Father William Ireland, of Lincolnshire, England, was one of several Jesuit priests falsely accused of plotting against King Charles II by Titus Oates, a former Jesuit student intent upon revenge after being expelled from several Jesuit colleges. On the basis of Oates’ perjury, Father Ireland was condemned to death. After being brought to the London execution site of Tyburn, Father Ireland told the onlookers, “As for the Catholics that are here, we desire their prayers for a happy passage into a better world… And as for all our enemies, we earnestly desire that God would pardon them… and so I beseech all good people to pray for us and with us.” He was put to death by drawing and quartering together with a layman, Blessed John Grove. Following their execution, those gathering Father Ireland’s mutilated remains discovered a humanly inexplicable phenomenon: on one lung of the martyred priest was found a miraculously formed exact portrait of him. Moreover, several Protestants as well as Catholics experienced miraculous cures wrought through the devout use of handkerchiefs that had been dipped in Father Ireland’s blood.
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to ... 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
Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181. In 1182, Pietro Bernardone returned from a trip to France to find out his wife had given birth to a son. Far from being excited or ... 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