Foundress of the Sisterhood of Christian Schools of Mercy. She was born on November 28 in 1756 in Barfleur, France, baptized Julia Frances Catherine. At the age of eighteen, she opened a school for girls in Barfleur. The French Revolution closed the schools, and Marie Magdalen sheltered fugitive priests until 1801, when Napoleon and the Holy See signed the famous Concordat which the emperor soon violated. In 1807, Marie Magdalen and three companions took vows before Abbe Cabart, starting the congregation. In 1815, the institute settled in Tamersville, France, and Mary Magdalen obtained the abbey of St. Sauveur le Vicomte. She died on July 16 there, venerated for her holiness and miracles. She was canonized in 1925.
Bishop of Arles, France, and friend and relative of St. Honoratus. He was born to a noble family in Lorraine and was successful, although he gave up his secular career to join St. Honoratus at Lerins ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Famed visionary of Lourdes, baptized Mary Bernard. She was born in Lourdes, France, on January 7, 1844, the daughter of Francis and Louise Soubirous. Bernadette, a severe asthma sufferer, lived in abject poverty. On February 11, 1858, she was granted a vision of the ... 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
Hugh of Lincoln was the son of William, Lord of Avalon. He was born at Avalon Castle in Burgundy and was raised and educated at a convent at Villard-Benoit after his mother died when he was eight. He ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar
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