Maria Repetto, of Voltaggio, Italy, was one of five girls in her family to enter religious life. At the age of twenty-two, she entered the Genoa convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge. Having asked to be assigned only to tasks within her convent, she served as a seamstress, washerwoman, infirmarian, and portress. The latter office afforded her the opportunity to comfort and counsel the many poor who came to the door. Often she gave visitors holy cards of Saint Joseph, to whom she was especially devoted. Through his intercession she obtained numerous conversions and physical cures. Sister Maria spent much time, and even whole nights, praying before the Blessed Sacrament. On many mornings, she was discovered kneeling on the front step of the altar after a night of adoration. Her zeal for reverent liturgical celebrations and beautifully adorned churches prompted her to assist in providing poor parishes with fitting liturgical furnishings. On her deathbed, Sister Maria uttered as her final words the beginning of the Marian Easter antiphon, Regina Caeli: "O Queen of heaven, rejoice. Alleluia!"
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
Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called "Poor Clares." When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So ... 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
Alvarez was born in either Lisbon, Portugal, or Cordova, Spain. He entered the Dominican convent at Cordova in 1368. He became known for his preaching prowess in Spain and Italy, was confessor and ... 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