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St. Patrick

Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 493. [Some sources say 460 or 461.]

He had for his parents Calphurnius and Conchessa. The former belonged to a Roman family of high rank and held the office of decurio in Gaul or Britain. Conchessa was a near relative of the great patron of Gaul, St. Martin of Tours . Kilpatrick still retains many memorials of Saint Patrick, and frequent pilgrimages continued far into the Middle Ages to perpetuate there the fame of his sanctity and miracles.

In his sixteenth year, Patrick was carried off into captivity by Irish marauders and was sold as a slave to a chieftan named Milchu in Dalriada, a territory of the present county of Antrim in Ireland, where for six years he tended his master's flocks in the valley of the Braid and on the slopes of Slemish, near the modern town of Ballymena. He relates in his "Confessio" that during his captivity while tending the flocks he prayed many times in the day: "the love of God ", he added, and His fear increased in me more and more, and the faith grew in me, and the spirit was roused, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundredprayers, and in the night nearly the same, so that whilst in the woods and on the mountain, even before the dawn, I was roused to prayer and felt no hurt from it, whether there was snow or ice or rain; nor was there any slothfulness in me, such as I see now, because the spirit was then fervent within me.

In the ways of a benign Providence the six years of Patrick's captivity became a remote preparation for his future apostolate. He acquired a perfect knowledge of the Celtic tongue in which he would one day announce the glad tidings of Redemption, and, as his master Milchu was a druidical high priest, he became familiar with all the details of Druidism from whose bondage he was destined to liberate the Irish race.

Admonished by an angel he after six years fled from his cruel master and bent his steps towards the west. He relates in his "Confessio" that he had to travel about 200 miles; and his journey was probably towards Killala Bay and onwards thence to Westport. He found a ship ready to set sail and after some rebuffs was allowed on board. In a few days he was among his friends once more in Britain, but now his heart was set on devoting himself to the service of God in the sacred ministry. We meet with him at St. Martin's monastery at Tours, and again at the island sanctuary of Lérins which was just then acquiring widespread renown for learning and piety; and wherever lessons of heroic perfection in the exercise of Christian life could be acquired, thither the fervent Patrick was sure to bend his steps. No sooner had St. Germain entered on his great mission at Auxerre than Patrick put himself under his guidance, and it was at that great bishop's hands that Ireland's future apostle was a few years later promoted to the priesthood. It is the tradition in the territory of the Morini that Patrick under St. Germain's guidance for some years was engaged in missionary work among them. When Germain commissioned by the Holy See proceeded to Britain to combat the erroneous teachings of Pelagius, he chose Patrick to be one of his missionary companions and thus it was his privilege to be associated with the representative of Rome in the triumphs that ensued over heresy and Paganism, and in the many remarkable events of the expedition, such as the miraculous calming of the tempest at sea, the visit to the relics at St. Alban's shrine, and the Alleluia victory. Amid all these scenes, however, Patrick's thoughts turned towards Ireland, and from time to time he was favoured with visions of the children from Focluth, by the Western sea, who cried to him: "O holy youth, come back to Erin, and walk once more amongst us."

Pope St. Celestine I, who rendered immortal service to the Church by the overthrow of the Pelagian and Nestorian heresies, and by the imperishable wreath of honour decreed to the Blessed Virgin in the General Council of Ephesus, crowned his pontificate by an act of the most far-reaching consequences for the spread of Christianity and civilization, when he entrusted St. Patrick with the mission of gathering the Irish race into the one fold of Christ. Palladius had already received that commission, but terrified by the fierce opposition of a Wicklow chieftain had abandoned the sacred enterprise. It was St. Germain, Bishop of Auxerre, who commended Patrick to the pope. The writer of St. Germain's Life in the ninth century, Heric of Auxerre, thus attests this important fact: "Since the glory of the father shines in the training of the children, of the many sons in Christ whom St. Germain is believed to have had as disciples in religion, let it suffice to make mention here, very briefly, of one most famous, Patrick, the special Apostle of the Irish nation, as the record of his work proves. Subject to that most holy discipleship for 18 years, he drank in no little knowledge in Holy Scripture from the stream of so great a well-spring. Germain sent him, accompanied by Segetius, his priest, to Celestine, Pope of Rome, approved of by whose judgement, supported by whose authority, and strengthened by whose blessing, he went on his way to Ireland." It was only shortly before his death that Celestine gave this mission to Ireland's apostle and on that occasion bestowed on him many relics and other spiritual gifts, and gave him the name "Patercius" or "Patritius", not as an honorary title, but as a foreshadowing of the fruitfulness and merit of his apostolate whereby he became pater civium (the father of his people). Patrick on his return journey from Rome received at Ivrea the tidings of the death of Palladius, and turning aside to the neighboring city of Turin received episcopal consecration at the hands of its great bishop, St. Maximus, and thence hastened on to Auxerre to make under the guidance of St. Germain due preparations for the Irish mission.

It was probably in the summer months of the year 433, that Patrick and his companions landed at the mouth of the Vantry River close by Wicklow Head. The Druids were at once in arms against him. But Patrick was not disheartened. The intrepid missionary resolved to search out a more friendly territory in which to enter on his mission. First of all, however, he would proceed towards Dalriada, where he had been a slave, to pay the price of ransom to his former master, and in exchange for the servitude and cruelty endured at his hands to impart to him the blessings and freedom of God's children. He rested for some days at the islands off the Skerries coast, one of which still retains the name of Inis-Patrick, and he probably visited the adjoining mainland, which in olden times was known as Holm Patrick. Tradition fondly points out the impression of St. Patrick's foot upon the hard rock -- off the main shore, at the entrance to Skerries harbour. Continuing his course northwards he halted at the mouth of the River Boyne. A number of the natives there gathered around him and heard with joy in their own sweet tongue the glad tidings of Redemption. There too he performed his first miracle on Irish soil to confirm the honour due to the Blessed Virgin, and the Divine birth of our Saviour. Leaving one of his companions to continue the work of instruction so auspiciously begun, he hastened forward to Strangford Loughand there quitting his boat continued his journey over land towards Slemish. He had not proceeded far when a chieftain, named Dichu, appeared on the scene to prevent his further advance. He drew his sword to smite the saint, but his arm became rigid as a statue and continued so until he declared himself obedient to Patrick. Overcome by the saint's meekness and miracles, Dichu asked for instruction and made a gift of a large sabhall (barn), in which the sacred mysteries were offered up. This was the first sanctuary dedicated by St. Patrick in Erin. It became in later years a chosen retreat of the saint. A monastery and church were erected there, and the hallowed site retains the name Sabhall (pronounced Saul) to the present day. Continuing his journey towards Slemish, the saint was struck with horror on seeing at a distance the fort of his old master Milchu enveloped in flames. The fame of Patrick's marvelous power of miracles preceeded him. Milchu, in a fit of frenzy, gathered his treasures into his mansion and setting it on fire, cast himself into the flames. An ancient record adds: "His pride could not endure the thought of being vanquished by his former slave ".

Returning to Saul, St. Patrick learned from Dichu that the chieftains of Erin had been summoned to celebrate a special feast at Tara by Leoghaire, who was the Ard-Righ, that is, the Supreme Monarch of Ireland. This was an opportunity which Patrick would not forego; he would present himself before the assembly, to strike a decisive blow against the Druidism that held the nation captive, and to secure freedom for the glad tidings of Redemption of which he was the herald. As he journeyed on he rested for some days at the house of a chieftain named Secsnen, who with his household joyfully embraced the Faith. The youthful Benen, or Benignus, son of the chief, was in a special way captivated by the Gospel doctrines and the meekness of Patrick. Whilst the saint slumbered he would gather sweet-scented flowers and scatter them over his bosom, and when Patrick was setting out, continuing his journey towards Tara, Benen clung to his feet declaring that nothing would sever him from him. "Allow him to have his way", said St. Patrick to the chieftain, "he shall be heir to my sacred mission." Thenceforth Benen was the inseparable companion of the saint, and the prophecy was fulfilled, for Benen is named among the "comhards" or sucessors of St. Patrick in Armagh.

It was on 26 March, Easter Sunday , in 433, that the eventful assembly was to meet at Tara, and the decree went forth that from the preceeding day the fires throughout the kingdom should be extinguished until the signal blaze was kindled at the royal mansion. The chiefs and Brehons came in full numbers and the druids too would muster all their strength to bid defiance to the herald of good tidings and to secure the hold of their superstition on the Celtic race, for their demoniac oracles had announced that the messenger of Christ had come to Erin. St. Patrick arrived at the hill of Slane, at the opposite extremity of the valley from Tara, on Easter Eve , in that year the feast of the Annunciation , and on the summit of the hill kindled the Paschal fire. The druids at once raised their voice. "O King", (they said) "live for ever; this fire, which has been lighted in defiance of the royal edict, will blaze for ever in this land unless it be this very night extinguished." By order of the king and the agency of the druids, repeated attempts were made to extinguish the blessed fire and to punish with death the intruder who had disobeyed the royal command. But the fire was not extinguished and Patrick shielded by the Divine power came unscathed from their snares and assaults. On Easter Day the missionary band having at their head the youth Benignus bearing aloft a copy of the Gospels, and followed by St. Patrick who with mitre and crozier was arrayed in full episcopal attire, proceeded in processional order to Tara. The druids and magicians put forth all their strength and employed all their incantations to maintain their sway over the Irish race, but the prayer and faith of Patrick achieved a glorious triumph. The druids by their incantations overspread the hill and surrounding plain with a cloud of worse than Egyptian darkness. Patrick defied them to remove that cloud, and when all their efforts were made in vain, at his prayer the sun sent forth its rays and the brightest sunshine lit up the scene. Again by demoniac power the Arch-Druid Lochru, like Simon Magus of old, was lifted up high in the air, but when Patrick knelt in prayer the druid from his flight was dashed to pieces upon a rock.

Thus was the final blow given to paganism in the presence of all the assembled chieftains. It was, indeed, a momentous day for the Irish race. Twice Patrick pleaded for the Faith before Leoghaire. The king had given orders that no sign of respect was to be extended to the strangers, but at the first meeting the youthful Erc, a royal page, arose to show him reverence; and at the second, when all the chieftains were assembled, the chief-bard Dubhtach showed the same honour to the saint. Both these heroic men became fervent disciples of the Faith and bright ornaments of the Irish Church. It was on this second solemn occasion that St. Patrick is said to have plucked a shamrock from the sward, to explain by its triple leaf and single stem, in some rough way, to the assembled chieftains, the great doctrine of the Blessed Trinity. On that bright Easter Day, the triumph of religion at Tara was complete. The Ard-Righ granted permission to Patrick to preach the Faith throughout the length and breadth of Erin, and the druidical prophecy like the words of Balaam of old would be fulfilled: the sacred fire now kindled by the saint would never be extinguished.

The beautiful prayer of St. Patrick, popularly known as "St. Patrick's Breast-Plate", is supposed to have been composed by him in preparation for this victory over Paganism. The following is a literal translation from the old Irish text:

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity :
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God's Power to guide me,
God's Might to uphold me,
God's Wisdom to teach me,
God's Eye to watch over me,
God's Ear to hear me,
God's Word to give me speech,
God's Hand to guide me,
God's Way to lie before me,
God's Shield to shelter me,
God's Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

St. Patrick remained during Easter week at Slane and Tara, unfolding to those around him the lessons of Divine truth. Meanwhile the national games were being celebrated a few miles distant at Tailten (now Telltown) in connection with the royal feast. St. Patrick proceeding thither solemnly administered baptism to Conall, brother of the Ard-Righ Leoghaire, on Wednesday, 5 April. Benen and others had already been privately gathered into the fold of Christ, but this was the first public administering of baptism, recognized by royal edict, and hence in the ancient Irish Kalendars to the fifth of April is assigned "the beginning of the Baptism of Erin". This first Christian royal chieftain made a gift to Patrick of a site for a church which to the present day retains the name of Donagh-Patrick. The blessing of heaven was with Conall's family. St. Columba is reckoned among his descendants, and many of the kings of Ireland until the eleventh century were of his race. St. Patrick left some of his companions to carry on the work of evangelization in Meath, thus so auspiciously begun. He would himself visit the other territories. Some of the chieftains who had come to Tara were from Focluth, in the neighbourhood of Killala, in Connaught, and as it was the children of Focluth who in vision had summoned him to return to Ireland, he resolved to accompany those chieftains on their return, that thus the district of Focluth would be among the first to receive the glad tidings of Redemption. It affords a convincing proof of the difficulties that St. Patrick had to overcome, that though full liberty to preach the Faith throughout Erin was granted by the monarch of Leoghaire, nevertheless, in order to procure a safe conduct through the intervening territories whilst proceeding towards Connaught he had to pay the price of fifteen slaves. On his way thither, passing through Granard he learned that at Magh-Slecht, not far distant, a vast concourse was engaged in offering worship to the chief idol Crom-Cruach. It was a huge pillar-stone, covered with slabs of gold and silver, with a circle of twelve minor idols around it. He proceeded thither, and with his crosier smote the chief idol that crumbled to dust; the others fell to the ground. At Killala he found the whole people of the territory assembled. At his preaching, the king and his six sons, with 12,000 of the people, became docile to the Faith. He spent seven years visiting every district of Connaught, organizing parishes, forming dioceses, and instructing the chieftains and people.

On the occasion of his first visit to Rathcrogan, the royal seat of the kings of Connaught, situated near Tulsk, in the County of Roscommon, a remarkable incident occurred, recorded in many of the authentic narratives of the saint's life. Close by the clear fountain of Clebach, not far from the royal abode, Patrick and his venerable companions had pitched their tents and at early dawn were chanting the praises of the Most High, when the two daughters of the Irish monarch -- Ethne, the fair, and Fedelm, the ruddy -- came thither, as was their wont, to bathe. Astonished at the vision that presented itself to them, the royal maidens cried out: "Who are ye, and whence do ye come? Are ye phantoms, or fairies, or friendly mortals?" St. Patrick said to them: "It were better you would adore and worship the one true God, whom we announce to you, than that you would satisfy your curiosity by such vain questions." And then Ethne broke forth into the questions:

"Who is God ?"
"And where is God ?"
"Where is His dwelling?"
"Has He sons and daughters?"
"Is He rich in silver and gold?"
"Is He everlasting? is He beautiful?"
"Are His daughters dear and lovely to the men of this world?"
"Is He on the heavens or on earth?"
"In the sea, in rivers, in mountains, in valleys?"
"Make Him known to us. How is He to be seen?"
"How is He to be loved ? How is He to be found?"
"Is it in youth or is it in old age that He may be found?"

But St. Patrick, filled with the Holy Ghost, made answer:

"God, whom we announce to you, is the Ruler of all things."
"The God of heaven and earth, of the sea and the rivers."
"The God of the sun, and the moon, and all the stars."
"The God of the high mountains and of the low-lying valleys."
"The God who is above heaven, and in heaven, and under heaven."
"His dwelling is in heaven and earth, and the sea, and all therein."
"He gives breath to all."
"He gives life to all."
"He is over all."
"He upholds all."
"He gives light to the sun."
"He imparts splendour to the moon."
"He has made wells in the dry land, and islands in the ocean."
"He has appointed the stars to serve the greater lights."
"His Son is co-eternal and co-equal with Himself."
"The Son is not younger than the Father."
"And the Father is not older than the Son."
"And the Holy Ghost proceeds from them."
"The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost are undivided."
"But I desire by Faith to unite you to the Heavenly King, as you are daughters of an earthly king."

The maidens, as if with one voice and one heart, said: "Teach us most carefully how we may believe in the Heavenly King ; show us how we may behold Him face to face, and we will do whatsoever you shall say to us."

And when he had instructed them he said to them: "Do you believe that by baptism you put off the sin inherited from the first parents."

They answered: "We believe."

"Do you believe in penance after sin ?"

"We believe."

"Do you believe in life after death ?" Do you believe in resurrection on the Day of Judgement ?"

"We believe."

"Do you believe in the unity of the Church ?"

"We believe."

Then they were baptized, and were clothed in white garments. And they besought that they might behold the face of Christ. And the saint said to them: "You cannot see the face of Christ unless you taste death, and unless you receive the Sacrifice." They answered: "Give us the Sacrifice, so that we may be able to behold our Spouse." And the ancient narrative adds: "when they received the Eucharist of God, they slept in death, and they were placed upon a couch, arrayed in their white baptismal robes."

In 440 St. Patrick entered on the special work of the conversion of Ulster. Under the following year, the ancient annalists relate a wonderful spread of the Faith throughout the province. In 444 a site for a church was granted at Armagh by Daire, the chieftain of the district. It was in a valley at the foot of a hill, but the saint was not content. He had special designs in his heart for that district, and at length the chieftain told him to select in his territory any site he would deem most suitable for his religious purpose. St. Patrick chose that beautiful hill on which the old cathedral of Armagh stands. As he was marking out the church with his companions, they came upon a doe and fawn, and the saint's companions would kill them for food; but St. Patrick would not allow them to do so, and, taking the fawn upon his shoulders, and followed by the doe, he proceeded to a neighbouring hill, and laid down the fawn, and announced that there, in future times, great glory would be given to the Most High. It was precisely upon that hill thus fixed by St. Patrick that, a few years ago, there was solemnly dedicated the new and beautiful Catholic cathedral of Armagh. A representative of the Holy See presided on the occasion, and hundreds of priests and bishops were gathered there; and, indeed, it might truly be said, the whole Irish race on that occasion offered up that glorious cathedral to the Most High as tribute to their united faith and piety, and their never-failing love of God.

From Ulster St. Patrick probably proceeded to Meath to consolidate the organization of the communities there, and thence he continued his course through Leinster. Two of the saint's most distinguished companions, St. Auxilius and St. Iserninus, had the rich valley of the Liffey assigned to them. The former's name is still retained in the church which he founded at Killossy, while the latter is honoured as the first Bishop of Kilcullen. As usual, St. Patrick's primary care was to gather the ruling chieftains into the fold. At Naas, the royal residence in those days, he baptised two sons of the King of Leinster. Memorials of the saint still abound in the district -- the ruins of the ancient church which he founded, his holy well, and the hallowed sites in which the power of God was shown forth in miracles. At Sletty, in the immediate neighborhood of Carlow, St. Fiacc, son of the chief Brehon, Dubthach, was installed as bishop, and for a considerable time that see continued to be the chief centre of religion for all Leinster. St. Patrick proceeded through Gowran into Ossory ; here he erected a church under the invocation of St. Martin, near the present city of Kilkenny, and enriched it with many precious relics which he had brought from Rome. It was in Leinster, on the borders of the present counties of Kildare and Queen's, that Odhran, St. Patrick's charioteer, attained the martyr's crown. The chieftain of that district honoured the demon-idol, Crom Cruach, with special worship, and, on hearing of that idol being cast down, vowed to avenge the insult by the death of our apostle. Passing through the territory, Odhran overheard the plot that was being organized for the murder of St. Patrick, and as they were setting out in the chariot to continue their journey, asked the saint, as a favour, to take thereins, and to allow himself, for the day, to hold the place of honour and rest. This was granted, and scarcely had they set out when a well-directed thrust of a lance pierced the heart of the devoted charioteer, who thus, by changing places, saved St. Patrick's life, and won for himself the martyr's crown.

St. Patrick next proceeded to Munster. As usual, his efforts were directed to combat error in the chief centres of authority, knowing well that, in the paths of conversion, the kings and chieftains would soon be followed by their subjects. At "Cashel of the Kings" he was received with great enthusiasm, the chiefs and Brehons and people welcoming him with joyous acclaim. While engaged in the baptism of the royal prince Aengus, son of the King of Munster, the saint, leaning on his crosier, pierced with its sharp point the prince's foot. Aengus bore the pain unmoved. When St. Patrick, at the close of the ceremony, saw the blood flow, and asked him why he had been silent, he replied, with genuine heroism, that he thought it might be part of the ceremony, a penalty for the joyous blessings of the Faith that were imparted. The saint admired his heroism, and, taking the chieftain's shield, inscribed on it a cross with the same point of the crozier, and promised that that shield would be the signal of countless spiritual and temporal triumphs.

Our apostle spent a considerable time in the present County of Limerick. The fame of his miracles and sanctity had gone before him, and the inhabitants of Thomond and northern Munster, crossing the Shannon in their frail coracles, hastened to receive his instruction. When giving his blessing to them on the summit of the hill of Finnime, looking out on the rich plains before him, he is said to have prophesied the coming of St. Senanus : "To the green island in the West, at the mouth of the sea [i.e., Inis-Cathaigh, now Scattery Island, at the mouth of the Shannon, near Kilrush], the lamp of the people of God will come; he will be the head of counsel to all this territory." At Sangril (now Singland), in Limerick, and also in the district of Gerryowen, the holy wells of the saint are pointed out, and the slab of rock, which served for his bed, and the altar on which every day he offered up the Holy Sacrifice. On the banks of the Suit, and the Blackwater, and the Lee, wherever the saint preached during the seven years he spent in Munster, a hearty welcome awaited him. The ancient Life attests: "After Patrick had founded cells and churches in Munster, and had ordained persons of every grade, and healed the sick, and resuscitated the dead, he bade them farewell, and imparted his blessing to them." The words of this blessing, which is said to have been given from the hills of Tipperary, as registered in the saint's Life, to which I have just referred, are particularly beautiful:

A blessing on the Munster people --
Men, youths, and women ;
A blessing on the land
That yields them fruit.

A blessing on every treasure
That shall be produced on their plains,
Without any one being in want of help,
God's blessing be on Munster.

A blessing on their peaks,
On their bare flagstones,
A blessing on their glens,
A blessing on their ridges.

Like the sand of the sea under ships,
Be the number in their hearths;
On slopes, on plains,
On mountains, on hills, a blessing.

St. Patrick continued until his death to visit and watch over the churches which he had founded in all the provinces in Ireland. He comforted the faithful in their difficulties, strengthened them in the Faith and in the practice of virtue, and appointed pastors to continue his work among them. It is recorded in his Life that he consecrated no fewer than 350 bishops. He appointed St. Loman to Trim, which rivalled Armagh itself in its abundant harvest of piety. St. Guasach, son of his former master, Milchu, became Bishop of Granard, while the two daughters of the same pagan chieftan founded close by, at Clonbroney, a convent of pious virgins, and merited the aureola of sanctity. St. Mel, nephew of our apostle, had the charge of Ardagh ; St. MacCarthem, who appears to have been patricularly loved by St. Patrick, was made Bishop of Clogher. The narrative in the ancient Life of the saint regarding his visit to the district of Costello, in the County of Mayo, serves to illustrate his manner of dealing with the chieftains. He found, it says, the chief, Ernasc, and his son, Loarn, sitting under a tree, "with whom he remained, together with his twelve companions, for a week, and they received from him the doctrine of salvation with attentive ear and mind. Meanwhile he instructed Loarn in the rudiments of learning and piety." A church was erected there, and, in after years, Loarn was appointed to its charge.

The manifold virtues by which the early saints were distinguished shone forth in all their perfection in the life of St. Patrick. When not engaged in the work of the sacred ministry, his whole time was spent in prayer. Many times in the day he armed himself with the sign of the Cross. He never relaxed his penitential exercises. Clothed in a rough hair-shirt, he made the hard rock his bed. His disinterestedness is specially commemorated. Countless converts of high rank would cast their precious ornaments at his feet, but all were restored to them. He had not come to Erin in search of material wealth, but to enrich her with the priceless treasures of the Catholic Faith.

From time to time he withdrew from the spiritual duties of his apostolate to devote himself wholly to prayer and penance. One of his chosen places of solitude and retreat was the island of Lough Derg, which, to our own day, has continued to be a favourite resort of pilgrims, and it is known as St. Patrick's Purgatory . Another theatre of his miraculous power and piety and penitential austerities in the west of Ireland merits particular attention. In the far west of Connaught there is a range of tall mountains, which, arrayed in rugged majesty, bid defiance to the waves and storms of the Atlantic. At the head of this range arises a stately cone in solitary grandeur, about 4000 feet in height, facing Clew Bay, and casting its shadow over the adjoining districts of Aghagower and Westport. This mountain was known in pagan times as the Eagle Mountain, but ever since Ireland was enlightened with the light of Faith it is known as Croagh Patrick, i.e. St. Patrick's mountain, and is honoured as the Holy Hill, the Mount Sinai, of Ireland.

St. Patrick, in obedience to his guardian angel, made this mountain his hallowed place of retreat. In imitation of the great Jewish legislator on Sinai, he spent forty days on its summit in fasting and prayer, and other penitential exercises. His only shelter from the fury of the elements, the wind and rain, the hail and snow, was a cave, or recess, in the solid rock; and the flagstone on which he rested his weary limbs at night is still pointed out. The whole purpose of his prayer was to obtain special blessings and mercy for the Irish race, whom he evangelized. The demons that made Ireland their battlefield mustered all their strength to tempt the saint and disturb him in his solitude, and turn him away, if possible, from his pious purpose. They gathered around the hill in the form of vast flocks of hideous birds of prey. So dense were their ranks that they seemed to cover the whole mountain, like a cloud, and they so filled the air that Patrick could see neither sky nor earth nor ocean. St. Patrick besought God to scatter the demons, but for a time it would seem as if his prayers and tears were in vain. At length he rang his sweet-sounding bell, symbol of his preaching of the Divine truths. Its sound was heard all over the valleys and hills of Erin, everywhere bringing peace and joy. The flocks of demons began to scatter. He flung his bell among them; they took to precipitate flight, and cast themselves into the ocean. So complete was the saint's victory over them that, as the ancient narrative adds, "for seven years no evil thing was to be found in Ireland."

The saint, however, would not, as yet, descend from the mountain. He had vanquished the demons, but he would now wrestle with God Himself, like Jacob of old, to secure the spiritual interests of his people. The angel had announced to him that, to reward his fidelity in prayer and penance, as many of his people would be gathered into heaven as would cover the land and sea as far as his vision could reach. Far more ample, however, were the aspirations of the saint, and he resolved to persevere in fasting and prayer until the fullest measure of his petition was granted. Again and again the angel came to comfort him, announcing new concessions; but all these would not suffice. He would not relinquish his post on the mountain, or relax his penance, until all were granted. At length the message came that his prayers were heard:

  • many souls would be free from the pains of purgatory through his intercession ;
  • whoever in the spirit of penance would recite his hymn before death would attain the heavenly reward ;
  • barbarian hordes would never obtain sway in his Church ;
  • seven years before the Judgement Day, the sea would spread over Ireland to save its people from the temptations and terrors of the Antichrist ; and
  • greatest blessing of all, Patrick himself should be deputed to judge the whole Irish race on the last day.

Such were the extraordinary favors which St. Patrick, with his wrestling with the Most High, his unceasing prayers, his unconquerable love of heavenly things, and his unremitting penitential deeds, obtained for the people whom he evangelized.

It is sometimes supposed that St. Patrick's apostolate in Ireland was an unbroken series of peaceful triumphs, and yet it was quite the reverse. No storm of persecution was, indeed stirred up to assail the infant Church, but the saint himself was subjected to frequent trials at the hands of the druids and of other enemies of the Faith. He tells us in his "Confessio" that no fewer than twelve times he and his companions were seized and carried off as captives, and on one occasion in particular he was loaded with chains, and his death was decreed. But from all these trials and sufferings he was liberated by a benign Providence. It is on account of the many hardships which he endured for the Faith that, in some of the ancient Martyrologies, he is honoured as a martyr.

St. Patrick, having now completed his triumph over Paganism, and gathered Ireland into the fold of Christ, prepared for the summons to his reward. St. Brigid came to him with her chosen virgins, bringing the shroud in which he would be enshrined. It is recorded that when St. Patrick and St. Brigid were united in their last prayer, a special vision was shown to him. He saw the whole of Ireland lit up with the brightest rays of Divine Faith . This continued for centuries, and then clouds gathered around the devoted island, and, little by little, the religious glory faded away, until, in the course of centuries, it was only in the remotest valleys that some glimmer of its light remained. St. Patrick prayed that the light would never be extinguished, and, as he prayed, the angel came to him and said: "Fear not: your apostolate shall never cease." As he thus prayed, the glimmering light grew in brightness, and ceased not until once more all the hills and valleys of Ireland were lit up in their pristine splendour, and then the angel announced to St. Patrick: "Such shall be the abiding splendour of Divine truth in Ireland."

At Saul (Sabhall), St. Patrick received the summons to his reward on 17 March, 493 [See note above -- Ed. ]. St. Tassach administered the last sacraments to him. His remains were wrapped in the shroud woven by St. Brigid's own hands. The bishops and clergy and faithful people from all parts crowded around his remains to pay due honour to the Father of their Faith. Some of the ancient Lives record that for several days the light of heaven shone around his bier. His remains were interred at the chieftan's Dun or Fort two miles from Saul, where in after times arose the cathedral of Down.

WRITINGS OF ST. PATRICK

The "Confessio" and the "Epistola ad Coroticum" are recognized by all modern critical writers as of unquestionable genuineness. The best edition, with text, translation, and critical notes, is by Rev. Dr. White for the Royal Irish Academy, in 1905. The 34 canons of a synod held before the year 460 by St. Patrick, Auxilius, and Isserninus, though rejected by Todd and Haddan, have been placed by Professor Bury beyond the reach of controversy. Another series of 31 ecclesiastical canons entitled "Synodus secunda Patritii", though unquestionably of Irish origin and dating before the close of the seventh century, is generally considered to be of a later date than St. Patrick. Two tracts (in P.L., LIII), entitled "De abusionibus saeculi", and "De Tribus habitaculis", were composed by St. Patrick in Irish and translated into Latin at a later period. Passages from them are assigned to St. Patrick in the "Collectio Hibernensis Canonum", which is of unquestionable authority and dates from the year 700 (Wasserschleben, 2nd ed., 1885). This "Collectio Hibernensis" also assigns to St. Patrick the famous synodical decree : "Si quae quaestiones in hac insula oriantur, ad Sedem Apostolicam referantur." (If any difficulties arise in this island, let them be referred to the Apostolic See ). The beautiful prayer, known as "Faeth Fiada", or the "Lorica of St. Patrick" (St. Patrick's Breast-Plate), first edited by Petrie in his "History of Tara", is now universally accepted as genuine. The "Dicta Sancti Patritii", or brief sayings of the saint, preserved in the "Book of Armagh", are accurately edited by Fr. Hogan, S.J., in "Documenta de S. Patritio" (Brussels, 1884). The old Irish text of "The Rule of Patrick" has been edited by O'Keeffe, and a translation by Archbishop Healy in the appendix to his Life of St. Patrick (Dublin, 1905). It is a tract of venerable antiquity, and embodies the teaching of the saint.

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Bishop of Chichester and subsequently of Coventry and Lichfield ; d. at Eccleshall, ...

Samson

(Derived from the Hebrew for "sun"). The last and most famous of the Judges of Israel. The ...

Samson

Abbot of St. Edmunds, b. at Tottington, near Thetford, in 1135; d. 1211. After taking his M.A. ...

Samson, Saint

Bishop and confessor, born in South Wales ; died 28 July, 565 (?). The date of his birth is ...

Samuco Indians

(Zamuco). The collective name of a group of tribes in southwestern Bolivia, speaking dialects ...

Samuel, First and Second Books of

(Also know as the F IRST AND S ECOND B OOKS OF S AMUEL. For the First and Second Books of ...

San Antonio, Diocese of

(Sancti Antonii). Comprises all that portion of the State of Texas between the Colorado and ...

San Carlos de Ancud

(Sancti Caroli Ancudiæ). The most southern of the Chilian dioceses. It extends from the ...

San Francisco

(SANCTI FRANCISCI) Archdiocese established 29 July 1853 to include the Counties of San ...

San Gallo

A celebrated family of architects, sculptors, painters, and engravers, which flourished in ...

San José de Costa Rica

(SANCTI JOSEPHI DE COSTARICA). The Republic of Costa Rica , Central America, constitutes this ...

San Juan

(SANCTI JOANNIS DE CUYO). Diocese in the Argentine Republic at the foot of the Cordillera of ...

San León del Amazonas

Prefecture Apostolic in Peru. Though the section of Peru lying on the eastern side of the Andes ...

San Luis Potosí

(SANCTI LUDOVICI POTOSIENSIS) Diocese in Mexico, erected by Pius IX in 1854. It includes the ...

San Marco and Bisignano

(SANCTI MARCI ET BISINIANENSIS) Diocese in the Province of Cosenza in Calabria, Italy. San ...

San Marino

An independent republic lying between the Italian Provinces of Forli, Pasaro, and Urbino, having ...

San Martino al Cimino

A prelature nullius in the territory of the Diocese of Viterbo, Province of Rome. The district ...

San Miniato

A city and diocese in the Province of Florence, Central Italy. It is first mentioned in the ...

San Salvador

The name given by Columbus to his first discovery in the New World . It is one of the Bahama ...

San Salvador

(SANCTI SALVATORIS IN AMERICA CENTRALI) Diocese. The Republic of Salvador, often incorrectly ...

San Sepolcro, Piero da

Painter, b. at Borgo San-Sepolcro, about 1420; d. there, 1492. The most usual form of his name is ...

San Severino

(SANCTI SEVERINI) San Severino is a small town and seat of a bishopric in the Province of ...

San Severo

(SANCTI SEVERINI) Diocese in the Province of Foggia (Capitanata), Southern Italy, situated in ...

San Xavier del Bac, Mission of

One of the eight missions founded by the Spanish Padres between 1687 and 1720 in the Pimeria Alta, ...

Sanchez, Thomas

Born at Cordova, 1550; died in the college of Granada , 19 May, 1610. In 1567 he entered the ...

Sanctifying Grace

Grace ( gratia, Charis ), in general, is a supernatural gift of God to intellectual ...

Sanction

( Latin sancire , same root as sanctus ). Sanction signifies primarily the authoritative ...

Sanction, Pragmatic

( pragmatica sanctio , lex , jussio , also pragmatica or pragmaticum ) Pragmatic ...

Sanctity

The term " sanctity " is employed in somewhat different senses in relation to God, to ...

Sanctorum Meritis

The hymn at First and Second Vespers in the Common of the Martyrs in the Roman Breviary. Its ...

Sanctuary

A consecrated place giving protection to those fleeing from justice or persecution ; or, the ...

Sanctuary

The space in the church for the high altar and the clergy. It is variously designated apsis ...

Sanctus

I. HISTORY The Sanctus is the last part of the Preface in the Mass, sung in practically every ...

Sandals, Episcopal

FORM AND PRESENT USE Unlike the ancient sandals, which consisted merely of soles fastened to the ...

Sandemanians

An English form of the Scottish sect of Glassites, followers of John Glas (b. 1695; d. 1773) ...

Sandeo, Felino Maria

Often quoted under the name of Felinus, Italian canonist of the fifteenth century, b. at Felina, ...

Sander, Anton

Historian, b. at Antwerp, 1586; d. at Afflighem, Belgium, 10 Jan., 1664. Having become master ...

Sander, Nicholas

(SANDERS). Born at Charlwood, Surrey, in 1530; died in Ireland, 1581. Educated at ...

Sandhurst

(SANDHURSTENSIS). Diocese in Victoria, Australia ; suffragan of Melbourne. The cathedral ...

Sandomir

(Polish, Sandomierz ; Latin, Sandomiriensis ). The city is very ancient, with still ...

Sands, Benjamin and James

Benjamin F. Sands Rear-admiral United States Navy, b. at Baltimore, Md., 11 Feb., 1812; d. at ...

Sandwich Isands

(H AWAII ) Vicariate Apostolic comprising all the islands of the Hawaiian group. They lie ...

Sandys, Venerable John

English martyr, born in the Diocese of Chester ; executed at Gloucester, 11 August, 1586. He ...

Sanetch Indians

A sub-tribe of the Songish Indians . They speak a dialect of the Cowichan language of Salishan ...

Sanhedrin

The supreme council and court of justice among the Jews. The name Sanhedrin is derived ...

Sankt Pölten

Diocese in Lower Austria, derives its name and origin from Fanum Sancti Hippolyti , a ...

Sannazaro, Jacopo

(Latin, ACTIUS SINCERUS SANNAZARIUS). Italian and Latin poet, b. at Naples, 28 July, 1458; d. ...

Sanseverino, Gaetano

Restorer of the Scholastic philosophy in Italy, b. at Naples, 1811; d. there of cholera, 16 ...

Sansovino, Andrea Contucci del

Born at Monte San Sovino, Arezzo, 1460; died 1529. He was a sculptor of the transition period at ...

Sant' Angelo de' Lombardi

(SANCTI ANGELI LOMBARDORUM ET BISACCIENSIS). Diocese in the Province of Avellino, Southern ...

Sant' Angelo in Vado and Urbania

(SANCTI ANGELI IN VADO ET URBANIENSIS). Diocese ; S. Angelo in Vado is a city in the Marches, ...

Santa Agata dei Goti, Diocese of

(S. AGATHAE GOTHORUM) In the Province of Benevento, Southern Italy ; the city, situated on ...

Santa Casa di Loreto

(The Holy House of Loreto). Since the fifteenth century, and possibly even earlier, the "Holy ...

Santa Catharina

(FLORIANOPOLIS; FLORIANOPOLITANA). Diocese ; suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Porto Alegre ...

Santa Cruz de la Sierra

(SANCTAE CRUCIS DE SIERRA). Diocese in Bolivia, erected on 6 July, 1605, as suffragan of ...

Santa Fe (Argentina)

(SANCTAE FIDEI). Diocese in the Argentine Republic, suffragan of Buenos Aires, comprising the ...

Santa Fe (New Mexico)

(SANCTAE FIDEI IN AMERICA). Archdiocese in New Mexico, erected by Pius IX in 1850 and ...

Santa Lucia del Mela

Prelature nullius within the territory of the Archdiocese of Messina , Sicily, now governed ...

Santa Maria (Brazil)

(SANCTAE MARIAE). A Brazilian see, suffragan of Porto Alegre. The latter, formerly known as ...

Santa Maria de Monserrato

(BEATAE MARIAE VIRGINIS DE MONTSERRATO). An abbey nullius in Brazil. When it was ...

Santa Marta

(SANCTA MARTHAE). Diocese in Colombia, erected in 1535, its first bishop being Alfonso do ...

Santa Severina

(SANCTA SEVERINAE) Diocese in the Province of Catanzaro in Calabria, Southern Italy. Situated ...

Santander

(SANCTI ANDERII, SANTANDERIENSIS). This diocese in Spain takes its name not from St. Andrew ...

Santarem

Prelature nullius created in 1903, in the ecclesiastical Province of Belem do Pará, with ...

Santiago del Estero

(SANCTI JACOBI DE ESTERO) Diocese in the Argentine Republic, erected 25 March, 1907, ...

Santiago, University of

It has been asserted by some historians that as early as the ninth century a course of general ...

Santini, Giovanni Sante Gaspero

Astronomer, b. at Caprese in Tuscany, 30 Jan., 1787; d. at Padua, 26 June, 1877. He received his ...

Santo Domingo, Archdiocese of

(SANCTI DOMINICI) Erected on 8 August, 1511, by Julius II who by the Bull "Pontifex ...

Santos, João dos

Dominican missionary in India and Africa, b. at Evora, Portugal ; d. at Goa in 1622. His ...

Sappa

(SAPPENSIS, SAPPATENSIS, ZAPPATENSIS). Diocese in Albania, established in 1062, by Alexander ...

Sara

Sara (Hebrew for "princess"; another form, Sarai, the signification of which is doubtful, is ...

Sarabaites

A class of monks widely spread before the time of St. Benedict. They either continued like the ...

Saragossa

(CAESARAUGUSTANA) Diocese in Spain ; comprises a great part of the civil Province of ...

Saragossa, University of

This university was not definitively established until 1585 its real founder being Don Pedro ...

Sarajevo, Archdiocese of

(SERAIUM). The healthy growth of the Church in Bosnia was blighted and stunted by ...

Sarayacú Mission

The chief Franciscan mission of the Ucavali river country, Department of Loreto, north-east ...

Sarbiewski, Mathias Casimir

The Horace of Poland, b. near Plonsk, in the Duchy of Masovia, 24 February, 1595; d. 2 April, ...

Sardes

A titular see of Lydia, in Asia Minor probably the ancient Hyde of Homer (Iliad, II, 844; XX, ...

Sardica

A titular metropolitan see of Dacia Mediterranea. The true name of the city (now Sophia, the ...

Sardica, Council of

One of the series of councils called to adjust the doctrinal and other difficulties caused by ...

Sardinia

The second largest Italian island in the Mediterranean, lying between 41°15' and 38°51' ...

Sarepta

A titular see in Phoenicia Prima, suffragan of Tyre. It is mentioned for the first time in ...

Sarkander, Blessed John

Martyr of the seal of confession, born at Skotschau in Austrian Silesia, 20 Dec., 1576; died at ...

Sarnelli, Januarius Maria

One of S. Alphonsus's earliest companions, fourth son of Baron Angelo Sarnelli of Ciorani, b. in ...

Sarpi, Paolo

A Servite and anti-papal historian and statesman, b. at Venice, 14 August, 1552; d. there 14 or ...

Sarsfield, Patrick

Born at Lucan near Dublin, about 1650; died at Huy in Belgium, 1693. On his mother's side he ...

Sarsina

DIOCESE OF SARSINA (SARSINATENSIS) Located in Aemilia, Province of Forli, Italy. Besides ...

Sarto, Andrea del

(ANDREA D'AGNOLO) Born at Florence in 1486; d. there in 1531. He received the surname Sarto ...

Sarum Rite

(More accurately S ARUM U SE ) The manner of regulating the details of the Roman Liturgy ...

Sasima

A titular see in Cappadocia. Sasima is mentioned only in three non-religious documents: "Itiner. ...

Saskatchewan and Alberta

The twin provinces of the Canadian West, so called because they were formed on the same day (1 ...

Sassari

(TURRITANA) Archdiocese in Sardinia, Italy, situated on the River Rossello in a fertile ...

Sassoferrato, Giovanni Battista Salvi da

Born at Sassoferrato in the Rome, 1689, where he had passed the greater part of his life. His ...

Satala

A titular see in Armenia Prima, suffragan of Sabastia. Satala according to the ancient ...

Satan

(Greek diabolos ; Latin diabolus ). The name commonly given to the fallen angels, who are ...

Satolli, Francesco

Theologian, cardinal, first Apostolic delegate to the United States, b. 21 July, 1839, at ...

Saturninus, Saint

St. Saturninus was, says Tillemont, one of the most illustrious martyrs France has given to the ...

Sauatra

A titular see of Lycaonia, suffragan or Iconium. Nothing is known of the history of this town, ...

Saul

Hebrew for postulatus , referring probably to the petition mentioned in 1 Samuel 8:5 . The ...

Sault Sainte Marie

(SANCTAE-MARIAE-ORMENSIS) Diocese erected by Decree of 16 September, 1904. It embraces the ...

Sault St. Louis

Or SAULT ST. LOUIS. An Iroquois reservation, situated on the south bank of the St. Lawrence, ...

Savannah

DIOCESE OF SAVANNAH (SAVANENSIS) The Diocese of Savannah comprises the State of Georgia and ...

Savaric

Bishop of Bath and Glastonbury, and cousin of the Emperor Henry VI, date of birth unknown, d. ...

Savary

A noble French family of the seventeenth century especially devoted to trade and to the ...

Savigny, Abbey of

Situated on the confines of Normandy and Brittany, Diocese of Coutances, France. Founded by ...

Savigny, Karl Friedrich

Diplomatist, born at Berlin, 19 Sept., 1814; died at Frankfort-on-the-Main, 11 Feb., 1875. He ...

Savona and Noli

(SAVONENSIS ET NAULENSIS) Province of Genoa, on the Gulf of Genoa, having a small but safe ...

Savonarola, Girolamo

Born at Ferrara, 21 September, 1452; died at Florence, 23 May, 1498. The Dominican reformer ...

Savoy

(Italian S AVOJA ; French S AVOIE ) A district in the south-eastern part of France that ...

Saxe, Jean de

For a long time two astronomers of the Middle Ages were confounded under this name. (1) ...

Saxe-Altenburg

One of the Saxon duchies in the east of Thuringia ; situated on the west frontier of the Kingdom ...

Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

One of the Saxon-Thuringian duchies; has an area of 751 sq. miles and two chief divisions, the ...

Saxe-Meiningen

A Saxon-Thuringian duchy. It has an area of 953 sq. miles, and 278,792 inhabitants (1910). In 1905 ...

Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

A grand duchy in Thuringia, also known in recent times as the Grand duchy of Saxony. It has ...

Saxo Grammaticus

Danish historian of the thirteenth century, author of the "Gesta Danorum". The scanty information ...

Saxony

I. THE SAXON TRIBE There arose in Germany during the third and fourth centuries after Christ ...

Saxony, Albert of

(Albert of Helmstädt) Fourteenth-century philosopher ; nicknamed Albertus Parvus, ...

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Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs)

Consisting of twenty-eight white marble steps, at Rome, near the Lateran; according to tradition ...

Scaliger, Julius Caesar

(It., DELLA SCALA). Humanist, b. at Riva on Lake Garda in 1484; d. at Agen, France, 21 Oct., ...

Scalimoli

Theologian, better known by his religious name, ANDREA DI CASTELLANA, from his place of origin in ...

Scammon, Ellakim Parker

Educator, b. at Whitefield, Maine, U.S.A. 27 Dec., 1816; d. at New York, 7 Dec., 1894. Having ...

Scandal

I. NOTION OF SCANDAL According to St. Thomas (II-II, Q. liii, a. 1) scandal is a word or action ...

Scannabecchi, Filippo

[DALMASIO; LIPPO DI DALMASIO; LIPPO DALLE MADONNE; MURATORI(?)]. Bolognese painter, born about ...

Scapular

I. NAME, MEANING, AND ORIGIN The scapular (from Latin, scapula , shoulder) forms a part, and ...

Scaramelli, Giovanni Battista

Ascetical writer, b. at Rome, 24 Nov., 1687; d. at Macerata, 11 Jan., 1752. He entered the ...

Scarampi, Pierfrancesco

Oratorian, Papal envoy, b. of a noble and ancient family in the Duchy of Monferrato, Piedmont, ...

Scarlatti, Alessandro

Born in Sicily, either at Trapani or at Palermo, in 1659; died at Naples 24 Oct., 1725; ...

Scarron, Paul

French poet and dramatist, b. in Paris, 4 July, 1610; d. 7 October, 1660. His father was a judge ...

Scepticism

(Gr. sképsis , speculation, doubt ; sképtesthai, to scrutinize or examine ...

Schäftlarn

Formerly a Premonstratensian, now a Benedictine, abbey, situated on the Isar not far from ...

Schäufelin, Hans Leonhard

(Known also as Scheuffelin, Schauffelein, and Scheyffelin). A German wood engraver, pupil of ...

Schäzler, Constantine, Baron von

Theologian, b. at Ratisbon, 7 May, 1827; d. at Interlaken, 9 September, 1880. By birth and ...

Schöffer, Peter

Publisher and printer, b. at Gernsheim on the Rine about 1425; d. at Mainz in 1503. As a cleric ...

Schönborn

The name of a German noble family, many members of which were prelates of the Church. (1) ...

Schöningh

The publishing house of Ferdinand Schöningh at Paderborn was founded by Ferdinand Friedrich ...

Schadow, Friedrich Wilhelm

Painter, b. at Berlin, 1789; d. at Düsseldorf, 1862. He was the son of the sculptor, ...

Schaepman, Herman

Orator, poet, and statesman, b. at Tubbergen, Holland, 2 March, 1844; d. at Rome, 21 Jan., 1903. ...

Schall von Bell, Johann Adam

An especially prominent figure among the missionaries to China, b. of an important family at ...

Schannat, Johann Friedrich

German historian, b. at Luxemburg, 23 July, 1683; d. at Heidleberg, 6 March, 1739. He studied at ...

Schatzgeyer, Caspar

A foremost opponent of the Protestant Reformers ; b. at Landshut in 1463 or 1464; d. at Munich, ...

Schaumburg-Lippe

A German principality, surrounded by the Prussian province of Westphalia Hanover, and an exclave ...

Schedel, Hartmann

German Humanist and historian, b. at Nuremberg, 13 February, 1440; d. there on 28 November, ...

Scheeben, Matthias Joseph

Theological writer of acknowledged merit, born at Meckenheim near Bonn, 1 March, 1835; died at ...

Scheffmacher, John James

Jesuit theologian b. at Kientzheim, Alsace, 27 April, 1668; d. at Strasburg, 18 August, 1733. ...

Scheiner, Christopher

German astronomer, b. at Wald, near Mindelheim, in Swabia, 25 July, 1575; d. at Niesse, in ...

Schelble, Johann Nepomuk

Musician, b. 16 May, 1789, at Huffingen in the Black Forest; d. there 6 Aug., 1837. At the age of ...

Schelstrate, Emmanuel

Theologian, b. at Antwerp, 1649; d. at Rome, 6 April, 1692. While he was a canon of the ...

Schenkl, Maurus von

Benedictine theologian and canonist, b. at Auerbach in Bavaria, 4 January 1749; d. at Amberg, 14 ...

Schenute

(SCHENUDI, SCHNUDI, SINUTHIUS). A Coptic abbot. The years 332-33-34 and 350 are mentioned as ...

Scherer, Georg

Pulpit orator and controversialist, b. at Schwaz, in the Tyrol, 1540, according to Duhr; d. at ...

Scherer-Boccard, Theodore, Count von

A Swiss Catholic journalist and politician; b. at Dornach in the canton of Solothurn, 12 May, ...

Schinner, Matthæus

Bishop, cardinal, and statesman, b. at Muhlbach in the Canton of Valais, Switzerland, about ...

Schism

I. GENERAL IDEAS, MORAL CHARACTER, AND PENAL SANCTIONS Schism (from the Greek schisma , rent, ...

Schism, Eastern

From the time of Diotrephes ( 3 John 1:9-10 ) there have been continual schisms, of which the ...

Schism, Western

This schism of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries differs in all points from the Eastern ...

Schlör, Aloysius

Ascetical writer, b. at Vienna, 17 June, 1805; d. at Graz, 2 Nov., 1852. After completing his ...

Schlegel, Friedrich von

Poet, writer on æsthetics, and literary historian, the "Messias" of the Romantic School, b. ...

Schleswig

Formerly a duchy and diocese of northwestern Germany, now a part of the Prussian Province of ...

Schlosser, John Frederick Henry

Jurist, b. at Frankfort-on-the-Main, 30 December, 1780; d. there 22 January, 1851. He studied ...

Schmalzgrueber, Francis Xavier

Canonist, b. at Griesbach, Bavaria, 9 Oct., 1663; d. at Dillingen 7 Nov., 1735. Entering the ...

Schmid, Christoph von

Writer of children's stories and educator, b. at Dinkelsbuehl, in Bavaria, 15 Aug., 1768; d. at ...

Schmidt, Friedrich von

Born at Frickenhofen, 1825; died at Vienna, 1891, After studying at the technical high school ...

Schneeman, Gerard

Born at Wesel, Lower Rhine, 12 Feb., 1829; d. at Kerkrade, Holland, 20 Nov., 1885. After studying ...

Schoenberg, Matthias von

Author, b. at Ehingen, in the Diocese of Constance, 9 Nov., 1732; d. at Munich, 20 Apr., 1792. Of ...

Schola Cantorum

A place for the teaching and practice of ecclesiastical chant, or a body of singers banded ...

Scholasticism

Scholasticism is a term used to designate both a method and a system. It is applied to theology ...

Scholliner, Herman

Theologian and historian, b. at Freising in Bavaria, 15 January, 1722; d. at Welchenberg, 16 ...

Schols, Charles Mathieu

Born of Catholic parents at Maastriche, Holland, 28 March, 1849; died at Delft 17 March, 1897. ...

Scholz, John Martin Augustine

An erudite German Orientalist and exegete, b. at Kapsdorf, near Breslau, 8 Feb., 1794; d. at ...

Schongauer, Martin

(Also known as SCHON). German painter and engraver, b. at Colmar between 1445 and 1450; ...

Schools

In the Church I. The Christian Church By virtue of her Divine charter, "Going, teach ye all ...

Schools, Apostolic

Where the Church is normally organized the recruitment of the secular clergy is provided for ...

Schools, Clerks Regular of the Pious

Called also Piarists, Scolopli, Escolapios, Poor Clerks of the Mother of God, and the Pauline ...

Schorlemer-Alst, Burghard Freiherr von

Social reformer, b. at Heringhausen, Westphalia, 21 Oct., 1825; d. at Alst, 17 March, 1895. He ...

Schott, Gaspar

German physicist, b. 5 Feb., 1608, at Königshofen; d. 12 or 22 May, 1666, at Augsburg. He ...

Schottenklöster

(Scotch Monasteries). A name applied to the monastic foundations of Irish and Scotch ...

Schrader, Clement

Jesuit theologian, b. at Itzum, in Hanover, Nov., 1820; d. at Poitiers 23 Feb., 1875. He studied ...

Schram, Dominic

(SCHRAMM). A Benedictine theologian and canonist, b. at Bamberg, 24 October 1722; d. in the ...

Schrank, Franz Paula von

Naturalist, b. at Varnbach near Schärding on the Inn, 21 August, 1747; d. at Munich, 22 ...

Schraudolph, Johann

Historical painter, b. at Obersdorf in the Allgau, 1808; d. 31 May, 1879. As pupil and assistant ...

Schubert, Franz

Composer, b. at Vienna, 31 January, 1797; d. there 19 November, 1829. He studied under his ...

Schwane, Joseph

A theological writer, b. at Dorsten in Westphalia, 2 Aril, 1824; d. at Münster, 6 June, ...

Schwann, Theodor

German physiologist and founder of the theory of the cellular structure of animal organisms; b. at ...

Schwanthaler, Ludwig von

Founder of the modern Romantic school of sculpture, b. at Munich in 1802; d there, 1848. He ...

Schwarz, Berthold

(Schwartz). A German friar, reputed the inventor of gunpowder and firearms. There has been ...

Schwarzburg

Two small principalities of Central Germany, Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt and ...

Schwarzenberg, Friedrich, Prince of

Cardinal and Prince- Archbishop of Prague, b. at Vienna, 6 April, 1809; d. there, 27 March, ...

Schwenckfeldians

The name of a Protestant sect founded by the nobleman Caspar von Schwenckfeld (b. at Ossig in ...

Schwind, Moritz von

Born at Vienna, 1804; died at Munich, 1871. A painter possessing an inexhaustible wealth of ...

Science and the Church

The words "science" and "Church" are here understood in the following sense: Science is not taken ...

Scillium

A titular see in Africa Proconsularis, suffragan of Carthage. Perhaps the name should be ...

Scillium, Martyrs of

In the year 180 six Christians were condemned to death by the sword, in the town of Scillium, ...

Scopia

(SCUPI; SCOPIENSIS). Archdiocese, ancient residence of the early Servian rulers is the modern ...

Scotism and Scotists

I. SCOTISM This is the name given to the philosophical and theological system or school ...

Scotland

The term as at present used includes the whole northern portion of the Island of Great Britain, ...

Scotland, Established Church of

The religious organization which has for three centuries and a half claimed the adherence of the ...

Scoto-Hibernian Monasteries

A convenient term under which to include the monastic institutions which were founded during the ...

Scots College, The

Clement VIII gave Scotland its college at Rome. The Bull of foundation, dated 5 December, ...

Scott, Ven. Montford

English martyr, b. in Norfolk, England ; martyred at Fleet Street, London, on 2 July, 1591. He ...

Scotus, Blessed John Duns

Surnamed DOCTOR SUBTILIS, died 8 November, 1308; he was the founder and leader of the famous ...

Scranton

(Scrantonensis). A suffragan see of Philadelphia, U.S.A. established on 3 March, 1868, ...

Screen, Altar

The Caerem. Episc (I, xii, n. 13) says that if the High Altar is attached to the wall (or is not ...

Scribes

(Greek grammateis, nomodidaschaloi , teachers of the law). In the New-Testament period the ...

Scriptorium

A scriptorium is commonly a large room set apart in a monastery for the use of the scribes or ...

Scripture

Sacred Scripture is one of the several names denoting the inspired writings which make up the Old ...

Scruple

(Latin Scrupulus , "a small sharp, or pointed, stone", hence, in a transferred sense, ...

Scrutiny

(Latin scrutinium from scrutari to search, to investigate) A term variously employed in ...

Sculpture

In the widest sense of the term, sculpture is the art of representing in bodily form men, animals, ...

Scutari, Archdiocese of

(SCUTARENSIS) The first known bishop was Bassus (387). The bishops of Scutari were at ...

Scythopolis

A titular metropolitan of Palaestina Secunda. It is the ancient Bethsan so often mentioned in ...

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Seña, Balthasar

Indian missionary and philologist, b. at Barcelona, Spain, about 1590; d. at Guarambare, ...

Señan, José Francisco de Paula

Born at Barcelona, Spain, 3 March, 1760; died at Mission San Buenaventura on 24 Aug., 1823; ...

Seal

The use of a seal by men of wealth and position was common before the Christian era. It was ...

Seal of Confession, the Law of the

In the "Decretum" of the Gratian who compiled the edicts of previous councils and the principles ...

Seattle

DIOCESE OF SEATTLE (SEATTLENSIS). The Diocese of Seattle (Seattlensis) comprises the entire ...

Sebaste

A titular see in Phrygia Pacatiana, suffragan of Laodicea. Sebaste is known to us, apart from ...

Sebastia

(SIVAS). An Armenian Catholic diocese. The city, which existed perhaps under another name in ...

Sebastian Newdigate, Blessed

Executed at Tyburn, 19 June, 1535. A younger son of John Newdigate of Harefield Place, Middlesex, ...

Sebastian, Saint

Roman martyr ; little more than the fact of his martyrdom can be proved about St. Sebastian. ...

Sebastopolis

A titular see in Armenia Prima, suffragan of Sebastia. The primitive name of this city was ...

Sebenico

(SIBINICENSIS). Suffragan of Zara. Sebenico was the seat of a bishop before the ...

Secchi, Angelo

Astronomer, b. at Reggio in Emilia, Italy, 18 June, 1818; d. 26 Feb., 1878. He was the son of a ...

Sechelt Indians

(Properly SICIATL). A small tribe speaking a distinct language of Salishan linguistic stock, ...

Sechnall, Saint

(Secundinus.) Bishop and confessor, b. 372 or 373; d. at Dunshaughlin, 27 Nov., 457. Son of ...

Seckau

DIOCESE OF SECKAU (SECOVIENSIS) Diocese in Styria, Austria, suffragan of Salzburg. The See ...

Secret

The Secret ( Latin Secreta, sc. oratio secreta ) is the prayer said in a low voice by the ...

Secret, Discipline of the

(Latin Disciplina Arcani ; German Arcandisciplin ). A theological term used to express ...

Sect and Sects

I. ETYMOLOGY AND MEANING The word "sect" is not derived, as is sometimes asserted, from secare , ...

Secular Clergy

( Latin clerus sæcularis ) In the language of religious the world (sæculum) is ...

Secularism

A term used for the first time about 1846 by George Jacob Holyoake to denote "a form of opinion ...

Secularization

( Latin sæcularizatio ) Secularization, an authorization given to religious with solemn ...

Sedgwick, Thomas

Regius professor of divinity at Cambridge, 1557, rector of Stanhope, Durham, and vicar of ...

Sedia Gestatoria

The Italian name of the portable papal throne used on certain solemn occasions in the pontifical ...

Sedilia

(Plural of Latin sedile , a seat.) The name given to seats on the south side of the ...

Seduction

( Latin seducere , to lead aside or astray) Seduction is here taken to mean the inducing of ...

Sedulius

Christian poet of the fifth century. The name of Cælius, which at times precedes that of ...

Sedulius Scotus

An Irish teacher, grammarian and Scriptural commentator, who lived in the ninth century. ...

Seekers

An obscure Puritan sect which arose in England in the middles of the seventeenth century. They ...

Seelos, Francis X.

Born at Füssen, Bavaria, 11 January, 1819; died at New Orleans, La., 4 Oct., 1867. When a ...

Seerth

Seerth, a Chaldean see, appears to have succeeded the See of Arzon in the same province, several ...

Seghers, Charles John

Bishop of Vancouver Island (today Victoria ), Apostle of Alaska. b. at Ghent, Belgium, 26 ...

Segneri, Paolo

Italian Jesuit, preacher, missionary, ascetical writer, b. at Nettuno, 21 March (cf. Massei) ...

Segni

(SIGNINSIS). Located in the Province of Rome. The city, situated on a hill in the Monti ...

Segorbe

(Also CASTELLÓN DE LA PLANA; SEGOBIENSIS; CASTETELLIONENSIS) Diocese in Spain, bounded ...

Segovia

DIOCESE OF SEGOVIA (SEGOVIENSIS, SEGOVIAE). Diocese in Spain ; bounded on the north by ...

Sehna, Diocese of

(SIHNAH or SEHANENSIS). A Chaldean see, governed by a patriarchal administrator with episcopal ...

Seidl, Johann Gabriel

Poet, author of the present Austrian national hymn, b. at Vienna, 21 June 1804; d. there, 17 ...

Seitz, Alexander Maximilian

Painter, b. at Munich, 1811; d. at Rome, 1888. He studied under Cornelius, and two early ...

Sejny, Diocese of

(AUGUSTÓWO; SEJNESIS, or AUGUSTOVIENSIS). A diocese in the northwestern part of ...

Sekanais

(Or more properly, Tshé-'kéh-ne, "People on the Rocks", i.e., the Rocky Mountains). ...

Seleucia Pieria

Titular metropolis of Syria Prima. The city was founded near the mouth of the Orontes, not far ...

Seleucia Trachea

Metropolitan see of Isauria in the Patriarchate of Antioch. The city was built by Seleucus I, ...

Seleucians

A Gnostic sect who are said to have flourished in Galatia. They derived their name from ...

Seleucids

The name given to the Macedonian dynasty, which was founded by Seleucus, a general under Alexander ...

Self-Defense

Ethically the subject of self-defense regards the right of a private person to employ force ...

Selgas y Carrasco, José

Poet and novelist, b. at Lorca, Murcia, Spain, 1824; d. at Madrid, 5 Feb., 1882, he received his ...

Selge

A titular see in Pamphylia Prima, suffragan of Side. Situated in a fertile plain on the south ...

Selinus

A titular see in Isauria, near the Gulf of Adalia. Selinus, mentioned by Ptolemy, V, 8, 2, ...

Selvaggio, Giulio Lorenzo

Canonist and archaeologist, b. at Naples, 10 August, 1728; d. there, November, 1772. He entered ...

Selymbria

A titular see in Thracia Prima, suffragan of Heraclea. Selymbria, or Selybria, the city of ...

Sem

( Hebrew "name", "fame", "renown"; in Septuagint, Sem ; A.V., Shem .) Son of Noah ; ...

Semiarians and Semiarianism

A name frequently given to the conservative majority in the East in the fourth century as ...

Seminary, Ecclesiastical

I. TERMINOLOGY The word seminary (Fr. séminaire, Ger. Seminar ) is sometimes used, ...

Semipelagianism

A doctrine of grace advocated by monks of Southern Gaul at and around Marseilles after 428. ...

Semites

The term Semites is applied to a group of peoples closely related in language, whose habitat is ...

Semitic Epigraphy

Semitic epigraphy is a new science, dating only from the past fifty years. At the beginning of ...

Semmelweis, Ignaz Philipp

Physician and discoverer of the cause of puerperal fever, b. Ofen (Buda), 1 July, 1818; d. at ...

Semmes, Raphael

Naval officer, b. in Charles County, Maryland, U.S.A. 27 September, 1809; d. at Point Clear, ...

Senan, Saint

Bishop and confessor, b. at Magh Lacha, Kilrush, Co. Clare, c. 488; d. 1 March, 560, his ...

Seneca Indians

The westernmost and largest of the five tribes of the celebrated Iroquois Confederacy of central ...

Senefelder, Aloys

Principally known as the inventor of lithography, b. at Prague, 6 Nov., 1771; d. at Munich, 26 ...

Senegambia

(SENEGAMBLE). Vicariate Apostolic, to which is joined the Prefecture Apostolic of Senegal ...

Sennen and Abdon, Saints

(Variously written in early calendars and martyrologies Abdo, Abdus; Sennes, Sennis, Zennen.) ...

Sens

(S ENONIS ) Archdiocese comprising the Department of the Yonne. It was suppressed by the ...

Sens, Councils of

A number of councils were held at Sens. The first, about 600 or 601, in conformity with the ...

Sentence

(Latin sententia , judgment). In canon law, the decision of the court upon any issue brought ...

