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.
Martyr of England. She was born Margaret Plantagenet, the niece of Edward IV and Richard III. She married Sir Reginald Pole about 1491 and bore five sons, including Reginald Cardinal Pole. Margaret ... 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
Everything we know about the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus comes from Scripture and that has seemed too little for those who made up legends about him. We know he was a ... 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