Humbert was born at Romans, near Valence, France. He studied at Paris, where he received his doctorate in law, joined the Dominicans in 1224, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and on his return in 1240, was elected provincial of the Roman province of the Dominicans. He was elected provincial of France in 1244, and in 1254 became the fifth master general of the Dominicans. He approved a final revision of the Dominican Liturgy, promoted education, and was active in clerical reformation. He resigned his generalate at a general chapter in London in 1263, retired to the priory of Valence, emerged briefly at the request of Pope Clement IV to settle a dispute among the Cistercians, and died at Valence on July 14. He wrote several treatises, among them Treatise on Preaching, the fruit of his success as a preacher. Though called Blessed by some authorities, his cult has never been formally approved.
Simon Peter or Cephas, the first pope, Prince of the Apostles, and founder, with St. Paul, of the see of Rome. Peter was a native of Bethsaida, near Lake Tiberias, the son of John, and worked, like ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Brigid was probably born at Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick, with whom she developed a close friendship. According to legend, her father was Dubhthach, an Irish chieftain of Lienster, and her mother, Brocca, was a slave ... 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
Juan Diego was born in 1474 in the calpulli or ward of Tlayacac in Cuauhtitlan, which was established in 1168 by Nahua tribesmen and conquered by the Aztec lord Axayacatl in 1467; and was located 20 ... 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