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.
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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. 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 […]