The priest Hildemar, of Tournai, Belgium, migrated to England, where he served as a chaplain in the court of the Norman king William the Conqueror. Following the king’s death in 1087, Hildemar and a fellow priest of William’s court named Cuno embarked on a series of pilgrimages that nurtured in them a desire to withdraw from the world. The two priests returned to the continent to live as hermits in the forest of Arrouaise, in the region of Artois, France. Here they made the acquaintance of a hermit named Roger. As others came to join them in their eremitical life, the cluster of hermitages gradually became a religious community, and Hildemar was elected their abbot. But there was one religious who came to resent Hildemar’s admonitions and reprimands so bitterly that he turned violent, stabbing the hermit Roger and severely beating Hildemar. The abbot was so gravely wounded by the attack that several months later he died from his injuries.
Miguel Jose Serra was born on the island of Majorca on November 24, 1713, and took the name of Junipero when in 1730, he entered the Franciscan Order. Ordained in 1737, he taught philosophy and ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Irish abbess and disciple of St. Abban. When St. Abban founded a convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork, Ireland, Gobnata was placed in charge. A well there bears her name. 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
St. Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her baptismal name was Alexandrina, but she took the name of Catherine upon entering religion. From her earliest infancy she manifested a great love of ... 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