Paul and his thirty-six companions were Christian soldiers of the Roman Army stationed in Egypt at an unknown date sometime during the Roman Empire’s occupation of the country. Paul proposed to his fellow soldiers that they should form themselves into a confraternity to evangelize those in Egypt who were not yet Christian. Taking Paul as their leader in this endeavor, the men all agreed to participate. They divided themselves into four bands in the hope of canvassing the whole country with the Gospel. Paul and nine companions headed east. A second contingent with nine men went north, a third band of nine traveled south, and a fourth group of nine headed west. Upon learning of this endeavor from an informer, the pagan governor of Egypt commanded the arrest of all the soldiers involved. They were brought to Alexandria, where the governor, upon seeing them, ordered their immediate execution. The contingent of men that Paul had led eastward together with those sent south were put to death by fire. Those of the northern band were beheaded, while those of the western contingent were crucified.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in a small Italian town near Lucca. At a very young age, Gemma developed a love for prayer. She made her First Communion on June 17, 1887. As a pupil at the school run by the Sisters of St. Zita, Gemma was loved by her teachers ... 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
Alvarez was born in either Lisbon, Portugal, or Cordova, Spain. He entered the Dominican convent at Cordova in 1368. He became known for his preaching prowess in Spain and Italy, was confessor and ... 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