Summary: Bl John of Rysbroeck of Belgium was a 14th century contemplative and mystical writer, a contemporary of Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart and Richard Rolle. Patrick Duffy writes what is known about him. With his uncle at St Gudula’s, Brussels John was born in Brussels and at the age of eleven was sent to live
St Adamnan tells a story of Brendan's support of St Columba when "he had been excommunicated for some pardonable and very trifling reasons, and indeed unjustly". Brendan, quickly arose , bowed down and kissed him.
For forty-five years from the time of her visions in 1831 until her death in 1876, Cathrine led an outwardly uneventful life as a Daughter of Charity in Paris.
Summary: Cuthbert Mayne is one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales canonised by Pope Paul VI on 25th October 1970. He converted from Protestantism to Catholicism, became a priest and and was martyred for his faith. A Protestant minister Mayne was born at Yorkston, near Barnstaple in Devon and baptized on St Cuthbert’s Day,
As a means of keeping alive the religious fervor awakened during his many mission, Leonard promoted the Stations of the Cross as a reminder of the cost of God's forgiveness.
The Emperor had Cathrine tortured on a spiked wheel,when fell to pieces and she remained unhurt, some spectators were killed by flying splinters..
Summary: St Colman, Bishop Colman mac Lenine was born around 530, probably in West Cork. A bard by profession, he is reputed to have been influenced by St Brendan to become a priest. The main field of his apostolate was east Cork, where his chief foundation was in Cloyne. He died in 606. The diocese of
Andrew Dung-Lac (1795-1839) was an indigenous Vietnamese priest who along with a brother priest was tortured and beheaded under the emperor Ming-Mang in 1839.
Summary: St. Columbanus, one of the early Irish monks who helped evangelize, educate, and transform pagan Western Europe. (This article came to us at www. catholicireland.net as a response to our items on St Columbanus. Thanks to the supplier!) Early Life and Education. St. Columbanus (Columban) was an Irish monk who was born about 543 AD
Summary: St Clement I, Pope, Martyr. Clement died in New Testament times, at the end of the first century. His name is included in Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon). Noted for a letter written from the Church at Rome to the Church at Corinth, an important witness to the emergence of ministries and authority
St Columban missionary Eugene Ryan writes about St Columban (543-615) and his contribution to Europe. Robert Schumann, founder of the EU, said of Columban that he was “the patron saint of all those who now seek to build a United Europe”. Standing on the shore of the Island of lona, Lord Clark, the great historian
Hugh's concern for justice extended beyond his dealings with kings - to the defence of Jewish communities during an outbreak of anti-Semitism during the Third Crusade.
Summary: Saint Odo was the second abbot of Cluny. He enacted various reforms in the Cluniac monastery system of France and Italy. Devoted to St Martin of Tours, Odo died in that city. Patrick Duffy outlines some details of his life and the context in which he lived. Cluny The Benedictine Abbey
Elizabeth was widowed at twenty. Both before and after her husband's death she dedicated herself to solidarity with and care of the sick and the poor
Summary :St Gertrude, Virgin. Born about 1256; died at Helfta (Germany) about 1302. Entrusted from five years of age to Benedictine or possibly Cistercian nuns, among whom she experienced a deep conversion at the age of twenty-five and lived a life of mystical contemplation. Found Christ in the liturgy and Scripture, and on this foundation
In 1278, aged 61, Albert's memory failed him in symptoms that resemble Alzheimer's disease. Sufferers from the disease have begun to look on him as their patron.
Summary : St Laurence O’Toole, Monk. Laurence was born in Leinster in 1123. He studied at Glendalough, becoming abbot there in 1148, and in 1162 he was chosen as the first native archbishop of Dublin. He followed the reforming methods of Ceallach and Malachy, introducing the Canons Regular to Dublin and following their Rule. He