Saturday, July 20, 2024

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. Berard of Corbio and Companion Martyrs Read more

St. Berard of Corbio and Companion Martyrs

In 1219, with the blessing of Saint Francis, Berard left Italy with Peter, Adjute, Accurs, Odo and Vitalis to preach in Morocco. En route in Spain, Vitalis became sick and commanded the other friars to continue their mission without him. They tried preaching in Seville, then in Muslim hands, but made no converts. They went on to Morocco where they preached in the marketplace. The friars were...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 220
St. Ita of Killeedy Read more

St. Ita of Killeedy

St. Ita is considered second only to St. Brigid among the ancient women saints of Ireland. Ita is reputed to have been a descendant of one of Ireland’s kings. She was born near the present city of Waterford in the province of Munster, and baptized under the lovely name of Deirdre. When she became marriageable, Deirdre was courted by a noble suitor. In those days it was customary for the...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 220
St. Felix of Nola Read more

St. Felix of Nola

St. Felix of Nola (d. 250 A.D.) was born in Italy near Naples, the son of a Syrian soldier. After his father's death, Felix gave his goods to the poor and entered the priesthood. He was ordained by his bishop, St. Maximus of Nola, and served as his assistant. When persecution against Christians increased under Roman Emperor Decius, St. Maximus hid in the desert while St. Felix was...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 228
St. Hilary of Poitiers Read more

St. Hilary of Poitiers

St. Hilary of Poitiers (300–368 A.D.) was born in France to noble pagan parents. He was well instructed in philosophy and converted to Christianity after studying the Old and New Testaments. He was baptized into the Church along with his wife and daughter. He was widely respected by the people of Poitiers, so much so that they elected him their bishop. Hilary worked hard to defend the...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 172
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Read more

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700) was born in France to a large middle class Christian family. After having a deep religious experience at the age of 20, Marguerite dedicated her life to God through the Virgin Mary and joined an apostolate dedicated to teaching underprivileged children. When she was 32 the governor of Fort Ville-Marie (now Montreal, Canada), visited Marguerite's town...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 162
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