Augustus was born at Mittelbronn, Lorraine in 1822. He joined the Society of Foreign Missionaries in Paris, was sent to Tongking (now Vietnam), Indochina, in 1848, and soon learned enough of the language to hear confessions and give simple instructions. In 1851, owing to political disturbances, a persecution of Christians broke out. Father Schoffler was arrested on March 1 and, although he was not tortured he must have suffered terribly from the great wooden frame (cang) around his neck and the fetters which confined his limbs, not to speak of the vermin and of the company in the common prison into which he was thrown. His execution (beheading) was attended with much parade, but the martyr's courage and bearing impressed even his enemies. He was beatified in 1900 and canonized in 1988 with the Martyrs of Indo-China.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Empress mother of Constantine the Great. She was a native of Bithynia, who married the then Roman general Constantius I Chlorus about 270. Constantine was born soon after, and in 293, Constantius was made Caesar, or junior emperor. He divorced Helena to marry co ... 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
Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. When he was about seventeen, he became very ill. He promised to be a Franciscan if he would get better. But ... 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