Saint Werburgh
In the year 655, about fifty years after St. Augustine had begun his mission in England, the Saxon kingdom of Mercia was converted to Christianity. The king had a daughter named Werburgh and this...
Saint Joseph of Leonissa
Jesus came to seek the lost sheep of His fold and the Capuchin friar Joseph of Leonissa spent his life serving the hidden and neglected poor. He was born in 1556 in the kingdom of Naples. His...
Saint Agatha
As a beautiful rich heiress Agatha attracted much attention but from a very early age she had chosen to be a consecrated Christian virgin. In third century Sicily, however, when Christians lived...
Saints Peter Baptist, Paul Miki and Companions
Many followers of Christ have gladly obeyed His instruction to go and teach all nations. One of the greatest was St. Francis Xavier who took the Gospel to Japan in 1549 as the first Christian...
Saint Colette
Having lived in solitude and austerity for several years Colette received a vision explaining that her mission was to reform the order of St. Clare which had fallen away from its splendid origins....
Saint Jerome Emiliani
Far from making him bitter imprisonment brought Jerome Emiliani closer to God and inspired him to spend his life caring for others. Born in 1481, he served in the army at a time when Venice was...
A Faithful Sister
10th February
Saint Scholastica
There is often a strong bond between brothers and sisters, particularly when they are twins. The future saints Benedict and Scholastica both chose to dedicate themselves to God in a monastic life. He...
Our Lady of Lourdes
In a village in the French Pyrenees Our Blessed Mother appeared no fewer than 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. Born in 1844 she had six brothers and two sisters, but only three of them lived...
Saints Cyril and Methodius
Brothers whose work in the ninth century involved communication and negotiation across a continent divided by culture, language and politics have been chosen as patron saints of Europe quite...
A Holy Hermit
21st February
Saint Peter Damian
After both his parents died while still a small child, Peter Damian was brought up by two older brothers - and what he learnt from each prepared him for a life of holiness. One gave him a home but...
Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter
Our liturgy today does not revolve around a piece of furniture! Rather it draws our attention to the position of the leadership in the Church: in modern parlance we would say that Peter was appointed...
Saint David
In the islands of Great Britain and Ireland there are four patron saints. Andrew was born in lsrael, George in Cappadocia and Patrick supposedly in Wales – only David was a native of the country of...
Saint Chad
Shortly after St. Augustine was sent from Rome to minister to the English, a future saint was born in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria. Chad continued that seventh century missionary work,...
Saint John of God
Serving in a small private army for 14 years the future saint became accustomed to bad company, and gradually gave up the devout practices learnt in a simple and virtuous childhood. Then he returned...
Saint Patrick
“We ask you, boy, come and walk once more among us”. This was the shout of the Irish people heard in a dream that must have filled Patrick with dread, for in 403 Irish raiders had carried him to...