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St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland

  March 17 is the feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. He was a missionary and bishop and is known as the “Apostle of Ireland.” St. Patrick is the patron saint of: engineers, excluded people, those who fear snakes, and snake bites. St. Patrick was born in Wales about 385 AD. His given name was Maewyn. Until he was 16, he considered...

Novena to St. Joseph Begins

March 20 is the feast of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church for 2017. St. Joseph’s feast day usually is March 19, but because his feast day falls on a Sunday in Lent this year, it has been transferred to Monday, March 20. The novena to St. Joseph begins on March 11 and ends on March 19. “Saint Joseph gave me everything I asked...

St. Colette: Abbess, Mystic, Reformer

The saint of the day for March 6 is St. Colette, founder of the Poor Clare Colettines. She is the patron saint of expectant mothers and unborn babies, of childless couples who long to conceive, and of sick children. Colette was a miracle baby, born to parents over sixty years of age, who had been praying for a child to Nicholas of Myra. Born at Corbie in...

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

February 11 marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to St. Bernadette Soubirous. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Mother appeared eighteen times to a poor, uneducated, sickly fourteen-year-old Marie Bernade (St. Bernadette) times in the in the hollow of the rock at Lourdes, called “de Massabielle”. On March 25, the feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1858,...

St. Josephine Bakhita: The Slave who became a Saint

Today is the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Canossian Sister who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Sudan. She is the patron saint of Sudan. Josephine Bakhita was born in Eastern Sudan around 1869. At the age of nine, she was captured by slave traders, who named her Bakhita, which means “the lucky or fortunate one.” Bakhita came from a happy, loving tribal...

St. Paul Miki and companions, martyrs

The saints of the day for February 6 are St. Paul Miki and companions, martyrs. These twenty-six martyrs are sometimes called the martyrs of Nagasaki and the martyrs of Japan. St. Francis Xavier brought the Good News of Christianity to Japan in 1549. Many received the Word and were baptized by St. Francis himself. Although Francis moved on and eventually died near the shores of...

Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes begins February 2

On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous in a cave at Massabielle near Lourdes, France. By July 16, she had appeared 18 times and proclaimed that she was the Immaculate Conception. In 1862, the Church confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions. The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes became worldwide in 1907. Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage...

The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle

Happy Feast day of the Conversion of St. Paul! The conversion of Saul, persecutor of the early church, was of pivotal importance for the worldwide development of Christianity. Paul means much for our faith and for the New Testament. Today we celebrate that significant event on the road to Damascus when Saul, fallen to amazement at a great light from heaven, spoke with the risen...

St. Francis de Sales, Mentor and Model

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), a theologian and the patron saint of writers has long been my mentor and model, and one of my most powerful intercessors. As an author, theologian and a freelance writer, I look to him for guidance and for assistance in my work. His unique methods of spirituality and  evangelization have also greatly inspired me. As Catholics, we are all called...

Novena to Our Lady of Good Success

The Novena to Our Lady of Good Success begins on January 24 and continues for the next eight days. Hail Mary Most Holy, Beloved Daughter of God the Father Through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, grant thy good success to this request (name request)… Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be… Saint Michael, pray for us. Hail Mary Most Holy, Admirable Mother of...