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."
St. Rosalia, daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Roses and Quisquina, was a descendant of the great Charlemagne. She was born at Palermo in Sicily. In her youth, her heart turned from earthly vanities to ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children. In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed ... 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
When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
Over the centuries, the Jesuits have been relied upon by Popes as trustworthy, heroic soldiers for Jesus Christ and His Church. Yes, there have been times when the company seemed to lose its fervor. However, Jesus Christ the King has always sent His Spirit to ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes