Saint Benedict, Abbot

July 11 – St. Benedict, Abbot – Benedict’s main achievement is his “Rule”, containing precepts for his monks. It has a unique spirit of balance, moderation and reasonableness (ἐπιείκεια, epieikeia), and this persuaded most religious communities founded throughout the Middle Ages to adopt it. Benedict is often called the founder of western Christian monasticism....

Saint Thomas, Apostle

July 3 – St. Thomas, Apostle (LBW December 21) – St. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. St. Thomas is best known for his role in verifying the Resurrection of his Master. Thomas’ unwillingness to believe that the other Apostles had seen their risen Lord on the first...

Saint Peter & Saint Paul, Apostles

June 29 – St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles – This feast day commemorates the martyrdom of the two great Apostles, assigned by tradition to the same day of June in the year 67. They had been imprisoned in the famous Mamertine Prison of Rome and both had foreseen their approaching death. Saint Peter...

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

June 24 – The Nativity of St. John the Baptist – St. Luke tells us in his Gospel that John was conceived in a miraculous manner and that his parents were Zachariah and Elizabeth. He spent his youth in the desert, and at the age of 30 came to Judea and preached near the...

Eve of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Anticipating June 24 – The Nativity of St. John the Baptist – “Apart from the most holy solemnity commemorating our Savior’s birth, the Church keeps the birthday of no other person except that of John the Baptist. In the case of other saints or of God’s chosen ones, the Church, as you know, solemnizes...

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 Augustine of Canterbury

May 26 – St. Augustine of Canterbury – (circa first third of the 6th century – probably 26 May 604) A Benedictine monk who became the first Archbishop of Canterbury in the year 597. He is considered the “Apostle to the English” and a founder of the English Church. Laboring patiently, Augustine wisely heeded...

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 – Pope Celestine V, born Pietro Angelerio, also known as Pietro da Morrone, Peter of Morrone, and Peter Celestine, was pope for five months from 5 July to 13 December 1294, when he resigned. He was also a monk and hermit who founded the order of the Celestines as...

Saint Erik, King of Sweden, Martyr

May 18 – 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...