Monday 29th May 2017

Home » saints » Recent Articles:

Catholic Heroes… St. José Gabriel Del Rosario Brochero

March 14, 2017 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. José Gabriel Del Rosario Brochero

By CAROLE BRESLIN At the tip of the South American continent lies one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with its towering Andes Mountains, lush valleys, beautiful plateaus, and colorful glaciers. (Los Glaciares National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Andes Mountains.) Argentina, the eighth largest country in the world, established its nationhood in the period of Spanish colonization during the 16th century. The country received its independence in 1810, but this joyful event was soon overshadowed by civil war which lasted until 1861. When peace returned, Buenos Aires was set up as the capital of Argentina and magnificent buildings were erected to house the government offices. During this time, an itinerant preacher, Fr. Brochero,…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Marie Eugenie De Jesus

March 7, 2017 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Marie Eugenie De Jesus

By CAROLE BRESLIN After the fall of Napoleon, the Catholic Church needed to regroup. Under Napoleon, the government of France held all Church property, closed many of the Catholic schools, and persecuted Catholics. The number of priests and religious declined dramatically, but with the heroic work of the laity as well as other faithful priests and religious, the number of priests was restored. One of the persons deeply affected by this era and by the Restoration in France was St. Marie Eugenie de Jesus. Anne Eugenie Milleret de Brou was born on August 17, 1817 in Metz, France, about 50 miles south of the border with Luxembourg. Her parents were barely practicing their faith and her father was a follower…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Katharine Drexel

February 28, 2017 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Katharine Drexel

By CAROLE BRESLIN After the Civil War between the North and the South, there were still many persons who had little respect for non-white people. However, there were those charitable groups who loved all men regardless of their race and practiced the faith by serving the marginalized and less fortunate. The Drexels of the late 19th century — one of the wealthiest families in the United States — were both a devout Catholic and a generous family. Katharine Drexel used her fortune to help those most in need: the African Americans and the Native Americans. Katharine, born on November 26, 1858 in Philadelphia, was the daughter of Francis Anthony Drexel, a wealthy banker and broker of prestigious investment funds. Hannah…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco

February 21, 2017 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco

By CAROLE BRESLIN Throughout the history of the Church different saints have had special devotions. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Peter Julian Eymard had a great devotion to the Real Presence, and Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco had a deep devotion to the Most Precious Blood. (The Catholic Church recognized this wonderful devotion by assigning the month of July for the intentions of the Most Precious Blood.) Dr. Antonio Fusco, a pharmacist, and Stella Giordano, a woman of noble descent, were highly respected in the community of Pagani, Salerno, Italy. They were faithful in the practice of their faith and when the seventh of their eight children was born, December 1,…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Geltrude Caterina Comensoli

February 14, 2017 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Geltrude Caterina Comensoli

By CAROLE BRESLIN (Editor’s Note: Some sources give this saint’s name as Gertrude, but the Vatican’s website calls her Geltrude.) + + + Can there be any nobler calling than to promote adoration of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament? St. Peter Julian Eymard, St. Alphonsus Liguori, and St. Geltrude Caterina Comensoli loved our Lord and worked tirelessly to draw others to find the peace and joy they found in His presence. On the very day that Caterina Comensoli was born — January 18, 1847 — her parents, Carlo and Maria Milasi Comensoli, took this fifth child to the nearby church to have her baptized. Her parents would have…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . Blessed Aloysius Stepinac

February 7, 2017 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes . . . Blessed Aloysius Stepinac

By CAROLE BRESLIN Croatia, the crossroads of Europe where people traverse the continent from north to south and east to west, has been a land of turmoil for centuries, with many nations seeking to control its destiny. In World War I and World War II, a fiery Croatian loved this small land with all his heart and fought for the Croatians to be free from the tyranny of both the Nazis and the Communists. Blessed Aloysius Stepinac came from humble beginnings, but came to be a significant figure on the world stage. Aloysius Viktor Stepinac was born on May 8, 1898 to Josip Stepinac and his second wife Barbara Penic. He was the fifth of nine children (plus three children…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Elisabeth Canori Mora

January 31, 2017 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Blessed Elisabeth Canori Mora

By CAROLE BRESLIN There is a growing challenge facing the Catholic Church in the modern world. People are becoming more aware of the problems associated with spousal abuse. This abuse can be perpetrated by either the husband or the wife. In the history of the Church there were not a few women who suffered this way and their holiness eventually led to the conversion of their spouses. St. Monica, Elisabeth Leseur, and Blessed Elisabeth Canori Mora are among such women. Elisabeth was born on November 21, 1774. Her parents, Tommaso Canori and Teresa Primoli, both of whom were aristocrats, had 12 children. The family experienced many tragedies, losing six of those children in infancy. Her parents placed a great importance…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Henry De Osso

January 24, 2017 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes . . . St. Henry De Osso

By CAROLE BRESLIN Over the centuries, Spain has yielded many saints for the Roman Catholic Church. At the beginning of the fourth century, St. Maginus was martyred. In the twelfth century, there was St. Raymond of Penafort. In addition, the great 16th-century Carmelites, St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, made matchless contributions to spirituality. In the 19th century, St. Henry de Osso did much to re-establish catechesis and strengthen the family. Born in Vinebre, Catalonia, Spain, on October 16, 1840, Henry de Osso was the last of three children born to Jaime and Micaela de Osso y Cervello. His parents were simple people residing in northeast Spain. Their other son, Luis, became famous as an athlete…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi

January 17, 2017 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi

By CAROLE BRESLIN Beginning at the mouth of the Niger River in the Gulf of Guinea, you can reach some of the most remote areas of Africa. About 150 miles inland from the delta, the Anambra tributary branches to the northeast and if you travel another 15 miles up the river, you can disembark and travel another five miles to the east to Aguleri, a village in Nigeria where Iwene Tansi lived. This area was a British colony at the time of his birth in September 1903, to traditional non-Christian parents. An altercation between the Nigerians and the British left a lasting impression on his father, ultimately resulting in Iwene becoming not only a Christian, but one whose cause for…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. André Bessette

January 10, 2017 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. André Bessette

By CAROLE BRESLIN High on Mount Royal in Montreal, Quebec, stands the largest Catholic church in Canada, the Basilica of St. Joseph’s Oratory. As the pilgrims climb the steps through the lovely grounds and statuary, they can turn and see the city of Montreal spread out below. Once inside they can visit the main statue of St. Joseph, surrounded by hundreds of votive candles. This magnificent church had very humble beginnings — a vision of a sick and frail man who could not seem to keep any job to support himself. On August 9, 1845, in the small village of Mont-Saint-Grégoire, 25 miles southeast of Quebec, a child was born. Isaac Bessette, a carpenter, and his wife, Clothilde Foisy, a…Continue Reading