Bishop and counselor to the Danish royal house. Originally an Anglo-Saxon priest, he served as chaplain to King Canute of Scandinavia (r. 1014-1035) and went with him to Denmark. Once there, he served as a missionary among the pagans and was appointed bishop of Roeskilde on Zeeland Island. As bishop, he publicly rebuked King Sven Estridsen (r. 1047-1074) for his execution of several men without trial and for a dissolute lifestyle Nevertheless, both the king and William worked well together to promote political and religious unity and to further the Christian cause. William died while taking part in the funeral procession of the king. He has never been formally canonized, although he was traditionally venerated in Danish churches.
It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical experiences God gave this saint, rather than on her life. In fact, it would be difficult to do differently, so overwhelming were those gifts from God. ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Saint Katharine Drexel, Religious (Feast Day-March 3) Born in 1858, into a prominent Philadelphia family, Katharine became imbued with love for God and neighbor. She took an avid interest in the material and spiritual well-being of black and native Americans. She began ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
John Gonzales de Castrillo was born at Sahagun, Leon Spain. He was educated by the Benedictine monks of Fagondez monastery there and when twenty, received a canonry from the bishop of Burgos, though ... continue reading
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During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of California.' Once that happens, the Golden State will have its own patron saint and the Church will have another great missionary role ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes