Foundress of the Sisterhood of Christian Schools of Mercy. She was born on November 28 in 1756 in Barfleur, France, baptized Julia Frances Catherine. At the age of eighteen, she opened a school for girls in Barfleur. The French Revolution closed the schools, and Marie Magdalen sheltered fugitive priests until 1801, when Napoleon and the Holy See signed the famous Concordat which the emperor soon violated. In 1807, Marie Magdalen and three companions took vows before Abbe Cabart, starting the congregation. In 1815, the institute settled in Tamersville, France, and Mary Magdalen obtained the abbey of St. Sauveur le Vicomte. She died on July 16 there, venerated for her holiness and miracles. She was canonized in 1925.
St. Catherine Laboure, virgin, was born on May 2, 1806. At an early age she entered the community of the Daughters of Charity, in Paris, France. Three times in 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared to St. ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. ... continue readingMore Female Saints
St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading
The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Feast day-July 15) St. Bonaventure, known as "the seraphic doctor," was born at Bagnorea in Tuscany, in 1221. He received the name of ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes