Friday, June 9, 2023

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. Ephrem Read more

St. Ephrem

Ephrem the Syrian, also known as St. Ephraem, was a Syriac Christian deacon and a prolific Syriac-language hymnographer and theologian of the 4th century. He is especially beloved in the Syriac Orthodox Church, and counted as a Venerable Father (i.e., a sainted Monk) in Eastern Orthodoxy. His feast day is celebrated on June 9 in the Roman Catholic Church and on January 28 in the Eastern...
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St. William of York Read more

St. William of York

St. William of York (d. 1154) was born to a powerful family in England, the nephew of the king. He became a priest and then treasurer of York Minster Cathedral at the time when the English crown was contested by two grandchildren of William the Conqueror. When the Archbishop of York died, William was chosen to take his place. Kind-hearted and generous to the poor, he was well-liked by the...
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St. Paul of Constantinople Read more

St. Paul of Constantinople

St. Paul was the Bishop of Constantinople, during the period of bitter controversy in the Church over the Arian heresy. He was elected in 336 to succeed Alexander of Constantinople; the following year he was exiled to Pontus by Emperor Constantius II. Because of his staunch position against Arianism, Paul was replaced by the heretical bishop Macedonius. Allowed to return in 338, Paul was again...
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St. Marcellin Champagnat Read more

St. Marcellin Champagnat

St. Marcellin Champagnat (1789–1840) was born to a peasant family near Lyons, France, in the same year the French Revolution erupted. He grew up amid the havoc and instability it left in every area of life. Like many other children, St. Marcellin was poor and illiterate due to the collapse of education. Yet a visiting priest encouraged him to enter the seminary, which he did at the age...
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St. Boniface Read more

St. Boniface

St. Boniface (d. 754 A.D.) was born to a noble Christian family in Devonshire, England. He became a Benedictine monk and devoted his life to the evangelization of the pagan Germanic tribes in what is now Germany. He went there at the request of Pope Gregory II in 719 A.D. and systematically opened up the vast tracks of wilderness to the Gospel, building on the work of the earlier Irish...
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