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 congregations 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.
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
Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in a small Italian town near Lucca. At a very young age, Gemma developed a love for prayer. She made her First Communion on June 17, 1887. As a pupil at the school run by the Sisters of St. Zita, Gemma was loved by her teachers ... 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
Ava was the daughter of King Pepin. She was cured of blindness by St. Rainfredis, became a Benedictine nun at Dinart, Hainault, and later was elected Abbess. Her feast day is April 29th. continue reading
By Justin Soutar
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