At the age of six, Caterina Cittadini, of Bergamo, Italy, was taken into an orphanage together with her younger sister Giuditta after losing her mother and being abandoned by her father. Here she developed a deep spiritual life marked by devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to her guardian angel, and to her patron saint. At the age of twenty-one, having earned a teaching diploma, Caterina left the orphanage. Thereafter, she and her sister settled in the village of Somasca, where they began a Catholic girls’ school and actively participated in the liturgical life, religious instruction, and confraternities of the parish church. Caterina expanded her labors to educate orphans and girls from other villages. The students in turn disseminated the religious and moral principles that Caterina had instilled in them. In 1840 Caterina suffered the sudden loss of her beloved sister, who had so closely collaborated with her. It was shortly after Caterina’s own death in 1857 that her petitions for the transformation of her educational institute into a religious congregation were granted with the formal recognition of the Ursuline Sisters of Somasca.
Augustinian bishop. Born at Fuentellana, Castile, Spain, he was the son of a miller. He studied at the University of Alcala, earned a licentiate in theology, and became a professor there at the age ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
With the lives of so many early martyrs shrouded in legend, we are fortunate to have the record of the courage of Perpetua and Felicity from the hand of Perpetua herself, her teacher Saturus, and others who knew them. This account, known as "The Martyrdom of ... 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
Born in 1245 in Sant'Angelo, St. Nicholas of Tolentino took his name from St. Nicholas of Myra, at whose shrine his parents prayed to have a child. Nicholas became a monk at 18, and seven years ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes