Saint Sophie Barat

Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat

Feast day – May 25 1779-1865 Born to a cooper and winemaker in Burgundy, France, Madeleine was educated by her older brother, Louis, who was studying for the priesthood. He strove to repress her emotions and instruct her as if she were a seminarian. Her extensive formation, unusual for the time, paid off, as Madeleine… En Savoir Plus »

Saint Paschal Baylon

Feast day – May 17 1540-1592 Born to a Spanish shepherd family, Paschal was said to have taught himself to read while tending sheep. At age 21 he joined an austere group of Franciscans, devoting himself to prayer and charity. He was sent on a dangerous mission to French Franciscans, and a shoulder wound he… En Savoir Plus »

Our Lady of Fatima

Feast Day – May 13 20th Century Mary appeared to three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, six times between May 13 and October 13, 1917, and asked for prayers for world peace and an end to World War I, for sinners, and for the conversion of Russia. She entrusted the children with three secrets, regarding devotion to… En Savoir Plus »

Saint Rose Venerini

Feast day – May 7 1656-1728 Born in Viterbo, Italy, Rose entered a convent after her fiance died, but soon returned home to care for her widowed mother. She chose to be a teacher rather than a contemplative, and opened a free school for girls in 1685. In 1692, the bishop of an Italian diocese asked her… En Savoir Plus »
St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena

1347–1380 Feast Day—April 29 Catherine was the 24th of 25 children of a Sienese dyer; her mystical experiences and raptures began at age 6. She refused to marry, and about 1367 joined the Third Order of St. Dominic. She attracted a like-minded group in Siena for prayer and good works and devoted her last five… En Savoir Plus »

Who was St. Augustine?

354–430 Feast Day–August 28 Very few men have had such an impact on Christianity as St. Augustine. He was born in AD 354 in North Africa, at that time a strong and dynamic Christian region. His father was a prominent pagan, but his mother, Monica, was a devout Christian. She intended that Augustine be baptized,… En Savoir Plus »

Saint Berthold

Feast Day – March 29Died circa 1195 Not much is known about this hermit who is considered by some historians to be the founder of the order of Carmelite friars. Various legends had him born in Limoges, France, educated at the University of Paris, and participating in the Crusades in Turkey. What is known is… En Savoir Plus »