On September 23, 1589, three English seminarians, Richard Hill, John Hogg, and Richard Holiday, all natives of Yorkshire, were ordained to the priesthood together in Laon, France. In March of 1590, they embarked for England together with a fourth priest, (Blessed) Edmund Duke (commemorated in the May 2004 Magnificat), in order to minister to their Catholic countrymen suffering persecution under Queen Elizabeth I. As the four were traveling across northern England, they were arrested and sent to a prison in Durham. Here, they ably refuted several Protestant ministers who had come to debate with them. All four priests were sentenced to death by hanging, drawing, and quartering. At their execution, four criminals condemned to die with them professed the Catholic faith before dying. There was so much sympathy for the martyrs among the onlookers that virtually no one shouted the customary salute, "God save the queen," as the priests' severed heads were shown to the crowd. Two Protestant onlookers, Robert Maire and his wife Grace, were so moved by the priests' courage that they both became Catholics.
Nothing is known of St. James the Greater's early life, though it has been established that he is the son of Zebedee and Salome and brother of John the disciple. The title "the Greater" was added to ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
The remarkable woman who would be known as Mother Theresa began life named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, she was the youngest child born to Nikola and Drane Bojaxhiu, Receiving her First Communion at the age of five, she was confirmed in ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
Widow of Palestine who rescued the remains of St. Varus, martyred in some earlier persecution. She enshrined the saint's remains in her home in Dera, in Syria. When a church was dedicated to St. Varus, Cleopatra's young son died, and the saint miraculously came to ... continue reading
The foremost Greek hymnographer, known as "the Melodist" because of the thousand compositions which are attributed to him. A native of Syria, he was of Jewish descent and became a deacon in the church at Berytus and then a priest in Constantinople. He soon acquired a ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes