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.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Although we have evidence that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr. In the legend of her life, we are told that she belonged to a rich, important ... 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
In St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (Feast day - April 28) The protomartyr of the South Seas, St. Peter Chanel was born in 1803 at Clet in the diocese of Belley, France. His intelligence and ... 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