Saint Luke, Evangelist

October 18 – St. Luke, Evangelist – He was a devout disciple of Paul the Apostle. Luke is said to have written the Book of Acts which provides the most thorough information found in the New Testament. The Gospel of Luke is also well-known for being most inclusive; Luke wrote about downtrodden sinners as...

Ignatius of Antioch

Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr – (Ancient Greek: Ἰγνάτιος, also known as Theophorus from Greek Θεοφόρος “God-bearer”) (ca. 35 or 50-between 98 and 117) was among the Apostolic Fathers, was the third Bishop of Antioch, and was a student of John the Apostle. En route to his martyrdom in Rome, Ignatius wrote...

Saint Teresa of Avila

October 15 – St. Teresa of Avila, Renewer of the Church – Also called St. Teresa of Jesus, (March 28, 1515 – October 4, 1582) was a prominent Spanish mystic and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. Her book, El Castillo Interior (The Interior Castle), is an integral part of Christian mysticism and...

Saint Francis of Assisi, Renewer of the Church

October 4 – St. Francis of Assisi, Renewer of the Church – born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone; 1181/1182 – October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men’s Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the lay Third Order of Saint Francis. St. Francis is one of...

Saint Michael & All Angels

September 29 – St. Michael & All Angels, Also the Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael, or Michaelmas. A day in the Western Christian calendar. Because it falls near the equinox, it is associated in the northern hemisphere with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days. Michael is the greatest of...

Saint Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist

September 21 – St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist – One of the twelve Apostles, and the author of the first Gospel as confirmed by the Gospel itself. He was the son of Alpheus and was called to be an Apostle while sitting in the tax collectors place at Capernaum. Before his conversion he was...

Saint Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople

Sept 13 – St. John Chrysostom c. 349–407. Bishop of Constantinople and an important Church Father. He is known for his eloquence in preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and his ascetic sensibilities. He was given the...

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8 – The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – The source for the story of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Protoevangelium of James, an apocryphal gospel written about A.D. 150. From it, we learn the names of Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, as well as the tradition that...

Beheading of St. John the Baptist

August 29 – Beheading of St. John the Baptist – The biblical account portrays the beheading of Saint John the Baptist by Herod Antipas. According to the Synoptic Gospels, Herod had imprisoned John because he reproved Herod for divorcing his wife (Phasaelis), and unlawfully taking Herodias, the wife of his brother Herod Philip I....

Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo

August 28 – St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430) – Bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria). He was a Latin-speaking philosopher and theologian who lived in the Roman Africa Province. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity. He is the patron saint of...