At the age of twenty-six, Mark Fantucci, of Bologna, Italy, the university-educated sole heir to a family fortune, renounced a promising future in the world to become a friar of the Franciscan Observants. He received the friars' habit at the age of twenty-six on the feast day of his patron saint, Mark the Evangelist. As a Franciscan priest, Father Mark moved so many sinners to conversion that he was granted permission to preach outside the particular Franciscan province to which he belonged.He served three terms as vicar general of the Franciscan Observants, renewing the faithful, exact observance of the Franciscan rule. He vigorously opposed a Bosnian king's plan to force his subjects to pay a tithe for the Franciscan friaries. It was while giving Lenten sermons in Piacenza in 1479 that Father Mark fell sick with his final illness. Humbly calling himself "a great sinner," he asked the superior of the Franciscan friary near Piacenza to lodge him. He died soon afterward during Holy Week.
Cofounder of the Barnabites. Born in 1502 in Cremona, Italy, Anthony became a medical doctor. In 1528 he was ordained a priest and cofounded the Barnabites, the religious congregation so called ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children. In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed ... 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
† Franciscan missionary and traveler. Born Odoric Mattiussi at Villanova, near Pordenone, Italy, he entered the Franciscans in 1300 and became a hermit. After several years, he took to preaching ... 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