The son of a very poor family, Justino Orona Madrigal, of Atoyac, Mexico, was ordained a priest at the age of twenty-seven after having interrupted his seminary studies for several years to work in support of his parents. A dedicated pastor, he founded a religious congregation for the care of orphans and other needy children, the Claretian Brothers of the Sacred Heart. As the anti-Catholic Mexican government was intensifying its persecution of the Church, Father Orona was advised to flee, to which he replied, "I am here with my people, live or die." To continue serving his parishioners, he had to go into hiding, taking refuge at a nearby ranch together with the assistant priest of his parish, (Saint) Atilano Cruz Alvarado. Here the two priests said the rosary together and discussed their plans for continuing their pastoral labors. At dawn on July 1, 1928, forty government troops stormed the ranch house. Opening the door of his room to the invaders, Father Orona bravely shouted, "Long live Christ the King!" Instantly the soldiers gunned him down.
Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometres from Cracow, on May 18, 1920. He was the second of two sons ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Genevieve was born about the year 422, at Nanterre near Paris. She was seven years old when St. Germain of Auxerre came to her native village on his way to great Britain to combat the heresy of Pelagius. The child stood in the midst of a crowd gathered around the ... 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
St. Leo the Great was born in Tuscany. As deacon, he was dispatched to Gaul as a mediator by Emperor Valentinian III. He reigned as Pope between 440 and 461. He persuaded Emperor Valentinian to recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome in an edict in 445. The ... continue reading
Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill health prevented his entering the Order, and he served as a secular ... continue reading
By Billy Atwell
In the face of the current "witch-hunts" endured by some of our Bishops, let us remember a hero on October 17, the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch. St. Ignatius of Antioch is a bishop and martyr of the Church who died in the year 107. He was torn ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes