Jean-Nicolas Cordier, of Saint-Andre, France, entered the Jesuit Order at the age of eighteen. Following his ordination to the priesthood, Father Cordier served as a theology professor in Dijon, Auxerre, Autun, Strasbourg, and Pont-a-Mousson. The suppression of the Jesuit Order in the Lorraine region in 1768 led him to become a chaplain for a convent in Saint-Mihiel. When in 1790 the anti-Catholic Jacobin regime of the French Revolution suppressed all of the country's religious communities, Father Cordier went to Verdun. He was arrested in October of 1793 for having refused to take the oath of the Jacobins' anti-papal Civil Constitution of the Clergy. After spending six months in prison, he was put aboard one of the infamous prison ships of Rochefort, a fleet originally destined to carry over eight hundred priests and religious into exile in South America, but which remained in port as the British Navy blockaded the French coast. Father Cordier was one of over five hundred priests and religious to die from the horrible conditions on these ships.
St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Feast-July 30) Born at Imola, Italy in 406, St. Peter was baptized, educated, and ordained a deacon by Cornelius, Bishop of Imola. St. Peter ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
When she was 56, Angela Merici said "No" to the Pope. She was aware that Clement VII was offering her a great honor and a great opportunity to serve when he asked her to take charge of a religious order of nursing sisters. But Angela knew that nursing was not what God ... 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
FRANCIS XAVIER, ST. (1506-1552). Born in the family castle of Xavier, near Pamplona in the Basque area of Spanish Navarre on Apr. 7, he was sent to the University of Paris 1525, secured his ... 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