Sunday, May 28, 2023

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

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. 207
St. Vincent, Deacon Martyr Read more

St. Vincent, Deacon Martyr

Born at Huesca, Spain, he became a deacon and served St. Valerius at Saragossa until their martyrdom at Valencia during the persecutions under Emperor Diocletian (r. 284-305). St. Valerius was exiled, but Vincent was cruelly tortured because he would not surrender the holy books. While imprisoned, he was racked until his limbs became disjointed, then pressed between plates of heated metal and...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 170
St. Agnes of Rome, Virgin Martyr Read more

St. Agnes of Rome, Virgin Martyr

St. Agnes (c. 291–304 A.D.) was born to a noble Roman family. She was a beautiful young woman of twelve or thirteen years of age when many suitors desired her hand in marriage. Instead of marrying, St. Agnes committed herself to a life of consecrated virginity as a spouse of Christ. She was then denounced to the authorities as a Christian during the persecutions of Roman Emperor...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 244
Pope St. Fabian, Martyr Read more

Pope St. Fabian, Martyr

Pope Fabian was the bishop of Rome from 10 January 236 to his death on 20 January 250, succeeding Anterus. Most of his papacy was characterized by amicable relations with the imperial government, and the schism between the Roman congregations of Pontian and Hippolytus was ended. He divided Rome into diaconates and appointed secretaries to collect the records of the martyrs. He sent out...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 255
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