Summary of Seven Founders of the Order of Servites, Religious. In 1233 these prominent businessmen from Florence (Italy) withdrew to a life of solitude, prayer, and penance. They developed into an order of mendicant friars (Servants of Mary). Noted for their radical response to the demands of the gospel.
Summaries of Ss Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries. Cyril: A monk who was born about 826 in Thessalonica (Greece); died at Rome in 869. Methodius (his brother) : Born about 815; died in Velehrad (Czech Republic) in 885. With papal approval they preached the gospel in [...]
Summary of Cyril and Methodius: These were two brothers from Thessalonica in Greece who became apostles of the Slavs, translated the Scriptures and indigenised the liturgy for the Slav people. In 1980 they were named by Pope John Paul II along with St Benedict as co-patrons [...]
On 11th February 1858 Our Lady first appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous. In 1992 Pope John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick to be held this date.
Francisco, crippled in both legs from birth, joined the De la Salle Brothers and became a great teacher and holy man. He is Ecuador's first canonised saint.
In 1597, twenty-seven men were arrested, brought to Nagasaki, crucified, then pierced with lances on a hill near the city. One of them was , the Jesuit Paul Miki
Summary of St Brigid: The image here is of Brigid with lepers. It is taken from a mosaic in Armagh Cathedral. Brigid of Kildare is also patroness of those who have a care for the earth, for justice, equality and peace.
John priest, educator and founder of the Salesian Order spent most of his life rehabilitating boys from lives of poverty and crime to become productive and virtuous men.
Gildas is best known for his historical work ‘De excidio Britanniae’, (“On the Ruin of Britain”) and for a Penitential, both of which were widely used in Ireland, [...]
Francis was an influential bishop, spiritual director, author and preacher. "To be an angel in prayer and a beast in one's relations with people is to go lame on both legs."