At the age of twenty-five, Peter Gambacorta fled from his privileged place in the court life of Pisa, Italy to live as a hermit on the slopes of Mount Bello. In this he was undoubtedly influenced by the example of his younger sister, (Blessed) Clare, who as a young widow had left home to become a Dominican nun. On Mount Bello, Peter soon established a religious community, accepting as his followers twelve men said to have been former robbers that he had converted from a life of crime. Peter’s religious congregation became known as the Hermits of Saint Jerome, for which he composed a rule that prescribed frequent fasts and two hours of nocturnal private prayer following the midnight recitation of the office of Matins. Peter himself observed a rigorous personal regimen of prayer that included the threefold repetition of the penitential psalms 51 (the Miserere) and 130 (the De profundis), and the Marian hymn, Salve Regina (“Hail, Holy Queen”).
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 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
Isidore was literally born into a family of saints in sixth century Spain. Two of his brothers, Leander and Fulgentius, and one of his sisters, Florentina, are revered as saints in Spain. It was also ... 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