Delphina was born at Chateau Puy Michel, Languedoc, France. She married St. Elzear when both were sixteen and lived a life of personal piety with him that caused them to be considered an ideal married couple. She accompanied Elzear to Naples in 1317 and became a companion to Queen Sanchia, a position she continued after the death of her husband on a diplomatic mission to Paris in 1323. When Queen Sanchia's husband, King Robert, died, the queen became a nun at a Poor Clare monastery in Naples, and Delphina remained with her until her death, when she returned to Provence. She gave most of her wealth to the poor and lived as a recluse, at first at Carbrieres and then at Apt. She died in 1360 and was buried with her husband at Apt. An old tradition says that both St. Elzear and Blessed Delphina were members of the Third Order of St. Francis, and they are therefore particularly venerated by the Franciscans; in their supplement to the Martyrology, Blessed Delphina is named on December 9, though she appears to have died on November 26th.
Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding Pope St. Anastasius I, on December 22, 401. During Innocent's pontificate, he emphasized papal supremacy, commending the bishops of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. ... 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
Francis was born at Paola, Italy and was educated at the Franciscan friary of San Marco there, and when fifteen became a hermit near Paola. In 1436, he and two companions began a community that is ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes