As a child, Nicholas Puglia, of Giovenazzo, Italy, was both pious and studious. At the age of twenty, while studying in Bologna, he heard Saint Dominic preach. Nicholas was so moved by this sermon that as soon as Dominic exited the pulpit, he went to ask of him admission into his Order of Friars Preachers. As a Dominican novice, Nicholas exhibited an exceptional determination to make steady, daily progress in the spiritual life. As a Dominican priest, he obtained through his prayers and words the return of numerous sinners to the sacraments and the conversion of many Jews to the Catholic faith. He was particularly efficacious in his apostolic labors across the Italian regions of Bari and Apulia. Nicholas served two terms as provincial of the Dominicans’ Roman province. Near the end of his life, he obtained permission to withdraw from his heretofore very active ministry in order to devote his remaining time fully to prayer, in preparation for his approaching death.
Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his ... 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
This American saint was born in Bohemia in 1811. He was looking forward to being ordained in 1835 when the bishop decided there would be no more ordinations. It is difficult for us to imagine now, ... 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