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...

Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

August 24 – St. Bartholomew, Apostle – 1st century, one of the 12. All that is known of him with certainty is that he is mentioned in the synoptic gospels and Acts as one of the twelve apostles. His name, a patronymic, means “son of Tolomai” and scholars believe he is the same as...

Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

August 20 St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux – He was born of noble parentage in Burgundy, France. In 1113, Bernard, with thirty young noblemen, presented himself to the Abbot at Citeaux. His superior, seeing the great progress he made in the spiritual life, sent him with twelve monks to found a new monastery, which...

Wigbert, Abbot & Missionary

August 13 – Wigbert, Abbot and Missionary – c.670-747 – Born in Wessex, he was an Anglo-Saxon Benedictine monk from the monastery of Glastonbury and a missionary and disciple of Saint Boniface who traveled with the latter in Frisia and northern and central Germany to convert the local tribes to Christianity. Today we also...

Saint Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr

August 10, St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr – He is remembered for his charitable works which ultimately resulted in a death sentence. The story persists that after being placed on a gridiron over a fire, he announced that he was done on one side and should be turned over. He is the patron saint...

Saint Dominic

August 8 – St. Dominic – After his ordination to the priesthood, Dominic spent nine years in Osma, pursuing a life of intense prayer. Dominic and a group of followers gained local recognition as a religious congregation, and Dominic accompanied Tolouse’s bishop to Rome for an ecumenical council in 1215. The council stressed the...

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

July 31 – St. Ignatius of Loyola – Saint Ignatius of Loyola is best known as the founder and first Superior General of the ‘Society of Jesus’. Writer of the book ‘Spiritual Exercises’, Ignatius was a Spanish soldier in the early years of his life. However, a tragic incident changed the course of living...