Saint Norbert
Norbert had been born in 1082 in Xanten, and as a young man he had taken minor orders because his parents thought that clerical life would provide him with a stable and respectable career. But...
Blessed Nicholas of Gesturi
A holy life, making his daily tasks an offering to God, resulted in a recent beatification. A year after he was born in Sardinia in 1882, the sixth of seven children, the father of Giovanni died and...
Saint Columba
The little island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland, seems an unlikely choice of headquarters for any enterprise. But it became a stronghold of faith and the hub of Christianity because of an...
Saint Barnabas
A prominent member of the early Church in Jerusalem, the name and deeds of Saint Barnabas are well documented in the pages of Scripture. Born on Cyprus of Greek parents, he was a contemporary of...
Saint Florida of Cevoli
For one convent to produce a saint is truly remarkable. But to have an Abbess who was proclaimed a saint and her Vicar beatified by Pope John Paul II is even more remarkable. Lucretia Helen Cevoli...
Saint Anthony of Padua
Saint Anthony of Padua lived only 36 years but in that short life won the respect and affection of thousands of people, and gained a reputation for holiness which has endeared him to many more. Born...
Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
It is fitting that we should remember the Immaculate Heart of His Blessed Mother today having celebrated the Sacred Heart of Jesus yesterday. Her pure heart is full of boundless love for God and for...
Man Of Prayer
19th June
Saint Romuald
Most of us would be reluctant to exchange the comforts and pleasures of life for a hermit’s cell. How difficult it must have been for Romuald, a young Italian nobleman accustomed to luxury and...
Saint Alban
As the first British martyr Saint Alban should hold a very special place in our hearts. Born in the third century when Britain was part of the Roman Empire, he belonged to a pagan Roman family who...
Saints John Fisher and Thomas More
Today we honour the memory of two great English saints. We owe so much to Saints John Fisher and Thomas More for their loyalty to the Pope and their Catholic faith. They were canonised in 1935 over...
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
The short life of Aloysius Gonzaga was marked by contrast and struggle. His aristocratic family had planned a brilliant career but God called him to take a very different road. Born in 1568, the...
Saints Peter and Paul
Today we honour the two greatest saints of the Catholic Church who were crucial in establishing it as a worldwide faith. Their influence has continued to present times. “Follow Me” were Jesus'...
Protomartyrs of Rome
Around the year 58 the apostle Paul wrote an encouraging letter to the Christian community in Rome. He was looking forward to visiting them for the first time, having heard that their faith was...
Saint Oliver Plunkett
Oliver Plunkett was born in County Meath in 1629 to a wealthy and well-connected family. At the age of 16 he was sent to Rome to continue his education, rather than to England, where Catholics were...
Saint Anthony Zaccaria
In the early sixteenth century the Church was under attack from many sides. Martin Luther criticised abuses and Protestant theories and practices were gaining support. To combat the spread of...