Blessed Martin Luther, Renewer of the Church

February 18 – Blessed Martin Luther, Renewer of the Church – (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546). Almighty God, we praise you for the men and women you have sent to call the Church to its tasks and renew its life such as your servant Martin. Raise up in our own day teachers...

Saint John of the Cross, Renewer of the Church

December 14 – St. John of the Cross – (1542-1591) Spanish mystic, Carmelite friar and priest. After John joined the Carmelite order, Saint Teresa of Avila asked him to help her reform the movement. His life of poverty and persecution could have produced a bitter cynic. Instead it gave birth to a compassionate mystic,...

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), he 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...

Mikael Agricola, Bishop of Turku, Renewer of the Church

Mikael Agricola, Bishop of Turku, Renewer of the Church, d. 10 April 1557 Mikael Agricola (accent on the first syllable, as in most Finnish words not compounds), was born in Uusimaa, Finland, about 1510. He went to school in Viipuri (Viborg) and then in the cathedral town of Turku (Abo). The bishop of Turku,...

February 18 – Blessed Martin Luther

February 18 – Blessed Martin Luther, Renewer of the Church – (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546). Almighty God, we praise you for the men and women you have sent to call the Church to its tasks and renew its life such as your servant Martin. Raise up in our own day teachers...