Gennadius was a monk and subsequently abbot of the Spanish monastery of San Pedro de Montes at Vierzo. Thereafter he was consecrated bishop of Astorga. Gennadius served in the episcopate for about thirty-five years before resigning his office to spend the end of his life at the Vierzo monastery. He was remembered for his deep piety and for his total dedication to serving God and saving souls. In a will he composed in 915, Gennadius petitions the Apostle Saint Peter, patron of the Vierzo monastery, in these words: "And therefore, until the Shepherd of shepherds shall have appeared, until he shall have come in the glory of majesty...I beseech that you shall intercede to the perfect King, that mercy may excel judgment, and I may be carried over from the left hand and the goats, to the flocks at the right, clothed in the fleece of the Lamb." Over the centuries, Gennadius has been invoked by those suffering from fevers.
Miguel Jose Serra was born on the island of Majorca on November 24, 1713, and took the name of Junipero when in 1730, he entered the Franciscan Order. Ordained in 1737, he taught philosophy and ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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. 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 ... 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