Father Juan Bautista Ferreres Boluda was a renowned Jesuit moral theologian from L’Olleria, Spain. Having been arrested by the anti-Catholic Popular Front, he was one of twelve priests detained in the San Miguel prison of Valencia as the Spanish Civil War continued in the late autumn of 1936. The priests were kept in a room so crowded and cramped that they could scarcely sleep on the prison floor. Father Ferreres’ fellow Jesuit in the prison, (Blessed) Alfredo Simon Colomina, heard the confessions of the others there and led them in the recitation of the rosary until his execution on November 29, 1936. Father Ferreres, who was seventy-five years old, became ill from the harsh conditions and brutal treatment to which he had been subjected in the prison. On December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, another priest gave Father Ferreres Viaticum. On Christmas Day he again requested Holy Communion. He died in the prison four days later on December 29.
Brigid was probably born at Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick, with whom she developed a close friendship. According to legend, her father was Dubhthach, ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to ... 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
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 ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes