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St. Irenaeus of Lyons Read more

St. Irenaeus of Lyons

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 125 - 203 A.D.) was born in Asia Minor at a time when the direct memory of the Apostles was still alive. He was well educated in Sacred Scripture, theology, philosophy, and literature. He became an astute disciple of St. Polycarp, who himself was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist, one of the Twelve Apostles who belonged to Jesus' inner circle. St. Irenaeus is...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 21
St. Cyril of Alexandria Read more

St. Cyril of Alexandria

St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, was born at Alexandria, Egypt. He was nephew of the patriarch of that city, Theophilus. Cyril received a classical and theological education at Alexandria and was ordained by his uncle. He succeeded his uncle Theophilus as patriarch of Alexandria on Theophilus' death in 412. Cyril wrote treatises that clarified the doctrines of the...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 21
Sts. John and Paul Read more

Sts. John and Paul

St. John and Paul were two brothers of Rome are commemorated in the First Eucharistic Prayer and honored by a basilica on the Caelian hill of Rome.  They lived in the fourth century. Nothing is known with precise historical detail concerning their deaths. However there cult is part of the Roman spirituality. Their feast day is kept on June 26th.

Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 20
St. William of Vercelli Read more

St. William of Vercelli

St. William of Vercelli was born in 1085 into a noble family of Vercelli in northwest Italy and brought up by a relation after the death of his parents. He undertook a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. On his pilgrimage to Compostela, William asked a blacksmith to make an iron implement that would encircle his body and increase his suffering, and he wore it throughout the pilgrimage....
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 17
St. John the Baptist Read more

St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist, (born 1st decade BCE, Judaea, Palestine, near Jerusalem—died 28–36 CE; feast day June 24), was a Jewish prophet of priestly origin who preached the imminence of God’s Final Judgment and baptized those who repented in self-preparation for it; he is revered in the Christian church as the forerunner of Jesus Christ. After a period of desert solitude, John...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 27
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