Monastic founder, sometimes called Amon, Amun, or Amus. An Egyptian living in or near Alexandria, he was forced into a marriage at the age of twenty-two. He asked his wife to take a vow of chastity on their wedding night and they lived as brother and sister for eighteen years. His wife then formed a congregation of women religious, and Ammon went to the desert area south of Alexandria. There Ammon founded or aided in the development of a great religious community called "The City of God" by St. Jerome. By the end of the fourth century there were five thousand hermits in the community. St. Anthony came to visit Ammon, whose holiness attracted countless solitaries. When Ammon died at the age of sixty-two, St. Anthony, who was some thirteen miles distant, saw his soul ascend to heaven.
When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207, the daughter of Alexander II, King of Hungary. At the age of four she was sent for education to the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose infant son she was betrothed. As she grew in age, her piety also increased by ... continue readingMore Female Saints
St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading
The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
St. Stephen the Great (977-1038), was the son of the Magyar chieftain Geza, Stephen succeeded him as leader in 997. Already raised a Christian, in 996 he wed the daughter of Duke Henry II of Bavaria ... continue reading
By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but for the daily listening to and heeding the voice of Almighty God - in the home, in the synagogue and Temple, in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes