The priest Hildemar, of Tournai, Belgium, migrated to England, where he served as a chaplain in the court of the Norman king William the Conqueror. Following the king’s death in 1087, Hildemar and a fellow priest of William’s court named Cuno embarked on a series of pilgrimages that nurtured in them a desire to withdraw from the world. The two priests returned to the continent to live as hermits in the forest of Arrouaise, in the region of Artois, France. Here they made the acquaintance of a hermit named Roger. As others came to join them in their eremitical life, the cluster of hermitages gradually became a religious community, and Hildemar was elected their abbot. But there was one religious who came to resent Hildemar’s admonitions and reprimands so bitterly that he turned violent, stabbing the hermit Roger and severely beating Hildemar. The abbot was so gravely wounded by the attack that several months later he died from his injuries.
For James there was no indication that this was the day that his life would change. The dawn for him was not the bright beginning of a new day, but the end of long fruitless night of fishing. As ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Not much information is known about Elizabeth, but she has the distinction of being one of the first to know about Mary's great blessing as the Mother of God. Zachary was a priest in Jerusalem whose wife, Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, was beyond child-bearing age. He ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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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
Pope from 1566-1572 and one of the foremost leaders of the Catholic Reformation. Born Antonio Ghislieri in Bosco, Italy, to a poor family, he labored as a shepherd until the age of fourteen and then ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes