From the age of eight, Dolores Rodriguez Sopena, of Velez-Rubio, Spain, suffered from poor eyesight. Subsequently, the appointment of Dolores’ father to the office of judge brought her into the company of high society at the age of seventeen. But disillusioned by the empty vanity of the social functions she attended, Dolores turned her heart to the care of the sick, nursing a leper and two victims of typhoid fever. In the years that followed, she devoted herself to catechizing, teaching, and nursing the needy, eventually founding a lay catechetical apostolate that she named the “Work of the Doctrines.” At the age of fifty-two, a year after making a pilgrimage to Rome, Dolores founded and became the first mother superior of a new religious congregation, the Ladies of the Catechetical Institute, as the consecrated counterpart to her original lay association. She died on January 10, 1918. Her congregation is now known as the Sopena Catechetical Institute.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin (Feast day November 13) St. Frances was born in Lombardi, Italy in 1850, one of thirteen children. At eighteen, she desired to become a Nun, but poor health stood in her way. She helped her parents until their death, and then worked ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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 Deacon Keith Fournier