St. John Chrysostom (349-407). Born at Antioch, after a brilliant course of studies, he led a life of austerity. Ordained priest, he became Bishop of Constantinople and showed himself to be a true pastor by striving to reform the morals both of his clergy and the people. He incurred the hatred of the Imperial Court, his work was undermined because eof jealousy, and he was twice sent into exile where he died at Comana in Pontus. Because of his sermons and writings explaining the faith, he became known as John of the Golden Mouth.
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St. Matthew. Born at Caparnaum, he was the tax-gatherer in Jesus’ company; one of the Evangelists, he wrote his Gospel in Hebrew. Tradition has it that he preached the faith in the East.
Ss. Cosmas and Damian. From early writings, there is evidence that their tomb lies in Cyrrus in Syria where a basilica was built in their honour. Veneration spread from there to Rome, and thereafter throughout the worldwide church.
St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660). Born in Gascony, France, he completed his studies and became a parish priest in Paris. He founded the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentian Order) for the spiritual formation of the clergy and the relief of the poor, for which he is still renowned. He also worked with prisoners in […]