Leo knew how to make himself close to the people with his pastoral action and his preaching at a time when Rome was tried by famines, an influx of refugees, injustice and poverty.
Summary: Pope Leo the great was a layman when chosen for the office; he was able to keep the invaders from the north – the Huns and the Vandals – at bay; he was a focus for unity in the Church; and he gave powerful expression to the dignity [...]
Summary: Elizabeth of the Trinity spent six years as a Carmelite nun, but like St Thérèse of Lisieux she advanced in holiness in a very short time. As a child Elizabeth had a wicked temper. Once she experienced the sacrament of Penance and her First [...]
Martin himself suffered discrimination as he was "illegitimate" and of mixed race. He is now regarded as the patron saint of those who suffer discrimination, and people of mixed race,
Summary: St Malachy, Bishop Malachy was born near Armagh in 1094 . He became vicar of Ceallach, the reforming bishop of Armagh, and he continued this work of reform as bishop of Connor and as abbot and, later, bishop of Armagh. He introduced the Cistercians and the Canons [...]
Dominic joined the Jesuits in Santiago de Compostela and was sent back to Ireland in 1601. But he was captured and put to death i n Youghal for his faith.
Summary A curt summary of the life of Dominic Collins would say: Born in Youghal, Co. Cork in the year 1566, left for France in 1586,returned to Ireland in 1601 as a Jesuit brother, brought back to his native town and hanged on 31 October 1601.
Summary Dominic Collins was a big man in every way. A soldier of fortune in the Catholic armies of Europe, joined the Jesuits in Santiago de Compostela, sent back to Ireland in 1601 with army of Spaniards going to Kinsale, eventually captured and put to death for his [...]
Summary of today’s saint Alphonsus Rodriquez overcame many tragedies in his early life, was born in Spain in 1531, the third of eleven children and became a Jesuit lay brother at forty and had an enormous influence on all he came in contact with.
St Hilda was of the royal house of King Edwin of Northumbria and became abbess of the double monastery of men and women at Whitby. Because of the school she founded [...]
Colman had a pet rooster who woke him for the night office, a pet mouse he trained to prevent him going to sleep again and a pet fly he trained to mark the place in the manuscript service book where the service left off.
Some modern writers have associated Simon with the name the' Zealot . as a basis for recognising him. Jude is often, in popular usage, known as the patron of desperate causes- the "saint of last resort"
Summary of St Otteran, monk, a descendant of Conall Gulban, is usually identified with Odhran who preceded Colum Cille in Iona. His death is recorded in 548 and his grave was greatly revered in Iona. He was chosen by the Vikings as patron of the city of Waterford [...]
Appointed bishop of Ross, Thaddeus arrived to find another bishop already in possession of his diocese. And things get a lot worse before they get better.
Summary: These forty men and women of England and Wales, martyred between 1535 and 1679, were canonised in Rome by Pope Paul VI on 25th October 1970. Each has their feast day but they are remembered as a group on 25th October.
The patience of St. Anthony Claret was tested in the political upheavals of the nineteenth century. His efforts at reform stirred up a great deal of hostility..
John married the daughter of a Perugian nobleman but as his marriage had not yet been consummated he had it anulled so that he could enter the Franciscans of the Strict Observance at Perugia..