Valentin Paquay, of Tongres, Belgium, entered the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor at the age of twenty-one. Following his ordination to the priesthood at the age of twenty-five, he spent the rest of his life at his order's friary in Hasselt. Deep humility and great devotion to the Mass and to the Sacred Heart of Jesus characterized Father Valentin's spiritual life. The veneration given to the Mother of God in the parish church he had attended as a child had engendered in him a profound love for the Blessed Virgin Mary that during his Franciscan years ripened into a special devotion to her under the title of the Immaculate Conception. Father Valentin zealously dedicated himself to constant preaching and the hearing of confessions. His wisdom in discerning the secrets of the soul prompted penitents from far away to journey to his confessional. Father Valentin was also a fervent advocate of the frequent reception of Holy Communion. He died on January 1, 1905.
Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding Pope St. Anastasius I, on December 22, 401. During Innocent's pontificate, he emphasized papal supremacy, commending the bishops of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Born on October 16 1890 in Corinaldo, in the Ancona Province in Italy, her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. When he died of malaria, Maria's mother had to struggle to feed her children. Maria's mother, brothers, and sisters worked in ... 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
Juan Diego was born in 1474 in the calpulli or ward of Tlayacac in Cuauhtitlan, which was established in 1168 by Nahua tribesmen and conquered by the Aztec lord Axayacatl in 1467; and was located 20 kilometers (14 miles) north of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City). On ... continue reading
FRANCIS XAVIER, ST. (1506-1552). Born in the family castle of Xavier, near Pamplona in the Basque area of Spanish Navarre on Apr. 7, he was sent to the University of Paris 1525, secured his licentiate in 1528, met Ignatius Loyola and became one of the seven who in ... 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 very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes