Mundum – Athanasius Against the World. St. Athanasius of Alexandria, though having lived more than 1,500… Read More ›