Martyrs of the French Revolution

Practically every page in the history of the French Revolution is stained with blood. What is known in history as the Carmelite Massacre if 1792, added nearly 200 victims to this noble company of martyrs. They were all priests, nuns, secular and ...

Saint Anna the Prophetess

Saint Anna the Prophetess was the daughter of a man named Phanuel who was of the tribe of Aser, one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. She was one of the very, very few faithful Jewish girls who believed with all her heart in the revelations of God ...

Saint Raymond Nonnatus

Saint Raymond Nonnatus (1204-1240) was delivered by caesarean operation when his mother died in childbirth. Hence his name "non natus" (Latin: not born). He is the patron saint of expectant mothers and midwives because of the nature of his own birth.

Saint Jeanne Jugan

Saint Jeanne Jugan (1792–1879) Foundress of the Little Sister of the Poor in 1879, there were 2,400 Little Sisters of the Poor. Jeanne died later that same year, on August 30. Her cause was introduced in Rome in 1970, and she was beatified in ...

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

The Church, having celebrated the earthly birthday of St. John the Baptist on June 24, today honors the anniversary of his martyrdom. Besides our Lord and our Lady, St. John the Baptist is the only one whose birth and death are thus celebrated.

Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine, bishop and Doctor of the Church, is best known for his Confessions (401), his autobiographical account of his conversion. The term augustinianism evolved from his writings that had a profound influence on the church.

Saint Monica

Saint Monica, the mother of the great St. Augustine, is the patron saint of married women. was born in 332 to Christian parents in present day Algeria to Christian parents and married at the age 13 or 14 to an older man named Patricius, who was ...

Pope Saint Zephyrinus

The pontificate of this first third-century pope was to see a storm of heresy rage around the pontiff, who had to keep a firm hand on the tiller of Peter's barque. According to the "Liber Pontificalis," Zephyrinus was a Roman, the son of ...

Saint Louis

In Louis IX of France were united the qualities of a just and upright sovereign, a fearless warrior, and a saint. This crusading king was a living embodiment of the Christianity of the time: he lived for the welfare of his subjects and the glory ...

Saint Bartholomew The Apostle

One of the Twelve Apostles, mentioned sixth in the three Gospel lists (Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:14), and seventh in the list of Acts (1:13). Traditions represent St. Bartholomew as preaching in Mesopotamia, Persia, Egypt, Armenia, ...