Today’s Saint

Saint of the Day for November 23: Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro

By Franciscan Media – “¡Viva Cristo Rey!”—Long live Christ the King!—were the last words Pro uttered before he was executed for being a Catholic priest and serving his flock… Born into a prosperous, devout family in Guadalupe de Zacatecas, Mexico, Miguel entered the Jesuits in 1911, but three years later fled to Granada, Spain, because of religious persecution in Mexico. He was ordained in Belgium in 1925.

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

By Franciscan Media – 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

By Franciscan Media – Born in Grenoble, France, of a family that was among the new rich, Rose learned political skills from her father and a love of the poor from her mother. The dominant feature of her temperament was a strong and dauntless will, which became the material—and the battlefield—of her holiness. She entered the Visitation of Mary convent at 19, and remained despite family opposition.

Saint of the Day for November 19: St. Agnes of Assisi

By Franciscan Media – Born Caterina Offreducia, Agnes was the younger sister of Saint Clare, and her first follower. When Caterina left home two weeks after Clare’s departure, their family attempted to bring her back by force. They tried to drag her out of the monastery, but her body suddenly became so heavy that several knights could not budge it.

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

By Franciscan Media – St. Peter’s is probably the most famous church in Christendom. Massive in scale and a veritable museum of art and architecture, it began on a much humbler scale. Vatican Hill was a simple cemetery where believers gathered at Saint Peter’s tomb to pray. In 319, Constantine built a basilica on the site that stood for more than a thousand years until, despite numerous….

Saint of the Day for November 16: St. Margaret of Scotland

By Franciscan Media – Margaret of Scotland was a truly liberated woman in the sense that she was free to be herself. For her, that meant freedom to love God and serve others… Not Scottish by birth, Margaret was the daughter of Princess Agatha of Hungary and the Anglo-Saxon Prince Edward Atheling. She spent much of her youth in the court of her great-uncle, the English king, Edward the Confessor.

Saint of the Day for November 14: St. Gertrude the Great

Franciscan Media – Gertrude, a Benedictine nun in Helfta, Saxony, was one of the great mystics of the 13th century. Together with her friend and teacher Saint Mechtild, she practiced a spirituality called “nuptial mysticism,” that is, she came to see herself as the bride of Christ. Her spiritual life was a deeply personal union with Jesus and his Sacred Heart, leading her into the very life of the Trinity.

Saint of the Day for November 13: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Franciscan Media – Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized. Her deep trust in the loving care of her God gave her the strength to be a valiant woman doing the work of Christ… Refused admission to the religious order which had educated her to be a teacher, she began charitable work at the House of Providence Orphanage in Cadogno, Italy. In September 1877, she made her vows there and took the religious habit.

Saint of the Day for November 12: St. Josaphat

Franciscan Media – In 1964, newspaper photos of Pope Paul VI embracing Athenagoras I, the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, marked a significant step toward the healing of a division in Christendom that has spanned more than nine centuries… In 1595, the Orthodox bishop of Brest-Litovsk in present-day Belarus and five other bishops representing millions of Ruthenians, sought reunion with Rome.

Saint of the Day for November 11: St. Martin of Tours

By Franciscan Media – A conscientious objector who wanted to be a monk; a monk who was maneuvered into being a bishop; a bishop who fought paganism as well as pleaded for mercy to heretics—such was Martin of Tours, one of the most popular of saints and one of the first not to be a martyr.

 Saint of the Day for November 10: St. Leo the Great

By Franciscan Media – With apparent strong conviction of the importance of the Bishop of Rome in the Church, and of the Church as the ongoing sign of Christ’s presence in the world, Leo the Great displayed endless dedication as pope. Elected in 440, he worked tirelessly as “Peter’s successor,” guiding his fellow bishops as “equals in the episcopacy and infirmities.”

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

Franciscan Media – Most Catholics think of St. Peter’s as the pope’s main church, but they are wrong. St. John Lateran is the pope’s church, the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome where the Bishop of Rome presides… The first basilica on the site was built in the fourth century when Constantine donated land he had received from the wealthy Lateran family.

Saint of the Day for November 7: St. Saint Didacus 

Franciscan Media – Didacus is living proof that God “chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.”.. As a young man in Spain, Didacus joined the Secular Franciscan Order and lived for some time as a hermit. After Didacus became a Franciscan brother, he developed a reputation for great insight into God’s ways. His penances were heroic. He was so generous with the poor that the friars sometimes grew uneasy about his charity.

Saint of the Day for November 6: St. Nicholas Tavelic and Companions

By Franciscan Media – Nicholas and his three companions are among the 158 Franciscans who have been martyred in the Holy Land since the friars became custodians of the shrines in 1335… Nicholas was born in 1340 to a wealthy and noble family in Croatia. He joined the Franciscans, and was sent with Deodat of Rodez to preach in Bosnia. In 1384, they volunteered for the Holy Land missions and were sent there. They looked after the holy places, cared for the Christian pilgrims, and studied Arabic.

Saint of the Day for November 5: St. Peter Chrysologus

By Franciscan Media – A man who vigorously pursues a goal may produce results far beyond his expectations and his intentions. Thus it was with Peter ” of the Golden Words,” as he was called, who as a young man became bishop of Ravenna, the capital of the empire in the West… At the time there were abuses and vestiges of paganism evident in his diocese, and these Peter was determined to battle and overcome. His principal weapon was the short sermon, and many of them have come down to us.

Saint of the Day for November 4: St. Charles Borromeo

Franciscan Media – The name of Charles Borromeo is associated with reform. He lived during the time of the Protestant Reformation, and had a hand in the reform of the whole Church during the final years of the Council of Trent… Although he belonged to the Milanese nobility and was related to the powerful Medici family, Charles desired to devote himself to the Church…

Saint of the Day for November 3: St. Martin de Porres

By Franciscan Media – “Father unknown” is the cold legal phrase sometimes used on baptismal records. “Half-breed” or “war souvenir” is the cruel name inflicted by those of “pure” blood. Like many others, Martin might have grown to be a bitter man, but he did not. It was said that even as a child he gave his heart and his goods to the poor and despised.

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

By Franciscan Media – 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 ….

Saint of the Day for October 31: St. Wolfgang of Regensburg

By Franciscan Media – Wolfgang was born in Swabia, Germany, and was educated at a school located at the abbey of Reichenau. There he encountered Henry, a young noble who went on to become Archbishop of Trier. Meanwhile, Wolfgang remained in close contact with the archbishop, teaching in his cathedral school and supporting his efforts to reform the clergy… At the death of the archbishop, Wolfgang chose to become a Benedictine monk and moved to an abbey in Einsiedeln, now part of Switzerland.

Saint of the Day for October 30: St. Alphonsus Rodriguez

Franciscan Media – Tragedy and challenge beset today’s saint early in life, but Alphonsus Rodriguez found happiness and contentment through simple service and prayer… Born in Spain in 1533, Alphonsus inherited the family textile business at 23. Within the space of three years, his wife, daughter, and mother died; meanwhile, business was poor. …

Saint of the Day for October 29: St. Narcissus of Jerusalem

Franciscan Media – Life in second- and third-century Jerusalem couldn’t have been easy, but Saint Narcissus managed to live well beyond 100. Some even speculate he lived to 160… Details of his life are sketchy, but there are many reports of his miracles. The miracle for which Narcissus is most remembered was turning water into oil for use in the church lamps on Holy Saturday when the deacons had forgotten to provide any.

Saint of the Day for October 28: St. Simon and Jude

Franciscan Media – Jude is so named by Luke and Acts. Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus. He is not mentioned elsewhere in the Gospels, except of course where all the apostles are mentioned. Scholars hold that he is not the author of the Letter of Jude. Actually, Jude had the same name as Judas Iscariot. Evidently because of the disgrace of that name, it was shortened to “Jude” in English.

Saint of the Day for October 27: Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza

Franciscan Media – Dominicans honor one of their own today, Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza. This was a man who used his skills as a preacher to challenge the heresies of his day.
Bartholomew was born in Vicenza around 1200. At 20, he entered the Dominicans. Following his ordination, he served in various leadership positions. As a young priest, he founded a military order whose purpose was to keep civil peace in towns throughout Italy.

Saint of the Day for October 26: St. Peter of Alcantara

By Franciscan Media – Peter was a contemporary of well-known 16th-century Spanish saints, including Ignatius of Loyola and John of the Cross. He served as confessor to Saint Teresa of Avila. Church reform was a major issue in Peter’s day, and he directed most of his energies toward that end. His death came one year before the Council of Trent ended.

Saint of the Day for October 24: St. Anthony Mary Claret

Franciscan Media, Oct 24, 2020 – The “spiritual father of Cuba” was a missionary, religious founder, social reformer, queen’s chaplain, writer and publisher, archbishop, and refugee. He was a Spaniard whose work took him to the Canary Islands, Cuba, Madrid, Paris, and to the First Vatican Council…

Saint of the Day for October 23: St. John of Capistrano

By Franciscan Media – It has been said the Christian saints are the world’s greatest optimists. Not blind to the existence and consequences of evil, they base their confidence on the power of Christ’s redemption. The power of conversion through Christ extends not only to sinful people but also to calamitous events.

Saint of the Day for October 22: Saint John Paul II

By Franciscan Media – “Open wide the doors to Christ,” urged John Paul II during the homily at the Mass where he was installed as pope in 1978… Born in Wadowice, Poland, Karol Jozef Wojtyla had lost his mother, father, and older brother before his 21st birthday. Karol’s promising academic career at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University was cut short by the outbreak of World War II. While working in a quarry and a chemical factory, he enrolled in an “underground” seminary in Kraków. …

Saint of the Day for October 21: Saint Hilarion

By Franciscan Media – By Franciscan Media – Despite his best efforts to live in prayer and solitude, today’s saint found it difficult to achieve his deepest desire. People were naturally drawn to Hilarion as a source of spiritual wisdom and peace. He had reached such fame by the time of his death that his body had to be secretly removed so that a shrine would not be built in his honor. Instead, he was buried in his home village.

Saint of the Day for October 20: St. Paul of the Cross

By Franciscan Media – Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul Daneo lived at a time when many regarded Jesus as a great moral teacher but no more. After a brief time as a soldier, he turned to solitary prayer, developing a devotion to Christ’s passion. Paul saw in the Lord’s passion a demonstration of God’s love for all people. In turn that devotion nurtured his compassion and supported a preaching ministry that touched the hearts of many listeners.

Saint of the Day for October 19: Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions

By Franciscan Media – Isaac Jogues and his companions were the first martyrs of the North American continent officially recognized by the Church. As a young Jesuit, Isaac Jogues, a man of learning and culture, taught literature in France. He gave up that career to work among the Huron Indians in the New World, and in 1636, he and his companions, under the leadership of Jean de Brébeuf, arrived in Quebec.

Saint of the Day for October 17: Saint Ignatius of Antioch

By Franciscan Media – Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. In the year 107, Emperor Trajan visited Antioch and forced the Christians there to choose between death and apostasy. Ignatius would not deny Christ and thus was condemned to be put to death in Rome… Ignatius is well known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from Antioch to Rome. Five of these letters are to churches in Asia Minor; they urge the Christians there to remain faithful to God and to obey their superiors..

Saint of the Day for October 16: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Franciscan Media – Margaret Mary was chosen by Christ to arouse the Church to a realization of the love of God symbolized by the heart of Jesus… Her early years were marked by sickness and a painful home situation… After considering marriage for some time, Margaret Mary entered the Order of the Visitation nuns at the age of 24… A Visitation nun was “not to be extraordinary except by being ordinary,” but the young nun was not to enjoy this anonymity.

Saint of the Day for October 15: Saint Teresa of Avila

By Franciscan Media – By Franciscan Media – Teresa lived in an age of exploration as well as political, social, and religious upheaval. It was the 16th century, a time of turmoil and reform. She was born before the Protestant Reformation and died almost 20 years after the closing of the Council of Trent.

Saint of the Day for October 14: St. Callistus I (d. 223)

By Franciscan Media – The most reliable information about this saint comes from his enemy Saint Hippolytus, an early antipope, later a martyr for the Church. A negative principle is used: If some worse things had happened, Hippolytus would surely have mentioned them… Callistus was a slave in the imperial Roman household.

Saint of the Day for October 13: Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher

By Franciscan Media – Canada was one diocese from coast to coast during the first eight years of Marie-Rose Durocher’s life. Its half-million Catholics had received civil and religious liberty from the English only 44 years before… She was born in a little village near Montreal in 1811, the 10th of 11 children. She had a good education, was something of a tomboy, rode a horse named Caesar, and could have married well. …

Saint of the Day for October 12: Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos

Franciscan Media – Zeal as a preacher and a confessor led Father Seelos to works of compassion as well… Born in southern Bavaria, he studied philosophy and theology in Munich. On hearing about the work of the Redemptorists among German-speaking Catholics in the United States, he came to this country in 1843. Ordained at the end of 1844, he was assigned for six years to St. Philomena’s Parish in Pittsburgh as an assistant to Saint John Neumann. …

Saint of the Day for October 10: St. Francis Borgia

By Franciscan Media – Today’s saint grew up in an important family in 16th-century Spain, serving in the imperial court and quickly advancing in his career. But a series of events—including the death of his beloved wife—made Francis Borgia rethink his priorities. He gave up public life, gave away his possessions, and joined the new and little-known Society of Jesus.

Saint of the Day for October 9: St. Denis and Companions

By Franciscan Media – This martyr and patron of France is regarded as the first bishop of Paris. His popularity is due to a series of legends, especially those connecting him with the great abbey church of St. Denis in Paris. He was for a time confused with the writer now called Pseudo-Dionysius.

Saint of the Day for October 8: St. John Leonardi

By Franciscan Media – “I am only one person! Why should I do anything? What good would it do?” Today, as in any age, people seem plagued with the dilemma of getting involved. In his own way, John Leonardi answered these questions. He chose to become a priest… After his ordination, Fr. Leonardi became very active in the works of the ministry, especially in hospitals and prisons.

Saint of the Day for October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary

By Franciscan Media – 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… The development of the rosary has a long history. First a practice developed of praying 150 Our Fathers in imitation of the 150 Psalms. …

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

By Franciscan Media – This saint has the honor of having founded a religious order which, as the saying goes, has never had to be reformed because it was never deformed. No doubt both the founder and the members would reject such high praise, but it is an indication of the saint’s intense love of a penitential life in solitude.

Saint of the Day for October 5: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

By Franciscan Media – Saint Faustina’s name is forever linked to the annual feast of the Divine Mercy, the Divine Mercy chaplet, and the Divine Mercy prayer recited each day at 3 p.m. by many people… Born in what is now west-central Poland, Helena Kowalska was the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925. She worked as a cook, gardener and porter in three of their houses.

Saint of the Day for October 3: St. Theodora Guérin

By Franciscan Media – Trust in God’s Providence enabled Mother Theodore to leave her homeland, sail halfway around the world, and found a new religious congregation… Born in Etables, France, Anne-Thérèse Guérin’s life was shattered by her father’s murder when she was 15. For several years she cared for her mother and younger sister.

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

By 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 October 1: St. Thérèse of Lisieux

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.

Saint of the Day for September 30: Saint Jerome (345 – 420)

By Franciscan Media – Most of the saints are remembered for some outstanding virtue or devotion which they practiced, but Jerome is frequently remembered for his bad temper! It is true that he had a very bad temper and could use a vitriolic pen, but his love for God and his son Jesus Christ was extraordinarily intense; anyone who taught error was an enemy of God and truth, and Saint Jerome went after him or her with his mighty and sometimes sarcastic pen.

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

By Franciscan Media – 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: St. Wenceslaus (c. 907 – 929)

By Franciscan Media – If saints have been falsely characterized as “other worldly,” the life of Wenceslaus stands as an example to the contrary: He stood for Christian values in the midst of the political intrigues which characterized 10th-century Bohemia… Wenceslaus was born in 907 near Prague, son of the Duke of Bohemia. His saintly grandmother, Ludmilla, raised him and sought to promote him as ruler of Bohemia in place of his mother, who favored the anti-Christian factions. ..

Saint of the Day for September 26: Saint Paul VI

By Franciscan Media – Saint Paul VI’s Story – Born near Brescia in northern Italy, Giovanni Battista Montini was the second of three sons. His father, Giorgio, was a lawyer, editor, and eventually a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. His mother, Giuditta, was very involved in Catholic Action… After ordination in 1920, Giovanni did graduate studies in literature, philosophy, and canon law in Rome before he joined the Vatican Secretariat of State in 1924, where he worked for 30 years…

Saint of the Day for September 25: Sts. Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin

By Franciscan Media – Born into a military family in Bordeaux, Louis trained to become a watchmaker. His desire to join a religious community went unfulfilled because he didn’t know Latin. Moving to Normandy, he met the highly-skilled lace maker, Zélie Guérin, who also had been disappointed in her attempts to enter religious life. They married in 1858, and over the years were blessed with nine children, though two sons and two daughters died in infancy.

Saint of the Day for September 24: St. John Henry Newman

By Franciscan Media – John Henry Newman, the 19th-century’s most important English-speaking Roman Catholic theologian, spent the first half of his life as an Anglican and the second half as a Roman Catholic. He was a priest, popular preacher, writer, and eminent theologian in both churches… Born in London, England, he studied at Oxford’s Trinity College, was a tutor at Oriel College, and for 17 years was vicar of the university church, St. Mary the Virgin. He eventually published eight volumes of Parochial and Plain Sermons ….

Saint of the Day for September 23: St. Pio of Pietrelcina

By Franciscan Media – In one of the largest such ceremonies in history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on June 16, 2002. It was the 45th canonization ceremony in Pope John Paul’s pontificate. More than 300,000 people braved blistering heat as they filled St. Peter’s Square and nearby streets. They heard the Holy Father praise the new saint for his prayer and charity. “This is the most concrete synthesis of Padre Pio’s teaching,” said the pope. …

Saint of the Day for September 22: St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions

By Franciscan Media – Lorenzo was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them, and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He became a professional calligrapher, transcribing documents in beautiful penmanship. He was a full member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary under Dominican auspices. He married and had two sons and a daughter.

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

By Franciscan Media – Matthew was a Jew who worked for the occupying Roman forces, collecting taxes from other Jews. The Romans were not scrupulous about what the “tax farmers” got for themselves. Hence the latter, known as “publicans,” were generally hated as traitors by their fellow Jews. The Pharisees lumped them with “sinners” (see Matthew 9:11-13). So it was shocking to them to hear Jesus call such a man to be one of his intimate followers.

Saint of the Day for September 19: St. Januarius (c. 300)

By Franciscan Media – Little is known about the life of Januarius. He is believed to have been martyred in the Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of 305. Legend has it that Januarius and his companions were thrown to the bears in the amphitheater of Pozzuoli, but the animals failed to attack them. They were then beheaded, and Januarius’ blood ultimately brought to Naples.

Saint of the Day for September 18: St. Joseph of Cupertino

By Franciscan Media – Joseph of Cupertino is most famous for levitating at prayer. Already as a child, Joseph showed a fondness for prayer. After a short career with the Capuchins, he joined the Conventual Franciscans. Following a brief assignment caring for the friary mule, Joseph began his studies for the priesthood. Though studies were very difficult for him, Joseph gained a great deal of knowledge from prayer. He was ordained in 1628.

