During the 1930s in Spain, the Sisters of Christian Doctrine continued their apostolate of catechesis in the face of anti-Catholic hostility from partisans of the Popular Front. As the danger to the nuns increased, the younger sisters were sent home to their families. When at the outset of the Spanish Civil War in July of 1936 the remaining nuns had to leave their congregation’s motherhouse in Valencia, these older sisters stayed together as a religious community under the direction of their superior general, (Blessed) Mother Angeles Lloret Marti. The seventeen nuns were imprisoned by the Popular Front, during which time they knitted jerseys for their persecutors. Two of the nuns were imprisoned at Carlet. Teresa Rosat Balasch, of Mislata, Spain, had taken the name Amparo upon joining the Sisters of Christian Doctrine. Josefa Romero Clariana, of Carlet, had taken the name Maria del Calvario. Mother Amparo, sixty-three years old, and Sister Maria, sixty-five, were executed on September 26. The fifteen other nuns were executed eight weeks later.
By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order -- died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard. She was thirty-five. Born into a humble family which little by little fell into extreme ... 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. Stephen the Great (977-1038), was the son of the Magyar chieftain Geza, Stephen succeeded him as leader in 997. Already raised a Christian, in 996 he wed the daughter of Duke Henry II of Bavaria ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes