After escaping from an Elizabethan prison, the English priests Thomas Hunt, of Norfolk, and Thomas Sprott, of Skelsmergh, resumed their secret apostolate to the country's persecuted Catholics. But soon afterward, the inn where Fathers Hunt and Sprott were staying was raided by officers looking for robbers. Upon searching the two fugitives' belongings, the officials discovered two breviaries and holy oils, arousing the suspicion that the two were priests. Fathers Hunt and Sprott admitted to having been Catholics from their infancy, but refused to say whether they were priests. Their profession of papal primacy led to their arrest. At their trial, where they were summarily condemned to death for being priests, Fathers Hunt and Sprott were subjected to a barrage of polemics from Protestant ministers. The priests refuted the ministers' arguments so ably that they began to win the sympathy of the onlookers, leading the magistrates to order an end to the debate. Both priests were executed by drawing and quartering.
On December 16, there is named in the Roman Martyrology and in certain Irish calendars a Saint Bean in Ireland, who had been confused with the St. Bean whose feast is still observed in the Scottish ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Saints Joaquin (sometimes spelled "Joachim," pronounced "wal-keem") and Anne, are the parents of the Virgin Mary. There are no mentions of them in the Bible or Gospels, what we know comes from Catholic legend and the Gospel of James, which is an unsanctioned, ... 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
John Gonzales de Castrillo was born at Sahagun, Leon Spain. He was educated by the Benedictine monks of Fagondez monastery there and when twenty, received a canonry from the bishop of Burgos, though he already had several benefices. He was ordained in 1445; concerned ... continue reading
In the year 1400, a young man came to the door of the largest hospital in Siena. A plague was raging through the city so horrible that as many as twenty people died each day just in the hospital alone. And many of the people who died were those who were needed to tend ... 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