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

By Franciscan Media – When Robert Bellarmine was ordained in 1570, the study of Church history and the fathers of the Church was in a sad state of neglect. A promising scholar from his youth in Tuscany, he devoted his energy to these two subjects, as well as to Scripture, in order to systematize Church doctrine against the attacks of the Protestant Reformers. He was the first Jesuit to become a professor at Louvain.

Saint of the Day for September 16: St. Cornelius (d. 253)

By Franciscan Media – There was no pope for 14 months after the martyrdom of Saint Fabian because of the intensity of the persecution of the Church. During the interval, the Church was governed by a college of priests. Saint Cyprian, a friend of Cornelius, writes that Cornelius was elected pope “by the judgment of God and of Christ, by the testimony of most of the clergy, by the vote of the people, with the consent of aged priests and of good men.”

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

By Franciscan Media – For a while there were two feasts in honor of the Sorrowful Mother: one going back to the 15th century, the other to the 17th century. For a while both were celebrated by the universal Church: one on the Friday before Palm Sunday, the other in September… The principal biblical references to Mary’s sorrows are in Luke 2:35 and John 19:26-27. The Lucan passage is Simeon’s prediction about a sword piercing Mary’s soul; the Johannine passage relates Jesus’ words from the cross to Mary and to the beloved disciple.

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

By Franciscan Media – Early in the fourth century, Saint Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, went to Jerusalem in search of the holy places of Christ’s life. She razed the second-century Temple of Aphrodite, which tradition held was built over the Savior’s tomb, and her son built the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher on that spot. During the excavation, workers found three crosses. …

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

By Franciscan Media – This feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus; both have the possibility of uniting people easily divided on other matters… The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in 1513 and in 1671 was extended to all of Spain and the Kingdom of Naples. In 1683, John Sobieski, king of Poland, brought an army to the outskirts of Vienna to stop the advance of Muslim armies loyal to Mohammed IV of Constantinople.

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, a famous orator, he became a Christian as an adult. He distributed his goods to the poor, and amazed his fellow citizens by making a vow of chastity before his baptism. Within two years he had been ordained a priest and was chosen, against his will, as Bishop of Carthage.

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 a superior education at the University of Alcala and became a popular professor of philosophy there… After joining the Augustinian friars at Salamanca, Thomas was ordained and resumed his teaching–despite a continuing absentmindedness and poor memory…

Saint of the Day for September 9: St. Peter Claver (June 26, 1581 – Sept. 8, 1654)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Peter Claver’s Story: A native of Spain, young Jesuit Peter Claver left his homeland forever in 1610 to be a missionary in the colonies of the New World. He sailed into Cartagena, a rich port city washed by the Caribbean. He was ordained there in 1615… By this time the slave trade had been established in the Americas for nearly 100 years, and Cartagena was a chief center for it.

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 drew others into serving the poor of the world. Through the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, which he founded, his work continues to the present day.

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

By Franciscan Media – Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s Story: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the tiny woman recognized throughout the world for her work among the poorest of the poor, was beatified October 19, 2003. Among those present were hundreds of Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in 1950, as a diocesan religious community. Today the congregation also includes contemplative sisters and brothers and an order of priests.

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 young, she began a life of penance in her parents’ house. She was as generous to the poor as she was strict with herself. At the age of 10, she became a Secular Franciscan and soon began preaching in the streets about sin and the sufferings of Jesus.

Saint of the Day for Sept. 3: St. Gregory the Great (c. 540 – March 12, 604)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Gregory the Great was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate, and became a Benedictine monk in his own home at Rome… Ordained a priest, Gregory became one of the pope’s seven deacons, and also served six years in the East as papal representative in Constantinople. He was recalled to become abbot, but at the age of 50 was elected pope by the clergy and people of Rome.

Saint of the Day for September 2: Blessed John Francis Burté and Companions (d. Sept. 2, 1792/Jan. 21, 1794)

By Franciscan Media: Blessed John Francis Burté and Companions’ Story-These priests were victims of the French Revolution. Though their martyrdom spans a period of several years, they stand together in the Church’s memory because they all gave their lives for the same principle. In 1791, the Civil Constitution of the Clergy required all priests to take an oath which amounted to a denial of the faith. Each of these men refused and was executed.

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

By Franciscan Media – Despite the fact that much about Saint Giles is shrouded in mystery, we can say that he was one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages. Likely, he was born in the first half of the seventh century in southeastern France. That is where he built a monastery that became a popular stopping-off point for pilgrims making their way to Compostela in Spain, and the Holy Land.

Saint of the Day for August 31: St. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus (1st century)

By Franciscan Media – The actions of these two influential Jewish leaders give insight into the charismatic power of Jesus and his teachings—and the risks that could be involved in following him… Joseph was a respected, wealthy civic leader who had become a disciple of Jesus. Following the death of Jesus, Joseph obtained Jesus’ body from Pilate, wrapped it in fine linen and buried it. For these reasons, Joseph is considered the patron saint of funeral directors and pallbearers.

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 dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of John the Baptist. The greatest of prophets suffered the fate of so many Old Testament prophets before him: rejection and martyrdom. The “voice crying in the desert” did not hesitate to accuse the guilty, did not hesitate to speak the truth. But why? What possesses a man that he would give up his very life?

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

Saint Augustine’s Story – A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: Many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. But really to get to know the man is a rewarding experience… There quickly surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life, whether his path led away from or toward God. The tears of his mother, the instructions of Ambrose and, most of all, God himself speaking to him in the Scriptures, redirected Augustine’s love of life to a life of love.

Saint of the Day for August 27: St. 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 she did not give way to any of these temptations. Although she was a Christian, her parents gave her in marriage to a pagan, Patricius, who lived in her hometown of Tagaste in North Africa. Patricius had some redeeming features, but he had a violent temper and was licentious.

Saint of the Day for August 26: St. Joseph Calasanz (Sept. 11, 1556 – Aug. 25, 1648)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Joseph Calasanz’ Story – From Aragon, where he was born in 1556, to Rome, where he died 92 years later, fortune alternately smiled and frowned on the work of Joseph Calasanz. A priest with university training in canon law and theology, respected for his wisdom and administrative expertise, he put aside his career because he was deeply concerned with the need for education of poor children.

Saint of the Day for August 25: St. Louis IX of France (April 25, 1214 – Aug. 25, 1270)

By Franciscan Media – At his coronation as king of France, Louis IX bound himself by oath to behave as God’s anointed, as the father of his people and feudal lord of the King of Peace. Other kings had done the same, of course. Louis was different in that he actually interpreted his kingly duties in the light of faith. After the violence of two previous reigns, he brought peace and justice.

