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John Thules, of Whalley, England, was ordained a priest in Rome around the age of twenty-four. Returning to England, he served his country’s persecuted Catholics for over twenty years. In Lancashire, he was arrested by the Protestant authorities and imprisoned with a Catholic weaver, Roger Wrenno. Father Thules converted four thieves imprisoned with them. The priest and Roger were sentenced to death for their faith. After Father Thules had been executed by drawing and quartering, Roger was placed in the noose to begin his execution, but the rope broke, sending him tumbling to the ground, still alive. The sheriff immediately offered him a second chance to escape death if he would agree to deny his faith. But instead, Roger, who had apparently experienced a supernatural vision, ran to the scaffold ladder and eagerly scaled it, telling the sheriff, “If you had seen that which I have just now seen, you would be as much in haste to die as I am now.” He was thereupon hung.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. ... 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
St. John was born at Capistrano, Italy in 1385, the son of a former German knight in that city. He studied law at the University of Perugia and practiced as a lawyer in the courts of Naples. King ... 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