A native of Modena, Italy, Mark was a priest of the Dominican Order, becoming known across northern Italy as a holy and efficacious preacher. Miracles were attributed to his intercession in his lifetime, and particularly during his tenure as prior of the Dominican friary of Pesaro. In one instance a distraught mother brought her deceased three or four-year-old son to beg the friar’s prayers for the boy. After praying as the mother had asked, Mark took the child’s hand and said to him, “John Baptist, arise in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” The boy thereupon came to life and was returned to his mother. Some years after Mark of Modena’s death, as his relics were being transferred, all the people present for the occasion perceived a beautiful fragrance and heard the church bells begin to ring of their own accord.
Francesco, named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, was born to Giuseppa and Grazio Forgione, peasant farmers, in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina on May 25, 1887. From his childhood, it was ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
With the lives of so many early martyrs shrouded in legend, we are fortunate to have the record of the courage of Perpetua and Felicity from the hand of Perpetua herself, her teacher Saturus, and others who knew them. This account, known as "The Martyrdom of ... 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
Saint Mary (Paula) Di Rosa December 15 The pounding on the barricaded door of the military hospital sent every heart thudding in terror. In the middle of the war in Brescia (Italy) in 1848, the ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes