Dec. 7: ST. AMBROSE, Bishop and Doctor of the Church


Dec. 7 ST. AMBROSE, Bishop and Doctor of the Church While living in Milan, serving the imperial government, St. Ambrose (340-397) was baptized and elected bishop of the city by popular acclaim. He distinguished himself by his apostolic zeal, service to the poor, and effective care of all the faithful. He defended the doctrine of…

Dec. 6: ST. NICHOLAS OF BARI.


December 6 ST. NICOLAS OF BARI, BISHOP Saint Nicholas (270–343), also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a Greek Bishop of Myra (Demre, part of modern-day Turkey) in Lycia. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting…

Nov. 24: ST. ANDREW DUNG-LAC, PRIEST AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS OF VIETNAM


Nov. 24 ST. ANDREW DUNG-LAC AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS OF VIETNAM The memorial of Andrew Dung-Lac (1795–1839) celebrates all of the Vietnamese Martyrs in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries (1625–1886). Christianity was brought to Vietnam in 1533 when the first Portuguese missionary arrived and spread widely during the 17th century. Persistent rebellions and political ideologies…

Nov. 22: ST. CECILIA, Virgin and Martyr.


November 22: Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr [Memorial] St. Cecilia is the patroness of musicians because, as she was dying, she sang to God. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. It was long supposed that she was a noble lady of Rome…

Nov. 16: ST. GERTRUDE, VIRGIN


Nov. 16 ST. GERTRUDE, VIRGIN Born at Eisleben, Germany, St. Gertrude (1256-1301) was received into the Cistercian nunnery. Aside from her deep spiritual life, nurtured in prayer and contemplation, she was known for her studies of literature and philosophy. She introduced the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which, centuries later, would spread throughout…