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 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 remain...

Saint Pachomius, Religious

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 from...

SS. Odo, Maiolus, Odilo, Hugh, and Blessed Peter, Abbots of Cluny

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...

Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople

May 9 – St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople – (c. 329 – 389 or 390) – 4th-century Archbishop of Constantinople, he is widely considered the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the patristic age. As a classically trained orator and philosopher he infused Hellenism into the early church, establishing the paradigm of Byzantine...

Saint Monica, Mother of Augustine

May 4 – St. Monica, Mother of Augustine – (RC August 27) St. Monica is the patroness of mothers and it’s easy to understand why. Her persistent prayer and godly example helped to draw her son Augustine away from a life of self indulgence to a life of faith. Not only is she a...

Saint Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria

May 2 – St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria – Born and educated in Alexandria, he was ordained a deacon, then a priest, although he also spent some time in the desert with St. Anthony. In 325, he assisted his Bishop, Alexander, at the Council of Nicaea, where his influence began to be felt. Five...

Saint Philip & Saint James, Apostles

St. Philip and St. James, Apostles – May 1 (RC May 3) We know nothing of James but his name and the fact that he was one of the 12 apostles. He is not the James of Acts, brother of Jesus and later bishop of Jerusalem. James, son of Alphaeus, is also known as...

Saint Catherine of Siena, Teacher

April 29 – St. Catherine of Siena, teacher Catherine grew up as an intelligent, cheerful and intensely religious person. She entered the Dominican Third Order at 18 and spent the next three years in seclusion, prayer and austerity. Gradually a group of followers gathered around her – men and women, priests and religious. Her...

The Passing of Saint Benedict

March 21 – The Passing of St. Benedict He died at Monte Cassino, Italy, while standing in prayer to God. According to tradition, this occurred on March 21, 547. Gregory the Great tells us: “On the sixth day he had his disciples carry him into the chapel. There he fortified himself against death...