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.
Nothing is known of St. James the Greater's early life, though it has been established that he is the son of Zebedee and Salome and brother of John the disciple. The title "the Greater" was added to ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Saint Emma, also known as Emma of Lesum, or Emma of Stiepel, lived in the city that is Bremen today. She is the first female inhabitant of the city to be known by name. Emma lived in the early 11th century, and was born into the Immedinger family. The Immedingers were ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
Saint Birgitta was the daughter of Uppland's Lagman, Birger Petersson and his wife, Ingeborg, who was a member of the same clan as the reigning family. Birgitta's family was pious; her father went to confession every Friday and made long and arduous pilgrimages as far ... continue reading
St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Feast day-July 15) St. Bonaventure, known as "the seraphic doctor," was born at Bagnorea in Tuscany, in 1221. He received the name of Bonaventure in consequence of an exclamation of St. Francis of Assisi, when, in ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes