Bernadette Soubirous. The young saint of Lourdes who insisted that a church be built there according to Our Lady’s demands. Picture: St Bernadette as a child.
Martin I. Born at Todi in Umbria, Italy, he joined the diocese of Rome and was elected Pope. Presided over the Council which condemned the heresy of Monothelites, he was seized by the Emperor Constans and taken to Constantinople where he was treated very harshly before being moved to Kherson in the Crimea.
Stanislaus (1030-1097). Born in Szczepanow in Poland, he studied at Paris, became a priest and succeeded to the See of Cracow. Helped the poor, and made a visitation of his priests every year. Fearlessly rebuked King Boleslav who murdered him. Picture: Saint Stanisław leads Piotr before the royal tribunal.
John Baptist de la Salle (1651-1719). Born at Rheims in France, as a priest, he devoted himself mainly to the education of children and founding schools for the poor. Formed the Congregation which still bears his name today (De La Salle Brothers). Picture: Official portrait of St. John Baptist de La Salle by Pierre Leger.
St. Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419). Born in Valencia, he became a Dominican and taught theology. Journeyed much preaching the true faith and reforming morals and died eventually in France.
Turibius of Mogrovejo (1538-1606). Born in Spain, he studied law at Salamanca before being chosen as Bishop of Lima. Called synods and councils for the purpose of reforming religion in the whole country, and strenuously defended the rights of the Church while looking after his flock and going among them on pastoral visitation. Also laboured […]
Joseph. Husband of Mary, foster-father of Jesus. Was reassured by an angel about taking his already pregnant wife and took care both of her and her Son. Little is known about him, and he never utters a word throughout the whole of the Gospels.
Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386). He succeeded Maximus as Bishop of Jerusalem in 348. Involved in the Arian controversy and ws sentenced to exile on more than one occasion. His Catecheses explained the true doctrine of the faith and the Sacred Scriptures as well as the tradition of the Church. Picture: Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, fresco at […]
St Patrick (385-461) Born possibly at Old Kilpatrick. Taken as a captive to Ireland as a slave where he worked as a herdsman. Making his escape, he became a priest and Bishop of Ireland where he converted many to the faith and reorganised the Church throughout Ireland. Reputedly buried at Downpatrick.
10th March 2015, Scotland celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Martyrdom of St. John Ogilvie, who was hanged at Glasgow Cross for celebrating Mass during a time when Catholicism was outlawed by the state.