Orphaned at the age of seven, Asteria Annunciata Cocchetti, of Rovato, Italy, was raised by her pious grandmother. At the age of seventeen, she opened in her grandmother's home a school for needy girls. When six years later her grandmother died, Annunciata had to leave her native village and the school she had founded to live with her uncle in Milan. Having repeatedly attended parish missions that instilled in her a zeal for holiness and the salvation of souls, Annunciata at the age of thirty-one accepted a teaching position at a Catholic girls' school in Cemmo, with the encouragement of her spiritual director. Seeing her life-long vocation in this assignment, Annunciata subsequently founded a religious congregation dedicated to the education of girls, the Sisters of Saint Dorothy of Cemmo. She and her congregation also regularly hosted retreats for young women according to the "Spiritual Exercises" of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Mother Annunciata advised the sisters under her, "Become saints by doing good to the girls entrusted to you."
"Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique statement in John's gospel tells us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha, her sister, and her brother. Apparently ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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 her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated ... 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
Ansgar was born of a noble family near Amiens. He became a monk at Old Corbie monastery in Picardy and later at New Corbie in Westphalia. He accompanied King Harold to Denmark when the exiled ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes