As the only child of a widowed mother, Mary Josephine Caroline Brader, of Kaltbrunn, Switzerland, excelled in school, meanwhile developing a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. At the age of twenty, she entered a cloistered convent of Third Order Franciscan nuns, taking the name Mary Caritas. When several years later the bishop of Portoviejo, Ecuador appealed to her convent for volunteers to work as missionary sisters in his diocese, Sister Caritas eagerly offered herself, and was sent to Ecuador with five others. Experiencing first hand the Ecuadorians' need for missionary laborers, she thereafter founded a new missionary congregation of her own, the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate. Stressing that for each nun of her congregation "the more intense and visible her external activity, the deeper and more fervent her interior life must be," she obtained permission to begin the practice of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in her convents. She also taught her sisters to "see God's will in everything" and to respect bishops and priests. Mother Caritas died on February 27, 1943.
St. Bernardino Realino was born into a noble family of Capri, Italy in 1530. After receiving a thorough and devout Christian education at the hands of his mother, he went on to study medicine at the ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Although we have evidence that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr. In the legend of her life, we are told that she belonged to a rich, important ... 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
Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. When he was about seventeen, he became very ill. He promised to be a Franciscan if he would get better. But ... 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