Today’s Saint

Saint of the Day for April 23: St. George (c. 280 – April 23, 303)

By Franciscan Media Saint George’s Story – Saint George is the object of a vast amount of imagination. There is every reason to believe that he was […]

Saint of the Day for April 22: St. Adalbert of Prague (956 – April 23, 997)

By Franciscan Media Saint Adalbert of Prague’s Story – Opposition to the Good News of Jesus did not discourage Adalbert, who is now remembered with great honor […]

Saint of the Day for April 19: St. Gianna Beretta Molla (Oct. 4, 1922 – April 28, 1962)

By Franciscan Media Saint Gianna Beretta Molla’s Story – In less than 40 years, Gianna Beretta Molla became a pediatric physician, a wife, a mother and a […]

Saint of the Day for April 18: Blessed James Oldo (1364 – April 18, 1404)

By Franciscan Media Blessed James Oldo’s Story – You’ve heard rags-to-riches stories. Today, we celebrate the reverse. James of Oldo was born into a well-to-do family near […]

Saint of the Day for April 17: St. Benedict Joseph Labre (March 25, 1748 – April 17, 1783)

By Franciscan Media Saint Benedict Joseph Labre’s Story – Benedict Joseph Labre was truly eccentric, one of God’s special little ones. Born in France and the eldest […]

Saint of the Day for April 16: St. (Jan. 7, 1844 – April 16, 1879)

By Franciscan Media Saint Bernadette Soubirous’ Story – Bernadette Soubirous was born in 1844, the first child of an extremely poor miller in the town of Lourdes […]

Saint of the Day for April 15: St. Blessed Caesar de Bus (Feb. 3, 1544 – April 15, 1607)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Caesar de Bus’ Story – Like so many of us, Caesar de Bus struggled with the decision about what to do with his […]

Saint of the Day for April 13: St. Martin I (d. Sept. 6, 655)

By Franciscan Media Saint Martin I’s Story – When Martin I became pope in 649, Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine empire and the patriarch of […]

Saint of the Day for April 12: St. Teresa of Los Andes (July 13, 1900 – April 12, 1920)

By Franciscan Media Saint Teresa of Los Andes’ Story – One needn’t live a long life to leave a deep imprint. Teresa of Los Andes is proof […]

Saint of the Day for April 11: St. Stanislaus (July 26, 1030-April 11, 1079)

Saint Stanislaus’ Story Anyone who reads the history of Eastern Europe cannot help but chance on the name of Stanislaus, the saintly but tragic bishop of […]

Saint of the Day for April 9: St. Casilda (d. c. 1050)

By Franciscan Media Saint Casilda’s Story – Some saints’ names are far more familiar to us than others, but even the lives of obscure holy persons teach us […]

Saint of the Day for April 8: St. Julie Billiart (July 12, 1751 – April 8, 1816)

Saint Julie Billiart’s Story Born in Cuvilly, France, into a family of well-to-do farmers, young Marie Rose Julie Billiart showed an early interest in religion and […]

Saint of the Day for April 6: St. Crescentia Hoess (Oct. 20, 1682-April 5, 1744)

By Franciscan Media Saint Crescentia Hoess’ Story – Crescentia was born in 1682, the daughter of a poor weaver, in a little town near Augsburg. She spent play […]

Saint of the Day for April 5: St. Vincent Ferrer (Jan. 23, 1350 – April 5, 1419)

By Franciscan Media Saint Vincent Ferrer’s Story – The polarization in the Church today is a mild breeze compared with the tornado that ripped the Church apart during […]

Saint of the Day for April 4: St. Isidore of Seville (c. 560 – April 4, 636)

By Franciscan Media Saint Isidore of Seville’s Story – The 76 years of Isidore’s life were a time of conflict and growth for the Church in Spain. The […]

Saint of the Day for April 3: St. Benedict the African (1526 – 1589)

By Franciscan Media Saint Benedict the African’s Story – Benedict held important posts in the Franciscan Order and gracefully adjusted to other work when his terms of office […]

Saint of the Day for April 2: St. Francis of Paola (March 27, 1416 – April 2, 1507)

By Franciscan Media Saint Francis of Paola’s Story – Francis of Paola was a man who deeply loved contemplative solitude and wished only to be the “least in […]

Saint of the Day for April 1: St. Hugh of Grenoble (1053 – April 1, 1132)

By Franciscan Media Saint Hugh of Grenoble’s Story – Today’s saint could be a patron for those of us who feel so overwhelmed by all the problems in the […]

Saint of the Day for March 30: St. Peter Regalado (1390 – March 30, 1456)

By Franciscan Media Saint Peter Regalado’s Story – Peter lived at a very busy time in history. The Great Western Schism (1378-1417) was settled at the Council of […]

Saint of the Day for March 29: St. Ludovico of Casoria (March 11, 1814 – March 30, 1885)

by Franciscan Media Saint Ludovico of Casoria’s Story – Born in Casoria, near Naples, Arcangelo Palmentieri was a cabinet-maker before entering the Friars Minor in 1832, taking the […]

Saint of the Day for March 28: St. Catharine of Bologna (Sept. 8, 1413 -March 9, 1463 )

By Franciscan Media Saint Catharine of Bologna’s Story – Some Franciscan saints led fairly public lives; Catharine represents the saints who served the Lord in obscurity. Born in […]

Today’s Saint: St. Rupert

Catholic Online Bishop and missionary, also listed as Robert of Hrodbert. A member of a noble Frankish family, he was appointed bishop of Worms, Germany, and then dedicated […]

Saint of the Day for March 26: St. Catherine of Genoa (1447-Sept. 15, 1510)

By Franciscan Media Saint Catherine of Genoa’s story – Going to confession one day was the turning point of Catherine’s life. When Catherine was born, many Italian nobles […]

Saint of the Day for March 25: Annunciation of the Lord

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Annunciation of the Lord – The feast of the Annunciation, now recognized as a solemnity, was first celebrated in the fourth […]

Saint of the Day for March 23: St. Turibius of Mogrovejo (Nov. 16, 1538-March 23, 1606)

By Franciscan Media Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo’s Story – Together with Rose of Lima, Turibius is the first known saint of the New World, serving the Lord in […]

Saint of the Day for March 21: Blessed John of Parma (1209–1289)

By Franciscan Media Blessed John of Parma’s Story – The seventh general minister of the Franciscan Order, John was known for his attempts to bring back the earlier spirit […]

Saint of the Day for March 20: St. Salvator of Horta (1520 – March 18, 1567)

By Franciscan Media Saint Salvator of Horta’s Story – A reputation for holiness does have some drawbacks. Public recognition can be a nuisance at times—as the confreres […]

Saint of the Day for March 19: St. Joseph, Husband of Mary (? – ?)

When the Bible speaks of God “justifying” someone, it means that God, the all-holy or “righteous” one, so transforms a person that the individual shares somehow in God’s own holiness, and hence it is really “right” for God to love him or her. In other words, God is not playing games, acting as if we were lovable when we are not… By saying Joseph was “just,” the Bible means that he was one who was completely open to all that God wanted to do for him. He became holy by opening himself totally to God.

Saint of the Day for March 18: St. Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 315 – March 18, 386)

By Franciscan Media Saint Cyril of Jerusalem’s Story – The crises that the Church faces today may seem minor when compared with the threat posed by the Arian […]

Saint of the Day for March 16: St. Clement Mary Hofbauer (Dec. 26, 1751-March 15, 1820)

By Franciscan Media Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer’s Story – Clement might be called the second founder of the Redemptorists, as it was he who carried the congregation of Saint […]

Saint of the Day for March 15: St. Louise de Marillac (Aug. 12, 1591-March 15, 1660)

By Franciscan Media Saint Louise de Marillac’s Story – Born near Meux, France, Louise lost her mother when she was still a child, her beloved father when she […]

Saint of the Day for March 14: St. Maximilian (274 – March 12, 295)

By Franciscan Media Saint Maximilian’s Story – We have an early, almost unembellished account of the martyrdom of Saint Maximilian in modern-day Algeria. Brought before the proconsul Dion, […]

Saint of the Day for March 13: St. Leander of Seville (c. 534 – March 13, 600 or 601)

By Franciscan Media Saint Leander of Seville’s Story – The next time you recite the Nicene Creed at Mass, think of today’s saint. For it was Leander of […]

Saint of the Day for March 12: Blessed Angela Salawa (Sept. 9, 1881 – March 12, 1922)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Angela Salawa’s Story – Angela served Christ and Christ’s little ones with all her strength. Born in Siepraw, near Kraków, Poland, she was the […]

Saint of the Day for March 11: St. John Ogilvie (1579 – March 10, 1615)

By Franciscan Media Saint John Ogilvie’s Story John Ogilvie’s noble Scottish family was partly Catholic and partly Presbyterian. His father raised him as a Calvinist, sending him […]

Saint of the Day for March 7: Sts. Perpetua and Felicity  (d. 203)

By Franciscan Media Saints Perpetua and Felicity’s Story – “When my father in his affection for me was trying to turn me from my purpose by arguments and […]

Saint of the Day for March 6: Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes (Oct. 31, 1618 – May 26, 1645)

By Franciscan Media Saint Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes’ Story Mary Ann grew close to God and his people during her short life. The youngest of […]

Saint of the Day for March 5: St. John Joseph of the Cross (Aug. 15, 1654–March 5, 1734)

By Franciscan Media Saint John Joseph of the Cross’ Story – Self-denial is never an end in itself but is only a help toward greater charity—as the life of […]

Saint of the Day for March 4: St. Casimir (1458 – 1483)

By Franciscan Media Saint Casimir’s Story – Casimir, born of kings and in line to be a king himself, was filled with exceptional values and learning by a […]

Saint of the Day for March 2: St. Agnes of Bohemia (1205 – March 6, 1282)

By Franciscan Media Saint Agnes of Bohemia’s Story – Agnes had no children of her own but was certainly life-giving for all who knew her. Agnes was the daughter […]

Saint of the Day for March 1: St. David of Wales (d. March 1, 589)

By Franciscan Media Saint David of Wales’ Story – David is the patron saint of Wales and perhaps the most famous of British saints. Ironically, we have little […]

Saint of the Day for February 28: Blessed Daniel Brottier (Sept. 7, 1876–Feb. 28, 1936)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Daniel Brottier’s Story – Daniel spent most of his life in the trenches—one way or another. Born in France in 1876, Daniel was ordained […]

Saint of the Day for February 27: St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (March 1, 1838-Feb. 27, 1862)

By Franciscan Media Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows’ Story – Born in Italy into a large family and baptized Francis, Saint Gabriel lost his mother when he […]

Saint of the Day for February 26: St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin (Oct. 6, 1888-Oct. 20, 1922)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin’s Story – If anyone knew rejection, ridicule and disappointment, it was today’s saint. But such trials only brought Maria Bertilla Boscardin closer […]

Saint of the Day for February 25: Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio (Jan. 20, 1502–Feb. 25, 1600)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio’s Story – Sebastian’s roads and bridges connected many distant places. His final bridge-building was to help men and women recognize their […]

Saint of the Day for February 23: St. Polycarp (c. 69 – c. 155)

By Franciscan Media Saint Polycarp’s Story – Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, disciple of Saint John the Apostle and friend of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, was a revered Christian leader during […]

Saint of the Day for February 22: Chair of Saint Peter

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Chair of Saint Peter – This feast commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in his place as the servant-authority of […]

Saint of the Day for February 21: St. Peter Damian (988 – Feb. 22, 1072)

By Franciscan Media Saint Peter Damian’s Story – Maybe because he was orphaned and had been treated shabbily by one of his brothers, Peter Damian was very good […]

Saint of the Day for February 20: Jacinta and Francisco Marto

By Franciscan Media Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto’s Story (Jacinta: 1910 – February 20, 1920 | Francisco: 1908 – April 14, 1919) Between May 13 and October […]

Saint of the Day for February 19: St. Conrad of Piacenza (c. 1290 – Feb. 19, 1351)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Conrad of Piacenza’s Story – Born of a noble family in northern Italy, Conrad as a young man married Euphrosyne, daughter of a nobleman. […]

Saint of the Day for February 18: Blessed John of Fiesole (1387 – Feb. 18, 1455)

By Franciscan Media Blessed John of Fiesole’s Story – The patron of Christian artists was born around 1400 in a village overlooking Florence. He took up painting as […]

Saint of the Day for February 16: St. Gilbert of Sempringham (c. 1083 – Feb. 4, 1189)

By Franciscan Media Saint Gilbert of Sempringham’s Story – Gilbert was born in Sempringham, England, into a wealthy family, but he followed a path quite different from that expected […]

Saint of the Day for February 15: St. Claude de la Colombière (Feb. 2,1641–Feb. 15, 1682)

By Franciscan Media Saint Claude de la Colombière’s Story – This is a special day for the Jesuits, who claim today’s saint as one of their own. It’s also […]

Saint of the Day for February 14: St. Cyril and Methodius

By Franciscan Media Saint of the Day for February 14: St. Cyril and Methodius (Cyril: c. 827 – February 14, 869; Methodius: c. 815 – April 6, 884) […]

