St. John of Capistrano (1386-1456). Born in the Abruzzi, N. Italy, he studied law at Perugia and held the office of judge for a time. He entered the Order of Friars Minor, the Franciscans, was ordained and went through Europe seeking to strengthen Christian morals and argue against heretics before dying in Villach, Austria.
St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775). Born at Ovada, Liguria, as a young man, he helped his merchant father, but, feeling called to a life of perfection, he gave up his worldly goods to look after the sick and the poor for which he assembled a body of companions to help him. He eventually became […]
St. John de Brebeuf and his Companions. Between 1642 and 1649 eight members of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) had gone to N. America to preach the faith there. After terrible tortures by the Huron and Iroquois tribes, including being beaten with knotted sticks, having their hair, beards and nails torn out, their fingers […]
St. Luke. Born of a pagan family, he converted to the Christian faith and became a companion of St. Paul on some of the latter’s missionary journeys. He wrote his Gospel in accordance with Paul’s preaching, and he is also responsible for the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament, which reads like a […]
St. Ignatius of Antioch. One of the very early saint-martyrs of the Church, he was the second bishop of Antioch after St. Peter. He was sentenced to death in 107 A.D. by being thrown to wild beasts during the reign of the Emperor Trajan. On his final journey to Rome, he wrote seven letters to […]
St. Hedwig (1174-1243). Born in Bavaria, she married the Duke of Silesia by whom she had seven children (reason enough in itself for sainthood!). Her life was characterised by her devotion and kindness to the sick and the poor, for whom she built hostels (no N.H.S.). On the death of her husband, she retired to […]
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690). Born in Autun, France, she joined the Visitation Order of nuns where she rapidly progressed in the way of perfection. She was granted many revelations in regard to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was instrumental in bringing about Its veneration.
St. Theresa (1515-1582). Born in Avila, Spain, she joined the Carmelite Order, an “enclosed” Order in which the sisters never leave their convent. The Order had become very lax, and visitors were allowed to come at all times of the day and evening. She set about its reform during which she had to endure great […]
St. Callistus. Tradition has it that he was a slave who, when he obtained his freedom, was made a deacon by Pope Zephyrinus whom he succeeded. He fought against the heresies of Modalism and Adoptionism, and was martyred in 222 and buried on the Via Aurelia.
St. Denis. St. Gregory of Tours relates that Denis came from Rome to France in the middle of the third century where he became the first Bishop of Paris and died a martyr together with two members of his clergy. Picture: Last Communion and Martyrdom of Saint Denis, by Henri Bellechose, 1416, which shows the martyrdom […]