John Duckett, of Underwinder, England, journeyed to the continent to study for the priesthood. As a seminarian at the English College of Douai, France, he gave much time to mental prayer, spending entire nights in contemplation. Four years after his ordination, Father Duckett was assigned to return to England. In preparation for his dangerous mission there, he spent two months in spiritual exercises at a Carthusian monastery in Belgium. On July 2, 1644, only a year after returning to England, Father Duckett was arrested by the Puritan authorities while en route to a baptism. The holy oils and the book of sacraments found in his possession were considered "incriminating" evidence. He and a fellow priest, (Blessed) Ralph Corby, were condemned to death for their priesthood. Father Duckett's joy in accepting his grim fate so impressed his jailers that they commented, "Assuredly this man dies for a good cause." At his execution, Father Duckett told a Protestant minister who stood ready to lecture him, "Sir, I come not hither to be taught my faith, but to die for the profession of it."
One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. He was born at Dufton, at Westmoreland, England, and studied at Oxford. Becoming a Catholic in 1576, he went to Reims and received ordination in 1581. ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Mary, also known as St. Mary the Virgin, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Mary, Mary Mother of God or the Virgin Mary is believed by many to be the greatest of all Christian saints. The Virgin Mother "was, after her Son, exalted by divine grace above all angels and ... 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
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to ... continue reading
When Sulpicius Severus first met Martin of Tours he was stunned. Not only did the bishop offer him hospitality at his residence -- a monk's cell in the wilderness instead of a palace -- but Martin washed Sulpicius' hands before dinner and his feet in the evening. But ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes