As the oldest of eight children, Antonina de Angelis, of San Gregorio, Italy, worked in the fields, manifesting the virtues of modesty and simplicity. At the age of twenty-four, she undertook the fulfillment of her childhood aspiration of becoming a nun by entering the Institute of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy. Antonina took the religious name, Maria Ludovica. In 1907, she was sent by her congregation to Buenos Aires, Argentina to serve in a children’s hospital, beginning her labors there in the lowly station of hospital cook. She was subsequently chosen to become superior of her convent in Buenos Aires. Mother Maria Ludovica spent the rest of her life in Argentina, serving invalids according to her maxim, “To do good to all, no matter whom.” She died on February 25, 1962.
At the end of the sixth century anyone would have said that Augustine had found his niche in life. Looking at this respected prior of a monastery, almost anyone would have predicted he would spend ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Famed visionary of Lourdes, baptized Mary Bernard. She was born in Lourdes, France, on January 7, 1844, the daughter of Francis and Louise Soubirous. Bernadette, a severe asthma sufferer, lived in abject poverty. On February 11, 1858, she was granted a vision of the ... 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
Although little is known about Simon Stock's early life, legend has it that the name Stock, meaning "tree trunk," derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit ... 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