Saint Scholastica, Sister of Benedict

February 10 – St. Scholastica, Sister of Benedict – “She who has leisure to devote to study”. According to tradition, the twin sister of Benedict, she led some form of consecrated life with a group of Christian women. Gregory tells us that yearly she journeyed to meet her brother at a house midway between...

Saint Ansgar, Archbishop of Hamburg

Feb. 3 – St. Ansgar – Archbishop of Hamburg – (8 September 801 – 3 February 865) – The “apostle of the north” (Scandinavia) had enough frustrations to become a saint—and he did. He directed new apostolic activities in the North, traveling to Denmark and being instrumental in the conversion of another king. He...

Saint Thomas Aquinas

January 28 – St. Thomas Aquinas – (LBW March 7) – Roccasecca, 1225 – Fossanova, 7 March 1274. Also Thomas of Aquin or Aquino. An Italian Dominican priest of the Catholic Church, and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism, known as Doctor Angelicus, Doctor Communis, or Doctor Universalis. “Aquinas”...

SS. Timothy & Titus

January 26 – SS. Timothy and Titus – Timothy (d. 97?) had the honor of being a fellow apostle with Paul, both sharing the privilege of preaching the gospel and suffering for it. Timothy was with Paul in Rome during Paul’s house arrest. At some period Timothy himself was in prison (Hebrews 13:23). Paul...

The Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25 – The Conversion of St. Paul – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ends. Paul’s entire life can be explained in terms of one experience—his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Now he himself was “entered,” possessed, all his energy harnessed to one goal—being a slave of Christ in the...

The Confession of Saint Peter

January 18 – The Confession of St. Peter – (RC January 22) – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins – Almighty Father, who inspired Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, so that...

Saint Maurus & Saint Placid

January 15 – St. Maurus and St. Placid – Maurus, son of a nobleman of Rome, was born about the year 510 and died in 584. When he was about twelve years old, his father placed him under the care of St. Benedict at Subiaco. When he had grown up, St. Benedict chose him...

Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers

January 13 – St. Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers – (c. 300 – c. 368) Bishop of Poitiers and a Doctor of the Church. He was sometimes referred to as the “Hammer of the Arians” (Latin: Malleus Arianorum) and the “Athanasius of the West.” So great was the respect in which he was held by...

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 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 Church’s...