As a student of the cathedral school of Chartres, France, Gerard, a native of Mantois, studied under the monk Herbert, a convert from Judaism, and (Saint) Fulbert, the future bishop of Chartres. When subsequently Herbert was sent from his own monastery of Saint Peter to restore the abbey of Lagny, Gerard entered the latter religious community, receiving the habit from Herbert. Herbert later sent Gerard to found the monastery of Crepy-en-Valois. Subsequently appointed abbot of Fontenelle (Saint-Wandrille) Abbey, Gerard manifested a deep fidelity to his monastic state and great administrative skills. But one monk in the community so bitterly resented Gerard's observance of the rule and his valiant opposition to a tyrannical nobleman that he murdered the abbot as he was sleeping. Gerard's death was seen by the monks of Fontenelle as a martyrdom "because he died for the truth."
Saints Joaquin (sometimes spelled "Joachim," pronounced "wal-keem") and Anne, are the parents of the Virgin Mary. There are no mentions of them in the Bible or Gospels, what we know comes from ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Kateri Tekakwitha is the first Native American to be recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church. She was born in 1656, in the Mohawk village of Ossernenon. Her mother was an Algonquin, who was captured by the Mohawks and who took a Mohawk chief for her ... 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
Juan Diego was born in 1474 in the calpulli or ward of Tlayacac in Cuauhtitlan, which was established in 1168 by Nahua tribesmen and conquered by the Aztec lord Axayacatl in 1467; and was located 20 kilometers (14 miles) north of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City). On ... continue reading
FRANCIS XAVIER, ST. (1506-1552). Born in the family castle of Xavier, near Pamplona in the Basque area of Spanish Navarre on Apr. 7, he was sent to the University of Paris 1525, secured his licentiate in 1528, met Ignatius Loyola and became one of the seven who 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