St. Monica (331-387). Born at Thagaste in Africa, she married a pagan, Patricius, and bore him several children, one of whom was (saint) Augustine, who went completely off the rails in his life. She payed unceasingly for his conversion, and eventually saw her wishes granted. A truly outstanding example of Christian motherhood, she died and was laid to rest at Ostia, near Rome.
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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 […]