Sometime before 588, Ethelbert, the pagan king of England's Anglo-Saxons, married a Christian from France, the princess Bertha. When years later the missionary Saint Augustine of Canterbury arrived in England from Rome in 597 to undertake the evangelization of the country, Ethelbert came to hear him speak. Although he was not yet willing to become a Christian himself, Ethelbert gave Augustine permission to catechize his people. Eventually the king did embrace Christianity. In 601, Pope Saint Gregory the Great wrote to encourage him in his new faith: "Zealously foster the grace that God has given you, and press on with the task of extending the Christian faith among the people committed to your charge. Make their conversion your first concern...God will most surely grant you his rewards in heaven if you faithfully proclaim his name and truth upon earth." Ethelbert contributed to the advancement of the Church, erecting new churches and the monastery of Canterbury later known as Saint Augustine's Abbey. He also helped to bring about the conversion to Christianity of a fellow monarch, the East Saxon king Sabert.
Nothing is known of St. James the Greater's early life, though it has been established that he is the son of Zebedee and Salome and brother of John the disciple. The title "the Greater" was added to ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Saint Monica, also known as Monica of Hippo, is St. Augustine of Hippo's mother. She was born in 331 A.D. in Tagaste, which is present-day Algeria. When she was very young, she was married off to the Roman pagan Patricius, who shared his mother's violent temper. ... 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
Margaret was an English princess. She and her mother sailed to Scotland to escape from the king who had conquered their land. King Malcolm of Scotland welcomed them and fell in love with the beautiful princess. Margaret and Malcolm were married before too long. As ... continue reading
St. Leo the Great was born in Tuscany. As deacon, he was dispatched to Gaul as a mediator by Emperor Valentinian III. He reigned as Pope between 440 and 461. He persuaded Emperor Valentinian to recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome in an edict in 445. The ... 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