Saint of the Day for February 13: St. Giles Mary of St. Joseph (Nov. 16, 1729-Feb. 7, 1812)

By Franciscan Media Saint Giles Mary of Saint Joseph’s Story – In the same year that a power-hungry Napoleon Bonaparte led his army into Russia, Giles Mary of […]

Saint of the Day for February 12: St. Apollonia (d. c. 249)

By Franciscan Media Saint Apollonia’s Story – The persecution of Christians began in Alexandria during the reign of the Emperor Philip. The first victim of the pagan mob […]

Saint of the Day for February 11: Our Lady of Lourdes

By Franciscan Media The Story of Our Lady of Lourdes – On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the apostolic […]

Saint of the Day for February 9: Jerome Emiliani (1486 – Feb. 8, 1537)

By Franciscan Media Saint Jerome Emiliani’s Story – A careless and irreligious soldier for the city-state of Venice, Jerome was captured in a skirmish at an outpost town […]

Saint of the Day for February 8: St.  Josephine Bakhita (c. 1869-Feb. 8, 1947)

By Franciscan Media Saint Josephine Bakhita’s Story – For many years, Josephine Bakhita was a slave but her spirit was always free and eventually that spirit prevailed. Born in […]

Saint of the Day for February 7: St. Colette (Jan. 13, 1381 – March 6, 1447)

By Franciscan Media  Saint Colette’s Story – Colette did not seek the limelight, but in doing God’s will she certainly attracted a lot of attention. Colette was born in […]

Saint of the Day for February 6: St. Paul Miki and Companions (d. 1597)

By Franciscan Media Saint Paul Miki and Companions’ Story – Nagasaki, Japan, is familiar to Americans as the city on which the second atomic bomb was dropped, immediately killing […]

Saint of the Day for February 5: St. Agatha (c. 230 – 251)

By Franciscan Media Saint Agatha’s Story – As in the case of Agnes, another virgin-martyr of the early Church, almost nothing is historically certain about this saint except […]

Saint of the Day for February 4: St. Joseph of Leonissa (Jan. 8, 1556  – Feb. 4, 1612)

By Franciscan Media Saint Joseph of Leonissa’s Story – Joseph was born at Leonissa in the Kingdom of Naples. As a boy and as a student in early […]

Saint of the Day for February 2: Presentation of the Lord

 By Franciscan Media The Story of the Presentation of the Lord – At the end of the fourth century, a woman named Etheria made a pilgrimage to […]

Saint of the Day for February 1: St. Ansgar (801 – February 3, 865)

By Franciscan Media Saint Ansgar’s Story -The “apostle of the north” (Scandinavia) had enough frustrations to become a saint—and he did. He became a Benedictine at Corbie, […]

Saint of the Day for January 31: St. John Bosco (Aug. 16, 1815-Jan. 31, 1888)

By Franciscan Media Saint John Bosco’s Story – John Bosco’s theory of education could well be used in today’s schools. It was a preventive system, rejecting corporal punishment […]

Saint of the Day for January 30: Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska (May 16, 1825-Oct. 10, 1899)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska’s Story – Today we honor a woman who submitted to God’s will throughout her life—a life filled with pain and […]

Saint of the Day for January 29: Servant of God Brother Juniper (d. 1258)

By Franciscan Media Servant of God Brother Juniper’s Story – “Would to God, my brothers, I had a whole forest of such Junipers,” said Francis of this holy […]

Saint of the Day for January 28: St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 – March 7, 1274)

by Franciscan Media Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Story – By universal consent, Thomas Aquinas is the preeminent spokesman oAdd Newf the Catholic tradition of reason and of divine revelation. […]

Saint of the Day for January 26: Sts. Timothy and Titus (d. c. 95)

By Franciscan Media Saints Timothy and Titus’ Story – What we know from the New Testament of Timothy’s life makes it sound like that of a modern harried […]

Saint of the Day for January 25: The Conversion of Saint Paul

 By Franciscan Media The Story of the Conversion of Saint Paul – Saint Paul’s entire life can be explained in terms of one experience—his meeting with Jesus on the […]

Saint of the Day for January 24: Francis de Sales (Aug. 21, 1567-Dec. 28, 1622)

By Franciscan Media Saint Francis de Sales’ Story – Francis was destined by his father to be a lawyer so that the young man could eventually take his […]

Saint of the Day for January 23: St. Marianne Cope (Jan. 23, 1838-Aug. 9, 1918)

By Franciscan Media Saint Marianne Cope’s Story – Though leprosy scared off most people in 19th-century Hawaii, that disease sparked great generosity in the woman who came to […]

Saint of the Day for January 22: St. Vincent of Zaragossa (d. c. 304)

By Franciscan Media Saint Vincent of Zaragossa’s Story – Most of what we know about this saint comes from the poet Prudentius. His Acts have been rather freely colored by the […]

Saint of the Day for January 21: St. Agnes (d. c. 258)

By Franciscan Media Saint Agnes’ Story – Almost nothing is known of this saint except that she was very young—12 or 13—when she was martyred in the last […]

Saint of the Day for January 19: St. Fabian (c. 200 – Jan. 20, 250)

By Franciscan Media Saint Fabian’s Story – Fabian was a Roman layman who came into the city from his farm one day as clergy and people were preparing […]

Saint of the Day for January 18: St. Charles of Sezze (Oct. 19, 1613-Jan. 6, 1670)

By Franciscan Media Saint Charles of Sezze’s Story – Charles thought that God was calling him to be a missionary in India, but he never got there. God […]

Saint of the Day for January 17: St. Anthony of Egypt (Saint Anthony the Abbot) (251 – 356)

By Franciscan Media Saint Anthony of Egypt’s Story – The life of Anthony will remind many people of Saint Francis of Assisi. At 20, Anthony was so moved by […]

Saint of the Day for January 16: St. Berard and Companions (d. Jan. 16, 1220)

By Franciscan Media Saint Berard and Companions’ Story – Preaching the gospel is often dangerous work. Leaving one’s homeland and adjusting to new cultures, governments and languages is difficult […]

Saint of the Day for January 15: St. Paul the Hermit (c. 233 – c. 345)

By Franciscan Media Saint Paul the Hermit’s Story – It is unclear what we really know of Paul’s life, how much is fable, how much is fact. Paul […]

Saint of the Day for January 14: St. Gregory Nazianzen (c. 325 – c. 390)

By Franciscan Media Saint Gregory Nazianzen’s Story – After his baptism at 30, Gregory gladly accepted his friend Basil’s invitation to join him in a newly founded monastery. The […]

Saint of the Day for January 12: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (April 17, 1620 – Jan. 12, 1700)

By Franciscan Media Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys’ Story – “God closes a door and then opens a window,” people sometimes say when dealing with their own disappointment or someone else’s. […]

Saint of the Day for January 11: Blessed William Carter (c. 1548 – Jan. 11, 1584)

By Franciscan Media Blessed William Carter’s Story – Born in London, William Carter entered the printing business at an early age. For many years he served as apprentice […]

Saint of the Day for January 10: St. Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335 – 395)

By Franciscan Media Saint Gregory of Nyssa’s Story – The son of two saints, Basil and Emmilia, young Gregory was raised by his older brother, Saint Basil the Great, […]

Saint of the Day for January 9: St. Adrian of Canterbury

By Franciscan Media Saint Adrian of Canterbury’s Story – Though Saint Adrian turned down a papal request to become Archbishop of Canterbury, England, Pope Saint Vitalian accepted the rejection on the […]

Saint of the Day for January 8: St. Angela of Foligno (1248 – Jan. 4, 1309)

By Franciscan Media Saint Angela of Foligno’s story – Some saints show marks of holiness very early. Not Angela! Born of a leading family in Foligno, Italy, she […]

Saint of the Day for January 7: St. Raymond of Peñafort (1175 – Jan. 6, 1275)

By Franciscan Media Saint Raymond of Peñafort’s Story – Since Raymond lived into his hundredth year, he had a chance to do many things. As a member of the […]

Saint of the Day for January 4: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Aug. 28, 1774 – Jan. 4, 1821)

By Franciscan Media Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Story – Mother Seton is one of the keystones of the American Catholic Church. She founded the first American religious community […]

Saint of the Day for January 2: Basil the Great (329 – January 1, 379)

By Franciscan Media Saint Basil the Great’s Story -Basil was on his way to becoming a famous teacher when he decided to begin a religious life of […]

Saint of the Day for December 29: Thomas Becket (Dec. 21, 1118 – Dec. 29, 1170)

By Franciscan Media Saint Thomas Becket’s Story – A strong man who wavered for a moment, but then learned one cannot come to terms with evil, and so […]

Saint of the Day for December 28: Holy Innocents

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Holy Innocents – Herod “the Great,” king of Judea, was unpopular with his people because of his connections with the Romans […]

Saint of the Day for December 27: St. John the Apostle (6 – 100)

By Franciscan Media Saint John the Apostle’s Story – It is God who calls; human beings answer. The vocation of John and his brother James is stated very […]

Saint of the Day for December 26: St. Stephen (d. c. 36 )

By Franciscan Media Saint Stephen’s Story – “As the number of disciples continued to grow, the Greek-speaking Christians complained about the Hebrew-speaking Christians, saying that their widows were […]

Saint of the Day for December 24: Christmas at Greccio

By Franciscan Media The Story of Christmas at Greccio – What better way to prepare for the arrival of the Christ Child than to take a brief journey […]

Saint of the Day for December 22: Blessed Jacopone da Todi (c. 1230 – Dec. 25, 1306)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Jacopone da Todi’s Story – Jacomo or James, was born a noble member of the Benedetti family in the northern Italian city of Todi. […]

Saint of the Day for December 21: St. Peter Canisius (May 8, 1521 – Dec. 21, 1597)

By Franciscan Media Saint Peter Canisius’ Story – The energetic life of Peter Canisius should demolish any stereotypes we may have of the life of a saint as […]

Saint of the Day for December 20: St. Dominic of Silos (c. 1000 – Dec. 20, 1073)

By Franciscan Media Saint Dominic of Silos’ Story – It’s not the founder of the Dominicans we honor today, but there’s a poignant story that connects both Dominics. […]

Saint of the Day for December 19: Blessed Pope Urban V (1310 – Dec. 19, 1370)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Pope Urban V’s Story – In 1362, the man elected pope declined the office. When the cardinals could not find another person among them […]

Saint of the Day for December 18: Blessed Anthony Grassi (Nov. 13, 1592 – Dec. 13, 1671)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Anthony Grassi’s Story – Anthony’s father died when his son was only 10 years old, but the young lad inherited his father’s devotion to […]

Saint of the Day for December 17: St. Hildegard of Bingen (Sept. 16, 1098-Sept. 17, 1179)

By Franciscan Media Saint Hildegard of Bingen’s Story – Abbess, artist, author, composer, mystic, pharmacist, poet, preacher, theologian—where to begin in describing this remarkable woman? Born into a […]

Saint of the Day for December 15: Blessed Mary Frances Schervier (Jan. 3, 1819-Dec. 14, 1876)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Mary Frances Schervier’s Story – This woman who once wanted to become a Trappistine nun was instead led by God to establish a community […]

Saint of the Day for December 14: St. John of the Cross (June 24, 1541 – Dec. 14, 1591)

 By Franciscan Media Saint John of the Cross’ Story – John is a saint because his life was a heroic effort to live up to his name: “of […]

Saint of the Day for December 13: St. Lucy (283 – 304)

By Franciscan Media Saint Lucy’s Story – Every little girl named Lucy must bite her tongue in disappointment when she first tries to find out what there is to […]

DECEMBER 12th: Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day: Facts & Celebration Ideas

By Gretchen Filz, The Catholic Company – December 12th  is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, unborn children, and the New Evangelization… Our Lady of Guadalupe is unlike any other apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. First, it is the only apparition where Our Lady left a miraculous image of herself unmade by human hands.  Second, it is the only universally venerated Madonna and Child image where Our Lady appears pregnant instead of holding the Infant Jesus.

Saint of the Day for December 11: St. Damasus I (304 – Dec. 11, 384)

By Franciscan Media Saint Damasus I’s Story – To his secretary Saint Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the virgin […]

Saint of the Day for December 10: Blessed Adolph Kolping (Dec. 8, 1813 – Dec. 4, 1865)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Adolph Kolping’s Story – The rise of the factory system in 19th-century Germany brought many single men into cities where they faced new challenges […]

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Story of the Immaculate Conception of Mary – A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. It is now recognized as a solemnity.

Saint of the Day for December 7: St. Ambrose (337 – April 4, 397)

By Franciscan Media Saint Ambrose’s Story – One of Ambrose’s biographers observed that at the Last Judgment, people would still be divided between those who admired Ambrose and […]

Saint of the Day for December 6: St. Nicholas (March 15, 270 – Dec. 6, 343)

By Franciscan Media Saint Nicholas’ Story – The absence of the “hard facts” of history is not necessarily an obstacle to the popularity of saints, as the devotion […]

Saint of the Day for December 5: St. Sabas (439 – Dec. 5, 532)

By Franciscan Media Saint Sabas’ Story – Born in Cappadocia, Sabas is one of the most highly regarded patriarchs among the monks of Palestine, and is considered one of […]

Saint of the Day for December 4: St. John Damascene (c. 676 -749)

By Franciscan Media Saint John Damascene’s Story – John spent most of his life in the Monastery of Saint Sabas near Jerusalem, and all of his life under […]

Saint of the Day for December 3: St. Francis Xavier (April 7, 1506 – Dec. 3, 1552)

By Franciscan Media Saint Francis Xavier’s Story – Jesus asked, “What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” (Matthew 16:26a). The […]

Saint of the Day for December 1: Blessed Charles de Foucauld (Sept. 15, 1858 – Dec. 1, 1916)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Charles de Foucauld’s Story – Born into an aristocratic family in Strasbourg, France, Charles was orphaned at the age of 6, raised by his […]

Saint of the Day for November 30: St. Andrew (d. 60?)

Saint Andrew’s Story – Andrew was Saint Peter’s brother, and was called with him. “As [Jesus] was walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, […]

Saint of the Day for November 29: St. Clement (d. 101)

By Franciscan Media Saint Clement’s Story – Clement of Rome was the third successor of Saint Peter, reigning as pope during the last decade of the first […]

Saint of the Day for November 28: St. James of the Marche (1394 – Nov. 28, 1476)

By Franciscan Media Saint James of the Marche’s Story – Meet one of the fathers of the modern pawnshop! James was born in the Marche of Ancona, in […]

Saint of the Day for November 27: St. Francesco Antonio Fasani (Aug. 6, 1681 – Nov. 29, 1742)

By Franciscan Media Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani’s Story – Born in Lucera, Francesco entered the Conventual Franciscans in 1695. After his ordination 10 years later, he taught philosophy […]

Saint of the Day for November 26: St. Columban (543 – Nov. 21, 615)

By Franciscan Media Saint Columban’s Story – Columban was the greatest of the Irish missionaries who worked on the European continent. As a young man who was greatly tormented […]

Saint of the Day for November 24: St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions (1791 – Dec. 21, 1839; Companions d. 1820 – 1862)

By Franciscan Media Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions’ Story – Andrew Dung-Lac, a Catholic convert ordained to the priesthood, was one of 117 people martyred in Vietnam between 1820 […]

Saint of the Day for November 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

By Franciscan Media – The Story of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal Church.

Saint of the Day for November 20: St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (Aug. 29, 1769 – Nov. 18, 1852)

By Franciscan Media Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne’s Story – Born in Grenoble, France, of a family that was among the new rich, Rose learned political skills from her father […]

Saint of the Day for November 19: St. Agnes of Assisi (c. 1197 –  Nov. 16, 1253)

 by Franciscan Media Saint Agnes of Assisi’s Story – Born Caterina Offreducia, Agnes was the younger sister of Saint Clare, and her first follower. When Caterina left home two weeks […]

Saint of the Day for November 17: St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207 – Nov. 17, 1231)

By Franciscan Media Saint Elizabeth of Hungary’s Story – In her short life, Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness […]

Saint of the Day for November 16: St. Margaret of Scotland (1045 – Nov. 16, 1093)

By Franciscan Media Saint Margaret of Scotland’s Story – Margaret of Scotland was a truly liberated woman in the sense that she was free to be herself. For […]

Saint of the Day for November 15: St. Albert the Great (1206 – Nov. 15, 1280)

By Franciscan Media Saint Albert the Great’s Story – Albert the Great was a 13th-century German Dominican who decisively influenced the Church’s stance toward Aristotelian philosophy brought to […]

Saint of the Day for November 14: St. Gertrude the Great (Jan. 6, 1256 – Nov. 17, 1302)

By Franciscan Media Saint Gertrude the Great’s Story – Gertrude, a Benedictine nun in Helfta, Saxony, was one of the great mystics of the 13th century. Together with her […]

Saint of the Day for November 13: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (July 15, 1850-Dec. 22, 1917)

By Franciscan Media Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini’s Story – Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized. Her deep trust in the loving care of […]

Saint of the Day for November 12: St. Josaphat (c. 1580 –  Nov. 12, 1623)

By Franciscan Media Saint Josaphat’s Story – In 1964, newspaper photos of Pope Paul VI embracing Athenagoras I, the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, marked a significant step toward […]

Saint of the Day for November 10:  St. Leo the Great (d. Nov. 10, 461)

By Franciscan Media Saint Leo the Great’s Story – With apparent strong conviction of the importance of the Bishop of Rome in the Church, and of the […]

Saint of the Day for November 9: Dedication of St. John Lateran

 By Franciscan Media Story of the Dedication of St. John Lateran – Most Catholics think of St. Peter’s as the pope’s main church, but they are wrong. St. […]

Saint of the Day for November 8: Blessed John Duns Scotus (c. 1266 – Nov. 8, 1308)

 By Franciscan Media Blessed John Duns Scotus’ Story – A humble man, John Duns Scotus has been one of the most influential Franciscans through the centuries. Born at […]

Saint of the Day: St. Didacus November 7 (c. 1400 – November 12, 1463)

By Franciscan Media Saint Didacus’ Story – Didacus is living proof that God “chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is […]

Saint of the Day for November 6: St. Nicholas Tavelic and Companions (1340 – Nov. 14, 1391)

By Franciscan Media Saint Nicholas Tavelic and Companions’ Story – Nicholas and his three companions are among the 158 Franciscans who have been martyred in the Holy Land […]

Saint of the Day for November 5: St. Peter Chrysologus (c. 406 – c. 450)

By Franciscan Media Saint Peter Chrysologus’ Story – A man who vigorously pursues a goal may produce results far beyond his expectations and his intentions. Thus it was with […]

Saint of the Day for November 3: St. Martin de Porres (Dec. 9, 1579 – Nov. 3, 1639)

By Franciscan Media Saint Martin de Porres’ Story – “Father unknown” is the cold legal phrase sometimes used on baptismal records. “Half-breed” or “war souvenir” is the cruel […]

Saint of the Day for November 2: Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

By Franciscan Media – The Story of the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed – The Church has encouraged prayer for the dead from the earliest times as an act of Christian charity. “If we had no care for the dead,” Augustine noted, “we would not be in the habit of praying for them.” Yet pre-Christian rites for the deceased retained such a strong hold on the superstitious imagination that a liturgical commemoration was not observed until the early Middle Ages…

Solemnity of All Saints, November 1

The Story of the Solemnity of All Saints – The earliest certain observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of “all the martyrs.” In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagon-loads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods….

Saint of the Day for October 31: St. Wolfgang of Regensburg (c. 924 – Aug. 31, 994)

By Franciscan Media Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg’s Story – Wolfgang was born in Swabia, Germany, and was educated at a school located at the abbey of Reichenau. There […]

Saint of the Day for October 30: St. Alphonsus Rodriguez (1533 – Oct. 30, 1617)

By Franciscan Media Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez’s Story -Tragedy and challenge beset today’s saint early in life, but Alphonsus Rodriguez found happiness and contentment through simple service and […]

Saint of the Day for October 29: Narcissus of Jerusalem (d. c. 216)

By Franciscan Medi Saint Narcissus of Jerusalem’s Story – Life in second- and third-century Jerusalem couldn’t have been easy, but Saint Narcissus managed to live well beyond 100. […]

Saint of the Day for October 27: Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza (c. 1200 – 1271)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza’s Story – Dominicans honor one of their own today, Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza. This was a man who used his skills […]

Saint of the Day for October 26: St. Peter of Alcantara (1499 – Oct. 18, 1562)

By Franciscan Media Saint Peter of Alcantara’s Story – Peter was a contemporary of well-known 16th-century Spanish saints, including Ignatius of Loyola and John of the Cross. He […]

Saint of the Day for October 25: St. Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão (1739 – Dec. 23, 1822)

By Franciscan Media Saint Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão’s Story – God’s plan in a person’s life often takes unexpected turns which become life-giving through cooperation with God’s grace. Born […]

Saint of the Day for October 24: St. Anthony Mary Claret (Dec. 23, 1807 – Oct. 24, 1870)

By Franciscan Media Saint Anthony Mary Claret’s Story – The “spiritual father of Cuba” was a missionary, religious founder, social reformer, queen’s chaplain, writer and publisher, archbishop, and refugee. […]

Saint of the Day for October 23: St. John of Capistrano (June 24, 1386 – Oct. 23, 1456)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM Saint John of Capistrano’s Story – It has been said the Christian saints are the world’s greatest optimists. Not blind to the existence […]

Saint of the Day for October 22: St. John Paul II (May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005)

By Franciscan Media Saint John Paul II’s Story – “Open wide the doors to Christ,” urged John Paul II during the homily at the Mass where he was […]

Saint of the Day for October 19: Sts. Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions (d. 1642 – 1649)

By Franciscan Media Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions’ Story – Isaac Jogues and his companions were the first martyrs of the North American continent officially […]

Saint of the Day for October 18: St. Luke (d. c. 84)

By Franciscan Media Saint Luke’s Story – Luke wrote one of the major portions of the New Testament, a two-volume work comprising the third Gospel and Acts of […]

Saint of the Day for October 17: St. Ignatius of Antioch (d. c. 107)

By Franciscan Media Saint Ignatius of Antioch’s Story – Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. In the year 107, Emperor Trajan […]

Saint of the Day for October 16: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (July 22, 1647 – Oct. 17, 1690)

By Franciscan Media Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s Story – Margaret Mary was chosen by Christ to arouse the Church to a realization of the love of God symbolized […]

Saint of the Day for October 15: St. Teresa of Avila (March 28, 1515 – Oct. 4, 1582)

 Saint Teresa of Avila’s Story – Teresa lived in an age of exploration as well as political, social, and religious upheaval. It was the 16th century, a […]

Saint of the Day for October 13: Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher (Oct. 6, 1811 – Oct. 6, 1849)

by Franciscan Media Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher’s Story – Canada was one diocese from coast to coast during the first eight years of Marie-Rose Durocher’s life. Its half-million Catholics […]

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Saint of the Day for October 12: Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos (Jan. 11, 1819 – Oct. 4, 1867)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos’ Story – Zeal as a preacher and a confessor led Father Seelos to works of compassion as well. Born in […]

Saint of the Day for October 11: St. John XXIII (Nov. 25, 1881 – June 3, 1963)

By Franciscan Media Saint John XXIII’s Story – Although few people had as great an impact on the 20th century as Pope John XXIII, he avoided the limelight […]

Saint of the Day for October 10: Francis Borgia (Oct. 28, 1510 – Sept. 30, 1572)

By Franciscan Media Saint Francis Borgia’s Story – Today’s saint grew up in an important family in 16th-century Spain, serving in the imperial court and quickly advancing in […]

Saint of the Day for October 9: St. Denis and Companions (d. 258?)

By Franciscan Media Saint Denis and Companions’ Story – This martyr and patron of France is regarded as the first bishop of Paris. His popularity is due to […]

Saint of the Day for October 8: St. John Leonardi (1541 – October 9, 1609)

by Franciscan Media Saint John Leonardi’s Story – “I am only one person! Why should I do anything? What good would it do?” Today, as in any age, people […]

Saint of the Day for October 6: Saint Bruno (c. 1030 – October 6, 1101)

By Franciscan Media Saint Bruno’s Story – This saint has the honor of having founded a religious order which, as the saying goes, has never had to be […]

Saint of the Day for October 5: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (Aug. 25, 1905 – Oct. 5, 1938)

By Franciscan Media Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska’s Story – Saint Faustina’s name is forever linked to the annual feast of the Divine Mercy, the Divine Mercy chaplet, and the […]

Saint of the Day for October 4: St. Francis of Assisi (Sept. 26, 1182 – Oct. 3, 1226)

By Franciscan Media Saint Francis of Assisi’s Story – Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not […]

Saint of the Day for October 3: St. Theodora Guérin (Oct. 2, 1798 – May 14, 1856)

By Franciscan Media Saint Theodora Guérin’s Story – Trust in God’s Providence enabled Mother Theodore to leave her homeland, sail halfway around the world, and found a new religious […]

Saint of the Day for October 2: Feast of the Guardian Angels

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Feast of the Guardian Angels – Perhaps no aspect of Catholic piety is as comforting to parents as the belief that […]

Saint of the Day for October 1: St Thérèse of Lisieux (Jan. 2, 1873 – Sept. 30, 1897)

By Franciscan Media – “I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul.”… These are the words of Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun called the “Little Flower,” who lived a cloistered life of obscurity in the convent of Lisieux, France. And her preference for hidden sacrifice did indeed convert souls. Few saints of God are more popular than this young nun. Her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, is read and loved throughout the world.

Saint of the Day for September 29: Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

By Franciscan Media Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael’s Story – Angels—messengers from God—appear frequently in Scripture, but only Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are named. Michael appears in Daniel’s vision […]

Saint of the Day for September 28: St. Wenceslaus (c. 907 – 929)

By Franciscan Media Saint Wenceslaus’ Story – If saints have been falsely characterized as “other worldly,” the life of Wenceslaus stands as an example to the contrary: He […]

Saint of the Day for September 27: St. Vincent de Paul (1580 – September 27, 1660)

By Franciscan Media Saint Vincent de Paul’s Story – The deathbed confession of a dying servant opened Vincent de Paul’s eyes to the crying spiritual needs of the […]

Saint of the Day for September 26: Blessed Pope Paul VI (Sept. 26, 1897 – Aug. 6, 1978)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Paul VI’s Story – Born near Brescia in northern Italy, Giovanni Battista Montini was the second of three sons. His father, Giorgio, was a […]

Saint of the Day for September 25: Saints Louis Martin and Zélie Guerin

By Franciscan Media Saint of the Day for September 25: Saints Louis Martin and Zélie Guerin (August 22, 1823 – July 29, 1894; December 23, 1831 – August 28, […]

Saint of the Day for September 24: Blessed John Henry Newman (Feb. 21, 1801 – Aug. 11, 1890)

By Franciscan Media Blessed John Henry Newman’s Story – John Henry Newman, the 19th-century’s most important English-speaking Roman Catholic theologian, spent the first half of his life as […]

Saint of the Day for September 22: St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions (1600 – Sept. 29 or 30, 1637)

By Franciscan Media Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions’ Story – Lorenzo was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese […]

Saint of the Day for September 21: Saint Matthew (c. 1st Century)

By Franciscan Media Saint Matthew’s Story – Matthew was a Jew who worked for the occupying Roman forces, collecting taxes from other Jews. The Romans were not scrupulous about […]

Saint of the Day for September 18: St. Joseph of Cupertino (June 17, 1603 – Sept. 18, 1663)

By Franciscan Media Saint Joseph of Cupertino’s Story – Joseph of Cupertino is most famous for levitating at prayer. Already as a child, Joseph showed a fondness for prayer. After […]

Saint of the Day for September 17: St. Robert Bellarmine (Oct. 4, 1542 – Sept. 17, 1621)

By Franciscan Media Saint Robert Bellarmine’s Story – When Robert Bellarmine was ordained in 1570, the study of Church history and the fathers of the Church was in […]

Saint of the Day for September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows

By Franciscan Media The Story of Our Lady of Sorrows – For a while there were two feasts in honor of the Sorrowful Mother: one going back to […]

Saint of the Day for September 14: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Early in the fourth century, Saint Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, went to […]

Saint of the Day for September 13: St. John Chrysostom (c. 349 – Sept. 14, 407)

By Franciscan Media Saint John Chrysostom’s Story – The ambiguity and intrigue surrounding John, the great preacher (his name means “golden-mouthed”) from Antioch, are characteristic of the life of […]

Saint of the Day for September 12:  Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary – This feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name […]

Saint of the Day for September 11: St. Cyprian (d. 258)

By Franciscan Media Saint Cyprian’s Story – Cyprian is important in the development of Christian thought and practice in the third century, especially in northern Africa. Highly educated, […]

Saint of the Day for September 10: St. Thomas of Villanova (1488 – Sept. 8, 1555)

By Franciscan Media Saint Thomas of Villanova’s Story – Saint Thomas was from Castile in Spain and received his surname from the town where he was raised. He received […]

Saint of the Day for September 7: Blessed Frédéric Ozanam (April 23, 1813 – Sept. 8, 1853)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Frédéric Ozanam’s Story – A man convinced of the inestimable worth of each human being, Frédéric served the poor of Paris well, and […]

Saint of the Day for September 6: Blessed Claudio Granzotto (Aug. 23, 1900 – Aug. 15, 1947)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Claudio Granzotto’s Story – Born in Santa Lucia del Piave near Venice, Claudio was the youngest of nine children and was accustomed to hard […]

Saint of the Day for September 5: St. Teresa of Calcutta (Aug. 26, 1910 – Sept. 5, 1997)

Image: Mother Teresa accompanies Pope John Paul II as he visits people at the Home For the Dying in Kolkata, India, in 1986. (CNS photo/Arturo Mari, L’Osservatore […]

Saint of the Day for September 4: St. Rose of Viterbo (1233 – March 6, 1251)

By Franciscan Media Saint Rose of Viterbo’s Story – Even as a child, Rose had a great desire to pray and to aid the poor. While still very […]

Saint of the Day for September 1: St. Giles (c. 650 – 710)

By Franciscan Media Saint Giles’ Story – Despite the fact that much about Saint Giles is shrouded in mystery, we can say that he was one of the most popular […]

Saint of the Day for August 31: St. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus

 By Franciscan Media Saint Joseph of Arimathea’s and Nicodemus’ Story – The actions of these two influential Jewish leaders give insight into the charismatic power of Jesus and […]

Saint of the Day for August 30: St. Jeanne Jugan (Oct.  25, 1792 – Aug. 29, 1879)

By Franciscan Media Saint Jeanne Jugan’s Story – Born in northern France during the French Revolution—a time when congregations of women and men religious were being suppressed by […]

Saint of the Day for August 29: Martyrdom of John the Baptist

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Martyrdom of John the Baptist – The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honor, a seductive […]

Saint of the Day for August 28: St. Augustine of Hippo (Nov. 13, 354 – Aug. 28, 430)

by Franciscan Media Saint Augustine’s Story – A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: Many people are familiar with the biographical sketch […]

Saint of the Day for August 27: Saint Monica (c. 330 – 387)

By Franciscan Media Saint Monica’s Story – The circumstances of Saint Monica’s life could have made her a nagging wife, a bitter daughter-in-law, and a despairing parent, yet […]

Saint of the Day for August 24: Bartholomew (b. 1st century)

By Franciscan Media Saint Bartholomew’s Story – In the New Testament, Bartholomew is mentioned only in the lists of the apostles. Some scholars identify him with Nathanael, a […]

Saint of the Day for August 23: St. Rose of Lima (April 20, 1586 – Aug.  24, 1617)

By Franciscan Media Saint Rose of Lima’s Story – The first canonized saint of the New World has one characteristic of all saints—the suffering of opposition—and another […]

Saint of the Day for August 22: Queenship of Mary

By Franciscan Media – The Story of the Queenship of Mary – Pope Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord.” As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, she is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. We can also recall that in the Old Testament the mother of the king has great influence in court.

Saint of the Day for August 21: St. Pius X (June 2, 1835 – Aug. 20, 1914)

By Franciscan Media Saint Pius X’s Story – Pius X is perhaps best remembered for his encouragement of the frequent reception of Holy Communion, especially by children. […]

Saint of the Day for August 20: Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – August 20, 1153)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Bernard of Clairvaux’s Story – Man of the century! Woman of the century! You see such terms applied to so many today—“golfer of the century,” […]

Saint of the Day for August 17: Joan of the Cross  (June 18, 1666 – Aug. 17, 1736)

By Franciscan Media Saint Joan of the Cross’ Story – An encounter with a shabby old woman many dismissed as insane prompted Saint Joan to dedicate her life […]

Saint of the Day for August 16: St. Stephen of Hungary (975 – Aug. 15, 1038)

By Franciscan Media Saint Stephen of Hungary’s Story – The Church is universal, but its expression is always affected—for good or ill—by local culture. There are no […]

Saint of the Day for August 14: St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe (Jan. 8, 1894 – Aug. 14, 1941)

By Franciscan Media Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s Story – “I don’t know what’s going to become of you!” How many parents have said that? Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s reaction was, […]

Saint of the Day for August 13: Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus

By Franciscan Media Saints Pontian and Hippolytus’ Story – Two men died for the faith after harsh treatment and exhaustion in the mines of Sardinia. One had been pope […]

Saint of the Day for August 11:  St. Clare of Assisi (July 16, 1194 – Aug. 11, 1253)

 by Franciscan Media Saint Clare of Assisi’s Story – One of the more sugary movies made about Francis of Assisi pictures Clare as a golden-haired beauty floating through […]

Saint of the Day for August 10: St. Lawrence (c. 225 – Aug. 10, 258)

by Franciscan Media Saint Lawrence’s Story – The esteem in which the Church holds Lawrence is seen in the fact that today’s celebration ranks as a feast. We […]

Saint of the Day for August 9: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Oct. 12, 1891 – Aug. 9, 1942)

By Franciscan Media Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’ Story – A brilliant philosopher who stopped believing in God when she was 14, Edith Stein was so captivated by […]

Saint of the Day for August 8: St. Dominic (Aug. 8, 1170 – Aug. 6, 1221)

By Franciscan Media Saint Dominic’s Story – If he hadn’t taken a trip with his bishop, Dominic would probably have remained within the structure of contemplative life; after […]

Saint of the Day for August 7: St. Cajetan (Oct. 1, 1480 – Aug. 7, 1547)

By Franciscan Media Saint Cajetan’s Story – Like most of us, Cajetan seemed headed for an “ordinary” life—first as a lawyer, then as a priest engaged in the […]

Saint of the Day for August 6: Transfiguration of the Lord

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Transfiguration of the Lord – All three Synoptic Gospels tell the story of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-9; Luke 9:28-36). […]

Saint of the Day for August 4: John Vianney (May 8, 1786 – Aug. 4, 1859)

By Franciscan Media Saint John Vianney’s Story – A man with vision overcomes obstacles and performs deeds that seem impossible. John Vianney was a man with vision: […]

Saint of the Day for August 3: St. Peter Julian Eymard (Feb. 4, 1811 – Aug. 1, 1868)

By Franciscan Media Saint Peter Julian Eymard’s Story – Born in La Mure d’Isère in southeastern France, Peter Julian’s faith journey drew him from being a priest in […]

Saint of the Day for August 2: St. Eusebius of Vercelli (c. 300 – August 1, 371)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Eusebius of Vercelli’s Story – Someone has said that if there had been no Arian heresy denying Christ’s divinity, it would be very difficult […]

Saint of the Day for August 1: St. Alphonsus Liguori (Sept. 27, 1696 – Aug. 1, 1787)

By Franciscan Media Saint Alphonsus Liguori’s Story – Moral theology, Vatican II said, should be more thoroughly nourished by Scripture, and show the nobility of the Christian vocation […]

Saint of the Day for July 31: Ignatius of Loyola (Oct. 23, 1491 – July 31, 1556)

By Franciscan Media Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Story – The founder of the Jesuits was on his way to military fame and fortune when a cannon ball shattered […]

Saint of the Day for July 30: Blessed Solanus Casey (Nov. 25, 1875 – July 31, 1957)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Solanus Casey’s Story – Barney Casey became one of Detroit’s best-known priests even though he was not allowed to preach formally or to hear […]

Saint of the Day for July 28: Blessed Stanley Rother (March 27, 1935 – July 28, 1981)

by Franciscan Media Blessed Stanley Rother’s Story – On May 25, 1963, Stanley Rother, a farmer from Okarche, Oklahoma, was ordained for his home diocese of Oklahoma City-Tulsa. […]

Saint of the Day for July 27: Blessed Antonio Lucci (Aug. 2, 1682 – July 25, 1752)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Antonio Lucci’s Story – Antonio studied with and was a friend of Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani, who after Antonio Lucci’s death, testified at the diocesan […]

Saint of the Day for July 26: St. Joachim and Anne (b. 1st century)

By Franciscan Media Saints Joachim and Anne’s Story – In the Scriptures, Matthew and Luke furnish a legal family history of Jesus, tracing ancestry to show that Jesus […]

Saint of the Day for July 25: St. James the Apostle (d. 44)

By Franciscan Media Saint James the Apostle’s Story – This James is the brother of John the Evangelist. The two were called by Jesus as they worked with […]

Saint of the Day for July 24: St. Sharbel Makhluf (May 8, 1828 – Dec. 24, 1898)

By Franciscan Media Saint Sharbel Makhluf’s Story – Although this saint never traveled far from the Lebanese village of Beka-Kafra where he was born, his influence has spread […]

Saint of the Day for July 23: Bridget of Sweden (c. 1303 – July 23, 1373)

By Franciscan Media Saint Bridget of Sweden’s Story – From age 7 on, Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. Her visions formed the basis for her activity—always with the […]

Saint of the Day for July 21: St. Lawrence of Brindisi  (July 22, 1559 – July 22, 1619)

By Franciscan Media Saint Lawrence of Brindisi’s Story At first glance, perhaps the most remarkable quality of Lawrence of Brindisi is his outstanding gift of languages. In addition […]

Saint of the Day for July 20: St. Apollinaris (d. c. 79)

By Franciscan Media Saint Apollinaris’ Story – According to tradition, Saint Peter sent Apollinaris to Ravenna, Italy, as its first bishop. His preaching of the Good News was so […]

Saint of the Day for July 19: St.  Mary MacKillop (Jan. 15, 1842 – Aug. 8, 1909)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Mary MacKillop’s Story – If Saint Mary MacKillop were alive today, she would be a household name. It’s not that she sought the limelight. On […]

Saint of the Day for July 18: Saint Camillus de Lellis (1550 – July 14, 1614)

By Franciscan Media Saint Camillus de Lellis’ Story – Humanly speaking, Camillus was not a likely candidate for sainthood. His mother died when he was a child, his father […]

Saint of the Day for July 17: St. Francis Solano (March 10, 1549 – July 14, 1610)

By Franciscan Media Saint Francis Solano’s Story – Francis came from a leading family in Andalusia, Spain. Perhaps it was his popularity as a student that enabled Francis […]

Saint of the Day for July 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

By Franciscan Media The Story of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Hermits lived on Mount Carmel near the Fountain of Elijah in northern Israel in the 12th […]

Saint of the Day for July 14: St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 – April 17, 1680)

By Franciscan Media Saint Kateri Tekakwitha’s Story – The blood of martyrs is the seed of saints. Nine years after the Jesuits Isaac Jogues and Jean de Lelande were […]

Saint of the Day for July 13:  Saint Henry (May 6, 972 – July 13, 1024)

By Franciscan Media Saint Henry’s Story – As German king and Holy Roman Emperor, Henry was a practical man of affairs. He was energetic in consolidating his rule. […]

Saint of the Day for July 12: Sts. John Jones and John Wall (c.1530 – 1598; 1620 – 1679)

By Franciscan Media Saints John Jones and John Wall’s story – These two friars were martyred in England in the 16th and 17th centuries for refusing to deny […]

Saint of the Day for July 11: St. Benedict (c. 480 – c. 547)

By Franciscan Media Saint Benedict’s Story – It is unfortunate that no contemporary biography was written of a man who has exercised the greatest influence on monasticism in […]

Saint of the Day for July 10: St. Veronica Giuliani (Dec. 27, 1660 – July 9, 1727)

By Franciscan Media Saint Veronica Giuliani’s Story – Veronica’s desire to be like Christ crucified was answered with the stigmata. Veronica was born in Mercatelli, Italy. It is […]

Saint of the Day for July 9: Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions (d. 1648 – 1930)

By Franciscan Media Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions’ Story – Christianity arrived in China by way of Syria in the 600s. Depending on China’s relations with the […]

Saint of the Day for July 7: Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions (1804 – 1860)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions’ Story – Not much is known of the early life of Emmanuel Ruiz, but details of his heroic death in […]

Saint of the Day for July 6: Saint Maria Goretti (Oct. 16, 1890 – July 6, 1902)

By Franciscan Media Saint Maria Goretti’s Story – One of the largest crowds ever assembled for a canonization—250,000—symbolized the reaction of millions touched by the simple story of […]

Saint of the Day for July 5: St. Anthony Zaccaria (1502 – July 5, 1539)

By Franciscan Media Saint Anthony Zaccaria’s Story – At the same time that Martin Luther was attacking abuses in the Church, a reformation within the Church was already […]

Saint of the Day for July 3: St. Thomas the Apostle (1st Century – Dec. 21, 72)

By Franciscan Media Saint Thomas the Apostle’s Story – Poor Thomas! He made one remark and has been branded as “Doubting Thomas” ever since. But if he doubted, […]

Saint of the Day for July 2: Oliver Plunkett (Nov. 1, 1629 – July 1, 1681)

By Franciscan Media Saint Oliver Plunkett’s Story – The name of today’s saint is especially familiar to the Irish and the English—and with good reason. The English martyred […]

Saint of the Day for June 30: First Martyrs of the Church of Rome (d. 64)

By Franciscan Media First Martyrs of the Church of Rome’s Story – There were Christians in Rome within a dozen or so years after the death of Jesus, […]

Saint of the Day for June 20: St. Paulinus of Nola (354 – June 22, 431)

By Franciscan Media Saint Paulinus of Nola’s Story – Anyone who is praised in the letters of six or seven saints undoubtedly must be of extraordinary character. Such […]

Saint of the Day for June 19: St. Romuald (c. 950 – June 19, 1027)

ByFranciscan Media Saint Romuald’s Story – In the midst of a wasted youth, Romuald watched his father kill a relative in a duel over property. In horror […]

Saint of the Day for June 18: Venerable Matt Talbot (May 2, 1856-June 7, 1925)

By Franciscan Media Venerable Matt Talbot’s story – Matt can be considered the patron of men and women struggling with alcoholism. He was born in Dublin, where his father […]

Saint of the Day for June 16: John Francis Regis (Jan. 31, 1597-Dec. 30, 1640)

 By Franciscan Media Saint John Francis Regis’ Story – Born into a family of some wealth, John Francis was so impressed by his Jesuit educators that he himself […]

Saint of the Day for June 15: St. Marguerite d’Youville (Oct. 15, 1701–Dec. 23, 1771)

By Franciscan Media Saint Marguerite d’Youville’s Story – We learn compassion from allowing our lives to be influenced by compassionate people, by seeing life from their perspectives, and reconsidering […]

Saint of the Day for June 14:  St.  Albert Chmielowski (Aug. 20, 1845-Dec. 25, 1916)

By Franciscan Media Saint Albert Chmielowski’s Story – Born in Igolomia near Kraków as the eldest of four children in a wealthy family, he was christened Adam. During […]

Saint of the Day for June 13: St. Anthony of Padua (1195 – June 13, 1231)

By Franciscan Media Saint Anthony of Padua’s Story – The gospel call to leave everything and follow Christ was the rule of Anthony’s life. Over and over […]

Saint of the Day for June 12: Blessed Jolenta (Yolanda) of Poland (c. 1235 – June 11,1298)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Jolenta of Poland’s Story – Jolenta was the daughter of Bela IV, King of Hungary. Her sister, St. Kunigunde, was married to the Duke […]

Saint of the Day for June 11: St. Barnabas (c. 75)

By Franciscan Media Saint Barnabas’ Story – Barnabas, a Jew of Cyprus, comes as close as anyone outside the Twelve to being a full-fledged apostle. He was closely […]

Saint of the Day for June 9:  Saint Ephrem (c. 306 – June 9, 373)

by Franciscan Media Saint Ephrem’s Story – Poet, teacher, orator, and defender of the faith, Ephrem is the only Syrian recognized as a doctor of the Church. He […]

Saint of the Day for June 8: William of York (c. 1090 – June 8, 1154)

By Franciscan Media Saint William of York’s Story – A disputed election as archbishop of York and a mysterious death. Those are the headlines from the tragic life […]

Saint of the Day for June 7: Blessed Franz Jägerstätter (May 20, 1907-Aug. 9, 1943)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Franz Jägerstätter’s Story – Called to serve his country as a Nazi solider, Franz eventually refused, and this husband and father of three daughters—Rosalie, Marie […]

Saint of the Day for June 6: St. Norbert (c. 1080 – June 6, 1134)

By Franciscan Media Saint Norbert’s Story – In the 12th century in the French region of Premontre, Saint Norbert founded a religious Order known as the Praemonstratensians or the […]

Saint of the Day for June 5:  St. Boniface (c. 675 – June 5, 754)

By Franciscan Media Saint Boniface’s Story – Boniface, known as the apostle of the Germans, was an English Benedictine monk who gave up being elected abbot to devote […]

Saint of the Day for June 4: Blessed Angeline of Marsciano (1377 – July 14, 1435)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Angeline of Marsciano’s Story – Blessed Angeline founded the first community of Franciscan women other than Poor Clares to receive papal approval. Angeline was […]

Saint of the Day for June 2: Sts.  Marcellinus and Peter (d. 304)

By Franciscan Media Saints Marcellinus and Peter’s Story – Marcellinus and Peter were prominent enough in the memory of the Church to be included among the saints of […]

Saint of the Day for June 1: St.  Justin Martyr (c. 100 – 165)

By Franciscan Media Saint Justin Martyr’s Story – Justin never ended his quest for religious truth even when he converted to Christianity after years of studying various […]

Saint of the Day for May 31:  Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or […]

Saint of the Day for May 30: St.  Joan of Arc (Jan. 6, 1412 – May 30, 1431)

By Franciscan Media Saint Joan of Arc’s Story – Burned at the stake as a heretic after a politically-motivated trial, Joan was beatified in 1909 and canonized in […]

Saint of the Day for May 29: St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (Dec. 1779 – May 25, 1865)

By Franciscan Media Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat’s Story – The legacy of Madeleine Sophie Barat can be found in the more than 100 schools operated by her Society […]

Saint of the Day for May 26: St. Philip Neri (July 21, 1515 – May 26, 1595)

By Franciscan Media Saint Philip Neri’s Story – Philip Neri was a sign of contradiction, combining popularity with piety against the background of a corrupt Rome and a […]

Saint of the Day for May 25:  Bede the Venerable (c. 672 – May 25, 735)

By Franciscan Media Saint Bede the Venerable’s Story – Bede is one of the few saints honored as such even during his lifetime. His writings were filled with […]

Saint of the Day for May 24: St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi (April 2, 1566-May 25, 1607)

By Franciscan Media Saint Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi’s Story – Mystical ecstasy is the elevation of the spirit to God in such a way that the person is […]

Saint of the Day for May 23: St. Gregory VII (c. 1025 – May 25, 1085)

By Franciscan Media Saint Gregory VII’s Story – The 10th century and the first half of the 11th were dark days for the Church, partly because the […]

Saint of the Day for May 22: St. Rita of Cascia (1381 – May 22, 1457)

By Franciscan Media Saint Rita of Cascia’s Story – Like Elizabeth Ann Seton, Rita of Cascia was a wife, mother, widow, and member of a religious community. Her […]

Saint of the Day for May 21: St. Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions (d. between 1915 and 1937)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions’ Story – Like Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, SJ, Cristóbal and his 24 companion martyrs lived under a very anti-Catholic government […]

Saint of the Day for May 19: St. Theophilus of Corte (Oct. 30, 1676 – June 17, 1740)

By Franciscan Media Saint Theophilus of Corte’s Story – If we expect saints to do marvelous things continually and to leave us many memorable quotes, we are bound […]

Saint of the Day for May 18: St. John I (c. 470 – May 18, 526)

By Franciscan Media Saint John I’s Story – Pope John I inherited the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ. Italy had been ruled for 30 years […]

Saint of the Day for May 17:  St. Paschal Baylon (May 24, 1540 – May 15, 1592)

By Franciscan Media Saint Paschal Baylon’s story – In Paschal’s lifetime the Spanish empire in the New World was at the height of its power, though France and […]

Saint of the Day for May 16: St. Margaret of Cortona (1247 – Feb. 22, 1297)

By Franciscan Media Saint Margaret of Cortona’s Story – Margaret was born of farming parents in Laviano, Tuscany. Her mother died when Margaret was seven; life with her […]

Saint of the Day for May 15: St. Isidore the Farmer (1070 – May 15, 1130)

By Franciscan Media Saint Isidore the Farmer’s Story Isidore has become the patron of farmers and rural communities. In particular, he is the patron of Madrid, Spain, […]

Saint of the Day for May 14: St. Matthias (? – ?)

By Franciscan Media Saint Matthias’ Story – According to Acts 1:15-26, during the days after the Ascension Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers—about 120 of […]

Saint of the Day for May 12: St. Nereus and Achilleus

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM Saints Nereus and Achilleus’ Story – Devotion to these two saints goes back to the fourth century, though almost nothing is known of […]

Saint of the Day for May 11: Ignatius of Laconi (De. 17, 1701 – May 11, 1781) 

By Franciscan Media Saint Ignatius of Laconi’s Story – Ignatius is another sainted begging brother. He was the second of seven children of peasant parents in Sardinia. His […]

Saint of the Day for May 10: St. Damien de Veuster of Moloka’i (Jan. 3, 1840-April 15, 1889)

By Franciscan Media Saint Damien de Veuster of Moloka’i’s Story – When Joseph de Veuster was born in Tremelo, Belgium, in 1840, few people in Europe had any […]

Saint of the Day for May 9: St. John of Avila (c. 1500 – May 10, 1569)

By Franciscan Media Saint John of Avila’s Story – Born in the Castile region of Spain, John was sent at the age of 14 to the University of […]

Saint of the Day for May 8: St. Peter of Tarentaise (1102 – 1175)

By Franciscan Media Saint Peter of Tarentaise’s Story – There are two men named Saint Peter of Tarentaise who lived one century apart. The man we honor today is […]

Saint of the Day for May 7:  St. Rose Venerini (Feb. 9, 1656 – May 7, 1728)

By Franciscan Media Saint Rose Venerini’s Story – Rose was born at Viterbo in Italy, the daughter of a doctor. Following the death of her fiancé she entered […]

Saint of the Day for May 5: St. Hilary of Arles (c. 401 – May 5, 449)

By Franciscan Media Saint Hilary of Arles’ Story – It’s been said that youth is wasted on the young. In some ways, that was true for today’s saint. […]

Saint of the Day for May 4: Blessed Michael Giedroyc (c. 1425 – May 4, 1485)

 By Franciscan Media Blessed Michael Giedroyc’s Story – A life of physical pain and mental torment didn’t prevent Michael Giedroyc from achieving holiness. Born near Vilnius, Lithuania, Michael […]

Saint of the Day for May 3: Saints Philip and James (? – ?)

By Franciscan Media Saints Philip and James’ Story – James, Son of Alphaeus: We know nothing of this man except his name, and, of course, the fact that Jesus […]

Saint of the Day for May 2: St. Athanasius (c. 296 – May 2, 373)

By Franciscan Media Saint Athanasius’ Story – Athanasius led a tumultuous but dedicated life of service to the Church. He was the great champion of the faith against […]

Saint of the Day for May 1: St. Joseph the Worker

by Franciscan Media The Story of Saint Joseph the Worker – To foster deep devotion to Saint Joseph among Catholics, and in response to the “May Day” celebrations […]

Saint of the Day for April 30: St. Pius V (Jan. 17, 1504 – May 1, 1572)

By Franciscan Media Saint Pius V’s Story – This is the pope whose job it was to implement the historic Council of Trent. If we think popes had […]

Saint of the Day for April 28: St. Peter Chanel (1803 – April 28, 1841)

by Franciscan Media Saint Peter Chanel’s Story Anyone who has worked in loneliness, with great adaptation required and with little apparent success, will find a kindred spirit […]

Saint of the Day for April 27: St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (Jan. 31, 1673 – April 28, 1716)

By Franciscan Media Saint Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort’s Story – Louis’s life is inseparable from his efforts to promote genuine devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus […]

Saint of the Day for April 26: St. Pedro de San José Betancur

 by Franciscan Media Saint Pedro de San José Betancur’s Story – Central America claimed its first saint with the canonization of Pedro de San José Betancur. Known as […]

Saint of the Day for April 25: St. Mark (? – c. April 25, 68)

By Franciscan Media Saint Mark’s Story – Most of what we know about Mark comes directly from the New Testament. He is usually identified with the Mark of […]

Saint of the Day for April 24:  St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen (1577 – April 24, 1622)

By Franciscan Media Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen’s Story – If a poor man needed some clothing, Fidelis would often give the man the clothes right off his back. […]

Saint of the Day for April 23: St. George (c. 280 – April 23, 303)

By Franciscan Media Saint George’s Story – Saint George is the object of a vast amount of imagination. There is every reason to believe that he was a […]

Saint of the Day for April 21: St. Anselm (1033 – April 21, 1109)

By Franciscan Media Saint Anselm’s Story – Indifferent toward religion as a young man, Anselm became one of the Church’s greatest theologians and leaders. He received the title […]

Saint of the Day for April 20:  St. Conrad of Parzham (Dec. 22, 1818-April 21, 1894)

by Franciscan Media Saint Conrad of Parzham’s Story Conrad spent most of his life as porter in Altoetting, Bavaria, letting people into the friary and indirectly encouraging […]

Saint of the Day for April 19: St. Gianna Beretta Molla (Oct. 4, 1922 – April 28, 1962)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Gianna Beretta Molla’s Story – In less than 40 years, Gianna Beretta Molla became a pediatric physician, a wife, a mother and a saint! […]

Saint of the Day for April 18: Blessed James Oldo (1364 – April 18, 1404)

By Franciscan Media Blessed James Oldo’s Story – You’ve heard rags-to-riches stories. Today, we celebrate the reverse. James of Oldo was born into a well-to-do family near Milan […]

Saint of the Day for April 17: Benedict Joseph Labre (March 25, 1748 – April 17, 1783)

 By Franciscan Media   Saint Benedict Joseph Labre’s Story – Benedict Joseph Labre was truly eccentric, one of God’s special little ones. Born in France and the […]

Saint of the Day for April 16: St. Bernadette Soubirous (Jan. 7, 1844–April 16, 1879)

by Franciscan Media Saint Bernadette Soubirous’s Story Bernadette Soubirous was born in 1844, the first child of an extremely poor miller in the town of Lourdes in […]

Saint of the Day for April 14: Blessed Peter Gonzalez (1190 – April 15, 1246)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Peter Gonzalez’s Story Saint Paul had a conversion experience on the road to Damascus. Many years later, the same proved true for Peter Gonzalez, […]

Saint of the Day for April 13: St. Martin I (d. September 16, 655)

By Franciscan Media Saint Martin I’s Story When Martin I became pope in 649, Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine empire and the patriarch of Constantinople […]

Saint of the Day for April 12: St. Teresa of Los Andes (July 13, 1900-April 12, 1920)

by Franciscan Media Saint Teresa of Los Andes’ Story One needn’t live a long life to leave a deep imprint. Teresa of Los Andes is proof of that. […]

Saint of the Day for April 11: St. Stanislaus (July 26, 1030 – April 11, 1079)

By Franciscan Media Saint Stanislaus’ Story – Anyone who reads the history of Eastern Europe cannot help but chance on the name of Stanislaus, the saintly but tragic […]

Saint of the Day for April 10: St. Magdalen of Canossa (March 1, 1774 – April 10, 1835)

By Franciscan Media Saint Magdalen of Canossa’s Story – Wealth and privilege did nothing to prevent today’s saint from following her calling to serve Christ in the poor. […]

Saint of the Day for April 9: Saint Casilda (d. c. 1050)

By Franciscan Media Saint Casilda’s Story Some saints’ names are far more familiar to us than others, but even the lives of obscure holy persons teach us […]

Saint of the Day for April 7:  St. John Baptist de la Salle

By Franciscan Media Saint John Baptist de la Salle’s Story – (April 30, 1651 – April 7, 1719) Complete dedication to what he saw as God’s will for […]

Saint of the Day for April 6: Crescentia Hoess (Oct. 20, 1682 – April 5, 1744)

By Franciscan Media Saint Crescentia Hoess’ Story Crescentia was born in 1682, the daughter of a poor weaver, in a little town near Augsburg. She spent play […]

Saint of the Day for April 5: St. Vincent Ferrer (Jan. 23, 1350 – April 5,1419)

By Franciscan Media Saint Vincent Ferrer’s Story The polarization in the Church today is a mild breeze compared with the tornado that ripped the Church apart during […]

Saint of the Day for April 4: Saint Isidore of Seville (c. 560 – April 4, 636)

By Franciscan Media Saint Isidore of Seville’s Story The 76 years of Isidore’s life were a time of conflict and growth for the Church in Spain. The […]

Saint of the Day for April 3: St.  Benedict the African (1526 – 1589)

By Franciscan Media Saint Benedict the African’s Story Benedict held important posts in the Franciscan Order and gracefully adjusted to other work when his terms of office […]

Saint of the Day for April 2: St. Francis of Paola

By Franciscan Media Saint Francis of Paola’s Story  (March 27, 1416 – April 2, 1507) Francis of Paola was a man who deeply loved contemplative solitude and wished […]

Saint of the Day for March 31: St. Stephen of Mar Saba (725 – 794) 

By Franciscan Media Saint Stephen of Mar Saba’s Story – A “do not disturb” sign helped today’s saint find holiness and peace. A “do not disturb” sign helped […]

Saint of the Day for March 30: St. Peter Regalado

By Franciscan Media Saint Peter Regalado’s Story – (1390 – March 30, 1456) Peter lived at a very busy time in history. The Great Western Schism (1378-1417) was […]

Saint of the Day for March 29: St. Ludovico of Casoria

By Franciscan Media Saint Ludovico of Casoria’s Story (March 11, 1814 – March 30, 1885) Born in Casoria, near Naples, Arcangelo Palmentieri was a cabinet-maker before entering […]

Saint of the Day for March 28: St. Catharine of Bologna

By Franciscan Media Saint Catharine of Bologna’s Story – (September 8, 1413 -March 9, 1463 ) Some Franciscan saints led fairly public lives; Catharine represents the saints who served […]

Saint of the Day for March 27: Lazarus (? – ?) 

By Franciscan Media Lazarus’ Story – Lazarus, the friend of Jesus, the brother of Martha and Mary, was the one of whom the Jews said, “See how much […]

Saint of the Day for March 26:  St. Catherine of Genoa

 By Franciscan Media (1447 – September 15, 1510) Saint Catherine of Genoa’s story Going to confession one day was the turning point of Catherine’s life. When Catherine […]

Saint of the Day for March 24: Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero

By Franciscan Media Blessed Oscar Romero’s Story – (August 15, 1917  – March 24, 1980) The night before he was murdered while celebrating Mass, Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador […]

Saint of the Day for March 23: St. Turibius of Mogrovejo

By Franciscan Media Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo’s Story – (November 16, 1538 – March 23, 1606) Together with Rose of Lima, Turibius is the first known saint of […]

Saint of the Day for March 22: St. Nicholas Owen (? – 1606)

By Franciscan Media Saint Nicholas Owen’s Story – Nicholas, familiarly known as “Little John,” was small in stature but big in the esteem of his fellow Jesuits. Born […]

Saint of the Day for March 21: Blessed John of Parma

By Franciscan Media Blessed John of Parma’s Story – (1209–1289) The seventh general minister of the Franciscan Order, John was known for his attempts to bring back the earlier […]

Saint of the Day for March 20: Saint Salvator of Horta

By Franciscan Media Saint Salvator of Horta’s Story – (1520 – March 18, 1567) A reputation for holiness does have some drawbacks. Public recognition can be a nuisance […]

Saint of the Day for March 14: St. Maximilian

 By Franciscan Media Saint Maximilian’s Story (274 – March 12, 295) We have an early, almost unembellished account of the martyrdom of Saint Maximilian in modern-day Algeria. […]

Saint of the Day for March 13: St. Leander of Sevilles

By Franciscan Media Saint Leander of Seville’s Story – (c. 534 – March 13, 600 or 601) The next time you recite the Nicene Creed at Mass, think […]

Saint of the Day for March 12: Blessed Angela Salawa

by Franciscan Media Blessed Angela Salawa’s Story – (September 9, 1881 – March 12, 1922) Angela served Christ and Christ’s little ones with all her strength. Born in Siepraw, near […]

Saint of the Day for March 10: St. Dominic Savio

By Franciscan Media Saint Dominic Savio’s Story – (April 2, 1842 – March 9, 1857) So many holy persons seem to die young. Among them was Dominic Savio, the patron […]

Saint of the Day for March 9: St. Frances of Rome (1384 – March 9, 1440)

By Franciscan Media  Saint Frances of Rome’s Story – Frances’ life combines aspects of secular and religious life. A devoted and loving wife, she longed for a lifestyle […]

Saint of the Day for March 8: St. John of God

By Franciscan Media Saint John of God’s Story – (March 8, 1495 – March 8, 1550) Having given up active Christian belief while a soldier, John was 40 before […]

Saint of the Day for March 7: Sts. Perpetua and Felicity (d. 203)

 By Franciscan Media Saints Perpetua and Felicity’s Story – “When my father in his affection for me was trying to turn me from my purpose by arguments and […]

Saint of the Day for March 6: St. Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes

By Franciscan Media Saint Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes’ Story – (October 31, 1618 – May 26, 1645) Mary Ann grew close to God and his people […]

Saint of the Day for March 5: St. John Joseph of the Cross

By Franciscan Media Saint John Joseph of the Cross’ Story:  (August 15, 1654 – March 5, 1734) Self-denial is never an end in itself but is only a […]

Saint of the Day for March 3: St. Katharine Drexel

 By Franciscan Media (November 26, 1858 -March 3, 1955 ) Katharine Drexel’s Story – If your father is an international banker and you ride in a private railroad […]

Saint of the Day for March 2: St. Agnes of Bohemia (1205 – March 6, 1282)

By Franciscan Media Saint Agnes of Bohemia’s Story – Agnes had no children of her own but was certainly life-giving for all who knew her. Agnes was the daughter […]

Saint of the Day for March 1:  Saint David of Wales (d. March 1, 589)

By Franciscan Media Saint David of Wales’ Story – David is the patron saint of Wales and perhaps the most famous of British saints. Ironically, we have little […]

Saint of the Day for February 28: Blessed Daniel Brottier (Sept. 7, 1876-Feb. 28, 1936)

 by Franciscan Media Blessed Daniel Brottier’s Story – Daniel spent most of his life in the trenches—one way or another. Born in France in 1876, Daniel was ordained […]

Saint of the Day for February 27: St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (March 1, 1838 – Feb. 27, 1862)

By Franciscan Media Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows’ Story Born in Italy into a large family and baptized Francis, Saint Gabriel lost his mother when he […]

Saint of the Day for February 26: St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin

 by Franciscan Media Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin’s Story – (October 6, 1888 – October 20, 1922) If anyone knew rejection, ridicule and disappointment, it was today’s saint. But such […]

Saint of the Day for February 24: Blessed Luke Belludi (1200 – c. 1285)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Luke Belludi’s Story – In 1220, Saint Anthony was preaching conversion to the inhabitants of Padua when a young nobleman, Luke Belludi, came up […]

Saint of the Day for February 23: Saint Polycarp

 By Franciscan Media  Saint Polycarp’s Story – Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, disciple of Saint John the Apostle and friend of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, was a revered Christian leader […]

Saint of the Day for February 22: Chair of Saint Peter

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Chair of Saint Peter – This feast commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in his place as the servant-authority of the […]

Saint of the Day for February 21: St. Peter Damian (988 – Feb. 22, 1072)

By Franciscan Media Saint Peter Damian’s Story – Maybe because he was orphaned and had been treated shabbily by one of his brothers, Peter Damian was very good […]

Saint of the Day for February 20: Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto

 By Franciscan Media (Jacinta: 1910 – February 20, 1920 | Francisco: 1908 – April 14, 1919) Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto’s Story – Between May 13 and October […]

Saint of the Day for February 19: St. Conrad of Piacenza (c. 1290 – Feb. 19, 1351)

By Franciscan Media Saint Conrad of Piacenza’s Story – Born of a noble family in northern Italy, Conrad as a young man married Euphrosyne, daughter of a nobleman. […]

Saint of the Day for February 16: St. Gilbert of Sempringham (c. 1083 – Feb. 4, 1189)

By Franciscan Media Saint Gilbert of Sempringham’s Story – Gilbert was born in Sempringham, England, into a wealthy family, but he followed a path quite different from that expected […]

Saint of the Day for February 15: St. Claude de la Colombière (Feb. 2,1641 – Feb. 15, 1682)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Claude de la Colombière’s Story – This is a special day for the Jesuits, who claim today’s saint as one of their own. It’s also […]

Saint of the Day for February 14: Sts. Cyril and Methodius

 by Franciscan Media Saints Cyril and Methodius (Cyril: c. 827 – February 14, 869; Methodius: c. 815 – April 6, 884) Saints Cyril and Methodius’ Story – Because their […]

Saint of the Day for February 13: St. Giles Mary of St. Joseph (Nov. 16, 1729 – Feb. 7, 1812)

 By Fr. Don Miller, OFM Saint Giles Mary of Saint Joseph’s Story – In the same year that a power-hungry Napoleon Bonaparte led his army into Russia, Giles […]

Saint of the Day for February 12: St. Apollonia (d. c. 249)

By Franciscan Media Saint Apollonia’s Story The persecution of Christians began in Alexandria during the reign of the Emperor Philip. The first victim of the pagan mob […]

Saint of the Day for February 10: St. Scholastica (c. 480 – Feb. 10, 542)

By Franciscan Media Saint Scholastica’s Story – Twins often share the same interests and ideas with an equal intensity. Therefore, it is no surprise that Scholastica and her […]

Saint of the Day for February 9: St. Jerome Emiliani (1486 – February 8, 1537)

By Franciscan Media Saint Jerome Emiliani’s Story – A careless and irreligious soldier for the city-state of Venice, Jerome was captured in a skirmish at an outpost town […]

Saint of the Day for February 8: St. Josephine Bakhita (c. 1869 – Feb. 8, 1947)

By Franciscan Media Saint Josephine Bakhita’s Story – For many years, Josephine Bakhita was a slave but her spirit was always free and eventually that spirit prevailed. Born in […]

Saint of the Day for February 7:  St. Colette (Jan. 13, 1381 – March 6, 1447)

By Franciscan Media Saint Colette’s Story – Colette did not seek the limelight, but in doing God’s will she certainly attracted a lot of attention. Colette was born […]

Saint of the Day for February 6: St Paul Miki and Companions (d. 1597)

By Franciscan Media Saint Paul Miki and Companions’ Story – Nagasaki, Japan, is familiar to Americans as the city on which the second atomic bomb was dropped, immediately killing […]

Saint of the Day for February 5: Saint Agatha (c. 230 – 251)

By Franciscan Media Saint Agatha’s Story – As in the case of Agnes, another virgin-martyr of the early Church, almost nothing is historically certain about this saint except […]

Saint of the Day for February 3: Saint Blaise (d. c. 316)

By Franciscan Media Saint Blaise’s Story – We know more about the devotion to Saint Blaise by Christians around the world than we know about the saint himself. His […]

Saint of the Day for February 2: Presentation of the Lord

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Presentation of the Lord – At the end of the fourth century, a woman named Etheria made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. […]

Saint of the Day for February 1: Saint Ansgar (801 – February 3, 865)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Ansgar’s Story – The “apostle of the north” (Scandinavia) had enough frustrations to become a saint—and he did. He became a Benedictine at […]

Saint of the Day for January 31: Saint John Bosco (Aug. 16, 1815 – Jan. 31, 1888)

By Franciscan Media Saint John Bosco’s Story – John Bosco’s theory of education could well be used in today’s schools. It was a preventive system, rejecting corporal punishment […]

Saint of the Day for January 30: Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska (May 16, 1825 – Oct. 10, 1899)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska’s Story – Today we honor a woman who submitted to God’s will throughout her life—a life filled with pain and suffering. […]

Saint of the Day for January 29: Servant of God Brother Juniper (d. 1258)

By Franciscan Media Servant of God Brother Juniper’s Story – “Would to God, my brothers, I had a whole forest of such Junipers,” said Francis of this […]

Saint of the Day for January 27:  St Angela Merici (March 21, 1474 – Jan. 27, 1540)

By Franciscan Media Saint Angela Merici’s story – Angela has the double distinction of founding the first teaching congregation of women in the Church and what is […]

Saint of the Day for January 26: Saints Timothy and Titus (d. c. 95)

 By Franciscan Media Saints Timothy and Titus – Saints Timothy and Titus’ Story – What we know from the New Testament of Timothy’s life makes it sound like that of […]

Saint of the Day for January 25: Conversion of Saint Paul

 By Franciscan Media The Story of the Conversion of Saint Paul – Saint Paul’s entire life can be explained in terms of one experience—his meeting with Jesus on the […]

Saint of the Day for January 24: St. Francis de Sales (Aug. 21, 1567 – Dec. 28, 1622)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Francis de Sales’ Story – Francis was destined by his father to be a lawyer so that the young man could eventually take his […]

Saint of the Day for January 23:  St. Marianne Cope (Jan. 23, 1838 – Augu. 9, 1918)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Marianne Cope’s Story – Though leprosy scared off most people in 19th-century Hawaii, that disease sparked great generosity in the woman who came to […]

Saint of the Day for January 22: St. Vincent of Zaragossa (d. c. 304)

By Franciscan Media Saint Vincent of Zaragossa’s Story – Most of what we know about this saint comes from the poet Prudentius. His Acts have been rather freely colored by the […]

Saint of the Day for January 20: St. Sebastian (c. 256 –  January 20, 287)

By Franciscan Media Saint Sebastian’s Story – Almost nothing is historically certain about Sebastian except that he was a Roman martyr, was venerated in Milan even in the […]

Saint of the Day for January 19: St. Fabian (c. 200 – January 20, 250)

by Franciscan Media Saint Fabian’s Story – Fabian was a Roman layman who came into the city from his farm one day as clergy and people were preparing […]

Saint of the Day for January 18: St Charles of Sezze (Oct. 19, 1613 – Jan. 6, 1670)

By Franciscan Media Saint Charles of Sezze’s Story – Charles thought that God was calling him to be a missionary in India, but he never got there. […]

Saint of the Day for January 17: St. Anthony of Egypt (251 – 356)

By Franciscan Media Saint Anthony of Egypt’s Story (Saint Anthony the Abbot) The life of Anthony will remind many people of Saint Francis of Assisi. At 20, Anthony […]

Saint of the Day for January 16: St. Berard and Companions (d. January 16, 1220)

By Franciscan Media Saint Berard and Companions’ Story – Preaching the gospel is often dangerous work. Leaving one’s homeland and adjusting to new cultures, governments and languages is […]

Saint of the Day for January 15: St. Paul the Hermit (c. 233 – c. 345)

By Franciscan Media Saint Paul the Hermit’s Story – It is unclear what we really know of Paul’s life, how much is fable, how much is fact. Paul […]

Saint of the Day for January 12: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (April 17, 1620 – Jan. 12, 1700)

By Franciscan Media Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys’ Story “God closes a door and then opens a window,” people sometimes say when dealing with their own disappointment or someone else’s. […]

Saint of the Day for January 11: Blessed William Carter (c. 1548 – Jan. 11, 1584)

By Franciscan Media Blessed William Carter’s Story – Born in London, William Carter entered the printing business at an early age. For many years he served as apprentice […]

Saint of the Day for January 10: Saint Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335 – 395)

By Franciscan Media Saint Gregory of Nyssa’s Story – The son of two saints, Basil and Emmilia, young Gregory was raised by his older brother, Saint Basil the Great, […]

Saint of the Day for January 9: Saint Adrian of Canterbury (d. Jan. 9, 710)

By Franciscan Media Saint Adrian of Canterbury’s Story – Though Saint Adrian turned down a papal request to become Archbishop of Canterbury, England, Pope Saint Vitalian accepted the rejection on the […]

Saint of the Day for January 8: Saint Angela of Foligno (1248 – January 4, 1309)

By Franciscan Media, Franciscan Media Saint Angela of Foligno’s story – Some saints show marks of holiness very early. Not Angela! Born of a leading family in Foligno, […]

Saint of the Day for January 6: Saint André Bessette (Aug. 9, 1845-Jan. 6, 1937)

By Franciscan Media, Franciscan Media Saint André Bessette’s Story – Brother André expressed a saint’s faith by a lifelong devotion to Saint Joseph. Sickness and weakness dogged André from […]

Saint of the Day for January 5: Saint John Neumann (March 28, 1811 – Jan. 5, 1860)

By Franciscan Media, Franciscan Media Saint John Neumann’s Story – Perhaps because the United States got a later start in the history of the world, it has relatively few […]

Saint of the Day for January 4: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Aug. 28, 1774 – Jan. 4, 1821) 

By Franciscan Media, Franciscan Media Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Story – Mother Seton is one of the keystones of the American Catholic Church. She founded the first American religious […]

Saint of the Day for January 3: Most Holy Name of Jesus

By Franciscan Media, Franciscan Media The Story of the Most Holy Name of Jesus – Although Saint Paul might claim credit for promoting devotion to the Holy Name because Paul […]

Saint of the Day for January 2: Saint Basil the Great (329 – January 1, 379)

By Franciscan Media, Franciscan Media Saint Basil the Great’s Story – Basil was on his way to becoming a famous teacher when he decided to begin a religious life […]

Saint John of Kanty: Saint of the Day for December 23: (June 24, 1390 – Dec. 24, 1473)

By Franciscan Media, Franciscan Media Saint John of Kanty’s Story – John was a country lad who made good in the big city and the big university of Kraków, […]

Saint of the Day for December 22: Blessed Jacopone da Todi (c. 1230 – Dec. 25, 1306)

By Franciscan Media, Franciscan Media Blessed Jacopone da Todi’s Story – Jacomo or James, was born a noble member of the Benedetti family in the northern Italian city of […]

Saint of the Day for December 21: Saint Peter Canisius (May 8, 1521 – Dec. 21, 1597)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Peter Canisius’ Story – The energetic life of Peter Canisius should demolish any stereotypes we may have of the life of […]

Saint of the Day for December 20: Saint Dominic of Silos (c. 1000 – Dec. 20, 1073)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Dominic of Silos’ Story – It’s not the founder of the Dominicans we honor today, but there’s a poignant story that […]

Saint of the Day for December 19: Blessed Pope Urban V (1310 – Dec. 19, 1370)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Blessed Pope Urban V’s Story – In 1362, the man elected pope declined the office. When the cardinals could not find another […]

Saint of the Day for December 18: Blessed Anthony Grassi (Nov. 13, 1592 – Dec. 13, 1671)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Blessed Anthony Grassi’s Story – Anthony’s father died when his son was only 10 years old, but the young lad inherited his […]

Saint of the Day for December 16: Blessed Honoratus Kozminski (Oct. 16, 1829 – Dec. 16, 1916)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Blessed Honoratus Kozminski’s Story – Wenceslaus Kozminski was born in Biala Podlaska in 1829. By the age of 11 he had lost […]

Saint of the Day for December 15: Blessed Mary Frances Schervier (Jan. 3, 1819 – Dec. 14, 1876)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Blessed Mary Frances Schervier’s Story This woman who once wanted to become a Trappistine nun was instead led by God to […]

Saint of the Day for December 14: St John of the Cross (June 24, 1541 – Dec. 14, 1591)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint John of the Cross’ Story – John is a saint because his life was a heroic effort to live up to […]

Saint of the Day for December 13:  Saint Lucy (283 – 304)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Lucy’s Story – Every little girl named Lucy must bite her tongue in disappointment when she first tries to find out what […]

Saint of the Day for December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patron Saint of  The Americas, Mexico)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media – The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe – The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the 16th century. Chronicles of that period tell us the story… A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower, and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady.

Saint of the Day for December 11: St. Damasus I (304 – December 11, 384)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Damasus’ Story – To his secretary Saint Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of […]

Saint of the Day for December 9: St. Juan Diego (1474 – May 30, 1548)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Juan Diego’s Story – Thousands of people gathered in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe July 31, 2002, for the […]

Saint of the Day for December 8: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media – In 1854, Pius IX solemnly proclaimed: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin.”

Saint of the Day for December 7: Saint Ambrose (337 – April 4, 397)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Ambrose’s Story – One of Ambrose’s biographers observed that at the Last Judgment, people would still be divided between those who […]

Saint of the Day for December 6:  Saint Nicholas (March 15, 270 – December 6, 343)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Nicholas’ Story – The absence of the “hard facts” of history is not necessarily an obstacle to the popularity of […]

Saint of the Day for December 5:  St. Sabas (439 – December 5, 532)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Sabas’ Story – Born in Cappadocia, Sabas is one of the most highly regarded patriarchs among the monks of Palestine, and is […]

Saint of the Day for December 4:  St. John Damascene (c. 676 -749)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint John Damascene’s Story – John spent most of his life in the Monastery of Saint Sabas near Jerusalem, and all of […]

Saint of the Day for December 2: Blessed Rafal Chylinski (Jan. 8, 1694 – Dec. 2, 1741)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Blessed Rafal Chylinski’s Story – Born near Buk in the Poznan region of Poland, Melchior Chylinski showed early signs of religious devotion; […]

Saint of the Day for December 1: Blessed Charles de Foucauld (Sept. 15, 1858 – Dec. 1, 1916)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Blessed Charles de Foucauld’s Story – Born into an aristocratic family in Strasbourg, France, Charles was orphaned at the age of 6, […]

Saint of the Day for November 30: St. Andrew (d. 60?)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Andrew’s Story – Andrew was Saint Peter’s brother, and was called with him. “As [Jesus] was walking by the sea of […]

Saint of the Day for November 29: St Clement (d. 101)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Clement’s Story – Clement of Rome was the third successor of Saint Peter, reigning as pope during the last decade of […]

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint James of the Marche’s Story – Meet one of the fathers of the modern pawnshop! James was born in the Marche […]

Saint of the Day for November 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM,  Franciscan Media The Story of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A […]

Saint of the Day for November 20: St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (Aug. 29, 1769 – Nov. 18, 1852)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne’s Story – Born in Grenoble, France, of a family that was among the new rich, Rose learned political skills from […]

Saint of the Day for November 18: Dedication of Churches of Saints Peter and Paul

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media The Story of the Dedication of the Churches of Saints Peter and Paul – St. Peter’s is probably the most famous church […]

Saint of the Day for November 17: St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207 – November 17, 1231)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Elizabeth of Hungary’s Story – In her short life, Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she […]

Saint of the Day for November 16: St. Margaret of Scotland (1045 – November 16, 1093)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Margaret of Scotland’s Story – Margaret of Scotland was a truly liberated woman in the sense that she was free to […]

Saint of the Day for November 15: St. Albert the Great  (1206 – November 15, 1280)  

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM,Franciscan Media Saint Albert the Great’s Story – Albert the Great was a 13th-century German Dominican who decisively influenced the Church’s stance toward Aristotelian […]

Saint of the Day for November 14: St. Gertrude the Great (Jan. 6, 1256 – Nov. 17, 1302)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Gertrude the Great’s Story Gertrude, a Benedictine nun in Helfta, Saxony, was one of the great mystics of the 13th century. […]

Saint of the Day for November 13: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (July 15, 1850 – Dec. 22, 1917)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM,  Franciscan Media Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini’s Story – Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized. Her deep trust in the […]

Saint of the Day for November 11:  Saint Martin of Tours (c. 316 – Nov. 8, 397)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Martin of Tours’ Story – A conscientious objector who wanted to be a monk; a monk who was maneuvered into being […]

Saint of the Day for November 10: Saint Leo the Great (d. November 10, 461)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Leo the Great’s Story With apparent strong conviction of the importance of the Bishop of Rome in the Church, and […]

Saint of the Day for November 9: Dedication of St. John Lateran

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Story of the Dedication of St. John Lateran – Most Catholics think of St. Peter’s as the pope’s main church, but they […]

Saint of the Day for November 8: Blessed John Duns Scotus (c. 1266 – November 8, 1308)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Blessed John Duns Scotus’ Story – A humble man, John Duns Scotus has been one of the most influential Franciscans through the […]

Saint of the Day for November 7: St. Didacus (c. 1400 – Nov. 12, 1463)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Didacus’ Story – Didacus is living proof that God “chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; […]

Saint of the Day for November 6: St. Nicholas Tavelic and Companions’ Story (1340 – November 14, 1391)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Nicholas and his three companions are among the 158 Franciscans who have been martyred in the Holy Land since the friars […]

Saint of the Day for November 4: St. Charles Borromeo (October 2, 1538 – November 3, 1584)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Charles Borromeo’s Story – The name of Charles Borromeo is associated with reform. He lived during the time of the Protestant […]

Saint of the Day for November 3: St. Martin de Porres (Dec. 9, 1579 – Nov. 3, 1639)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Martin de Porres’ Story – “Father unknown” is the cold legal phrase sometimes used on baptismal records. “Half-breed” or “war souvenir” […]

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media The Story of the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed The Church has encouraged prayer for the dead from the earliest […]

Solemnity of All Saints

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media – The Story of the Solemnity of All Saints – The earliest certain observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of “all the martyrs.” In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagon-loads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon

Saint of the Day for October 31: Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg (c. 924 – August 31, 994)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg’s Story Wolfgang was born in Swabia, Germany, and was educated at a school located at the abbey of […]

Saint of the Day for October 30: St. Alphonsus Rodriguez (1533 – October 30, 1617)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez’s Story – Tragedy and challenge beset today’s saint early in life, but Alphonsus Rodriguez found happiness and contentment through […]

Saint of the Day for October 28: Saints Simon and Jude (1st Century)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saints Simon and Jude’s Story – Jude is so named by Luke and Acts. Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus. He is not mentioned elsewhere in the Gospels, except of […]

Saint of the Day for October 27: Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza (c. 1200 – 1271) 

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza’s Story – Dominicans honor one of their own today, Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza. This was a man who […]

Saint of the Day for October 26: St. Peter of Alcantara (1499 – October 18, 1562)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Peter of Alcantara’s Story – Peter was a contemporary of well-known 16th-century Spanish saints, including Ignatius of Loyola and John of […]

Saint of the Day for October 25: St. Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão (1739 – December 23, 1822)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão’s Story – God’s plan in a person’s life often takes unexpected turns which become life-giving through cooperation […]

Saint of the Day for October 24: St. Anthony Mary Claret (Dec. 23, 1807-Oct. 24, 1870)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Anthony Mary Claret’s Story – The “spiritual father of Cuba” was a missionary, religious founder, social reformer, queen’s chaplain, writer and […]

Saint of the Day for October 23: St. John of Capistrano (June 24, 1386 – Oct. 23, 1456)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint John of Capistrano’s Story – It has been said the Christian saints are the world’s greatest optimists. Not blind to the […]

Saint of the Day for October 21:  Saint Hilarion (c. 291 – 371)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Hilarion’s Story – Despite his best efforts to live in prayer and solitude, today’s saint found it difficult to achieve his […]

Saint of the Day for October 20: St. Paul of the Cross (Jan. 3, 1694 – Oct. 18, 1775)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Paul of the Cross’ Story – Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul Daneo lived at a time when many regarded […]

Saint of the Day for October 19: Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions (d. 1642 – 1649)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions’ Story – Isaac Jogues and his companions were the first martyrs of the North […]

Saint of the Day for October 18: Saint Luke (d. c. 84)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Luke’s Story – Luke wrote one of the major portions of the New Testament, a two-volume work comprising the third Gospel and Acts of […]

Saint of the Day for October 17: Saint Ignatius of Antioch (d. c. 107)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Ignatius of Antioch’s Story – Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. In the […]

Saint of the Day for October 16: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (July 22, 1647 – October 17, 1690)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s Story – Margaret Mary was chosen by Christ to arouse the Church to a realization of the […]

Saint of the Day for October 14: Saint Callistus I (d. 223)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Callistus I’s Story – The most reliable information about this saint comes from his enemy Saint Hippolytus, an early antipope, later a […]

Saint of the Day for October 13: Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher (Oct. 6, 1811 –  Oct. 6, 1849)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher’s Story – Canada was one diocese from coast to coast during the first eight years of Marie-Rose Durocher’s life. […]

Saint of the Day for October 12; Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos (Jan. 11, 1819 – Oct. 4, 1867)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos’ Story Zeal as a preacher and a confessor led Father Seelos to works of compassion as well. […]

Saint of the Day for October 11:  St .John XXIII (November 25, 1881 – June 3, 1963)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint John XXIII’s Story – Although few people had as great an impact on the 20th century as Pope John XXIII, he […]

Saint of the Day for October 10:  Saint Francis Borgia (October 28, 1510 – September 30, 1572)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Francis Borgia’s Story Today’s saint grew up in an important family in 16th-century Spain, serving in the imperial court and […]

Saint of the Day for October 9: Saint Denis and Companions (d. 258?)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media  Saint Denis and Companions’ Story This martyr and patron of France is regarded as the first bishop of Paris. His popularity […]

Saint of the Day for October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media – The Story of Our Lady of the Rosary – Saint Pius V established this feast in 1573. The purpose was to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto—a victory attributed to the praying of the rosary. Clement XI extended the feast to the universal Church in 1716.

Saint of the Day for October 6: Saint Bruno (c. 1030 – October 6, 1101)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Bruno’s Story – This saint has the honor of having founded a religious order which, as the saying goes, has never […]

Saint of the Day for October 5: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (August 25, 1905 – October 5, 1938)

 By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska’s Story – Saint Faustina’s name is forever linked to the annual feast of the Divine Mercy, the Divine Mercy […]

Saint of the Day for October 4: Saint Francis of Assisi  (September 26, 1182 – October 3, 1226)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media  Saint Francis of Assisi’s Story Francis of Assisiwas a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the […]

Saint of the Day for October 3: Saint Theodora Guérin (October 2, 1798 – May 14, 1856)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Theodora Guérin’s Story – Trust in God’s Providence enabled Mother Theodore to leave her homeland, sail halfway around the world, and […]

Saint of the Day for October 2: Feast of the Guardian Angels

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media – Perhaps no aspect of Catholic piety is as comforting to parents as the belief that an angel protects their little ones from dangers real and imagined. Yet guardian angels are not only for children. Their role is to represent individuals before God, to watch over them always, to aid their prayer, and to present their souls to God at death.

Saint of the Day for September 30: Saint Jerome (345 – 420)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Jerome’s Story – Most of the saints are remembered for some outstanding virtue or devotion which they practiced, but Jerome […]

Saint of the Day for September 29: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael 

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media – Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael’s Story – Angels—messengers from God—appear frequently in Scripture, but only Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are named.

Michael appears in Daniel’s vision as “the great prince” who defends Israel against its enemies; in the Book of Revelation, he leads God’s armies to final victory over the forces of evil. Devotion to Michael is the oldest angelic devotion, rising in the East in the fourth century.

Saint of the Day for September 28; Saint Wenceslaus (c. 907 – 929)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Wenceslaus’ Story – If saints have been falsely characterized as “other worldly,” the life of Wenceslaus stands as an example to the […]

Saint of the Day for September 27: Saint Vincent de Paul (1580 – September 27, 1660)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Vincent de Paul’s Story The deathbed confession of a dying servant opened Vincent de Paul’s eyes to the crying spiritual […]

Saint of the Day for September 26: Blessed Pope Paul VI (Sept. 26, 1897 – Aug. 6, 1978)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Blessed Paul VI’s Story – Born near Brescia in northern Italy, Giovanni Battista Montini was the second of three sons. His father, […]

Saint of the Day for September 25: Saints Louis Martin and Zélie Guerin   

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saints Louis Martin and Zélie Guerin’s Story – (August 22, 1823 – July 29, 1894; December 23, 1831 – August 28, 1877) […]

Saint of the Day for September 23: St. Pio of Pietrelcina (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media In one of the largest such ceremonies in history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on June 16, […]

Saint of the Day for September 22:  St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions (1600 – September 29 or 30, 1637)  

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions’ Story – Lorenzo was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus […]

Saint of the Day for September 21: Saint Matthew (c. 1st Century)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Matthew’s Story – Matthew was a Jew who worked for the occupying Roman forces, collecting taxes from other Jews. The Romans were […]

Saint of the Day for September 20: Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions (August 21, 1821 – September 16, 1846; Companions d. between 1839 – 1867) Saints Andrew Kim […]

Day for September 19: Saint Januarius (c. 300)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Januarius’ Story – Little is known about the life of Januarius. He is believed to have been martyred in the Emperor […]

Saint of the Day for September 18: St. Joseph of Cupertino (June 17, 1603 – September 18, 1663)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Joseph of Cupertino’s Story – Joseph of Cupertino is most famous for levitating at prayer. Already as a child, Joseph showed a fondness […]

Today’s Saint for September 16:  Saint Cornelius (d. 253)

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media Saint Cornelius’ Story – There was no pope for 14 months after the martyrdom of Saint Fabian because of the intensity of the persecution […]

Saint of the Day for September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows The Story of Our Lady of Sorrows

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media For a while there were two feasts in honor of the Sorrowful Mother: one going back to the 15th century, the […]

Saint of the Day for September 14: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media The Story