The Year of St. Joseph

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from today, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021…..Read more>>>

St. Clare of Assisi

Saint Clare was born in 1193 to a well to do family in Assisi. She was interested in religious life and taught many of her family’s servants about the Catholic faith.   She was a prize to her father, as eligible daughters were like pawns whose marriages could seal alliances with other noble families.  She was …

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St. Vincent De Paul

The deathbed confession of a dying servant opened Vincent de Paul’s eyes to the crying spiritual needs of the peasantry of France. This seems to have been a crucial moment in the life of the man from a small farm in Gascony, France, who had become a priest with little more ambition than to have …

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Saint Josemaría Escrivá

Saint Josemaría Escrivá, was born in 1902 in Spain and was ordained a priest in 1925.   He experienced a vision in 1928 which spurred him to found Opus Dei, an institution primarily of married lay men and women, while some members are unmarried and consecrated celibates. A few members are priests. In a homily from …

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St. Peter Claver

Saint Peter Claver was born in Spain 1580.  He joined the Jesuits and requested to serve in the American missions.   He was ordained a priest in Cartagena, Colombia, in 1615, and immediately and from then on dedicated himself to the physical and spiritual care of African slaves.  He met every slave ship he possibly …

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Canonized Popes

There have been 266 popes since the beginning of the church.  Eighty-three of them have been canonized.   And almost all of them were canonized in the first millennium of Christianity. The only pope from the church’s first five centuries who was not canonized was Pope Liberius (352­-366).  This pope is known to have condemned …

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