Blessed Leopold of Gaiche Born in the diocese of Perugia, son of humble parents was christened John. A neighboring priest helped him with his education and in 1751 , at 18 he received the Franciscan habit in the friary at Cibotola taking the name Leopold. He became a priest in 1757 and was sent to preach Lenten courses of sermons which soon made him famous.He was made papal missioner in the States of the Church and held missions in several dioceses after he had become minister provincial. He suffered under Napoleon's forces in Rome and had to abandon his convent but later after the soldiers left he continued his preaching. His fame was enhanced by his prophetical powers and by strange phenomena which attended him for example when he was preaching his head often appeared to his congregation as though it were corwned with thorns. He died on April 15, 1815.
St. Januarius was born in Italy and was bishop of Benevento during the Emperor Diocletion persecution. Bishop Januarius went to visit two deacons and two laymen in prison. He was then also imprison ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to ... 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
Ansgar was born of a noble family near Amiens. He became a monk at Old Corbie monastery in Picardy and later at New Corbie in Westphalia. He accompanied King Harold to Denmark when the exiled ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes