St. Vincent de Paul

Born 24 April 1581 to a peasant family in Ranquine, Gascony near Dax, southwest France (now known as Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Landes), a highly intelligent youth, VINCENT, spent four years with the Franciscan friars at Acq, France, receiving an education. He was tutor to children of gentlemen in Acq. He began divinity […]

St. Cosmas and St. Damian

They were twin brothers of Arabic descent, born in the third century. Physicians, trained in Syria, they accepted no payment for their services, and their charity brought many to Christ. It was reported that they miraculously replaced the ulcerous leg of a man named Justinian with one from a recently […]

St. Andrew Kim Tae-Gõn and companions- Martyrs

The first native Korean priest was the son of Korean converts. His father, Ignatius Kim, was martyred during the persecution of 1839 and was beatified in 1925. After Baptism at the age of 15, Andrew traveled 1,300 miles to the seminary in Macao, China. After six years he managed to […]

St. Januarius- Bishop and Martyr

St. Januarius was born in Italy and was bishop of Benevento during the Emperor Diocletion persecution. Bishop Januarius went to visit two deacons and two laymen in prison. He was then also imprison along with his deacon and lector. They were thrown to the wild beasts, but when the animals […]

St. Robert Bellarmine

Born 4 October 1542 at Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy ROBERTO FRANCESCO ROMOLO was the third of ten children of Vincenzo Bellarmine and Cinzia Cervini, a family of impoverished nobles. His mother, a niece of Pope Marcellus II, was dedicated to almsgiving, prayer, meditation, fasting, and mortification. Robert suffered assorted health problems […]

St. Thomas the Apostle

St. Thomas was one of the apostles of Jesus and he was also called ‘Doubting Thomas’. Even though St. Thomas entertained doubt about any miracle that happened without his presence, he was a very staunch believer of Christ. One day when Jesus was preparing to go to Judea to see […]

Perseverance in prayer pays

Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today’s First Reading prophesies. Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel. Calling to Jesus as Lord and Son of David, this foreigner shows great faith in God’s covenant with Israel. Jesus […]

St. Callistus I

The name of Saint Callistus is rendered famous by the ancient cemetery which he beautified, and which, for the great number of holy martyrs whose bodies were there deposited, was the most celebrated of all those about Rome. He was a Roman by birth, succeeded Saint Zephirin in the pontificate […]

St. John the Baptist

John the Baptist was a contemporary of Christ who was known for evangelization and his baptizing of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was born through the intercession of God to Zachariah and Elizabeth, who was otherwise too old to bear children. According to scriptures, the Angel Gabriel visited Elizabeth and […]


SAINT IGNATIUS, bishop of Antioch, was a disciple of Saint John. When Domitian persecuted the Church, he obtained peace for his own flock by fasting and prayer. But for his part, he desired to suffer from Christ and to prove himself a perfect disciple. In the year 107, Trajan came […]