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

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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 ›

St. Isidore of Seville

St. Isidore of Seville Born: 560 in Cartagena, Spain Died: April 4, 636 in Seville Canonized: 1598 by Pope Clement VIII Feast Day: April 4 Patronage: The Internet, computer technicians, programmers and students While he lived some 1400 years ago during a time when there was no such thing as electricity – never mind computers… Read More ›

St. Frances of Rome, Obl. S.B.

St. Frances of Rome, Obl. S.B. Born: 1384 in Rome Died: March 9, 1440 in Rome Canonized: 1608 by Pope Paul V in Rome Feast Day: March 9 Patronage: Benedictine Oblates, Automobile Drivers, Widows   There are many ways that someone can attempt to visit the Eternal City of Rome. Many will opt to see… Read More ›

Venerable Edvige Carboni, T.O.S.F.

Mystic, Stigmatic, Victim Soul & Laywoman Born: May 2, 1880 in Pozzomaggiore, Italy Died: February 17, 1952 in Rome, Italy (age 71) Declared Venerable: May 4, 2017 by Pope Francis1 Although countless mystics have been numbered among the Catholic faithful, not everyone feels comfortable with this aspect of the Church’s life. Things we don’t understand… Read More ›

Saint Timothy, Bishop and Martyr

  Born: AD 17, Lystra Died: AD 97, Macedonia Feast Day: January 26th (with Saint Titus) Patronage: stomach and intestinal disorders   One name that readily comes to mind when considering the growth and spread of Christianity in the earliest days of the Church is the apostle Paul, and it would be hard to overstate… Read More ›

St. Francis de Sales – January 24th

St. Francis de Sales – Bishop, Doctor of the Church – Feast Day:  January 24 Born:  August 21, 1567 in the Chateau de Sales, Duchy of Savoy, France Died:  December 28, 1622 at the age of 55 in Lyons, France Canonized April 8, 1665 Declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius IX November 16, 1877… Read More ›

Saint of the Month- St. Lucy

St. Lucy of Syracuse Born: c. 290 A.D. Died: 304 A.D. Patronage: The blind, maladies of the eyes         Upon entering our family home, to the right, on the wall above the closet, was an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary with the invocation, “God bless… Read More ›

St. Gertrude the Great

Born: June 6, 1256, at Eisleben, Germany Died: November 17, 1302 Canonized: 1677, by Pope Clement XII Feast Day: November 16 Patronage: West Indies, gardeners, widows, recently deceased people, the sick, the poor, the mentally ill, and travelers in search of lodging. “O Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of eternal life, Your Heart is a glowing furnace of… Read More ›

The Holy Guardian Angels

The Holy Guardian Angels Born: The Dawn of Creation Died: N/A Patronage: Humanity Establishment of Feast Day: In 1607 by Pope Paul V. Their feast is currently celebrated on October 2nd.   Among the first prayers I learned as a young child was the prayer to my Guardian Angel. Like many children, I had a… Read More ›

St. Isaac Jogues, Apostle of the Mohawks

Born: January 10, 1607 in Orléans, Kingdom of France Died: October 18, 1646 in Ossernon, Canada, New France Beatified: June 21, 1925 in Rome, Italy by Pope Pius XI Canonized: June 29, 1930 in Vatican City by Pope Pius XI Feast Day: September 26 (Canada), October 19 (U.S.A.) Patronage: Canada, the Americas “You will be… Read More ›