A Real Man
19th March
Saint Joseph
The husband of Mary must have been kind, loving, gentle and compassionate, yet a strong and decisive man. But the Gospels – he is mentioned in only two - tell us so very little about him. All we...
Feast of the Annunciation
The young couple were in love with each other and looking forward to being married. They also had a great love for God and, as the story unfolds, we learn about an even greater love. This is the...
Saint Conrad
John Birndorfer, born in 1818 to a farming family in Bavaria, had great devotion to Our Blessed Lady, saying the Rosary every day and often walking long distances to visit her shrines. Although a...
Saint Anselm
“Faith seeking understanding” was the great saying of Saint Anselm who helped to develop one of the two fundamental approaches to western theology. Born in Burgundy in 1033 he lived from the age...
Saint George
Once upon a time there was a brave knight who rode out in search of adventure. He came to a village where all the inhabitants were in great distress because they were being terrorised by a huge...
Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen
A talented boy, quick to learn and strong in faith, was born in 1577 in Germany and, after studying philosophy and law at Freiburg University, he spent six years travelling around Europe as tutor to...
Saint Catherine of Siena
Catherine Benincasa was a young woman who knew her own mind and was not afraid to speak it - even to popes and princes! Born in Siena in 1347, the youngest child of a well-to-do dyer, she was a...
Saint Joseph the Worker
Why was Saint Joseph chosen as the patron saint of workers? There have been many saints who were noted for their work and tireless efforts in God's service. Perhaps it was the fact that he received...
Saint Athanasius
In the early fourth century the Church was emerging from a long period of persecution. When the Emperor Constantine became a Christian and proclaimed freedom of worship for all his subjects, everyone...
Saints Philip and James
Two of the great missionaries of the early Church were apostles. Philip came from the town of Bethsaida in Galilee. We know very little about his background but Jesus saw great value in him because...
Blessed Martyrs of England and Wales
Forty of our English and Welsh martyrs who have been canonized as saints are remembered on October 25. Another 160 who are beatified are commemorated today. We should have a special affection for...
Saint Asaph
St. Asaph is the first Bishop of the Welsh See of that name which originated in the second half of the sixth century. No Welsh life of him is extant, but local tradition points out the site of his...
Saint Ignatius of Laconi
Ignatius became a Capuchin Friar in order to keep a long-standing promise. Born in Laconi in Sicily in 1701, the son of pious parents, he was a young man when he became seriously ill and vowed that,...
Saint Leopold of Mandic
Leopold Mandic had poor health, was small in stature, clumsy in his movements and had a speech defect. When he became a Capuchin priest his superiors decided the best policy would be to put him in...
Our Lady of Fatima
Saint Pope John Paul II had great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima for it was on 13 May 1981 that he survived an attempt on his life. He attributed this to the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima whose...