Edward Osbaldeston, of Lancashire, England, journeyed to France to study for the priesthood. Following his ordination at Reims on September 21, 1585, he celebrated his first Mass on September 30, the feast of Saint Jerome, developing thereafter a special devotion to this Church Father. Three and a half years later, Father Osbaldeston was sent back to England to labor among his fellow English Catholics suffering persecution under Queen Elizabeth I. He served in Yorkshire until an apostate priest betrayed him to the Protestant authorities. Father Osbaldeston was apprehended in September of 1594 on the feast of his special patron, Saint Jerome, the ninth anniversary of his first Mass. Condemned to death for the "treason" of being a priest, Father Osbaldeston wrote a farewell letter to his fellow prisoners in which he manifests his extraordinary humility and his profound confidence in God. He was executed at York by drawing and quartering.
St. Bartholomew, 1st. century, one of the 12. All that is known of him with certainty is that he is mentioned in the synoptic gospels and Acts as one of the twelve apostles. His name, a ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Clare of Assisi was born in Assisi on July 16, 1194, as Chiara Offreduccio, the beautiful eldest daughter of Favorino Sciffi, Count of Sasso-Rosso and his wife Ortolana. Tradition says her father was a wealthy representative of an ancient Roman family and her ... 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
Nothing is known about St. Sebastian's youth other than the fact he may have come from southern France and he was educated in Milan. He joined the Roman Army in 283 AD, ostensibly to be of service to other Christians who were being persecuted by the Romans. St. ... continue reading
There is a romantic legend that the mother of Thomas Becket was a Saracen princess who followed his father, a pilgrim or crusader, back from the Holy Land, and wandered about Europe repeating the only English words she knew, "London" and "Becket," until she found him. ... continue reading
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In her convent of San Damiano, Clare heroically practiced the virtues that should characterize all Christians: humility, a spirit of piety and penance, and charity. Her fame of sanctity and the prodigies that came about thanks to her intervention led Pope Alexander ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes