Benedictine abbot and bishop. Born in Gascony, France, he was raised and educated in the court of King Dagobert I of the Franks where he fell under the influence of St. Quen and became a monk at Rebais Abbey. Subsequently elected abbot, he resigned the post after a disagreement with some of the monks, and he wandered to other monastic houses. He founded the monastery of Jumieges, in Neustria, near Fontenelle, France, in 654 and served as its abbot. After censuring Ebroin, mayor of the palace to the Frankish king, he was imprisoned and then exiled to Herio Island off the coast of Poitou. During this period, he founded the abbey of Noirmoutier, rebuilt Qincay Abbey, near Poitiers, and gave his wisdom to several other communities.
The writings of St. Irenaeus entitle him to a high place among the fathers of the Church, for they not only laid the foundations of Christian theology but, by exposing and refuting the errors of the ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Historians remember St. Rose of Lima for her piety and chastity. Born in 1586 in Lima, Peru to Spanish colonists, and named Isabel Flores de Olivia, she was exceptionally beautiful. Her beauty was so great that she was nicknamed "Rose," a name that remains with her to ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
St. Leo the Great was born in Tuscany. As deacon, he was dispatched to Gaul as a mediator by Emperor Valentinian III. He reigned as Pope between 440 and 461. He persuaded Emperor Valentinian to recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome in an edict in 445. The ... continue reading
Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill health prevented his entering the Order, and he served as a secular ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes