Possibly descended from the Merovingians and claimed by the Irish as one of their own, St. Rupert of Salzburg was bishop of Worms when Childeric III asked that he evangelize Bavaria. Rupert travelled from Ratisbon to the Danube, where he converted Duke Theodo II. The duke gave him land at Iuvavum, on which Rupert established the abbey of St. Peter and the Nonnberg convent. Its abbess was his niece, Erendruda. Rupert also converted pagan temples into Christian churches and established the salt-mining industry from which the city takes its present name, Salzburg. When Rupert died c. 710/717, he was buried in St. Peter's abbey. Vergil of Salzberg later translated his relics to the cathedral in Salzberg.
Born Inigo Lopez de Loyola in 1491, the man known as Ignatius of Loyola entered the world in Loiola, Spain. At the time, the name of the village was spelled "Loyola," hence the discrepancy. Inigo ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Irish abbess and disciple of St. Abban. When St. Abban founded a convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork, Ireland, Gobnata was placed in charge. A well there bears her name. continue readingMore Female Saints
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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