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

By Franciscan Media – In the New Testament, Bartholomew is mentioned only in the lists of the apostles. Some scholars identify him with Nathanael, a man of Cana in Galilee who was summoned to Jesus by Philip. Jesus paid him a great compliment: “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him” (John 1:47b). When Nathanael asked how Jesus knew him, Jesus said, “I saw you under the fig tree” (John 1:48b).

Saint of the Day for August 22: Queenship of Mary

By Franciscan Media – 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 – Pope Pius X is perhaps best remembered for his encouragement of the frequent reception of Holy Communion, especially by children… The second of 10 children in a poor Italian family, Joseph Sarto became Pius X at age 68. He was one of the 20th century’s greatest popes… Ever mindful of his humble origin, Pope Pius stated, “I was born poor, I lived poor, I will die poor.” He was embarrassed by some of the pomp of the papal court.

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

By Franciscan Media – Man of the century! Woman of the century! You see such terms applied to so many today—“golfer of the century,” “composer of the century,” “right tackle of the century”—that the line no longer has any punch. But Western Europe’s “man of the twelfth century,” without doubt or controversy, had to be Bernard of Clairvaux. Adviser of popes, preacher of the Second Crusade, defender of the faith ….

Saint of the Day for August 19: St. John Eudes (Nov. 14, 1601 – Aug. 19, 1680)

By Franciscan Media – How little we know where God’s grace will lead. Born on a farm in northern France, John died at 79 in the next “county” or department. In that time, he was a religious, a parish missionary, founder of two religious communities, and a great promoter of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary… John joined the religious community of the Oratorians and was ordained a priest at 24…

Saint of the Day for August 18: St. Louis of Toulouse (Feb. 9, 1274 – Aug. 19, 1297)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Louis of Toulouse’s Story – When he died at the age of 23, Louis was already a Franciscan, a bishop, and a saint!
Louis’s parents were Charles II of Naples and Sicily, and Mary, daughter of the King of Hungary. Louis was related to Saint Louis IX on his father’s side and to Elizabeth of Hungary on his mother’s side… Louis showed early signs of attachment to prayer and to the corporal works of mercy.

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

By Franciscan Media – An encounter with a shabby old woman many dismissed as insane prompted Saint Joan to dedicate her life to the poor. For Joan, who had a reputation as a businesswoman intent on monetary success, this was a significant conversion.

Feast Day for August 15: Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary

By Franciscan Media – The Story of the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary – On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.”

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, “I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them—one was for purity, the other for martyrdom. I said, ‘I choose both.’ She smiled and disappeared.” After that he was not the same.

Saint of the Day for August 13: St. Pontian and Hippolytus (d. 235)

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 for five years, the other an antipope for 18. They died reconciled… Pontian. Pontian was a Roman who served as pope from 230 to 235. …

Saint of the Day for August 12: St. Jane Frances de Chantal (Jan. 28, 1572 – Dec. 13, 1641)

By Franciscan Media – Jane Frances was wife, mother, nun, and founder of a religious community. Her mother died when she was 18 months old, and her father, head of parliament at Dijon, France, became the main influence on her education. Jane developed into a woman of beauty and refinement, lively and cheerful in temperament. At 21, she married Baron de Chantal, by whom she had six children, three of whom died in infancy. At her castle, she restored the custom of daily Mass, and was seriously engaged in various charitable works.

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

By Franciscan Media – At 18, Clare escaped from her father’s home one night, was met on the road by friars carrying torches, and in the poor little chapel called the Portiuncula received a rough woolen habit, exchanged her jeweled belt for a common rope with knots in it, and sacrificed her long tresses to Francis’ scissors. He placed her in a Benedictine convent, which her father and uncles immediately stormed in rage. Clare clung to the altar of the church, threw aside her veil to show her cropped hair, and remained adamant.

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

By Franciscan Media – The esteem in which the Church holds Lawrence is seen in the fact that today’s celebration ranks as a feast. We know very little about his life. He is one of those whose martyrdom made a deep and lasting impression on the early Church. Celebration of his feast day spread rapidly… He was a Roman deacon under Pope Saint Sixtus II. Four days after this pope was put to death, Lawrence and four clerics suffered martyrdom, probably during the persecution of the Emperor Valerian.

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

By Franciscan Media – If he hadn’t taken a trip with his bishop, Dominic would probably have remained within the structure of contemplative life; after the trip, he spent the rest of his life being a contemplative in active apostolic work… Born in old Castile, Spain, Dominic was trained for the priesthood by a priest-uncle, studied the arts and theology, and became a canon of the cathedral at Osma, where there was an attempt to revive the apostolic common life described in Acts of the Apostles.

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

By Franciscan Media – Like most of us, Cajetan seemed headed for an “ordinary” life—first as a lawyer, then as a priest engaged in the work of the Roman Curia… His life took a characteristic turn when he joined the Oratory of Divine Love in Rome, a group devoted to piety and charity, shortly after his ordination at 36. When he was 42 he founded a hospital for incurables at Venice.

10 Things You Need to Know About Jesus’ Transfiguration, by Jimmy Akin (2019)

By Jimmy Akin, EWTN News – The three who are privileged to witness the event are Peter, James, and John, the three core disciples… The fact that Jesus only allowed three of his disciples to witness the event may have sparked the discussion which swiftly ensued about which of the disciples was the greatest… Luke states that Jesus took the three “on the mountain to pray.”

Saint of the Day for August 5: Dedication of Saint Mary Major Basilica

By Franciscan Media – First raised at the order of Pope Liberius in the mid-fourth century, the Liberian basilica was rebuilt by Pope Sixtus III shortly after the Council of Ephesus affirmed Mary’s title as Mother of God in 431. Rededicated at that time to the Mother of God, St. Mary Major is the largest church in the world honoring God through Mary.

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

By Franciscan Media – A man with vision overcomes obstacles and performs deeds that seem impossible. John Vianney was a man with vision: He wanted to become a priest. But he had to overcome his meager formal schooling, which inadequately prepared him for seminary studies… His work as a confessor is John Vianney’s most remarkable accomplishment.

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 […]

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

By Franciscan Media – Moral theology, Vatican II said, should be more thoroughly nourished by Scripture, and show the nobility of the Christian vocation of the faithful and their obligation to bring forth fruit in charity for the life of the world. Alphonsus, declared patron of moral theologians by Pius XII in 1950, would rejoice in that statement… In his day, Alphonsus fought for the liberation of moral theology from the rigidity of Jansenism….

Saint of the Day for July 31: St. 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 his leg. Because there were no books of romance on hand during his convalescence, Ignatius whiled away the time reading a life of Christ and lives of the saints. His conscience was deeply touched, and a long, painful turning to Christ began.

Saint of the Day for July 29: St. Martha (b. 1st century)

By Franciscan Media Saint Martha’s Story – Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

Saint of the Day for July 23: St. 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 18: St. 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, […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 13: St. 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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 8: St. Gregory Grassi and Companions (d. July 9, 1900)

By Franciscan Media Saint Gregory Grassi and Companions’ Story – Christian missionaries have often gotten caught in the crossfire of wars against their own countries. When 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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 6: St. 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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 2: St. 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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 1: Saint Junipero Serra (Nov. 24, 1713 – Aug. 28, 1784)

By Franciscan Media – In 1776, when the American Revolution was beginning in the east, another part of the future United States was being born in California. That year a gray-robed Franciscan founded Mission San Juan Capistrano, now famous for its annually returning swallows. San Juan was the seventh of nine missions established under the direction of this indomitable Spaniard… Born on Spain’s island of Mallorca, Serra entered the Franciscan Order taking the name of Saint Francis’ childlike companion, Brother Juniper.

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 […]

Saint of the Day for June 29: Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

By Franciscan Media – Peter (d. 64?) Saint Mark ends the first half of his Gospel with a triumphant climax. He has recorded doubt, misunderstanding, and the opposition of many to Jesus. Now Peter makes his great confession of faith: “You are the Messiah” (Mark 8:29b). It was one of the many glorious moments in Peter’s life, beginning with the day he was called from his nets along the Sea of Galilee to become a fisher of men for Jesus.

Saint of the Day for June 27: Cyril of Alexandria (378 – June 27, 444)

By Franciscan Media Saint Cyril of Alexandria’s Story – Saints are not born with halos around their heads. Cyril, recognized as a great teacher of the Church, […]

Saint of the Day for June 26: Blessed Raymond Lull (c. 1235 – June 28, 1315)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Raymond Lull’s Story – Raymond worked all his life to promote the missions and died a missionary to North Africa. Raymond was born […]

Saint of the Day for June 25: Blessed Jutta of Thuringia (d. c. 1260)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Jutta of Thuringia’s Story – Today’s patroness of Prussia began her life amidst luxury and power but died the death of a simple […]

Stop Playing God with Human Genes, by John Stonestreet, Roberto Rivera

By John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera, CNSNews – For years, I’ve worried and warned about the dangers posed by gene editing technologies, such as CRISPR. In the words of one of its inventors, CRISPR makes the human genome “as malleable as a piece of literary prose at the mercy of an editor’s red pen.”… At least, that’s the promise that has yet to materialize… In 2018, a Chinese scientist announced he’d used CRISPR to genetically modify human embryos. At the time, more “respectable” scientists denounced his actions as “unethical,” given how new the technology was and how little ethical oversight there was for using it.

Saint of the Day for June 24: The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

By Franciscan Media  Saint John the Baptist’s Story – Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: “I tell you, among those born […]

Saint of the Day for June 23: St. Saint John Fisher (1469 – June 22, 1535) 

By Franciscan Media Saint John Fisher’s Story – John Fisher is usually associated with Erasmus, Thomas More, and other Renaissance humanists. His life therefore, did not have […]

Saint of the Day for June 22: St. Thomas More (Feb. 7, 1478 – July 6, 1535)

By Franciscan Media Saint Thomas More’s Story – His belief that no lay ruler has jurisdiction over the Church of Christ cost Thomas More his life. Beheaded […]

Founder’s Quote

“One single object … [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation.” —Thomas Jefferson (1825)

Saint of the Day for June 17: St. Joseph Cafasso (Jan. 15, 1811 – June 23, 1860)

By Franciscan Media Saint Joseph Cafasso’s story – Even as a young man, Joseph loved to attend Mass and was known for his humility and fervor in […]

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 – Saint of the Day for June 15: St. Marguerite d’Youville (Oct. 15, 1701-Dec. 23, 1771) We learn compassion from allowing our […]

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

Founder’s Quote

“Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.” —James […]

Saint of the Day for June 10: Blessed Joachima (1783-1854)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Joachima’s Story – Born into an aristocratic family in Barcelona, Spain, Joachima was 12 when she expressed a desire to become a Carmelite […]

Saint of the Day for June 9: St. 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. […]

Saint of the Day for June 8: St. 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Founder’s Quote

“Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.” —James […]

Saint of the Day for June 3: St. Charles Lwanga and Companions

By Franciscan Media Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions’ Story (d. between November 15, 1885 – January 27, 1887) One of 22 Ugandan martyrs, Charles Lwanga is […]

Saint of the Day for June 2: St. 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 […]

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

By Franciscan Media – During the Hundred Years War, Joan led French troops against the English and recaptured the cities of Orléans and Troyes. This enabled Charles VII to be crowned as king in Reims in 1429. Captured near Compiegne the following year, Joan was sold to the English and placed on trial for heresy and witchcraft. Professors at the University of Paris supported Bishop Pierre Cauchon of Beauvis, the judge at her trial; Cardinal Henry Beaufort of Winchester, England, participated in the questioning of Joan in prison. In the end, she was condemned for wearing men’s clothes.

Saint of the Day for May 29: St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (Dec. 12, 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 […]

Saint of the Day for May 27: St. Augustine of Canterbury (? – May 26, 605)

By Franciscan Media Saint Augustine of Canterbury’s Story – In the year 596, some 40 monks set out from Rome to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons in England. Leading […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

Saint of the Day for May 13: Our Lady of Fatima

By Franciscan Media The Story of Our Lady of Fatima – Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children–Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 13: Saint Martin I (d. Sept. 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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for April 7: St. John Baptist de La Salle (April 30, 1651 – April 7, 1719)

By Franciscan Media Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s Story – Complete dedication to what he saw as God’s will for him dominated the life of John […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. Stephen of Mar Saba was […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 (? – ?)

By Franciscan Media Saint Joseph’s Story – The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a “just” man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness […]

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

By Franciscan Media Saint Joseph’s Story – The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a “just” man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for March 10: St. Dominic Savio (April 2, 1842 – March 9, 1857)

By Franciscan Media Saint Dominic Savio’s Story – So many holy persons seem to die young. Among them was Dominic Savio, the patron of choirboys. Born into […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for March 6: St. 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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for March 3: St. Katharine Drexel (Nov. 26, 1858 -March 3, 1955)

By Franciscan Media Katharine Drexel’s Story – If your father is an international banker and you ride in a private railroad car, you are not likely to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 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 […]

Saint of the Day for February 17: Seven Founders of the Servite Order

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Seven Founders of the Servite Order – Can you imagine seven prominent men of Boston or Denver banding together, leaving […]

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. […]

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

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

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 […]

 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 28: St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 – March 7, 1274)

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

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for January 20: St. Sebastian (c. 256 –  Jan. 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 […]

Saint of the Day for January 17: St. Anthony of Egypt (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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Saint of the Day for January 13: St. Hilary of Poitiers (c. 315 – c. 368)

By Franciscan Media Saint Hilary of Poitiers’ Story – This staunch defender of the divinity of Christ was a gentle and courteous man, devoted to writing some […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for January 9: St. 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 […]

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 […]

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

By 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 birth. […]

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 […]

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

By 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 December 31: St. Sylvester I (d. 335)

By Franciscan Media Saint Sylvester I’s Story – When you think of this pope, you think of the Edict of Milan, the emergence of the Church from […]

Saint of the Day for December 30: St. Egwin (d. c. 720)

By Franciscan Media Saint Egwin’s Story – You say you’re not familiar with today’s saint? Chances are you aren’t—unless you’re especially informed about Benedictine bishops who established […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day: St. Olympias, Dec. 17, 2019

 Catholic Online Olympias born into a wealthy noble Constantinople family. She was orphaned when a child and was given over to the care of Theodosia by her uncle, […]

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

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

Saint of the Day for December 14: St. John of the Cross (June 24, 1542 – 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: […]

Saint of the Day for December 13: Saint 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 […]

Saint of the Day for December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Franciscan Media – 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… Juan was walking by a hill called Tepeyac when he heard beautiful music like the warbling of birds. A radiant cloud appeared, and within it stood an Indian maiden dressed like an Aztec princess. The lady spoke to him in his own language and sent him to the bishop of Mexico, a Franciscan named Juan de Zumarraga. The bishop was to build a chapel in the place where the lady appeared.

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Saint of the Day for November 25: St. Catherine of Alexandria (d. c. 310)

By Franciscan Media Saint Catherine of Alexandria’s Story According to the Legend of St. Catherine, this young woman converted to Christianity after receiving a vision. At the age […]

Saint of the Day for November 23: Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro (Jan. 13, 1891 – Nov. 23, 1927)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro’s Story “¡Viva Cristo Rey!”—Long live Christ the King!—were the last words Pro uttered before he was executed for being […]

Saint of the Day for November 22: Saint Cecilia (d. 230?)

By Franciscan Media Saint Cecilia’s Story – Although Cecilia is one of the most famous of the Roman martyrs, the familiar stories about her are apparently not […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Dedication of the Churches of Saints Peter and Paul – St. Peter’s is probably the most famous church in Christendom. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

 by Franciscan Media Saint Martin of Tours’ Story – A conscientious objector who wanted to be a monk; a monk who was maneuvered into being a bishop; […]

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. […]

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 for November 7: St. Didacus (c. 1400 – Nov. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for November 4: St. Charles Borromeo (Oct. 2, 1538 – Nov., 1584)

By Franciscan Media Saint Charles Borromeo’s Story – The name of Charles Borromeo is associated with reform. He lived during the time of the Protestant Reformation, and […]

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

By Franciscan Media – 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, when monastic communities began to mark an annual day of prayer for the departed members.

Saint of the Day for November 1: Solemnity of All Saints

By 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, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods. The pope rededicated the shrine as a Christian church. According to Venerable Bede, the pope intended “that the memory of all the saints might in the future be honored in the place which had formerly been dedicated to the worship not of gods but of demons”

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. […]

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 […]

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

By Franciscan Media 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 […]

Saint of the Day for October 28: Sts. Simon and Jude (1st Century)

By 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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

By Fr. Don Miller, OFM,  2019 Franciscan Media Saint John of Capistrano’s Story – It has been said the Christian saints are the world’s greatest optimists. Not […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for October 21: St. Hilarion (c. 291 – 371)

2019 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 deepest desire. […]

Saint of the Day for October 19: Saints 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 […]

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

2019 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 […]

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

2019 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 […]

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

© 2019 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 […]

Founder’s Quote

“No nation was ever ruined by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous.” —Benjamin Franklin and George Whaley (1774)

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

 Franciscan Media 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 […]

Saint of the Day for October 14: St. Callistus I (d. 223)

By 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 martyr for […]

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, 963)

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 […]

Saint of the Day for October 10: St. 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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for October 8: St. John Leonardi (1541 – Oct. 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 […]

Saint of the Day for October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary

By 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 […]

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

By Franciscan Media Saint Thérèse of Lisieux’s Story –  “I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love […]

Saint of the Day for September 30: St. Jerome (345 – 420)

By Franciscan Media Saint Jerome’s Story – Most of the saints are remembered for some outstanding virtue or devotion which they practiced, but Jerome is frequently remembered […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for September 27: St. Vincent de Paul (1580 – Sept. 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 […]

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

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

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

By Franciscan Media Saints Louis Martin and Zélie Guerin (August 22, 1823 – July 29, 1894; December 23, 1831 – August 28, 1877) Saints Louis Martin and […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for September 23: St. Pio of Pietrelcina (May 25, 1887-Sept. 23, 1968)

By Franciscan Media Saint Pio of Pietrelcina’s Story – In one of the largest such ceremonies in history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on June […]

Today’s Saint:  St. Matthew, Apostle, Feast day: September 21

Catholic News Agency – Saint Matthew, the first-century tax collector turned apostle who chronicled the life and ministry of Christ in his Gospel, is celebrated by the Church today, September 21. Although relatively little is known about the life of St. Matthew, the account he wrote of Christ’s ministry – traditionally considered to be the first of the four Gospels – is of inestimable value to the Church, particularly in its verification of Jesus as the Messiah.

Saint of the Day for September 20: St. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions

By Franciscan Media Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions’ Story(August 21, 1821 – September 16, 1846; Companions d. between 1839 – 1867) The first […]

Saint of the Day for September 19: St. Januarius (c. 300)

By Franciscan Media Saint Januarius’ Story – Little is known about the life of Januarius. He is believed to have been martyred in the Emperor Diocletian’s persecution […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for September 16: St. Cornelius (d. 253)

By 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 of the Church. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for September 9: St. Peter Claver (June 26, 1581 – Sep. 8, 1654)

By Franciscan Media Saint Peter Claver’s Story – A native of Spain, young Jesuit Peter Claver left his homeland forever in 1610 to be a missionary in […]

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 […]

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

By Franciscan Media Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s Story – Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the tiny woman recognized throughout the world for her work among the poorest of […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for September 3: St. Gregory the Great (c. 540 – March 12, 604)

By Franciscan Media Saint Gregory the Great’s Story – Gregory was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office he resigned, […]

Saint of the Day for August 31: St. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus (1st century)

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 […]

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 […]

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: St. 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, […]

Saint of the Day for August 26: St. Joseph Calasanz (Sept. 11, 1556-Aug. 25, 1648)

By Franciscan Media Saint Joseph Calasanz’ Story – From Aragon, where he was born in 1556, to Rome, where he died 92 years later, fortune alternately smiled […]

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 […]

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

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

Saint of the Day for August 20: St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – Aug. 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 […]

Saint of the Day for August 19: St. John Eudes (Nov. 14, 1601 – Aug. 19, 1680)

By Franciscan Media Saint John Eudes’ Story – How little we know where God’s grace will lead. Born on a farm in northern France, John died at […]

Saint of the Day for August 17: St. 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 […]

Saint of the Day for August 16: St. Stephen of Hungary (975 – August 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 15: Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary

by Franciscan Media The Story of the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary – On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for August 13: St. 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 […]

Saint of the Day for August 12: St. Jane Frances de Chantal (Jan. 28, 1572-Dec. 13, 1641)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Jane Frances de Chantal’s Story – Jane Frances was wife, mother, nun, and founder of a religious community. Her mother died when she was […]

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. […]

Saint of the Day for August 9: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

By Franciscan Media St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (October 12, 1891 – August 9, 1942) Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’ Story – A brilliant philosopher who stopped […]

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; […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for August 5: Dedication of Saint Mary Major Basilica

By Franciscan Media The Story of the Dedication of Saint Mary Major Basilica – First raised at the order of Pope Liberius in the mid-fourth century, […]

Saint of the Day for August 2: St. Eusebius of Vercelli (c. 300 – Aug. 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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 31: St. 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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 29: St. Martha (b. 1st century)

By Franciscan Media Saint Martha’s Story – Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a […]

Saint of the Day for July 23: St. 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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 22: St. Mary Magdalene (d. c. 63)

By Franciscan Media Saint Mary Magdalene’s Story – Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. Yet she […]

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 […]

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. […]

Saint of the Day for July 18: St. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 15: St. Bonaventure (1221 – July 15, 1274)

By Franciscan Media Saint Bonaventure’s Story – Perhaps not a household name for most people, Saint Bonaventure, nevertheless, played an important role in both the medieval Church […]

Saint of the Day for July 13: St. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 9: St. 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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 8: Gregory Grassi and Companions (d. July 9, 1900)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Gregory Grassi and Companions’ Story – Christian missionaries have often gotten caught in the crossfire of wars against their own countries. When the […]

Saint of the Day for July 6: St. 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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 2: St. 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 […]

Saint of the Day for July 1: St. Junipero Serra (Nov. 24, 1713 – Aug. 28, 1784)

By Franciscan Media Saint Junipero Serra’s Story – In 1776, when the American Revolution was beginning in the east, another part of the future United States was […]

Saint of the Day for June 29: Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

By Franciscan Media Saints Peter and Paul’s Story – Peter (d. 64?) Saint Mark ends the first half of his Gospel with a triumphant climax. He has recorded doubt, […]

Saint of the Day for June 28: St. Irenaeus (c. 130 – c. 202)

By Franciscan Media Saint Irenaeus’ Story – The Church is fortunate that Irenaeus was involved in many of its controversies in the second century. He was a […]

Saint of the Day for June 27: St. Cyril of Alexandria (378 – June 27, 444)

By Franciscan Media Saint Cyril of Alexandria’s Story – Saints are not born with halos around their heads. Cyril, recognized as a great teacher of the Church, […]

Saint of the Day for June 26: Blessed Raymond Lull (c. 1235 – June 28, 1315)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Raymond Lull’s Story – Raymond worked all his life to promote the missions and died a missionary to North Africa. Raymond was born […]

Saint of the Day for June 25: Blessed Jutta of Thuringia (d. c. 1260)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Jutta of Thuringia’s Story – Today’s patroness of Prussia began her life amidst luxury and power but died the death of a […]

Saint of the Day for June 24: The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

By Franciscan Media Saint John the Baptist’s Story – Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: “I tell you, among those born […]

Saint of the Day for June 22: St. Thomas More (Feb. 7, 1478 – July 6, 1535)

By Franciscan Media Saint Thomas More’s Story – His belief that no lay ruler has jurisdiction over the Church of Christ cost Thomas More his life. Beheaded […]

Saint of the Day for June 21: St. Aloysius Gonzaga (March 9, 1568 – June 21, 1591)

By Franciscan Media Saint Aloysius Gonzaga’s Story – The Lord can make saints anywhere, even amid the brutality and license of Renaissance life. Florence was the “mother […]

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. […]

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

By Franciscan 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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for June 17: St. Joseph Cafasso (Jan. 15, 1811 – June 23, 1860)

By Franciscan Media Saint Joseph Cafasso’s story Even as a young man, Joseph loved to attend Mass and was known for his humility and fervor in […]

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, […]

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 tahe eldest of four children in a wealthy family, he was christened Adam. […]

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 Saint Anthony of Padua’s life. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for June 10: Blessed Joachima (1783-1854)

By Franciscan Media Blessed Joachima’s Story – Born into an aristocratic family in Barcelona, Spain, Joachima was 12 when she expressed a desire to become a Carmelite […]

Saint of the Day for June 8: Saint 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for June 3: St. Charles Lwanga and Companions

By Franciscan Media Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions (d. between November 15, 1885 – January 27, 1887) Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions’ Story One of 22 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for May 29: St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (Dec. 12, 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 28: Venerable Pierre Toussaint (June 27, 1766 – June 30, 1853)

By Franciscan Media Venerable Pierre Toussaint’s Story Born in modern-day Haiti and brought to New York City as a slave, Pierre died a free man, a […]

Saint of the Day for May 25: St. 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 […]

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 […]

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 papacy […]

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. […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for May 20: St. Bernardine of Siena (Sept. 8, 1380 – May 20, 1444)

 By Franciscan Media Saint Bernardine of Siena’s Story – Most of the saints suffer great personal opposition, even persecution. Bernardine, by contrast, seems more like a human […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for May 13: Our Lady of Fatima

By Franciscan Media The Story of Our Lady of Fatima – Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children–Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin […]

Saint of the Day for May 11: St. Ignatius of Laconi (Dec. 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saint of the Day for May 6: Saints Marian and James (d. May 6, 259)

By Franciscan Media Saints Marian and James’s Story – Saints Marian, an ordained lector, and James, a deacon, were martyred during the persecution of Valerian around the […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]