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.
Franciscan Capuchin martyr. He was born Mark Rey is Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577. A practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. In ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Bridget arrived in Ireland a few years after St. Patrick. Her father was an Irish lord named Duptace. As Bridget grew up, she became holier and more pious each day. She loved the poor and would often bring food and clothing to them. One day she gave away a ... 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. John Vianney, Priest (Patron of priests) Feast day - August 4 Universally known as the "Cure of Ars)," St. John Mary Vianney was ordained a priest in 1815. Three years later he was made ... continue reading
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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