As a young seminarian, Pedro Ruiz, of Mora, Spain, joined the “Diocesan Worker Priests,” a priestly fraternity, founded in 1883, devoted to the fostering of vocations to the priesthood and the formation of seminarians. In 1905, Pedro was ordained a priest at the age of twenty-three. Over the years that followed, he authored several books on priestly formation and served on the faculties of four Spanish seminaries. For six years (1927-1933) Father Ruiz served as rector of the Pontifical Spanish College in Rome. In 1933, he became general director of the Diocesan Worker Priests. On July 23, 1936, Father Ruiz was in Toledo to found a new religious congregation for women, the Disciples of Jesus, dedicated to fostering vocations, when he was arrested by forces of the anti-Catholic Popular Front. Later that same day, he was shot to death in the street together with a fellow member of the Diocesan Worker Priests, Father Jose Sala Pico, rector of Toledo’s minor seminary.
Archbishop and "the First Martyr of Canterbury." He was born in 953 and became a monk in the Deerhurst Monastery in Gloucester, England, asking after a few years to become a hermit. He received ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in a small Italian town near Lucca. At a very young age, Gemma developed a love for prayer. She made her First Communion on June 17, 1887. As a pupil at the school run by the Sisters of St. Zita, Gemma was loved by her teachers ... 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
Carmelite Latinpatriarch and papal legate. Peter was born in Gascony, France and joined the Carmelites while still a young man. In 1342 he was appointed procurator of the order and, from Avignon, he ... 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