A native of Vilamaniscle, Spain, Father Julio Junyer Padern was a Salesian priest known for his zealous and energetic dedication to his priestly duties. He provided spiritual direction to numerous religious of the various congregations dispersed by the Spanish Civil War. It was Father Junyer's very active apostolate that exposed him to the danger of being arrested by the forces of the anti-Catholic Popular Front. For a time, he took refuge with two other Catholic "fugitives" in the home of a sympathetic Catholic woman in Gerona. Eventually, Father Junyer was captured and condemned to death under the false charges of espionage and high treason. He was brought to a fortress at Montjuic to be executed there. Just before dying on April 26, 1938, Father Junyer blessed the marriage of a couple condemned to die with him.
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 ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
She is called "the Penitent". St. Mary was given the name 'Magdalen' because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. St. Luke records that she was a notorious ... 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. Stephen the Great (977-1038), was the son of the Magyar chieftain Geza, Stephen succeeded him as leader in 997. Already raised a Christian, in 996 he wed the daughter of Duke Henry II of Bavaria ... 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