Saint Benedetto Menni was born on March 11, 1841 in Milan, Italy as Angelo Ercole Menni Figini. He was 5th of 15 children to Luigi and Luisa. He was a brother in the Order of Saint John of God Hospitaler. He studied philosophy and theology at the seminary of Lodi and then the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome. He was ordained in 1866 and in 1867, by order of Pope Pius IX he began the restoration of the Saint John of God Order in Spain and Portugal. On May 31, 1881 he founded the Congregation of Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He cared for the elderly, abandoned children, polio victims, and mentally ill and made this his life's work. He died in 1914 in Dinan, France of natural cases. His relics are at the Motherhouse of the Congregation of Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Ciempozuelos, Spain. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II on November 21, 1999.
Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding Pope St. Anastasius I, on December 22, 401. During Innocent's pontificate, he emphasized papal supremacy, commending the bishops of ... 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
Saint Birgitta was the daughter of Uppland’s Lagman, Birger Petersson and his wife, Ingeborg, who was a member of the same clan as the reigning family. Birgitta’s family was pious; her father went to ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes