Monthly Archives: January 2013

St. John Bosco, Priest

   St. John Bosco (Italian: Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco; 16 August 1815 – 31 January 1888), known as Don Bosco, was an Italian Roman Catholic priest, educator and writer of the 19th century, who put into practice the convictions of his religion, dedicating his life to the … Continue reading

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Saints Sarbelius and Barbea, Martyrs

(died 101 AD) are early 2nd century Christian martyrs venerated by the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church. Sarbel was a high priest at Edessa inMesopotamia; Barbe was his sister. They were tortured and killed for converting to Christianity under the Roman emperor Trajan.They were arrested for converting to the faith, and … Continue reading

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St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor

St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church, patron of all universities and of students. His feast day is January 28th. He was born toward the end of the year 1226. He was the son of Landulph, Count of Aquino, who, when St. Thomaswas five years old, placed … Continue reading

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Feast of The Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle

Born in Tarsus in Tarsus in Cilicia. Paul was brought up in Jerusalem and educated under Gamaliel. As a strict Pharisee, he persecuted the early Christians, having them arrested and imprisoned. On the road to Damascus, he encountered the risen … Continue reading

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St. Francis de Sales

Saint Francis was born at Savoy in 1567. After being ordained a priest he labored diligently for the restoration of Catholicism in his country. Chosen bishop of Geneva, he showed himself as a true pastor toward his clerics and the … Continue reading

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St. Ildephonsus, Bishop

St. Ildephonsus is highly regarded in Spain and closely associated with devotion to the Blessed Virgin which he fostered by his famous work concerning her perpetual virginity. Born around 607, Ildephonsus came from a noble family and was probably a pupil of St. Isidore … Continue reading

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St. Vincent, Deacon and Martyr

Deacon and martyr. Born at Huesca, Spain, he became a deacon and served St, Valerius at Saragossa until their martyrdom at Valencia during the persecutions under Emperor Diocletian (r. 284-305). St. Valerius was exiled, but Vincent was cruelly tortured because he would not surrender the holy books. He … Continue reading

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