June 21: ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA, Religious


June 21: ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA, Religious St. Aloysius (Luigi) Gonzaga (1568-1591) was born at his family’s castle in Castiglione delle Stiviere, between Brescia and Mantova in northern Italy in what was then part of the Duchy of Mantua. In November 1585, Aloysius gave up all rights of inheritance, went to Rome and joined the Society…

May 2: ST. ATHANASIUS, Bishop and Doctor of the Church


May 2  ST. ATHANASIUS, Bishop and Doctor of the Church St. Athanasius (295-373), Bishop of Alexandria, Egypt, became the champion of the faith against Arianism in the Council of Nicaea. He suffered persecution and was exiled for seventeen years for resisting compromise in essentials of the faith. He wrote many works on apologetics. From a…

April 30: ST. PIUS V, POPE OF THE CATECHISM.


April 30: ST. PIUS V, POPE Michael Ghislieri (1504-1572), a Dominican, became Pope Pius V. His pontificate was one of the most glorious in the 16th century. He enforced the decrees of the Council of Trent, published the Roman Catechism, and revised the Missal and Breviary. COLLECT O God, who in your providence raised up…

April 23: ST. GEORGE, Martyr


April 23 ST. GEORGE, Martyr   Popular tradition presents St. George(d. 303) as the knight who killed the dragon, making him a symbol of a triumph of faith against the forces of evil. He was the son of an illustrious family of Cappadocia and at a young age was raised to the ministry during Emperor Diocletian’s…

Feb. 23: ST. POLYCARP, BISHOP AND MARTYR. Martyrdom account.


Feb. 23: ST. POLYCARP, BISHOP AND MARTYR The martyrdom of Saint Polycarp by the Church of Smyrna A rich and pleasing sacrifice When the pyre was ready, Polycarp took off all his clothes and loosened his under-garment. He made an effort also to remove his shoes, though he had been unaccustomed to this, for the…

February 14: Sts. CYRIL AND METHODIUS, Patron Saints of Europe .


February 14: Sts. CYRIL AND METHODIUS, Patron Saints of Europe (preceded by Ash Wednesday on 2018) Dear brethren in Christ, though preceded by Ash Wednesday, tomorrow is also the feast of the Patron Saints of Europe, Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Let us ask God through the intercession of our saints to pray for Europe and…

Feb. 8: ST. JOSEPHINE BAHKITA, VIRGIN


Feb. 8 ST. JOSEPHINE BAHKITA, VIRGIN St. Josephine (c. 1869-1947) was born in western Sudan, in the village of Olgossa and belonged to the prestigious Daju people. Sometime between the age of seven to nine, she was kidnapped by slave traders. It is said that the trauma of her abduction caused her to forget her…

Jan. 20. ST. FABIAN, POPE AND MARTYR.


Jan. 20. ST. FABIAN, POPE AND MARTYR St. Fabian (d.250) was elected Pope in 236. He promoted the consolidation and development of the Church. He divided Rome into seven diaconates for the purpose of extending aid to the poor. The papacy acquired such prestige during this time that he incurred the ire of Emperor Decius….