Twelfth Man
14th May
Saint Matthias
"Let someone else take his office." Peter, speaking to the disciples and the Christian congregation of Jerusalem, was calling for an election. The office was that of treasurer and member of the 12...
Saint Paschal Baylon
Paschal Baylon was a man who felt close to God when contemplating the beauty of the world He created. It was a love of nature that drew him to devote his life to the love and service of God. Born in...
Saint Felix of Cantalice
Few friars can have earned a nickname more appropriate than Saint Felix did. He never failed to show his appreciation for whatever he was given and so he became known as Brother Deo Gratias! Born in...
Saint Crispin of Viterbo
What a difference a cheerful, good-humoured person can make in our lives! He or she is easy to live with, pleasant to work with, and a welcome visitor when we are feeling low. That is how Saint...
Saint Bernardine of Siena
If preachers were to choose a patron saint for themselves they could do no better than St. Bernardine of Siena who spent his life preaching the word of God throughout his native Italy. Born in 1380...
Blessed John Forest
Living during the turbulent times of the English Reformation his fidelity to the Catholic faith cost John Forest his life. At the age of 17 he entered the Franciscan Order at Greenwich Friary and...
Our Lady Help Of Christians
We honour Our Lady Help of Christians today, one of the many beautiful titles she has, which was formally given to her by Pope Pius V following the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. This battle was a...
Saint Bede
Even before he died Bede was venerated as a saint. It was said that he spent so much time in prayer that people wondered how he found the time for writing, teaching and copying of books. And during...
Saint Philip Neri
The long road to ordination had many unexpected twists and turns for Philip Neri but he relied on prayer and trusted God to lead and guide him. Born in 1515, one of the four children of a Florentine...
Saint Augustine of Canterbury
The English nation owes a debt of gratitude to Saint Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, who can truly be called the Apostle of the English although he might never have set foot on English...
Saint Mary Anne de Paredes
Mary Anne de Paredes led a life of such beauty and purity that she came to be known as 'The Lily of Quito'. She bloomed unseen and largely unknown yet brought comfort and holiness to all who were...
Saint Felix of Nicosia
Patience and perseverance were the special qualities of a humble shoemaker who had to knock no fewer than five times at their door before the Capuchins would accept him. Born in 1715 in Nicosia in...
Saint Justin
Some people receive the faith in a sudden and dramatic way like Saint Paul on the Damascus road. Others like Blessed John Henry Newman, arrive at the truth after long years of study and enquiry. For...
Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions
Charles Lwanga lived in central Africa in the late nineteenth century when Christianity had scarcely gained a foothold in that little known pagan continent. The time and the place may seem remote to...
Saint Boniface
An Englishman, who became loved and honoured as the apostle of Germany, was born in 672 in Devon and given the name Winfrid. Having decided as a small child that he wanted to be a monk he was sent...