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...

The Martyrs of Uganda

June 3 – The Martyrs of Uganda (RC Charles Lwanga and Companions) – Charles Lwanga & his companions were a group of Roman Catholics & Anglicans murdered by Mwanga II, the King of Buganda, between 1885 & 1887. These deaths were part of a three-way religious struggle for political control. Although the Anglicans were...

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...

Saint Perpetua and her Companions, Martyrs

March 7 – St. Perpetua and her Companions, Martyrs – Died 7 March 203. Christian martyrs of the 3rd century. Perpetua (b. 181) was a 22-year old married noble, and a nursing mother. Her co-martyr Felicity, an expectant mother, was her slave. They suffered together at Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. The...

The Martyrs of Japan

February 5 – The Martyrs of Japan (RC Feb 6) – Paul Miki, Jesuit scholastic, and his twenty-five companions, including two other Jesuits, six Franciscans, fifteen tertiaries, and two laymen, were crucified by order of the ruler Hideyoshi Feb. 5, 1597 at Nagasaki; among them, the Mexican Felipe de Jesus, the first martyr from...

Saint James of Jerusalem, Martyr

October 23, St. James of Jerusalem, Martyr – James of Jerusalem is referred to in the New Testament as the brother of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He was for many years the leader of the Christian congregation in Jerusalem, and is generally supposed to be the author of the Epistle of James, although the...

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 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 and...

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 Perpetua & Her Companions, Martyrs

March 7 – St. Perpetua and her Companions, Martyrs – Died 7 March 203. Christian martyrs of the 3rd century. Perpetua (b. 181) was a 22-year old married noble, and a nursing mother. Her co-martyr Felicity, an expectant mother, was her slave. They suffered together at Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. The...