Edward Osbaldeston, of Lancashire, England, journeyed to France to study for the priesthood. Following his ordination at Reims on September 21, 1585, he celebrated his first Mass on September 30, the feast of Saint Jerome, developing thereafter a special devotion to this Church Father. Three and a half years later, Father Osbaldeston was sent back to England to labor among his fellow English Catholics suffering persecution under Queen Elizabeth I. He served in Yorkshire until an apostate priest betrayed him to the Protestant authorities. Father Osbaldeston was apprehended in September of 1594 on the feast of his special patron, Saint Jerome, the ninth anniversary of his first Mass. Condemned to death for the “treason” of being a priest, Father Osbaldeston wrote a farewell letter to his fellow prisoners in which he manifests his extraordinary humility and his profound confidence in God. He was executed at York by drawing and quartering.
Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding Pope St. Anastasius I, on December 22, 401. During Innocent's pontificate, he emphasized papal supremacy, commending the bishops of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Elizabeth Bayley Seton was the first native born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. Born two years before the American Revolution, Elizabeth grew up in the "cream" of New York society. She was a prolific reader, and read everything from the ... 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
Two Greek philosophers ventured out into the Egyptian desert to the mountain where Anthony lived. When they got there, Anthony asked them why they had come to talk to such a foolish man? He had ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes