After entering the French monastery of Micy, Constantianus, a native of the Auvergne region, withdrew to live as a hermit in the forest of Nuz. The bishop of Le Mans, (Saint) Innocent, persuaded the hermit to receive ordination to the priesthood so as to minister to the people who lived in the vicinity. Constantianus' zeal, prayers, and personal example of holiness bore fruit in many conversions. Once while celebrating Mass, he restored the eyesight of a blind man by making the sign of the cross upon him, one of several miracles attributed to him. Others intent upon following the example of Constantianus came to join him at his forest retreat, so that it became necessary for him to transform his hermitage into a monastery with himself as abbot. The abbey came to be known as Javron. Following his death, Constantianus was credited with obtaining by his intercession miraculous cures for those suffering from mental illness or from chronic headaches.
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province ... 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
Before the 1969 reform of the Roman calendar, Christopher was listed as a martyr who died under Decius. Nothing else is known about him. There are several legends about him including the one in which ... 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