Sept-Fons, Notre-Dame de Saint-Lieu

Located in the Diocese of Moulins in France, it was founded (1132) by Guichard and Guillaume de ...

Septimius Severus

Founder of the African dynasty of Roman emperors, b. at Leptis Magna in Africa, 11 April, 146; d. ...

Septuagesima

( Latin septuagesima , the seventieth). Septuagesima is the ninth Sunday before Easter, ...

Septuagint Version

The first translation of the Hebrew Old Testament, made into popular Greek before the Christian ...

Sepulchre, Holy

Holy Sepulchre refers to the tomb in which the Body of Jesus Christ was laid after His death ...

Sequence or Prose

I. DEFINITION AND GENERAL DESCRIPTION The Sequence ( Sequentia )–or, more accurately as ...

Serajevo, Archdiocese of

(SERAIUM). The healthy growth of the Church in Bosnia was blighted and stunted by ...

Seraphic Crown

( Or Seraphic Rosary.) A Rosary consisting of seven decades in commemoration of the seven ...

Seraphim

The name, a Hebrew masculine plural form, designates a special class of heavenly attendants of ...

Seraphin of Montegranaro, Saint

Born at Montegranaro, 1540; died at Ascoli, 12 October 1604. Felix de Nicola was born of a poor, ...

Seraphina Sforza, Blessed

Born at Urbino about 1434; died at Pesaro, 8 September, 1478. Her parents were Guido Antonio ...

Serapion, Saint

Bishop of Antioch (190-211). Known principally through his theological writings. Of these ...

Serena, Diocese of La

(De Serena, Serenopolitana). Embracing Atacama and Coquimbo provinces (Chile), suffragan of ...

Sergeant, John

Born at Barrow-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire, in 1623; died in 1710, not, as Dodd asserts, in 1707 ...

Sergeant, Ven. Richard

English martyr, executed at Tyburn, 20 April, 1586. He was probably a younger son of Thomas ...

Sergiopolis

A titular see in Augusta Euphratensis, suffragan of Hierapolis. Under its native name Rhesapha, ...

Sergius and Bacchus

Martyrs, d. in the Diocletian persecution in Coele-Syria about 303. Their martyrdom is well ...

Sergius I, Pope Saint

(Reigned 687-701), date of birth unknown; consecrated probably on 15 Dec., 687; d. 8 Sept., ...

Sergius II, Pope

Date of birth unknown; consecrated in 844, apparently in January; d. 27 Jan., 847. He was of ...

Sergius III, Pope

Date of birth unknown; consecrated 29 Jan., 904; d. 14 April, 911. He was a Roman of noble birth ...

Sergius IV, Pope

Date of birth unknown; consecrated about 31 July, 1009; d. 12 May, 1012. Peter Pig's Snout ( ...

Seripando, Girolamo

Italian theologian and cardinal, b. at Troja (Apulia), 6 May, 1493; d. at Trent 17 March, ...

Seroux d'Agincourt, Jean-Baptiste-Louis-George

Born at Beauvais, 5 April, 1730; died at Rome, 24 September, 1814. He was a descendant of the ...

Serpieri, Alessandro

Born at S. Giovanni in Marignano, near Rimini, 31 Oct., 1823; died at Fiesole, 22 Feb., 1885. His ...

Serra, Junípero

Born at Petra, Island of Majorca, 24 November, 1713; died at Monterey, California, 28 August, ...

Serrae

Titular metropolitan see in Macedonia, more correctly Serrhae, is called Siris by Herodotus ...

Servants of Mary (Order of Servites)

This order was founded on the feast of the Assumption, 1233 when the Blessed Virgin appeared to ...

Servants of the Most Blessed Sacrament

An order of nuns, founded by the Venerable Pierre-Julien Eymard in 1858, assisted by Mother ...

Servia

(S ERBIA ) A European kingdom in the north-western part of the Balkan peninsula. I. ...

Servites, Order of

(SERVANTS OF MARY). The Order of Servites is the fifth mendicant order, the objects of which ...

Servus servorum Dei

(SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD.) A title given by the popes to themselves in documents of ...

Sessa-Aurunca

(SUESSANA). Diocese in Campania, Province of Caserta (Southern Italy ). The city is situated ...

Sestini, Benedict

Astronomer, mathematician, b. at Florence, Italy, 20 March, 1816; d. at Frederick, Maryland, 17 ...

Setebo Indians

A considerable tribe of Panoan linguistic stock formerly centering about the confluence of the ...

Seton, Saint Elizabeth Ann

Foundress and first superior of the Sisters of Charity in the United States ; born in New York ...

Seton, William

Author, b. in New York, 28 Jan., 1835; d. there, 15 Mar., 1905. His father was William Seton, ...

Settignano, Desiderio da

Born at Settignano, Tuscany, 1428; died at Florence, 1463. He is said to have been the son of a ...

Settlement, Act of (Irish)

In 1662 an act was passed by the Irish Parliament, the privileges of which were restored on the ...

Seven Deacons

The seven men elected by the whole company of the original Christian community at Jerusalem and ...

Seven Robbers

(Septem Latrones), martyrs on the Island of Corcyra (Corfu) in the second century. Their ...

Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, The

The story is one of the many examples of the legend about a man who falls asleep and years after ...

Seven-Branch Candlestick

One of the three chief furnishings of the Holy of the Tabernacle and the Temple ( Exodus ...

Severian

Bishop of Gabala in Syria, flourished in the fourth and fifth centuries. Concerning his life ...

Severinus, Pope

The date of his birth is not known. He was consecrated seemingly on 28 May, 640, and died 2 ...

Severus Sanctus Endelechus

Christian rhetorician and poet of the fourth century. It is possible that his true name was ...

Severus, Alexander

Roman emperor, b. at Acco in Palestine, 208, murdered by his mutinous soldiers at Sicula on the ...

Seville

ARCHDIOCESE OF SEVILLE (HISPALENSIS). Archdiocese in Spain, is bounded on the north by ...

Seville, University of

In the middle of the thirteenth century the Dominicans, in order to prepare missionaries for work ...

Sexagesima

( Latin sexagesima , sixtieth) is the eighth Sunday before Easter and the second before ...

Sexburga, Saint

Died about 699. Her sisters, Sts. Ethelburga and Saethrid, were both Abbesses of Faremontier in ...

Sext

I. MEANING, SYMBOLISM, AND ORIGIN The hora sexta of the Romans corresponded closely with our ...

Sexton

(Old English Sexestein, sextein , through the French sacristain from Latin sacrista ). ...

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Sfondrati, Celestino

Prince-abbot of St. Gall and cardinal, b. at Milan, 10 January, 1644, d. at Rome, 4 September, ...

Sforza, Blessed Seraphina

Born at Urbino about 1434; died at Pesaro, 8 September, 1478. Her parents were Guido Antonio ...

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Shakespeare, Religion of

Of both Milton and Shakespeare it was stated after their deaths, upon Protestant authority, that ...

Shamanism

(From Shaman or Saman , a word derived by Bantzaroff from Manchu saman , i.e., an excited ...

Shammai

(Called ha-Zekan , "the Elder"). A famous Jewish scribe who together with Hillel made ...

Shan-si, Vicariate Apostolic of Northern

The Faith was carried for the first time into the Province of Shan-si. Norhter China, by the ...

Shan-si, Vicariate Apostolic of Southern

Erected in 1890; there are about 6,000,000 inhabitants; the mission is entrusted to the Franciscan ...

Shan-tung, Vicariate Apostolic of Eastern

This mission was separated in 1894 from Northern Shan-Tung and erected into a vicariate ...

Shan-tung, Vicariate Apostolic of Northern

Erected by Gregory XVI in 1839. The first vicar Apostolic was Louis de Besi, formerly ...

Shan-tung, Vicariate Apostolic of Southern

On 2 Jan., 1882, the then vicar Apostolic of Shan-tung, Rt. Rev. Mgr. D. Cosi, elected as ...

Sharpe, James

(Alias POLLARD). Born at York, 1577; died at Lincoln, 1630. Converted when young, he made ...

Shea, John Dawson Gilmary

Historian, born in New York, 22 July, 1824; died at Elizabeth, New Jersey , 22 February, 1892. ...

Shea, Sir Ambrose

Born in Newfoundland, 17 Sept., 1815; d. in London, 30 July, 1905. At the age of twenty-two he ...

Sheil, Richard Lalor

Dramatist, prose writer, and politician, b. at Drumdowny, County Kilkenny, Ireland, 17 August, ...

Sheldon, Edward

Translator, b. at Beoley, 23 April, 1599; d. in London, 27 March, 1687. He was the third son of ...

Shelley, Richard

English confessor ; d. in Marshalsea prison, London, probably in February or March, 1585-6. ...

Shem

( Hebrew "name", "fame", "renown"; in Septuagint, Sem ; A.V., Shem .) Son of Noah ; ...

Shen-si, Northern

(V ICARIATE A POSTOLIC ). In 1640 the Christian religion was preached for the first time ...

Shen-si, Southern

The southern part of Shen-si was entrusted in 1885 to the Seminary of Sts. Peter and Paul, ...

Shepherd, John

Musical composer, born about 1512; died about 1563; one of the great English musicians who rank ...

Sherborne Abbey

Located in Dorsetshire, England ; founded in 998. Sherborne ( scir-burne , clear brook) was ...

Sherbrooke

(S HERBROOKIENSIS ). Diocese in the Province of Quebec, suffragan of the Archdiocese of ...

Sheridan, Philip Henry

Born at Albany, N.Y., U.S.A. 6 March, 1831; died at Nonquitt, Mass, 5 August, 1888. His family ...

Sherson, Martin

English priest and confessor, one of the Dilati (see ENGLISH MARTYRS), b. 1563; d. 1588. A ...

Shert, Blessed John

A native of Cheshire; took the degree of B.A. at Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1566. Successively ...

Sherwin, Blessed Ralph

English martyr, born 1550 at Rodesley, near Longford, Derbyshire; died at Tyburn, 1 December, ...

Sherwood, Blessed Thomas

Martyr, born in London, 1551; died at Tyburn, London, 7 February, 1578. His parents also ...

Sherwood, William

Bishop of Meath, d. at Dublin, 3 Dec. 1482. He was an English ecclesiastic who obtained the ...

Shewbreads

Heb. "bread of the faces", i.e. "bread of the presence (of Yahweh )" ( Exodus 35:13 ; 39:35 , ...

Shi-koku

One of the four great islands of Japan, has all area of 7009 square miles, not counting the ...

Shields, James

Military officer, b. in Dungannon County Tyrone, Ireland, 12 Dec., 1810; d. at Ottumwa, Iowa, 1 ...

Shire

(SHIRENENSIS). Vicariate apostolic in Nyassaland Protectorate, Africa. The Nyassaland ...

Shirley, James

Poet and dramatist, b. in London, 18 Sept., 1596; d. there Oct., 1666. As a boy he attended the ...

Shrewsbury

(SALOPIENSIS). One of the thirteen English dioceses created by Apostolic Letter of Pius IX ...

Shrines of Our Lady and the Saints in Great Britain and Ireland

I. SANCTUARIES OF OUR LADY A. England (1) Abingdon -- St. Edward the Martyr and St. Dunstan, ...

Shroud of Turin

This name is primarily given to a relic now preserved at Turin, for which the claim is made that ...

Shrovetide

Shrovetide is the English equivalent of what is known in the greater part of Southern Europe as ...

Shuswap Indians

(Properly SU-KHAPMUH, a name of unknown origin and meaning). A tribe of Salishan linguistic ...

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Siam

Siam, "the land of the White Elephant" or the country of the Muang Thai (the Free), is situated ...

Sibbel, Joseph

Sculptor, b. at Dulmen, 7 June, 1850; d. in New York, 10 July, 1907. As a boy he evinced the ...

Siberia

A Russian possession in Asia forming the northern third of that continent; it extends from the ...

Sibour, Marie-Dominique-Auguste

Born at Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux (Drome, France ), 4 August, 1792; died in Paris, 3 January, ...

Sibylline Oracles

The name given to certain collections of supposed prophecies, emanating from the sibyls or ...

Sicard

Bishop of Cremona ( Italy ) in the twelfth century, a member of one of the principal families ...

Sicca Veneria

A titular see in Africa Proconsularis, suffragan of Carthage. Sicca was an ancient important ...

Sichem

(A.V. Shechem ). An Israelite city in the tribe of Ephraim, the first capital of the ...

Sicilian Vespers

The traditional name given to the insurrection which broke out at Palermo on Easter Tuesday, 31 ...

Sicily

The largest island in the Mediterranean. It is triangular in shape and was on that account called ...

Sick, Anointing of the

A sacrament of the New Law instituted by Christ to give spiritual aid and comfort and perfect ...

Side, Altar

That part of the altar which faced the congregation, in contradistinction to the side at which ...

Sidon

The seat of a Melchite and a Maronite see in Syria. Sidon is the oldest city of the ...

Sidon

Titular metropolis of Pamphylia Prima. Sidon, situated on the coast of Pamphylia, was a colony ...

Sidonius Apollinaris

(CAIUS SOLLIUS MODESTUS APOLLINARIS SIDONIUS). Christian author and Bishop of Clermont, b. ...

Sidyma

A titular see in Lycia, suffragan of Myra ; mentioned by Ptolemy, V, 3, 5; Pliny, V, 28; ...

Siena

(SENENSIS) Archdiocese in Tuscany (Central Italy ). The city is situated on three gently ...

Siena, University of

The earliest notices of an advanced school (of grammar and medicine ) at Siena go back to ...

Sieni, Cyril

(Better known as CYRIL OF BARCELONA). Missionary bishop, b. in Catalonia, date of birth ...

Sierra Leone

(SIERRAE LEONIS, SIERRA-LEONENSIS). Comprises the English colony of that name and the ...

Sigüenza

(SEGUNTINA, SEGONTIAE). Diocese in Spain, suffragan of Toledo; bounded on the north by Soria, ...

Sigebert of Gembloux

Benedictine historian, b. near Gembloux which is now in the Province of Namur, Belgium, about ...

Siger of Brabant

Indisputably the leader of Latin Averroism during the sixth and seventh decades of the ...

Sigismund

King of Germany and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, b. 15 February, 1361, at Nuremberg ; d. ...

Sign of the Cross

A term applied to various manual acts, liturgical or devotional in character, which have this at ...

Signorelli, Luca

Italian painter, b. at Cortona about 1441; d. there in 1523. He was a son of Egidio Signorelli, ...

Sikhism

The religion of a warlike sect of India, having its origin in the Punjab and its centre in the ...

Silandus

A titular see in Lydia, suffragan of Sardis. It is not mentioned by any ancient geographer or ...

Silence

All writers on the spiritual life uniformly recommend, nay, command under penalty of total ...

Silesia

I. PRUSSIAN SILESIA Prussian Silesia, the largest province of Prussia, has an area of 15,557 ...

Siletz Indians

The collective designation for the rapidly dwindling remnant of some thirty small tribes, ...

Siloe

(SILOAH, SILOAM). A pool in the Tyropoean Valley, just outside the south wall of Jerusalem, ...

Silveira, Ven. Goncalo da

Pioneer missionary of South Africa, b. 23 Feb, 1526, at Almeirim, about forty miles from Lisbon ...

Silverius, Pope Saint

(Reigned 536-37). Dates of birth and death unknown. He was the son of Pope Hormisdas who had ...

Silvester, Francis

(F ERRARIENSIS ). Theologian, b. at Ferrara about 1474; d. at Rennes, 19 Sept., 1526. At ...

Silvia, Saint

(Also spelled "Sylvia"). Mother of Pope St. Gregory the Great , born about 515 (525?); died ...

Simeon

The second son of Jacob by Lia and patronymic ancestor of the Jewish tribe bearing that name. ...

Simeon of Durham

(Symeon). Chronicler, d. 14 Oct., between 1130 and 1138. As a youth he had entered the ...

Simeon Stylites the Elder, Saint

St. Simeon was the first and probably the most famous of the long succession of stylitoe , or ...

Simeon Stylites the Younger, Saint

Born at Antioch in 521, died at the same place 24 May, 597. His father was a native of Edessa, ...

Simeon, Canticle of

(The Canticle of Simeon). Found in St. Luke's Gospel (2:29-32) , is the last in historical ...

