The priest Gibrian was born into an Irish family of ten children. Intent to withdraw from the world for the service of God, he and his six brothers and three sisters migrated from Ireland to France, settling first in Brittany. Thereafter they moved to the vicinity of Chalons-sur-Marne. Gibrian settled in a forest near the intersection of the Coole and Marne Rivers, spending the rest of his life in prayer and self-denial as a hermit. As the oldest brother in his family, Gibrian served as the spiritual leader of his brothers and sisters, all of whom settled in close proximity to him. Each lived in his or her own hermitage. Inhabiting the same forest, they were able occasionally to visit each other. Along with Gibrian, his brothers Helan, Tressan, German, Veran, Abran, and Petran, and his sisters Francla, Pomptia, and Posemna have all been venerated as saints.
Franciscan Capuchin martyr. He was born Mark Rey is Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577. A practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. In ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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. Catherine Laboure, who then was a twenty-four year old novice. On July ... 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
Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill ... continue reading
By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but for the daily listening to and heeding the voice of Almighty God - in the home, in the synagogue and Temple, in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes