Robert Sutton, of Burton-on-Trent, England (as distinguished from another beatified English martyr of the same name from Kegworth), an Anglican minister, was converted to the Catholic faith by his younger brother William. Thereafter, Robert studied for the priesthood at Douai, France, together with another of his brothers, Abraham. The two were ordained together, celebrated their first Masses on the same day, and returned to England together. The third brother, William, entered the Jesuit Order. Father Robert Sutton served in Staffordshire from 1578 until his arrest in 1585. After being banished from the country, he secretly returned. Captured a second time, Father Sutton was sentenced to death for his priesthood and suffered execution by drawing and quartering. His brother, Father Abraham Sutton, rescued a portion of Robertís body, including a thumb presently kept as a relic at Stonyhurst College.
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
St. Christina was the daughter of a rich and powerful magistrate named Urbain. Her father, who was deep in the practices of heathenism, had a number of golden idols, which our saint destroyed, and distributed the pieces among the poor. Infuriated by this act, Urbain ... 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
St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violent tempered. His mother Lived with them and was equally ... continue reading
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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