Simeon, Holy

The "just and devout" man of Jerusalem who according to the narrative of St. Luke, greeted the ...

Simla

Archdiocese in India, a new creation of Pius X by a Decree dated 13 September, 1910 formed ...

Simon Magus

According to the testimony of St. Justin ("First Apolog.", xxvi), whose statement as to this ...

Simon of Cascia

(SIMEONE FIDATI) Italian preacher and ascetical writer, b. at Cascia, Italy ; d at ...

Simon of Cramaud

Cardinal, b. near Rochechouart in the Diocese of Limoges before 1360; d. at Poitiers 14 Dec., ...

Simon of Cremona

A theological writer and celebrated preacher belonging to the Order of St. Augustine, date of ...

Simon of Sudbury

Archbishop of Canterbury, b. at Sudbury, Suffolk, England, of middle-class parents, date of ...

Simon of Tournai

Professor in the University of Paris at the beginning of the thirteenth century, dates of birth ...

Simon Peter

The life of St. Peter may be conveniently considered under the following heads: I. Until the ...

Simon Stock, Saint

Born in the County of Kent, England, about 1165; died in the Carmelite monastery at Bordeaux, ...

Simon the Apostle, Saint

The name of Simon occurs in all the passages of the Gospel and Acts, in which a list of the ...

Simone da Orsenigo

A Lombard architect and builder of the fourteenth century whose memory is chiefly connected with ...

Simonians

A Gnostic, Antinomian sect of the second century which regarded Simon Magus as its founder and ...

Simony

(From Simon Magus ; Acts 8:18-24 ) Simony is usually defined "a deliberate intention of ...

Simplicius, Faustinus and Beatrice

Martyrs at Rome during the Diocletian persecution (302 or 303). The brothers Simplicius and ...

Simplicius, Pope Saint

Reigned 468-483; date of birth unknown; died 10 March, 483. According to the "Liber ...

Simpson, Richard

Born 1820; died near Rome, 5 April, 1876. He was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, and took ...

Sin

The subject is treated under these heads: I. Nature of sin II. Division III. Mortal Sin IV. Venial ...

Sinai

The mountain on which the Mosaic Law was given. Horeb and Sinai were thought synonymous by ...

Sinaiticus, Codex

(The symbol is the Hebrew character Aleph , though Swete and a few other scholars use the ...

Sinaloa

DIOCESE OF SINALOA (SINALOENSIS) Diocese in the Republic of Mexico, suffragan of the ...

Singing, Congregational

In his Instruction on sacred music , commonly referred to as the Motu Proprio (22 Nov., 1903), ...

Sinigaglia

(SENIGALLIA), DIOCESE OF SINIGAGLIA (SENOGALLIENSIS) Diocese in the Province of Ancona in the ...

Sinis

A titular see in Armenia Secunda, suffragan of Melitene. The catalogue of titular bishoprics ...

Sinope

A titular see in Asia Minor, suffragan of Amasea in Helenopontus. It is a Greek colony, ...

Sion

A titular see in Asia Minor, suffragan of Ephesus. No civil document mentions it. It is ...

Sion

(Sedunensis) A Swiss bishopric, depending directly on the Holy See. HISTORY The Diocese of ...

Sioux City

DIOCESE OF SIOUX CITY (SIOPOLITAN). Erected 15 Jan., 1902, by Leo XIII . The establishment of ...

Sioux Falls

DIOCESE OF SIOUX FALLS (SIOUXORMENSIS). Suffragan of St. Paul , comprises all that part of ...

Sioux Indians

The largest and most important Indian tribe north of Mexico, with the single exception of the ...

Sipibo Indians

A numerous tribe of Panoan linguistic stock, formerly centring about the Pisqui and Aguaitia ...

Sirach, Book of

(Abbrev. Ecclus.; also known as the Book of Sirach.) The longest of the deuterocanonical books ...

Siricius, Pope Saint

(384-99). Born about 334; died 26 November, 399, Siricius was a native of Rome ; his father's ...

Sirleto, Gugliemo

Cardinal and scholar, born at Guardavalle near Stilo in Calabria, 1514; died at Rome, 6 October, ...

Sirmium

(SZERÉM, SIRMIENSIS) Sirmium, situated near the modern town of Mitrovitz in Slavonia; ...

Sirmond, Jacques

One of the greatest scholars of the seventeenth century, born at Riom in the Department of ...

Sisinnius, Pope

Date of birth unknown; died 4 February, 708, Successor of John VII, he was consecrated probably ...

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio

On 27 October, 1829, at the request of Bishop Fenwick of Cincinnati, several sisters from Mother ...

Sisters of the Little Company of Mary

A congregation founded in 1877 in England to honour in a particular manner the maternal Heart ...

Sistine Choir

Although it is known that the Church, from her earliest days, employed music in her cult, it was ...

Sitifis

(Sitifensis). Titular see in Mauretania Sitifensis. Sitifis, situated in Mauretania ...

Sitjar, Buenaventura

Born at Porrera, Island of Majorca, 9 December, 1739; died at San Antonio, California, 3 Sept., ...

Siunia

A titular see, suffragan of Sebastia in Armenia Prima. Siunia is not a town, but a province ...

Six Days of Creation

Hexaemeron signifies a term of six days, or, technically, the history of the six days' work of ...

Sixtus I, Pope Saint

Pope St. Sixtus I (in the oldest documents, Xystus is the spelling used for the first three ...

Sixtus II, Pope Saint

(XYSTUS). Elected 31 Aug., 257, martyred at Rome, 6 Aug., 258. His origin is unknown. The ...

Sixtus III, Pope Saint

(XYSTUS). Consecrated 31 July, 432; d. 440. Previous to his accession he was prominent among ...

Sixtus IV, Pope

(FRANCESCO DELLA ROVERE) Born near Abisola, 21 July, 1414; died 12 Aug., 1484. His parents ...

Sixtus V, Pope

(FELICE PERETTI). Born at Grottamare near Montalto, 13 December, 1521; elected 24 April, ...

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Skara, Ancient See of

(SCARAE; SKARONENSIS, SCARENSIS). Located in Sweden ; suffragan to Hamburg (990-1104), to ...

Skarga, Peter

Theologian and missionary, b. at Grojec, 1536; d. at Cracow, 27 Sept., 1612. He began his ...

Skoda, Josef

Celebrated clinical lecturer and diagnostician and, with Rokitansky, founder of the modern ...

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Slander

Slander is the attributing to another of a fault of which one knows him to be innocent. It ...

Slavery and Christianity

How numerous the slaves were in Roman society when Christianity made its appearance, how hard ...

Slavery, Ethical Aspect of

In Greek and Roman civilization slavery on an extensive scale formed an essential element of the ...

Slaves

(Déné "Men"). A tribe of the great Déné family of American ...

Slavonic Language and Liturgy

Although the Latin holds the chief place among the liturgical languages in which the Mass is ...

Slavs in America

The Slavic races have sent large numbers of their people to the United States and Canada, and ...

Slavs, The

I. NAME A. Slavs At present the customary name for all the Slavonic races is Slav . This name ...

Slomšek, Anton Martin

Bishop of Lavant, in Maribor, Styria, Austria, noted Slovenian educator, born 1800; died 24 ...

Slotanus, John

(SCHLOTTANUS, VAN DER SLOOTIEN), (JOHN GEFFEN) Polemical writer; born at Geffen, Brabant; died ...

Sloth

One of the seven capital sins. In general it means disinclination to labour or exertion. As a ...

Slythurst, Thomas

English confessor, born in Berkshire; died in the Tower of London, 1560. He was B.A. Oxon, ...

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Smalkaldic League

A politico-religious alliance formally concluded on 27 Feb., 1531, at Smalkalden in Hesse-Nassau, ...

Smaragdus, Ardo

Hagiographer, died at the Benedictine monastery of Aniane, Herault, in Southern France, March, ...

Smith, James

Journalist, b. at Skolland, in the Shetland Isles, about 1790; d. Jan., 1866. He spent his boyhood ...

Smith, Richard

Bishop of Chalcedon, second Vicar Apostolic of England ; b. at Hanworth, Lincolnshire, Nov., ...

Smith, Richard

Born in Worcestershire, 1500; died at Douai, 9 July, 1563. He was educated at Merton College, ...

Smith, Thomas Kilby

Born at Boston, Mass., 23 Sept., 1820; died at New York, 14 Dec., 1887; eldest son of Captain ...

Smits, William

Orientalist and exegete, b. at Kevelaer in the Duchy of Geldern, 1704; d. 1 Dec., 1770. He ...

Smyrna

LATIN ARCHDIOCESE OF SMYRNA (SMYRNENSIS), in Asia Minor. The city of Smyrna rises like an ...

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Snorri Sturluson

Historian, born at Hvammr, 1178; died 1241. Snorri, who was the son of Sturla Thortsson (d. 1182), ...

Snow, Venerable Peter

English martyr, suffered at York, 15 June, 1598. He was born at or near Ripon and arrived at the ...

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Sobaipura Indians

Once an important tribe of the Piman branch of the great Shoshonean linguistic stock, occupying ...

Sobieski, John

Born at Olesko in 1629; died at Wilanow, 1696; son of James, Castellan of Cracow and descended by ...

Social Contract, The

Du Contrat Social, ou Principes du droit politique , is the title of a work written by J.J. ...

Socialism

A system of social and economic organization that would substitute state monopoly for private ...

Socialistic Communities

This title comprehends those societies which maintain common ownership of the means of ...

Societies, Catholic

Catholic societies are very numerous throughout the world; some are international in scope, some ...

Societies, Catholic, American Federation of

An organization of the Catholic laity, parishes, and societies under the guidance of the ...

Societies, Secret

A designation of which the exact meaning has varied at different times. I. DEFINITION "By a ...

Society

Society implies fellowship, company, and has always been conceived as signifying a human relation, ...

Society of Foreign Missions of Paris

The Society of Foreign Missions of Paris was established in 1658-63, its chief founders being ...

Society of Jesus, The

(Company of Jesus, Jesuits) See also DISTINGUISHED JESUITS , JESUIT APOLOGETIC, EARLY JESUIT ...

Society of the Blessed Sacrament, The

A congregation of priests founded by Venerable Pierre-Julien Eymard in Paris, 1 June, 1856. ...

Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The

An institution of religious women, taking perpetual vows and devoted to the work of education, ...

Society, The Catholic Church Extension

IN THE UNITED STATES The first active agitation for a church extension or home mission society ...

Socinianism

The body of doctrine held by one of the numerous Antitrinitarian sects to which the ...

Sociology

The claims of sociology ( socius , companion; logos , science ) to a place in the hierarchy ...

Socorro

(DE SUCCURSU.) Established in 1895 as a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Bogota, in the ...

Socrates

A historian of the Early Church, b. at Constantinople towards the end of the fourth century. ...

Socrates

Greek philosopher and educational reformer of the fifth century B.C.; born at Athens, 469 ...

Sodality

I The sodalities of the Church are pious associations and are included among the ...

Sodality (Confraternity)

( Latin confraternitas , confratria ) A confraternity or sodality is a voluntary ...

Sodom and Gomorrha

Sodom, a city of Pentapolis ( Wisdom 10:6 ; Genesis 14:2 ): Sodom, Gomorrha, Adama, Seboim, and ...

Sodoma

(GIOVANNI ANTONIO BAZZI, or DE'BAZZI, often miscalled RAZZI, more usually known by his nickname, ...

Sodor and Man

(SODORENSIS). The early history of this see is extremely obscure. The Scandinavian diocese, ...

Soissons

Diocese of Soissons (Suessionensis) Includes, with the exception of two hamlets, the entire ...

Solanus, Saint Francis

South American missionary of the Order of Friars Minor ; b. at Montilla, in the Diocese of ...

Solari

(SOLARIO) A family of Milanese artists, closely connected with the cathedral and with the ...

Solemnity

(From Latin solet and annus -- a yearly celebration). The word solemnity is here used ...

Solesmes

A Benedictine monastery in Department of Sarthe, near Sablé, France. It was founded in ...

Soli

A titular see in Cyprus, suffragan of Salamis. Soli was an important port on the Clarius, on ...

Solicitation

( Latin sollicitare ) Technically in canon law the crime of making use of the Sacrament of ...

Solimôes Superiore

A prefecture Apostolic in the State of Amazonas, Brazil, erected by a decree of the Sacred ...

Solomon

Our sources for the study of the life, reign, and character of Solomon are 1 Kings 1-9 ; and 2 ...

Solomon Islands, Northern

(PREFECTURE APOSTOLIC OF THE NORTHERN SOLOMON ISLANDS) Established on 23 May, 1898, by ...

Solomon Islands, Southern

PREFECTURE APOSTOLIC OF THE SOUTHERN SOLOMON ISLANDS (INSULARUM SOLOMONIARUM). The Solomon ...

Solomon, Psalms of

Eighteen apocryphal psalms, extant in Greek, probably translated from a Hebrew, or an Aramaic ...

Solsona

DIOCESE OF SOLSONA (CELSONENSIS). Diocese in Lérida, Spain, suffragan of Tarragona, ...

Somaliland

A triangular-shaped territory in the north-eastern extremity of Africa, projecting into the ocean ...

Somaschi

Name of a charitable religious congregation of regular clerics, founded in the sixteenth century ...

Somerset, Thomas

Confessor, born about 1530; died in the Tower of London, 27 May, 1587; second son of Henry, second ...

Son of God

IN THE OLD TESTAMENT The title "son of God" is frequent in the Old Testament. The word "son" was ...

Son of Man

In the Old Testament "son of man " is always translated in the Septuagint without the article ...

Song, Religious

(Sacred Song) Religious song is the general designation given to the numerous poetical and ...

Songish Indians

A tribe of some importance formerly holding the south coast of Vancouver Island, B.C., in the ...

Sonnius, Franciscus

Theologian, b. at Zon in Brabant, 12 August, 1506; d. at Antwerp, 30 June, 1576. His real name ...

Sonora

(DE SONORA) Diocese in the Republic of Mexico ; suffragan of the Archdiocese of Durango. Its ...

Sophene

A titular see, suffragan of Melitene in Armenia Secunda. In the sixth century "Notitiæ ...

Sophists

A group of Greek teachers who flourished at the end of the fifth century B.C. They claimed to be ...

Sophonias

The ninth of the twelve Minor Prophets of the Canon of the Old Testament ; preached and wrote ...

Sophronius

Sophronius, Bishop of Constantina or Tella in Osrhoene, was a relative of Ibas, Bishop of ...

Sora

A titular see in Paphlagonia, suffragan of Gangra. Sora must have been an insignificant town; ...

Sorbait, Paul de

Physician, b. in Hainault, 1624; d. at Vienna, 19 April, 1691. He went to school at Paderborn, ...

Sorbonne

This name is frequently used in ordinary parlance as synonymous with the faculty of theology of ...

Sorin, Edward

The founder of Notre Dame, Indiana ; b. 6 Feb., 1814, at Ahuillé, near Laval, France ; ...

Sorrento

Archdiocese in the Province of Naples, with one suffragan, Castellamare. The city is situated on ...

Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast of the Seven

There are two such days: Friday before Palm Sunday, major double; third Sunday in ...

Soter and Caius, Saints

They have their feast together on 22 April, on which day they appear in most of the ...

Soto, Dominic

Dominican, renowned theologian, b. at Segovia, 1494; d. at Salamanca, 15 Nov., 1560. His first ...

Soul

(Greek psyche ; Latin anima ; French ame ; German Seele ). The question of the ...

Soul, Faculties of the

I. MEANING Whatever doctrine one may hold concerning the nature of the human soul and its ...

South American College in Rome, The

(Legal title, COLLEGIO PIO-LATINO-AMERICANO PONTIFICIO). The Rev. Ignatius Victor Eyzaguirre, ...

South Carolina

One of the thirteen original colonies of the United States, has an area of 30,570 square miles ...

South Dakota

The thirty-ninth state, admitted to the Union on 2 November, 1889, is officially bounded as ...

Southerne, Venerable William

English martyr, suffered at Newcastle-under-Lyme, 30 April, 1618. An alumnus and priest of the ...

Southwark

DIOCESE OF SOUTHWARK (SOUTHWARCENSIS) Suffragan of Westminster, England, comprises the ...

Southwell, Venerable Robert

Poet, Jesuit, martyr ; born at Horsham St. Faith's, Norfolk, England, in 1561; hanged at ...

