The son of a prominent Venetian family, Nicholas Giustiniani had at first intended to spend his life in the Venetian Benedictine monastery of San Niccolo del Lido, but he was compelled by his obligations to his family to marry after all his brothers were slain in battle at Constantinople, Hilda Graef and a plague further decimated the Giustiniani lineage. Nicholas wedded Anne Michieli, the daughter of a Venetian doge. They had nine children, six sons and three daughters. Around the year 1160, the couple agreed to separate so as to allow Nicholas to fulfill his original aspiration of devoting himself to God as a monk of the San Niccolo monastery. Here he led a very humble and penitent life. After procuring the foundation of a new monastery at Torcello, Anne also left the world, becoming a nun of the convent of “Saint Blaise of the Giudecca,” near Venice.
St. James the Less, the author of the first Catholic Epistle, was the son of Alphaeus of Cleophas. His mother Mary was either a sister or a close relative of the Blessed Virgin, and for that reason, ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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 her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated ... 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
Bruno was born in Cologne of the prominent Hartenfaust family. He studied at the Cathedral school at Rheims, and on his return to Cologne about 1055, was ordained and became a Canon at St. ... continue reading
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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