Born in Carsoli, Italy, Peter served as a preacher in his native region for two years. His biographer identifies him only as a cleric. It can be inferred from his preaching apostolate that he was either a priest or a deacon. Some responded well to Peterís words, while others rejected him. There were even listeners who despised his admonitions so bitterly that they struck him in the face. One night as Peter slept, he saw in a vision the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Christ Child, both of whom placed a golden apple upon his mouth. The Blessed Mother then placed a lily-topped staff in Peterís hand, and instructed him to go out beyond his native region to complete the preaching apostolate he had begun. Inspired by this vision, he embarked for Subiaco, where he undertook the instruction of the peasants there and in the vicinity of Lake Fucino. While still young, Peter died at Trevi.
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Irish abbess and disciple of St. Abban. When St. Abban founded a convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork, Ireland, Gobnata was placed in charge. A well there bears her name. continue readingMore Female Saints
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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
Peregrine Laziosi was born of a wealthy family at Forli, Italy, in 1260. As a youth he was active in politics as a member of the anti-papal party. During one uprising, which the Pope sent St. Philip ... 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