The son of a prominent Venetian family, Nicholas Giustiniani had at first intended to spend his life in the Venetian Benedictine monastery of San Niccolo del Lido, but he was compelled by his obligations to his family to marry after all his brothers were slain in battle at Constantinople, Hilda Graef and a plague further decimated the Giustiniani lineage. Nicholas wedded Anne Michieli, the daughter of a Venetian doge. They had nine children, six sons and three daughters. Around the year 1160, the couple agreed to separate so as to allow Nicholas to fulfill his original aspiration of devoting himself to God as a monk of the San Niccolo monastery. Here he led a very humble and penitent life. After procuring the foundation of a new monastery at Torcello, Anne also left the world, becoming a nun of the convent of "Saint Blaise of the Giudecca," near Venice.
Elizabeth was a Spanish princess who was given in marriage to King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve. She was very beautiful and very lovable. She was also very devout, and went to Mass every ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Less than twenty years before Teresa was born in 1515, Columbus opened up the Western Hemisphere to European colonization. Two years after she was born, Luther started the Protestant Reformation. Out of all of this change came Teresa pointing the way from outer turmoil ... 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
All we know of Barnabas is to be found in the New Testament. A Jew, born in Cyprus and named Joseph, he sold his property, gave the proceeds to the Apostles, who gave him the name Barnabas, and lived ... 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