Saint Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea

June 14 – St. Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, 330-379 – (Modern RC: January 2) Theologically, Basil was a supporter of the Nicene faction of the church, in opposition to Arianism. He was also known for his care of the poor and underprivileged. Basil established guidelines for monastic life which focus on community...

Saint Barnabas, Apostle

June 11 – St. Barnabas, Apostle – Born Joseph, he was renamed after he converted to Christianity. Following his conversion he gave all his money and property to the Church, and later became a powerful missionary and preacher, traveling with St. Paul and advocating that pagans could be baptized as Christians without being circumcised.“The...

Saint Boniface

June 5 – St. Boniface, Archbishop of Mainz, Missionary to Germany, Martyr – St. Boniface, a monk of Exeter in England, is one of the great figures of the Benedictine Order and of the monastic apostolate in the Middle Ages. Gregory II sent him to preach the Gospel in Germany. He evangelized Hesse, Saxony...

Saint Boniface, Archbishop of Mainz

June 5 – St. Boniface, Archbishop of Mainz, Missionary to Germany, Martyr – Saint Boniface was a missionary, born in England, who propagated Christianity in the Frankish Empire during the 8th century. By the age of 30, he had become an ordained priest. On his missions east of the Rhine River, he was unrelenting...

Saint Bede, the Venerable

May 25, St. Bede, the Venerable – (LBW June 9) – Born: 672/3, Northumbria, England – Died: May 25, 735, near Newcastle, England – The Venerable Bede was the first English church historian. He was a monk at the Northumbrian monastery of Saint Peter at Wearmouth (today part of Sunderland), and of its daughter...

Saint Celestine

May 19 – St Celestine – When the father of this Italian saint died, his good mother brought up her twelve children well, even though they were very poor. “Oh, if I could only have the joy of seeing one of you become a saint!” she use to say. Once when she asked as...

Saint Erik, King of Sweden, Martyr

St. Erik, King of Sweden, Martyr – According to legends, Erik did much to consolidate Christianity in his realm and spread the faith into Finland. In an effort to conquer and convert the Finns, he allegedly led the First Swedish Crusade against the native Finns and persuaded an English Bishop Henry of Uppsala to...

Saint Pachomius

May 15 – St. Pachomius, Religious – St. Anthony is usually considered the founder of Christian monasticism, but it was Pachomius who began monasticism as we know it today. He was the first monk to organize hermits into groups and provide them with a written rule, and both St. Basil and St. Benedict drew...

Saint Matthias, Apostle

May 14 – St. Matthias, Apostle – (Feb 24 for some) – So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go...

SS. Odo, Maiolus, Odilo, Hugh, and Blessed Peter

May 11 – SS. Odo, Maiolus, Odilo, Hugh, and Blessed Peter, Abbots of Cluny The Abbots of Cluny are a group comprised of four saints – the great founding and establishing abbots – who successively ruled it from 910 until 1109, the centuries of growth and its zenith – and Bl. Peter who restored...