William Carter, a married bookseller, established his own printing press in London to publish Catholic literature for England's persecuted Catholic population. Continuously in danger from the Elizabethan authorities, he is said to have done his printing with a press so small that he could produce no more than one page at a time, and sometimes had to resort to copying books by hand. Previously he had assisted the imprisoned Catholic cleric, Nicholas Harpsfield (remembered for his biography of Saint Thomas More). William's publication work led to his imprisonment in the Tower of London. In a futile effort to obtain names from him, his captors tortured him on a rack, questioning him about several chalices and vestments that had been entrusted to him for safekeeping, and about the books found in his possession, which contained Catholic prayers, meditations, and spiritual exercises. At his trial, as the jury was deliberating, William received the sacrament of penance from a priest who was also facing a likely death sentence. William was executed the next day.
St. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. He was a dedicated but impetuous follower of Christ. When Jesus said He was returning to Judea to visit His sick friend Lazarus, Thomas ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary's father and mother come to us through legend ... 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
Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill ... continue reading
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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