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…

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….

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…