Father James Nam served in his native Vietnam as an affiliate of the Paris-based Society for Foreign Missions. During the ongoing persecution of Catholics under the emperor Minh Mang, Father Nam was sheltered in the home of a Vietnamese Catholic farmer, Anthony Dich Nguyen. Pagan officials arrested Father Nam and Anthony, together with the Catholic village chief, Michael My Huy Nguyen, identified as Anthony's son-in-law (according to one source--other sources differ). To an official who urged him to deny his faith, Father Nam replied, "I have advised the faithful to stay firm with their belief. How can I reject it now?" The judges urged the village chief Michael to renounce his faith out of consideration for the welfare of his young family. Michael answered: "I love my family, of course, but I believe that if I die now, I will be able to meet them again in heaven." Afterwards, Michael's wife and daughter visited him in prison to encourage him in his profession of faith. Father Nam, Anthony, and Michael were executed by beheading.
Called "Abuna" or "the father' of Ethiopia, sent to that land by St. Athanasius. Frumentius was born in Tyre, Lebanon. While on a voyage in the Red Sea with St. Aedesius, possibly his brother, only ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Bridget arrived in Ireland a few years after St. Patrick. Her father was an Irish lord named Duptace. As Bridget grew up, she became holier and more pious each day. She loved the poor and would often bring food and clothing to them. One day she gave away a ... 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
The holy men and women are also called the "Protomartyrs of Rome." They were accused of burning Rome by Nero , who burned Rome to cover his own crimes. Some martyrs were burned as living torches at evening banquets, some crucified, others were fed to wild animals. ... continue reading
Lazarus is the poor man at the gate of the rich man in Christ's parable related in Luke. (Luke 16:19-31) His name was perpetuated in the Middle Ages by such words as Lazaretto (hospital), Lazarone (a beggar in the street), and the Order of St. Lazarus, which though a ... 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