Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In the 12th century, a group of hermits settled on Mount Carmel, where the prophet Elijah was said to have defended the faith of the people of Israel in the living God. There they set up the Carmelite Order, which we know today, to lead a contemplative life under the […]
Bonaventure (1218-1274). Born at Bagnoregio, Tuscany, he studied philosophy and theology at Paris where he gained a Master’s degree and then taught students of the Franciscan Order which he had joined. He became its Minister General and ruled with great prudence and wisdom before becoming Cardinal Bishop of Albano. Finally died at Lyons.
Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614). Born near Chieti in the Abruzzi (the mountains of N. Italy) he became a soldier and then, after his conversion to a more religious life, he dedicated himself to the care of the sick. He completed his studies and became a priest, founding a religious Congregation (the Camillans) which set up […]
Henry (973-1024). Born in Bavaria, he succeeded his father as Duke and was elected Holy Roman Emperor. Outstanding in his reforms in the Church and for his encouragement of missionary activity, he set up many dioceses and founded monasteries. Picture: Henry II crowned as Emperor by Pope Benedict VIII in 1014.
Benedict Patron of Europe (480-547). Born at Norcia in Umbria, after studying in Rome, he went to Monte Subiaco to lead a life of solitude, gathered some like-minded disciples and went on to Monte Cassino where he founded the famous monastery bombed by allied forces during the Second World War. He wrote his Rule, as […]
Maria Goretti (1890-1902). Born at Ancona, Italy, of a poor family, she spent her childhood near Nettuno helping her mother about the house. When a farmer attempted to violate her, she resisted and was stabbed to death.
Anthony Mary Zaccaria (1502-1539). Born at Cremona in Italy, he firstly studied medicine at Padua before becoming a priest. He founded the Congregation of the Clerics of St. Paul (also known as the Barnabites) and worked for the reform of morals among the faithful.
Elizabeth of Portugal (1271-1336). Born of the royal family of Aragon, she was given in marriage to the King of Portugal by whom she had two sons. She overcame many difficulties through prayer and works of charity. When her husband died, she distributed all her worldly gods to the poor and took on the habit […]
Thomas. Renowned among the apostle chiefly for his apparent lack of faith (and known for all eternity s doubting Thomas) which is dispelled when Jesus appears to him and invites him to put his fingers into the nail holes in His hands, and his hand into the spear hole in His side, when he professes […]
Bl. Oliver Plunkett. Educated in the Irish College in Rome, he was unable to return to his native Ireland because of Cromwell’s persecutions. He remained in Rome for 15 years until he was nominated Bishop of Armagh in 1669. He a arrested during the Popish Plot, as it was known condemned on the testimony of […]