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St. Bridget of Sweden Read more

St. Bridget of Sweden

St. Bridget (1303-1373) was born into a devout and prestigious family in Sweden. Her father was a governor, judge, and one of the wealthiest landowners in the country. Bridget received an excellent religious education, and from a young age demonstrated a great capacity for holiness. She even experienced mystical visions in her childhood. At the age of thirteen she was given in marriage to a...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 12
St. Mary Magdalen Read more

St. Mary Magdalen

St. Mary Magdalen was a friend and devoted follower of Jesus out of whom He exorcised seven demons. Mary Magdalene has a special place among Jesus’ disciples and is mentioned several times in the Gospels. She stood at the foot of the Cross with St. John and the Blessed Mother, and the next morning went to Christ's tomb to anoint his body. As a reward for her great love and...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 12
St. Lawrence of Brindisi Read more

St. Lawrence of Brindisi

Giulio Cesare Russo was born in Brindisi, Kingdom of Naples, to a family of Venetian merchants. He was educated at Saint Mark's College in Venice, and joined the Capuchins in Verona as Brother Lawrence. He received further instruction from the University of Padua. An accomplished linguist, Lawrence spoke most European and Semitic languages fluently. He was appointed definitor general to...
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St. Margaret of Antioch Read more

St. Margaret of Antioch

St. Margaret (289-304 A.D.) was born in Antioch, the daughter of a pagan priest. Her mother died when she was an infant, and she was raised by a Christian nurse who baptized her and gave her a Christian education. St. Margaret grew into a pious and virtuous young women under her nurse's care, to the delight of her father. When she came of age, Margaret was returned to live with her father....
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 13
St. Macrina the Younger Read more

St. Macrina the Younger

St. Macrina the Younger (d. 380 A.D.) was born in Cappadocia to a family of saints. Her mother was St. Emelia, and her father was St. Basil the Elder. Her grandmother was St. Macrina the Elder, after whom she was named. Her holy parents had ten children. Macrina was one of the oldest, and received an excellent religious education from her holy mother. Her parents betrothed her to a pious...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 14
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