While studying in Bologna, Italy, Nicholas Fortiguera, of Siena, was so impressed by the preaching of Saint Dominic that he donated his possessions to the poor and asked Dominic for the habit of his Order of Friars Preachers. As a Dominican priest, Nicholas devoted his energies to the conversion of sinners, bringing many to repentance. He also won the conversion to the faith of numerous Jews and heretical Christians. While on the island of Corsica, he learned that the pope wanted to make him a bishop. At first the humble friar hid himself in a grotto in the hope of escaping elevation to this high office. But he soon experienced a vision of the fourth century bishop Saint Nicholas of Myra, who assured him that the episcopacy was God's will for him. As bishop of what is now part of the diocese of Ajaccio, Corsica, Nicholas combined a personal life of frequent prayer and rigorous mortification with great generosity to the poor. Having foretold in a sermon his own death, he died immediately after a Mass celebrated in his presence.
At the end of the sixth century anyone would have said that Augustine had found his niche in life. Looking at this respected prior of a monastery, almost anyone would have predicted he would spend ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207, the daughter of Alexander II, King of Hungary. At the age of four she was sent for education to the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose infant son she was betrothed. As she grew in age, her piety also increased by ... 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
Seraphina was born in San Gimignano, Italy, to a poor family. She was known for her self denial and acts of penance as a young girl. A mysterious illness left this beautiful girl unattractive; her ... 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