Southworth, Saint John

English martyr, b. in Lancashire, 1592, martyred at Tyburn, 28 June, 1654. A member of a junior ...

Sovana and Pitigliano

DIOCESE OF SOVANA AND PITIGLIANO (SUANENSIS ET PITILIANENSIS). The two towns, Sovana and ...

Sozomen, Salaminius Hermias

One of the famous historians of the early Church, born at Bethelia, a small town near Gaza in ...

Sozopolis

Titular see in the Balkans, suffragan of Adrianopolis. The town, at first called Antheia, was ...

Sozusa

A titular see of Palestina Prima, suffragan of Cæsarea. The town, at first called ...

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Space

( Latin spatium ). The idea of space is one of the most important in the philosophy of ...

Spagni, Andrea

Educator and author, born at Florence, 8 Aug., 1716; died at Rome, 16 Sept., 1788. He entered the ...

Spain

This name properly signifies the whole peninsula which forms the south-western extremity of ...

Spalato-Macarsca (Salona)

DIOCESE OF SPALATO-MACARSCA (SPALATENSIS ET MACARSCENSIS). Suffragan of Zara. Salona is the ...

Spalding, Martin John

Seventh Archbishop of Baltimore, b. Bardstown, Kentucky, 23 May, 1810; d., at Baltimore, 7 ...

Spallanzani

A distinguished eighteenth-century scientist, b. at Scadiano in Modena, Italy, 10 January, 1729; ...

Spanish Armada, The

The Spanish Armada, also called the Invincible Armada ( infra ), and more correctly La Armada ...

Spanish Language and Literature

Spanish, a Romance language, that is, one of the modern spoken forms of Latin, is the speech of ...

Spanish-American Literature

The literature produced by the Spanish-speaking peoples of Mexico, Central America, Cuba and ...

Spanish-American Universities

The University of St. Mark's at Lima enjoys the reputation of being the oldest in America; ...

Sparta

A celebrated town of the Peloponnesus, mentioned several times under this name or under that of ...

Species

In scholastic terminology, Species is the necessary determinant of every cognitive process. ...

Speckbacher, Josef

A Tyrolean patriot of 1809, born at Gnadenwald, near Hall, in the Tyrol, 13 July, 1767; died at ...

Speculation

A term used with reference to business transactions to signify the investing of money at a risk of ...

Spedalleri, Nicola

A priest, theologian, and philosopher, born at Bronte in the Province of Catania, Sicily, 6 ...

Spee, Friedrich Von

A poet, opponent of trials for witchcraft, born at Kaiserswerth on the Rhine, 25 February, 1591; ...

Speed, Blessed John

[ alias Spence] English martyr, executed at Durham, 4 Feb., 1593-4, for assisting the ...

Spencer, The Hon. George

( In religion , Ignatius of St. Paul). Passionist, b. at the Admiralty, London, 21 Dec., ...

Spenser, John

( alias HATCLIFFE and TYRRWHIT) John Spenser, born in Lincolnshire, 1601; died at Grafton, ...

Spenser, Venerable William

English martyr, b. at Ghisburn, Yorkshire; executed at York, 24 September, 1589. His maternal ...

Speyer

DIOCESE OF SPEYER (SPIRA) Diocese in Bavaria. The city dates back to the stronghold of ...

Speyer, Johann and Wendelin von

German printers in Venice from 1468 to 1477. They were among the first of those who, after 1462, ...

Spillmann, Joseph

Author, b. at Zug, Switzerland, 22 April, 1842; d. at Luxembourg, 20 February, 1905. He attended ...

Spina, Alphonso de

Spanish Franciscan, date of birth unknown; died about 1491. A convert from Judaism, he was for ...

Spina, Bartolommeo

Scholastic theologian, born at Pisa about 1475; died at Rome, 1546. He joined the Dominican ...

Spinola, Christopher Royas de

Bishop of Wiener-Neustadt, born of a noble Spanish family, near Roermond in Gelderland in ...

Spinoza, Benedict

(d'Espinosa, Despinoza). Born at Amsterdam, 24 Nov., 1632; died at The Hague, 21 Feb., ...

Spire

(From the Anglo-Saxon word spir , meaning "a stalk" or "shoot"). A tapering construction ...

Spirit

( Latin spiritus , spirare , "to breathe"; Gk. pneuma ; Fr. esprit ; Ger. Geist ). As ...

Spirit, Holy

I. SYNOPSIS OF THE DOGMA The doctrine of the Catholic Church concerning the Holy Ghost forms ...

Spiritism

Spiritism is the name properly given to the belief that the living can and do communicate with ...

Spirito Santo

(SPIRITUS SANCTI) Suffragan of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro , established in ...

Spiritual Direction

In the technical sense of the term, spiritual direction is that function of the sacred ministry by ...

Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

A short work composed by St. Ignatius of Loyola and written originally in Spanish. THE TEXT ...

Spiritualism

The term "spiritualism" has been frequently used to denote the belief in the possibility of ...

Spirituals

A general term denoting several groups of Friars Minor, existing in the second half of the ...

Spokan Indians

An important tribe of Salishan linguistic stock, closely cognate with the Colville, Coeur ...

Spoleto

ARCHDIOCESE OF SPOLETO (SPOLETANO). Archdiocese in the province of Umbria, Italy. The city is ...

Spondanus, Henri

(DE SPONDE) A convert from Calvinism, Bishop of Pamiers, and one of the continuators of ...

Spontini, Gasparo Luigi Pacifico

Composer, born at Magolati, near Jesi, Ancona, 14 Nov., 1774; died there, 14 Jan., 1851. He was ...

Spoons, Apostle

A set of thirteen spoons, usually silver, the handles of which are adorned with representations of ...

Sporer, Patritius

Moral theologian, born at Passau, Bavaria ; died there, 29 May, 1683. In 1637 he entered the ...

Sportelli, Cæsar

Born at Nola in Bari, Italy, 29 March, 1702; died at Pagani, 19 April, 1750. His mother, who ...

Springfield

Diocese of Springfield (Campifontis) in Massachusetts, erected in June, 1870. It comprises five ...

Sprott, Venerable Thomas

(Spratt) English martyr, b. at Skelsmergh, near Kendal, Westmoreland; suffered at Lincoln with ...

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Squamish Indians

A considerable tribe of Salishan linguistic stock, speaking a distinct language, holding the ...

Squiers, Herbert Goldsmith

Army officer and diplomatist; b. at Madoc, Canada, 20 April, 1859; d. at London, 19 Oct., 1911. ...

Squillace

(Squillacensis). Suffragan diocese of Reggio, in Calabria, Southern Italy. The city of ...

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Sri Lanka

An island (266 1/2 miles long and 140 1/2 miles broad), to the south-east of India and separated ...

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Stöckl, Albert

A neo-Scholastic philosopher and theologian, born at Möhren, near Freuchtlingen, in Middle ...

Stabat Mater

The opening words of two companion hymns, one of which (Stabat Mater Dolorosa) is in liturgical ...

Stadler, John Evangelist

A Bavarian hagiographer, b. at Parkstetten, in the Diocese of Ratisbon, 24 Dec., 1804; d. at ...

Staff, Pastoral

(Or PASTORAL STAFF). The crosier is an ecclesiastical ornament which is conferred on bishops ...

Stained Glass

The popular name for the glass used in the making of coloured windows. The term is a misnomer, as ...

Stalls

Stalls — seats in a choir, wholly or partly enclosed on the back and sides — are ...

Stanbrook Abbey

An abbey of Benedictine nuns, midway between Malvern and Worcester, England. The abbey and ...

Stanfield, William Clarkson

English painter, b. at Sunderland, 1793; d. at Hampstead, near London, 1867. He became a sailor, ...

Stanislas Kostka, Saint

Born at Rostkovo near Prasnysz, Poland, about 28 October, 1550; died at Rome during the night of ...

Stanislaus of Cracow, Saint

Bishop and martyr, born at Szczepanów (hence called Szczepanowski), in the Diocese of ...

Stanislawow

Diocese of Stanislawow (Stanislaopoliensis) Diocese of the Greek-Ruthenian Rite, in Galicia, ...

Stanley Falls

Vicariate Apostolic in the Belgian Congo. It is bounded on the east by the meridian 30° E. ...

Stansel, Valentin

Astronomer, b. at Olmütz, Moravia, 1621; d. at Bahia, Brazil, 18 Dec., 1705. He entered the ...

Stanyhurst, Richard

Catholic controversialist, historian, and devotional writer, born at Dublin, 1547; died at ...

Stanza

An Italian word signifying room, chamber, apartment. In English the term is chiefly used for ...

Stapf, Joseph Ambrose

Theologian, born at Fliess in the valley of the Upper Inn in the Tyrol, Austria, 15 August, 1785; ...

Staphylus, Friedrich

Theologian, born at Osnabrück, 27 Aug., 1512; died at Ingolstadt, 5 March, 1564. His father, ...

Stapleton, Theobald

Theobald Stapleton was born in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, but was English by descent, though not ...

Stapleton, Thomas

Controversialist, born at Henfield, Sussex, July, 1535; died at Louvain, 12 Oct., 1598. He was the ...

Starowolski, Simon

Born at Stara Wola, near Cracow, 1585; died at Cracow, 1656; studied at Louvain, but took his ...

Starr, Eliza Allen

Born at Deerfield, Massachusetts, 29 August, 1824; died at Durand, Illinois, 8 September, 1901. ...

State and Church

The Church and the State are both perfect societies, that is to say, each essentially aiming ...

State or Way

The word state is used in various senses by theologians and spiritual writers. It may be ...

State, Allegiance to the

By civil allegiance is meant the duty of loyalty and obedience which a person owes to the State ...

States of the Church

( Italian Lo Stato della Chiese ) Consists of the civil territory which for over 1000 years ...

States, Papal

( Italian Lo Stato della Chiese ) Consists of the civil territory which for over 1000 years ...

Station Days

Days on which in the early Church fast was observed until the Hour of None (between twelve and ...

Stations of the Cross

(Also called Stations of the Cross, Via Crucis, and Via Dolorosa). These names are used to signify ...

Statistics of Religions

I. DEFINITION This study concerns itself with religious bodies, the number of their members, and ...

Statistics, Ecclesiastical

In dealing with statistics, both theoretically and practically, it is unimportant whether the men, ...

Stattler, Benedict

Jesuit theologian, born at Kötzting, Bavaria ( Diocese of Ratisbon ), 30 Jan., 1728; died ...

Staudenmaier, Franz Anton

A theologian, born at Donzdorf, Würtemberg, 11 Sept., 1800; died at Freiburg im Breisgau, ...

Staupitz, Johann Von

Abbot, born at Motterwitz near Leisnig (or Moderwitz near Meustadt an der Orla) about 1460; died ...

Stauropolis

A titular metropolitan see of the Province of Caria. The city, founded by the Leleges, was at ...

Stavanger, Ancient See of

(STAVANGRIA; STAVANGRENSIS) Located in Norway ; included the Provinces of Stavanger, Lister ...

Stedingers

(A word meaning "those living along a shore") A tribe of Frisian peasants in Northern Germany ...

Stefaneschi, Giacomo Gaetani

A cardinal-deacon, born at Rome, about 1270; died at Avignon, 23 June, 1343. He was the son of ...

Steffani, Agostino

A titular Bishop of Spiga, diplomatist and musician, born at Castelfranco in the Province of ...

Steinamanger

(SZOMBATHELY) Located in Hungary, suffragan of Gran, founded in 1777 under Queen Maria ...

Steinle, Eduard Von

An historical painter, born at Vienna, 2 July, 1810; died at Frankfort, 19 Sept., 1886. Steinle ...

Steinmeyer, Ferdinand

(FARMER) Ferdinand Steinmeyer, Jesuit missionary, born in Swabia, Germany, 13 Oct., 1720; ...

Steno, Nicolaus

(Niels Steensen) An eminent Danish anatomist and geologist, convert and saintly bishop, ...

Stephen (II) III, Pope

Unanimously elected in St. Mary Major's and consecrated on 26 March (or 3 April), 752; d. 26 ...

Stephen (III) IV, Pope

Born about 720; died 1 or 3 August, 772. Paul I was not dead when trouble began about the ...

Stephen (IV) V, Pope

(816-17) Date of birth unknown; died 24 Jan., 817. Stephen, the son of Marinus, was of the same ...

Stephen (IX) X, Pope

Born probably about the beginning of the eleventh century; died at Florence, 29 March, 1058. ...

Stephen (V) VI, Pope

(885-91) Date of birth unknown; died in Sept., 891. His father, Hadrian, who belonged to the ...

Stephen (VI) VII, Pope

(896-7) Date of birth unknown; died about August, 897. Stephen was a Roman, and the son of ...

Stephen (VII) VIII, Pope

(929-31) Date of birth unknown; died in February or March, 931. He became pope either at the ...

Stephen (VIII) IX, Pope

(939-942) Date of birth unknown; he became pope about 14 July, 939, and died about the end of ...

Stephen Harding, Saint

Confessor, the third Abbot of Cîteaux, was born at Sherborne in Dorsetshire, England, ...

Stephen I, Pope Saint

Although there is some doubt as to the dates connected with the pontificate of Stephen, it is ...

Stephen II, Pope

On the death of Zachary, a certain priest Stephen was unanimously elected to succeed him ...

Stephen of Autun

Bishop, liturgical writer, b. at Bangé (hence surnamed Blagiacus or de Balgiaco) in ...

Stephen of Bourbon

Illustrious writer and preacher, especially noted as a historian of medieval heresies, b. at ...

Stephen of Muret, Saint

Born 1045; died at Muret, 8 February, 1124, founder of the Abbey and Order of Grandmont. Serious ...

Stephen of Tournai

Stephen of Tournai, canonist, born at Orléans, 1128; died at Tournai, September, 1203. He ...

Stephen, Saint

One of the first deacons and the first Christian martyr ; feast on 26 December. In the Acts ...

Stephen, Saint

First King of Hungary, b. at Gran, 975; d. 15 August, 1038. He was a son of the Hungarian ...

Stephens, Henry Robert

Belgian theologian, born of English parentage at Liège, 5 August, 1665; died there, 15 ...

Stephens, Thomas

(Also known in India as PADRE ESTEVÄO or ESTEVAM; less familiarly PADRE BUSTEN, BUSTON, or DE ...

Steps, Altar

In the beginning altars were not erected on steps. Those in the catacombs were constructed on the ...

Steuco, Agostino

(STEUCHUS) Exegete, born at Gubbio, Umbria, 1496; died at Venice, 1549. At the age of ...

Stevenson, Joseph

Archivist, born at Berwick-on-Tweed, 27 Nov., 1806; died in London, 8 Feb., 1895. Though his ...

Stevin, Simon

Born at Bruges in 1548; died at Leyden in 1620. He was for some years book-keeper in a business ...

Stifter, Adalbert

Poet and pedagogue, b. at Oberplan in Bohemia, 23 October, 1805; d. at Linz, 28 October, 1868. ...

Stigmata, Mystical

To decide merely the facts without deciding whether or not they may be explained by supernatural ...

Stipend

[ Latin stipendium , a tax, import, tribute; in military use, pay, salary; contraction for ...

Stockholm

Stockholm, the capital of the Kingdom of Sweden, is situated on Lake Maelar at the spot where it ...

Stoddard, Charles Warren

An American author, born 7 August, 1843, at Rochester, N. Y.; died 23 April, 1909, at Monterey, ...

Stoics and Stoic Philosophy

The Stoic School was founded in 322 B.C. by Zeno of Cittium and existed until the closing of the ...

Stolberg

1. Friedrich Leopold, Count zu Stolberg Born at Brammstedt in Holstein (then a part of Denmark ...

Stole

A liturgical vestment composed of a strip of material from two to four inches wide and about ...

Stole, Altar

An ornament, having the shape of the ends of a stole, which in the Middle Ages was attached to ...

Stolz, Alban Isidor

Catholic theologian and popular author, b. at Bühl, Baden, 3 Feb., 1808; d. at Freiberg, ...

Stone, Altar

A solid piece of natural stone, consecrated by a bishop, large enough to hold the Sacred Host ...

Stone, Corner

(Foundation Stone) A rite entitled "De benedictione et impositione Primarii Lapidis pro ...

Stone, John, Blessed

English martyr, executed at the Dane-John, Canterbury, probably in December, 1539, for denying ...

