1782-1861, Born in Aix, Provence, France on Aug. 1, he was obliged to flee to Italy during the French Revolution and was ordained in 1811 at Amiens. He engaged in pastoral activities in Aix, became interested in missionary work, and in 1816 founded the institute which in 1826 was approved by Pope Leo XII as the Cong. of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and of which he remained superior general until his death. In 1832 he was approinted titular bishop of Icosium and in 1837 bishop of Marseilles, where he restored ecclesiastical discipline and became noted for his defense of the papacy against the attacks of Gallicanists and civil authorities. He endorsed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, was made a peer and died in Marseilles, France on May 21.
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
The Mother, of God, Mother of Jesus, wife of St. Joseph, and the greatest of all Christian saints. The Virgin Mother “was, after her Son, exalted by divine grace above all angels and men”. Mary is venerated with a special cult, called by St. Thomas Aquinas, ... continue readingMore Female Saints
St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading
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
Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill ... 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