23rd November 2021 - 23rd November 2021 |

St. Clement

The third pope after St. Peter to rule the early Church about the end of the 1st century.  He wrote a renowned letter to the Corinthian community with the object of preserving peace and concord among them. Picture: 11th-century fresco in the Basilica of San Clemente, Rome: Saints Cyril and Methodius bring Saint Clement’s relics to […]

23rd November 2021 - 23rd November 2021 |

St. Columbanus

St. Columbanus (+ 615).  Born in Ireland about the middle of the 6th century afer studying the humanities and the sacred sciences, he embraced the monastic life and went to France where he founded a number of monasteries which he ruled with strict discipline.  When sentenced to exile, he travelled to Italy and founded another […]

22nd November 2021 - 22nd November 2021 |

St. Cecilia

A Roman 3rd century martyr, a basilica was erected in her honour in the 5th century.  According to legend, she was a noble Christian betrothed to a pagan, Valerian.  She had already vowed her virginity to God, and refused to consummate her marriage.  Both her husband and his brother, who had become Christians, were arrested […]

21st November 2021 - 21st November 2021 |

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Church of Our Lady near the Temple in Jerusalem was dedicated in 543.  Together with Eastern Christians, we celebrate the dedication of herself which Mary made to God from her childhood under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit Who filled her with grace at her immaculate conception. Picture: Fresco of the Presentation of the Virgin […]

18th November 2021 - 18th November 2021 |

Dedication of the Basilicas of St. Peter and St. Paul.

From the 12th century, the dedication of St. Peter’s on the Vatican Hill, and St. Paul’s on the Via Ostiense, have been celebrated on this day as the anniversary of their dedication by Pope St. Silvester and Pope St. Siricius in the 4th century.  The feast was extended to the whole Roman Rite and, as […]

17th November 2021 - 17th November 2021 |

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231).  Daughter of King Andrew of Hungary, while till young she was married to Ludwig, Landgrave of Thuringia, and bore him three children.  After her husband’s death, she embraced evangelical poverty and spent her days caring for the sick in a hospice which she had built, before dying at Marburg. Picture: St. […]

16th November 2021 - 16th November 2021 |

St. Margaret of Scotland

St. Margaret of Scotland (1046-1093).  Born in Hungary, where her father lived in exile.  Intelligent, beautiful and devout, with a keen taste for fine clothes, she was given in marriage to Malcolm III, King of the Scots to whom she bore eight children.  Through her, the Scottish Court achieved a higher standard of civilisation.  She […]

16th November 2021 - 16th November 2021 |

St. Gertrude

St. Gertrude (1256-1301).  Born at Eisleben in Thuringia, as a girl she was brought up by Cistercian nuns and did well at her studies, especially philosophy and the humanities.  She gave herself to God, and progressed in a wonderful manner along the paths of perfection, spending much time in prayer and contemplation.

15th November 2021 - 15th November 2021 |

St. Albert the Great

St. Albert the Great (1206-1280).  Born at Lauingen on the Danube In Germany, he studied at Padua and Paris before entering the Dominican Order where he engaged in teaching in different places with great merit.  Ordained Bishop of Regensburg, he strove to secure peace between both peoples and cities.  He also wrote many famous works […]

12th November 2021 - 12th November 2021 |

St Josaphat

St. Josaphat (1580-1623).  Born in the Ukraine of Orthodox parents, he became a “western” Catholic and joined the monks of St. Basil.  Becoming a priest, he was elected Bishop of Polock where he worked strenuously for the unity of the Church before suffering martyrdom at the hands of his enemies. Picture: Martyrdom of Josaphat Kuntsevych(c. 1861) […]