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.
St. Cletus was the third bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. Linus, which circumstance alone shows his eminent virtue among the first disciples of St. Peter in the West. He sat twelve years, from 76 to ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated ... 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
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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