17th November 2022 - 17th November 2022 |

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 2022 - 16th November 2022 |

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 2022 - 16th November 2022 |

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 2022 - 15th November 2022 |

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 2022 - 12th November 2022 |

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) […]

11th November 2022 - 11th November 2022 |

St. Martin of Tours

St. Martin of Tours (316-397).  Born in Pannonia pf pagan parents, he received baptism, gave up his career as a soldier and founded a monastery at Liguge in France where he led a religious life under the guidance of St, Hilary.  After his ordination to the priesthood, he was chosen to be Bishop of the […]

10th November 2022 - 10th November 2022 |

St. Leo the Great

St. Leo the Great (+ 461).  Born on the Tuscan Plain, Italy, he became pope in 440. A true shepherd and father of his people, he constantly strove to preserve the integrity of the faith, defended the unity of the Church, repelled or at least alleviated the incursions of the barbarians, whence he earned his […]

9th November 2022 - 9th November 2022 |

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.  It was initially built by the Emperor Constantine on the Lateran Hill in Rome in the 12th century.  At first, it was only a Roman feast, but since the Basilica was called the Mother and Head of all Churches of the City (Rome) and the world, the feast was extended […]

4th November 2022 - 4th November 2022 |

St. Charles Borromeo

St. Charles Borromeo (1538-1584).  Born at Arona in Lombardy, he obtained a doctorate in both civil and canon law, and was created a cardinal by his uncle, Pius IV and then chosen to be Bishop of Milan.  As a true shepherd of his flock, he frequently went round his diocese, called synods, and made wise […]

2nd November 2022 - 2nd November 2022 |

All Souls

All Souls. Yesterday we celebrated the feast of All Saints; today we turn our thoughts to those who have departed from this earth, but for some reason are not yet worthy to enter Heaven – the Church Suffering.  It is our duty to pray for these souls, since the Church teaches us that they can […]