Summary: St Nicholas of Tolentino was born in 1245 0r 6, gaining a reputation for working miracles and making peace. Tolentino had a name as a trouble town, but Nicholas brought it peace. He was known as the Patron of Holy Souls, was an Italian saint and mystic.
Summary: St Peter Claver SJ, a Catalan Jesuit missionary, who worked in Colombia, South America. At the height of the slave trade, he befriended and baptized some 300,000 African slaves over a 40-year period. He died on 8th September 1654.
Paul Hurley tells his extraordinaory story.
Summary: St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise’s life, supposedly born Ciarán mac an tSaeir, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland and the first abbot of Clonmacnoise. He is sometimes called Ciarán the Younger to distinguish him from the 5th-century Saint Ciarán the Elder who was bishop of Osraig
Summary: The Catholic Church observes the actual birthday/date of only two saints: Saint John the Baptist (June 24), and Mary, Mother of Jesus (8th September). In the case of all other saints, especially martyrs, they are venerated on the day of their death, which is called their ‘dies [...]
Summary: There are many St Finians and at least two Movilles. The Movilla of this saint is not – as many people may think – the village of Moville in Co Donegal, but Movilla in Co Down, just outside Newtownards. A graveyard and the ruin of a church [...]
St Magnus of was both a monk and a missionary. An interesting story involves him bringing reconciliation between St Gall and his master St Columban. He is also venerated as one of the Holy Helpers invoked in time of plague such as the Black Death.
Patrick Duffy [...]
Summary St Ultan was abbot-bishop at Ardbraccan in Co Meath, an important ecclesiastical centre in the middle ages. The image shown here is of the now de-consecrated Church of Ireland church at Ardbraccan. Today the catholic parish is centred at Bohermeen, Co Meath. Ultan is also associated with the care of sick [...]
Summary: Mother Teresa during her lifetime was widely held to be a living saint as she ministered to the sick and dying in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the world. Although some people criticized her for not also challenging the wider causes of injustices that kept so [...]
Summary: St Mac Nissi, Bishop. Oengus Mac Nissi took his name from his mother Cnes or Ness. It is claimed that Patrick baptised him and taught him the psalms. He seems to be one of the early converts. He chose the district of Connor for his hermitage, but [...]
Aidan encouraged women in the religious life. This was a monastery in the Celtic style, with men and women living separately in small houses, but worshipping together in church.
St Fiacre is often invoked for healing of cancers and venereal diseases. He is also the patron saint of gardeners and taxi-drivers.
Summary : Fr Alberto Hurtado, a Chilean Jesuit, was canonised with four others at the closing Mass of the Synod on the Eucharist in October 2005.
Fergus O’Donoghue SJ wrote this account of his eventful and fruitful life.
Augustine was influenced by reading the life of Saint Anthony of the Desert, who when he read "Go, sell all you have, and give to the poor, and come and follow me". Augustine did just that.
St. Ninian, bishop, also (born c. 360, Britain—died c. 432, Britain; feast day September 16), generally credited as the first Christian missionary to Scotland, responsible for widespread conversions among the Celts and possibly the Southern Picts.
Joseph shared and defended his friend's Galileo's heliocentric view of the cosmos. Joseph himself was removed from his post as superior general. Eighty years after his death his name was cleared.
Summary of Eoghan or Eugene of Ardstraw became a monk after training at St Ninian’s monastery in Galloway, Scotland. His Irish foundations were at Kilnamanagh near Dublin and Ardstraw in west Tyrone.
Patrick Duffy fills in some details about Eoghan.
Bernard himself was sent with twelve monks to start a new foundation at Clairvaux and soon became its abbot. His father and all his brothers entered so as to pursue religious life.
Our Lady of Knock Shrine
Summary: Knock Shrine onthe 21st August 1879 when Our Lady, St Joseph and St John, the Evangelist, and a lamb appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. Knock is an internationally recognised Marian Shrine [...]