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ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, RELIGIOUS PRIEST, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH Read more

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, RELIGIOUS PRIEST, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) was born into a wealthy and noble family in Aquino, Italy. He was the pious and brilliant son of a count, and a lucrative future was planned for him. When Thomas set off to enter the newly founded Dominican order to be a poor mendicant friar, his mother the countess held him prisoner in the family castle in order to dissuade him. His brothers tried to...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 99
Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops Read more

Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops

SAINTS TIMOTHY AND TITUS St. Timothy (1st c.) was born in Galatia in Asia Minor, the son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother. Timothy was a convert of St. Paul the Apostle around the year 47 A.D. Timothy became a trusted friend and a beloved spiritual son to Paul, laboring faithfully alongside him in his apostolic work for many years. Paul mentions Timothy repeatedly in his letters and...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 181
SAINT ANANIAS Read more

SAINT ANANIAS

Ananias, or in Hebrew, Hananiah, was a disciple of Jesus at Damascus mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible, which describes how he was sent by Jesus to restore the sight of "Saul, of Tarsus" (known later as Paul the Apostle) and provide him with additional instruction in the way of the Lord.  According to Acts 9:10, Ananias was living in Damascus. In Paul's...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 174
St. Francis de Sales, Priest Read more

St. Francis de Sales, Priest

ST. FRANCIS DE SALES St. Francis de Sales (1567–1622) was born to a noble family in France. He enjoyed a privileged upbringing and education, earning a doctorate in law and theology. He was a well-liked and intelligent man, yet quiet and reserved. When faced with thoughts of his possible eternal damnation, Francis went into a deep two-year depression that culminated in his personal...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 117
St. Marianne of Molokai Read more

St. Marianne of Molokai

ST. MARIANNE COPE St. Marianne Cope (1838–1918), also known as St. Marianne of Molokai, was a German-born American immigrant. She worked in a New York factory before entering the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis in Syracuse. She spent her early years serving as a leader in health care and education. When the Hawaiian government was searching for a religious order to run a...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 102
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