Stone, Marmaduke

Jesuit, b. at Draycot, 28 Nov., 1748; d. at St. Helens, 22 Aug., 1834. He was educated at St. ...

Stone, Mary Jean

Born at Brighton, Sussex, in 1853; died at Battle, Sussex, 3 May, 1908. She was educated at a ...

Stones, Precious, in the Bible

Precious stones are stones remarkable for their colour, brilliancy, or rarity. Such stones have at ...

Stoning in Scripture

Palestine being a very rocky country, the abundance of stones made it natural to use them as ...

Stonnes, James

English priest, b. 1513; d. after 1585. He was ordained at Durham by Bishop Tunstall in 1539. ...

Stonyhurst College

The history of Stonyhurst as a school dates back to a period considerably prior to its ...

Story, Blessed John

( Or Storey.) Martyr ; born 1504; died at Tyburn, 1 June, 1571. He was educated at ...

Stoss, Veit

Sculptor, b. at Nuremberg in 1438; d there in 1533. In 1477 he established a large work shop at ...

Stoup

Vessels intended for the use of holy water are of very ancient origin, and archaeological ...

Stradivari Family, The

The name Stradivari goes back to the Middle Ages ; we find it spelt in various ways, Stradivare, ...

Stradivari, Antonio

The famous Cremonese violin-maker, b. in 1649 or 1650; d. at Cremona, 18 or 19 Dec., 1737. He ...

Strahov, Abbey of

A Premonstratensian abbey at Prague, Bohemia, founded in 1149 by Bishop Henry Zdik of ...

Strain, John

Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, born at Edinburgh, 8 December, 1810; died there, 2 July, ...

Stransham, Venerable Edward

English martyr, born at Oxford about 1554; suffered at Tyburn, 21 January, 1586. He was educated ...

Strasburg

(ARGENTINENSIS) A German diocese immediately dependent on the Papal See . According to ...

Stratonicea

A titular see in Caria ( Asia Minor ) suffragan of Stauropolis. Stratoniceia or Stratonicea ...

Streber, Franz Ignaz Von

Numismatist and theologian, born at Reisbach, Lower Bavaria, 11 Feb., 1758; died at Munich, 26 ...

Streber, Franz Seraph

Numismatist and nephew of Franz Ignaz von Streber, born at Deutenkofen, Lower Bavaria, 26 Feb., ...

Streber, Hermann

Son of Franz Seraph Streber, b. at Munich, 27 Sept., 1839; d. at Tölz, 9 Aug., 1896. He ...

Strengnäs, Ancient See of

(STRENGAE, STRENGENSIA; STRENGENESIS). Located in Sweden. The diocese consisted of the ...

Striking of the Breast

Striking of the breast as a liturgical act is prescribed in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ...

Stripping of an Altar

On Holy Thursday the celebrant, having removed the ciborium from the high altar, goes to the ...

Strossmayer, Joseph Georg

(Josip Juraj), Bishop of Diakovár [Djakovo], born at Essegg [Osijek] in ...

Stuart, Henry Benedict Maria Clement

Cardinal, Duke of York, known by the Jacobites as "Henry IX, King of Great Britain, France, ...

Studion

(Latin Studium ), the most important monastery at Constantinople, situated not far from the ...

Stuhlweissenburg

DIOCESE OF STUHLWEISSENBURG (ALBAE REGALENSIS) Diocese in Hungary, and Suffragen of Gran. It ...

Sturluson, Snorri

Historian, born at Hvammr, 1178; died 1241. Snorri, who was the son of Sturla Thortsson (d. 1182), ...

Stylites

Stylites were solitaries who, taking up their abode upon the tops of a pillar ( stylos ), chose ...

Styria

( German Steiermark) A duchy and Austrian crownland, divided by the River Mur into Upper and ...

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Suárez, Francisco

Doctor Eximius , a pious and eminent theologian, as Paul V called him, born at Granada, 5 ...

Subdeacon

The subdiaconate is the lowest of the sacred or major orders in the Latin Church. It is defined ...

Subiaco

(SUBLACUM, SUBLACEUM, SUBLAQUEM). A city in the Province of Rome, twenty-five miles from ...

Subreption

( Latin subreptio ). In canon law the concealment or suppression of statements or facts that ...

Subsidies, Episcopal

( Latin subsidia , tribute, pecuniary aid, subvention) Since the faithful are obliged to ...

Substance

( Latin sub-stare, substantia ) Substance, the first of Aristotle's categories, signifies ...

Suburbicarian Dioceses

A name applied to the dioceses nearest Rome, viz. Albano, Frascati (Tusculum), Palestrina, ...

Sudan

The Vicariate Apostolic of Sudan or Central-Africa (S UDANENSIS SEU A FRICÆ C ...

Sufetula

A titular see of North Africa. Sufetula seems to be Suthul where Jugurtha had deposited his ...

Sugar, Venerable John

(Suker). Born at Wombourn, Staffordshire, 1558; suffered at Warwick, 16 July, 1604. He ...

Suger

Abbot of St-Denis, statesman and historian, b. probably at or near St-Denis, about 1081; d. ...

Suicide

This article will treat the subject under the following three heads: I. The notions and ...

Suidas

( Souidas, Soudas ) Author of, perhaps, the most important Greek lexicon or encyclopedia. ...

Suitbert, Saint

(Suidbert [or Swithbert]). Apostle of the Frisians, b. in England in the seventh century; d. ...

Sullivan, Alexander Martin

Irish politician, lawyer and journalist, b. at Bantry in 1830; d. at Dartry Lodge, Rathmines, ...

Sullivan, Peter John

Soldier, lawyer, born at Cork, Ireland, 15 March, 1821; died at Cincinnati, Ohio, 2 March 1883. ...

Sully, Maurice de

Bishop of Paris, born of humble parents at Sully-sur-Loire (Soliacum), near Orléans, at ...

Sulpicians in the United States

The Sulpicians came to the United States at the very rise of the American Hierarchy. When the ...

Sulpicius Severus

An ecclesiastical writer, born of noble parents in Aquitaine c. 360; died about 420-25. The ...

Sulpitius

Two bishops of Bourges bore this name. (1) The first, St. Sulpitius the Severe, wrongly ...

Sumatra

Sumatra, erected by a Decree of 30 June, 1911, and entrusted to the Dutch Capuchins. Previously ...

Summæ

(SUMMULÆ) Summæ are compendiums of theology, philosophy, and canon law which ...

Summer Schools, Catholic

A Catholic summer school is an assembly of Catholic clergy and laity held during the summer ...

Sunday

Sunday (Day of the Sun), as the name of the first day of the week, is derived from Egyptian ...

Superior

(SUPERIORENSIS) Situated in the northern part of Wisconsin, Superior comprises the following ...

Supernatural Adoption

( Latin adoptare , to choose.) Adoption is the gratuitous taking of a stranger as one's own ...

Supernatural Gift

A supernatural gift may be defined as something conferred on nature that is above all the ...

Supernatural Order

The Supernatural Order is the ensemble of effects exceeding the powers of the created universe ...

Superstition

[From supersisto , "to stand in terror of the deity " (Cicero, "De Nat. deorum", I, 42, 117); ...

Supper, The Last

The meal held by Christ and His disciples on the eve of His Passion at which He instituted the ...

Suppression of Monasteries in Continental Europe

Under this title will be treated only the suppressions of religious houses (whether monastic in ...

Suppression of Monasteries in England

From any point of view the destruction of the English monasteries by Henry VIII must be ...

Supremi disciplinæ

Motu Proprio of Pius X, promulgated 2 July, 1911, relating to Holy Days of obligation. On Holy ...

Sura

Titular see in Augusta Euphratensis, suffragan of Hierapolis. Sura, situated on the banks of the ...

Surin, Jean-Joseph

Born 1600; died at Bordeaux, 1665. He belonged to the Society of Jesus , and enjoyed great ...

Surius, Laurentius

Hagiologist, born at the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, 1522; died at Cologne, 23 May, 1578. It ...

Surplice

A large-sleeved tunic of half-length, made of fine linen or cotton, and worn by all the clergy. ...

Susa

(Greek Sousan, Sousa ) The capital of the Kingdom of Elam, and from the time of Cyrus, or ...

Susa

(SEGUSIN; SEGUSIENSIS) Diocese in the Province of Turin, Piedmont, Northern Italy. The city ...

Susanna and Tiburtius, Saints

Roman martyrs, feast 11 August. The story is related in the legend of St. Sebastian that ...

Suso, Blessed Henry

(Also called Amandus , a name adopted in his writings). German mystic, born at Constance on ...

Suspension (in Canon Law)

Suspension, in canon law, is usually defined as a censure by which a cleric is deprived, ...

Sutton, Sir Richard

Co-founder of Brasenose College, Oxford, date of birth unknown; d. September or October, 1524. ...

Sutton, Ven. Robert

Priest, martyr, b. at Burton-on-Trent; quartered at Stafford, 27 July, 1587. He is not to be ...

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Swan, Order of the

A pious confraternity, indulgenced by the pope, which arose in 1440 in the Electorate of ...

Sweden

The largest of the three Scandinavian countries and the eastern half of the Scandinavian ...

Swedenborgians

The believers in the religious doctrines taught by Emanuel Swedenborg. As an organized body they ...

Sweinheim, Konrad

See also KONRAD SWEYNHEIM . Both printers; Pannartz died about 1476, Sweinheim in 1477. ...

Swetchine, Sophie-Jeanne Soymonof

Writer, b. at Moscow, 22 Nov., 1782; d. in Paris, 10 Sept., 1857. She was a member of a noble ...

Sweynheim, Konrad

See also ARNOLD PANNARTZ AND KONRAD SWEINHEIM . (SCHWEINHEIM) Printer, b. at Schwanheim, ...

Swinomish Indians

A tribe of Salishan linguistic stock, closely connected with the Skagit. They formerly held the ...

Swithin, Saint

(SWITHUN). Bishop of Winchester ; died 2 July, 862. Very little is known of this saint's ...

Switzerland

(Confederatio Helvetica) A confederation in the central part of Western Europe, made up of ...

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Sydney

ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY (SYDNEYENSIS). The vast territories formerly known as New Holland and Van ...

Syene

A titular see in Thebian Secunda, suffragan of Ptolemais. Syene (Egyptian, Souanou, Coptic, ...

Sykes, Edmund

Born at Leeds ; martyred at York Tyburn 23 March, 1586-7; was a student at the College at ...

Syllabus

( syllabos , "collection") The name given to two series of propositions containing modern ...

Sylvester Gozzolini, Saint

Founder of the Sylvestrines, b. of the noble family of the Gozzolini at Osimo, 1177; d. 26 ...

Sylvester I, Pope Saint

Date of birth unknown; d. 31 December, 335. According to the "Liber pontificalis" (ed. Duchesne, ...

Sylvester II

Reigned 999-1003; also called Gerbert. Born at or near Aurillac, Auvergne, France, about 940-950, ...

Sylvester, Bernard, of Chartres

( More properly , of Tours.) A twelfth-century philosopher of Neo-Platonic tendencies. ...

Sylvester, Order of Saint

The Order of Saint Sylvester is neither monastic nor military but a purely honorary title ...

Sylvestrines

A minor monastic order or, strictly speaking, congregation following in general the Rule of St. ...

Sylvia, Saint

(Also spelled "Sylvia"). Mother of Pope St. Gregory the Great , born about 515 (525?); died ...

Sylvius, Francis

Theologian, born at Braine-le-Comte, Hainault, Belgium, 1581; died at Douai, 22 February, ...

Symbolism

Symbolism may for our present purpose be defined to be the investing of outward things or actions ...

Symmachus the Ebionite

Author of one of the Greek versions of the Old Testament included by Origen in his Hexapla ...

Symmachus, Pope Saint

Date of birth unknown; d. 19, July, 514. According to the "Liber pontificalis" (ed. Duchesne, I, ...

Symphorian and Timotheus, Saints

Martyrs whose feast is observed on 22 August. During the pontificate of Melchiades (311-13), ...

Symphorosa, Saint

Martyred with her seven sons at Tibur (Tivoli) towards the end of the reign of Emperor Hadrian ...

Synagogue

The place of assemblage of the Jews. This article will treat of the name, origin, history, ...

Synaus

(SYNAITANSIS) A titular see in Phrygia Pacatiana, suffragan of Laodicea. Nothing is known ...

Synaxarion

( synaxarion , collection) The name of a liturgical book of the Byzantine Church. The ...

Synaxis

Synaxis ( synaxis from synago ) means gathering, assembly, reunion. It is exactly equivalent ...

Syncelli

( sygkelloi , from syn , with, and kellion , the Græcized form of the Latin cella ...

Syncretism

From sygkretizein (not from sygkerannynai .) An explanation is given by Plutarch in a ...

Synderesis

Synderesis , or more correctly synteresis , is a term used by the Scholastic theologians to ...

Syndic, Apostolic

A layman, who in the name, and by the authority, of the Holy See assumes the care and civil ...

Syndicalism

The term Syndicalism has been derived from the French syndicats , associations of workingmen ...

Synesius of Cyrene

Bishop of Ptolomais, neo-Platonist, date of birth uncertain; d. about 414. He was a younger ...

Synnada

Titular metropolis in Phrygia Salutaris. Synnada is said to have been founded by Acamas who went ...

Synod

(Greek synodos , an assembly). A general term for ecclesiastical gatherings under ...

Synods, National

According to the recent canon law, national councils are the deliberating assemblies at which all ...

Synoptics

The name given since Griesbach's time (about 1790) to the first three canonical Gospels. It is ...

Syntagma Canonum

A canonical collection made in 1335 by Blastares, a Greek monk about whose life nothing ...

Syon Monastery

Syon Monastery, Middlesex, England, founded in 1415 by King Henry V at his manor of Isleworth. ...

Syra

DIOCESE OF SYRA (SYRENSIS). A Latin diocese, suffragan of Naxos, comprising the Island of ...

Syracuse

Archdiocese of Syracuse (Syracusana) in Sicily. The city is situated upon a peninsula extending ...

Syracuse

(Syracusensis) The Diocese of Syracuse, in the State of New York, comprises the counties of ...

Syria

GEOGRAPHY AND POLITICAL DIVISIONS, ANCIENT AND MODERN A country in Western Asia, which in modern ...

Syriac Hymnody

To the general consideration set forth in the article HYMNODY AND HYMNOLOGY must be added some ...

Syriac Language and Literature

Syriac is the important branch of the group of Semitic languages known as Aramaic. In the time ...

Syrian Rite, East

Also known as the Chaldean, Assyrian, or Persian Rite. History and Origin This rite is used by ...

Syrian Rite, West

The rite used by the Jacobite sect in Syria and by the Catholic Syrians is in its origin ...

Syro-Chaldaic Rite

Also known as the Chaldean, Assyrian, or Persian Rite. History and Origin This rite is used by ...

Syro-Jacobite Liturgy

The rite used by the Jacobite sect in Syria and by the Catholic Syrians is in its origin ...

Syro-Malabar Church

An ancient body of Christians on the east and west coasts of India, claiming spiritual descent ...

Syro-Malabar Rite

Also known as the Chaldean, Assyrian, or Persian Rite. History and Origin This rite is used by ...

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Szántó, Stephan

Born in the Diocese of Raab, Hungary, 1541; died at Olmütz in 1612. On finishing his ...

Szatmár

DIOCESE OF SZATMAR (SZATMARIENSIS) Diocese in Hungary, suffragan of Eger, from which it was ...

Sze-Ch'wan (Eastern)

Vicariate Apostolic of Eastern Sze-Ch'wan The mission of Eastern Sze-ch'wan was separated from ...

Sze-Ch'wan (North-western)

Vicariate Apostolic of North-western Sze-Ch'wan The mission of North-eastern Sze-ch'wan includes ...

Sze-Ch'wan (Southern)

Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Sze-Ch'wan On 24 January, 1860, the mission of Southern ...

Szentiványi, Martin

Born at Szentivàn, 20 October, 1633; died at Nagy-Szombàt (Tyrnau), 5 March, 1708. ...

Szepes

(SZEPES; SCEPUSIENSIS). A diocese in Hungary, suffragan of Agria (Eger), founded by Maria ...

Szujski, Joseph

Born at Tarnow, 1835; d. at Cracow, 1883. He studied at Tarnow, then at Cracow (1854) and at ...

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